Saturday, December 01, 2007

Dumbest Blonde Ever

Biggest Sandwich Ever - Carnegie Deli, NYC

It's the holiday season when people tend to over eat. That made me think about the generous portions you can get in some restaurants. Several years ago while in New York we had lunch a Carnegie Deli, the city's most famous deli.

The sandwiches are huge and that's just the regular ones. They have a list of oversized sandwiches. The heartiest sandwich is definitely Number 13—or "Jeff's Tatalah." This thing has three pounds of turkey, corned beef and Swiss and served on pumpernickel with cole slaw and Russian dressing. You can't get it in your mouth. Of course it comes with a big price too - $21.95.

Woody Allen is 72 Today

Sarah Silverman's Give the Jew Girl Toys

Ali G's Christmas Confusion

Friday, November 30, 2007

Evel Knievel is Dead

How ironic. Crashes like this never did him in. Instead he gave into the many health issues he developed as a result of medical science trying to put him back together after his many crashes.

Sean Avery Belongs in Slapshot

The Tragedy of Sean Taylor


Another gifted athlete is gone and once again fans and the public are questioning how and why he died. Police are questioning 3 people in the shooting death of Washington Redskin Sean Taylor and perhaps one day we will know how. But we will likely never understand why he died.

Police initially stated it was a random burglary that went wrong. Some people don't believe that. They feel that he was targeted. Now with every event there comes with it conspiracy theories. It's too early to decide if this was just bad luck.

A childhood friend, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antrel Rolle has said Taylor had many enemies on the streets of Miami. Rolle said many former "friends" had it in for Taylor, who was trying to build a more stable life. Rolle added that Taylor had withdrawn from the crowd he hung around with to build a new life with his girlfriend and young daughter.

Some people will point to his past as a contributor to his death. In fact many media stories talk about Taylor's "checkered past." Some think that description is a slight exaggeration. He had a thrown out DUI (hardly exclusive to pro-football players) and was framed in an assault case, which happens to many of the rich and famous. He had no record and his father was a police chief.

Jason Whitlock (Fox Sports) has stated that his immature, undisciplined behavior with his employer, his run-ins with law enforcement, which included allegedly threatening a man with a loaded gun, and the fact a vehicle he owned was once sprayed with bullets are all pertinent details when you've been murdered.

Hard to say which is the real Sean Taylor. All I know is that it no longer matters. He's not coming back.

Is MySpace Founder Tom Anderson Lying About His Age?

I've noticed a few articles speculating that MySpace founder Tom Anderson has been fibbing about his age.

Anderson claimed he was 27 when MySpace started up five years ago, which would put him at 32 today. But a recent Newsweek issue insists that public documents show him to be 37.

Does it matter? Newsweek says yes, noting that everyone who creates a MySpace profile automatically gets Anderson as a friend:

History might've unfolded differently if those first few users had known that the site's hipster co-architect was already well into his 30s. "Young people don't want someone their dad's age running a site they think is cool," says Pete Cashmore, the founder and editor of Mashable.com, a blog that covers social networking.

Although he may have been outed, his MySpace page still uses 32 at his age. But Wikipedia is now using the older age.

If this is all true, is it wrong?

Are All Art Students This Dumb?


The bomb scare at the Royal Ontario Museum on Wednesday night was an Ontario College of Art and Design student's idea of contemporary art. Apparently Thorarinn Ingi Jonsson sought the advice of a student union lawyer before planting a "sculpture" (i.e. a fake bomb with an affixed note that stated it wasn't a real bomb) and posting videos online that depict a bombing (labeled "fake video" of the "fake bombing").

OCAD has suspended Jonsson from school as well as two faculty members. But police have charged him with mischief and common nuisance after he turned himself in.

The museum was evacuated and surrounding streets shut down to traffic after what looked like three pipe bombs wrapped together with wiring were found just outside the glass-covered lobby early Wednesday evening. The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research was holding its annual black-tie fundraiser that night which had to be cancelled and cost the foundation $100,000.

A similar incident took place earlier in the year when a M.I.T. student was arrested at gunpoint after entering Boston's Logan International Airport with what authorities claim was "a fake bomb" strapped to her chest. She is lucky she wasn't shot by police.

Do art students have no common sense? Does it need to be part of the curriculum before they can make intelligent choices?

