Saturday, March 31, 2007

Taking It Down Tonight

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in.

The Pittsburgh Penguins visit the ACC tonight to play the Maple Leafs in, wait for it, a must win game for the good guys in blue and white - how many times have we used "must win" in the last couple of weeks. The Leafs have can move into sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a win over Crosby, Malkin and the Penguins - coupled with a Montreal loss against Buffalo tonight at the Bell Centre. We have a good feeling about tonight's game against the Penguins; the Leafs have won six in a row at home, so why not make it lucky number 7? Leafs takin' it down tonight.

We're hoping that the Sabres aren't Lindy on the road tonight against a Habs team that was steamrolled last night by the SenaTards - I have to grudgingly give thanks to the guys that wear the Trojan logo on their shirts, they really helped the Maple Leafs' cause last night.

We're keeping it short today - Toronto knows what they have to do, so there isn't much else to be said; except...Hazel Karma at the ACC tonight.

Speaking of "takin' it down" - I'm going over to Ottawa_Tilt's for our monthly poker game...and I plan to take it down. Tilt, if you read this before I get to your place tonight - I'm gonna kick your ass tonight.

Dallas Stars C Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout win over the Red Wings in Detroit last night - you know the deal with Ribeiro here.

Buffalo Sabres C Chris Drury had two goals and an assist in a 6-4 victory over the drowning Islanders - good for the Leafs and good for last night's Three Play.

Ottawa SenaTards C Mike Fisher had two goals and an assist in a 5-2 win over the Habs - I know I've said I would never give a SenaTards player one of Hazel's Stars...but come on, they beat the Habs and Leaf Nation was looking for that. Plus, Fisher is the only acceptable SenaTard - to Red Sox fans, I'll say he's like Derek Jeter to Red Sox Nation; you hate him, but you respect him (kinda).

Another 3-0 night bringing the bankroll for the week up to + $835 - not too friggin bad huh?

Ottawa over NY Islanders - Mike Dunham was shelled last night, and it won't get any easier tonight. The Islanders are done without DiPietro - so cash in while you can. Lay $100 on the SenaTards - $200.

Tampa Bay over Washington - Tampa will be flying high after last night's win against Carolina, while we hate picking them (because of what it means for the Leafs), but we have to go with the winners. Lay $100 on the Lightning - $280.

Dallas over Nashville - I know I've said the Preds are lights out at home, but the Stars are one of the few teams that gives them trouble - call this the upset special.. Lay $50 on the Stars + $155.

That's it for this afternoon gang - have a great Saturday.

You may find yourself putting in extra time on a project. Perfectionism isn't a bad thing if it gives you the edge and helps you get what you want. Concentrate on your future goals. 3 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world - send that good Karma up to the ACC ok?

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - a good friend of mine is convinced that men have "cycles", I'm not buying it, but I'm too afraid to tell her that. Who knows? All I know is that right now I'm craving salt and vinegar chips, dark chocolate, Guinness and some Port - maybe she has a point; especially considering today's songs

Baby - Ashanti (Crooked I Remix)
I got my little momma's back
Its more than just hopping in the sack
I guess opposites attract
Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby.


Hung Up - Madonna (We're still feeling the Material Girl here)

Peesth Out...Buh Bye!

Friday, March 30, 2007

Standing Away From Ledge

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

We aren't pushing the panic button, as a matter of fact our finger isn't even on it...yet. While Leaf Nation was really hoping for a win last night to pull us into a tie on points with the Habs and Lightning - we'd still be in ninth place as both have more wins - a tie isn't the end of our season...have I mentioned how much I hate the shootout? Toronto gears up for Crosby and the Pens on Saturday night in a game they will really need to win. I don't want to talk about last night's game - they got a point.

The Habs are in town tonight to play the SenaTards, so we are stuck in one of those ugly situations where we are looking for a Tards win. The Tards have been talking about "resting" a few guys who have bumps and bruises since they need to get ready for the playoffs - I hope they wind up without home ice in the first round and get bounced. Montreal always plays well here, so Leaf Nation will be watching the game on the edge of our seats. We're hoping some of those idiots play with some pride, there is no way they should be losing to Montreal.

The other game of interest to Leaf Nation sees the Hurricanes travel to Tampa to play the Lightning. Its a situation where you pick your poison - do you want the Hurricanes to win and have two (potentially three) teams a point ahead of the Leafs, or do we want the Lightning to go up three points and keep Carolina in 10th. I guess I want to see Carolina win in REGULATION - no damn three point game tonight.

We aren't too concerned about Buffalo and the Isles - New York is done for...period.

Pittsburgh Penguins C Eric Christensen had two goals and an assist last night to lead the Penguins to a 4-2 win over the Bruins. One more episode of The Buzz for Bruins fans?

Calgary Flames RW Jarome Iginla had a hat-trick in a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild last night - bad for our Three Play, first wrong pick this week.

Anaheim Ducks D Chris Pronger had two goals and an assist in the Ducks 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

We were 2-1 last night and wound up + $35, bringing our total for the week to + $535 - we've gotten well in the last few weeks. Tonight's suggestions

Buffalo over NY Islanders - Lindy isn't letting up and the Islanders will likely be starting a rookie between the pipes. Buffalo wins this one going away. Lay $100 on the Sabres OTB this morning, we'll update later

New Jersey over Philadelphia - the Devils need a win in a bad way, so they won't take the Flyers lightly. Lay $100 on the Devils - $310.

San Jose over Phoenix - see reasoning for picking Devils. Lay $100 on the Sharks - $410.

That's about it for today gang - have a great one peeps.

Look to the future. This is no time to live in the past. Anyone who cannot keep up will be left behind. Strive for perfection and completion and you will be noticed. Do whatever is required to put your ideas and intentions into play. 3 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world. Have a great weekend.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - spring has hit Ontario, coats are off, the heels are on, skirts and up, necklines are down, its all good!

Here Comes The Weekend - The Jam

Peesth Out...Buh Bye!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Donkey Play

We're all guilty of it in one way or another. But there is a difference between playing like a donkey and actually being a donkey. Playing like a donkey, tends to happen post-flop. It could be hands where you've flopped a board that gives you more outs then you can count on your hands (i.e. open ended straight draw/flush draw). You call to see the following cards in the hopes of catching the card that will win you the hand. To be more specific, a true donkey play is when a bet is made that prices you out of a hand (i.e. calling an all in by a player with an equal stack on an open ended straight draw/flush draw). It is what most players a "bad call that went right". Being a donkey for me, is someone who is simply willing to gamble away their chips - pre-flop, post flop, etc. Last night I was playing in a freeroll tournament (Something called the Red Hot Poker Tour, sponsored by Party Poker) and I pushed all in with AT suited (after a raise). I had one caller and then a second caller. When all the cards were dealt, I ended up with a full house (eights full of tens) which beat out the first caller (who called with a small pocket pair), leaving me to think that I had won the hand...then the donkey showed his hand. The fantastic 10-7 suited, which lead to me splitting the pot that was rightfully mine.

I commented about how horrible of a call that was...considering that he saw a raise, a re-raise (all in) and a call of the all in. His comment back was "I had both of you covered..." to which I said "please come play at my home games...I need donkeys like you to increase the prize pool". While some might say he made the right play...considering the action in front of him, the guy should have been well aware that all the players who acted before him had much better hands then he did. He pulled the classic "I feel lucky" move and was rewarded for it. Who says luck isn't part of this game...but as most will say...luck won't win for you in the long run...skill and knowledge of the game will.

