Saturday, April 14, 2012

Video of the week

Red Sox catcher Jelly Shoppach had an unusual stolen base this week. But then he hasn't had a lot of practice it was his first.

Shoppach broke from first base with a delayed steal. As he made his way toward second, he slid a little too early as Tampa Bay catcher Jose Molina rose out of his crouch for the throw.

Shoppach stumbled onto his knee as the throw came into second baseman Jeff Keppinger. Already behind Keppinger, Shoppach had seemingly avoided the tag. He then fell forward and completed the slide going in head first.

Will be on the blooper reel all season long.

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A pregnant woman took to Craigslist to find the identity of her baby's daddy after a brief encounter. Although the post has since been removed.

You have to love her description of the encounter. It sounds so romantic.

Me: Blue hair, silver tube top, fishnets, Knee high black biker boots.

You: Red mohawk, black pentagram gauges, viper piercings.

I was grinding on you in the pit, then we went to the bathroom, and got fucked up. You had a nice cock and I was wasted so I let [you] raw dog it in the stall. You were really good and you had to gag me so I would make too much noise.

Well raw dogging does have its consequences: babies. I guess the didn't have a condom machine in the bathroom they were using. The Craigslist poster is actually pretty mellow about it. "Contact me if you want to be part of your child's life."

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73-year old grannie busted with 6 lbs of weed


An elderly Oklahoma woman is accused of running a major marijuana drug operation out of her Craig County home.

The investigation began about five months ago when Craig County Deputies and Vinita Police got a tip that a large amount of marijuana was being sold out of the home of 73-year-old Darlene Mayes.

After months of investigation and surveillance, the drug task force served a warrant at her home Monday evening.

Around 6:45 p.m. Monday evening, Vinita Police, Craig County deputies and Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics agents raided the picturesque farm of the retired DHS worker.

Investigators thought Mayes was a major player in the drug trade, but even they were surprised at what they found: six pounds of marijuana, guns and $277,000 in cash.

"It was an extreme wow moment," said Vinita police chief Bobby Floyd.

He says he expected to find marijuana, but was stunned by the sheer amount of cash -- much of which was stuffed in garbage bags and vacuum sealed in plastic bags.

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Naughty celebrity mugshot week


Randy Quaid

Friday, April 13, 2012

Sign of the day

45 years of Maple Leafs frustration: 1967-68

As this season come to a close, Leaf fans everywhere aren't sure whether to be optimistic for the future or despair. After 45 years we've seen it all - except a Stanley Cup. So we just wait, for the next hot prospect, for the next free agent signing, for the next GM, for the next season. A two- or three-game winning streak creates a buzz in the city. But finish the season with a 2-month tailspin and fans swear they will never watch another game. Frustration causes huge swings in optimism and pessimism. Journeyman players can become heroes while others are booed out of town. Wendel Clark once said about Leaf fans, you are neither as good as they say or as bad as they say. I plan post the highs and lows of 53 seasons since the Maple Leafs last brought home the Stanley Cup starting with the 1967-68 season.

The season following the last Maple Leaf Stanley Cup was the first expansion year which saw the NHL expand from six to twelve teams. New teams were Philadelphia Flyers, St. Louis Blues, Oakland Seals, Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota North Stars.GM/Coach Punch Imlach did not fare well in the expansion draft losing valuable players with some curious decision-making. It was apparent that Imlach was too loyal to his aging players who had been with him since 1958. In the expansion draft the Leaf organization lost 21 players including 5 off of the Leaf roster, many were good young prospects. In addition, the Leafs had also sold two farm teams, the Rochester Americans and Victoria Cougars, for the cash. This robbed the organization of 45 players at the same time the league was expanding. Many of these players went on to have successful NHL careers. In contrast, the Montreal Canadiens hung onto their prospects and made older players available.

In an effort to make a run for the playoffs late in the 1967-68 season, Imlach had made an ill-advised trade with the Detroit Red Wings sending Frank Mahovlich, Pete Stemkowski, Garry Unger and the rights to Carl Brewer to Detroit in return for Norm Ullman, Paul Henderson and Floyd Smith. The Leafs in the end fell short in their playoff run and it was apparent that the Imlach magic was gone.

The key player moved in the trade was Frank Mahovlich, a talented and classy winger, a large man with the skills and hands of a pure scorer. Known as "the Big M," Mahovlich was touted as a superstar while still a teenager. Mahovlich also struggled through most of his hockey life with the stress that comes from great expectations.

The Leafs played the Montreal Canadiens on November 1, 1967 - an important game between long-time foes. Mahovlich played a wonderful game, scoring a goal and adding two assists in Toronto's 5-0 win. He was named one of the three stars of the game. The next day, with the Leafs leaving on a trip to Detroit, Mahovlich got up from his seat on the train, told a teammate he was going home and left. He was soon under the care of the Toronto General Hospital psychiatric staff. He was in a deep depression and, according to many reports, had suffered a nervous breakdown. Mahovlich stayed away from the rink to deal with his condition for more than a month, during which he missed 11 games.

