01 Oct

Leafs Kick Off Season Against Habs Tonight

Posted in News on 01.10.13 by John Meloche

leafsFinally! NHL Hockey is back! And for Toronto Maple Leafs fans, it couldn’t come any sooner. Still reeling off of the sting that was left following that Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins in the playoffs several months back, members of the Leafs Nation are only too ready for another game that may help wash away the pain. The first game of the 2013-14 campaign goes down tonight at 7 p.m. EST against the Montreal Canadiens.

“There’s a lot of optimism among Leafs fans this year,” commented one of our clients yesterday, “Getting into the playoffs after nine years was a big deal. Now people in Toronto are expecting more. There have been some changes made to this young team that will hopefully make them better. Plus they had to have learned from that playoff experience (last season). I’m really looking forward to this season.”

Toronto sports fans really need a good season from the Maple Leafs. After an incredibly disappointing effort from their Toronto Blue Jays this year, the city is clamouring for a competitive output from one of their major professional sports teams. And, as you can imagine, no sports team receives more support than the Toronto Maple Leafs. And we’re not talking Toronto. We’re talking the world!

“Leafs fans are a whole other breed of people,” said one of our Synergy reps this morning, “We love them no matter what they do. Maybe, that can be a bad thing sometimes, but it shows the kind of heart we have as fans. I don’t know if the fan support for the Leafs can be matched anywhere else in the world. Not for hockey, anyways. Tonight is a big night for us!”

It would appear as if the Leafs are doing all they can to offer their city a chance to watch another playoff-bound team this year. Earlier today, they held a press conference to announce the extension of right winger Phil Kessel’s contract. With an estimated $8 million a year over the next eight years, the new contract seeks to lock Kessel up as a Leaf for the prime of his career.

Apparently, the signing of this new contract was imperative before the start of the new season. As TSN reports, “Leafs general manager Dave Nonis put great importance on Kessel’s commitment to the team and waited to hear that from the 25-year-old before working on the extension. The two had a one-on-one meeting last week where Kessel gave Nonis the assurances he sought.”

So now that that’s out of the way, can we please play some hockey? Arguably, tonight’s tilt between the Leafs and Habs will be the most watched television event in either city. Both Original 6 teams, the two storied rivals have a history as long as the league itself. And there is certainly no love lost between fans of these opposing teams. Tonight is when Toronto and Montreal go back to war!

“When hockey season starts, the two cities hate each other,” joked our client, “I have friends from Montreal who call and email me during the season throwing jabs here and there. It’s all in good fun. But really, we love seeing each other’s team lose more than anything. I put a little friendly bet on the first game. So basically, all I can say is ‘Go Leafs Go!’”

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30 Sep

Horrible Jays Season Ends, Leafs Start Tomorrow!

Posted in News on 30.09.13 by John Meloche

jaysMercifully, the Toronto Blue Jays’ season has officially come to a close. Finishing with a record of 74-88, the Jays recorded one more win than they did in 2012. One. This is after an offseason when Synergy’s home team picked up a slew of new players, boosted their payroll and promised fans a competitive season to be remembered alongside the glory days of the early 90s.

Clearly, that wasn’t to happen. And the Blue Jays are now forced to wait through another offseason to discover what moves will be made next to repair the franchise. “It’s embarrassing,” commented one of our team members who is also a long time fan, “There was a lot of hope going into this season. I don’t know what went wrong. And to make it worse, the Red Sox are being picked as favourites to win the World Series.”

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, left his managerial position with Toronto in favour of the Sox this past year. Needless to say, his decision did not sit well with Jays fans. Adding insult to injury is that while the Jays finished dead last this year in the American League East, the Red Sox are division champions. These same Sox, by the way, finished dead last in the A.L. East in 2012.

“Hey, maybe that’s a sign of good things to come,” said another member of our staff with a sense of optimism that not too many of his counterparts seem to share, “If the Sox can pull it off, why can’t we? The Jays have to learn from their many blunders this year and bounce back strong next year. I’m thinking it’s time we get another new manager because Gibbons didn’t work out.”