Glass 3/4 Full

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

A tough day in Europe yesterday - the Euro 2008 qualifiers got off to a great start with news that Finland (first place in Portugal's group) had lost to European minnows Azerbaijan on a late goal - opening the door for Portugal to pass them with a win against Serbia. The Seleccao das Quinhas got off to a great start with a goal by Tiago in the fifth minute of play - only to see the Serbs equalize in the thirty-seventh minute. The game wound up in a 1-1 tie, meaning that Portugal, Finland and Serbia are all tied for second place behind Poland with 11 points. In looking at things from a "glass half-full" perspective, Portugal is ahead of the Finns and Serbs on goal differential - not to mention that they have gotten their three toughest road games out of the way. It wasn't the way we wanted to start the qualifiers - but we'll make it to Austria/Switzerland...count on it.

I was mistaken this morning when I said Portugal's new field general, Deco, would be back on the pitch - he was not in the lineup after having surgery on his finger last week. The good news for the boys sporting the shields was that superstar winger Cristiano Ronaldo was in the lineup after suffering a heel injury during training on Tuesday - Ronaldo must have been feeling the effects of the injury because he wasn't much of a factor yesterday. In a surprising move, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari star winger Ricardo Quaresma after a great game on Saturday, and changed the lineup going with three forwards instead of the lone striker. While the result wasn't what we wanted - we have gotten over the toughest part of qualifying, the rest of the games should be relatively easy for the boys in maroon.

Leaf Nation is smiling this morning after getting a favour from the stinking Philadelphia Flyers - yes the Flyers. Philadelphia beat up on Carolina last night, laying a 5-1 beatdown on the Hurricanes; keeping the Hurricanes tied with Toronto for ninth in the conference, two points behind the stinking Canadiens. Toronto has a game in hand on the Canes, the Habs and the Lightning- so tonight's game in Atlanta is huge for the Leafs...a win doesn't move them up in the standings (they lose the tie-breaker on wins), but it does put them on equal ground with both. Have I asked for some Hazel Karma lately?

The Florida Panthers also did the Leafs a favour last night, beating Atlanta in a shootout and keeping the Thrashers within striking distance - a win tomorrow night puts Toronto a mere three points behind Atlanta. While Leaf Nation could have done without seeing Atlanta pick up a point - we didn't expect Florida to be able to pull one out, so we'll take it.

There is one person who doesn't see the glass as being three quarters or even half full - former Expos/Red Sox reliever Ugueth Urbina was sentenced yesterday in Venezuela to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five workers on his family's ranch. Urbina has maintained that he wasn't involved in the incident. If you didn't catch Hazel talking about it last night on NESN, you can read the story here. Ya right, as if you didn't watch Hazel last night (New England readers only).

All in all it was a "glass three quarters full" kind of day yesterday - that's almost a full pint.

Portugal Midfielder Tiago gets a star for scoring against Serbia today.

Philadelphia Flyers G Martin Biron made 23 saves, including a few spectacular ones, to lead the Flyers to a 5-1 win over the suddenly struggling Hurricanes.

Anaheim Ducks C Dustin Penner (also a member of Hazel's Maeple Leafs in the yahoo hockey pool) scored two goals to lead the Ducks to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Good for yesterday's three play.


Another good night last night picking two winners and increasing the balance sheet up to + $500 for the week. Another good night on the sked in the NHL.

Minnesota over Calgary - the Flames surprised the Wild on Tuesday night, they won't win back to back games in Minnesota...the Flames are awful on the road. The Wild will throw everything they have at the Flames and win this one. Lay $100 on the Wild - $165.

Colorado over Phoenix - this is pretty much it for the Avs, a loss tonight and they are done (we think they are done anyway) - so expect the Avs to come out firing as they fight to stay alive in the Western Conference. Lay $100 on the Avs - $200.

St. Louis over Edmonton - yuck; still though, these are the kind of games you take because they pay. The Oilers are limping towards the end of the season - the Blues have been playing a lot better lately (even with Tuesday's loss to Columbus) and will win this one. Lay $100 on the Blues - $180.

That's it for this morning gang - have a great one peeps!

Leafs role players stepping up

Cola's perserverance paying off

Some of Ferguson's moves have paid off - SOME

O'Neill being a team guy


Griffin's mailbag


Make sure you have proper documentation if you are traveling. Mix business with pleasure and network all you can. Your knowledge and your dynamic way of presenting will lead to something big. 5 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - hey, its MC Hammer's birthday...c'mon now, you know the song will come back to you

Can't Touch This - MC Hammer

Peesth Out...Buh Bye!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Maple Leafs Still Breathing

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

Leaf Nation looked at last night's game at the Hanger against the Carolina Hurricanes as a must win - and the good guys didn't disappoint. The Maple Leafs spanked the red-hot Canes last night by a score of 6-1 to keep their playoff hopes alive. Toronto's supporting cast stepped up last night in a game that saw the Leafs big line of Sundin, Ponikarovsky and Antropov limited to an unassisted goal by "Poni" when the game had pretty much been decided. Chad Kilger lead the way with two goals, Pavel Kubina, Yanic Perreault and Boyd Devereaux had the others. Toronto started out fast with a goal by Devereaux inside the first minute of the game and didn't fold when the Canes tied it 90 seconds later. The difference in the game was Leafs D Tomas Kaberle who controlled the game when he was on the ice - finishing the night with an assist and a + 3. The game included a couple of milestones - Yanic Perreault reached the 500 point mark for his career, while Chad Kilger reached the 200 point mark. All in all a great night for Toronto; Leaf Nation hopes that the good guys carry last night's effort into Atlanta on Thursday.

We are looking at things from a "glass half-full" point of view today - the win for the Leafs was great and kept their hopes alive; unfortunately for Toronto, the win didn't result in a big jump in the standings. Toronto is currently in 10th place - tied with Carolina, but behind the Canes in terms of win games won; two points behind the stinking Habs (though Toronto has a game in hand) and three points behind the Rangers and Lightning. The good news about last night was that two of three results Leaf Nation was hoping for wound up happening - the Lightning and Islanders both lost, the only black mark on the night was the Habs win...but they fall soon, we said weeks ago that they wouldn't make the playoffs and we're sticking to it. Toronto's main competition down the stretch will be the Canes who have an easy schedule and the Lightning who seem to be falling apart at the worst possible time.

The New York Islanders announced yesterday that Rick DiPietro would be out indefinitely after showing signs of post concussion syndrome. You have got to love the Islanders - their doctors clear him to come back and play a couple of games after suffering a concussion; a week later DiPietro is now out indefinitely. Thank you Steve Begin!

Reason number 543 on why it sucks to be a Bruins fan - your team has been playing terrible hockey: not scoring any goals, giving up leads, playing unspired hockey; and somehow you guys walk into Ottawa and beat the SenaTards. Where has that level of effort been over the last few weeks? By the way...I'm HATING the Bruins today, they blew my Pro-Line ticket. Yes I picked the Tards to beat the Bruins...wouldn't you?

