Let there be hockey
When I was young, the day before was also a time to reflect and glance ahead to what may be. It was a day to dream big, a day to embrace unrealistic expectations.
Living in North York, surrounded by little kids from all walks of life, we were united in our devotion to the blue and white. And during a game of road hockey, which always broke out between the end of school and the (delayed) start of supper, we made our wacky predictions:
"Pass the ball… Greg Terrion is going to be the league’s MVP!"
"Nice save… Rick Vaive is going to score 100 goals!"
"Stop cherry-picking… Man, that Gaston Gingras is gonna be a star!"
So let's hear it.
With about 30 hours to go until the Leafs and Habs breathe life into 2010-11 season, what are your predictions? How many points will this revamped team earn over the next 82 games? Will it be enough to make the playoffs? What kind of leadership will Dion Phaneuf provide? Is our D one of the league's best or highly overrated? And, finally, where can a fellow buy a blue wig in this town?
Okay, some ALF B housekeeping to complete before The New Season Begins:
1. I mentioned guest posts at the start of this endeavour and have already heard from many citizens of Leafs Nation. I now have a better sense of logistics. So if you want to write a post, email me at: email@example.com. Your contribution should be about 300-400 words. I'll also need a two-line bio and a headshot (JPEG, please).
2. A few people have asked about The Leafs Memory Project. No, it wasn't a joke. Yes, I am going to start running those memories as promised. I just need to build a template and figure out a publishing schedule.
3. Does anyone know where I can purchase a copy of "The Passion Returns" on DVD? Long story. I need to double-check something.
4. Since starting this blog two week ago, I've really heard it from many so-called friends. "You're writing WHAT?" "But the Leafs SUCK!" Which brings me to an issue commenter Pyramid Power raised the other day. Namely, should the haters be silenced here? The answer: No. A spirited debate is always the goal. Just one caveat, based on something that started recently: Please don't use the comments to launch personal attacks on each other.
5. I'm hoping to start a regular round-table discussion this season. Your suggestions for topics and potential panelists are welcome.
In closing: Let there be hockey.
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