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Leafs fans thought it was Ballard's fault, but 20 years later - 29th place, no Cups
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04-11-2010, 08:42 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
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I have never said MLSE has not made mistakes. They have been brutal decsions made since the new CBA. But I believe they are great owners who would do anything possible to win the Stanley Cup. To compare h ballard with OTPP or MLSE as a group is asinine.
As the saying goes "
Money is the root of all Evil
" and there is Common ground here between Harold Ballard's love for it and MLSE/OTTP as well.
Ballard hoarded it, kept it to himself and the team suffered for it.
MLSE BOG and OTTP have more money then Brains, they spend it foolishly to try and Buy success rather than Build it slowly the traditional way.. They demand a retooling on the Fly strategy to accelerate the team progress in order to obtain Playoff Home Gate receipts to increase their Wealth and get more MONEY.. Despite being one of the richest Teams the Leafs are now only 1 of 2 teams to not make the Playoffs in a Cap World.. Proving all the money in the World can't buy you success.
One method of saving/cutting costs to increase wealth, the other of spending wildly to attempt increase wealth..
So be it "
A penny saved is a penny earned"
You have to spend money to make money
" strategy....Bottom line its still money motivated no matter how you look at it. Just the opposite spectrum to try and obtain more of it is all. Both Ownership groups run/ran the Leafs as a Business first and a Sports team 2nd and both are getting what they deserve poetic justice would say, and its the Fans that have to suffer along the way.
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