The Euro 2008 qualifiers go today - with the most important game (from our perspective) going in Belgrade, where Portugal visits to play Serbia. Portugal currently sits in 3rd spot in their group - tied with Serbia, but ahead on goal differential - and they absolutely need a win to keep within striking distance of Poland and Finland, both of whom have easy games today. The news for the Seleccao das Quinas isn't all good today - star winger Cristiano Ronaldo left a training session with an injury to his heel and is doubtful for today's game. Portugal will look to Ricardo Quaresma to duplicate his performance against Belgium in Ronaldo's absence. Star midfielder Deco may be able to put on the jersey today as he returns from surgery on his finger. While this isn't necessarily a "must-win" for the boys in maroon (they'll likely wear the black jerseys today), they have to be looking at this game as one they should win. We're looking for a 2-0 win today with goals from Joao Moutinho and Nuno Gomes. Forca Lusitanos!


Toronto Maple Leafs D Tomas Kaberle had one assist and finished the night with a +3 rating - but more importantly controlled the play last night at the ACC. When Kaberle was on the ice, Toronto broke out of the zone crisply and turnovers were held to a minimum - he is Toronto's MVP this year.

Florida Panthers C Olli Jokinen had a goal and two assists in a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning - a great result for Leaf Nation.

Dallas Stars C Mike Ribeiro had two goals and an assist in a 6-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes - good for yesterday's Three Play. You know the deal here with Portuguese guys - they always get play here when they have a big game.


Another great night last night going 3-0 and finishing the night at + $300. It has been a great few weeks picking NHL games and we don't see this week being any different. Tonight's suggestions - the operative word being "suggestions".

Anaheim over Chicago - the Ducks have the San Jose Sharks hot on their tails, so they won't be letting up against the Hawks. Lay $100 on the Ducks - $230.

Buffalo over New Jersey - remember, the Sabres are the embodiment of their coach..."Ruff" at home and "Lindy" on the road. We like the Sabres to beat the Devils who are coming off a game against the Islanders last night. Lay $100 on the Sabres - $170.

That's it for this morning...we might be back later to suggest the Hurricanes over the Flyers and the Thrashers over the Panthers - but would I be a member good member of Leaf Nation if I suggested those two? We want to see both Carolina and Atlanta lose!

That's about it for this morning gang - have a great one peeps!

Leafs weren't scoreboard watching last night

Damien Cox on the Leafs chances

The webmasters at Canoe must have gotten drunk after the game last night - no updates from the Sun


Jays expecting big things from Halladay and Burnett

Where is the offence?

Should he stay or should he go? John Thomson

You will be entertaining and able to talk anyone into anything today. Your dynamic approach and worldly views will captivate and excite. Don't sell yourself short -- you are worth your weight in gold. 5 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world...looks like its going to be your day.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - wake up song

Fall to Pieces - Velvet Revolver

Peesth Out...Buh Bye!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Win or Else

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

The Maple Leafs host the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at the ACC in a "win or else" game - it is a simple as that. A loss tonight would pretty much doom Toronto's rather slim hopes of making the playoffs; at this point in the season, giving up a point in overtime to the Canes would be devastating. Toronto has to win tonight in regulation and hope the rest of the road teams in the Eastern Conference come up big tonight. Toronto has won their last five at the ACC to bring their home over .500, but it has been a struggle all year. Leaf Nation will be looking to the Rangers (in Montreal), the Devils (in Long Island) and Florida Panthers (in Tampa Bay) to win their games in regulation.

After tonight, Toronto's next two games are in Atlanta on Thursday and at home to Crosby and the Penguins on Saturday - they have to pick up five of six points this week if they are going to have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs. Hazel Karma?

Light night in the NHL last night - so we'll pick one star.

Detroit Red Wings C Pavel Datsyuk scored the only goal of the night in the Wings' 1-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. We still can't stand Hasek, so he isn't getting a star.


We finished last week at + $735 - so we are out of the red for the year and stand at + $460; pretty good recovery huh? Tonight's suggested plays

Nashville over Edmonton - the Predators have to keep pace with the Red Wings, while the Oilers are having trouble icing an NHL calibre team with all of the injuries that have hit their team. Lay $100 on Nashville - $450.

Dallas over Phoenix - the Coyotes blew a 3-0 third period lead to the Stars last week, and that was at home; it is only going to be worse for them tonight. Lay $100 on the Stars - $300.

Pittsburgh over Washington - Penguins have their sights on winning their division, they won't let up on the Caps tonight. Lay $100 on Pittsburgh - $225.

That's it for this morning gang - have a great one peeps.

Razor won't cut Bruins up

Cox must have been smiling when he wrote this

Great moments in sport history lost - including 1967 Cup

Mats feeling the love from Leaf Nation

Stajan coming around - finally

CBC and the NHL sign a new deal

Reed Johnson getting a chance to prove he's an everyday player

Towers teasing Jays fans...again

Odds and ends from Dunedin

That's it for this morning gang - have a great one peeps.


Although you may come up against some opposition today, be determined and passionate about what you are doing and you will succeed. Information will be made available to you if you ask, but kept hidden if you don't. Go to the source. 2 stars

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - hey, its Mimi's birthday, and we were down with her emancipation

We Belong Together Remix - Mariah Carey ft. Fabulous

Peesth Out...Buh Bye

Monday, March 26, 2007

Monday's Hazies - The Champs & Chumps

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

For those of you who haven't been here before, The Hazies take a look back at the week that was in the world of sports and single out some of the outstanding performances. The lucky few are awarded a Hazie and have the title of "Hazel's Hero" bestowed upon them - which is better than any recognition they may have gotten. While Hazel hasn't officially approved this week's winners, especially not from the NHL we would like to think that she'd give her trademark smile and thumbs up to our nominees.



The NHL named this week's three stars - we're hoping Hazel would join Leaf Nation is giving a thumbs down to the first and third stars.

New York Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist was named the First Star for posting a 4-0-0 record with 0.72 goals against average and a .974 save percentage. Lundqvist has lifted the once sad-sack Rangers into a playoff spot - on behalf of Leaf Nation, let me be the first to give Lundqvist the raspberry.

San Jose Sharks RW Johnathan Cheechoo was named the Second Star for scoring six goals and adding two assists in three road games. Cheechoo should be sharing this star with Big Joe Thornton.

Montreal Canadiens G Jaroslav Halak was named the Third Star - blah blah blah.

As a member in good standing of Leaf Nation, I would be remiss if I didn't mention Toronto Maple Leafs RW/D Wade Belak who remembered what his job was and sent New Jersey Devils meathead Cam Janssen a message last Tuesday night. See the picture from last Wednesday morning's post.

This morning we mentioned that Portugal Winger Cristiano Ronaldo was one of Hazel's Stars from the weekend - wanna know why? Check out the goal he scored on Saturday night - tell me this guy isn't one of the best players on the planet. This guy is a champ in every sense of the world, and he is going to prove it one day in the maroon jersey with the shields! Ronaldo vs Belgium - SICK!

Portugal's other winger Ricardo Quaresma set up Ronaldo's first goal with a beautiful cross to the goal line - as I mentioned this morning, he terrorized the Belgian defence and was a factor for the 67 minutes he was on the field. Wanna know how much of a factor? Check out this beauty - the sweetest goal of the night.



The officiating in the NHL has been an absolute disgrace this year - collectively, the NHL's officials have broken their credo; they have always said they are not there to influence the game's outcome, but rather to manage the game and enforce the rules. This year, it seems like their decisions, or lack their of, have had a major impact on the results. I have not seen a year like this ever - referees standing 10 feet away from major infractions and nothing gets called - but don't you dare put your stick on another player's arm, because you'll be in the box for interference or hooking. Now if you want to take a guy's head off and put him out of the game with a concussion - that's A-Ok to the zebras. Disgraceful doesn't begin to explain their work this year.


