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12-16-2009, 08:39 AM
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The Born Again Leaf Reporter

I am the first to admit that I have been a consistant Cox basher over the years maybe even his worst critic. But he seems to have done a 180 this year and has written several bullish articles on the Buds. He was one of their strongest supporters at their darkest moment a month or so ago. So Damien, I take it all back, you are OK in my books !!

This is a pretty good read and typical of his reporting this year:

http://www.thestar.com/sports/articl...ic-turn-around

What's behind the Leafs' dramatic turn around

By any measure, it's been a remarkable turnaround for the Maple Leafs.

A month ago, they were 11 points out of a playoff spot and reeling. Now they are within two points of the final playoff berth.

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12-16-2009, 09:12 AM
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I am the first to admit that I have been a consistant Cox basher over the years maybe even his worst critic. But he seems to have done a 180 this year and has written several bullish articles on the Buds. He was one of their strongest supporters at their darkest moment a month or so ago. So Damien, I take it all back, you are OK in my books !!

This is a pretty good read and typical of his reporting this year:

http://www.thestar.com/sports/articl...ic-turn-around

What's behind the Leafs' dramatic turn around

By any measure, it's been a remarkable turnaround for the Maple Leafs.

A month ago, they were 11 points out of a playoff spot and reeling. Now they are within two points of the final playoff berth.
Interesting choice of words!

Before I clicked the link I thought, Cox better mention Primeau as one of the key factors and to my surprise he did. He's exactly the player I thought we were getting, excellent move by Burke there.

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12-16-2009, 09:21 AM
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Certainly better than it has been.

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he picked the leafs to make the playoffs so he doesen't want to look stupid.

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he picked the leafs to make the playoffs so he doesen't want to look stupid.
At least he's sticking to his story this year.

Even if you're wrong, stick to it. Just like Ron Wilson and Bart Andrus?

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Umm... this is a Paul Hunter article.

This is more like what we can expect from Cox.

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Burke has definitely made some underestimated moves, basically everyone of his offseason moves is turning out.

-Beauchemin has been great
-Komisarek is definitely on the rise
-Orr is the perfect enforcer
-Kessel has been incredible
-Primeau has solidified a good checking line
-Gustavsson has been unlucky, but has shown much to look forward to
-Kadri has now made Team Canada

Can't wait to see what other moves he has in store if this was just one offseason.

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I am the first to admit that I have been a consistant Cox basher over the years maybe even his worst critic. But he seems to have done a 180 this year and has written several bullish articles on the Buds. He was one of their strongest supporters at their darkest moment a month or so ago. So Damien, I take it all back, you are OK in my books !!

This is a pretty good read and typical of his reporting this year:

http://www.thestar.com/sports/articl...ic-turn-around

What's behind the Leafs' dramatic turn around

By any measure, it's been a remarkable turnaround for the Maple Leafs.

A month ago, they were 11 points out of a playoff spot and reeling. Now they are within two points of the final playoff berth.
It says it was written by Paul Hunter.

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I am the first to admit that I have been a consistant Cox basher over the years maybe even his worst critic. But he seems to have done a 180 this year and has written several bullish articles on the Buds. He was one of their strongest supporters at their darkest moment a month or so ago. So Damien, I take it all back, you are OK in my books !!

This is a pretty good read and typical of his reporting this year:

http://www.thestar.com/sports/articl...ic-turn-around

What's behind the Leafs' dramatic turn around

By any measure, it's been a remarkable turnaround for the Maple Leafs.

A month ago, they were 11 points out of a playoff spot and reeling. Now they are within two points of the final playoff berth.

No takebacks!!!

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12-16-2009, 10:35 AM
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Pretty funny that this is a Hunter article, but I get your general point.

Personally, I've never minded DC that much, and I shared a lot of the same frustrations he did over the years. He has a tough job, and the microscope he gets put under sometimes is a riot. The battles that go on in his comments are hilarious. Only in Toronto.