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Sudan: Teddy Bears and Genocide


The case of the British woman in Sudan convicted of insulting Islam after students called a stuffed bear `Muhammad' further points to the large cultural, moral, and religious rift that exists between the West and Islam.

A Sudanese court convicted a British teacher, Gillian Gibbons, yesterday of insulting Islam for letting her students name a teddy bear Muhammad and sentenced her to 15 days in prison, avoiding a heavier punishment of 40 lashes. The poor woman never meant to offend but that really doesn't matter.

The outrage can be heard across Europe and North America. Meanwhile, Muslim clerics have been drumming up public outrage against what they called a Western plot to insult Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

Gibbons' boss at the school thinks the verdict was fair because she could have gotten a half a year in the slammer and 40 stinging lashes. Which makes me wonder why westerners continue to take jobs in the Middle East where they are so intolerant of the West. There isn't enough money in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates combined to get me to work there, for even a month.

Meanwhile, in Sudan, a centre of "piety and respect", genocide is ongoing led by the Sudanese military and the government backed Janjaweed militia group. What do the Muslim clerics have to say about that?

Kurt Kauper's hockey paintings


A famous New York painter has a show depicting famous hockey players pulling a Tlusty.
They say Kurt Kauper, whose works have been shown in the Whitney Museum of American Art's prestigious biennial in New York and at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, among other places, is a masterful painter who creates realistic portraits of subjects he has never met. Some pieces in the current show sold for $135,000. (One nude Orr remains available; the other has been sold, as has the Sanderson.)

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Monica Lewinsky is ummm...big

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Don Cherry is very comfortable with gay men

Flasher's Inadequacy Defense Falls Short

Man is charged with 7 counts of indecent exposure. So what's his defense?

He claimed he couldn't have done it because he was too embarrassed about the size of his manhood to expose himself to women. He even showed the jury photographs taken by his wife to prove his claims. No report on how small though.

However, the court also heard he had already been convicted of sexually assaulting five females in his local area while out jogging.

Not surprising, the jury didn't buy into his defense and found him guilty.

Ted Rogers is the richest Canadian

Canadian Business magazine is out today with the ninth annual rich list and Ted Rogers is now the richest Canadian. No wonder since like many other consumers, I am forced to purchase TV, Internet, phone, and mobile services from him. In some cases there is no alternative. Bell doesn't operate in my neighbourhood so I'm even forced to purchase Internet and phone services from Rogers.

Any way, he is scooping a growing portion of my pay cheque each month because of the lack of competition out there. He'll also collect money when you click on this 680news link to the story about him so if you hate sending monopolies money, just believe me on this one.

The Thompson family is actually worth more than Ted but he is the richest individual. And RIM co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie appear to be rapidly moving up the list.

Your IQ Is 130

Your Logical Intelligence is Below Average

Your Verbal Intelligence is Exceptional

Your Mathematical Intelligence is Genius

Your General Knowledge is Exceptional

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Will Britney go like Princess Di


Britney Spears is having a real serious problem with paparazzi. They are everywhere she goes and all over her and boys. That is why her driving is so erratic, why she has run over some feet and why she was forced to get a driver.

Now TMZ reports that the driver has quit just after a few days on the job. A source close to Spears told TMZ, that the driver had very close calls with paparazzi and other vehicles while driving Britney.

You know what happened to Princess Di when she was also aggressively pursed by the paparazzi.

It's out for Christmas! The Talking Senator Larry Craig Action Figure!

It stands about 12" tall and wears a t-shirt emblazoned with his declaration: "I Am Not Gay." His limbs are bendable, so you can put him in all sorts of poses... even the famous "wide stance" the Senator refers to.

Best of all, THE ACTION FIGURE TALKS! Press the button, and he delivers a portion of his Press Conference...

"Thank you all very much for coming out today. I will read a statement: 'I am not gay. I never have been gay."

No Kennedy Love Child?

In 2006, the Enquirer claimed that Kennedy fathered a child with Caroline Bilodeau-Allen in 1984 and that a cover-up ensued. Bilodeau-Allen filed a lawsuit in Boston claiming that is completely false and that she and her 22-year-old son, who is also a plaintiff, have suffered psychological damage as a result of the rumors.
The Smoking Gun has documentation of the case and the pages of the Enquirer's story. The story the Enquirer weaves is a sordid one involving "hush money."

