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New Raptors Coach Dwane Casey Tells Team to “Pound the Rock”

The Raptors newly minted head coach, Dwane Casey has brought in 1,300 pounds of inspiration to his team, a boulder.

Sitting outside the doors to the Raptor’s locker room sits a 1,300 pound boulder that their coach is insisting be touched by each player every time they pass it, they will also leave huddles with a collective “POUND THE ROCK!”. It’s an interesting and galvanizing attempt to bring together a team that had a terrible season last year finishing at 22-60. The rock is inspired by a story about a stonecutter who took multiple attempts to break a rock with a hammer but never gave up, great sentiment…but will it work?

Photo: Dwane Casey with a rock - Beermug

  • By Disarm
  • January 5, 2012
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Tyler Bozak & Kate Upton Twitter Flirt Fail

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Maple Leaf centre Tyler Bozak had more than winning faceoff’s on his mind in early December, he was trying to win a heart too. As the Leafs prepared to play the New York Rangers at MSG the Leafs top line centre tweeted at his crush, Kate Upton. Bozak not only invited the stunning model to the game but also to convert her to a member of Leafs Nation. While Upton did respond, it wasn’t the answer Mr. Bozak was looking for and he followed her reply with a shameless second attempt.

Tyler Bozak: Hey Kate,. Thoughts on coming to msg tonight and converting to a leafs fan? One in a million? I think it’s a good idea.

Kate Upton: Good game tonight enjoy NYC ;)

Tyler Bozak: Thanks Kate. I think I have to bring you a Leafs jersey for next game there. It only seems right! Your thoughts? Haha

Hey Tyler, maybe focus on scoring goals instead of scoring phone numbers.

Source: Tyler Bozak & Kate Upton Twitter


Joe Colborne’s First NHL Goal…not pretty

Leaf prospect, Joe Colborne’s first NHL goal came in last night’s game. As you can see from the video, it wasn’t glorious…but I’m sure he’ll take it.

  • By Disarm
  • November 23, 2011
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Jays unveil new uniforms…back to the glory days?

Late last week the Blue Jays called a press conference to unveil their new(?) jerseys for the 2012 season. Do these jersey’s look familiar? They should, the new threads are an updated version of the same jerseys worn by the 1992 and 1993 World Series Champion Blue Jay teams. Also interesting to note, the word “Blue” has been brought back to the Jay’s official team name. In the early 2000′s, the Jay’s removed the word “Blue” from their name due to a fall-out in partnership with Labatts. What do you guys think? Digging the nostalgia?

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  • November 23, 2011
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Kessel and Lupul….The most dangerous duo in the NHL?

When you think about duo’s other teams fear in the NHL, who do you think about?

Malkin and Crosby? Ovechkin and Backstrom? Perry and Getzlaf? Well, so far this season all 3 of those duo’s are being overshadowed by a pair of Leafs, Kessel and Lupul. For the first time in over 60 years there are two Maple Leafs leading the league in points this deep into a season. Do you think they can keep this pace up?

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  • November 23, 2011
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Will Optimus Reim rise again this season? Rumours indicating things look grim.

 

Will we see The Reim-minister again this season?

At the start of the season there was a lot of optimism coming from Leaf Nation for the first time since the pre-lockout era, mainly due to the sudden rise of young goaltender James Reimer at the tail end of last season.

Fast forward to the start of the current season, with Reimer at the helm the Leafs came out of the gate hot going 4-0-1. During the Leafs October 22 game against the Habs, Reimer was clipped by Montreal forward Brian Gionta and hasn’t been back on the ice since with no tangible update from management. A couple of days ago, rumours started flowing around the internet stating that the leafs were in fact shopping for goaltending help. The names that have been thrown around coming to Toronto are Vancouver backup Cory Schneider and troubled Islander goalie Evgeni Nabokov. With the current tandem of Ben Scrivens and the Monster leading the Leafs to only a .500 record since Reimer got hurt, is it time to hit the panic button?


Alex Anthopoulos /- Toronto Blue Jays Off-season Trade Rumors

OK Jays. Now what?

With the World Series winding down, the off-season awaits the Toronto Blue Jays.  Alex Anthopoulos, the young prodigy Jays GM has some tall tasks after another lack-luster season (81-81) in the jungle called the American League East. The question is…will the big red Rogers wallet be opened so he can go out and fill some holes in the team’s lineup. So, let’s say that Rogers sells a bunch of cell phones this holiday season and they decide to pour some cash into the Jays to make them more competitive, where should this money go?

Let’s start out with the need for another big bat in the lineup, preferably an actual DH? Jose Baustista needs better protection in the lineup as Adam Lind and current Diamondback, Aaron Hill failed to provide a big enough threat in front of or behind the back-to-back 50 HR hitter, Bautista. Secondly, the Jays need to find themselves a real closer. Last year’s closer by committee approach fell flat as Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco combined for 28 saves and seemingly took turns on the DL throughout the season. The Boston Red Sox may not sign Jonathan Papelbon as they have a younger, cheaper closer in Daniel Bard who outshone Papelbon when he was given the opportunity this past season. Lastly, what the Jays really need is for all of their big name prospects to age rapidly. The Blue Jays have one of the best minor league systems in the league though most of their top prospects are realistically still at least 2 years away from making a big impact for the team. Alex Anthopolis has to walk a fine line the next season by trying his best to improve his team while not sacrificing the team’s future for immediate help.

Alex Anthopoulos has a tall task ahead of him, especially in a division where half the teams spend over double what the Jays do annually. Last off-season, AA made some great moves (most notably, the Vernon Wells trade) and more importantly took huge strides to erase J.P. Riccardi’s mark on the team and mould the Jays into the team he has always envisioned. The big question is whether or not the team’s owner believes that a much improved team will translate into a huge jump in attendance or not as in recent history the Jays annual attendance numbers have been half of those of the World Series Championship years of 1992 and 1993. As a child of the 90’s, I for one hope that 1993 won’t be the last time I see a playoff game in Canada.

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