Later in of the season, the Leafs decided to part ways with their big winger. In the biggest trade of the decade. Like many trades over the next 45 years it failed to make the Leafs better. They finished 5th in the East and out of the playoffs.


Woman stole everything but bed from hotel room




Police are searching for a woman who stole over $700 worth of items from a room at a Tampa hotel back on March 21.

According to the sheriff's office, around 10:15 a.m., the woman can be seen on video surveillance stealing several items including a television set, curtains, bedspread, rugs, trash can, and iron with ironing board from the room at the Sabal Suites located at 10007 Princess Palm Avenue in Tampa.

Police say the girl checked several doors to various rooms before entering the room that was under renovation at the time.


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Girl finds out about break up on Facebook, crashes boyfriend's care into bowling alley



Claire Holley, 31, of Seddon Street, Salford, drove into the Hollywood Bowl in Middlebrook, Bolton, while in a drunken rage, Bolton Crown Court heard.

It happened in January after boyfriend Davy Jones had ended their two-year relationship and changed his Facebook status to single.

Holley, who caused £14,000 of damage, received a suspended prison sentence.

Geoff Whelan, prosecuting, said Holley had been "heartbroken and crushed" after Mr Jones ended their relationship, and had drunk half a bottle of wine and two large vodkas.

She tried to contact Mr Jones to ask for a reconciliation after reading his status had changed to single on the social networking site, but he had turned off his mobile phone.

The court was told that she drove to the bowling alley, where Mr Jones worked, and was seen waiting in the car park and revving the car's engine.

She then drove the car, which belonged to Mr Jones, through the entrance of the alley and a cafe inside the building at speed.


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Naughty celebrity mugshot week


Amanda Bynes

Guy uses police light phone app to prank vehicles- Pulls over off-duty

20-year-old Chadwyck Voegeli is scheduled to appear in court on charges that he impersonated a police officer.

Voegeli of Fort Wayne was arrested a week ago after he attempted to pull a car over with what appeared to be a phone displaying red and blue flashing lights.

He pulled up next to the car laughing until he saw the person he attempted to stop flash a Fort Wayne police badge.

Two off-duty officers were riding in the car in front of Voegeli . The suspect tried drive off but the officers followed him to a bar off Leo Road.

Uniformed officers arrived at the scene and after a short chase on foot through the bar, Voegeli was arrested.

Voegeli faces a felony charge of impersonation of a public servant and a misdemeanor of resisting law enforcement.

Yup can't be anything stupider than a police light phone app except maybe a guy who uses the app to prank some cops. Nice going Chad. But the news video below really tops it off. It is almost a PSA.

Meth lab found in Walmart restroom

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Somebody left behind a surprise in the bathroom at Walmart.

A custodial employee working on Saturday found a "shake-and-bake" meth lab in the women's restroom at a store in Alabama, Boaz Police Department officials confirmed to The Huffington Post.

The single-use methamphetamine operation included a Nestle water bottle and five empty packets of the over-the-counter cold medicine pseudoephedrine, the Gadsen Times reported.

Police also found it odd that the pills used to cook the low quality methamphetamine were of a brand not sold at Walmart.

Shea Weber draws a mulligan for the hit

Well on day 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs and the NHL already blundered by failing to take a stand against cheap shots. What else could you describe Shea Weber slamming the head of Henrik Zetterberg into the glass behind the Nashville net. Just confirms that there are two sets of disciplinary penalties one for the star players and another for the rest of the league.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Woman strips naked at Denver airport



A female passenger at Denver International Airport caused a stir Tuesday morning when she stripped naked inside Concourse B, airport officials said.

The incident happened at about 8:45 a.m. when, according to DIA spokeswoman Jenny Schiavone, the woman was caught smoking a cigarette at gate B81, in a non-smoking area.

At some point after airport workers told her to extinguish the cigarette, the woman took off her clothing. It wasn’t immediately clear why. However, Denver Police say it was unrelated to the smoking issue.

One witness, who did not want his name used, says other passengers on the concourse didn’t find the striptease amusing.

“Most were shocked,” he told FOX31 Denver. “No one really noticed her at first because people were trying to get to their planes. Then, everyone realized she was just standing there completely naked.”

The whole incident played-out over a span of about 20 minutes before authorities eventually transported the woman to a hospital, Schiavone said.


So how may passengers at the airport thought this was a new TSA procdure? I'm sure plenty. Is that what we are eventually going to get to? Passengers stipping naked to ensure one of your tattoos or piercings isn't a bomb. Or maybe to make sure I'm not wearing a phallic prosthesis with explosives packed in it.