Belgium's goalkeeper Stijn Stijnen was investigated for comments he made to a newspaper days before Saturday's game in Lisbon - Stijnen was quoted as saying that Belgium would have to attack Cristiano Ronaldo so much that he would have to leave the pitch. Stijnen of course claimed that he was misquoted - the article is here. Go back and check out Ronaldo's goal on youtube - you can see Stijnen look back at Ronaldo while he is sprawled on the ground - what a dickhead, DON'T MESS WITH THE SHIELDS!

That's about it for tonight - gotta get on yahoo and start working up a draft list for the Hazelspeeps Fantasy Baseball League.

Have a great one peeps!

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Night on Hazelspeeps - now playing

Destroy Everything You Touch - Ladytron (ya, its from a FIFA video game)

Peesth Out...Buh Bye!

Super Saturday - Slow Sunday

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

We are starting out this morning's post with FOOTBALL (World Football). Portugal scored four second-half goals to spank Belgium 4-0 on Saturday night in Lisbon. The "Seleccao das Quinas" dominated the first half, but came up empty due to poor finishing and some bad shot selection. Luiz Felipe Scolari field one of the youngest sides in recent memory with four of the 11 starters being 25 years old or younger - led by the best player on the planet right now - our boy Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo was unbelievable Saturday night and had Belgium mesmorized and hypnotized by his footwork and ball control - he scored two goals, but could have easily had four and added a couple of assists...poor finishing though. Another pleasant surprise was the play of Ricardo Quaresma, who is every bit as quick and tricky and Ronaldo, but lacks a bit of the polish. Quaresma terrorized Belgium down both wings - and should have had more than the one goal he scored - creating a number of chances for the Quinas. Still though, Quaresma scored the goal of the night from just inside the 18 yard box with beautiful fade off the outside of his foot that found the far corner of the net over a helpless Belgian keeper. A great night for the boys in maroon and green - and a bad night for the rest of the world that was watching...this team is very young, super talented and they have a swagger about them. They are going to be a powerhouse at the 2010 World Cup - Euro 2008 might be a bit early to see how good these guys are really going to be.

As I mentioned on Saturday morning/afternoon - I expected the Buffalo Sabres to emulate their a-hole of a coach and be "lindy" on the road. The Maple Leafs played pretty much the same game they did on Friday night in Buffalo, except they didn't blow a three goal lead in the third period. The second game in a row where Toronto out-played, out-hit, out-worked and out-shot the Sabres - this time though the PK unit held up. I'd go on and on about the win, but it didn't move the Leafs up in the standings because everyone else won. So its a make or break week for Toronto (this time I'm serious) and it all starts tomorrow night against Carolina - if the Leafs don't get it done tomorrow...they can kiss the 2007 playoffs goodbye.

The rest of the NHL weekend was a forgettable one from a Leafs Nation perspective. Everybody won on Saturday and a three point game between the Rangers and Islanders yesterday did nothing to help the cause.

We'll go back to Saturday for two of this morning's stars.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo was the man of the match on Saturday for scoring two goals and setting up another - we were looking for him to come up big and he didn't disappoint. The kid has to be considered the best player on the planet right now - Ronaldinho included.

Toronto Maple Leafs LW Darcy Tucker had two goals in Saturday night's win over the Sabres - Tucker was a force at the ACC, hitting every Sabre within five feet of him. The Leafs are a different team with this guy in the lineup - who knows where we would be had he not missed all those games with a broken foot.

Pittsburgh Penguins C Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist in a 5-0 beatdown of the toothless Bruins yesterday in Steeltown.

Make or break week for Leafs

Hope still alive in Leafs Nation

Cola showing that he belongs

Leafs should take the bus more often

Game recap of Saturday night's win

O'Neill sits as Leafs Nation remembers "The Vaiver"

Zambrano's recovery and attitude have Jays happy

Jays counting on Chacin

Zaun taking charge

Ohka A-Ok yesterday

Bullpen wide open - sounds like Boston huh?

Ryan will be ready for Opening Day

League may not be on Opening Day roster


Does she remind you of anyone? Click "Sunday" - Damn! and you're welcome!

That's about it for this morning gang - have a great one peeps!


Stand up for yourself and your rights. Challenges are not there to throw you off but, instead, to help you realize your potential. With an open mind and a warm heart, there's nothing you can't accomplish today. 2 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - back to Saturday one more time

A Portugesa - Portuguese National Anthem

Peesth Out...Buh Bye!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

"Must Win" Time - At Home & Abroad

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

Well, its a must win day/night on two fronts - obviously I am speaking about the Maple Leafs tonight against Buffalo, but also for Portugal in the Euro 2008 qualifier going this afternoon in Lisbon.

First things first - Toronto blew up last night after dominating the Sabres for 45 minutes, blowing a 4-1 third period lead and losing 5-4 in regulation; the point Leafs Nation were hoping for went down the drain on a terrible dump in by Toronto defenceman Ian White. I don't know what to say about last night, for 45 minutes, the Leafs dominated the Sabres - out shooting, out hitting, out chancing and out playing them - the one part of the game that killed Toronto last night was what has been ailing them all year...penalty killing. The Sabres took advantage scoring two power play goals and adding a third goal two seconds after a Toronto penalty had expired.

I know this is going to sound like Leafs Nation whining - but Toronto got jobbed again last night. Daniel Briere's goal in the third came less that 15 seconds after he delivered an over hand slash that broke Pavel Kubina's stick - with a referee standing 10 feet away and the puck between Kubina and Briere, the referree missed the call. This has become common place in the new NHL - the refs are the embodiment of the Three Blind Mice (four actually). Once again the refs ignore a blatant high stick, this time Jochen Hecht rakes his stick across Hal Gill's face and no call.

Sabres Coach Lindy Ruff, a former player, had a tag line put on him - "Ruff" at home and "Lindy" on the road...Leafs Nation hopes this holds true for his team tonight in what is a must win for Toronto at the ACC. A loss tonight and Toronto will be joining the Bruins in watching the playoffs this year.

In a game that we think is just as important - though we know, not to anyone else reading the page - Portugal hosts Belgium tonight in Euro 2008 qualifier. Portugal has had a tough go of things in the first four games, going 2-1-1; Portugal goes into today's action sitting in fourth place, four points behind Finland (with a game in hand). Belgium today and Serbia next week in Belgrade - its time for Cristiano Ronaldo to show everyone why he is one of the best players on the planet. Forca Quinas!

After last night's loss - we can't bring ourselves to point out Hazel's Three Stars...sorry.

The balance sheet for the week stands at a respectable + $460 - we like the following three games tonight.

Minnesota over LA Kings - the Wild are peaking at the right time, they have been lights out at home all year, but the way they are going now is just plain sick. Lay $100 on the Wild - $330.

Montreal over Washington - I hate picking the Habs to win...but the Caps are playing out the string; expect more than a few calls to go the home town team's way. Lay $75 on the Habs - $260.

Nashville over Edmonton - the Oilers finally won last night in a shootout, while that was unexpected, what can be expected is that they won't win two in a row...especially against a Nashville team that desperately needs a road win. Lay $100 on the Predators - $300.

That's about it for today gang. Have a great one peeps.

No links to keep Hazel up on what's what in Toronto - its all bad news and its editor's choice here.

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Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world - I hear its been a bit of a tumultous week for you; hang in there kid.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - with the emphasis placed on "hazelspeeps", I hope some of you are reading today's post.

