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04-10-2012, 03:34 PM
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This Sorry Season

http://thestar.blogs.com/thespin/201...ry-season.html

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Were there, and have there been, miscalculations and investments made in individual players that proved faulty? Absolutely. That's pretty bloody obvious, wouldn't you say?

But unless Larry Tanenbaum is saying those decisions were deliberately made in order to make it impossible for the team to prosper, its very difficult to understand what this apology is for. Unless he's saying the front office knew Ron Wilson would steer the team into a ditch and retained him as head coach anyway, or reveals an internal memo warning that James Reimer would be unable to stay healthy the entire season, what does sorry mean? Truth is, he's saying he and MLSE believe in the plan, which means they actually don't believe at all there was any flaw in their thinking.

Is it for not winning the Stanley Cup since 1967? Well, Tanenbaum and those that own the team can hardly take responsibility for all of that. For missing the post-season since 2004? Sure, except they've overhauled the team and management in the intervening years, ostensibly to try and produce a more successful squad, and they did so while being told it would take years to get back on a winning track.

See, MLSE is mixing up the need for an explanation with an apology. They don't need to say sorry. They need to honestly articulate that what went wrong.

And they're never, ever going to do that. Apologizing is much, much easier.
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Understand, sorry is just way to avoid having to explain. That's what your 13-year-old is hoping for when he breaks a basement window and quickly apologizes, and why he gets such a pained look on his face when you say, "Well, what were you thinking?"

If I were a Leaf fan, I'd be offended by this corporate missive disguised as sincerity. The only thing Tanenbaum should be sorry about is paying a PR flack or consultant to come up with this pointless corporate strategy. Don't tell me you're sorry. Offer me a refund. Or tell me how it went wrong in meaningful detail and what organizational and personnel changes you're going to make to deal with the problem.

"We failed, and I apologize for years of consistently putting the needs of our shareholders ahead of our hockey fans. Today, because of that, I want to announce the following organizational decisions effective immediately and a reduction in ticket prices of 25 per cent across the board for next season. . . . . "

But the fans didn't hear that from Tanenbaum, did they?

The rest is just wasting time. And trees.

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04-10-2012, 03:38 PM
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The rest is just wasting time. And trees.
Damian Cox's career in a nutshell.

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Trees?

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Cox is right. We all know MLSE.

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wasting paper = wasting trees

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we should just stop giving cox reactions... He actually has 0 hockey sense yet writes about hockey.... interesting


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wasting paper = wasting trees
What paper, the apology was posted on the website.

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What paper, the apology was posted on the website.
maybe he printed it out

i dunno lol

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I'm currently waiting for Cox to be a depressed, washed up alcoholic. When that happens I will be all up in his face asking tough questions and see how he likes it.

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What paper, the apology was posted on the website.
The 1 page apology was printed in the toronto sun. Where have u been? thats what he means by wasting trees

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Good point, but he isn't a good enough writer to get his message through to everyone. I feel MLSE's season end message should be more than sorry. It should have stated why we should continue to watch the garbage they ice for the past couple of years. In other words mention what went wrong and how they have changed there approach for future success, as well as some compensation for the teams performance since the lockout, because unlike other teams who are pressured to rebuild they are still selling out and don't really feel the pinch.

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He thought Kadri should wear 13 in the NHL

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He thought Kadri should wear 13 in the NHL
fnas here wanted him too wear 99 when he was drafted

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Damian Cox's career in a nutshell.
Here here.

That was a pretty brutal article.

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He's right and all of the people here ripping on Cox didn't even read the article, or are tryhards

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He's right and all of the people here ripping on Cox didn't even read the article, or are tryhards

but cox doesnt actually have an opinion, he just writes what is more controversial to get ratings and a reaction

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He's right and all of the people here ripping on Cox didn't even read the article, or are tryhards
What is a tryhard?

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someone who trys hard.
















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He's not wrong...but what exactly does Tannenbaum need to address? Sure he's the owner, but Burke makes all of the hockey operation decisions.

What went wrong? Even the haters that love to pile on the Leafs know what went wrong.

They addressed that by firing the coach. The team couldn't recover and play better than the 8/29 wins.

Is there really anything that needs to be explained?

He's also talking a bit foolish. Which team is going to reduce ticket prices when the demand is as high as ever? Hockey is a business as much as it is a game.

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The 1 page apology was printed in the toronto sun. Where have u been? thats what he means by wasting trees
Well since the Toronto Sun itself is a waste of paper there shouldn't be any issue about the apology being printed in it .

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He's right. The "apology" is meaningless and empty.

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lol, Cox drowning in his misery. The Leafs owe him of all people absolutely nothing, if he can't handle a rebuilding team losing he needs to tune out or jump ship completely. Preferably the latter.

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He's right and all of the people here ripping on Cox didn't even read the article, or are tryhards
I agree. There was nothing wrong with this piece and I agree with the point he is trying to get across. I read on this page all the time how MLSE doesn't give two ***** about the fans and are just out to please the stakeholders and corporate ticket holders, but because Cox is saying it this makes him an idiot. Would be the same thing if Simmons wrote this piece. Doesn't matter the actual message, he's immeadiately accused of trolling the fanbase and organization because the fans don't like reading negative opinion pieces about their team.

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He's not wrong...but what exactly does Tannenbaum need to address? Sure he's the owner, but Burke makes all of the hockey operation decisions.

What went wrong? Even the haters that love to pile on the Leafs know what went wrong.

They addressed that by firing the coach. The team couldn't recover and play better than the 8/29 wins.

Is there really anything that needs to be explained?

He's also talking a bit foolish. Which team is going to reduce ticket prices when the demand is as high as ever? Hockey is a business as much as it is a game.
lol are u saying the only reason this team didn't make the playoffs is Ron Wilson? cuz if you are your wrong.

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we should just stop giving cox reactions... He actually has 0 hockey sense yet writes about hockey.... interesting
Pretty much this, contradicts himself a lot too, cox is a joke almost as big as mclean.

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