FOUND: 2 bags of pot, to claim call...


The Florida Highway Patrol says anyone missing two big bags of pot can call their Tampa area office. A crew picking up litter from along Interstate 4 near Tuesday morning made an unusual find: two big plastic garbage bags stuffed with freshly harvested marijuana.

The number to the Florida Highway Patrol is 813-631-4020. They're waiting for your call.

Umm, $1 Million Bills are Fake

There is no such thing as a one million dollar bill, but investigators say that didn't stop a man from trying to open a bank account with one in Clearwater, North Carolina.

Alexander D. Smith is charged with disorderly conduct and forgery.

The largest denomination of currency ever printed is the $100,000 bill. The bill was printed back in the 1930s.

Watch Out for Judge Bob Hangin' Restaino

Make sure you turn off your cellphone in court in the event you are in front of crazy Judge Robert Restaino of Niagara Falls, NY. Actually the State Commission on Judicial Conduct recommended the removal of the judge after he totally lost it one day back in 2005.

On the morning of March 11, 2005, the judge was presiding over a slate of domestic-violence cases when he heard a phone ring. He told the roughly 70 people in the courtroom that “every single person is going to jail in this courtroom” unless the phone was turned over.

After a brief recess, Judge Restaino returned and asked the defendant who had been standing before him in the front of the courtroom when the phone rang if he knew whose it was. He said he didn't know nonetheless, the judge scrapped plans to release the defendant, set bail at $1,500 and sent him into custody.

He was the first of 46 defendants to be sent into custody that day because of what could be called the case of the ringing cellphone. The judge opined at length about his frustration over the phone.

Is it serious?


Rusty the Rooster and Jerome the Giraffe quit CBC


The children of Bob Homme, the deceased creator CBC show The Friendly Giant, have pulled the late Homme's puppets from the CBC Museum after the broadcaster used the characters in a recent Gemini Awards skit without the family's permission.

The show portrayed Rusty the Rooster and Jerome the Giraffe as smoking, drinking and having sex while living in retirement. So the family is now looking for more "responsible" custodians for the puppets.

The Friendly Giant was an immensely popular children's program appeared on the CBC from 1958 to 1985. Bob Homme died in 2000.

I've grown up since watching the show and must admit to indulging in some of those vices. I guess Rusty and Jerome will be underage forever even though their fans are all now middle age.

Harold Ballard's spirit has inhabited Richard Peddie's body

It seems Harold Ballard may be dead but his spirit lives on...within Maple Leaf president Richard Peddie's brain. What else could explain his continual humiliation of Leaf GM John Ferguson. He has promised Ferguson contract extensions and then withdrawn the promise. He spent the summer looking for a mentor for a GM who was in the job for 4 years. On the Fan 590 yesterday Scotty Bowman, one of the candidates said he was interviewed twice by Peddie who seemed to show no interest in Bowman. Is he nuts?

More recently, he is running around telling the media Ferguson was unqualified for the job and it was a mistake to hire him. This is coming from a Ferguson supporter. Yeah who needs friends like this. Harold Ballard also enjoyed humiliating his employees and one that bother me the most was his treatment of Roger Neilson, one of the best coaches in the last 30 years.

In 1978 a reporter approach Ballard following a loss regarding his thoughts on the coach, Neilson. Ballard just blurted out that he was fired. Which is how Neilson found out, through the media. This was Thursday evening and the Leafs had a game on the Saturday. The Leafs had no assistant coach so there was no one who could even step in on an interim basis. GM Jim Gregory approached a few people but was turned down, including his assistant GM and previous Leaf coach Johny McLellan. McLellan had stepped down as coach in 1973 because of health reasons and wouldn't step back behind the bench.

Meanwhile, Neilson was still running practices. The coach was extremely popular with the players and Leaf captain Darryl Sittler approached Ballard about reconsidering. He agreed on the one condition that Neilson start the game on the Saturday with a paper bag over his head. Neilson refused and went to speak to Ballard. They reached a compromise and Neilson didn't step behind the bench until after the national anthem was sung. He received an extended standing ovation and Ballard go to play out his little drama.