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Umm... this is a Paul Hunter article.

This is more like what we can expect from Cox.
Ha, I assumed it was Cox, you are right it is Hunter.

Will leave the thread though as the column is good reading and Cox has turned the corner even though this is Hunter.

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If Cox are reborn, does that make them superCox?

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12-16-2009, 11:08 AM
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Unfortunately the Toronto sports media are either incredibe homers or they have to hate everything about the Leafs.

There are plenty of international stations that are headquartered in Toronto, and they have to appear negative so they don't have a million Vancouver fangirls crying about how biased they are. Then you have local stations that want to stand out and take the opposite approach of extreme biasedness. Granted Toronto has been under a much finer microscope for this, mostly because the Leafs are the centre of the hockey media universe... like it or not. If you look at Montreal you would see this done to the extreme. Their homers are terrible, and the hatred they receive from the media is worse than here, from what I've experienced. This is the case in most markets, with the exception of football first markets.

Unfortunately people only whine about the Leafs.

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Interesting choice of words!

Before I clicked the link I thought, Cox better mention Primeau as one of the key factors and to my surprise he did. He's exactly the player I thought we were getting, excellent move by Burke there.
I don't know how nobody else found that reply funny. LOL

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12-16-2009, 01:52 PM
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Agreed, Cox has been much better this season.

It's not that he's more positive, or that I'm more likely to agree with him. I don't mind a columnist who takes the other side or goes negative when it's appropriate. I like to be challenged by what I read.

But Cox was in cruise control the past few years. He was writing cookie-cutter stuff, the same column over and over. He was trying to guess what Leaf fans thought, then writing the exact opposite just to get a response (which he'd then pretend he wasn't interested in). It was all very forced.

I think part of the problem may have been Fletcher -- there's clearly something personal there, and Cox was just insufferable during Fletcher's entire tenure.

But he's been much better this year. Even though I still don't agree with him most times, I can no longer predict what he's going to write on any given issue before I even pick up the paper. He's trying again, and it shows.

Now Berger, on the other hand...

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Cox decided that access is better than no access.

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I don't know how nobody else found that reply funny. LOL
LMFAO! LOLL i just caught on hahah!

Gotta love them Cox bashers

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Everything Cox wrote is right. He's simply stating the rather obvious on why the Leafs are winning.

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Burke has definitely made some underestimated moves, basically everyone of his offseason moves is turning out.

-Beauchemin has been great
-Komisarek is definitely on the rise
-Orr is the perfect enforcer
-Kessel has been incredible
-Primeau has solidified a good checking line
-Gustavsson has been unlucky, but has shown much to look forward to
-Kadri has now made Team Canada

Can't wait to see what other moves he has in store if this was just one offseason.
Good post Jeff. Look forward to more of your opinion on the present and less of the future lineups and trades

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Burke has definitely made some underestimated moves, basically everyone of his offseason moves is turning out.

-Beauchemin has been great
-Komisarek is definitely on the rise
-Orr is the perfect enforcer
-Kessel has been incredible
-Primeau has solidified a good checking line
-Gustavsson has been unlucky, but has shown much to look forward to
-Kadri has now made Team Canada

Can't wait to see what other moves he has in store if this was just one offseason.
This is all true, but.

-Beauch gets paid about 4 mill, first yr with new club, he needs to prove himself
-Komisarek same thing but even more so
-Orr, this is no surprise. Anyone could of come up with that, but the contract is quite reasonable
-Kessel, for THAT many picks Kessel should be playing like he is. If we come bottom 10 on avg these next two seasons theirs a chance this might not e in our favour, but boy if we come in the top 16 teams on avg these two seasons then it was a very good move
-Gusty, you said it yourself
-Kadri, top 10 pick, one of the top Canadian picks this year, better of made WJ.

But again every move so far has had its ups and downs after this season we'll see how it goes.

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