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Cooking with matzah on Passover week

Streaker interrupts Blue Jays-Sox game


You know that baseball is back in town when the streakers strip down to their shorts. A tradition that does not exist in hockey for obvious reasons. Tuesday night Toronto's first streaker made it onto the field. By the way YOLO on his chest stands for "You Only Live Once."
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Meanwhile Camden Yard's Batman streaker who went viral is out of jail and has a lifetime ban on Oriole games. He got off from charges on a technicality. But he got his 15 minutes of fame. So good for him.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Torontonian's guide to the Stanley Cup playoffs



Thursday, April 5 — Toronto at Cleveland, 3:05 p.m.
Saturday, April 7 — Toronto at Cleveland, 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, April 8 — Toronto at Cleveland, 1:05 p.m.
Monday, April 9 — Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Tuesday, April 10 — Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11 — Boston at Toronto, 12:37 p.m.
Friday, April 13 — Baltimore at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Saturday, April 14 — Baltimore at Toronto, 4:07 p.m.
Sunday, April 15 — Baltimore at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Tuesday, April 17 — Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Wednesday, April 18 — Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Thursday, April 19 — Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Friday, April 20 — Toronto at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m.
Saturday, April 21 — Toronto at Kansas City, 7:10 p.m.
Sunday, April 22 — Toronto at Kansas City, 2:10 p.m.
Monday, April 23 — Toronto at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m.
Tuesday, April 24 — Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, April 25 — Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Thursday, April 26 — Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, April 27 — Seattle at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Saturday, April 28 — Seattle at Toronto, 4:07 p.m.
Sunday, April 29 — Seattle at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Monday, April 30 — Texas at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Tuesday, May 1 — Texas at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Wednesday, May 2 — Texas at Toronto, 12:37 p.m.
Thursday, May 3 — Toronto at LA Angels, 10:05 p.m.
Friday, May 4 — Toronto at LA Angels, 10:05 p.m.
Saturday, May 5 — Toronto at LA Angels, 9:05 p.m.
Sunday, May 6 — Toronto at LA Angels, 3:35 p.m.
Tuesday, May 8 — Toronto at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9 — Toronto at Oakland, 3:35 p.m.
Thursday, May 10 — Toronto at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
Friday, May 11 — Toronto at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 — Toronto at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.
Sunday, May 13 — Toronto at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.
Monday, May 14 — Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Tuesday, May 15 — Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Wednesday, May 16 — NY Yankees at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Thursday, May 17 — NY Yankees at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Friday, May 18 — NY Mets at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Saturday, May 19 — NY Mets at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Sunday, May 20 — NY Mets at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Monday, May 21 — Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22 — Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday, May 23 — Toronto at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.
Friday, May 25 — Toronto at Texas, 8:05 p.m.
Saturday, May 26 — Toronto at Texas, 3:05 p.m.
Sunday, May 27 — Toronto at Texas, 3:05 p.m.
Monday, May 28 — Baltimore at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Tuesday, May 29 — Baltimore at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Wednesday, May 30 — Baltimore at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Friday, June 1 — Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Saturday, June 2 — Boston at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Sunday, June 3 — Boston at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Tuesday, June 5 — Toronto at Chicago, 8:10 p.m.
Wednesday, June 6 — Toronto at Chicago, 8:10 p.m.
Thursday, June 7 — Toronto at Chicago, 8:10 p.m.
Friday, June 8 — Toronto at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, June 9 — Toronto at Atlanta, 4:05 p.m.
Sunday, June 10 — Toronto at Atlanta, 1:35 p.m.
Monday, June 11 — Washington at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Tuesday, June 12 — Washington at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Wednesday, June 13 — Washington at Toronto, 12:37 p.m.
Friday, June 15 — Philadelphia at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Saturday, June 16 — Philadelphia at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Sunday, June 17 — Philadelphia at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Monday, June 18 — Toronto at Milwaukee, 8:010 p.m.
Tuesday, June 19 — Toronto at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.
Wednesday, June 20 — Toronto at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.
Friday, June 22 — Toronto at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Saturday, June 23 — Toronto at Miami, 1:10 p.m.
Sunday, June 24 — Toronto at Miami, 1:10 p.m.
Monday, June 25 — Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, June 26 — Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday, June 27 — Toronto at Boston, 1:35 p.m.
Thursday, June 28 — LA Angels at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Friday, June 29 — LA Angels at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Saturday, June 30 — LA Angels at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Sunday, July 1 — LA Angels at Toronto, 3:07 p.m.
Monday, July 2 — Kansas City at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Tuesday, July 3 — Kansas City at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Wednesday, July 4 — Kansas City at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Thursday, July 5 — Kansas City at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Friday, July 6 — Toronto at Chicago, 8:10 p.m.
Saturday, July 7 — Toronto at Chicago, 4:10 p.m.
Sunday, July 8 — Toronto at Chicago, 2:10 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10 — MLB-National at MLB-American, 8:30 p.m.
Friday, July 13 — Cleveland at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Saturday, July 14 — Cleveland at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Sunday, July 15 — Cleveland at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Monday, July 16 — Toronto at NY Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday, July 17 — Toronto at NY Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, July 18 — Toronto at NY Yankees, 1:05 p.m.
Friday, July 20 — Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Saturday, July 21 — Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Sunday, July 22 — Toronto at Boston, 1:35 p.m.
Tuesday, July 24 — Oakland at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25 — Oakland at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Thursday, July 26 — Oakland at Toronto, 12:37 p.m.
Friday, July 27 — Detroit at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Saturday, July 28 — Detroit at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Sunday, July 29 — Detroit at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Monday, July 30 — Toronto at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
Tuesday, July 31 — Toronto at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 1 — Toronto at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 2 — Toronto at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 3 — Toronto at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 4 — Toronto at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 5 — Toronto at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 7 — Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 8 — Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 9 — Toronto at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 10 — NY Yankees at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 11 — NY Yankees at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 12 — NY Yankees at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 13 — Chicago at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 14 — Chicago at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 15 — Chicago at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 16 — Chicago at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 17 — Texas at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 18 — Texas at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 19 — Texas at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 21 — Toronto at Detroit, 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 22 — Toronto at Detroit, 7:05 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 23 — Toronto at Detroit, 1:05 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 24 — Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 25 — Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 26 — Toronto at Baltimore, 1:35 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 27 — Toronto at NY Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 28 — Toronto at NY Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 29 — Toronto at NY Yankees, 1:05 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 30 — Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 31 — Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 1 — Tampa Bay at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 2 — Tampa Bay at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 3 — Baltimore at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 4 — Baltimore at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 5 — Baltimore at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 7 — Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 8 — Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 9 — Toronto at Boston, 1:35 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 11 — Seattle at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 12 — Seattle at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 13 — Seattle at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 14 — Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 15 — Boston at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 16 — Boston at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 18 — Toronto at NY Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 19 — Toronto at NY Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 20 — Toronto at NY Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 21 — Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22 — Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 23 — Toronto at Tampa Bay, 1:40 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 24 — Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 25 — Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 26 — Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 27 — NY Yankees at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 28 — NY Yankees at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29 — NY Yankees at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 30 — NY Yankees at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 1 — Minnesota at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 2 — Minnesota at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 3 — Minnesota at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Yup this is a real live dumb blonde

