Pre-Season Game 1: The Battle Against Panic
Oh my God! The Leafs lost 5-0 to Ottawa last night! Let’s gather our torches, form a mob and burn the ACC to the ground!
Come on, people. This is exhibition play. And as the Star’s Paul Hunter mentions in this entertaining game story, “it’s foolhardy to draw sweeping conclusions based on exhibition play.”
It would’ve been great if the split-squad team in blue-and-white made a closer game of it. Especially since a corporate sponsor filled the stands with Real Fans, the kind of Real Fans who rarely gain entry into the ACC these days.
Me, I kind of lost interest after the Sens went up by 3 and retired to a darkened room to watch a loop of this. But before leaving, I jotted down a few things I learned last night:
* You know what tastes really good with Coca-Cola Zero when the Leafs have a two-man advantage? The stuff this dude makes.
* Apparently, Mike Brown has built a time machine and gone back to 1989 to steal Wendel Clark’s Fu Manchu.
* When Jussi Rynnas was a little boy growing up in Pori, Finland, during school plays he would always play a giant sequoia.
* Even if Chris Neil had no body and was just a floating head, it’d be awfully hard not to punch him in the face.
* When Bill Watters and Nick Kypreos go out for dinner, after one of them orders the other one automatically says, “I disagree.”
* The time has come for the NHL to ban Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” from rink playlists.
You know, if anything, I’m conflicted about the Leafs grueling preseason schedule. On the one hand, it does give the coaches a chance to tinker with line combinations and work on special teams (cough) and get a look-see at some of the younger guys.
But 9 games in 12 nights? That seems excessive, even with a large camp. One of the things that really screwed the team last year was injury. It would be utterly tragic if an important player was sidelined for a few weeks before the season begins.
Anyway, I leave you with this song: