Tag: toronto media

Change Scope

Filter By

18. Looked back at a piece I did on Ron Wilson when he first got the job in Toronto. He said he...

96

18. Looked back at a piece I did on Ron Wilson when he first got the job in Toronto. He said he never talked to players after games because he knew he'd be too tough. Fits with some of his harshest public comments. However, one player did tell me the strangest thing about all of this is Wilson is much more supportive in private. 19. For example, as the team's struggles got worse, there were at least two occasions where the coach put together encouraging videos. One showed all the things they'd done right early in the season, the other was of hard goals they'd scored, to illustrate the types of plays they needed to make.

From Elliotte Friedman's must-read 30 Thoughts. This isn't the first article noting that the players aren't unhappy with Wilson. Seems like Wilson's behaviour is much more of an issue for fans and the media. Or the players are good liars.

"The Sun has great value if you own a puppy or a parakeet" — Brian Burke Tuesday on Sportsnet’s...

13

"The Sun has great value if you own a puppy or a parakeet" — Brian Burke Tuesday on Sportsnet’s Hockey Central. If anybody should know about icing a team of dogs that was for the birds, it should be Brian Burke. For a guy who led his team to 29th place in the NHL last season, and who traded away two potential first-round lottery draft picks, perhaps the Leafs loud-mouth GM should criticize his own performance. But Bombastic Brian loves to talk. He’s got some good lines, too. Scribes love Burkie. Better than a boring GM. But it’s time to put up or shut up. This is why Burke is here and whether he likes it or not the Toronto Sun, and our team of amazing sports writers, editors and photographers, is the go-to place for Leafs fans. One thing the Sun, which will turn 39 next month, has never had on its front page is a picture of a Maple Leafs captain holding up a Stanley Cup.

Toronto Sun Fights Back

"... the Leafs have pegged veteran Jean-Sebastien Giguere as their starter, as you would with a...

18
"... the Leafs have pegged veteran Jean-Sebastien Giguere as their starter, as you would with a declining veteran with a history of injury problems that has a monster contract..." Jim Brophy obviously thinks a 33 year old Giguere that missed 6 games with a groin strain in the 09-10 season; 3 games with back spasms in the midst of the 07-08 season; 6 games with a Hernia at the start of the 07-08 season; and 11 games with a groin strain in 06-07 is horribly injury prone. That's 26 games over the course of 4 years... or 6.5 games per season. This seems ironic given that the Monster missed 8 games following a heart procedure, and 5 games with a groin injury... which is good for 13 total last year... or 7 more than Giguere missed. Which one is injury prone again?

He didn’t mind at all when a group of players caught planning a helicopter ride to Manhattan for an ...

38

He didn’t mind at all when a group of players caught planning a helicopter ride to Manhattan for an evening of partying the night before a game in New Jersey ended up receiving exit visas. He didn’t mind waving farewell to a player he liked to call the "NBC Page" (30 Rock reference) for his propensity to have constant groups of friends and family touring the Leaf dressing room.

When will bloggers stop irresponsibly spreading rumours? It is disgraceful that Ian White, Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Jason Blake, Vesa Toskala and Jamal Mayers have all been slandered by this comment. If this blogger ever gets near a press box he should have to put up a $10,000 bond. Not to mention, who is the NBC Page? I have to know who they are calling Kenneth (note: I assume that the blogger in question does not watch 30 Rock and cannot use Google). Who is this irresponsible rumourmonger? Who else.

Ovechkin has been getting points, five goals and four assists in the six games, but has not been...

22

Ovechkin has been getting points, five goals and four assists in the six games, but has not been anywhere near the force anticipated when the first-round match was drawn against the Montreal Canadiens. You know, the team with the new owners, new general manager, new coach, new players – and no captain. A few more outings like this and they will be asking "Who will raise the Stanley Cup?"

Sweet sassy molassy Roy McGregor is dreaming in technicolor. What part of the master plan was "be overrun in almost every period and pray that your goalie can play like Jesus incarnate"?

You ask me this every day Howard. It’s like water boarding or Chinese water torture until I crack. I...

31

You ask me this every day Howard. It’s like water boarding or Chinese water torture until I crack. I’m not going to crack, I want to win every game. So it does get frustrating when you don’t win. We should send you to Guantanamo, we’d solve all the issues that we had. You would drive some of these guys nuts. I would interview these poor guys, the prisoners, after you’ve interrogated them and see what they have to say. It would be fun.

This should at least give us all a little smile in a trying time. Ron Wilson compares Howard Berger's presence at media scrums as torture.

But stats crunching by those who specialize in numbers arcana has also shown a significant...

24

But stats crunching by those who specialize in numbers arcana has also shown a significant correlation between shots, goals and situational circumstances – when trailing, even or in the lead. Teams playing with the lead, according to the sources we consulted, take five shots less per game than those playing catch-up.

Thanks for reading SB Nation Rosie! Feel free to set up an account and comment on the posts that give you "inspiration". Or, you know, mention who these 'experts' are that you consulted. I am sure that Gabriel would appreciate the recognition.

"It took us five years to get to the point we got to in San Jose, with the success we had. We...

13

"It took us five years to get to the point we got to in San Jose, with the success we had. We developed a lot of young players and that takes time. You don’t become the second-place team in the NHL overnight. The same thing’s going to happen here – it’s not going to happen overnight. You’re not going to use the same systems everywhere you go because the personnel’s different, but the philosophy’s the same: aggressive hockey, aggressive fore-checking, puck possession and in-your-face hockey.

The Globe and Mail's James Mirtle talks to Ron Wilson's lieutenant Tim Hunter about the coaching staff's adherence to their message and the necessity of patience.

If that 2.86% holds true for the Leafs should they make the playoffs, then the futures market gave...

13

If that 2.86% holds true for the Leafs should they make the playoffs, then the futures market gave Toronto a 58% chance of making the playoffs prior to the season and are still giving the Leafs a 28% chance of making the playoffs. (This implies that the Leafs are a .523 team, which is an overestimate.) This isn't a perfect futures market, and the people who set the lines hedge a bit so that they'll make money even if any unlikely outcome occurs (this hedge is known as the 'vig'.) If I remove the vig (as Tango suggests in the comments below), I get 39% and 17%, respectively. Are these gamblers nuts?! Didn't we just hear that the Leafs have a 1.7% chance of making the playoffs?

Gabriel Desjardins, whose site Behind The Net Hockey should be a daily stop, takes a look at what the money men actually think about the Maple Leafs' chances of making the playoffs and the relative strength of the team. Aside from being another point refuting Feschuk's article it also shows that Burke wasn't the only one expecting a much better team than what has been shown. Edited because of an update

"(Toronto) is a tough place to play. Especially if you're not playing well, there's the pressure...

51

"(Toronto) is a tough place to play. Especially if you're not playing well, there's the pressure of, `Oh God, if I mess up they're going to be talking about it in the paper all week and I'll get booed off the ice.'

BEALK, Wade Belak, confirms, with my emphasis, that despite Michael Grange and Dave Feschuk's head in the sand approach that the Toronto media does in fact have an effect on players. They are the first to mention it. Also, new re-design for The Toronto Star. Thoughts?
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Pension Plan Puppets

You must be a member of Pension Plan Puppets to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pension Plan Puppets. You should read them.

Join Pension Plan Puppets

You must be a member of Pension Plan Puppets to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pension Plan Puppets. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker