uly 15 (Bloomberg) -- Tim Leiweke, the new chief of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., is so confident the Toronto Maple Leafs will soon end a 46-year Stanley Cup drought that he’s mapped a victory-parade route for the hockey team.
“I have it planned out and it’s going to be fantastic,” Leiweke said today in his first interview since taking over the Toronto-based sports group, which owns the city’s National Hockey League franchise, as well as the Raptors basketball team and Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC. While employees at MLSE were a little shocked he mentioned winning the Stanley Cup so soon after starting the job on June 3, Leiweke said the company has to focus on results.
“If you can all dream about that and get that in your mind, we’ll have something we’re all driven toward,” he said he told them.
I live in Toronto and have friends who are die hard fans. In March when I was talking to them about the Leafs making the playoffs (I figured they were safe), they were all over me, telling me it might not happen. I know peoples' superstitions don't have an impact on teams but nobody wanted to talk playoffs until they were safe. And after seeing what happened against Boston, how can you blame them?
I'm going to play stupid for a bit, but what's the problem? Do I need to read the whole article?
He's already planning a parade. Don't see anything wrong with that? People on here are mocked for making threads claiming "Team X is going to win the Cup!!!" You know, posts we see every year from Penguins and Rangers fans who think the Cup is all theirs.
He's basically a SALES MAN ... and a damn good one ... I don't see the problem either, it's kind of his job to pump up the fan base of his team and attract as many dollars as he can, be it from Ticket Sales, or Advertising partners, which is what he's doing with these public statements ...
He, for better or worse, had that same vision and talked the same talk with us in LA and eventually brought the cup here ... I give him his due and say thanks, glad you brought in Lombardi, thank you for your service, and best of luck in Toronto ... you'll need it.
He is really rolling the dice, its all or nothing, he's all in...etc.etc.etc. whatever you want to call it, but man, if he does not deliver, they are not only going to burn him in effigy, they will just burn him in real.
Wonder what char-broiled Tim Lieweasel smells like?
What's to happen with Tim's parade plans if the Leafs don't win the Cup? Maybe he'll spew a 5-year plan upon Leafs fans as well, and when that doesn't happen, he could make further excuses and blame the CBA for not allowing them to build the best team possible. He had plenty of excuses when he was Kings President, but let's not forget that it was his meddling that got Blake, Luc, and Philippe Boucher out of town, and they all won Stanley Cups elsewhere.
I'm thankful that Leiweke eventually wised up and stood out of hockey decisions when he relented to Dean Lombardi, however, Toronto isn't Los Angeles. Every word that comes out of his mouth will be minced and dissected and studied under a microscope. Good luck Tim, you're going to need it.