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Introductions / Re: Justin
« on: October 26, 2012, 04:57:53 PM »
Yeah, yeah... I know. I'm in three pools and took the Giants. Still, I hope Ware gets to Manning early and often.
You'd want to get to Manning late and often. Get to him early and that's all fine and dandy...just wait until he has the ball in the 4th quarter. There isn't a better 4th quarter QB in football, there's even statistics to back that up. Crazy.

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2012 Toronto Blue Jays Thread
« on: October 26, 2012, 04:55:14 PM »
We need a manager that will change the culture of the team, not necessarily someone who the players "will listen to" which I take to mean a manager the players will respect but not necessarily like.

That would rule out Butterfield, wouldn't it? Hard to sell the idea of a wide-scale culture change by promoting someone from within.
Each manager has their own style, giving Butter the reins wouldn't mean things would stay the same.

If the Jays really want a large culture change, hire Ozzie Guillen. He's won a World Series, he's well-liked by his players, and he'd be good with the plethora of Hispanic players. That said, he's outspoken, he's eccentric, he got fired in Chicago because he couldn't get along with the GM, and he got fired in Miami with 7.5 M and 3 years still left on his contract (signaling something was very wrong).

It's hard to speculate on candidates that haven't managed before, so I'm not really sure if the parade of candidates would institute a culture change or not. It's a little bit of a crapshoot predicting who will be best, to be honest.

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Introductions / Re: Justin
« on: October 26, 2012, 04:47:12 PM »
He had me until he said he was a Giants fan. - I'm a Cowboys fan, Justin.  :P At least we both hate the Eagles and Redskins so hey, there's that.
Hey, I sympathize with the Cowboys only because they remind me a lot of the Leafs.

That said, we're going to crush you on Sunday. Remember when Jason Pierre Paul blocked what would have been the game-tying field goal for you guys with no time left? Or when Manning trounced you guys in the last game of last season to determine who'd go to the playoffs? I sure do ;D

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2012 Toronto Blue Jays Thread
« on: October 26, 2012, 04:32:19 PM »
My case against Butter is that by all accounts, he's well liked by the guys (if not one of them.) We don't need a guy like that. We need someone who the guys will listen to without question.
Cito Gaston was very well-liked by the players in his first go-around, winning 2 World Series championships in the process.

We need a manager that will instill a winning attitude in the club house. Look at what Showalter did in Baltimore, his culture change made the young players believe in their team after years of being a sad-sack perennial loser. Farrell was way too laid back, and that's ok with veteran teams or teams with strong player leadership, but the Jays clearly lack in those areas. We need a manager that will change the culture of the team, not necessarily someone who the players "will listen to" which I take to mean a manager the players will respect but not necessarily like.

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2012 Toronto Blue Jays Thread
« on: October 26, 2012, 04:02:37 PM »
Preferences on who becomes the next Jays manager?

Sandy Alomar is the hot pick right now, and he sounds good to me, but he's my 2nd choice. After being a coach with the team since 2002 and surviving under 5 different managers in that span I think it's time we give Brian Butterfield a shot. The Jays have obviously kept him around through 5 different managers for a reason. He's wildly popular with the players and the media, Omar Vizquel also endorsed him for the job. I think he's ready.
Butters is the Jay Triano of the Blue Jays. Great practice coach, well-liked, survived several regimes and yet when he was given the keys he fell on his face. I like Butterfield and I hope they keep him around, but guys like Alomar, Ausmus , etc are probably better suited as managers.
How can you make that point about Butterfield and then advocate for Ausmus, who's never even been a big league coach before? HE'S better suited than Butterfield? Don't think so.

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Leafs Media Rumours / Re: Luongo
« on: October 26, 2012, 03:54:17 PM »
That's a real possibility. If you put yourself in Burkes frame of mind, almost needing to make the playoffs this season, do the potential benefits outweigh the risks? I'm guessing they do.
 

I'd hope, and I do believe this to his credit, that Burke wouldn't put that sort of short-term job saving rationale above what's really best for the long term future of the club.

Sometimes Burke's rationale can be a bit difficult to discern, though. Take Colby Armstrong (please). He had one year at $2M left on his contract. Back in July, even though he must have known there was a lockout about to take place, Burke opted to buy him out. So that's great for Colby because got paid a million dollars this season even though there's no hockey but it's kind of tough on the Leafs because the other $1M will count against next year's cap.

