BROWNE: Why This Year Will Be Different For The Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Nation is a land of many, and one where loyalty has been put to the highest of tests. The source of said loyalty – the Toronto Maple Leafs – currently holds the longest active Stanley Cup drought, and the second longest ever, at 53 seasons – dating back to 1966-67. They also own the 7th-longest championship drought in North American professional sports. On Wednesday … Continue reading BROWNE: Why This Year Will Be Different For The Toronto Maple Leafs

BROWNE: For the Toronto Raptors, the NBA is the Grinch (Christmas Day Schedule)

If you’re an NBA player, you dream of playing on Christmas Day. It’s the equivalent to playing on American Thanksgiving in the NFL. The NBA plays five games every Christmas Day, beginning at Noon and wrapping up 14 hours later after the final buzzer of the late West-coast match-up. While every other sport is on the sidelines — whether in the offseason, on their holiday break or, … Continue reading BROWNE: For the Toronto Raptors, the NBA is the Grinch (Christmas Day Schedule)

Marleau Signing Indicative of Culture Change in Toronto

Patrick Marleau is the newest Toronto Maple Leaf. The 37-year-old forward, who will be 38 when the season begins, inked a three year, $18.75M deal with the buds early Sunday evening. Toronto is the first NHL team Marleau has played on not named the San Jose Sharks, for whom he played his first 19 NHL seasons. Toronto was one of a number of suitors for … Continue reading Marleau Signing Indicative of Culture Change in Toronto

BROWNE: It’s Time to Halt Homophobia in Sports — and Society

Warning: Homophobic and transphobic slurs, though obscured, are present in this article. We are living in 2017. Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada since 2005 and the U.S. since 2015. Yet, in other parts of the world — like Indonesia — gay couples are being sentenced to caning as of last week. How…how…is that still okay in 2017? Then we have the last five days in the professional sports landscape. … Continue reading BROWNE: It’s Time to Halt Homophobia in Sports — and Society

Defending the Long Ball Imperative for Raptors in Game 2

The Toronto Raptors wrote an all-too-familiar script in Game 1 of their series with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. They lost Game 1, and in so doing, fell to 1–12 in series-openers in franchise history. Their only Game 1 victory came in Round 2 of the 2001 Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers, a series they would eventually drop in 7 games. The Raptors knew … Continue reading Defending the Long Ball Imperative for Raptors in Game 2

Powell Emerging as a Pivotal Piece of Raptors’ Core

Norman Powell has quietly — or, should I say, not so quietly––emerged as one of the Raptors’ best players during the 2017 postseason. Is he in the conversation with Lowry and DeRozan as the Raptors’ best overallplayer? No––not yet, anyway. What he is, though, is becoming one of the key pieces of the Raptors core. That is a pretty strong statement, considering said “core” includes the likes of … Continue reading Powell Emerging as a Pivotal Piece of Raptors’ Core

Raptors Look for Repeat of Game 5 Performance to Dispatch Bucks

The Toronto Raptors finally put it all together in Game 5. They led, essentially, from wire to wire, and went on to blow out the Bucks on home court, 118–93, to take a 3–2 series lead and move within one win of a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Final with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The best player for the Raptors in Game 5, without a … Continue reading Raptors Look for Repeat of Game 5 Performance to Dispatch Bucks

Leafs Nation Finally has Something to be Proud of Long Term

As summer turned to fall and leaves began their yearly change of colour, hockey season was once again on the horizon. The Leafs had nowhere to go but up after a 2015–16 campaign that saw them register but 29 wins and 69 points, and with it, a chance to draft the NHL’s next superstar, Auston Matthews, with the first overall pick in the 2016 NHL … Continue reading Leafs Nation Finally has Something to be Proud of Long Term

Capital Upset: Leafs Looking to Do The Impossible

It has been a dead heat. Through five games of the Leafs and Capitals series, no one has really had an edge. The Capitals have gotten out to a couple leads early in games, but the Leafs have always bounced back to make the game close. That includes coming back from 2–0 and 3–1 deficits in Game 3 to pull off a thrilling overtime win, … Continue reading Capital Upset: Leafs Looking to Do The Impossible