Saturday, December 22, 2007

Leafs Season Weeks 8 and 9 in Review- Season 1 Episode 11

We're on a roll......

So here we go, episode 11 and still going. Nothing can stop us now! This week we discuss the Leafs wins over Tampa and Atlanta as well as the disappointing results against the Habs, Bolts and Canes (don't you just hate shortforms?). Things get a little out of hand and we talk over each other WAY too much, but hey, it's a process. Soon we will refine our art and snuggle deeply into our podcast niche. Chris tells us what he thinks about the dinosaurs in the media and his hate for Big Bert, James laments about the Leafs lack of progress, Wayne adds to his hit list for the firing squad, and Pundy mumbles stuff that none of us can hear. No one comes close to guessing Wayne's ability to spell Stastny. Anyways, enjoy everyone and we'll keep them coming and try to keep improving the show.

Any suggestions? Email them to us at

The mumbly men at Leafs Central... at Lunch!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Leafs Season Weeks 6 and 7 in Review- Season 1 Episode 10

Pundy, an introduction....

Sorry to our loyal band of listeners, we've been off for a couple of weeks. Dave, Wayne and James all were moving this last week, although Jamies move consisted of a bed and a bag of garbage. This episode we discuss the Leafs suck ass week as well as the complete opposite week where they win almost everygame. Included is a short rant on Chris' feelings on Scotty Neidermeyer (the douchebag). Listen carefully for the first swear of our show (it's an A-Bomb folks) dropped by Brian (probably edited) . We also get a new man on the job since Jamie keeps flaking out on us like the proverbial loser he is. That new man would be Pundy. What is a Pundy you may ask? Well, you'll get no answer from us, as we don't know either. What we can tell you is that he spends most camping trips throwing up and has a very pouty lip when playing poker. You can't tell on this show but Jamie and Wayne both have a feud with Pundy and it's friggin hilarious most of the time. We hope on a future show they battle it out, hissy fit girl style.......... to the death!

From the nomad men of Leafs Central... at Lunch!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Leafs Season Week 5 in Review- Season 1 Episode 9

Return of the Jamie

Jamie returns for his first shot at hosting and without the prudent Brian as well as Tlusty`s risky photos things go all to hell. With only one win in the four games the boys discuss, things become disparaging. To top it all off we don't have a Wayne's word due to technical difficulties.(sigh) With the rise of the dreaded Ottawa Senators, the boys discuss the odds of the rebel Maple Leafs upcoming attempt to usurp the evil Alfredsson and crush his Empire! The thermal exhaust port less than 1 meter wide on Darth Gerber seems to be their only hope. One in a Million! This episode sure is out of control, so hold on tight and let us know what you think when it`s all over and you pick up your dignity off the floor!

Send us a line.......

P.S: This one is going to come out much later than produced because of Spin Xpress problems, Sorry! When things go wrong they REALLY go wrong. (curse of the return of Jamie)

From the Rebels at Leafs Central... at Lunch!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Leafs Season Week 4 in Review- Season 1 Episode 8

James Who?

The gents at Leafs Central discuss the bitter lose to the Devils and Sens, with a win over the Habs as a delicious nuggety and chewy center. Hmmmmm Habs nuggety, chewy center! Last week Toskala was in for all 3 games as the Leafs bellwether, Find out what the hell a bellwether is and how many letters Wayner gets right in Tlusty! PLUS! Yes that's right, PLUS! we have an interview with Steve from NYRangersCast a podcast out of you guessed it, New York! We ask him some questions about the Rangers and their upcoming game versus the boys in blue this saturday.

Keep listening and please email us and say hello

We know you're out there..............

The Sexy Gents at Leafs Central... at Lunch!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Just a Short One! - Season 1, Episode 7

Just a quick preview of the Montreal game coming up on Saturday night. We talk to special guests Dave and Ben from Habscast out of Montreal to get their take on the Hab's start to the season.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Leafs Season Week 3 in Review- Season 1, Episode 6


The guys discuss the highs and lows of the past week of the Leafs campaign. With 2 commanding victories, hopes are high for turn around to the Leafs dissapointing start.

As always, we are very grateful for the support and feedback. Keep it coming!

The Leafs Central... at Lunch! crew

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Leafs Season week 2 in Review - Season 1, Episode 005

Welcome to Week 2 in Review! The 4 guys continue their desperate search for James, while discussing the progress (or lack thereof) of their Toronto Maple Leafs- with more clever rhyming! ("Week 2 in Review", see?)

