24 + 1

Kip said it better than I could:

“…this looks like it’s gonna be a good season. Hopefully the next 23 episodes are as good as they were last year, with the same sort of unexpected plot twists that come out of left field. Seriously, people. Watch this show.”

Did everyone catch the season premiere of 24 last night, aired without commercial interruption? As Kip notes in the comments of the previous post, much time was spent building some history over the passings of the last year through character conversation, but now that the base plot is set we can see things are moving right along. You’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t tune in at least once.

In other, far more important news, Wade Belak has demanded a trade. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHA!!!! Well then, who are the Leafs to not honour such a request? I mean, as much as we could use the ONE GOAL he scored ALL OF LAST SEASON. Yo! Belak! The problem is usually players require some form of a skill set before another team will offer up something for them. Seriously, I wouldn’t trade a Big Mac and a bag of pucks for this guy.


If you’ve been paying attention,

If you’ve been paying attention, you know I love the Toronto Maple Leafs. You also know I HATE HATE HATE Wade Belak. I wish ill will upon Wade Belak. I wish Wade Belak would take an errant skate blade to the head – not enough to kill, but enough to retire. I’d settle for a trade, though. So you can imagine my excitement when it was announced today that the Leafs had resigned the defensive wunderkind to a new contract – details withheld. I’m telling you now, if he cost more than a Big Mac and a bag of pucks he came too expensive. Oftentimes it’s hard to indicate exactly how bad one particular hockey player is without actually watching a game. But this, friends, might give you some idea – as excerpted from today’s press release:

“Belak, 26, set career-highs in 2001-02 for games played (63), goals (1-tie), assists (3), points (4), and penalty minutes (142).”

Yes, friends. Good old Wade Belak, utility forward and defense, tied his career high in goals last season with 1. 1 goal. What this means is, prior to these two stellar seasons of lighting up the twine with a goal, Wade Belak had scored as many goals in the NHL as I had. I’m going to e-mail the Toronto Maple Leafs to point out a glaring grammatical error in that press release. Why, it says “goals (1-tie)”, where it should say “goal (1-tie)”. And for being a useless blockhead with the scoring touch of a diseased coyote, Belak will make more money next season than I will in the next 10. If Belak was to score a hat trick in one game he would more than double his career goal output. I’m quite surprised we resigned him. You’d think his agent would have been beating General Managers back with a stick. I mean, what team wouldn’t love a goal every one or 63 games?

Rick Jessup