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Michael Volkmann:

But it still is: go Leafs go ;-)

Originally posted on The Captain's Speech:

Leafs3 I remember the days when I couldn’t wait for the clock to hit 7PM. I’d run upstairs, put on my Curtis Joseph jersey, and plant myself in front of the television with my family. The Toronto Maple Leafs were on and nothing else mattered. If it was a school night, I’d watch the first period, sometimes the second as well, and then go to bed with the voice of Joe Bowen booming through my radio. It was fun. I was 8-years-old and loved every minute of it. This is how I grew up.

I didn’t hate any of the players. I didn’t question why someone was a healthy scratch. I didn’t watch the game and wonder why we couldn’t penetrate through a neutral zone trap. I just watched the game. I watched my heroes. I watched Mats Sundin put the team on his back when he needed to. I watched Curtis…

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Reuters
WITH four months to go before the centenary of the start of the first world war, the bombardment of new books from competing historians is growing heavier. Unlike many of the young men who went off to fight in 1914, nobody thinks it will all be over by Christmas.
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