The gang also is happy to have a special guest this episode- Dan the Man and his special breed of narrow-minded opinionated ramblings. Stick with him folks! He's just a little nervous in his first guest spot, he's trying to be polite.

Thanks everyone for the great feedback and comments, and please continue to stay tuned.

Go Leafs Go!

The Leafs Central... at Lunch! crew.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Leafs Season week 1 in Review - Season 1, Episode 004

The gang discusses the first week of activity for the Leafs. As well as all the news around the league.
Unfortunately , James couldn't be with us this week. So please send through your thoughts and well wishes so we can pass them on. Jamie Andrews, R.I.P. (Return Immediately, Please)

Also! You well hear Dave hoping that we were geniuses for our first over-the-phone production, but in fact it does rather suck. And not just because he screwed up the "Waynes Word" theme music. But thanks again for your patience and continued support while we work out all the little kinks.

All the best, and until next time, go Leafs go.

Leafs Central... at Lunch! crew.

Don't Change The Game, Change The Presentation

Ever since the lockout the big brains of the NHL have been trying to change the game to make it as entertaining as possible. Most of the new rules that have been instigated in the first year I am not opposed to. The tag up offsides for instance should have never been removed in the first place. However the attempt to eliminate the trap by removing the redline has been a failure. The reduction in size of the goalies equipment has made a change albeit a minor almost unnoticable one. The best thing they have done so far is crack down on obstruction. By doing so it has added many more powerplays on average per game and this is most likely the reason for increased scoring, but apparently it's not enough for the NHL. So now the suggestion of changing the net size is the new great idea and has even promted Luongo to threaten retirement if this happens. I for one agree with him, and not because I am a small sized goalie. Also they are thinking of moving to 4 on 4 for the entire game. This is all being done with the idea that adding more goals per game increases the entertainment value of the game. This may be true if you're watching live just waiting for the chance to jump up and cheer (after all you didn't pour out a ton of dough to not be able to do so). But for those watching on T.V the feeling is definitely different. I'm going to suggest that adding more goals per game does not neccesarily add to the entertainment of the game. How do you add to the experience and excitement of hockey then? I'm glad you asked.
Three words, cameras, cameras, cameras! Just look at how well the NFL uses cameras to bring the game closer and more intimate. It only makes sense, the closer you are to something, the more a part of it you feel. Add H.D and you almost feel like your in the game. The first place I would add a camera seems obvious to me. Put a camera on a track directly above the rink, dead center running parallel to the 200 feet of ice. Put the camera on a swivel and not facing directly down on the action rather on a 45 degree angle, so you can get right behind the players moving up and down the ice. If it's got a slight wide angle you should be able to get most of the ice width-wise. Make sure the camera is manually operated so someone watching can determine the best focal point.
The second place on the ice I would add a camera has already been used in the past, although it was used poorly. That is the helmet camera. Now they put the helmet camera on the goalie and my response to that is, who wants to see the goalies point of view? He doesn't ever skate or move and can't possibly showcase the games speed. Here's a better idea; With technology today they should be able to put several incredibly small camera's on a player's helmet. Put one on the front dead center and two on each side. Then with computers you can intergrate the 3-5 camera's so you can see a full view of what say, a Sidney Crosby sees as he skates down the ice. You would see what's in front of him and who he skates past in his perephrial vision. That should translate into what the full speed of the game is. Of coarse the channel carrying this camera would only be able to show short clips of this, however that is where the internet comes into play. Generate more internet hits by having an all Sidney Crosby view where you can watch the entire game if you want from Sid the Kids view, the Sid Cam!
Finaly my most controversial camera idea and one that is probably not possible. I think the behind the scenes is important to people who want the full scope of hockey. Camera's respectfully used in the dressing rooms between periods to see the coach giving advice or even reeming out the team would definitely be entertaining. Right now channels hosting the games have their between period segmants (yawn) so this would be an exclusive internet camera. That way you wouldn't have to force players and coaches to tone down the language. Of coarse this idea is not for the younger veiwing audience unless you were editing or bleeping everything live. Now this idea certainly apeals to a different type of audience. The Jerry Springer, WWE, reality T.V audience who don't give a rats ass what the satelite hotstove is talking about. In this area of entertainment you would need Jeremy Roenick type players who pretend like the camera isn't there and speak their mind no matter what!
I'm sure there are other camera ideas out there that can improve the interpreting of the speed and skill of the game, a feeling you usually lose when you go from watching live to watching on T.V. Bettmen just ask your good buddy Jerry for some suggestions, he is after all a filthy rich T.V producer that knows what it takes. Just for the love of the game, don't make the nets bigger or change the game anymore radically to so called improve the game!!!!! The game is great, people just need to see how great it is with a better presentation.
Chris Clarke

