Apologies to those expecting a review as the author had said something that warrants a reply and is too lame to put his e-mail address on amazon.ca so I can reply to him directly. Also, you have to love an author who is so full of himself to give himself five stars in a review of his own book. Yes, sir, that's total objectivity.
So I do a search on Customer Reviews trying to track down a title of a book I'd forgotten about and stumble on this Make Belief apologist whining about my review of his book. First of all, I can't even find any other reviews of his book, let alone mine. There is only his which is some lame attempt to fire back and justify putting Bryan McCabe on his all-time Laffs list of greats. Who reviews their own book and give themselves five stars?
So points per game is the criteria he uses to argue that McCabe is one of the 100 best Leafs? He played seven seasons with the Leafs and offensively had three seasons over that magic 50-pt mark. So four other seasons he was average at best.
Then if you look at comparable careers on hockey-reference.com, McCabe in his era was a Darryl Sydor, Fredrik Olausson or Teppo Numminen. All decent defencemen but would you consider them all-time greats? I'll give Numminen his due for a lengthy career and his international play and Sydor was a servicable d-man on some very good teams including Cup winners and Finalists.
Maybe that is what we should be talking about--how average the Leafs teams have been and how average players in the post-expansion era are giving gravitas by Leaf fans as being all that and a bag of chips. Sorry, I've watched McCabe play and, to me, the best comparison is Eric Brewer.Read more ›
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This is the author of Maple Leafs Top 100, Mike Leonetti, and I would like to comment on the review posted by someone nobody named Brian Maitland. Mr. Maitland's ignorance is truly appalling to me and to the panel of hockey experts who helped compile this book. These fine people, unlike Mr. Maitland, are in the hockey business and are very familiar with 80 years of Maple Leaf history. Not only is this book well researched and organized, it is a beautifully illustrated and produced work.
Any hockey fan can dispute the selctions the panel made - that is part of the whole idea. The reviewer takes issue with the selection of Bryan McCabe. Let me take a moment to inform those who do not take the time to look something up that McCabe was named an NHL All-Star in 2004 (second team), an honour granted by the hockey writers from across North America to only four blueliners. He is the first Leaf defenseman to earn such an honour since Borje Salming. As well, MaCabe's 68 point total in 2005-06 ranks as the fourth best in team history for a single campaign. In 469 games as a Maple Leaf, McCabe has recorded 274 points (78 goals, 196 assists) prior to the start of the 2007-08 season. That is slightly better than a point every other game - not bad for a rearguard. McCabe has also ranked high in every scoring stat for NHL defensemen in the last three years. If the idiot reviewer had taken the time to read the introduction to the book he would have noted that voting took place in the summer of 2006. As such how could McCabe not be on the all-time list?
If Mr. Maitland's point was to be funny or to sound like some sort of expert himself, he has missed on both counts. For an honest review of this book by real writers, go to the Windsor Star and look for Bob Duff's review or find Neil Stevens review for Canadian Press completed just recently.
Thanks to all hockey fans who buy my books - I appreciate it very much.
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