I'm probably the last guy in the world still watching Survivor. One of the few shows I will watch with my wife. One of the young female Survivors this season is particular clueless. A few weeks ago one of the other Survivors had to be evaculated off the island because of an appendicitis attack. When informed she had no clue what appendicitis was. Later she worried was about catching appendicitis. She’s not bright, but she’s a bit endearing.

Is it the curse of Frank Mahovlich?


A friend of mine insists the Maple Leafs are cursed after trading Frank Mahovlich. I'm not superstitious but it is a fact that the season after the Maple Leafs' last Stanley Cup win, the enigmatic left winger was traded to Detroit. The team has never really gotten close to challenging for the Cup since then. Forty-three years is a long time. Half of the fan based was likely not even alive in 1967.



Frank Mahovlich was a talented and classy winger, a large man with the skills and hands of a pure scorer. Known as "the Big M," Mahovlich was touted as a superstar while still a teenager. Mahovlich also struggled through most of his hockey life with the stress that comes from great expectations.

In his first full season in the NHL, 1957-58, he was solid and at times spectacular and his 20 goals and 36 points were enough to earn him the Calder Trophy as top rookie beating out Bobby Hull.

His next two seasons were erratic on the ice but consistent on the score sheet. He hovered around 20 goals, good totals for a young player, but many Toronto fans wanted a superstar performance each night, on every shift, and 20 goals wasn't good enough. In 1960-61, he began to play the way everyone had always expected. Still only 23 years old, he had an exceptional start to the season and led the league for much of the year in goals. With 14 games remaining, he had 48 goals, two less than Maurice Richard's record of 50. He seemed destined to seize the position of the game's top scorer. Those final two goals never came.

On the day of the 1962 All-Star Game it was reported that Toronto had sold Frank Mahovlich to Chicago for $1 million and James D. Norris produced a cheque for the amount. On the advice of Conn Smythe, Leafs general manager and head coach Punch Imlach declined the deal, saying that a million dollars does not score goals, and Mahovlich would remain a Maple Leaf.


Although the Leafs won the Stanley Cup for three consecutive seasons beginning in 1962, and even though Mahovlich averaged over 30 goals a year, he was the focus of much criticism and constant boos when he played in front of the home crowd. When he failed to score a goal in the 1963 playoffs, he was booed during and after the game in which the Leafs clinched the title. Even the next day the heckling continued at a reception in downtown Toronto for the Cup winners.

Mahovlich responded to coach Punch Imlach's berating by not reacting to it. He admitted later that the two men didn't speak for five years. Though the team and the doctors didn't admit it for several years, Mahovlich was hospitalized in 1964, suffering from acute tension and depression. He returned to the team but struggled on the ice, his goal production dropping to 18 in 1966-67, the year of his final Cup victory with Toronto.

The Leafs played the Montreal Canadiens on November 1, 1967 - an important game between long-time foes. Mahovlich played a wonderful game, scoring a goal and adding two assists in Toronto's 5-0 win. He was named one of the three stars of the game. The next day, with the Leafs leaving on a trip to Detroit, Mahovlich got up from his seat on the train, told a teammate he was going home and left. He was soon under the care of the Toronto General Hospital psychiatric staff. He was in a deep depression and, according to many reports, had suffered a nervous breakdown. Mahovlich stayed away from the rink to deal with his condition for more than a month, during which he missed 11 games.

Near the end of the season, the Leafs decided to part ways with their big winger. In the biggest trade of the decade, he was sent to the Detroit Red Wings with Pete Stemkowski, Garry Unger and the rights to another Leaf enigma, Carl Brewer, for Paul Henderson, Norm Ullman and Floyd Smith.

