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04-11-2010, 12:57 AM
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Leafs fans thought it was Ballard's fault, but 20 years later - 29th place, no Cups

http://www.torontosun.com/sports/col.../13541586.html



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Harold Ballard brought one of the darkest eras in Leafs history. I don't like MLSE, but Ballard was Henry F. Potter.

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Harold Ballard brought one of the darkest eras in Leafs history. I don't like MLSE, but Ballard was Henry F. Potter.
This.

Though I'm getting increasingly aggravated at MLSE considering its not just the Leafs who are struggling to even make the playoffs, but their other two sports properties as well.

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Quite frankly, it was MLSE's fault, with their stupid, "Come to us, before you make moves" policies. But now with Coligango & Burke demanding the autonomy to make moves, MLSE now only has to worry about how long it takes for this to happen.

I don't really follow [or give a fig newton] about Basketball, but Burke is putting the pieces together. I don't mind waiting another 3-5 years for it to click in. We hit the playoffs next season and the season after that, gaining lots of experience, and then make the cup push.

All is good.

[And comparing Stavros/Tannenbaum/MLSE to Ballard is low. Ballard, as I heard; was scum of the earth. And to give MLSE they freaking tried, and had been close. Ballard... not so much].

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Harold Ballard brought one of the darkest eras in Leafs history. I don't like MLSE, but Ballard was Henry F. Potter.


First and foremost..these writers have no imagination nor any skills..they should be kissing the leafs ***** for keeping their job…..it got so bad that when the winter Olympics was on they wrote about the leafs…joke..
Now on to MLSE…they have a bad rap…they the leafs were always one of the highest teams in term of payroll…how dare MLSE allow them to go in the 60millions…and when they were making all those bad trades…shame on MLSE to allow them to do so…
What I’m saying is stop blaming everything on them…..
And yes I totally agree about Ballard

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Nothing new here. Leafs are out. Nothing for the sports writers to talk about so let dust off the old haven't won in 40 years story. Ballard and OTPP are easy targets. Lets have some fun.

Lance Hornsby has gone way down hill imo with this type of trash talking.

Glad HockeyWiz brought this to our attention though.

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Why is it that HockeyWiz only posts the negative stories on here?

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04-11-2010, 09:02 AM
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This article bugs me because the fact they're playing poorly doesn't let Ballard off the hook at all. Look how fast they turned it around in 92-93' shortly after Ballard's death.

It was Ballard's fault. He was a horrible human being.

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The author has a point, but neglects to state the differences in the era's and the fact getting into the playoffs today is more difficult than it was in the 80's.

However, yes 2nd. last in the league in any era is just plain failure.

We do see some light at the end of this tunnel, but what we don't know is how long it will take to get there, or if it is a freight heading in our directions.

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This article bugs me because the fact they're playing poorly doesn't let Ballard off the hook at all. Look how fast they turned it around in 92-93' shortly after Ballard's death.

It was Ballard's fault. He was a horrible human being.

Hornsby is a joke…one of the most if not the most despicable act ever made was on Ballard’s watch..even though it was not hockey related…what a joke…. Hornsby you should be a shamed of yourself..goof

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I think a lot of young Leaf fans don't know how bad of a person Ballard was. Read up on some of his antics, it's pretty shocking.

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So... Hockeywiz thinks it's an apt comparison for Burke's team today to how Ballard ran teams back then?

That's... a stretch. And a stupid one too.

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You do realize how close to the Cup tey were in '93.

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The author has a point, but neglects to state the differences in the era's and the fact getting into the playoffs today is more difficult than it was in the 80's.

However, yes 2nd. last in the league in any era is just plain failure.

We do see some light at the end of this tunnel, but what we don't know is how long it will take to get there, or if it is a freight heading in our directions.
Couldn't it be argued that its easier to get in the playoffs in this ERA?..

A Salary Cap CBA that keeps all teams equal on spending limits gives even the weaker financial teams in the playoff hunt. OTL loser points for OT losses keeps more teams lumped together and in playoff contention longer. In the 80's tie games existed. A Bettman NHL that allows Parity so that all teams can compete for a playoff spot on a relatively equal basis.

