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Why The Leafs Suck And How They Can Be Fixed Paperback – International Edition, September 29, 2009

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AL STRACHAN is the author of I’m Not Making This Up and Go to the Net, and the co-author of Don Cherry’s Hockey Stories and Stuff. He has appeared regularly on Hockey Night in Canada, Sirius Radio and, and he has been writing about the NHL for more than thirty-five years.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; First Edition edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155468546X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554685462
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,427,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WDX2BB on December 28, 2014
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Even Al Strachan would admit that his writing leans toward the cranky side. That's fine. Most journalists have some of that quality in them right from the start.

The match between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Strachan, then, is a good one. For the Leafs have provided plenty of material for cranky observers to be in a bad mood in the years since 1967, their last Stanley Cup.

When Strachan was given the opportunity to write a book on why the Maple Leafs have, um, fallen short of the ultimate goal, he must have been quite happy. Strachan knew the history of the team, and how it would be good fun to review their many mistakes.

Thus, "Why the Leafs Suck" was born in 2009.

The author goes through the history of the team and its attempts to get better. Ultimately, one of the problems is that the fan base is too loyal. The Leaf backers have been willing to fill up arenas, and thus the team's bank account, without regard to won-loss record. That's taken away some of the pressure to actually win games. Every team would like to win, but a little urgency doesn't hurt.

The Maple Leafs have gone through all sorts of people in more than 40 years of mediocrity or worse. Toronto has had at times bad ownership, bad management, bad trades, bad draft choices and bad players. No team has a perfect record, but the Leafs' batting average obviously hasn't been good enough.

Strachan goes through the past with a certain amount of glee, ripping management for its many mistakes over the years. Some of the stories are familiar, but they still are head-shaking and in some ways laugh-causing, at least if you don't root for the team. You hear stories about organizations not rowing together; the Leafs sometimes aren't even in the same boat.
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