Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
The media buzz regarding a Mats Sundin has been relentless for 2 months. That is all that is being discussed on the radio, TV and in print. It has really polarized fans between those who think he should leave for the sake of the team and those who believe he has earned to the right to decide his destiny.
I would love to see a package of prospects and picks that could turn around the Leafs but I don't think he should be traded. The Leafs have an ugly history of trading their best players when they don't want to go. Sittler, McDonald, Horton, Clark, Gilmour, etc. I don't even want to talk about how they treated Dave Keon. Isn't it time the organization did the right thing and keep this guy around until he is ready to retire.
Many fans were slow to appreciate his greatness. They said he was soft. A lousy captain and no leader. He has responded by putting together a career like no other Maple Leaf. In 13 seasons with the Leafs he has only missed 42 games. That is incredible! Here are his other accomplishments.
35 goals and 74 points n 83 playoff games
9 All Star game selections
15 overtime goals (NHL record)
First European to be draft first overall
Only Swedish player to reach 1000 points
1 Olympic Gold
3 World Championship Golds
1 World Chamionship Silver
2 World Championship Bronze
Next week the GMs meet in Naples, Florida for 3 days and rumour has it the Ducks are putting together a package that will knock the socks off of Cliff Fletcher. If it's true Sundin could be gone. So Saturday could be his last game in a Leaf sweater. Very sad.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
He said that he's been secretly involved with S&M for many decades. In order to take trips for NYC's S&M clubs (while staying at a Y), he would claim he was visiting the city to take photographs and enjoy Brooklyn pizza. "My biggest fear has always been that someone would find out. That's why I come to New York and never do this in Montreal."
He spent three days in a coma after he slipped out of a high heel shoe - while a chain attached to his dog collared-neck was suspended from the ceiling at the Nutcracker Suite (website is active again) in Midtown - and almost choked to death.
He is desperately trying to break his addiction.
"It's like when you crave a turkey," he said. "You eat it and you eat it and you eat it, but you still want it. But now I've had enough. I don't want turkey anymore. I'm full." ..."Now that I've almost died, I can't see myself going back to S&M," he said. "If you gave me $100,000 to spend there, I wouldn't. I'm not crazy."
If you have listened to any of the questioning it becomes obvious that the hearings are as partisan as everything else in DC. The Republicans side with Clemens and the Democrats side with McNamee. Who cares about the turth anyway.
Speaking of the truth, you won't find out what it is by following the hearings. So far the only thing that Clemens and McNamee have agreed on is that Debbie Clemens was indeed on the juice. At least they can agree on something! Whenever Clemens doesn’t like the question he just says “I don’t remember.”
The problem is that McNamee is a sleazebag and Clemens is doing his best Richard Nixon imitation. It may take years to crack this nut.
On the Republican side, John McCain won all his primaries, butthe margins weren't as large as Obama's. He used the victories to begin attacking Barack Obama which indicates that the leading contenders will begin focusing on each other. Mike Huckabee stubbornly hangs in and is attracting good numbers in the South (eg., 41% in Virginia). Again, it shows a lack of confidence in McCain from the "family values" conservative base. Leading one to speculate that he may reach out to this group when choosing a running mate. Huckabee has been careful to avoid attacking McCain and he would certainly the 2nd spot on the ticket.
Democrats (2,025 needed to win)
Republicans (1,191 needed to win)
number from the NY Times
40-year-old Gary Coleman has revealed to that he's secretly married to 22-year-old Shannon Price. In an interview Gary said the two married in Nevada on August 28, 2007. They met on the set of one of his movies.
Gary said that he's 4'8" and she's 5'7" and it doesn't matter. Shannon said, “He was ten feet tall to me because he was sweet and I really liked his personality. That doesn’t really matter to me.”
I can't believe its already lasted over 5 months.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I'm running out of places to put the stuff. I understand Toronto Works Dept. is hauling snow down to Lake Ontario and using ice melters to dump it in the lake. Should be another lovely commute home.
"I made many trades over 10 deadlines in management with St. Louis and Toronto. I look forward to plying a new trade with TSN this deadline."
Check out the Video.
Between tuition, room and board and fees, the total cost of attending GWU climbed to $50,660 in 2007-2008. The university's board of directors agreed Friday to ramp up financial aid efforts and introduce other price control measures to bring the soaring tab under control.
Here is a quote from GWU President Steven Knapp:
"The affordability of higher education is a pressing concern for American families. "We are committed to moderating overall costs and to preserving the benefits and predictability that our fixed-tuition program offers students and their families."
What a bunch of horseshit! Fees at the University of Toronto for students in the Arts and Science program is a reasonable $5,550, Law school is $20,000 and Medical school is $18,000. That leaves enough for a nice week in Florida during Reading Week.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Jodie Foster re-creating a scene from The Birds.
This past week the Leafs looked liked contenders (if you can ignore the 8-0 embarrassment against the Panthers) by beating Ottawa, Montreal and Detroit. Seems very impressive except that the Leafs will once again not make the playoffs so these games are meaningless. Suddenly, key players (eg., Tucker and Blake) who have done nothing all season, are scoring again so that by the end of the schedule they statistically will appear to have had acceptable seasons.
To make the final playoff spot in the East, you will need at least 90 points. The past 2 seasons the 8th place teams had 92 points. The Leafs currently have 55 points and are tied for 13th spot in the East. To reach 90 points and 8th place they would need to leap frog 6 teams and go 17-7-1 the rest of the way. That would be quite an achievement for a team that needed 48 games to win its first 17 games.
This team can't even lose right. Pushing up to to 9th or 10th place means that at the Amateur Draft in June, the Leafs will not be able to grab an impact player. Hopefully, this nonsense will soon be put to an end by Cliff Fletcher when he trades away the dead weight that finally woke up for the last 25 games of the season.
On the Democrats side, big wins in Louisiana, Nebraska, Wahington and Maine by Barack Obama has provided him with more momentum in the race for delegates. Difficult to say whether Hilary Clinton can recover in the next few weeks with Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, and Wisconsin in the next 8 days and delegate-rich Texas just 3 weeks away. She may not be dead yet but her campaign looks like its on lifesupport. The Clintons have come back from the dead before so you can't write them off. The other factor to remember is the 796 unpledged delegates. Clinton with strong establishment connections would likely fill the current delegate gap once the unpledeged select a candidate. Even Chelsea Clinton is recruiting delegates.
For Republicans, Mike Huckabeen too Kansas and Louisiana while John McCain grabbed Washington. So as much as you think this is over, we're not quite there yet. The family value crowd have not given up and are not ready to back McCain. The ongoing internal battle is probably not going to serve the party well and I think Huckabee is serious about continuing to fight for the nomination.
Democrats (2,025 needed to win)
Republicans (1,191 needed to win)