From Pessimism to Optimism

The Past, Present, and Future of the Toronto Raptors on its 20th Anniversary PART 2: MISSING THAT 3RD ELEMENT I can still recall the date in which Vince Carter put the Toronto Raptors on the NBA Map: February 12, 2000. On this date in NBA history, Carter, known as “Air Canada,” “Half-Man, Half-Amazing,” and “Vinsanity,” …

From Pessimism to Optimism

The Past, Present, and Future of the Toronto Raptors on its 20th Anniversary Part 1: The Revolving Door As the Raptors enter their twentieth season, long-time armchair GMs like myself and faithful fans of the franchise can recall the painful journey that the team has taken since Toronto was awarded a National Basketball Association (NBA) …

Why the Toronto Maple Leafs have not been able to win the Stanley Cup for nearly half-a-century

Part Three of Three If the Leafs are serious about changing their fortune, management needs to endure a painful full-scale rebuild. I am not suggesting that the Leafs should tank intentionally (particularly since finishing last will not ensure getting the 1st overall selection with the implementation of the draft lottery); rather, I am preaching that …

Why the Toronto Maple Leafs have not been able to win the Stanley Cup for nearly half a century

With the recently commenced 2014-2015 National Hockey League (NHL) season, Leafs Nation can’t help but think about the question that seems to keep resurfacing since 1967: Why can’t their beloved Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup even though the team is the most valued franchise in the NHL (at $1.15 billion) according to the …