Back to the present. Richard Peddie is likely the biggest liability right now within the MLSE organization. Replacing the GM and coach is pointless unless responsibility for the hockey team is taken away from Peddie.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Israelis and Palestinians Agree to Negotiation Plan


No it's not a peace plan just a plan on negotiating a possible agreement. But its still a step forward after so many previous missteps.

American President Bush, Israeli Prime Minister Olmert and Palestinian President Abbas read a joint statement today from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland agreeing to biweekly negotiations which would hopefully conclude in late 2008 with a peace plan. The agreement was reached after weeks of intense negotiations that appeared to be leading to failure again.

No one is going to get overly excited about today's announcement. All three leaders are in a weak position domestically and don't have a mandate to make major concessions. There are endless hurdles. How does the Gaza fit into the negotiations? They need to deal with Jerusalem, West Bank settlements, Palestinian right of return, and borders. Old issues that have never been resolved. Why would there be agreement now? And how do you read Syria's surprise attendance at Annapolis?

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Are the Philadelphia Flyers Returning to the Broad Street Bullies?

Back in the 1970s, the Flyers were feared in the NHL. They were the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup but they did it more with brute force than finesse. They were known as the Broad Street Bullies and featured tough guys Dave "The Hammer" Schultz, Andre "Moose" Dupont, Don "Big Bird" Saleski and Bob Hound Dog" Kelly.

It is being suggested that the "Bullies" are back. Last night with the Flyers trailing by 5-2 in the second period, forward Scott Hartnell came across the ice to hit Bruins defenseman Andrew Alberts with a head shot that left another Bruin injured.

There were multiple hostilities in the game, no doubt stemming from Randy Jones' dangerous check on Patrice Bergeron in Boston last month. Bergeron remains sidelined with a concussion and other injuries; Jones was suspended for two games.

Now factor in Jesse Boulerice's hit on Ryan Kesler in Vancouver and Steve Downie's hit on Ottawa's Dean McAmmond during the preseason, both of which drew lengthy suspensions.

The Flyers have earned a reputation as a dirty hockey club this season. Now consider the number of fights involving Anaheim last season and they won the Stanley Cup. Is the NHL returning to the turbulent 70s? Not likely because the rules were changed to discourage all the brawling. You need to be concerned that teams go back to favouring large physical players over the small skill players.

World Class Santa

If you're good at climbing chimmneys then you might want to consider the Santa Games. Prospective Santas battled it out in five sports: chimney climbing, reindeer racing, kick sled racing, porridge eating and Santa's Christmas Eve.

The winner Dave Downey spent three years in training to be a Santa. So is Dave now over qualified to be a mall Santa?


Referee Wasn't Cooperating

Portland Winter Hawks ice hockey fans threw what was reportedly a world record 20,372 stuffed animals on the ice after what they thought was their team scored first goal of the season. Only thing is the goal was disallowed. The fans didn't notice the referee waving off the goal.

The event was planned and the bears donated to charity.

TTC's Subway Disruption Site


The TTC has launched a Subway/RT Disruptions page, which they will use to keep riders up to date about service disruptions. The page evidently self-generates every minute or so, with a nice big tag line reading "There are no major disruptions at this time" in any instance in which there is... uh... no major disruption.
The TTC says that only major Subway/RT delays will be posted. Who knows what they consider major? I am guessing when they send out the 5 shuttle buses to handle the thousands of stranded riders. Oh yes, it also says that "shuttle buses cannot carry the subway passenger volume due to their lower capacity and road congestion."
But it's not a bad idea to check the site before heading out of the office to the subway/

Monday, November 26, 2007

Is Justin Pogge Ready?

I've heard a number of people question whether Justin Pogge should be brought up to the NHL to shake up the Leafs. I believe the answer is no. Although the Marlies have a winning record, his stats do not reveal that he is someone who could help the Leafs right now.

Wins: 5
Losses: 1
OT/SO losses: 2
goals against: 2.68
saves percentage: 0.899

What's Happening with the Maple Leafs

Got back to town last night and there was no talk about the Grey Cup game - only that the Maple Leafs had lost another 2 games. There is speculation and rumours regarding a new president, general manager and/or coach. The Toronto Sun suggests that JFJ tried to fire Paul Maurice last week but was not allowed to. But within the organization it appears calm.

So whats really going on? Here are some questions and answers that I've put together that reflects my uninformed perspective.