Precious - Depeche Mode

Precious and fragile things

Need special handling

My God what have we done to You?

We always try to share

The tenderest of care

Now look what we have put You through...

Things get damaged

Things get broken

I thought we'd manage

But words left unspoken

Left us so brittle

There was so little left to give

Angels with silver wings

Shouldn't know suffering

I wish I could take the pain for You

If God has a master plan

That only He understands

I hope it's Your eyes He's seeing through

Things get damaged

Things get broken

I thought we'd manage

But words left unspoken

Left us so brittle

There was so little left to give

I pray You learn to trust

Have faith in both of us

And keep room in Your hearts for two

Things get damaged

Things get broken

I thought we'd manage

But words left unspoken

Left us so brittle

There was so little left to give

Peesth Out...Buh Bye!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Murphy's Law For Leafs Nation

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

Well, it doesn't get much worse than last night if you are a member of Leafs Nation. The three teams fighting it out with Toronto all won - in comeback fashion, just to add insult to injury.

The performance put in by the Boston Bruins was a perfect illustration of why we pronounced them dead weeks ago - they are a bad hockey team. The Bruins built up a 3-1 lead in the second period and gave up five unanswered goals to lose 6-3. The Bruins defence was exposed for being a half a step slow and softer than a cotton ball last night. Bruins fans have to be asking Peter Chiarelli what in the hell he was thinking about when he traded Brad Boyes for Dennis Wideman; the Aaron Ward for Paul Mara deal isn't looking very good either. Well Bruins, on behalf of Leafs Nation let me be the first to say "Thanks for nothing."

The Pittsburgh Penguins got out to a 1-0 first period lead on the Islanders only to lose 3-1. When was the last time Crosby and the Penguins went 0 for 6 on the power play? Unbelievable, a game that they needed to win to keep pace with the SenaTards for 4th place in the Eastern Conference and they lay an egg on the Island. Thanks for nothing Crosby.

The Capitals put up a good fight in Carolina, but they just don't have enough to compete. We can't be mad at the Caps because we couldn't expect them to win last night. Kudos to Ovechkin for scoring two goals to give Leafs Nation a bit of hope...albeit for a short time.

The Devils were of no help either - dropping a 3-1 decision to the Lightning...who with that win may now be out of Toronto's reach. Martin Brodeur...meh!

So the Maple Leafs go into Buffalo tonight desperately needing a win - given that they are playing a home and home with the Sabres, Leafs Nation would gladly accept a three point weekend and move on. Seriously...we could really use some good Hazel Karma this weekend.

Our choices are limited today, because we are ignoring the results of the four games we mentioned earlier, and you know the rule about the SenaTards - there is NO WAY we are going to highlight any of them.

San Jose Sharks RW Johnathan Cheechoo had three goals and an assist in a 5-1 pounding of the Thrashers in Atlanta last night.

Minnesota Wild RW Marian Gaborik had two goals and an assist in last night's win over St. Louis - good for the Three Play.

Columbus Blue Jackets G Frederik Norrena stopped 35 shots in regulation/overtime to help the Jackets in the game long enough to win in a shootout against the Red Wings in Detroit last night. Didn't we tell you yesterday morning that Columbus was a good upset pick?


We went 2-1 last night and wound up $90 in the red for our trouble - leaving our total for the week at + $460. We'll be back later with suggestions for tonight.

That's it for this morning gang. Have a great one peeps.


Walk around, talk to people and find out what's going on in your community or workplace. You'll gather valuable information -- resources to work with as time passes. The knowledge you gather today will determine future decisions. 4 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - for the Leafs

The Stand - The Alarm

Peesth Out...Buh Bye

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Morning Notes

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

On behalf of Leafs Nation, let me be the first to say "Thanks for nothing Philadelphia Flyers". The Flyers were wiped out by the New York Rangers last night - how bad was it? The Flyers only managed 17 shots on the Rangers - if that wasn't bad enough, Philadelphia "sorta tough guy" Todd Fedoruk was carried off on a stretcher for the SECOND time this season as a result of being dusted in a fight. Last night it was Rangers tough guy Coulton Orr who knocked Fedoruk senseless with a right cross that hit the button. It is time for Fedoruk to think about hanging up the gloves - when you are knocked out twice in one season (with one of the fight resulted in plates being put into your face to rebuild it)...its time to hang em up.

Last night it was the Rangers, tonight Leafs Nation will be hoping that Ovechkin and the Caps can somehow find a way to get it done against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh tonight - we aren't holding our breath though. Kolzig and Ovechkin vs the former Stanley Cup Champs who are struggling to make the playoffs is hardly a fair fight. We're hoping for a big game from Kolzig tonight. We'd like to think that Crosby and the Pens will take care of the Islanders in NY tonight.

Dallas Stars C Mike Ribeiro scored a goal last night in a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings - if you have been here before, you know they rules; if you haven't, I'll make it simple for you. If you are a Portuguese kid and you have a good game - you are one of Hazel's Stars....SAYS ME!

San Jose Sharks C Joe Thornton had three assists in a 4-1 victory over the Blackhawks in Chicago last night.

Vancouver Canucks G Roberto Luongo stopped all 20 shots directed at him by the Nashville Predators last night leading the Canucks to a 3-0 victory.

Another 3-0 night last night bringing our total to $550 for the week - I took my three play and actually put down a few pieces of whale blubber on a Pro-Line wasn't a huge payout, but still good to win. Tonight's suggestions - we are going with the favourites (while we'd like to suggest Carolina, we can't do it in good conscience since we are hoping Hazel Karma messes the Canes up tonight).

Anaheim over Phoenix - no explanation needed. Lay $100 on the Ducks - $240.

Calgary over Nashville - the Predators are banged and are coming off a tough game in Vancouver last night, the Flames have the Avs right on their tales so they need this game. Lay $100 on the Flames - $145.

Minnesota over St. Louis - The Wild need the two points and they aren't likely to let up against a Blues team that has been playing better of late (they should have been the SenaTards the other night). Lay $50 on the Wild - $290.

Bonus pick...if you want to get ballsy, take Columbus over Detroit; the Wings are banged up and are coming off a Western swing, that usually means a loss in your first game back at home.

Is Antropov turning into the player Leafs Nation has always hoped for?

Classic quote by Belak - "I'm huge on ESPN - right up there with dog show"

Thomson's career as a Blue Jays P may be over before it started

Matt Stairs - BP Babe Ruth

Chickenhawk thinking about stocking Syracuse now

That's it for this morning gang - have a great one peeps!

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Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - wake up song

Flawed Design - Stabilo

Peesth Out...Buh Bye!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Leafs Win The Battle & The War

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

We'll start with the most important story this morning - the Maple Leafs beat the Devils yesterday by a score of 2-1 to move into a tie with Carolina and the stinkin' Habs for eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Kyle Wellwood and Nik Antropov scored for the good guys, with Captain Mats Sundin assisting on both goals. Andrew Raycroft was solid last night, making a some big saves in the third period to preserve the lead. Toronto gets the all important two points - but they won another battle last night, one that was just as important to Leafs Nation.

