The Weekend That Was
For the Maple Leafs, it was undoubtedly nice to be the good news item for a change.
For those GTA sports nuts who might have hoped the Leafs' surprise victory over Ottawa on Saturday night might have set the tone for the rest of the weekend, however, that proved not to be the case.
The Raptors went el foldo in the fourth quarter against a Golden State team that has been pretty ordinary this season, still living off its playoff upset of Dallas last spring.
And the Argonauts were even worse, just generally mediocre on offence, defence and special teams as the dream of playing in the Grey Cup game they were also hosting went up in smoke.
So we wonder about Chris Bosh and his dismal season so far, and we wonder about the professional futures of, in no particular order, Pinball Clemons, Mike O'Shea and Damon Allen.
And we continue to wonder about Bryan McCabe.
But this time in a nice way.
See, having trashed McCabe's play all season, failing to see the merits of his performances even while others were straining to do so, it's only fair to compliment him on a terrific performance against the Senators.
Maybe the Sens were off their game, guilty of taking Paul Maurice's crew a little lightly.
But McCabe was good. Very physical, sharp on the power play, less jittery with the puck on his stick.
Just making the playoffs is, admittedly, not a lofty goal. But if McCabe can consistently play the way he did on Saturday, then you can at least consider the possibility that the Leafs will upgrade their play enough to be in the 90 point range at season's end and thus once more scraping along with others for a last minute playoff berth.
Admittedly, a bunch of factors came together on Saturday. Darcy Tucker actually scored, Vesa Toskala was very strong and Jiri Tlusty scored a goal and not once was seen on a racy web site all weekend.
Plus McCabe was strong. Talk about hitting for the cycle.
So on a weekend in Toronto sports when lots went sour, it was McCabe the Leafs that provided a silver lining.
Talk about a change in roles.