Cleaning house

Good morning everyone,

Yesterday was gorgeous weather, wasn't it? And then last night when I was chilling out at home, I heard the spattering of rain on the balcony...but the good news is that it looks like it has already stopped. We may see a bit more rain today and tomorrow and then it should really warm up and we can expect a mix of sun and clouds and temperatures in the mid-20s from midweek. And then can you guess what will happen? If you guessed that I'll start complaining about the heat, you would be right! Ha ha!

Normally I try to find topics that are interesting for my students-so it's either some Japanese news or international news that has some connection to Japan-or at least something that you've already read or heard about in Japanese.

However, today I'm sorry, but I'm going to write about my local hockey team. If you are not interested in sports in general or hockey in particular, stop reading now, it won't be interesting for you.

But don't worry, I won't make a habit out of this, it's just that this particular season was a hard one to deal with...just so you understand what I'm talking about, I'll give you some background information.

My team is called the Toronto Maple Leafs. They are one of the most storied franchises in the National Hockey League (NHL). They have won the Stanley Cup 13 times-more than any other team except for the Montreal Canadiens. But they haven't won it since 1967-that's 48 years! Longer than I've been alive! Ha ha!

And to make it worse, they've only made the playoffs once in the last 10 years.

And to make matters worse, only 3 months ago, they were in 2nd place and since then, they went 9-28-5. That means they only won 9 of their last 42 games and ended up finishing 27th out of 30 teams in the league. It was their worst finish in over 20 years and yesterday, the day after the season ended, the president fired the General Manager and all the coaches and we can expect most of the veteran players to be gone too...(that's what 'cleaning house' means)

The season started with high expectations too...I don't know what went wrong, but it was sad to watch. I could barely listen to the games at the end, because the team was playing so badly.

So, it'll be a long off-season in Toronto and, with all of their star players being traded for draft picks and young players, the next 2 or 3 years won't be much better. It'd be nice to see the Leafs win the Stanley Cup once in my lifetime...

I'm sure some Carp fans feel the same way...hopefully, this will be the year that it happens in Hiroshima...

Have a great day!

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