So maybe the team and fans are cursed for the shabby treatment given to the shy Maple Leaf star of the 1960s. I had dedicated a hockey blog to all the long-time suffering Maple Leafs fans. I've recently closed the blog but will continue to report on the National Tragedy - the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Woman broke into home, tried to breast feed


A misdemeanor charge was filed against a woman after another woman accused her of coming into her eastern South Dakota home and attempting to feed her infant.

The mother called 911 around 5 a.m. Sunday to report that a woman she didn't know had entered her home in Brookings and tried to breast feed her 2-month-old child, Brookings Police Lt. Derrick Powers said. The woman then allegedly treated the home as her own until police arrived.

"After (the resident) called police, she found the suspect lying in her bed," Powers said, adding that alcohol may have played a role in the incident.

But the 24-year-old woman taken into custody, Rebecca Silva of Brookings, denied the allegations. She told The Associated Press late Monday that she never tried to feed the infant and that she had been invited into the home, saying she'd met the woman the night before.

"I did not break into her house. She invited me in. She gave me her pajamas. She lied to the cops that I broke into her house. I did not try to feed her baby. That didn't happen," she said, noting that she was only cited for unlawful occupancy.

She said she remembered having an argument with the woman, who told police she was awoken by dogs.

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Reaction to Rick Santorum leaving the Presidential race

Hump day hottie


Dianna Agron

Cooking with matzah on Passover week

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Boy brings heroin to school for Show and Tell


A 5-year-old boy found dozens of bags of heroin inside a jacket he had taken to school and showed them to his kindergarten classmates, the school superintendent said Tuesday.

Bridgeport Superintendent Paul Vallas said he believes the boy took his stepfather's jacket to school on Monday without knowing the drugs were inside it.

"Children bring to school what they find at home," he said.

Police have told the Connecticut Post the boy took 50 packets of heroin out when it came time for a show-and-tell presentation, but Vallas said the boy only waved the heroin around at his cubicle. Police did not respond to messages seeking comment Tuesday.

The boy's stepfather, 35-year-old Santos Roman, went to the school and recovered the jacket, but police had already seized the drugs, officials said. He was arrested when he returned to the school after apparently discovering the heroin was missing, Vallas said.

Roman was arrested on risk of injury to a minor and drug charges.

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Sign of the day

Man arrested for stealing sand from the Masters

Sand trouble: Oosthuizen hits from a sand trap on the 10th


This 40-year old guy was arrested at the Masters on Sunday. See if you can guess what for!

He didn’t attack anyone or cause a disturbance during the event. No, this perfectly sober gent was arrested for disobeying the guard ropes and trying to scoop up a sand trap with a cup.

After a short foot chase by Augusta National security and sheriff’s deputies, Baker was apprehended and charged with disorderly conduct.

Gay said Baker, who was drinking heavily at the time of the incident, was unsuccessful at getting any of the sand in his cup.

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More Toronto Maple Leafs apologies


MLSE part-owner Larry Tanenbaum published an apology to fans for the abysmal season in all the local newspapers as well as the team's website this morning. Later in the morning GM Brian Burke and Coach Randy Carlyle also apologized. Please note no one accepted blame for the mess.

So it appears that making apologies is in vogue. So here you have, apologies from the actual players:

Phil Kessel apologizes for not being able to score with Joffrey Lupul out of the lineup.

Jonas Gustavsson apologizes for not being able to stop shots going over his shoulders.

Mike Komisarek apologizes for spending almost half the season in the press box.

Nikolai Kulemin apologizes for scoring 23 fewer goals than last season.

Tim Connolly apologizes for taking a whack of money from the team and not giving a shit.

James Reimer apologizes for being run over by that runt Brian Gionta.

Mikhail Grabovski apologizes for adding to the list of overpaid Leafs by signing a 5-year contract extension.

Cody Franson apologizes for bring Lombardi with him from Nashville.

Matthew Lombardi apologizes for bring Franson with him from Nashville.

Dion Phaneuf apologizes for not living up to everyone's expectation of a captain.

Colby Armstong apologizes for constantly getting hurt.

David Steckel apologizes for getting little ice time until Randy Carlyle took over.

Joffrey Lupul apologizes for Kessel because his buddy doesn't talk much.

Mike Brown apologizes for getting the crap knocked out all season for teammates that gave up.

Colton Orr apologizes for being a dinosaur.

Jake Gardner apologizes for not being able to carry the team in just his first year in the league.

Matt Frattin apologizes for being a Ferguson draft pick and preventing any of Brian Burke's picks from making the team.

Luke Schenn aplogizes for looking totally lost out on the ice after 4 years in the league.

Carl Gunnarsson apologizes for being largely unnoticed on the ice yet doing a fine job.

Nazem Kadri apologizes for being a skilled player that doesn't like to back check.

Tyler Bozak apologizes for having to play on the first line when it is obvious he isn't good enough.

Clarke MacArthur apologizes for signing for $3.25 million then scoring 19 points fewer this season.

John-Michael Liles apologizes for putting some life into the Leafs powerplay and then getting concussed.

