These Brutal Playoffs: Is Hate the Right Word?

By E. Martin Nolan An Open Letter to NHL Players Brad Marchand: “The more we play each other, the more we hate each other.” Sidney Crosby: “I hate everyone on their team.” Dear NHL Players, Think about how people see you for a second. From the most skeptical perspective, you are grown men playing a…

In Hard Times, Leafs Nation Distances Itself from The Leafs

By E. Martin Nolan A follow-up to “Are the Toronto Maple Leafs a Public Institution? No (but Also Yes)” A professional sports team may have a genuine public aspect to it, but it looks a lot less like a public institution when it’s failing. Witness this year’s sad Toronto Maple Leafs. You’d be hard-pressed to…