The scoop business: why insiders have to be outsiders.

Does this man look eager to give away confidential information?

I spent 25 years in the print media. The last six came as a sports columnist for the Toronto Sun.

The Sun was built on three pillars: sports stories, crime stories and stories that serviced a loony right-wing ideology.

It was a great place to work, full of smart, wonderful people. You might not agree with Peter Worthington’s stance on the military but he sure loved his Blue Jays.

I also worked at the National Post, another newspaper staffed by iconoclastic, brilliant, ambitious ...

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Cardinal Dons Leafs Sweater At Vatican


The Leafs have friends in high places.

Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins donned a personalized Maple Leafs sweater in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Thursday. He is one of 23 bishops in Rome this week preparing for elevation into the College of Cardinals.

“It’s safe to say there are more than a few Toronto Maple Leafs fans in the pews of our parishes in the Archdiocese of Toronto,” Collins said in an Archdiocese release.

“This is a fun way to let them, and all Catholics in our diocese, know that I am ...

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Why superstars are usually a bargain. Honest!

This is what you get for three inconsequential players, $15 million and three first-rounders. Just sayin'.

Who should the Maple Leafs be willing to trade to land a franchise player?


Ok, anyone except for Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf and Jake Gardiner.

By anyone, I mean anyone  else.

Package the rest however you like but spare those three because each has the chance to someday be as impactful a player as anyone you are likely to get.

So would you deal James Reimer, Matt Frattin, Nazem Kadri or the superb Joffrey Lupul. Got to give ...

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Tucker Jersey Up For Grabs Tonight


As the Maple Leafs homestand continues, during tonight’s #TMLtalk you could win a signed Darcy Tucker jersey courtesy of The Keg by having the #TMLtalk Tweet Of The Night.

To enter for your chance to invite three friends to watch the Leafs take on New Jersey March 23 at The Keg with former Leaf Darcy Tucker just Like The Keg on Facebook

To enter make sure that you are following @mapleleafs on Twitter and include #TMLtalk in your tweets to be eligible to win.

There are some rules and regulations for the #TMLtalk Tweet Of ...

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Gunnarsson Hurt During Practice


The Maple Leafs were back on the ice early Monday morning before heading out on a three-game Western Canada road trip. The trip begins in Calgary Tuesday (9pm, Sportsnet, AM640).

During practice, defenceman Carl Gunnarsson collided with Jay Rosehill and fell awkwardly into the boards. He had to be helped off the ice and there was no immediate word on whether Gunnarsson would be in the lineup against the Flames.

“We’re not sure,” Ron Wilson said on the severity of the injury. “He’s going to need an image on it so we will ...

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Sundin takes his place among the stars

Mats Sundin acknowledges the crowd moments before his number 13 was raised to the rafters at Air Canada Centre.

They put him where they should have, sandwiched between Borje Salming, the gold standard for Swedes and George Armstrong, the tireless plugger pulled from the nickel belt.

Mats Sundin is now the subject of a covert understanding among newly-minted Maple Leafs. Henry Ford said the Model T came in any color you would want –as long as it was black. New players, and there may be a few more after last night’s ...

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Win An Autographed Sundin Jersey

With the Maple Leafs honouring former captain Mats Sundin tonight as the number 13 is raised to the rafters, we will also be recognizing his career on #TMLtalk. Tonight’s Tweet Of The Night winner will take home a SIGNED Mats Sundin jersey with the limited edition patch the Leafs will wear on their jerseys tonight all courtesy of Real Sports Apparel. 

To enter all you need to do is follow @mapleleafs on Twitter and include #TMLtalk in your tweets during the game for a chance to win.

You can purchase the Mats ...

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Smile You’re Going To Be On Camera


Tonight, not only will the Maple Leafs be honouring former captain Mats Sundin by raising his number 13 to the rafters but an ultra high resolution, 360 degree, interactive image inside the bowl of Air Canada Centre will be taken during the first period that will allow fans to tag themselves and share it through Facebook, Twitter or email.   

On Sunday, fans at the game will be able to tag themselves or if you aren’t at the game you can look for friends who will be at the game. If you are ...

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Sundin spanned the gap between goodness and greatness.

Mats Sundin acknowledges the crowd at a Leafs home game.

Up close or in private the chasm between the good and the great is not a theory.

It is a daily fact and it thrived in Toronto over 13 seasons.

Mats Sundin’s greatness, evident to all, was felt most keenly up close. His presence, titanic to those closest to him, sometimes dissipated by the time it reached the fan.

The less you know of Mats Sundin, the more you may be prone to doubt him and the underlying arguments against his standing as ...

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Second Sundin Prize Pack Awarded Tonight


With the Mats Sundin banner raising just three days away, tonight’s #TMLtalk Tweet Of The Night winner will take home plenty of Sundin merchandise.

What does the prize pack include?

Mats Sundin hoody
Mats Sundin banner raising T-shirt
Mats Sundin toque
Mats Sundin banner raising puck
Mats Sundin banner raising travel mug
Mats Sundin raising four pack glass set
Mats Sundin limited edition canvas

The Mats Sundin collection is now available at Real Sports Apparel. You can get tons of great items including jerseys, sweaters, scarfs and more. Just visit Real Sports Apparel today.

To enter all you need to do ...

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