Maple Leaf Hangout Ep.#27 with Hope Smoke

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@Hope_Smoke joins Michael and Michael to clear the air on Curtis Rush’s hack job on him in the Toronto Star today, as well as to discuss the Leafs‘ third devastating collapse in the last three seasons.

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  • https://twitter.com/ElliotSaccucci Elliot Saccucci

    This should be a good one.

  • vinoa

    I love that MLHS is more credible than the hacks at the so called “mainstream” media.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Ahhhhh….now THIS is a good way to lift my spirits.  Coming home from work to a MLHS Hangout.
    How’d you guys know this was the cure??
    Vape on, McDuff!!

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    The glass sprung a leak!!

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Agree Michaels

  • vinoa

    Interesting to hear that Leiweke essentially called Reims lucky. He’s not just the guy you inherited, he’s the guy who rejuvenated this team when it was heading towards another lost season.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    vinoa  Wickie likes that Jeffrey Lupul fellow too.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    ingy56 vinoa  
    Don’t forget Noonis.

  • vinoa

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan ingy56 vinoa  He called him Noonis? lmao

  • Shift_Disturber1

    ooooooh really? What a fucking worm that guy is then

  • vinoa

    Elliot…is there a case here?

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    vinoa Bon Scott was a Leaf fan ingy56  
    Yep….1st day on the job.

  • Burtonboy

    wow.

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Maybe………….just maybe we should never read the Toronto Star period

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    This is that same dirtbag that accused Kessel of dogging it in practice the day he got back from Sochi.

  • Shift_Disturber1

    ingy56 Yeah, I remember that. One of Toronto sport’s media’s ‘finest’. Losers

  • Shift_Disturber1

    They for damn sure have no business going after April Reimer

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Shift_Disturber1  Twitter and the like can be a real cesspool.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Can we move on from the April Reimer stuff, please??

  • Shift_Disturber1

    ingy56 Shift_Disturber1Undoubtedly

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Uh….no thanks!!  Start Mac, please.

  • https://twitter.com/ElliotSaccucci Elliot Saccucci

    vinoa Sorry I missed the comment. Are you asking if there is a case against the Star columnist for suggesting that Hope Smoke suggested it was ok to attack April Reimer?

  • MaxwellHowe

    Oh dear.  Yes, Hopeinthebigsmoke was hard done by, horrible hack journalism.  Be forgotten by tomorrow.  I follow him/her, provides great updates, but he’s a little over the top with the passive aggressive thing.  And last year he made a joke out of repeating Sean Avery’s insulting comment about Dion and Elisha Cuthbert.  I thought repeating Avery’s crap even by way of humor was in very poor taste. 

    Nonetheless, he was unfairly maligned today.  Lets all move on.

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Detroit closed a 9pt gap on us in 9 days. That is ridiculous

  • vinoa

    Elliot Saccucci vinoa  Yeah. It seems that we’re moving towards a world where people’s opinions have more platforms to be voiced that ever before. Considering that this is a major newspaper, could there be potential legal repercussions for their actions, or is this more a case of opinions being expressed?

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Shift_Disturber1  Not familiar with that name…is this him?:https://twitter.com/armdog https://twitter.com/armdog/status/448235099575054336
    “https://twitter.com/HistoricHockey: https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie back in the day. http://t.co/psTdDDDfnl” hahahaha no way! Bobby I need confirmation. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23greatsalad&src=hash

  • Shift_Disturber1

    ingy56 Shift_Disturber1Hmmmmmmmmmmm not sure. He looked quite a bit different than that guy. The name is the same though

  • Loric76

    lol

    https://twitter.com/jtbourne https://twitter.com/jtbourne/status/448236018848657408
    “This is why you can’t have a pony.” http://t.co/B1BKU32ky7

  • MaxwellHowe

    sorry, wrote the comment before watching Hangout.  Hope Smoke clearly a He.  No offence intended.  Didn’t want to assume

  • AsburyJukes75

    I regret dropping the ball on my journalism career many years ago for many reasons.

    Not working with the likes of reporters such as this? Not one of them.

  • Shift_Disturber1

    AsburyJukes75 “Reporter” and “journalism” might be stretching tags to accommodate the hack in question

  • AsburyJukes75

    Shift_Disturber1 AsburyJukes75  Heh. I’m parsing my words carefully in case someone from the Star takes a read through these comments and tries to retaliate against the site somehow. 

    But there’s a serious need of “performance criticism” for Toronto’s sports MSM (to use Mr.Langlois’s words). To say the least.

  • Shift_Disturber1

    AsburyJukes75 Shift_Disturber1  They certainly “aren’t playing up to expectations”

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Troy Murray, not troy Loney…know your history

  • Burtonboy

    PHX up 2-0 on the Rags

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Go Bruins…spit spit spit…..

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Thanks guys!

  • Shift_Disturber1

    ingy56   There is a dirty joke in there somewhere ;D

  • AsburyJukes75

    Shift_Disturber1

    Here’s a good start. I know not everyone here likes the Puppets boys, but this is worth a look

    http://www.pensionplanpuppets.com/2014/3/24/5543112/Toronto-Star-curtis-rush-is-a-garbage-reporter

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Back to Bobby Mac on That’s Hockey.
    He repeats that if the Leafs fall out and miss the playoffs 1 of 2 things will happen. 
    1) Coach is fired or 
    2) Major pieces of the core are moved then names guys (of course) like Kadri and Gardiner as candidates

  • BrandonCheema

    Shift_Disturber1  coach gone, offer hithcock 10 million and voila lol

  • loomx

    Shift_Disturber1  Considering only one of these options would actually help the team, the decision is fairly obvious.

  • Shift_Disturber1

    AsburyJukes75 Shift_Disturber1 LOL Nice headline.

  • wendelsway1

    Shift_Disturber1  Bye bye……Carlyle  :)

  • Shift_Disturber1

    loomx Shift_Disturber1I would hope if it’s Coach that includes coaching staff. We have two hold overs from the previous coaching regime. 

    Option 2 could also help the team. I don’t think the idea behind that is to give them away for free. They would want significant players in return

  • Yaknowwhat

    I’m not covinced Nonis would fire Carlyle if we miss the playoffs…may opt for a major trade first…

  • wiski

    Fuck price not platin tonight.

  • Yaknowwhat

    Dennis Potvin..amazing player…horrible commentator…

  • BrandonCheema

    lucic just got wreaked and is gonna go beast mode soon , gonna be a good game… cant believe im saying this but go bruins

  • Knights2Leafs

    Yaknowwhat  
    If he wants to keep his job he may have no choice.