Joey Crabb apologizes for scoring 2 fewer goals than Connolly and getting paid $4 million less.

Never invite an orangutan to a dinner party

Jays play the 9th likes it's 2011


The tributes and videos were great last night. Management has done all they can to make the SkyDome (so sue me Rogers) an inviting and entertaining place.

But these Jays may not be too different than last season. Not quite enough clutch hitting and a bullpen that doesn't always get it done. Sergio Santos was supposed to be the bullpen answer and maybe he will be. So far he has not been what we were looking for. The bullpen has two blown saves in 4 games. Last season it took 10 games to blow 2 saves. They also left 15 men stranded on base the last two games.

Well it's a new day with Drabek vs. Baird.

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Monday, April 09, 2012

Pseudo's first round Stanley Cup playoff predictions


NY Rangers (1) vs. Ottawa (8)

Sens were one of the pleasant surprises of during the regular season. Erik Karlsson is a Norris trophy favourite and Jason Spezza was a top 5 scorer. Coach Paul MacLean has done a terrific job. Don't expect Ottawa to roll over. But the Rangers have one of the games best goalies in Henrik Lundqvist, Marion Gaborik has been healthy and the Rangers play a very physical game. Still Ottawa has one of the best offenses finishing 5th in goals scored.

Rangers in 6.

Boston (2) vs, Washington (7)

I wouldn't read in too much about the Bruins' weak finish to the season. Last year they barely were able to score as the limped into the playoffs and we all know how that ended. Come playoff time opponents are going to get mauled from the likes of Tim Thomas, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Charo and Milan Lucic. Sure Backstrom is back in the lineup but goaltending has been shaky and both Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green are playing below their capabilities. If Caps folded in the playoffs as the #1 seed then they will definitely fold as #7.

Bruins in 5.

Florida (3) vs. New Jersey (6)

The seeding in the playoffs can be misleading. Florida barely made the playoffs while the Devils had a comfortable cushion. The Devils had 10 more wins than the Panthers. The Devils have a healthy Martin Brodeur and two prolific scorers in Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk. The Panthers have come a long way this season but they can't get by Jersey with their current lineup.

Devils in 5.

Pittsburgh (4) vs. Philadelphia (5)

This one of those great first round match ups that will likely be far superior to the finals. These two teams are pretty evenly matched, they are state and divisional rivals and they hate each other. There will be blood. Penguins have Malkin and Crosby and the Flyers have Giroux and Jagr. This series may come down to the goaltending with Bryzgalov in net for the Flyers and Fleury for the Pens. Even there it would be difficult to choose between the two since both have battled consistency.

Penguins in 7.

Vancouver (1) vs. Los Angeles (8)

The Canucks are hungry after last season's playoff disappointment and the Kings were a major disappointment during the regular season. This series could be a blow out but Jonathan Quick is going to steal a game or two.

Vancouver is 5.

St. Louis (2) vs. San Jose (7)

Ken Hitchcock has established a strong defensive system to match the Blues strong goaltending. The Blues have little playoff experience and sputtered at the end of the season but it won't matter since they are playing the perennial playoff chokes - the Sharks.

Blues in 7.

Phoenix (3) vs. Chicago (6)

Like the 3rd seed in the East, Phoenix is not deserving of such a high ranking but that's the NHL playoff match up until realignment. The Coyotes once again finished strong and this season are back stopped by Mike Smith. Dan Maloney seems to pull together a strong lineup with a shoestring budget. The Hawks still have a lot of players with Cup experience but it looks like they will be without Jonathan Toews which is a huge loss.

Phoenix in 7.

Nashville (4) vs. Detroit (5)

After the Pens and Flyers this will be the next best series. The Preds bulked up before the trading deadline and are backstopped by the tough Pekka Rinne with Shea Weber and Ryan Suter on defense. Then they added Alexei Radulov. Still the Wings are the class of the NHL and pretty healthy going into the playoffs which means a great battle.

Nashville in 7.

I predict a final series between Nashville and Pittsburgh. The East is a toss up but in the West the combination of Pekka Rinne and a bulked lineup has the Preds ready for a long run.

From the Season Opener, I bring you the Edwin shuffle

Occupy Anything


The "Occupy" movement is fine at protesting and just a little weak in presenting viable alternatives to the status quo. So it appears we've moved on from the economic elite to sport elitism. Some guy this weekend disrupted the 183rd run of the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race to protest elistism and privilege. He just about got clobbered by an oar.

I'm going to protest the Stanley Cup Finals because they never include the Toronto Maple Leafs.

You got to love drunk Home Opener crowds

A topless Batman runs of the field at Camden Yards with the crowd screaming "tase him." It's great to see baseball back. Shame I couldn't get tickets for the Jays opener tonight, it's been sold out for a while.




5-storey apartment block falls over in Kazakhstan



No Borat wasn't involved in the construction of the building but it does reflect on lax building codes is some parts of the world.

According to the Department of Emergency Situations of Karaganda oblast, building No.7 of Bessoba region collapsed at 10:55 a.m on Friday. Before the collapse the building was tilting to one side for several days. Starting with a small crack to inadmissible deviation of the building's corners reached 720 mm between April 1 and April 5.