Is it true that MLSE doesn't care about winning a Stanley Cup and only cares about the bottom line?

I don't think so. Sports leagues have many owners who want to win but have no clue how to build a winner. They are also all owned by business people who like to make money. And some have no clue how to make money owning a franchise. That isn't a problem here. The Leaf owners were one of the top spenders before the salary cap which conveniently papered over years of weak ownership and management. The Chicago Cubs haven't won the World Series since 1908 but not from lack of trying.

Are the Leafs really that bad?

Definitely. They are near the bottom of the league in most statistical areas. No matter who is in their lineup, they play the same sloppy hockey that every team in the league hungry to play the Leafs. Don't be fooled by the occasional strong game. As they say, "even a blind squirrel finds the occasional nut."

Why are the Leafs so bad?

Hard to know but like everyone else I have my theory. Five or six years ago they Leafs were tough team to play against with Gary Roberts, Tie Domi, Shane Corson, Travis Green, Wade Belak, Darcy Tucker and Bryan McCabe. They were dirty, mouthy and irritating. Pat Quinn was an offensive minded coach who hated the trap. So he directed an offense oriented team that had lots of irritating players and great goaltending (Joseph and then Belfour) to cover up all their defensive mistakes. Today they are a soft team that plays the same likes to play wide open with just ordinary goaltending. Even the defensemen are offense oriented. It's a formula for disaster.

Who is to blame for this mess, Ferguson, Maurice or the players?

Everyone has to share in the blame. The manager doesn't have the right mix of players to win but thinks he does. No physical players, no strong defensive players. After the lock out he stated that he would hanging onto draft picks because young players were critical to building a winner. He has failed to keep that commitment. But even worse, the assets he has received in exchange for younger players and picks have not helped the team. The coach seems to have lost the players despite their vocal support. If he has a defensive system he isn't evident. Every expansion team coach goes with trap to survive until the franchise develops some good players. It's easy to execute with marginal players and keeps the scores down. Finally, the Leaf players seem to be unable to respond to their coach. I can't explain it. You need to be in the dressing room itself to understand.

But if you want to know where to start, its moving Richard Peddie out of the president's position. It was his idea to bring in an inexperienced GM and he continues to stand by him. The same thing happened to the Raptors when Peddie hired Babcock until they both pushed aside with the hiring of Bryan Colangelo.

Why hasn't Ferguson and/or Maurice been fired and players traded?

I can understand why there has been no firings yet. The most qualified candidates already have jobs. You can get permission to approach them in the off season but not during the season. Still the papers have bounced around all kinds of names and something may still happen. The worse the team does the more likely the organization will have to do something, even if it means bringing in some people on an interim basis. Also, the ownership doesn't need to act quickly because every ticket for the remainder of the season is sold. So that isn't a factor to consider. Which also feeds the perception among fans that the ownership is not interested in winning the Cup.

What would fix this team?

I think only blowing it up will work. The chemistry is all wrong here. Trade away players with big salaries for draft picks and use the money to buy some good free agents next summer. But this is a difficult thing to do in the Toronto market because their is a perception that you need to always ice a competitive team when you are charging the highest ticket prices in the league. However, once the team sinks to the bottom of the standings, the option of tinkering to maintain a competitive team is taken away from you. Also, trading players in this market is a real challenge. High priced players are virtually untradeable until the trade deadline. And the Leafs have at least 4 players with no trade contracts. The next guy has his work cut out for him.

So who would you keep?

Well no one is that good on this team to make them untouchable. The theory for rebuilding under a salary cap is keep underpaid players which provides more money to work with in the future. Not too many players on the Leafs fall into that category.

Beauty Pageant Contestants Can Get Nasty


Beauty pageant organisers are investigating who doused a contestant's evening gowns with pepper spray and spiked her makeup, causing her to break out in hives.

Beauty queen Ingrid Marie Rivera beat 29 rivals to become Puerto Rico's 2008 Miss Universe contestant, despite applying makeup and wearing evening gowns that had been coated with pepper spray. Luckily they didn't uset arsenic.

Rivera was composed while appearing before cameras and judges throughout the competition. But once backstage, she had to strip off her clothes and apply ice bags to her face and body, which swelled and broke out in hives twice.

