I am told that the Maple Leafs Annual is now available in many Chapters Indigo stores. My Dad picked up his copy in a store in Burlington today. Other reports via Twitter suggest that copies have been found in places like Wal-Mart elsewhere in the province.
If you’re someone who has already bought a copy of the magazine and you’re a new visitor dropping by this site because you followed the link at the end of my article, thanks for your interest. PLEASE do me the favour of taking the time to drop me a message in the comments, even if just to let me know you were here. I’d prefer it, of course, if you wrote a few hundred words about how my article is the best thing since somebody froze up a piece of poo and started whacking it around the frozen pond with a crooked branch, but feel free to berate me instead for whatever flaws you have identified in my article. I really would like to have a discussion with the readers and get your impressions of what I wrote (even if you don’t do impressions :-), thank you very much, don’t forget to tip your waitress, be sure to try the veal and I’m here all week). Like many of the contributors to the magazine, I haven’t done this sort of thing before and I am (some would say pathetically so) desperate for feedback on the results.
If you’re interested, you can read other things I’ve written on this site about the Leafs by clicking on this link (well, at least the ones I remembered to tag properly). I also write about some other things, mostly my life in small-town southern Ontario on a piece of property I call “Juniorvania”. One of my favourite posts, for example, has to do with the time my riding lawnmower tried to kill me.
If you haven’t yet picked up a copy and are a little bit confused about what the hell I’m talking about (don’t worry, that’s typical around here), the Maple Leafs Annual is a magazine that previews the 2009-2010 hockey season from a Leafs’ fan’s perspective. The reason I be pimpin’ the magazine – aside from its internal and inherent awesomeness – is that I wrote an article for the thing about the arc of rebuilding franchises and where the Toronto Maple Leafs are on that curve. Apparently, Maple Stree Press has printed about 50,000 of these things and I would like to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that precious few of them end up lining birdcages or – worse yet – discarded in an unwanted in a Chapters Indigo stockroom somewhere.
The magazine really is awesome, all kidding aside. It’s 128 pages of ad-free, full colour analysis, humour, history and fun, all of it devoted to your Toronto Maple Leafs. It is an excellent way to gear up for the upcoming season, which promises to be an exciting one for Leafs fans (if not necessarily a successful one on the ice) and the key thing about this project is that many of the articles were written by the bloggers of the Barilkosphere – fans of the team first, knowledgeable and entertaining writers to boot.