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  Simon B 2 years ago this month, Valdimir Guerrero Jr. made his highly-anticipated MLB debut for the Blue Jays against Oakland. It was a Friday and I remember the buzz in Toronto was incredible. Guerrero was at the time  MLB pipeline's  top-rated prospect and he has some of the biggest expectations ever for a 20-year-old. He was to be the next big power hitter of the generation and people were hoping to see him hit 400 ft. bombs every other game. Valddy is the son of former Expo and Hall-of-Famer Vladimir Guerrero Sr. so that alone comes with high expectations as well. I've never seen a player get the ovation that he did on that night in April 2019. The stadium was opened an hour early so that fans could watch their young prodigy hit in batting practice. When it was his turn, the batting cage was surrounded and every eye in the ballpark was focused on this 20-year-old kid with his signature bleached dreads who was hitting bomb after bomb. During that game, he got a standing ov

No Worries

  Game 44: Jets vs. Leafs Simon B The Leafs have lost two straight games and were by far the inferior team in both losses against the Canadiens and the Flames. But I've noticed a real sense of calm throughout Leafs Nation -- a calm that I’ve never seen before -- and it's a weird feeling. I'm so used to all of Toronto's sports media exploding after a single loss. That was because previous Leaf teams were so inconsistent and unpredictable that the exaggerated reactions were somewhat understandable. This year, the fanbase has a real sense of confidence in this team to bounce back from little slumps here and there. Coming into last night's game against the Jets, the Leafs had a tough lineup situation to work with. Auston Matthews was not in the lineup (the team didn't say why at the time I'm posting this) and William Nylander is still out under Covid protocol. Adam Brooks and Jason Spezza were slotted back into the lineup on the fourth line and with Matthews ou

He's 10-0-0!!

  Game 40: Habs vs. Leafs Simon B The situation heading into this game is very different than what I thought it would be 2 months ago. The Habs and the Leafs both started off their seasons very strongly and these two teams were looking like the best in the division. Montreal did fall off however and are now in the last playoff spot sitting in fourth. But that may not be so bad for hockey fans around the country because if the standing stays as they are, the Leafs and Canadiens will match up in a first-round playoff series. Just thinking of that gets me excited. But for now, let's focus on the game at hand. There are a few notable lineup changes in this game on both sides. The biggest being that Habs goalie Carey Price didn't make the trip to Toronto due to injury so backup Jake Allen got the start in the crease. Montreal's Brendan Gallagher was also out with a broken thumb. On Toronto's side of the equation, William Nylander was ruled out hours before game time with som