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No DEFENSE when the going gets tough. It's time to step up & play beyond your ability. The Leafs can't do this when holding a lead as is evident the last 2 games. Eric & Eddie cannot keep the team close all year without the supporting cast. Proabably 1 of the best signings (Eric Lindros) the Leafs made, even though I'm not a fan of Eric's, but my mind is changing with his play the last 2 games as he was the best player during both of these games. Defense wins games in any sport & the Leafs have none. At least I saw them win the cup in 1967-this is Not their year. What happened with the Owen Nolan situation? Are the Leafs stuck with his contract this year or not?

      Dale

Nolan's contract won't count against the salary cap, which is really all I care about. I agree with you regarding The Big E. He's been our best offensive player and he's getting little help. Things looked rough before Sundin's injury, now things look particularly bleak.

Having said all that, we've only played 2 of 82 games and we've secured 1 of a possible 4 points. We had leads late in both games, so we haven't been getting our butts handed to us. Eventually we're going to win 1 or 2 of these suckers. I hope...

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

mIKE, If you've forgotten Liisa LaDouceur used your quote of the week in describing the Hip, "It's not the band I hate, it's their fans."

She has ruined a perfectly good verse from a Sloan song.

For Shame...

      Carter

Oh yes, laughable Liisa LaDouceur. If my memory serves me correctly, before trashing "Courage" she first called The Hip "hoser rock" and claimed they were no better than other Canadian bands like Spirit of the West. Then, after being attacked by others on the 50 Tracks panel, she tried to bail out with that great "Coax Me" line. I was willing to let the whole thing slide until that awful Pearl Jam article that showed just how out of touch and unaware she actually is.

For the record, I wrote Liisa at her personal Sympatico account to give her a fair chance to respond but I never heard back. It's not the differing opinion I hate, it's the ignorance.

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Over the last couple of days I've become more convinced than ever that Dubya has gone right round the twist. First there's this:
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/10/03/scotus.miers/index.html

And now:
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/10/05/bush.reax/index.html

Nominating your own lawyer, who has no experience being a judge, to the highest bench in the land? Even putting aside her legal qualifications, it's a lousy political move right after the whole Mike Brown-FEMA thing.

Being aware of the possibility of an outbreak of bird-flu or any other disease is a good thing. Witness the relatively minor problem we had with SARS the other day. Suggesting that the military come in to be used for law enforcement? That's the start of a VERY slippery slope.

Still three more years to go...hoo-boy.

      Mike H.

None of this surprises me. Lets review the Dubya record:

  • As Governor of Texas, he presided over more executions than took place in the other 49 states combined during the same time period.
  • Bush is allied with the bigoted extreme right who want to deny equal rights to homosexuals.
  • He refuses to sign the Kyoto Protocol agreement on global warming even though Canada and 177 other countries did.
  • When Bill Clinton left office, there was a surplus of $235 billion. Since Bush took over, the surplus has been depleted and his administration's 2003 reflected a $400 billion federal deficit.
  • Bush has no respect for the United Nations. When Bush couldn't secure the necessary votes on the Security Council, he subverted the process and invaded Iraq regardless.
  • George W. Bush, President of the United States of America, gets his news from Andrew Card and Condoleezza Rice. He doesn't watch the news on television, read newspapers or read the news online.
  • The man has taken far more vacation time than any previous President, which is probably a good thing.
  • His actions and inactions are directly to blame for the horribly inadequate response to Katrina.
  • Osama is still at large. Many believe it's because Dubya took his eye off the prize and prematurely invaded Iraq which had nothing to do with 9/11.

I'm sure I'm missing a bunch of stuff, but I have work to do and can't spend all day recounting Dubya's failures. This Harriet Miers instance is yet another example of Bush putting his pals and cronies in spots that should be reserved for the more qualified. She's another Brownie. The man is grossly incompetent but the greatest over achiever in the history of the world.

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

Q. What is the difference between the Toronto Maple Leafs and a cigarette machine?
A. You can get Players out of a cigarette machine

Q. What do the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Argonauts and the Toronto Blue Jays all have in common besides being based in Toronto?
A. None of them can play hockey

      The Grinch

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! You're frickin' hilarious.

