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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2021-22 Toronto Maple Leafs General Discussion
« on: September 13, 2021, 07:58:35 PM »
I approve of the gif. (I'm named after that character)

So Jeremiah *is* a Bullfrog?

No, but Bullfrog is a Jeremiah. :)

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2021-22 Toronto Maple Leafs General Discussion
« on: September 13, 2021, 02:41:14 PM »
I approve of the gif. (I'm named after that character)

So Jeremiah *is* a Bullfrog?

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2021-22 Toronto Maple Leafs General Discussion
« on: September 10, 2021, 09:36:22 AM »
Trade Mikheyev and Rielly to the Devils for Subban, Graves and picks.  Devils need to retain 50% of Subban's contract. 

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Official Music Thread
« on: August 27, 2021, 02:07:17 PM »
RIP Charlie Watts.

I heard about this one a few years ago and it's still one of my favourite tales of the Stones. I always liked Charlie because he seemed so unimpressed with the whole fame game.

Must be huge blow for the band. Especially Keith because I've seen him say before that when things ever got too crazy, he'd always say, "as long as I've got Charlie, I'll be all right."

Seemed to be one of the nicest guys too. A sad shame today.

What a drag it is getting old...........


I've been thinking about this lately, and I think that is by design.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: August 27, 2021, 02:06:02 PM »
I’ve been putting off watching that movie because I feel it'll be more depressing than funny.

15 years ago I thought it was funny.  Recently watched it again with my kids and it looks more like a documentary.

Hmmm...what's crazier, freezing myself so that when I wake up I will be considered the smartest person on the earth, or ingesting livestock de-working medicing?

Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Re: Minor Ex-Leaf News
« on: August 23, 2021, 04:36:14 PM »
Hope it doesn't have anything to do with the Blackhawks scandal.

That sounds weird.  This is a tragedy all around, and I guess it doesn't really matter if it does or doesn't.  I guess in my head it would be more tragic if this is deemed a suicide, and somehow that was preventable, but really, if it was something else, then it's still bad.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2021-2022 NHL Thread
« on: August 19, 2021, 07:21:44 PM »

Also, I guarantee you'll hear people say things like "The problem isn't that the team is in Arizona, the problem is they built an arena out in Glendale that's hard to get to" which sounds reasonable until you remember that the Coyotes have been for sale a lot in the past and at no point has a smart rich person come along and bought the team, built an arena in a more accessible spot and reaped the rewards.

That's because that wouldn't be a smart business decision. What those people really mean is "The Coyotes would be in better financial shape if someone gave the team a free 500 million dollar arena in downtown Phoenix" which is what passes for smart business analysis in the sports world.

Shoot, I've got a bunch of business ideas that would work if you gave me 500 million dollars.

What can I get for $23 and a pack of sticky notes?

see thread for an FAQ

Good luck in the interview Herman.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: August 13, 2021, 09:27:06 PM »
Season over

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: August 11, 2021, 11:13:02 PM »
That sounds good in theory but ultimately the nurses and docs still have to deal with the patients. It's not an enviable position: Either you lay it on the line for them and they freak out, or you hold your tongue to insanity because it may help the process along and you can actually somewhat get through your day, or at least that's how imagine it.

That's fair, and likely has a lot of truth to it - but, I have to imagine the stress of dealing with patients who are freaking out is preferable to the stress that comes from dealing with patients who are clinging to life or dying. Most doctors, I assume, would use every avenue possible to minimize the latter group.


There is no question that the end of life care is emotionally exhausting.  I really haven't had to deal with many of those conversations as I'm working at the front end of the hospital stays for COVID cases.  We certainly have had covid-arrests in the ER.  I've done a few shifts doing backup coverage on COVID wards but not remotely to the same extent of some of my colleagues.

It's hard watching people die.  It's hard watching families grieve through windows because they can't be in the room due to visitation capacity or doing it through facetime...or though full PPE.   It's hard having the conversation that Mom/Dad/Grandma/Aunt/Son/Etc didn't make it.  That there was something they could have done to prevent being in that scenario but that there was nothing that could have been done once they got the virus.   

That being said, having someone scream and spit and call you a shill.  Yelling about COVID being a hoax or screaming about how stupid my colleagues in the ER are.  That's a level of draining that everyone is having a hard time with.  I've read more psuedoscience journal articles in the last year to catch up on the latest trend of Ivermectin, Hydroxycholorquine, etc. than I have in any previous year because the level of mistrust in the medical system is just through the roof.  We absolutely need to keep advocating to this population because we don't want them to be another mortality statistic but it's honestly getting harder and harder to deal with.  Some of that is absolutely degrees of burnout but this has really been a different animal compared to say the usual naturopathic commentary we use to have on this forum even.   There is real venom toward "the system" and I'm not really sure how we are going to get around that problem.

It's a hard question to answer, because I think it falls into the same camp as terrorism.  How do you communicate with someone who believes in something so radically different than you that both parties think the other side is insane?

NHL Transactions / Re: 2021 Offseason Moves
« on: August 05, 2021, 03:47:26 PM »
Should have signed with the Kraken or the Sharks.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs sign Nick Ritchie - 2 years x 2.5M
« on: July 31, 2021, 10:59:33 AM »
Kase may not even play though.  He's only played 9 games over the last two seasons.  Seems to me he is as likely to head to LTI as is to play.

All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2020-21 Tampa Bay Raptors Thread
« on: July 29, 2021, 08:39:26 PM »

This scouting report talks of him being a point guard in a forwards body.  It calls him unique.  If you read the one on Jalen Suggs though, they whiffed this pick.  This feels like when Darko Milicic was drafted 2nd in the 2003 NBA draft.

I love Hyman; the Leafs are already clearly trying to make more of him. Success will be varied, as will the flavour profiles, but it's a clear player-type this front office pursues. Hyman was Dubas' first acquisition and crown jewel of the development system he implemented under Lou's shadow, so it's not like he doesn't know how to find and nurture them.

I saw this noted in some comments somewhere (maybe r/leafs) but Hyman's playoff numbers are largely the result of injury. We love that he gives it his all every game, even in the doldrums of Febtober 2nd against a 3rd last place team in Podunksville. Come playoffs, when everyone else ramps up their games though, Hyman is already maxed and also running with a lot of wear and tear, and his impact is relatively less apparent. Conversely, Kadri ramps up so much that he shoots off the chart and into suspension.

Looking at this a little sideways, Hyman got replaced by Bunting/Kampf. Bunting is a better shooter, Kampf is better defensively and on the draw; they just don't occupy the same body.

So Heisenberg-hyman?  Or just Hei(sen)man?

It often gets said that you shouldn't build your team through free agency, so it was nice to see the Leafs just have to add in depth pieces around the core.  I still think they need a Norris capable d-man, but I don't see how they get that, so they are going to have to roll forward with what they currently have.

When you think about it though, if Tavares, Nylander, Marner and Matthews get rolling in the playoffs, they should be able to go far.  As much as we fans may dislike their depth, those are still 4 players that are hard to match up against if they are firing on all cylinders, and at some point, because they are highly skilled, highly paid, and highly competitive, you would expect that to happen in the playoffs.


The thought has crossed my mind that either he or Topi Niemelä could turn into that guy.  It's not out of the realm of possibilities, but it also isn't a lock, so right now that is a hope and a prayer, rather than going out and getting someone who has proven that they can be in the conversation as one of the best defensemen in the league. 

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