Motivational Sports Speeches - Not Just For Movies Anymore

25 games down. 56 games to go. It's going to take a lot of good speeches to get this team into the playoffs. Hopefully Nonis, Burke, and Wilson own a good thesaurus and have watched every sports movie ever, otherwise their speeches will become stale and lack their magical win-producing powers.

Maple Leafs Look for Improvement from Within

The speech wasn't particularly long, but the message was abundantly clear to the Toronto Maple Leafs: with no help on the horizon, it's up to the current players to turn things around.

Assistant general manager Dave Nonis delivered an address to the team at practice Friday and they responded with a shootout win over Boston on Saturday. The players hope it's something they can build on.

"Dave pretty much said that he just believes in our group," said forward Colby Armstrong. "I think we were going through a time where it was tough for us. I don't know if it was confidence or what. It wasn't a long talk—pretty much just a little kick in the butt to the boys and also a little confidence boost.

More links after the jump

Nonis Speech; Just What the Leafs Ordered

Odd that's it's our Assistant GM instilling some spirit in the team and not the GM or coach.

How Far are We from Brian Burke Using the "No One is Untouchable Card?"

VLM wants to know when the Leafs' failures will become too great.

Ron Wilson: Coach of the Year for a Day

The General wants you to realize how intentional everything Wilson does is.

McLean presses Brian Burke on Ron Wilson

Burke thinks McLean doth protest too much.

An Absolut Monster

Puckin' Eh has some lovin' for Jonas.

Leafs on Pace For All-Time Futility Record

So we got that going for us, which is nice.

Best Photograph of All-Time. Period.

This and more photo-goodness from Vintage Leafs.

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