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Winter Classic 2013: Maple Leafs/Red Wings at The Big House

January 1st 2013. Absolutely looking forward to this. I have to figure out a way to be at this game. There will be something like 115,000 people there. The event will be be a major boost to economy in Detroit and the surrounding areas.

What possible matchups do you want to see in the future and where?
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Rogers in $1.3B talks to buy majority stake in Leafs empire – thestar.com

Rogers in $1.3B talks to buy majority stake in Leafs empire – thestar.com

As a Leafs and Raptors fan this is great news. It has been clear for some time that the current majority owners, The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan didn’t care much about winning as long they were making a certain amount of money every year. Being under the Rogers umbrella should change that.

The OTPP just needed good merchandise sales and gate receipts and the Maple Leafs brand is good enough to provide good numbers there even when the team isn’t performing well. Rogers will need the team to do well in order to improve their TV numbers. They have more of an incentive in making sure that the team performs well.

By the way, did you guys watch Jeopardy last night? The “Final Jeopardy” question was Maple Leafs related.

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Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup

Congratulation to the Chicago Blackhawks on winning the Stanley Cup.

It really was a long time coming for the franchise who had the longest drought in the NHL having last lifted Lord Stanley’s Cup in 1961. The franchise has had a great turnaround the past few years thanks in part to great draft picks and a new ownership. Hats off to Rocky Wirtz who really has turned this franchise around completely since taking over the franchise after his father’s death. Bill Wirtz had a rough relationship with the fans in Chicago. He was notably frugal and went as far as blacking out home games from TV in order to sell tickets. He managed to alienate not only fans but many Blackhawks legends.

It was fitting that former Blackhawk(also played for the Flyers) great Jeremy Roenick was in the NBC postgame booth. Jeremy Roenick of course led the team to a Stanley Cup Final but did not win the big one. His tears were genuine. They say the Stanley Cup is the toughest trophy to earn in sports and it is hard to argue that. The season is long and the playoffs just as brutal. There are few things in sports that top NHL playoffs in terms on intensity and drama.

The Blackhawks winning leaves my Toronto Maple Leafs with the longest Stanley Cup drought. The franchise last won in 1967. Hopefully the manage to win one in my lifetime because I definitely plan on being there for the clinching game and the parade.

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Ultimate Standings: Fan Satisfaction Rankings

Where does your team Rank?

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Every year ESPN releases this Fan Satisfaction Rankings. They rank the major sports franchises from the big 4 in eight different categories. Each of those eight categories are weighted accordingly.This year the Colts rank as the #1 team. Coming in dead last at 122 are the New York Knicks. How do your teams stack up?

Angels 1st in MLB 5th overall.
49ers 24th in NFL 102nd overall.
Raptors 14th in NBA 44th overall.
Maple Leafs 30th in NHL and 121st overall.

Keep in mind that there are 30 teams in the NBA, NHL and MLB while there are 32 in the NFL. Check out the report to see previous years results too.

Mats Sundin should accept a trade out of Toronto

As everyone knows I am a big time hockey fan. More importantly I am a big time Toronto Maple Leafs fan. During his tenure in Toronto, Mats Sundin has never been my favorite Leaf but I know what he has meant to the Leafs all these years. I understand the Leafs never went to the finals under his leadership and that they did underachieve at times…Mats Sundin has represented the city of Toronto well on and off the ice. It really is sad that the Leafs never did get him a set wing man in all his years. I can’t even begin to count all the guys that have come and gone without being the proper #2 that every successful team needs.

With that said the time has come to move….at least for the time being. I have no doubt in my mind that if at the end of the year he wanted to return to Toronto the Leafs would welcome him back. Accepting a trade now would help all parties involved. The Leafs can get a dynamic young player or two along with much needed draft picks. Sundin can go to a contender and make a run for that ring that has alluded Toronto for four decades.

While I respect his decision of wanting to finish his career in Toronto I don’t see why he can’t accept a deal now. Don’t get me wrong…I respect the loyalty shown to the team but it is not like he has been a lifelong Leaf. I would probably think of this differently if it was someone who had spent his entire career in Toronto.

The city of Toronto needs the Leafs to be great once again. A Mats Sundin trade now speeds up the process.