Cam Janssen suited up for the Devils last night and was greeted with a loud chorus of boos from those in attendance at the ACC. Janssen started off the game with pounding Leafs C Yanic Perreault into the boards, bringing on more boos from the fans. Janssen's next shift (he had 1:04 minutes of ice time last night) saw him drop the gloves with Leafs enforcer Wade Belak. Belak exacted the justice Leafs Nation was looking for, pounding Janssen in a fight that lasted well over a minute. During the first minute of the fight, the punch-o-meter had Belak throwing 17 punches to Janssens 3; Belak picks up the unanimous decision for landing a number of shots on the Devils meathead. While Belak didn't make Janssen pay the price for the hit on Kaberle...we'll take the decision for now and file the hit away for a possible playoff matchup.

The Bruins did Toronto no favours last night - dropping a decision to their arch-rival Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre last night. We had pronounced the Bruins dead a few weeks back and their performances over the last two games confirm what we have known all along - they are not (and never really were) good enough to be a playoff team. Thanks for nothing Boston...Hazel, look at the bright side, two more weeks of this crap and you get to wrap up your first season on The Buzz and move on to Red Sox Rewind.

Toronto Maple Leafs Captain Mats Sundin set up both goals in Toronto's win last night. The Leafs will be looking to the big guy to lead the push for the playoffs.

Columbus Blue Jackets LW Frederik Modin had two goals to lead the Jackets to a 5-2 victory over the Blackhawks last night - good for our Three Play. Oh yeah, in case you didn't know, Modin is a former Maple Leaf.

Tampa Bay Lightning D Filip Kuba scored the overtime winner in a 4-3 win over the Islanders - good for the Three Play and good for the Maple Leafs.

We started out the week with a 3-0 night for a total of + $250. We'll pick three more tonight.

Buffalo over Washington - the Sabres have been struggling lately, but they aren't likely to take the Caps lightly...not after the Caps have spanked the Leafs and Lightning lately. Lay $100 on the Sabres - $330.

San Jose over Chicago - the Hawks lost last night in Columbus and are just playing out the string now - the Sharks are gearing up for the playoffs and need the points for positioning. Lay $100 on the Sharks - $245.

Colorado over Edmonton - the Avs are four points out of a playoff spot and get a creampuff tonight against an Oilers team that is missing eight regulars. Lay $100 on the Avs - $220.

That's about it for this morning gang - have a great one peeps!

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Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - what Leafs Nation might be humming this morning

Alive - Pearl Jam

Peesth Out...Buh Bye!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Welcoeme To Toronto Cam

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

March 20th - a day Leafs Nation has had circled on the calendar ever since that Friday night game in New Jersey a few weeks ago. For those of you that have forgotten, we are talking about the night New Jersey Devils C Cam Janssen knocked Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle out of the lineup with a very late cheap shot. Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice will make sure that his players say all the right things leading up to tonight's game - to a man, the Leafs will all say that the important thing is to get the win and two much needed points. However, this is a statement game in another regard - the Leafs have to respond for the hit on Kaberle; failure to do so will tell the rest of the league that they can take liberties with the Leafs' best players without fear of retribution.

My thought on this hasn't changed since the day after the incident. Toronto has to exact their revenge tonight, and it shouldn't be on Cam Janssen; Toronto should dress Wade Belak tonight, and he should be told that he should "finish his check" on Devils D Brian Rafalski. The Leafs have to focus on winning the game tonight, no question - but before the game is over, one way or another, the Devils should be made to feel Kaberle's pain, and that my friends is by making sure that Brian Rafalski pays the price for Janssen's indiscretion. While I am certain that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman or disciplanary stooge Colin Campbell will make a call to John Ferguson Jr today to warn him that they will come down hard on the Leafs if anything happens tonight - I am confident that the Leafs could survive the last 10 games of the season without Belak, IF he is involved in an incident. Belak, tonight is the night where you can earn your $700K salary for the season - send the Devils a message, you either paste Rafalski or deliver a forearm shiver (or a well placed elbow) to Martin Brodeur's cranium. This is your job Belak...don't make Tucker do the dirty work.

The Maple Leafs and "the nation" are hopeful that Kaberle will be back in the lineup for tonight's game, and even more hopeful that Andrew Raycroft will rediscoved the form he had in February when he and the Leafs were practically unbeatable. The Devils are coming off a game where they were spanked - they are ripe for the picking, and the key to tonight's game could very well rest with how well Toronto's power play performs tonight. We are calling on Alexei Ponikarovsky to come up big tonight - its been a while since he has done anything...might as well be tonight.

Another game of interest for Leafs Nation goes in Montreal tonight where Hazel's number two team (yes, I said NUMBER TWO - we still count her as a member in good standing of Leafs Nation) faces off against the Habs. We buried the Bruins on this page a few weeks back, and while we still think they are done, we'd like nothing more than to see them play the role of spoilers at the Bell Centre tonight.

A night for Hazel Karma? Wins by the Maple Leafs and the Bruins would be oh so nice.


Manchester United Winger Cristiano Ronaldo scored the decisive goal on a penalty shot in the Red Devils 1-0 win over Middlesborough in the quarter finals of the English FA Cup. Ronaldo drew a penalty after a brilliant run into the area before being knocked over by Johnathan Woodgate. Middlesborough showed poor form in questioning the validity of the penalty call - but the replays clearly showed that Ronaldo was knocked down as he headed towards goal. The kid is a game breaker.

Chelsea Striker Andriy Shevchenko scored a highlight reel goal yesterday to lead Mourinho's men to a 2-1 victory over Tottenham in the other quarter final game of the FA Cup. Shevchenko opened the scoring by spinning around and bending a shot in from 25 yards out - he's had a tough first season in England, but that was vintage "Sheva".

Vancouver Canucks LW Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist to lead the Canucks to a 2-1over the hapless Edmonton Oilers who are now 0-10-1 since the Ryan Smyth trade.


We finished out the week on a tough note Sunday - the Lightning's loss cost us big, but we finished the week at + $180. Our total for the last seven months (or so) is at - $270. We should have left well enough alone on Sunday...but we'll make up for it this week. Tonight's suggested plays:

Tampa Bay over NY Islanders - after being humiliated by the Caps on Sunday, the Lightning will get well tonight against an Islanders team that is nothing without goalie Rick DiPietro. Lay $100 on the Lightning still OTB will update later

Minnesota over Phoenix - the Wild have been lights out at home all season, lately they have been lights out everywhere - that doesn't bode well for the Coyotes. Lay $100 on the Wild - $330.

Columbus over Chicago - bad game, but we still like Columbus tonight. Lay $50 on the Blue Jackets - $150.

That's about it for this morning gang. Have a great one peeps.

You will be in the mood to stir things up but, if that's what it takes to get things done, then it's OK. A chance to make a drastic change to your way of thinking will lead to an excellent turn of events. Someone will offer you good creative suggestions. 5 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - wake up song

Long Way Down - Goo Goo Dolls

Peesth Out...Buh Bye!

Monday, March 19, 2007

The Hazies - The Champs & Chumps

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

For those of you who haven't been here before, The Hazies take a look back at the week that was in the world of sports and single out some of the outstanding performances. The lucky few are awarded a Hazie and have the title of "Hazel's Hero" bestowed upon them - which is better than any recognition they may have gotten. While Hazel hasn't officially approved this week's winners, we would like to think that she'd give her trademark smile and thumbs up.


The NHL named their three stars for the week - and we think Hazel would be down with this week's winners, three of the league's classier players.

San Jose Sharks C Joe Thornton was named for First Star after putting up a 10 point week; Big Joe had four goals and six assists in leading the Sharks to a 3-0-1 week. We wonder if NESN's Jack Edwards still likes the Thornton trade...