It that might be a case of where we don't have all the information.  Maybe Burke needed to have a contract spot, and that was the only way to get one, or maybe he though he was going to need the cap space.  Without all the information it makes it hard to really say why the decision was made.
I think the buy-out was made simply because Colby had no spot on the team and the Leafs knew they'd need room for Kadri, Frattin, Komarov, ect. to play. Remember, the Leafs had exactly 0 UFAs up front this past off-season. I'd rather jettison Armstrong out of town and pay a measly $1 M for an extra year to give one of the young guys a roster spot they deserve.

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Introductions / Justin
« on: October 26, 2012, 03:48:19 PM »
Quick rundown of myself:

-From Toronto, currently live in Hamilton, will be back living in the great city of Toronto soon
-Huge Leafs fan, often accused of being a homer
-Love the tough guys; favourite Leafs of all time are Domi, Roberts, and Tucker
-Pro-fighting
-Anti-Luongo for the Leafs
-Pro Burke
-Hate Montreal, hate Vancouver, but HATE Ottawa
-In other sports I cheer for the Jays, Raptors, and NY Giants
-Most hated teams in any sport are, in order, the Senators, the Eagles, the Red Sox, the Habs, and the Redskins.
-Posted at the hockeyleaks forum for 6 years before this
-I own a white Sundin jersey and a blue Schenn jersey...and a Jagr Czech Republic jersey
-No I'm not Czech, but Jagr is my favourite non-leaf of all time
-I once met Sabres star Thomas Vanek on the TTC Subway of all places
-Started watching hockey in the 02/03 season after the 02 Olympics got me into it
-Favourite Leafs memories are the epic 1st round win against Ottawa in 2004, the ridiculous 3rd period comeback during a game in Buffalo in March 2004, Sundin's 500th, and a hugely important comeback against Philly from down 3-0 ion the 3rd in March 2008.


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All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2012 Toronto Blue Jays Thread
« on: October 25, 2012, 09:32:03 PM »
Preferences on who becomes the next Jays manager?

Sandy Alomar is the hot pick right now, and he sounds good to me, but he's my 2nd choice. After being a coach with the team since 2002 and surviving under 5 different managers in that span I think it's time we give Brian Butterfield a shot. The Jays have obviously kept him around through 5 different managers for a reason. He's wildly popular with the players and the media, Omar Vizquel also endorsed him for the job. I think he's ready.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Kadri?
« on: October 25, 2012, 09:28:25 PM »
Forget Tim Hortons. In the future their will be a Wellwood's Burger Chain and Kadri will be their chief spokesman (after a Hall of Fame career of course). LOL
Ooh they'd be in competition with John Anderson's burger place. Unfortunately not that great of a restaurant, to be honest. The one in Mississauga was kinda dirty as hell.

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Leafs Media Rumours / Re: Luongo
« on: October 25, 2012, 09:24:58 PM »
Hopefully the new CBA (if and when) will deal with long contracts. His value could go up.
Say the CBA does deal with it, and as per the NHL's latest proposal the team that originally signed Luongo to the contract (Vancouver) has to pay the remainder of his contract. I'd still support the trade, due to the simple reason we have 2 good young goalies right here that deserve a shot.

Scrivens was beyond excellent in the playoffs last season and Reimer was great before he got trounced by Gionta. Why commit 5.5 M a year to a guy and essentially give up on these 2 before they've had a real chance to prove themselves? Worst case scenario it doesn't work out this year and the Leafs get a good draft pick in a lockout-shortened season, then they sign a legit starter in the off-season. Mike Smith, Jimmy Howard, and Niklas Backstrom are slated to be free agents. Either way, I don't want to give up on Reimer or Scrivens just yet.

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Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Re: Sundin update
« on: October 25, 2012, 09:17:15 PM »
I had tickets to Sundin night last year but had to sell them because I couldn't go last minute. It wasn't all bad, I missed a stinker of a game and made a $350 profit on the tickets. As a result I vowed to go to his HHOF game in November, which I still plan to go to whenever it is. The Leafs better let him have his damn night.

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