Toronto Mike

Stop Effing With My Saturday Nights!


I'm sure I've bitched about this before, but I'm going to do it again. It's my blog, you'll just have to deal with it.

It's Saturday.  On Saturday nights during hockey season, I go on autopilot and naturally tune in CBC at 7pm for a Leafs game.  The Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada was always a slam dunk.  There was a solid stretch of 15 years there where the Leafs were featured every Saturday night on HNIC, so you can see how this muscle memory evolved.

So it's Saturday, and I'm already planning my day around the Leafs game tonight, except there's one tiny problem with that... The Leafs don't play today.  That's right, it's Hockey Night in Canada without the blue and white.

I don't get it... sure, there are more competitive teams this year, but there are no teams with as big a fan base.  Without a doubt the CBC takes a ratings hit every Saturday night they don't feature the Leafs.  Why screw with my sacred Saturday night ritual?

I'm not exactly sure where the blame lies.  The NHL makes the schedule, but I'm fairly certain the CBC has been able to demand Saturday night Leafs games.  I'd love to know if this is the CBC saying they don't need the Leafs every Saturday night or if this is the NHL schedule makers dealing shitty cards.

A Saturday night in January without a Leafs game is like certs without the retsyn. What the hell am I supposed to do tonight?

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