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Non-Hockey Chatter / Podcasts
« on: November 08, 2018, 09:28:09 AM »
So this is kind of following on from Rick's post over on the main forum about Leafs/hockey podcasts.

Are there any podcasts of any genre that you've listened to and would recommend? Share them here!

There's a couple that I really enjoy.

1 - BBC Radio Five Live Kermode and Mayo's Film Review - this is a weekly show on BBC Radio reviewing movies, it cocvers the UK top 10, that week's new releases, DVD releases etc. Obviously it is UK based so the release dates may not match up, but it's a fantastic listen with 2 really good broadcasters who have created a show that you could probably listen to even if you weren't a movie watcher. The quality of guest and the quality of the interviews with those guests is a different level also.

2 - The Teacher's Pet - this is one of those "true crime" things that seem to be very popular at the minute. Focuses on an Australian rugby league star/school teacher, his disappeared wife and his school girl that he taught mistress from the early 1980s.

3 - Nike Trained - I found this one lately as the episode that caught my attention was with 3 time Crossfit Games champion Mat Fraser. However as a bit of a fitness geek I found the other interviews to range from interesting to making me quite... incredulous. Obviously it's a bit product placement-y but all the interviews are well done and range from topics on things like nutrition to sleep to trying to break records (an episode by the scientist who ran the attempt to run a sub 2 hour marathon) and even mindfulness.

Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Say Goodbye to Tyler
« on: July 01, 2018, 11:51:49 AM »
3 years at $5m in St Louis being reported.

I liked him, basically a "free" signing. Never really let anyone down and put in the heart and effort.

But right not to pay him that.


All Sports But Hockey / World Cup Russia 2018
« on: June 13, 2018, 06:27:18 AM »
Starts tomorrow so where's your money?

Spain sack their coach the day before the tournament so that either destroys their chances or maybe galvanises the side.

Germany always likely to be there or thereabouts.

Brazil needing to bounce back after their embarrassment at their home world cup last time round.

England to be hyped by the English press irritating the rest of the UK into hating them even more and supporting Panama/Tunisia/Begium

Also: Keep an eye out for the Croatia v Nigeria game for the clash of the greatest football kits of the tournament

CHL & NCAA Hockey / Euro Hockey
« on: October 26, 2017, 11:23:16 AM »
Just since I can't think of anywhere else to put this, a thread for people who maybe follow Euro hockey, including our overseas members like myself.

Anyway in the top UK Elite League this incident happened on Sunday. Apparently worth a one game ban. Feel free to discuss.

(Leafs link, Belfast coach is Sheldon Keefe's brother, Adam)

In other news the player on the end of the attack was banned 3 games for kicking

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Home Run Derby
« on: July 10, 2017, 09:28:24 PM »
Haven't actually sat and watched one of these in a while and I don't recall there being a time limit before, but that timer is making some quite entertaining matchups.

Judge v Bour was a great contest. And some of these guys hit the ball really, really hard.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Happy St Patrick's Day
« on: March 16, 2017, 10:39:16 PM »
To one and all. Treat yourselves to a Guinness!

And remember, it's St Paddy, not St Patty

General NHL News & Views / Checking the Goalie...
« on: March 09, 2017, 09:40:56 AM »

Non-Hockey Chatter / Happy 2017!
« on: December 31, 2016, 07:49:29 PM »
Happy New Year to all at TML Fans.

Hopefully the year brings only good to everyone!

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / The Trade Deadline and the Goalie Issue
« on: February 04, 2016, 05:50:09 PM »
(Sorry for kind of plagiarising the Thread title from the Phaneuf thread)

Just read this piece by Mirtle in the Globe and Mail

Obviously we've known that Reimer contract is up this year while Bernier still has term left.

There were some interesting stats also came up on. The general gist is that Reimer outperforms Bernier in the analytics.

In the "red zone" (basically the slot right out in front of the crease to between the hash marks where around 50% of goals in the NHL are scored from) Reimer ranks 2nd in the NHL for save percentage on shots from here (83.5%) while Bernier is significantly below league average with 66.3%. League average is 75.5%.

So, do you trade Reimer as his contract is ending, and value probably particularly high. Or do you try and work out a way to trade Bernier?

Or do you just keep both? Who, if anyone, is likely available in free agency that would be a better bet?

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / The Leo Komarov Question
« on: December 22, 2015, 04:11:13 AM »
So this was brought up in one of the recent game day thread, and now that Komarov has passed his career high in goals in any professional season I guess it's worth further discussion. Do you try and trade Komarov?