Rivera's clothing and makeup later tested positive for pepper spray.

Someone also stole Rivera's bag containing her gowns, makeup and credit cards. And a bomb threat forced pageant officials to postpone the last day of competition on Thursday.

Man Held in Natalee Holloway Disappearance

Three men have been arrested in the Natalee Holloway disappearance. You may recall the Alabama teenager disappeared while vacationing in Aruba back in May 2005. Brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe were arrested in Aruba at the same time authorities in the Netherlands picked up Joran Van der Sloot at the request of the Aruban government, the statement said. Van der Sloot is attending school in Holland.

Natalee Holloway was visiting Aruba with a group of about 100 classmates celebrating their high school graduation when she went to Carlos n' Charlie's that night in 2005. The group had planned to leave for home the following day, and Holloway's packed bags and passport were found in her hotel room after she failed to show up for her flight.

The three men were supposedly the last people seen with Holloway, 18, as she left the nightclub about 1:30 a.m. on May 30, 2005. All three men have maintained their innocence in her disappearance. The three had previously been arrested in 2005 but a court released them, citing insufficient evidence.

They first told police that they dropped off Holloway at the hotel, where she was staying. However, Van der Sloot later acknowledged that this was a lie he and the brothers initially agreed to tell to the authorities. Van der Sloot also states he was alone with Holloway on the beach about 1 km from her hotel, where the three say the two were dropped off. However, he insists that he did not harm her, and that she was fine when he left her on the beach (he says she wanted to stay, while he wanted to go home because he had to go to school later that morning). Accounts differ on how Van der Sloot got back home from the beach: Van der Sloot said that Satish Kalpoe picked him up with the car. Satish Kalpoe denied this.

Her disappearance triggered an exhaustive search and investigation and a media sensation in the United States, Aruba and the Netherlands but she has never been found. I remember Nancy Grace covering this story for months picking up on every silly theory and rumour. I think it was the global media coverage was drove the massive search. Hundreds of volunteers searched the island in 2005 including the army but the a body was never found. The FBI got involved and Dutch F-16s with sophisticated search equipment assisted. A Texas search and rescue company called EquuSearch volunteered its resources and used its sophisticated technology to search the waters surrounding the island.
What made this case even more interesting was that Joran Van der Sloot's father is a Aruban judge. Paulus van der Sloot was arrested in2005 on suspicion of conspiring during or after the alleged crime with his then 17-year-old son. He was freed from jail but remained a suspect. Several months later he won an unjust detention action against the Aruban government.

Lots Of Similarities Between Leafs and Cowboys

I checked out Maple Leaf GM John Ferguson's blog to read the latest exercise in denial. Here is the latest entry from Dallas.

Lots Of Similarities Between Leafs and Cowboys

John Ferguson GM Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club
Nov 23, 2007, 3:20 PM EST


Thursday was the American Thanksgiving. Our team spent the afternoon at Texas Stadium, watching the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Jets. It was a great time. Many of our players had never seen an NFL game before, let alone one at Texas Stadium. But it was also a great point of comparison. The building was sold out and there is talk the new Cowboys stadium will cost over $1 billion. Everywhere there were signs of the tradition and excellence the franchise has enjoyed. It was a great chance for our group to see that type of fan excitement from within. The excitement, the passion, the anticipation, the spotlight and even the media coverage is very similar to what our players experience in Toronto. Playing in Toronto isn’t like playing anywhere else in the NHL. We think it’s the best place in the league; you’re on the big stage every night, playing in front of a sold-out crowd. We work very hard on making sure that the player’s entire family experiences everything the city can offer, from first class medical coverage to access to the best fit in schools. All that said, we know that playing in Toronto isn’t for everyone. The level of fan interest and the expectation of performance are intense. We are very open in our discussions with players and agents. You need to be excited about the possibility of playing here. When we signed Jason Blake as a free agent this summer, we talked a lot about our commitment to the players and their families and how we support them away from the rink. Jason was attracted by the challenge of playing here and by how we as an organization welcomed and helped families. Those things, as well as the excitement in the market are what make Toronto unique in the NHL. It was fun, for a day, to compare the life of a Cowboy with that of a Maple Leaf.

Note: The only similarity between the Cowboys and Leafs are the cost of tickets. Any others are a product of JFJ's creative mind.