Why the Toronto Maple Leafs did NOT Draft in 1965?

Really, who cares? Right? I wonder how many Maple Leafs fan even know the Leafs didn’t draft in 1965… let alone why?

I didn’t know, though there was no reason I should have known. I like NHL hockey but not THAT much to know such trivia. I wouldn’t have cared, either, except that in doing my first post for a Athletic Analytics, a sports analytics blog I’m starting with JavaScript visuals I can’t embed here, I saw an anomaly in the visual. Curiosity then got the better of me.

In the first post about the number of drafts in which NHL teams participated, I saw that the Toronto Maple Leafs had one fewer year of participation than the other five Original Six teams. I’m not a hockey historian but I know the Leafs had been around long before 1963 when the drafts started, so what was going on?

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NFL Draft Style Pro Bowl Reactions, Anyone?

The NFL just held its first draft style Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

  • There were lots of great hits and hard plays, not just half efforts you see in some other years.
  • Also tons of interesting dynamics of teammates versus each other, doling out some pretty awesome hits, no less.
  • Great two minute drills at the end of every quarter, including the last one down to the last second that saw Jerry Rice’s team beat Deion Sanders’ team 22-21 in a two point convert and missed field goal all in the past two minutes.

I LOVED IT!!! Did you?

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What if Work Employed Drafts, Trades, Waivers and Free Agency like Sports?

The 2012 NFL draft is tonight. Players will be drafted out of school. Players will be traded for positions and picks. Players will be kept or let go to free agency pending who gets picked up. It all generates a huge amount of hype, no matter which sports draft you’re talking about. And that got me thinking… what would that be like in the work force?

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