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As I sit here listening to all the different versions of Halleluja (for the 100th+ time) you put up, I realize that no one could do it as well as Leonard Cohen. The others are good but my mind can be distracted when listening to the others but when Leonard sings it, I am drawn in to hear every word. I get chills listening. You can feel the passion in his voice. I just can't get enough of it! I find myself hitting repeat because you really don't want that feeling to go away after just 6 minutes and 55 seconds. I just wanted to share that with you and thank you for giving all the versions to me especially Leonard Cohen's!

      Cheryl of Texas

It's nearly impossible to argue against Leonard Cohen. I'm glad you're enjoying that Canadian gem, in all its glorious forms.

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Your choices for best Leafs are VERY surprising. You have a page dedicated to MR. BARILKO & he's not even in your top 5. How can that be? Frank Mahovlich - you're kidding. A good player but not in my top 15!

      Twins From Bolton

Admittedly, I found it very difficult ranking players I've only read about or seen in historical footage. I fell in love with the Leafs in the very early 80s when Rick Vaive and John Anderson were providing most of the offense. My Mahovlich ranking was based on what I've read and the opinions of others I trust.

As for Bill Barilko not making my top five, it's "best" Leafs and not "favourite" Leafs. Barilko is a legend for a single goal and one goal does not an all-time best make. This is why Paul Henderson is not in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Keep up that dream Mike. You just never know. I have been a long suffering Pittsburgh Penguin fan for some twenty years. Being from Ottawa it would be easy to jump on the Seanator's band wagon (I think not). I never gave up on my Penguins and all of a sudden with the roll of a lottery ball, I await this season like none before.

You never know how a season is going to unfold. Do not EVER give up hope. That parade will come someday and will feel mighty fine. Just as Red Sox fans found out.

      Mark from Ottawa

At least your Penguins enjoyed the ultimate success twice in the past 15 years. I'm a die hard Blue Jays fan and I've felt that high you feel when your team, the team you've invested blood, sweat and tears in, finally wins it all. It's unbelievable.

I will never forget those two nights in '92 and '93 when my Jays clinched the World Series. I'll jot down the details later. As for the Leafs, I'll keep hopin' and wishin' and prayin'.

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This is a comment on your selection of songs that best represent the spirit of Canadian music. There are some songs & artists in that list that I have not heard. The ones below I like & love.

Canadian Railroad Trilogy - Gordon Lightfoot
Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
Suzanne - Leonard Cohen
Sleepy Maggie - Ashley MacIsaac
Signs - Five Man Electrical Band
Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young
Tom Sawyer - Rush
New Orleans is Sinking - The Tragically Hip
Rockin' in the Free World - Neil Young
American Woman - The Guess Who
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell

However I would like to suggest:

Bryan Adams - Summer of 69
Our Lady Peace - Thief
Nickelback - Leader of Men

and many more. But if you ask me which is the one song that makes me think "Canada", it's "32 Down on the Robert McKensie" by Paul Gross.

      Roshan

I considered Bryan Adams, Nickelback and Our Lady Peace, but at the end of the day they fell short of this prestigious acknowledgment. The top ten and those that just missed are the cream of the crop.

I don't have that Paul Gross song but I have been thinking a great deal lately about songs that are clearly Canadian. "Canadian Railroad Trilogy", for example, is a song that rekes of this nation. Perhaps I'll jot down my list later today...

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I attended the Leaf/Canadiens game in Montreal last night. It was an entertaining game and it was obvious both teams are not used to the new rules.

Sundin and Tucker did not play, however it was evident that the Leafs need to become a great deal quicker if they want to compete in their divison. Lindros logged quite a bit of ice time however he is definitely out of shape.

Your dreams of a parade in Toronto this spring might be a bit premature Mike.

      Mark from Ottawa

It is when we stop dreaming, that we die.

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

Hockey...

Soon. A wintery Saturday night. A bowl of chips and a cold one. Anticipating the tune on T.V. more well known to Canadians than O' Canada ... Nah nah nah nah nah! Optomism supreme for your favourite team (Go Leafs Go!) could this be our year? I miss the sounds of the home team scoring, the "ping" of a shot off the post, and the crash of a body check into the boards. I can't wait for it to begin again!

      Tim

Amen.

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