Full Speed Ahead: Director’s Cut, Deleted Scenes

Way back in mid-July, confident that the Ilya Kovalchuk free agency mystery would surely be over in a matter of  days, I sat down and started writing the piece that eventually turned into “Full Speed Ahead”, my contribution to this year’s Maple Leafs Annual.  “Full Speed Ahead” is an effort to expand upon the ideas […]

I Have Been a Bad Blogger

By now, I should probably have a whole category dedicated to “posts in which I apologize for being a lazy dilettante who wanders off from time to time, transfixed by something shiny”. I don’t want to say I haven’t posted in a while, but there have been two – two! – Slug is Doug podcast […]

Getting out of the House

If you’re looking for me here today, you won’t find me at home. Instead, I’m over at Maple Leafs Hot Stove (in a virtual and metaphorical sense only – in real life, I’ve gone to work, honest, boss). Alec Brownscombe has asked me to contribute my thoughts occasionally over at MLHS, and I’ve agreed to […]

Maple Leafs Annual: It Stacks Up

Spouse and I stopped in to the Chapters store in Ancaster on Saturday; part of the purpose for our visit was to pick up another copy of the Maple Leafs Annual (click on the link to find out what this is, the details of my contribution, and why you need to buy it in order […]

For Maple Leafs Annual Buyers: A Welcome

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 […]

Maple Leafs Annual 2009-2010: IT’S HERE!!!

RED LETTER DAY FOR ME!!! My complimentary copy of the 2009-2010 Maple Leafs Annual – the Leafs season preview magazine containing my article on the arc of the Leafs’ rebuild and published by the “lunatic millionaires” who are “allergic to money” has arrived! Can you believe it, my piece was published on page 85, well […]

Maple Leafs Annual 2009-2010

Remember the big secret, the writing project that I was feverishly beavering away at (and – miracle of miracles – actually finishing) a few weeks ago? Well, it’s not so much a secret anymore. The good folks at Maple Street Press (previously described in this space as “lunatic immigrant millionaires with a tenuous-to-non-existent grasp on […]

Stop the Presses! I Finished a Project!

Since late last week, I’ve been spending a huge amount of time working on a writing project that was due this past Tuesday. It’s the first time I’ve been commissioned to write something for publication.  Naturally, I wanted to make as good an impression as possible, so I promptly missed my deadline  and turned in […]

Portrait of the Artist as a Wrung Man

I have been working all day on a writing project that is due shortly.  The “writing process” (by which I mean “staring at the screen wondering what the hell I’ve gottem myself into”)  was going painfully slow a bit earlier,  so Spouse convinced me to take a break to go into town.  We had dry […]

Like “Brewster’s Millions”, But Less Plausible…

This is how I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that print journalism must be anachronistic, irrelevant and doomed:  I have been asked to write a piece on the Leafs for publication in an actual hold-it-in-your-hand, you-could-drop-that-thing-and-bruise-a-toe book.   And get this:  I am told that I will be getting paid to do this thing.  From this latter […]