In the 1990s the Leafs bought $$$ their playoff spot because they would spend $65 million on players and be in the Top 5 overall in spending and many small market teams spending $30-35 mil. With 8 of 15 teams making the playoffs in a Conference the $$ Double $$ the salary easily put a team like Toronto in and a Buffalo out of the annual playoff race by outspending their competition and having the talent advantage.

In the 1980's Leaf fans could blame the cheap ruthless Harold Ballard as the reason for icing such a poor team in the standings, as it was done by Ownership design. So finishing last and drafting Wendel Clark 1st overall in the 1980's was easy explainable and understandable. Now a days MLSE spends to the CAP Ceiling and now are only 1 of 2 teams to never make the playoffs in a Cap Era including this embarassing 29th overall finish that is reminiscent of the 1980's and Ballard Era..

This years team other than $$$ spent on Salaries was #29 in goals against, #26th in goals for, with a 2nd worst differential of -53. A 30th and last ranked PK and PP units (a result not matched since Wilson's coached Ducks in 1994-95 and 15 years ago). An 0-7-3 start the worst in Leafs history (that not even the Ballard Era matched). With Leafs all but officially eliminated from this years playoff race with 1/4 of the season to go. You really couldn't even get much worse than we just witnessed.

As a diehard Leaf fan that suffered through all 43 years since 1967 like you, this one just completed was a bad statistically and painful to endure as some of those that occurred within the Ballard Era. So as you say the Writer does have a point to his comparison, that I can certainly see where he is coming from.

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Couldn't it be argued that its easier to get in the playoffs in this ERA?..
You know the answer to that is no. In a 21 team league, 16 teams made the playoffs. The Leafs played in the worst division, and only had to outplay one of Detroit, Minnesota, Chicago or St Louis to make the playoffs. They were a sad sack team playing in the right division, which made it look a little better because they were in the playoffs.

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As a diehard Leaf fan that suffered through all 43 years since 1967 like you, this one just completed was a bad statistically and painful to endure as some of those that occurred within the Ballard Era. So as you say the Writer does have a point to his comparison, that I can certainly see where he is coming from.
While finishing 29th is painful, there were many points in this season, specifically February onward, that gave me some enjoyment, and took some of the sting away. Remember how you felt early on that Sunday morning when you got up to "big changes are coming" and the press was on alert? I remember where I was, and will for a long time.

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Toronto Star > Toronto Sun

The latter seems to be run by idiots.

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Nothing new here. Leafs are out. Nothing for the sports writers to talk about so let dust off the old haven't won in 40 years story. Ballard and OTPP are easy targets. Lets have some fun.

Lance Hornsby has gone way down hill imo with this type of trash talking.

Glad HockeyWiz brought this to our attention though.
ND I know your traditionally a supporter of the OTPP/MLSE but you don't think their doing something 'wrong'? The Leafs are sitting out of the playoffs for the 5th season in a row (a franchise record), the Raptors missed the playoffs last year and are tied for the final playoff spot. The TFC haven't been able to squeeze into the playoff since their inception and their hopes aren't exactly looking bright this year. Their track record is pretty poor, with the exception of the pre-lockout Leafs.

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The latter seems to be run by idiots.
The Globe and Mail is like Chess

The Toronto Star is like Checkers

The Toronto Sun is like Go Fish

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Nothing new here. Leafs are out. Nothing for the sports writers to talk about so let dust off the old haven't won in 40 years story. Ballard and OTPP are easy targets. Lets have some fun.

Lance Hornsby has gone way down hill imo with this type of trash talking.

Glad HockeyWiz brought this to our attention though.
And it's not like we haven't been close. We likely should have been there in 93.

Hornsby has really taken a dive, with this kind of crap. Comparing then, to now is laughable. The team is spending money, they want to win. It's not the "we don't have to do anything, and they'll still come" attitude we got from the Ballard era.

I'm happy with the direction of this team. I know plenty of people aren't sure where this is going. But Burke is working hard. And the group he has in there cares about winning soon, and winning long term. I don't know how you can't be happy with that attitude going forward.

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Wasn't even worth reading, who ever doesn't think Ballard damaged this team terribly doesn't know Leafs Hockey.

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Considering that he has knowledge that Ballard's watch include vile criminal acts performed under his nose, Hornby should know better.

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I remember my Dad being happy when Ballard died, and I'm sure he wasn't the only one to feel that way. That's gotta say something.

The NHL should've revoked his ownership based on the amount of ******** that went down in his regime.


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