Yes, ladies and gentlemen, something very sudden and spectacular has happened here in the General Area. Yet another milestone has been reached, another mountain has been climbed, another obscure and minor achievement for this humble, new-born blog. In honour of this tremendous occasion, we would like to celebrate by dedicating this post exclusively to you. Yes, you. Your voice in your head. You. Thank you being here and for participating in the poll. Your vote really counts and helped to make all this happen.
We're not sure anymore, but we think the poll to determine who is the Least Memorable Leaf Player To Score An Overtime Goal In The Playoffs has been with us since June the 2nd. The subject was touched on briefly in the very first post (see Game Six, 1999, 1995) on this blog, which indeed, was the inspiration for the poll that is still with us today. Like a baby learning to take its first few steps, many of our early posts were followed by a "ThumP!" sound and then some crying. However, on June 24th, our first glorious milestone was reached, as the poll eclipsed double-digits! Ten votes seemed like a break-through at the time, and I remarked in the comment section that we would celebrate again when we reached 50. I never thought we would hit that target so soon, or at all, actually. It was just a joke.
At this time I'd like to give credit where credit is most certainly due. First of all to Greener, from He Score, He Shoot! whose urging and advice no doubt led to our exponential growth in the ballot casting results. Secondly, we'd like to once again acknowledge PensionPlanPuppets for hosting the awesome site that Greener was guest-posting on that day, a site that, like you, I visit fanatically, and is probably responsible for 99% of any traffic the General Area gets. So, cheers to PPP and Greener and You!
Finally, an announcement: The poll remains open until December 31st, however I am declaring it now a two-man race between Cory Cross and Randy Wood. The answer is obviously not going to be Gary Valk, even though that is who I voted for. So I'd like to disqualify Valk or eliminate him or something, and I would if I could, but I can't alter or edit the poll, so this is what I suggest: Since you are able to change your vote at any time, anyone who has voted for Gary Valk, please transfer your vote over to Cory Cross, and let's try to make this interesting! Congratulations, I guess, goes to Gary Valk and his family for not being selected the Least Memorable Leaf Player To Score An Overtime Goal In The Playoffs.
Spoiler Alert! In case there is anybody out there who's still a little hazy about Valk's goal, it occurred in the second round of the playoffs, in 1999, against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The goal clinched the series for the Leafs on the road in 6 games, returning them to the Final Four for the first time since 1994. In net for the Penguins was Tom Barrasso, who couldn't control the rebound, allowing Valk to lunge headfirst and spear the puck into the back of the net. Basically, it looked like the picture below. Now you'll never forget.
So, it's Cory Cross vs. Randy Wood. Who is the Least Memorable Leaf Player To Score An Overtime Goal In The Playoffs? Please vote in the Poll, or change your mind and vote again. Make your voice heard. After all, this post was dedicated to you!