I'm pretty sure all of us who convene here and bat around the latest topics regarding the Maple Leafs would agree: there is never a dearth of things to chat about when it comes to the blue and white. In season, out of season, doesn't matter. There is a story a day, it seems. If there isn't one, someone will generate something, eh?
Now, I also think some of you know that one of my passions (at least something I enjoy a lot) is talking about the old days when it comes to hockey. Whether's it's great old names like Johnny Bower, Bob Pulford, Red Kelly, Frank Mahovlich, Punch Imlach, Eddie Chadwick, Tim Horton, Dickie Duff or less famous but still important players like mid-'60s Leaf winger Larry Jeffrey (right, the former Red Wing who became a key component of the '67 Cup team)- whatever, I could talk about the great Leaf teams of yesteryear at the drop of a hat. I'm pretty sure some of you could, too.
That's one of the reasons why, building on the work I've done here at VLM for the past four plus years, I spent the summer finishing my eBook called "The Maple Leafs of My Youth: what being a Leaf fan means to me". That was a fun if demanding project but it's been nice to see (and receive via Apple iTunes, Twitter and email) some very positive and encouraging feedback. Thanks to those, by the way, who have downloaded the book, and also taken the time to contact me.
A more current (in the sense that we debate the issues facing the Leafs right now) project is a program I've been part of recently called "The Leaf Hangout". (Full title is "The Maple Leaf Hot Stove Hangout", but that's a mouthful...) It's a Hangout because that's the newish technology via Google that has allowed us to do the show live. I'm still adjusting to the "new" format, one that has a visual component to it. Some of you may recall last season I was part of a podcast focused on the Leafs, but I then spent the summer focused on the book. Now I've trying to set aside the time to work with the guys from Maple Leaf Hot Stove and see if we can develop a program that Leaf fans will enjoy and want to check out. It's far from a finished product, but hopefully we'll continue to make the show better (my work included) as we go.
Whether those who follow the show will agree or disagree with the views expressed, just like here at VLM, doesn't much matter to me. My goal is to engage in enjoyable, thoughtful and at times somewhat in-depth Leaf-related hockey discussions. Fans all see things differently, so regardless of one's perspective, hopefully the content will carry the day.
I hope you'll enjoy it. If you don't, my guess is you won't listen, and that's OK, too! Here's another way to get to the show: www.youtube.com/embed/4DsK0HfS40w