SINCERE THANKS, TORONTO

Lowetide
June 10 2013 04:48PM

Toronto takes a beating from the rest of Canada, and let's be honest they're full measure for it. However, there are wonderful things from and about Toronto. On this historic day--when Toronto sends us their best coach (thanks!)--it's time to pay homage to the city money that built.

NUMBER TEN--KEN DRYDEN

Not just for his warm and short speeches while with the Leafs organization--those should be sold on every street corner (I'd say 200 CD's should hold them) but also for the absolutely perfect description of Toronto the city.

 

NUMBER NINE--ROGER NEILSON

Despite having possibly the worst NHL owner in history at the time (I'd like to say it's a small group in contention but there's miles of candidates) the 70s Leafs hired a wonderful man and a brilliant coach--Roger Neilson. AND the fanbase was instrumental in having Neilson reinserted into the coaching lineup after the owner went off his nut. I choose to believe 'Toronto the good' comes from this event.

NUMBER EIGHT--TORONTO ZOO

If you're going to do a zoo-do a zoo! There are few in Canada that are top drawer, Toronto is one.

NUMBER SEVEN--TORONTO CITY HALL

Unique, visually attractive and famous. Just like their mayor!

NUMBER SIX--DAVE KEON

The perfect hockey player, beloved and revered. Hockey's DiMaggio, he remains perfect in black and white.

NUMBER FIVE--TORONTO!

The skyline. In a country with exactly two worthy of awe, Toronto's is lovely.

NUMBER FOUR--SAM THE RECORD MAN

Long forgotten, but well remembered.

NUMBER THREE--TRUDY YOUNG

A generation of young Canadian men would have given a lot of money to be Kermit the Frog at least one time.

NUMBER TWO--THE LEAFS

All across the nation, the Leafs hold sway, even in--especially in small towns on the prairies and taverns in Hogtown. The Leafs give Canada a lightning rod conversation for any occasion. You can argue about the Leafs at a wedding and a funeral. No one is meh about the Maple Leafs.

NUMBER ONE--NEIL YOUNG

Brilliant and talented for 40 years and running. A national treasure.

 

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Toronto won their last Stanley before most of you were born. Before the internet, before computers were smaller than a building, before crack, before CD's, before PVR, before the Edmonton Oilers.

There is no copy of the Stanley winning game available in color, and so Leafs fans have had to endure 'since black and white' jokes for decades. One day, Stanley will once again return to Toronto. It is my sincere hope that they moved that day back by a decade with today's decision to allow Dallas Eakins to escape to another hockey city and an enormous opportunity.

In our town. Edmonton, Alberta.

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#51 Clyde Frog
June 11 2013, 08:07AM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

one of my personal favorites that goes with the "things change considerably in 2-3 years" theme is the 10 year 60 home playoff date guarantee he tossed out for the conference championship contending Minnesota Wild.. you know, the Wild team that stumbled to 8th place and got obliterated in the 1st round..

Or how he "booked" Eakin to the 'nucks already...

That and his amazing prediction skills at work: I do believe he predicted Anaheim would be in 15th place with Minny in 1st AND that Chicago would be 5thish....

Not to mention the fact that Minny was going to dominate in the playoffs this year as they are built for it!

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#52 Darrell
June 11 2013, 08:30AM
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mlcsellil wrote:

In regards to comment #32 from the self-appointed genius, DSF-please explain to all of us why Eakins would get an interview from Vancouver when they are a declining club looking for a veteran coach?

I'm so GD sick and tired of you thinking you know so much more than everyone else. If it is your perception that the Oil are no good, and are not going to show any signs of improvement, and all decisions they make are inferior to your liking, then why do you bother to troll on this site?

You are coming across as a jackass and are ridiculed daily. Do us all a favour and shut your big ol' pie-hole.

Get off the computer and go feed the cat.

Go feed the cat - that sums it up - LMAO !

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#53 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
June 11 2013, 08:30AM
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DSF wrote:

Nope.

But I think it's a HUGE risk.

I don't think the Oilers are in a position to take that risk.

If it takes 2-3 years to find out it's a failure, (MacT will have to give Eakins that much time) you'll have run through everyone's ELC with no return.

2 to 3 years.....wow.....that would be how many first round exits for the Canucks?......oh yeah...that's right....about 2 to 3....