Colorado Avalanche C Joe Sakic was named the Second Star for scoring three goals and six assists in leading the Avs to a 3-0-0 week. Sakic is doing everything he can to keep the Avs faint playoffs hopes alive.

Dallas Stars C Mike Modano was named the Third Star in what was a milestone week for the veteran center. Modano had four goals and two assists in leading Dallas to a 3-1-0 record; more importantly though, Modano scored his 500th career goal early last week, and then became the all-time leading scorer amongst American-born players with his 503rd career goal.

As mentioned last week, Oshawa Generals C John Tavares set an Ontario Hockey League record for most goals in a season by a 16 year old player with 71, surpassing the mark set by future Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky. Again I say, not bad for a Portuguese kid huh?

We don't pay much attention to basketball here - but I have to give it up to my alma mater Carleton Ravens. The Ravens won their fifth consecutive Canadian University basketball championship this past week - kudos go to Head Coach Smart who has done a great job with the basketball program. The Ravens gave the Louisville Cardinals all they could handle in a pre-season tournament up here this fall - losing to Pitino's boys on a last second shot. The Ravens would definitely make it past the opening round of the NCAA tournament.



The NHL handed Nashville Predators RW Jordin Tootoo a five game suspension for throwing a haymaker at Dallas Stars D Stephane Robidas last week. The incident happened after Tootoo "finished a check" on Stars C Mike Modano, Tootoo delivered the hit and turned around and threw a haymaker at Robidas, who was rushing in to defend Modano - the punch knocked Robidas out cold and he was taken off the ice on a stretcher. We'll get this out of the way first, it wasn't a cheap hit on Modano and it wasn't a sucker punch on Robidas - it was however a cheap shot. Which brings us to the reason why Tootoo is a chump - he has gained folk hero status up here for being a little guy from up north who plays "hard-nosed" hockey. However, Tootoo gets no respect from this page - he is a dirty player who plays in the grey zone; he takes full advantage of being a little guy, knowing that some of the NHL's tougher players wouldn't bother with dusting a pip squeak like him...even though he deserves a good beating. Tootoo is one of a new breed of "wanna-be" tough guys in the NHL who are all too willing to throw punches at other players - WHILE WEARING A VISOR. We have ZERO respect for any guy with a visor who wants to start a fight or throw punches. The NHL should institute a rule that any player wearing a visor who starts a fight or throws a punch (while still wearing their helmet/visor) is automatically suspended for five games.

Speaking of the Nashville Predators - we have given their organization plenty of credit here, but tonight we have to point out a major fault. The Dallas Stars management complained this week that the Predators failed to acknowledge Modano's milestone goal in Nashville - and I'm siding with the Stars on this one. In a league that is struggling to build a fan base in non-traditional hockey markets, the Predators didn't even put a message up on their scoreboard to acknowledge the fact that Modano had become the NHL's all-time leading goal scorer amongst American-born players. The Stars, to their credit, acknowledged Pittsburgh Penguins LW Mark Recchi's 500th career goal earlier this year - the Stars stopped the game to mark the moment and Recchi even received a standing ovation from Stars fans. The Stars were absolutely right to call out the Predators for the lapse in judgement.

Miami Dolphins LB Joey Porter was involved in an altercation with another NFL player at a Las Vegas casino over the weekend. Porter allegedly punched Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Levi Jones in the face after words were exchanged at a black jack table in the casino. What can you say about Joey Porter? The guy is a chump - Nick Saban is going to have his hands full with this head case. Ironic that the other player involved was a Cincinnati Bengals player huh?

While I was channel surfing tonight - I was disappointed and disgusted to see that former NBA great Clyde "The Glide" Drexler was participating in Dancing with the Stars. As a Cowboys fan, I was embarassed to see Emmitt Smith stoop to such levels - I am just as disappointed in Drexler. The former leader of the Phi Slamma Jamma boys Dancing with B-list "stars"? Sad doesn't begin to cover it...bad move Clyde, bad move - you're much better than that.


We should have mentioned this last week - but in a Champions League game between Inter Milan and Valencia of Spain, Valencia reserve player David Navarro left the bench to join an altercation that took place after the final whistle. Navarro charged out on the field and sucker punched an Inter Milan player, leaving him with a broken nose. Navarro, proved himself to be a coward in every sense of the word as he ran away from the brawl after the punch...making a beeline for Valencia's dressing room. You can find the video of the incident on youtube - type in Inter-Valencia brawl and watch Navarro run. Navarro was suspended from international play for seven months - big deal, he is a reserve, he won't play anyways.

That's about it for tonight gang - have a great one peeps!

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Night on Hazelspeeps - now playing

Soul Meets Body - Deathcab for Cutie

Peesth Out...Buh Bye.

Quick Hit

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

A very happy birthday goes out to my man Alex, he was one of Hazel's Champs last month, and the little guy turns six today - that is the more important story in my world today. We'll be back later tonight with the Hazies.

Washington Capitals LW Alexander Semin had a hat-trick yesterday afternoon in a 7-1 win over the Lightning - boy were we ever wrong about the Lightning yesterday afternoon.

Colorado Avalanche C Joe Sakic assisted on all four goals yesterday to lead the Avs to a 4-3 overtime win over the Sharks last night.

Atlanta Thrashers LW Keith Tkachuk had a goal and an assist to lead Atlanta to a 4-3 overtime win over Buffalo - he's been a difference maker since being traded to the Thrashers.

That's about it for today gang - have a great one peeps!


Kaberle has outside chance of being back tomorrow against Devils

Leafs know they have to be better in shootouts

Tucker wants to speak to the blind mind - another missed high stick


If it has to do with business or learning, hop to it and go the distance. Don't be afraid to ask questions. You will get support from someone who is experienced or much older than you. 3 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - what else? For Alex the champ

Happy Birthday.

Peesth Out...Buh Bye!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

So You Want To Do Things The Hard Way Huh?

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

A quick Sunday morning post, lots to do here today and very little to talk about. The Maple Leafs blew it last night in Montreal, against a much healthier than reported Canadiens team. Montreal LW Alex Kovalev was back in the lineup - a few days ago he was suffering from vertigo which was threatening to end his season, last night he was good to go. Saku Koivu played too, surprising since he always seems to be a game time decision - if you haven't had the misfortune of watching the Habs, there is always some reference to how "Koivu shouldn't even be playing because he is so banged up, or so sick". I'm tired of it, he's an average player - stop trying to make him out to be some sort of hero...he's a dirty little prick who has gotten a free pass after coming back from beating cancer. End of story.

Think I'm a little pissed about last night's game? You bet I am...what looked like a good bet to wind up as a 3-0 week, turns into a 1-1-1 week - with games against the Devils and Sabres. We're going to have to do it the hard way now.

Florida Panthers C Olli Jokinen had 2 goals and 3 assists in an 8-5 victory over the Islanders yesterday - the ONLY result Leafs Nation liked last night.

Colorado Avalanche C Joe Sakic had 2 goals and an assist in a 6-3 victory over the Coyotes.

Vancouver Canucks G Roberto Luongo stopped 32 shots in a 4-1 victory over the Red Wings last night.

We were 2-1 last night and finished the night + $40, bringing the total to the week to + $455. I broke my main rule again last night - never pick the Leafs when real or hypothetic money are involved...I should know better. We'll go with one play this afternoon and come back later on this afternoon for more.

Tampa Bay over Washington - no explanation needed. Lay $150 on the Lightning - $180.

