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What should the Leafs do?
Tue, January 8, 2008

The Maple Leafs felt like throwing a hockey stick through the television following last night's 3-2 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, preferably at the big HD screen at National Hockey League headquarters in Toronto.

But angry Nik Antropov took the team's anger at a costly overtime penalty and three video replay reversals the hardest, hurling his stick towards referees Mike Leggo and Don Koharski after Rod Brind'Amour netted the game-winner.

Forget about throwing hockey sticks. What about throwing in the towel on the season? What should the Leafs do before the trade deadline? Have your say in our forum.

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George: privatizing the CBC is another issue altogether. I won't even get into that. The CBC headquarters is down the street (literally one block away) from the ACC in Toronto. You interpret that however you like, but I doubt city council charges that building the same tax rate as the rest of us. So we are still entitled to some Leaf coverage without a hiked tax bill. That's all I have to say.
Ben TO, 2008-01-18 16:13:02

See Dwain, you never mentioned the words "black out" (and no, never seen a blacked out game --- I got a sports digital TV package). For sure that is wrong --- I agree with your idea of broadcasting a few games.

BTW, I never said eastern teams take preference over the whole country, they just have more fans. But I'd gladly trade you all the CBC coverage you want, in exchange for a contending team in TO like the ones you have out west.

And remember one of your Western MP's is the current prime minister, so that politics argument doesn't really apply any more
Ben TO, 2008-01-18 16:10:47

BEN TO what you mean to say is that the eastern teams take preference over the whole country. Typical you guys dominate us in political events and now your doing it in the sports world too. Ever see a hockey game blacked out in your area?? Why not brodcast two games or three even pending on the area. If the can make it black they can make it a different game altogether.
Dwain, 2008-01-18 14:32:27

What, exactly, does that kind of crapola add to the discussion "Alfie?" At least have the gonads to use your real name.

Ben TO, one thing you cannot overlook when it comes to the CBC is that, being supported by taxpayers from all parts of Canada, they are not supposed to be driven by "ratings" and "demand." If they want to go down that road then by all means sell the network to private enterprise and get the cost off our backs! OR, alternatively, let all Toronto fans identify themselves and charge them proportionally on their tax bill. I think then we'd see just how many are die-hard Leaf fans if they are faced with a substantially- increased tax bill.
George O'Leary, 2008-01-18 14:16:10

Hold the firings and the trades. The Mighty Leafs are back!!!! 2 wins in a row and a playoff run underway and things looking up in Leaf Nation. Let's have less talk about trading Sundin and more planning for the parade.
Alfie, 2008-01-18 13:06:17

Dwain,

I am referring to the entire country, collectively, altogether. There are more Leafs or Habs fans in all of Canada than say, Oiler fans (I have no solid numbers, but I used the example of the fans in each building as an example.)

I am suggesting CBC plans their broadcasts according to demand, and remember they only do it on Saturday nights or holidays. Seems TSN and Sportsnet have the rights to the weekday broadcast.

I agree with you on the announcers, but I think it applies to all of the hockey broadcasts. I wish I had the ability to turn off the commentary and just watch the game with only the play and crowd noise
Ben TO, 2008-01-18 11:39:51

I hear ya Ronnie and take the argos with them or should i say the toronto bills of the NFL....
jim fra., 2008-01-18 10:29:20

Ben TO in the west the leafs and the habs do not have the largest fan base. CBC has aired very few oilers games. When they are playing and its aired on sportsnet, which I'll add that the anouncers are terrible, most times there is NO hockey on CBC. Why is that??
Dwain, 2008-01-18 10:23:25

Really Ronnie? Why is then, that every game the Leafs play in the building of another Canadian NHL team, do you see so many Leafs fans there? Not all of those fans travel from Toronto, alot of them also live in the area and want to see their favourite team on TV (no matter how bad they are). On a national scale, from coast to coast, the Leafs and the Habs have the two most visible fan bases, thus they will get the most coverage.

If you don't like it, just wait until the playoffs this April. I guarantee you there will be no Leafs coverage then!
Ben TO, 2008-01-18 09:06:07

David what have you been smoking? Remember toke toke pass, not toke toke toke. The oil went to the last game of the stanley cup finnal here a couple of years ago. That doesn't sound like a bad team to me. Kinda proves you wrong about the last 15 years. On top of it all they did blow up the team the very next season (summer really) after the cup run. I will agree that they are not doing very well right now but if the young players come into their own they will do well. Give them a few years to see what they can do.
Dwain, 2008-01-17 18:38:34

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