Most minutes by a team in a season? 
4 out of the Leafs first 6 games have gone into OT. This makes me wonder... is there some standing record for the most minutes played by an NHL team in a season?

Congrats to Mats on the stellar goal! I couldn't watch the game but it really doesn't get much better than that for a 500th goal... shorthanded... in OT... to complete a hat trick!

And finally... GO TIGERS!!! They took out the big guns in NY so they should be able to make short work of their slow, overshadowed cousin, the Mets.

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Is Insulation an Inhalent? 
Is Insulation an Inhalent? I'm guessing it's not. I'm sure I inhaled litres of the stuff last night and didn't even get a headrush.

I probably shaved a few years off my lifespan though.

Crawling around in an attic filled with fluffy cloud-matter that sends off masses of dust and fibres whenever you touch it really isn't as fun as it sounds.

Of course, I DID find the 1996 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition up there along with an autographed picture of Paul Tracy

Hooray for small victories.

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No More Yankees!! 
Go Tigers!! Nice to see the big spenders knocked out in the first round.

It's the least we can hope for after they take our hopes for a division title away every year with their massive payroll. Heart can win in the post season but statistics will generally rule the regular season and statistically, they're pretty hard to beat.

Go Tigers!!

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Go Leafs Go!!! 
Just excited that hockey season starts tonight. Can't wait to see what Domi's contribution to TSN will be...

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Passing on Small Highways 
This is in response to this past weekends letters in the Star Wheels Section.

Specifically, to this letter by John Mason:

On many two-lane highways the road expands to permit passing. The problem is at the end when there is a merge back to two lanes. Who should allow the other vehicle in?

In Newfoundland, we are left in no doubt. The left lane has the words YIELD painted on it.

In other areas, drivers are left in doubt. In Ontario, the dotted line continues to the shoulder.

So the choice for a driver who has moved right to allow passing is to push sideways, or slow down, or stop, or to stay in the lane, be forced onto the shoulder and eventually into the rhubarb. And this does happen.

It makes sense to me that the vehicle that has moved over to permit a faster vehicle to pass should have right of way. The passing vehicle the vehicle that is probably over the speed limit should be responsible to care for the vehicle overtaken. Newfoundland has it right!

John Mason, Nobel

I think John, or perhaps myself, misunderstands the reason for the widening of smaller highways to allow for passing. Maybe we can hash this out here.

Markham road north of the city is a good example of this. For the most part, the road is a 2 lane highway but around many intersections with traffic lights, it opens up to 4 lanes to allow for passing. John implies that slower traffic should move to the right and allow faster traffic to pass but I believe the opposite to be true. I believe the road opens to allow through traffic to pass slower drivers and, more importantly, those who are waiting at the intersection to make a left turn where no left-turn lane is provided.

While slower drivers simply continue in the continuing lane, faster traffic is provided this opportunity to pass them in the temporary right hand lane. While this may contravene the practice used on expressways, I don't believe that "left lane hogging" logic applies since the right lane is quite short and temporary. It cannot be expected that slower traffic would pull into it.

With all this in mind, I believe it is the responsibility of those in the right lane, which is ending, to safely merge to the left. Since it is their lane that is ending, and not that of the drivers in the left lane, it is up to them to find a suitable spot to safely merge. Those in the left lane are not changing lanes. Their lane continues. Those in the right are changing lanes and thus have the responsibility to do so properly.

They should act exactly as they would on an expressway onramp. If they actually make it to the point where the dotted line ends their lane, then they've already failed to merge properly and it's their own fault that they now have to wait for an opening in traffic to safely pull in.

People in this province seem to have no clue when it comes to proper merging. I believe that as soon as you know that your lane is ending, you should be looking for a proper space to merge and matching speed with the traffic you're trying to merge into. Anyone that gets to the end of their merging lane without doing so has given up their right to courtesy from the lane they're attempting to join.

While I am quite happy to allow merging traffic to pull in front of me, I will not allow it at the end of their lane. At that point, they have already failed as drivers and for all I care, they can drive themselves into the wall if they don't feel like stopping and waiting for an opening.

Whether it's from their lack of driving know-how or their selfish attempts to get just a few car-lengths ahead in the other lane, they've expended their space to manoeuvre and are now on their own to deal with the consequences.

In all my years of driving, it is a most rare occurance that I've found myself in that predicament through no fault of my own and I refuse to accept that I am simply the luckiest merger alive.

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