My take on it personally is that I'm a big fan of Komarov - and have been in all his time as a Leaf. He was a competitor even on the poorer Leafs teams in the past. Now he's a competitor on an improving team trying to create an identity. I think he brings some almost veteran leadership to the side. He comes across as a good guy to have in a dressing room and a good pro with experience of different leagues for younger guys to learn from. He also seems a pretty smart guy.

But his offensive production so far is off the charts this year, probably above what anyone would expect. So do you sell high against all the positives I think he brings as mentioned above? Thinking back to Kulemin when he had his huge offensive season he never came close again. Will Komarov?

To me it would be nice to have a guy for the next few years who the team could build an identity around and fans could get behind. But if someone offers  you up a 1st round pick, I think you have to take it. A 2nd or lower, I think I hang on to him.

CHL & NCAA Hockey / NCAA Belfast
« on: November 26, 2015, 08:26:25 AM »
This weekend sees the NCAA play a tournament outside the USA for the first time.

UMass Lowell, Colgate, Brown and North Eastern are playing in the inaugural "Belpot" or "Friendship Four"  at the Belfast Giants Odyssey Arena in Northern Ireland.

Friday night sees Colgate v Brown in an ECAC conference game and UMass Lowell face Noth Eastern in a Hockey East Conference game. The winners then go on to play in the Belpot final on Saturday.

I believe all the games (there is also a 3rd/4th game) will be broadcast on TSN and NESN.

If you want to follow some buildup coverage the following twitter people are doing good work (This is my podcast if anyone wants to listen, we did a good preview show)

Or the hashtag #friendshipfour

There's also a preview here from the BBC

I'm pretty excited about seeing something other than British Elite League anyway... (And my money is on UMass to win the tournament).

General NHL News & Views / NHL GoPro video
« on: January 23, 2015, 06:41:01 PM »
I think this is awesome. Love the look back at Lundqvist's eyes as he tracks the puck.


General NHL News & Views / Champions Hockey League (Europe)
« on: September 04, 2014, 08:02:40 AM »
I wasn't sure which section to put this in, so mods feel free to move.

For anyone needing a hockey fix, a new Europe wide competition has just gotten underway. Based on the model of the UEFA Champions League it's made up of teams from all of the top European leagues (apart from the KHL) including Sweden, Finland, Czech, Swiss, Austrian, German, French and British.

Game day 3 is tonight and tomorrow and the games are being streamed live for a cost of 5 for a day pass which allows you to watch any game. Face offs are around 7pm European time so 2pm east coast time.

Potential big game tonight is Frolunda of Sweden v Geneve-Servette of Switzerland (coached by Chris McSorley).
Tomorrow night Djurgarden of Stockholm play Eisbaren of Berlin which could be a great game with a great atmosphere.

Information is here :

Schedules here:

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Joe Bowen Interview
« on: January 22, 2014, 07:39:19 AM »
Guys, firstly I hope this is in the right place and nobody minds me posting it up. As many of you know I'm based in Belfast and a big fan of the Belfast Giants as well as the Leafs. A few years back I founded and regularly contributed to a fan run podcast for the Giants. Unfortunately I can't contribute as much as I did in the past but it has now been adopted as the official podcast of the Belfast Giants organisation.

This week via the medium of twitter I had a bit of an interaction with Joe Bowen which ended up with him agreeing to speak to my good friend Patrick Smyth who presents the show. It's a really enjoyable interview and covers various topics.

If anyone wants to listen the podcast pages are HERE in the most recent podcast named "Holy Mackinaw" and if you want to hear just the interview with Bowen it is about half way into the show.

You can also get it via iTunes if you wish HERE and the Bowen interview starts around the 54 minute mark if you want to listen to it through iTunes.

It's a great interview with Bowen and well worth a listen. And hopefully I can recruit a few more of you as Belfast Giants fans as well  ;D

Non-Hockey Chatter / The "Things to do in Toronto when you visit" thread
« on: October 24, 2013, 04:55:33 AM »
Hi all. In early December I shall be spending a week in Toronto. I last visited in 2004 when I spent 3 days as part of a tour round Eastern Canada.

I'm just opening this thread to ask for suggestions on things to do when I visit. Obviously I hope to take in a Leafs game (and potentially a Marlies game dependent on convincing the other half to allow me more than one night of not shopping!). I've had a look and there's no Raptors games on.

Basically I'm looking for any ideas of things to do - I know of the like of the CN Tower and HHoF and the main tourist spots, but any other suggestions welcome, especially of things that may be a bit off the beaten tourist track.

Also thoughts on restaurants and the like to visit would be most appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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