We're back! And maybe someday even on a consistent and regular basis! We're so damn enigmatic but hopefully when we do show up, we do bring our best. Today's podcast, while old, still holds up on the topics that we discussed which are (in no particular order so drumroll please):
How hard it is to take Dion Phaneuf seriously with his funny voice. That one hit a little close to home
The Leafs motto and the Raptors
Talking about Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer
Carlyle's brilliant coaching where a win means that the team worked hard and a loss means that the team needs to work harder.
That guys in the NHL that are on the bubble obviously work hard
The team's defensive woes in the context of how difficult it is for elite players such as a former Norris Trophy winner to teach
The need to adapt as a coach
The Leafs' peers historically possession and shots against-wise and how frustrating it is that the talent level on this team isn't translating into results on the ice
The downfall of being a smartass when discussing: would you rather the Leafs win or would you rather be right
The David Clarkson contract debacle and how Clarkson isn't Tucker and musing about how the Leafs can possibly say that Clarkson wasn't brought in to score goals
The whole Steve Simmons e-mail hilarity which was recent
Good media guys. It's true, they exist
A fun little tidbit about friend of the blog Eric Tulsky and his restraint when dealing with trolls
The Dez Bryant debacle and how he was initially ripped to shreds for being a bad teammate and how the audio revealed the exact opposite. It just highlighted how hard it is to know anything about what happens with the players and how it applies to Phil Kessel on 24/7 as well as how it relates to Kadri's season, his grandfather's illness, and statistical analysis in general.
Favourite scenes of 24/7 thus far which came before "David Clarkson: Defender of Water Bottles" and "Good One Randy! Good One!"
How much fun it was to hear Sidney Crosby and Dion Phaneuf talking to the refs and other behind the scenes audio
The Leafs' slump and how they survived and how their January might go (not that bad after all!)
The Leafs meltdown and the Bruins meltdown and how the former affected the Leafs
Aloe Blacc - Loving You Is Killing Me
John Hiatt - I Don't Even Try
Dead Kennedys - Kill The Poor
Bill Morrissey - Barstow
Todd Snider - Statistician's Blues
Joe Henry - The Man I Keep Hid
Steely Dan - Hey Nineteen
Dinosaur Jr - Feel The Pain
Things mf37 would be happy to talk about:
Carlysle and TOI
Cox as Burke's mouthpiece - trading of kessel, Halak, draft plans (he tweeted about the draft today)
We always shit on the media - who do we actually like to read?
Ask Forbes what the music is.
In this week's PPP Podcast we tried really hard to be positive. Naturally that involved not talking about the Leafs. Tune in for:
Chemmy reads Laffy Taffy jokes
The gang groans audibly
The team gives up on the podcast and answers questions on twitter
Jimmy Cliff, Wonderful World Beautiful People
Magnetic Fields, Crazy for you but not that crazy
The Shins, We Will Become Silhouettes
The Silver Jews, Slow Education
It's PPPPodcast 18 where Chemmy, PPP, and I discuss:
Trashing the Leafs playoff hopes
Burke, goalies and the future
Luke Schenn's contract
You can listen here (Chemmy will post to iTunes later).
Everyday People, Sly and the Family Stone
Life is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back , Meatloaf
If She Wants Me, Belle & Sebastian
*If you had a Delorean, a flux capacitor and enough plutonium to get you November 29, 2008, what single move of Burke's would you fix? What active mistake, signing, trade, draft pick would you do-over? Sadly, there's lots to choose from...
We're trying really hard to do this weekly, so to facilitate that we're shortening the podcast. We're trying to do about 20-25 minutes of interesting fresh content so that you can mainline it. Bet you didn't think you'd see another one of these so soon, eh?
Our topics? What difference will Randy Carlyle make? Has Don Cherry finally lost it? Do you believe a word Burke says?
Podcast episode 16 is alive just in time for Ron Wilson to get fired! We talked about canning him in the podcast and at the time (two weeks ago...) I still felt like Wilson didn't have a lot of talent around him. Two weeks and no points later I think I'm ok with him getting the boot.
Look at our topics
1. Ron Wilson's job
2. This cold streak
3. Trade targets
4. Tim Connolly
5. The possible meltdown if the Leafs miss the playoffs.
Possible meltdown? Ah to go back in time two weeks.
This week's podcast is late and it's all my dog's fault.
In this episode we talk about who the Leafs' next whipping boy will be, the notion of players fitting in or not re: Lee Stempniak, Tomas Kaberle, the NHL's ratings on NBC after the Olympics and more!
Should Burke make a run at Kovalchuk? What players should you draft with an empty cupboard? Why didn't Roenick punch Mike Milbury? Those topics and more are yours free in the PPP Podcast Podcast Podcast!
Yes it's PPP Podcast 13, our first episode since October, 2010.
This was actually recorded on Thursday January 6th so we're offering it to you at a deep discount in case some of the contents might have gone a bit stale.
Be sure to vote for who is the best (not worst?) Leaf.
Contents after the jump...
In episode 13, Chemmy, PPP and I discuss:
Reimer, Gustavsson and what to do with the goalies (very timely, no?)
Colby Armstrong and the Heavy Lifter Index - can he get better? (spoiler alert: MF37 says "yes.")
The future for coach Ron Wilson
Colaiacovo cap hits & injuries; Steen vs. Stempniak (Let's all blame Maurice)
Leafs roster elimination game (rules explained half-way through)
Weezer - My Name is Jonas
Gerry Rafferty - City to City
Das Racist - Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (Wallpaper Remix)
Randy Newman - Short People
Spencer Davis Group - Back Into My Life Again
As always, thanks to Ryan for the sound work. We give him three hours of awkward pauses and he turns it into 35 minutes of quality with just 6 minutes of awkwardness.
This was recorded before the Leafs looked rather crummy on Saturday night but a podcast is a podcast. You can listen to PPP sound like he's going to a funeral.
Topics! Managing expectations, predicting the rest of the month of October, playing a "good road game" and more. Check it out!
Game one is tonight on Hockey Night in Canada and I'm at work wearing my Kessel tshirt under my work clothes. This is exciting and a little bit sexy.
Our sound guy is wearing Habs boxers on Twitter today but no worry because the Podcast is here! We talk about the demotion of Mitchell and Hanson, do some spitballing on Jeff Finger and opening night and talk a little bit about Nazem Kadri. Music list after the jump.
While PPP is on vacation we decided to replace him on the podcast with someone much smarter: mc79 of mc79hockey.com. He's a lawyer and gave us his interpretation of the upcoming string of litigation surrounding the Kovalchuk contract.
We also talked about the Leafs: his feelings about next season for the Blue and White, his take on the Kessel deal, and how Pension Plan Puppets has changed his opinion of Leafs fans.