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#54 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
June 11 2013, 08:38AM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

You may be correct but the foreseeable future is no more than a season or two. The whole point is that the potential exists for the oil to win championships. It may or may not come to pass but it is a CERTAINTY that the canucks will not win Stanley with the veteran group they now have.

Or ever........if history is any indicator...

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#55 j
June 11 2013, 08:42AM
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As a collective, I think we can agree that the primary issue with the current Oilers is the 'cast' and not the coach. As Lowetide points out weekly, we haven't had a balanced line-up since 2006. There isn't a coach alive that could have done anything different last year. We may have squeezed a few more percentage points out of our PP, and gained a few more Bettman points, but we still would have finished in the bottom of the table. The real measure of this team over the next few years will be from the GM - not the coach. That said, having a coach and GM in alignment in terms of what personnel to employ and how to employ them is a tremendous advantage. I think this union bodes well. Although it is only June...

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#56 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
June 11 2013, 08:46AM
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Yeah...lots of teams in slow decline...unless they do something about it.

I'd wager declining teams like Vancouver, San jose, Anaheim and Detroit have a better record than the Oilers in the foreseeable future.

Unfortunately for you, you make to many bets your ass can't cash.....which in my neighbourhood would get your ass kicked....so lay off off the wagering will ya...leave the wagering to people who pay their debts...

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#57 madjam
June 11 2013, 08:47AM
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Well now you've drank the "kool aid " Eakins hype , what has MacT. done in way of personnel to give Dallas a shot at having success . I don't see him fairing any better than other good coaches we have had with personnel we currently are embracing . The one constant thru all the coaches woes has been lack of quality personnel and managerial forsight !

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#58 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
June 11 2013, 08:51AM
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book¡e wrote:

I can't believe you have a picture of Iringa the Elephant in a 'Thank you Toronto' article.

Iringa wasn't born in Toronto, She was born in Zambia. Unless this article is 'Thank you South Luonga', you are way off base here.

Pathetic!

lol

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#59 Vaclav
June 11 2013, 08:56AM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

lol

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#60 madjam
June 11 2013, 09:04AM
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Management has misassessed the so called talent they bought in and blamed others for them not performing well . They also blame the marketplace , etc.. The one constant is they don't blame themselves , because their not the problem , right ?

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#61 CaptainLander
June 11 2013, 09:12AM
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@DSF - Just curious, have you seen this movie?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1740707/?ref_=sr_1

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#62 Light, Sweet, Crude
June 11 2013, 09:54AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Not sure if Neil ever lived in Toronto. I know he went to my alma mater - Guelph - he was enrolled to get an AG degree in poultry science if I recall before he took off for LA.

If find TOs skyline Ho hum and the pics you see are taken from a vantage point rarely seen by any one in real life. Take out the tower and you have a very blah look - no good second fiddles. Give me Montreal from the top of the mountain any day.

The zoo is vast which makes it a miserabl place to walk in mid-summer and many of the displays are so natural you never see the animals in them. Five stars for being one of the most creative uses for an old land fill however.

City hall? Really? How old are you? It's a miserable building to work in so I'm told.

As substitutes:

Glenn Gould George chuvalo The danforth Pizza Gigi

Montreal from the top of the mountain? Are you serious? Only if you're checking out the girl beside you, maybe.

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#63 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
June 11 2013, 10:19AM
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Clyde Frog wrote:

Or how he "booked" Eakin to the 'nucks already...

That and his amazing prediction skills at work: I do believe he predicted Anaheim would be in 15th place with Minny in 1st AND that Chicago would be 5thish....

Not to mention the fact that Minny was going to dominate in the playoffs this year as they are built for it!

~but he just said vancouver was looking for a veteran coach for a veteran team. why on earth would he give it the dsf book it to a coach who is nowhere near considered a veteran coach.~

it is almost as if he cant even keep up with the BS he throws. He is like the oilersnation version of Eklund.

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#64 nathan
June 11 2013, 03:30PM
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Dean Belanger wrote:

Neil Young was born in Winnipeg. I will be waiting for you at the bike rack after school. It's on!

His older brother was born in Winnipeg, but Neil was born in Toronto.

A biopic of his early life could very well be called "Running Back to Winnipeg" (with apologies to Burton and Curt). His mom returned there with him after the divorce from his journalist dad. And Winnipeg is ground zero of his musical career. Trivia: his first songwriting hit was the Guess Who's "Flying on the Ground is Wrong".

http://ballastmag.com/2012/09/winnipeg-vs-toronto-for-neil-young/

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