John Gibbons returned to the Blue Jays in 2013 after a previous stint that saw him manage the team to a .500 winning percentage. Not exactly stellar numbers, his statistics as manager made many a Jays fan question the decision to have him come back. It’s questionable if he’ll be back next season. One thing is for sure though, the Jays need to do a lot more than just worry about their manager in 2014.

“Our division has gone from hard to harder,” offered our first rep, “The A.L. East is already known as the toughest division in baseball and now it’s even hard for the Yankees to compete. Every other team had a winning record this year except for us. If we’re going to get anywhere, we have to able to beat teams in our division. If not, we’re toast!”

Toronto sports fans need not worry too much about the unfortunate Blue Jays season. And that’s because the Toronto Maple Leafs season starts tomorrow! Appropriately getting things underway with a tilt against the rival Montreal Canadiens, the Leafs are kicking off the new season with more optimism than they’ve had in a very long time. Are they playoff bound again?

Most fans think so. And even though their heartbreaking loss to the Boston Bruins in last season’s opening round of the playoff still stings for many, Leafs fans are excited about the donning of a new era in Toronto. At Synergy Marketing, our ravenous sports fan-filled staff is certainly hoping that the Buds do a whole lot better than their baseball counterparts from down the street. Go Leafs Go!

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25 Jun

Blackhawks Win The Stanley Cup

Posted in News on 25.06.13 by John Meloche

hawksWell, it seems like Toronto Maple Leafs fans were able to get their revenge after all. Last night’s Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals saw a finish reminiscent of the Leafs’ last game of their season. In the opening round of the NHL playoffs, the Leafs lost a Game 7 that many thought would be an automatic win. That is, of course, because they were up 4-1 with about ten minutes to go in the third period.

Then, as hockey fans know all too well, the roof caved in. The Leafs gave up three goals – two of them in the dying seconds of the period – forcing an overtime period where they inevitably lost to the Boston Bruins. The Bruins, as we all know, went on to meet the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals. There were mixed emotions about The Bruins’ success in Toronto.

“I actually wanted them to win the Cup,” shared one of our Synergy associates last night, “That would actually make it look a lot better on the Leafs. The way I see it, it’s much better to be beaten by a legitimate champion than a random weak team. If the Bruins had been beaten in the next round, it would have made our loss look worse. The Leafs played well against a great team even in defeat.”

“Not me!” another team member quickly retorted, “Bruins fans got exactly what they deserved – a heartbreaking loss.” As mentioned, the finish of last night’s game could be seen as a bit of revenge for heartbroken fans of the beloved Buds. With under 90 seconds to go in the third period, Boston was up 2-1. With their goalie pulled, Chicago scored an equalizer.

Then the unthinkable happened. Just 17 seconds later, another goal! The tide was quickly turned. Boston had gone from being a minute away from forcing a Game 7 to losing the Stanley Cup in heartbreaking fashion. Undoubtedly, fans of the Bruins are feeling a sting quite similar to that of Leafs fans after their Game 7 collapse. The pain, however, may actually be a bit worse.

“(The Leafs loss) was in the opening round,” reminded our associate, “This is the Stanley Cup Finals. There is no worse game to lose. (The Bruins) may not have won the Cup (last night), but when you force a Game 7, anything can happen. It’s got to hurt knowing that you were so close. They had a good run, but that’s a tough way to lose. Two goals in a matter of seconds changed everything.”

Nevertheless, last night’s game marked the end of a very unique NHL season. Cut to 48 regular season games from the regular 82 following a lockout, the season was close to not even happening at all. It brought about some pretty interesting happenings including the Maple Leafs making it to the playoffs for the first time in nine years. Next season is bound to be an interesting one.

It will show what Synergy’s hometown team is really made of. The hope, of course, is that the Buds will not only make it to the playoffs but go a lot further than the first round. The picking up of goalie Jonathan Bernier in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings this week is perhaps, one sign that that will be the case. Only time will tell. For now, NHL hockey is done, and the Chicago Blackhawks have won!

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