Damien Cox, Sept. 2, 2008:This certainly isn't a first for the Toronto media, most of whom decided long ago that the Leafs are always wrong even if they're right. I pointed out a similar double-take by Howard Berger a few weeks ago.
‘Can’t say this is a bad trade for the Leafs…’
Damien Cox, Sept. 3, 2008:
‘McCabe deal a bad one for Leafs.’
After all, the name of the game in Toronto is relentless criticism of everything Leaf-related, even if you have to twist yourself into a logical pretzel to do it. It's the third thing they teach you in Toronto sports journalism school, right after the number "1967" and the phrase "draft schmaft".
But to his credit, Cox is still the king. His good trade/bad trade switcheroo today wasn't even the only one in his column. Have a look:
"First, second and third rounders were sacrificed to move up two slots in the draft to acquire the rights to Luke Schenn."Wow, what a dummy Fletcher is! He traded all those picks just to move up from seventh to fifth. Two lousy spots! No wonder Cox has been hammering the Schenn trade every single chance he gets for the past three months.
Oh wait, what do we have here, in this column from January?
"The overall strategy, don't forget, has to revolve around getting top five picks both in the 2008 and '09 entry drafts..."So the overall strategy has to focus on landing a top five pick... but when Fletcher trades up to get exactly that pick, he's a dunce.
Cox argues one side, then changes his mind a few months later. And he thinks we're too dumb to notice.
Gee, no wonder he gets along with Mats Sundin so well.