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Sunday, April 08, 2012

Which Maple Leafs players should be brought back next season?


Considering what happened after the All-Star game break, you would think the Maple Leafs would need to make some serious changes during the off season. You can't go into next season with the same lineup that sucked for the last 1/3 of this season. Yet the Leafs have all but 4 players under contract and only 2 players will be outright unrestricted free agents in the summer. The issue isn't just contribution but salary cap hit as well because the Leafs were weighed down by too many bad contracts. Every single one was signed by Brian Burke. Moving a bad contract isn't impossible but does have its challenges. It's much easier to just demote the player to the minors along with his fat contract.

I asked readers of this blog to comment on who should be brought back in September and below is their choices in order of preference. My view is that no player should be untouchable. If someone offers you a great deal, you take it. But you also can't improve your team by trading away your deadwood. You aren't going to pick up Rick Nash for Tim Connolly and Mike Komisarek.

Phil Kessel was the most frequently selected player which seems to negate the perception that Phil the Thrill is unpopular in Toronto. Kessel is a natural scorer which is rarity in any league. Every team covets goal scorers and at $5.4 million per season, Kessel is cap friendly. You can certainly understand why Brian Burke overpaid for this gifted winger. Certainly there are holes in his game but that can be compensated by the players who play with him. To a certain extent that has been the case ever since Joffrey Lupul was put on Kessel's line. Kessel was a top 5 scorer all season long and set a person best in goals, assists and points. I think Kessel is a keeper.

Joffrey Lupul also set career personal bests in goals and points. Had he not been injured and been able to finish the season, he too would have been a top 5 scorer. Certainly he and Kessel became one of the most dangerous duos in the NHL. At $4.25 per season, Lupul is also cap friendly. Lupul is a keeper.

How could you not fall in love Jake Gardner? The smooth skating defensemen had incredible poise and never panicked with the puck. That's not to say he didn't make typical rookie mistakes but as the season progressed he became more confident and his ice time grew. Burke may have blown the Kessel deal but picking up Lupul and Gardner for Francois Beauchemin was a steal! Gardner is as close to an untouchable as you can get.

Mikhail Grabovski just signed a 5-year contract extension so he isn't going anywhere. At $5.5 million per season it will be difficult to get value out of this contract. Like Kessel he will be a better player if he has the right linemates to work with.

Nazem Kadri also received a lot of support despite the fact that management kept in the minors for most of the past 2 seasons. He is a very skilled player with holes in his game much in the same way as Kessel. The Leafs still don't have enough top 6 forwards and Kadri has that potential. No need to give up on him.

James Reimer had an awful year but he wouldn't be the first NHL players to struggle after coming back from a concussion. Still it was a risk on the part of Burke to go with two inexperienced goalies. Reimer has one year left on his contact and has more of an up side than Jonas Gutavvson. He should be back next season but Burke needs an insurance policy in the event Reimer does not return to form. Maybe Reimer is better suited as a backup? All I know is that Burke cannot afford to make another goaltending gaffe.

Mike Brown got a lot of support here. A decent 4th liner. Great skater, willing to drop the gloves and cap friendly. He is a keeper.

Matt Frattin had a decent first season in the NHL. He showed an adequate level of maturity, belligerence and skill. He had difficulty finding the net early in the season but improved over time. I thought he was one of the better forwards by the end of the season. I'm still not sure if he is a top 6 or bottom 6 forward but you definitely keep him around.

As the highest paid player and the captain, Dion Phaneuf was the most watched and criticized player on the Leafs roster. I personally believe that a captain's role is mostly symbolic and has little impact on the outcome of games. So all this talk about Phaneuf being a weak captain is meaningless. You can't blame Dion for the Leafs' bad year, it's the GM who insisted he had good enough goaltending. Dion is the 5th or 6th highest paid defenseman in the league which is why you would expect a lot from him. I think he delivers but not quite enough. He does lots of things well but still gets caught out of position or is beaten on the outside. At 26 he can still improve and perhaps live up to those high expectations. No reason to move him.

Carl Gunnarsson is very steady and hardly noticed out there. He plays a lot of minutes and is cap friendly at just $1.325 million. He is a keeper.

Tyler Bozak improved a lot this season. I just don't see him as a good fit for the Leafs. He is not a 1st line centre. Grabovski is entrenched on the 2nd line. I think Dave Steckel is more appropriate as a centre on a shutdown line. It would be a waste to play Bozak on a 4th line. Also the Leafs are carrying to many smaller forwards and need to clear room for some bigger bodies. I would move Bozak.

After 3 season, Luke Schenn continues to have stretches of good and bad hockey. When he struggles you scratch your head at the $3.6 million salary. Yet he is just 22 and should mature a lot. No reason to move him unless you can improve your roster with a move.

Clarke MacArthur has had two 20-goal seasons and is probably as marketable as he ever will be. And yes I would move him because Grabovski, like Kessel, needs some big bodies to play with to compensate for his own diminutive size. Kadri is half the cap hit and would likely be able to provide the same offensive output.

