Thursday, October 31, 2013


This past weekend I began the semi-annual process of updating my closets for work.  Out went the short sleeved shirts, in went the long sleeves.  While doing that I came across my Maple Leafs jersey.  11 games into the season, and I hadn't even brought it out of the closet.  Shame on me.

So, with the Leafs battling the Penguins on Saturday night, on it went.  And after a slow start, the Leafs won 4-1.  Tuesday night, the Leafs were in Edmonton, and even though I wasn't able to watch the game, I listened to it while donning the same Leafs jersey.  A 4-0 win over the Oilers.

I felt a pattern was starting to develop, so I wore the jersey again yesterday while listening to the Leafs play in Calgary.  A 4-2 win over the Flames, and I'm starting to wonder if I should ever remove the jersey on game days.

Now you may think I'm becoming a bit superstitious, but that's far from the case.  I just want my team to win, and I'm doing what I think is necessary in order to aid that purpose.  I've never been one to believe in superstitions.  I have no qualms walking underneath ladders. I'll chase black cats that walk in my path. I stepped on all the cracks in the sidewalk when I was a kid. I have never worried about opening an umbrella indoors.  Break a mirror?  A necessary evil if you've ever seen this bloggers ugly mug...

I've never been afraid of the #13 either.  What's the big deal about the number anyways?  So what if there's 13 steps that lead up to the gallows?  Friday the 13th is just another day of the month on the calendar.  Yes, I know of the religious tones surrounding the #13, but I will not go there...

People worry too much about superstitions.  I wonder if Mats Sundin wore 13 just to spite everyone...

Look at the guy, defiantly wearing the number that many North American people are afraid of.  Look where it got him, 564 career goals, and probably one of the top 5 players to wear the blue and white (IMO).

Why did I show this particular card you may ask?  It is from the 1999-2000 MVP silver signature parallel set, a set that I am going to try and finish off next weekend when I hit the Expo in Toronto.  I've had a bit of trouble locating the last 6 cards I need to finish off the set recently, and I'm hoping that I'll get lucky up there.

Who knows?  Maybe one of you non-superstitious bloggers out there may have cards #'d 8,48,131,133,161,210, or any combination thereof to help a fellow blogger out.  Even if I'm not able to finish the set while I'm there, just the mere ability to walk around for 2 days surrounded by the incredible number of hockey cards, and collectors, will give me chills. 

Only 8 days to go....I can't wait.

Thanks for reading, Robert


  1. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH - don't jinx it ! You see how I've avoided talking about the Leafs winning so far this season ? SHHHHHHHHHH !!! MLSE has to run the clubs into the ground - 1st the Leafs, then the Raptors and finally Toronto FC - slowly dying. (actually, I have been relishing listening to the games by network. )

    With Detroit joining the East, it will only get tougher to make the play-offs. GO LEAFS !

  2. I always wore 13 when I played. It was a way to get into the head of the other team. Make them look at me and wonder why I would pick such a number.

  3. I know I have a small handful of those silver sigs somewhere. If I can find them I'll check to see if I have any you need.