Saturday, November 25, 2006

goodgamegoodgamegoodgamegoodgame

Nice to see the Oilers dust up a hapless Brian Boucher and his Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, and it was an even nicer game of street hockey Saturday afternoon.

As usual, I earned some malice from teammates for my puck hogging, witless taunts and hot dog blind passes that go nowhere, but what they don't understand is that I love the game, and that goes beyond goodwill, sportsmanship and yes, even teammates (at one point I actually took the ball off of one their sticks like I was Keith Tkachuk).

And from what you can see in the photo above, it was also
a bit of a cultural exchange on Saturday, as the urbane, pseudo-sophiscate blue nose from the East (Glenn, from work, in a Russ Courtnall Leafs jersey) took on the single-toothed, beer-swilling yokel from the West (CinO's Chris!, in a Mark Messier Oilers jersey).

You might ask which side of the country won, but truly, at the end of the day, when we're all at Sneaky Dee's slamming back nachos and beer,
what matters is that the Country won.

Have to admit that I'm surprised by the Leafs this year. That ratshit Darcy Tucker is having a good season, Andrew "Razor" Raycroft has been surprisingly decent (T.O. workmates left me a "signed" Raycroft picture on my desk) and out-of-nowhere dudes like Ian White aren't half bad.

The question has to be asked: was Pat "Country Club" Quinn basically just a bad coach?

13 comments:

Alana said...

As your teammate, Mike, I can confirm that you weren't a ball-hog. We had our play, and it worked. Sometimes.

Garnet said...

Quinn was more of a bad GM, for indulging the Leafs' habit of falling in love with aging name players (Leetch etc.) instead of giving the kids a chance.

Jordi said...

Fuck you Darcy Tucker!

Too early?

Andy Grabia said...

Quite the difference in weather from our games. Someone would probably die from frostbite if we were to play outside in Edmonton right now.

Colby Cosh said...

Yeah, the last few winters Edmonton has been no worse than Toronto and often distinctly better, but are we ever paying for it now. Every time I go for smokes and snacks I feel like I have to give a little Captain Oates speech.

Black Dog said...

Nice reference Cosh. Scott expedition, correct?

Mild mild autumn here. Apparently in another week we'll get what you're getting.

Hope the Princess Pats are ready.

Art Vandelay said...

Notice how much better the Leafs are this year and how much suckitude TSN has gained. You can figure out the common denominator in that equation.

Andy Grabia said...

No pads on the goalies, either. You guys are really kicking it old-school. I'm surprised the puck isn't made of cow dung.

anj said...

glad this has finally become a leafs blog. yes, you're right mike, they probably are the best team in the league this season. who can handle the pony and antropov down low? who? no one. and i'm a total oilers guy!

glad you enjoyed hockey while i was at work fixing your BMO errors.

uni said...

The fact that Domi isn't taking a roster spot anymore helps. Also without Lindros and Allison they have room for two more players...players that gained experience while the former two were injured. The big thing with Antropov is that he's not injured, and it remains to be seen if he'll stay that way for any significant amount of time; doesn't hurt that he's seemed to cut down on those high sticking penalties and he still scores the odd goal on a wrister that he has no business scoring. Poni has been steadily improving each season and Quinn always seemed to like him. Kubina (even overpaid) is a big improvement over Klee (although I liked Klee, even if slow he's decent positionally).

When all taken into account, and considering that 20 game run the Leafs ended the season on, well I'd have to blame JFJ more than anyone else for hamstringing Quinn. It's not like Quinn could send Domi down to the AHL. Also I'll give Maurice full marks for what he's doing with the youngsters and did do in the minors, but the majority of them got to the show under Quinn and gained that experience in the NHL under Quinn.

Anonymous said...

whereabouts did you guys play in T.O.?

And are furtehr grudge matches expected? Not to invite myself or anything...

Justin said...

I still cant take the Leafs seriously. Add the OT/SO losses and they're 13-12. Buffalo by the same formula is 19-5

Odelay said...

We need to start seeing some ice hockey going on in Edmonton. I mean, look outside at that coldness. Perfect for some shinny hockey if you ask me. Anyone care to set something up?