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2014 Winter Classic (Leafs @ Wings)
« on: February 08, 2012, 01:19:55 PM »
The league will apparently make it official tomorrow.....

It should be the biggest one to date, as far as the crowd goes.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=387219
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Re: Leafs vs Wings in 2013 Winter Classic
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2012, 01:22:41 PM »
HBO special too? They have focused on the two teams in the winter classic the last two years.
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Re: Leafs vs Wings in 2013 Winter Classic
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2012, 02:56:25 PM »
About time the league put the Leafs in the winter classic.  It should have been done a long time ago.  We just have to get the league to have a game in Canada, and an 8th team in Quebec City. 

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Re: Leafs vs Wings in 2013 Winter Classic
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2012, 03:00:46 PM »

If this is true, I'll have mixed feelings. I'd think about making the trip down to U of M and if they do 24/7 with the Leafs it would be fun to watch but there's also a part of me that can't help but think that the Leafs first appearance in this kind of event shouldn't be on the road. The Leafs are the NHL's most valuable franchise, Toronto is the centre of the hockey universe and for the team's first ever outdoor game the fans will have to go to friggin' Ann Arbor Michigan?
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Re: Leafs vs Wings in 2013 Winter Classic
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2012, 03:11:11 PM »

If this is true, I'll have mixed feelings. I'd think about making the trip down to U of M and if they do 24/7 with the Leafs it would be fun to watch but there's also a part of me that can't help but think that the Leafs first appearance in this kind of event shouldn't be on the road. The Leafs are the NHL's most valuable franchise, Toronto is the centre of the hockey universe and for the team's first ever outdoor game the fans will have to go to friggin' Ann Arbor Michigan?

Not sure where they could hold it in Toronto though? Rogers centre with the roof open?
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Re: Leafs vs Wings in 2013 Winter Classic
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2012, 03:11:18 PM »
As a boy growing up in Windsor, Leafs/Wings was my ultimate rivalry (Norris Division).  The 1993 First Round upset of the Wings remains for me one of the happiest times in my Leaf-fan life.  When the Leafs play the Wings at the Joe, half the arena is filled with Leaf fans from Southern Ontario, and I can only imagine what will happen when they pack 100,000 people into that stadium (half of which WILL be Leafs fans).  If you want to watch a proper hockey game, stay home and catch it on your flat-screen.  If you want to join 100,000 people in a massive tailgate party and go for the spectacle, that's what your ticket buys you.  Me, I'll be planning a flight back to Ontario in time for this one!!!!

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Re: Leafs vs Wings in 2013 Winter Classic
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2012, 03:11:32 PM »
I think the problem in Toronto is there just isn't a really good venue.  BMO is too small, likely can't open the Rogers Centre roof in the winter for 100 different reasons... where else could they do it?

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Re: Leafs vs Wings in 2013 Winter Classic
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2012, 03:50:49 PM »
I think the problem in Toronto is there just isn't a really good venue.  BMO is too small, likely can't open the Rogers Centre roof in the winter for 100 different reasons... where else could they do it?

The Dome never was designed to be opened to the elements, including cold weather.

Little bit of an aside, but I always wondered why they wouldn't stage some Leaf games at the Rogers Centre?  I know they have ice making capability, various different ice shows have been put on there.

Sure, the site lines would suck, but just to have almost 60,000 people at a home Leaf game would be incredible.

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Re: Leafs vs Wings in 2013 Winter Classic
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2012, 03:57:58 PM »
I think the problem in Toronto is there just isn't a really good venue.  BMO is too small, likely can't open the Rogers Centre roof in the winter for 100 different reasons... where else could they do it?

The Dome never was designed to be opened to the elements, including cold weather.

Little bit of an aside, but I always wondered why they wouldn't stage some Leaf games at the Rogers Centre?  I know they have ice making capability, various different ice shows have been put on there.

Sure, the site lines would suck, but just to have almost 60,000 people at a home Leaf game would be incredible.

Since Rogers owns the Dome and now owns the team I'm pretty sure they will try.

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Re: Leafs vs Wings in 2013 Winter Classic
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2012, 07:19:01 PM »
If HBO decides to do 24/7 again, I think they should try something new. I don't know how much fresh material they will get from simply following the two teams around. (While interesting, there seemed some repetition: the coaches swear, the players have some interesting -sometimes- quirks.)

Maybe they should turn their attention to the never-ending media scrutiny that the Leafs put up with - behind the scenes at HNIC, TSN & SportsNet.
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Re: Leafs vs Wings in 2013 Winter Classic
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2012, 07:54:02 PM »
If HBO decides to do 24/7 again, I think they should try something new. I don't know how much fresh material they will get from simply following the two teams around. (While interesting, there seemed some repetition: the coaches swear, the players have some interesting -sometimes- quirks.)

Maybe they should turn their attention to the never-ending media scrutiny that the Leafs put up with - behind the scenes at HNIC, TSN & SportsNet.

I'm guessing that HBO being an American network an in-depth look at the Toronto hockey media is pretty unappealing.
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Re: Leafs vs Wings in 2013 Winter Classic
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2012, 08:00:55 PM »
If HBO decides to do 24/7 again, I think they should try something new. I don't know how much fresh material they will get from simply following the two teams around. (While interesting, there seemed some repetition: the coaches swear, the players have some interesting -sometimes- quirks.)

Maybe they should turn their attention to the never-ending media scrutiny that the Leafs put up with - behind the scenes at HNIC, TSN & SportsNet.

I'm guessing that HBO being an American network an in-depth look at the Toronto hockey media is pretty unappealing.

Hmmmm....a good point.

Unless they wanted to show how crazy (in a negative way) the Canadian hockey media is.

I just think they should find a new angle........
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Re: Leafs vs Wings in 2013 Winter Classic
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2012, 08:06:21 PM »
Unless they wanted to show how crazy (in a negative way) the Canadian hockey media is.

I don't think there's much of a story there. The Toronto hockey media isn't really any crazier than any big market media covering a very popular sport.
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Re: Leafs vs Wings in 2013 Winter Classic
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2012, 08:08:04 PM »
Unless they wanted to show how crazy (in a negative way) the Canadian hockey media is.

I don't think there's much of a story there. The Toronto hockey media isn't really any crazier than any big market media covering a very popular sport.

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Re: Leafs vs Wings in 2013 Winter Classic
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2012, 08:14:06 PM »
I'm grasping at straws. I thought you could tell.

Fair enough. I get what you're saying and everything but I think there are still good human stories to be told in 24/7's existing format.
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« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2012, 08:14:06 PM »