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Toronto Maple Leafs Preview- Season 1, Episode 003

Welcome to our very special 3rd episode of Leafs Central... at Lunch! in which we finally live up to our name. In episode 3 the guys focus on the Maple Leafs and their outlook for the 07/08 season.

We appreciate your feedback, comments and questions, so please keep sending them on- we'd love to have you on the show.

Until next time, thanks again for listening

The Leafs Central... at Lunch! crew.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Western Conference Preview- Season 1, Episode 1

Finally! Episode 1 is up and and ready for rapt attention. Here the guys preview the Western Conference in anticipation of the 2007/2008 season. Thanks for listening and don't forget to subscribe. Check back often for updates to this blog, because it still hasn't yet reached it's full sexy-potential.

Leafs Central... at Lunch! team

Saturday, September 29, 2007

NHL's New Gargoyle

For all of you who want to vote for the NHL's new gargoyle, the Ricci Award, here are a list of the candidates,

  • Rod Brind'amour (wayne)
  • Tomas Kaberle (brian)
  • Michael Handzus (dave)
  • Georges Laraque (jamie)
  • Ryan Miller (chris)
  • Pascal Leclaire
  • Eric Belanger
  • Marc-Antoine Pouliot
  • Evgeni Malkin
  • Phill Kessel
  • Alexander Radulov
  • Colby Armstrong

So please send in your votes to or if you think of someone that is not on our list, let us know and we will check it out. If it's worthy we will add it to our lists of mutants to vote for. Hopefully by the end of the year we will have crowned a new mutant gargoyle and the official Mike Ricci Award will be handed out,

"Isn't he hideous, isn't he a gargoyle

His face looks like a babies diaper soiled

Just when he thought things were peachy

He unanimously won the Mike Ricci!"

From the boys at Leafs lunch

Sporting News Fantasy Hockey Pool

For everyone that wants to join our pool here is the info you need. The site is and before you can get a team in our league you have to register an account. This is FREE so you just need a login name and a password, so you will need to have an email address as well. After this setup step go to the NHL Fantasy section. There you will have a choice of 2 different fantasy games. Choose the one that is free, NOT the Ultimate one, that cost money and we are not on that one. They will ask you then to make a name for your team, choose a name that is not taken. Click the get your free team button and then they will ask if you want to create a league, join an existing league or join a random league. Choose the Join An Existing League button. There you will search for our podcast league called Leafs Central (obviously under `L`). It is a basic pool and is open to join, no password needed. You will find our individual teams plus a group team for the guys at Leafs lunch. We are going to be alternating who controls the team week by week. Brian is first up and then each week one of us will be getting to use the 2 trades as our own to make crucial get it.

Thanks for joining and I hope you like the pool!
May the smartest G.M win! Hopefully not Wayner, but crazier things have happened.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Attention Ladies and Dudes!!

Apparently, my webmastery is hardly mastery at all.
It seems I goofed in the original RSS feed set up, so I had to do it all over again. So unfortunately those of you who have subscribed may have to resubscribe.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but I promise no more goof ups! Episodes 1 and 2 should be up and available for download. Check back soon for our special Leafs Preview episode, sometime before the regular season begins on Wednesday.


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Eastern Conference Preview- Season 1, Episode 002

Welcome to our first ever episode! Well, technically it is our 2nd episode, but its our first one available. We screwed up recording the first one already, so we have this up here as a test. So have a listen, but please be patient as we're still experimenting with this whole thing.

Thanks for listening, and come back often. Soon this blog will soon actually be worth visiting, as soon as we get it all up and running sexy-like.

The Leafs Central... at Lunch! team.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Wayner's Western and Eastern Conference Picks

Hey sweethearts, here's my picks for the West, baby

  1. Detroit
  2. Anaheim
  3. Vancouver
  4. Dallas
  5. Colorado
  6. San Jose
  7. Edmonton
  8. Calgary
  9. Colombus
  10. Phoenix
  11. St. Louis
  12. Minnesota
  13. Los Angeles
  14. Nashville
  15. Chicago


Now for the East, Oh yeah!