John-Michael Liles is another Leafs who had a good start but never regained his game after a concussion. He is an excellent powerplay specialist and with his cap friendly salary can always be moved. Depending on the development of Gardner that might be sooner rather than later. Guys who can quarterback the powerplay are always a tradeable commodity.

Joe Colborne never showed me much during his call ups. He was easily knocked down and needs to put on some muscle to be effective in the NHL. He is a work in progress or trade bait for a 1st line centre.

Cody Franson only played 57 games so his coaches were obviously not in love with this guy. I was pretty sure he would be traded at the deadline but stuck around. That doesn't mean he will survive the summer here. He is young, big and mobile so either the Leafs invest time in him or move him. I'm ambivalent.

I was surprised Dave Steckel did not rank higher in my poll. He is a huge centre and great at faceoffs. Although not very swift he obviously has the skill to be a shutdown centre. I would definitely keep this guy.

Like Colborne, Brent Ashton didn't show much after the trade. He has the physical size and ability to play on a shutdown line but needs more time in the minors. Keep around for now.

Like Steckel, Joey Crabbe is very competent on a shutdown line. Not only is he a good checker but has skating and puckhandling ability. He had 11 goals in just 67 games with limited minutes. Both he and Steckel had 2 short-handed goals. Crabbe is a UFA likely looking for more than one year. Like Tim Brent he will find at least someone offering a 2-year contract. Leafs should resign and he will still be cap friendly.

Nikolai Kulemin had a very disappointing season after scoring 30 goals last season. I think last year was an abberation and I'm not convinced he is a top 6 forward. He received very little support in my poll but he has been miscast. He is a large winger that plays a strong defensive game. There are two ways to go with Kuli, either convert him to a checker or find a GM that believes he can restore his scoring touch.

Colby Armstrong has been quite a disappointment since signing as a free agent. When your alternative captain sits in the press box that is not a good sign. Sure injuries have been a factor (he played only 79 games in 2 seasons) but he sucks $3 million out of the Leafs cap. Not sure what I would do if I were Burke but can you afford a third season of this?

I have to agree with the poll results, the Leafs should let Jonas Gustavsson walk. To be honest he is a competent backup but the Leafs need a veteran to support Reimer. This is the easiest decision of the off season.

Matthew Lombardi has a great set of wheels but that is about it. He is also not a good fit on a team loaded with smaller forwards. There are other guys with speed who can contribute more - and are cheaper. Perhaps he will fit in better elsewhere but that $3.5 million salary will be hard to move. He was the 3rd highest paid forward this past season.

Thank God Tim Connolly was signed for just 2 years! He never looked engaged at all. This guy needs a heart transplant. Do you carry him for another season or bury that salary in the minors. My guess is that Burke will not admit he made an error and bring him back for his last season.

Speaking of Burke mistakes, then there is Mike Komisarek. Burke is still high on Mike but his coaches seem to prefer that he still in the pressbox. That about says it all. Next season Komisarek's actually salary will be below his cap hit which might make him attractive to small market teams who have problems making the salary floor. If not it's time to dump that salary in the minors. There are better defensemen on the Marlies ready to take his place.

Mike Wallace: 1919 - 2012

As part of the CBS 60 Minutes team, Mike Wallace did some incredible interviews over the span of his 40 some odd years. He pretty much create a genre of investigative reporting. Below are interviews with Louis Farrakhan in 1996 and the Shah of Iran in 1976.



Leafs-Habs glory days are a thing of the past


Watching the Leafs and Habs play last night was pretty sad. Not just because the two teams were pathetic but just knowing how the franchises had evolved over the years. I'm not just talking about how both franchises have slipped to the bottom of the standings.

When I was a child, a game between Toronto and Montreal really meant something. The game didn't just excite fans, it raised nationalistic passions of English and French Canadians. Most kids growing up in Ontario dreamed of wearing a Maple Leafs jersey and likewise Quebecers were Habs crazy. A playoff series between the two teams would set off a national debate.

During the pre-expansion era Leafs players came from Ontario - George Armstrong, Tim Horton, Dick Duff, Bob Nevin, Frank Mahovlich, Ron Ellis. Canadiens players came from Quebec - Maurice Richard, Henri Richard, Bernie Ge0ffrion, Jean Beliveau, J.C. Tremblay, and Jacques Laperriere. Players were signed as teens and played either for the Marlies or the Junior Canadiens. As Don Cherry will point out, although there are still plenty of players in the NHL from Canada's two largest provinces, very few play for the Leafs for Habs. You can thank the Amateur Draft for that not the respective General Managers. Today Toronto has no Ontario players and seven Americans. Montreal has 4 Quebecers and 6 Americans.

Today when people talk about hyping a Leafs - Canadiens game they make reference to the glory days but very few fans were around then truly understand. Back in the 60's Toronto and Montreal dominated the NHL throughout the decade exchanging Stanley Cup championships. The league was only six teams and two were Canada. The players were mostly Canadian. The NHL was a Canadian league. Today Canadians are just as passionate about their hockey but the NHL with 30 franchises is like the other sports leagues.

The great Toronto and Montreal rivalry is something you read in the sports pages but it really doesn't exist.

Bikini Sunday


Emmy Rossum

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