Thursday, April 29, 2004
This One's For Brian

Congratulations to the Toronto Maple Leafs on tonight's win over Philly. Now that the Dallas Stars are out of the picture, I can unreservedly say that I hope and cheer for a Leafs' Cup victory (whether or not that long-overdue triumph is feasible is, of course, highly debatable).

On a similar note, Andrew Coyne celebrates playoff hockey with a post full of gems:

The one thing I don't look forward to is the moronic hockey commentary. Hockey commentary is always moronic, but it reaches a special intensity of moronitude at playoff time. You know what I'm talking about: the "this game is critical" analysis, sometimes phrased as a question ("Pat, how critical is it to win this game?"). Fellas, can I let you in on a secret? In a seven-game series, every game is critical. Lose that first game, and you're down 0-1: you're behind the eight-ball right off the top. Then there's the critical second game: win it, and the series is all tied up, the momentum is all yours; lose, and you're facing a 2-0 deficit, and as we know, only 35 teams in 962 series have come back from 2-0 to win (gosh: you mean teams that lose games usually lose series?).
So here's to Brian, Al, Debbye and all the other 'Leafers' out there (yes that's my term, and I'm sticking with it!): go Maples! er...Leafs!
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