  1. Caroliina
  2. Pittsburgh
  3. Buffalo
  4. Toronto
  5. Rangers
  6. Ottawa
  7. Boston
  8. Montreal
  9. Philidelphia
  10. Atlanta
  11. Washington
  12. New Jersey
  13. Florida
  14. Tampa Bay
  15. Islanders

You heard it here first,

Super Wayner out!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Episode 1 word arguement

For all of you who don't know, there was an expression I (chris) used in Episode 1 that no one else had ever heard of and didn't think was a real word. The word expression used was in connection with Chris Chelios' amazing ability to continue playing hockey at such an old age. The expression was "juju" and here is an excerpt from wikipedia proving that I did indeed know what I was talking about and it is a real expression.
  • Juju Magic
    Juju is an aura or other magical property, usually having to do with spirits or luck, which is bound to a specific object; it is also a term for the object. Juju also refers to the spirits and ghosts in African lore as a general name. The object that contains the juju, or fetish, can be anything from an elephant’s head to an extinguisher. One of the most popular juju objects in West Africa, for example, is a monkeys hand. In general, juju can only be created by a witch doctor; few exceptions exist. Juju can be summoned by a witchdoctor for several purposes. Good juju can cure ailments of mind and body; anything from fractured limbs to a headache can be corrected. Bad juju is used to exact revenge, soothe jealousy, and cause misfortune. Contrary to common belief, voodoo is not related to juju, despite the linguistic and spiritual similarities. Juju has acquired some karmic attributes in more recent times. Good juju can stem from almost any good deed: saving a kitten, or returning a lost book. Bad juju can be spread just as easily; cheating on a test or any other disreputable act will evoke it. These ideas revolve around the luck and fortune portions of juju. The use of juju to describe an object usually involves small items worn or carried; these generally contain medicines produced by witchdoctors.

Well, I was close to right in my use of the expression but it is indeed an expression. Who knew? (other than me)

Pbbbbbbtttttt! Jog On!

Chris` Western and Eastern Conference Picks

Well, here are the Western and Eastern conference picks from Chris at Leafs lunch.

  1. Detroit
  2. San Jose
  3. Calgary
  4. Anaheim
  5. Vancouver
  6. Colorado
  7. Minnesota
  8. St. Louis
  9. Dallas
  10. Nashville
  11. Chicago
  12. Los Angeles
  13. Edmonton
  14. Colombus
  15. Phoenix

I picked Detroit to win their division for the seventh year in a row. Calgary may not be able to pull off the win of their division but I have hope that Keenan will be able to fix their home and away win descrepency. Anaheim's drop in points and the lose in division is because I don't believe they will be able to dominate without Scott or Teemu, not to mention fatigue from playing so late into summer and starting so early. However they still win home ice advantage. I feel strongly that St. Louis will make a return to the playoffs due mainly to their strong late season finish and that is all because of new coach Andy Murray. I also think that Colorado will return and only barely missed last year. Smyth will be a great contributer and Stastny will reach the 100 point plateau if not this year then very soon in his future. L.A and Chicago are on the way up and may place much higher than I predict, however I think that they will both be playoff bound and serious contenders within the next few years.

  1. Pittsburgh
  2. Ottawa
  3. Carolina
  4. Rangers
  5. Buffalo
  6. Toronto
  7. New Jersey
  8. Philidelphia
  9. Atlanta
  10. Tampa Bay
  11. Washington
  12. Florida
  13. Montreal
  14. Islanders
  15. Boston

Pittsburgh is ready to make that step to an elite team who contends for Presidents Trophies. Sydor is the solid D help they have needed with playoff experience to boot. Roberts getting a full season with the team will definitely help with even more secondary scoring and grit. Carolina was a fluke miss last year and will return to form this year. I expect to see Ward pick up his game and improve to show himself a true number one goalie. Buffalo`s slip is inevitable with their losses this summer. Rangers will lose the division title to Pittsburgh but it will be very close, perhaps within a point or two. Toronto has never missed more than 2 seasons in a row so will return to the playoffs and with a healthy point jump from last year. Philly will make a near record point jump and may even finish higher in the standings. I only picked NJ because of new coach Sutter and outstanding hall of famer Brodeur. If they don`t make it look for Atlanta, Tampa or maybe even Washington to take the last one or two spots.