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07:24 AM ET 07.16 | Credit Tim Leiweke for his optimism, if not his vision. [Leiweke], the new chief of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., is so confident the Toronto Maple Leafs will soon end a 46-year Stanley Cup drought that he's already mapped a victory-parade route for the hockey team. "I have it planned out and it's going to be fantastic," Leiweke said [Monday] in his first interview since taking over the Toronto-based sports group, which owns the city's National Hockey League franchise. While employees at MLSE, which also owns the Raptors basketball team and Major League Soccer's Toronto FC, were a little shocked he mentioned winning the Stanley Cup so soon after starting the job on June 3, he said the company has to focus on results.

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July 16, 2013  08:03 AM ET

Interesting choice of picture.

July 16, 2013  08:19 AM ET

Leiweke... the new chief of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., is so confident the Toronto Maple Leafs will soon end a 46-year Stanley Cup drought that he's already mapped a victory-parade route for the hockey team


As a fan of a team who's mayor did this same type of thing in 2006... I can assure you that nothing good comes from it.

July 16, 2013  08:21 AM ET

Otis the Leafs and their fans defy all normal logic

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July 16, 2013  08:47 AM ET

Danny

I was born and raised in TOR. Lived there 37 years. I have spent the last 14 years "in the belly of the beast". I have found the CAN-US differences and similarities a fascinating study.

The following involves sweeping generalizations and is based on my observations.

Your post #4 illustrates perfectly one of the key differences between Canadians and Americans. Your response is the quintessential CAN view. Canadians have a pathological aversion to outward displays of confidence. Americans are prone to them. Canadians find outward displays distasteful. Americans embrace them, and expect them from their leaders.

Which approach is "better"? Of course, there is no right answer to that. Words without actions are hollow, actions without words are oftentimes unnoticed.

Americans and Canadians are very similar, but this is one of the key differences between the 2 cultures.

Bottom line is, hire an American, this is what you get. If you want the person you are describing, hire a Canadian.

July 16, 2013  08:53 AM ET

They also found an olde map Lord Irk drew for the parade route...it stopped at every pub in Toronto in a sort of snakey, wavy line

July 16, 2013  08:54 AM ET
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DannyI was born and raised in TOR. Lived there 37 years. I have spent the last 14 years "in the belly of the beast". I have found the CAN-US differences and similarities a fascinating study. The following involves sweeping generalizations and is based on my observations.Your post #4 illustrates perfectly one of the key differences between Canadians and Americans. Your response is the quintessential CAN view. Canadians have a pathological aversion to outward displays of confidence. Americans are prone to them. Canadians find outward displays distasteful. Americans embrace them, and expect them from their leaders.Which approach is "better"? Of course, there is no right answer to that. Words without actions are hollow, actions without words are oftentimes unnoticed.Americans and Canadians are very similar, but this is one of the key differences between the 2 cultures.Bottom line is, hire an American, this is what you get. If you want the person you are describing, hire a Canadian.

+1
I could never imagine a Canadian saying 'we're the greatest country in the history of the world"...but Americans do it regularly

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July 16, 2013  09:01 AM ET

So, the Leafs hired Leiweke for his navigational skills. They could have paid a lot less for a GPS.

July 16, 2013  09:03 AM ET
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Interesting choice of picture.

My first thought was...no one can take this Cup talk seriously with that picture, and a C sewn on his sweater.

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July 16, 2013  09:06 AM ET
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+1I could never imagine a Canadian saying 'we're the greatest country in the history of the world"...but Americans do it regularly

That's cuz Merica is the best. If you say different I'll punch in the nose...while holding my triple bacon cheeseburger.

July 16, 2013  09:07 AM ET
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+1I could never imagine a Canadian saying 'we're the greatest country in the history of the world"...but Americans do it regularly

During the World War I & II eras, Americans displayed evidence to support those claims. Today's Americans are the arrogant lazy great great grandchildren of that once-great nation.

Also, there is a gray area through the northern US where those Canadian and American values blend together.

July 16, 2013  09:07 AM ET
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Eh, Don Cherry's around here somewhere...

that's one of the things I despise about the "American" attitude. And it's particularly worse here in NYC, because NY'ers think this is the greatest city in the world...so I get to hear double doses of this nonsense.
I seem to remember an olde quote, I think it was Cato the Elder:
"I would rather people ask why I have no monument than why I have one"...nothing wrong with a touch of genuine humility

July 16, 2013  09:08 AM ET
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Rumour de jour yesterday was Edmonton wanted him (like I said they would a few months back). I could see something big happening here.

Trade him to the Devils straight up for Kovy.

July 16, 2013  09:09 AM ET
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My first thought was...no one can take this Cup talk seriously with that picture, and a C sewn on his sweater.

Yep, that's where I was going.

July 16, 2013  09:09 AM ET
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During the World War I & II eras, Americans displayed evidence to support those claims. Today's Americans are the arrogant lazy great great grandchildren of that once-great nation.Also, there is a gray area through the northern US where those Canadian and American values blend together.

you know, for some years, and including those you mention, we were indeed on the right track. But that so-called "greatest generation" came back from fighting opression and hate overseas, only to perpetuate some of the same types of bigotry and hatred that we were supposed to be trying to stop.

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July 16, 2013  09:10 AM ET
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Also, there is a gray area through the northern US where those Canadian and American values blend together.

We call them slow Minnesotans.

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