Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 06 2014 02:53PM
Buses full of groups organized by their respective leaders enter the scene. Together, they fill the stands. They're loud. They cheer their team when they're up, and they boo the opposition as if they killed their loved ones. Many have signs. Even as these pockets of fans don't know each other, they all come together in unison to sign relevant pop anthems during breaks in play. It's more than just a game to them, and the atmosphere leaving Exhibition Place that afternoon, with the sun very much awake, was electric.
Sounds like the Toronto FC rebuild got off on the right foot, right? The reality is a bit less glamourous. The scene was Ricoh Coliseum, not BMO Field. The supporters section leaders you imagined are actually teachers. Katy Perry had no relevance to the game, they crowd just like singing. It's more than just a game to the masses in the stands, because they're children and they didn't have to be in class. Yes, yesterday was a school day game. Which usually means a brawl, opposition 50 save shutout, or a blowout. For once, it was neither, and the Marlies won 5-4 in a shootout.
February 06 2014 11:22AM
The big story in the hockey world today is that Steven Stamkos will not be playing for Team Canada in the Winter Olympics, replaced by Martin St. Louis. A somewhat surprising statistic is that since the start of the 2010-11 season, Martin St. Louis has more points than anybody else in the NHL. Second? Claude Giroux, also a high-profile Canadian Olympic snub. Third is Stamkos, and only one of those players will get to play for its nation at the Olympics.
This is a big loss to Canada, but you feel it more for Stamkos, who is right in his peak scoring years and, given the NHL may not send players to Pyeongchang in 2018, may have missed out on a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be an Olympian:
“Today is obviously very disappointing for me,” Stamkos said in a statement Wednesday. “I honestly believe that we did everything possible in order to have my leg ready in time for the Olympics, but I realize you can’t force healing. I know, in the best interest of my long term health, I cannot represent Canada in Sochi, as much as I would like to.”
There had been optimism Stamkos could play for the Lightning in their final game before the Olympic break on Saturday, ending a 40-game stretch out of the lineup.
February 05 2014 05:57PM
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 05 2014 09:51AM
The Toronto Marlies have an 11AM home game today. Why? Because they hate logic (actually, it's a school day game, something they do a few times a season). To some, this isn't very interesting on the surface (if it is? We'll have a recap on TheLeafsNation), but a bit of an eyebrow raiser came in the form of Craig MacTavish being in attendance.
I can't tell you exactly what he's here for, but this is what we do know.
February 04 2014 10:21PM
Well. This got out of hand quickly.
On this episode, the guys preview every team in the upcoming Olympics, and Adam reads the highly-anticipated sequel of luvudangler.