"They weren't on a six-game losing streak. We were. Desperate hockey is where we're at and we're still desperate."
Ownership rants can backfire, but this one seems to have to work like a charm, as Andrew Raycroft put it to Dave Perkins: "The understatement of the century."
Still, a strange night. Boston's obvious motivation was answered by the Leafs with passivity, lack of offence, dumb penalties and Ed Belfour. Nobody in blue and white played well -- Barely settled into my chair, the Leafs were outshot 10-0 early and I was writing in my notes "this is the worst they've looked since the Ottawa game" (slight exaggeration there -- against Buffalo and Washington since, they've looked as bad, at least for period-long stretches).
Only one game. Doesn't mean much at all.
But come to think of it, taking a page out of Jacobs' approach and assembling the Leafs owners for a rag on the team's play might not be a bad idea from time to time. Imagine. The Teachers, the bank and Larry each speaking their piece. Might even get the Platinum Clubbers to their seats on time.
On to other business, and regular poster Carla hits a haiku out of the park (with a little dash of the Ogden Nash, too -- very nice):
Faster? The latter.
Poor girl's being force-fed turducken and football down in Salt Lake City today, and she comes up with this gem. An example to us all. Think you can do better? Bring it on.
Taking off the Leafs glasses for once, we find super agent Rich Winter has entered the Ted Saskin fray. I've been trying to stay away from this one, as it goes on and on, but what I find interesting is that finally someone is taking the focus away from bylaws, and due process and throwing some harsh light on THE DEAL:
Among Winter's complaints, writes Rick Westhead in The Star -- Who authorized Trever Linden to negotiate a salary cap; How Bob Goodenow was removed; and voting based on a synopsis of the CBA that fixed the escrow figure at "no more than 1 or 2 per cent" when it will likely wind up at 15 per cent.
Meantime, welcome home and happy (U.S.) Thanksgiving, Jiri Fischer.