That's it for this morning gang...have a great one peeps.

No links this morning - no good news for Hazel.

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Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - I'm feelin' this song big time

What Goes Around - Justin Timberlake

Peesth Out...Buh Bye.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

March 17th, St. Patrick's Day - a holy day in Ireland, where the faithful attend church and reflect on the country's patron saint; in North America, it is a drunk fest where thousands of first time drunks will introduce themselves to drinking establishments across the continent. I'll spare everybody the rant on the Maple Leafs loss last night to the woeful Washington Capitals - a disgrace, an embarassment, a woeful display by a team that is fighting for a playoff spot; but on this holy day, we'll look for divine intervention in Montreal tonight (and a healthy dose of Hazel Karma). A win tonight in Montreal and Leafs Nation can forget last night's debacle and move on to think about Cam Janssen visiting the ACC on Tuesday night. Note to the Boston Bruins - just win in New York tonight...PLEASE.

Oshawa Generals C John Tavares (he's been mentioned on this page before) reached an impressive milestone last night in Ottawa. Tavares' scored two goals, giving him 71 on the season, as his Generals lost 7-4 to the 67s. Tavares' 71st goal broke Wayne Gretzky's record for most goals in a season by a 16 year old. Not bad for a Portuguese kid huh?

Pittsburgh Penguins C Erik Christensen had two goals to lead the Penguins to a 6-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Good for last night's Three Play and good for the Leafs.

Atlanta Thrashers G Johan Hedberg stopped 38 shots in a 2-1 overtime victory over the Rangers - from a Leafs Nation perspective, we hate the fact the Rangers picked up a point...but on the other hand, it could have been worse.


We broke even last night, which is ok - except for the fact Toronto lost; so our total for the week remains at + $415. We'll get back on track tonight.

Ottawa over Philadelphia - Tards won't drop this one as they look to jump back into fourth over the Penguins. Lay $100 on the Tards - $380.

Florida over NY Islanders - this isn't just a wish pick (yes we would like to see the Isles drop one) - without DiPietro in goal, the Islanders are a below avg team. Belfour let Leafs Nation down the other night - we think he'll make up for it tonight. Lay $75 on Florida -$150.

Toronto over Montreal - last time we go with the Leafs. We are going to look for them to respond in a must win game against a Habs team that is bruised and battered. Lay $100 on the Maple Leafs - $110.

That's it for today gang...have a great one peeps. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you.


Leafs key to ending Washington's streak of futility

Tucker isn't so reckless these days

Forget about last night and move on Toronto

Deal with the injuries Montreal - the Leafs have had to

The rivalry continues tonight at the Bell Centre

Peca eyeing playoff return - let's hope so!

Wellwood and Colaiacovo expected back tonight


Doc Halladay = "Rainman"?????

Obviously Chacin "celebrates" St. Patricks Day - DUI

Jays rotation still isn't set

There is so much going on that you aren't aware of. Network and make contact with individuals who are in the industry or activity you are trying to infiltrate. You can be successful but you have to work for what you want. 3 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you if you are celebrating.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - have to pick a Pogues' song

A Pair Of Brown Eyes - The Pogues

Peesth Out...Buh Bye!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Leap Frogging Leafs?

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

To our friends down south, I ask "How was Day 1 of March Madness?" If you are reading this page, chances are you are celebrating Boston College's win over Texas Tech - so congratulations. From my perspective Day 1 sucked the big one - I threw few a pieces of whale blubber down on a couple of sports lottery tickets that looked pretty damn good until tonight; Marquette's loss blew two tickets that would have paid $600 in total, and Duke's brain cramp against Virginia Commonwealth flushed another $180 down the drain. It only cost me ten bucks - but when you are staring $800 in the face, only to watch it get flushed...well, it sucks.

On to better news - in UEFA Cup play yesterday, Benfica of Lisbon beat Paris St. Germain by a 3-1 count last night at the Estadio da Luz, to advance to the next quarter-final play. Portugal International Simao Sabrosa scored on a penalty shot in the 89th minute to give Benfica a 4-3 win on aggregate. Tough loss for former Portugal Internation Pauleta - but we have to support the home side. Forca Benfica!

Leafs Nation could not have hoped for a better night in the NHL last night. The hated SenaTards spanked the DiPietro-less Islanders by a 5-2 count last night, keeping the Isles within one point of the good guys. The Cam Janssen led Devils held on for a nerve-wracking 3-2 win in Carolina last night, also keeping the Canes within one point. A win tonight in Washington would see the Leafs jump both teams into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Thanks go out to the Boston Bruins, who teased their fans with a shootout win against the Capitals last night; taking the Caps to a shootout when the Leafs are sitting back kicking their feet up in Washington bodes well for tonight's game - I hope karma doesn't come back to bite me in the ass on this one.

Two very winable games this weekend, tonight in Washington and tomorrow in Montreal - and with it, a very good chance to solidify themselves as a playoff team. A 2-0 weekend would be a nice start to a playoff run that will see Toronto face New Jersey at home and finish out the week with a home and home against Buffalo next weekend. Toronto has to put points in the bank while they can. Is it too early to call on Hazel Karma for this weekend? Naaaaaah. Come on the blue and white - its ok, everyone knows the Bruins are done anyways.

New Jersey Devils G Martin Brodeur stood on his head in the third period last night to preserve a 3-2 for the Devils over Carolina. Leafs Nation wants to salute Brodeur for a job well done - do it again this weekend against the Canes Marty!

Buffalo Sabres D Brian Campbell had three assists in a 5-3 win over the Panthers last night - it was between Campbell and Boston's Marc Savard...but given the calibre of the opposition, we went with Campbell.

Benfica winger Simao Sabrosa scored the decisive goal yesterday to send the Eagles to the UEFA Cup quarter-finals - this kid is a big game player...he always seems to come up big when his team needs him.

Another very good night last night going 3-0 and bringing the total for the week back up to + $415. We are going to play it safe tonight.

Toronto over Washington - Maurice won't let Toronto look past this game and leave two valuable points on the table - Sundin leads the Leafs to victory tonight. Lay $100 on Toronto - $200.

Pittsburgh over Montreal - Same as above, Penguins have their sights set on the fourth seed in the Conference and have too much firepower for a punchless Habs team. Lay $100 on the Penguins - $225.

Anaheim over Chicago - this one is a little scary, especially since the Hawks have screwed us before this year in Anaheim; still though, tough to see the Ducks dropping this one. Lay $50 on the Ducks - $380.

That's about it for today gang - enjoy Day 2 of March Madness...we'll be looking for UNLV and Notre Dame to come up big for the longshot ticket we still have going.

Raycroft has a chance to equal Belfour's record

Talk that Kaberle could be back Saturday vs Habs

Raycroft isn't feeling the love - yet

Damien Cox's mailbag

Kaberle skating pain-free

Where the Leafs stand now

Kabby making the trip to Washington - he's not dressing though

Thanks for helping out and being a team guy Travis

Peca and Kaberle back on the ice - return date up in the air

Kubina learns from the past - stuffing St. Louis

Tonight's game vs Washington to be broadcast on the Net


AJ Burnett mellowing out

Towers finding his way

Ohka has a bit of a chip on his shoulder

This is a fabulous learning day for you. The experience you gain will help you get further ahead personally and professionally. Travel, getting to the bottom of situations and dealing with matters head-on will lead to success. 4 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - wake up song

You're All I Have - Snow Patrol

Peesth Out...Buh Bye!

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