This one's for all of my fellow Leafs fans. Chances are highly likely that you're familiar with Steve "Dangle" Glynn. If not, don't fret and prepare to fall in love. He has a popular YouTube channel, goofy hockey podcast, and works at Sportsnet. Social media and interaction are his thing.
I had the pleasure of chatting with him over the summer about the Leafs' past, present and future as well as his book "This Team Is Ruining My Life (but I Love Them): How I Became A Professional Hockey Fan". You can grab that here. Check out the Q&A below:
How did you feel about the Leafs’ performance against Boston in the playoffs last season?
The Leafs’ performance against the Bruins their series, overall, was great. That made their performances in Game 6 and Game 7 even more confusing and disappointing. This is easily the most disappointing of their three recent playoff losses to Boston. In 2013 they shouldn’t have even made the playoffs and in 2018 they were trying for a miracle comeback yet again. This year? They had them. Twice. Seeing where Boston is now doesn’t make me feel better about the Leafs’ performance, it makes it feel like a blown opportunity.
What changes need to be made so that we can finally have that highly talked about Stanley Cup parade?
The Leafs need to coordinate from the front office down, which I’m not convinced they do. Give Matthews his setup man (Nylander) back. Get a decent right-handed D who can move the puck. Get a backup goalie you trust. That sounds like a lot but I’m really talking about adding like two or three guys, not even stars, and playing your best players with your other best players. If they do that, they have a shot.
Did you learn anything new about yourself and your love for this team while writing your book?
I definitely learned more about myself than the team. I spend lots of time reflecting about the Leafs but probably not enough time reflecting on my own life. The book forced me to do that. I let go of a lot of resentment. There were some people who I resented a bit because I misinterpreted their guidance when I was younger, and when I realized that, I resented myself. Not I can look back on it all and take it for what it is: Part if the journey. It’s also amazing how much easier it is to remember things when you write them down.
I am excited to share with you a series of Q&As that I did (with the generosity and help of Ken Hadall) featuring raw conversations with professional athletes breaking down who they are outside of their sports and accomplishments. My goal is that by the end of each interview you'll be able to relate to them in some way and view them as humans. This first one is a beauty.
A Champion of causes: Fearlessly defending underdogs of all walks of life, former Chicago Blackhawk Stanley Cup Champion Brent Sopel is no longer hiding “behind the stick” as he reveals his own hidden challenges. The battles that he fought on the ice left visible scars…but the invisible wounds he suffered cut deeper. Brent's personal story has directed him towards a path of advocating for others who are struggling with similar obstacles. As a result, Brent’s mission is to be:
Check out our Q&A below:
Describe yourself in one word.
What did you learn about yourself throughout your career?
I truly found out who I really was .
Did what you value change from when you started compared to now?
How would you define success?
Feeling good about the job you did.
Do you have a system that you use to achieve your goals?
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Focus on being true to yourself .
What does “charity” mean to you?
Helping anyone who needs.
Though it may seem like yesterday, hockey has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
I was born and raised in a Toronto Maple Leafs cheering household. Most nights you could find my dad clapping and yelling at the TV either because he was rooting for the players in his hockey pool or expressing disappointment in their performance. I actually wrote a speech about it appropriately titled “My Hockey Loving Dad” in grade 6 and made it to the public speaking semi-finals.
Hockey has always served as a bonding activity between my dad and I (along with nacho and Dairy Queen dates). I went to my first Leafs game when I was 9 and they lost to the Atlanta Thrashers (now known as the Winnipeg Jets), but I was still thrilled because he had a lot of players on that team and got points. Now, I’ll shoot him a dirty look if he cheers for the Leafs’ opponent even though I wore a Vegas jersey to Scotiabank Arena when they played them.
I’ve always had a passion for all things entertainment which led me to pursue a career in that field. It’s presented me with some amazing opportunities from the day I started including appearing on TMZ Live every month to comment on the latest celebrity train wreck. About a year ago, things started to change in the industry and I was losing that loving feeling I once had for what I do.
Movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp were blowing up and Trump became president leading the realms of politics and entertainment to come together as one. It ruined award season - something that I would normally refer to as the most wonderful time of the year. I needed a break from all of that and turned to sports.
The one thing that I love about sports and the people who work in sports is that there’s barely any bullshit. I mean, you have the trade rumours, the front office shakeups, and all that fun stuff, but I don’t think it compares to how much crap and drama there is in entertainment.
I felt like sharing this reflection was the perfect way to open this new chapter and kick off the relaunch. I am so excited to share with you all of the things I've been working on while this site was offline!
Exciting changes are coming!
As I continue to grow personally and professionally, so will The Saverina Scozzari Collective brand hence why I feel that it's time to go offline. This is only temporary as this time will be used to create new and meaningful content to share when the website relaunches in September.
This past year has brought on so many changes. My health has taken me on one hell of a ride, I've somehow found myself working in sports (more on that when I return), I hosted and produced five episodes of "Keeping Up with Sav" (set to air on Cable 14 in May), I'm back as a correspondent on TMZ Live, and I've finally been able to use my platform for good by getting involved with charities supporting causes close to my heart. I want to keep setting and achieving new goals, so I feel that time away from the World Wide Web is a must right now.
The next few months will be spent creating new content - #SavMeetsWorld will be making a comeback along with some very personal blog posts reflecting on the journey I've been on and the lessons I've learned. My social media feeds will be a tad quieter than normal, but it will all be worth it.
I can't thank you all enough for the support I've received over the years and looking forward to what the future has in store.
See you all in a few months!
Canadian rapper Duane (D.O.) Gibson, an Ontario based motivational speaker and certified artist will be celebrating Black History Month by embarking on the Stay Driven, Black Canadian 36-date school tour. Each show is a one-hour assembly that combines speaking with live performances to engage the audience while delivering a solid message.
Stay Driven, the Black Canadian presentation specializes in Black Canadian History. D.O. talks about Viola Desmond who stood up for her rights by sitting down at a segregated movie theatre in Nova Scotia. Desmonds’ likeness is now featured on the Canadian ten-dollar bill. He talks about freedom fighter Josiah Henson, a slave that travelled the Underground Railroad for freedom in Canada, became a land owner, and helped other free and empower other blacks. The presentation is interactive, and he gets the students rapping along to a negro spiritual. Finally, he calls upon volunteers to play a game of “name that tune” to highlight black music contributors.
Check out my Q&A with Duane below:
What are your goals for the Black Canada school tour?
I really want kids to learn more about Black Canadian history. Too often schools focus on the same people – Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks. It’s great that people are starting to learn about Viola Desmond, but I’m still finding that only some people know about her. We have a lot of history in this country, and I’m glad that I get to share it with the youth.
How can we learn more and become better as a society?
I think that one of the greatest lessons of Black History is that when you are faced with adversities you have an opportunity to respond instead of react. I think that is a universal message. When you are growing up sometimes kids say mean things, you might want to react and fight back with your words or even with your fists. When you hear about stories of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Viola Desmond and Jackie Robinson you realize that the best way to stand up is not to lose your cool.
Do you see this tour expanding outside of Ontario?
I’m excited for an upcoming three-work tour in April in B.C. I’ve had the opportunity to tour there the last few years and its been great seeing the Island, Vancouver, and all the way up to Kamloops and Prince George so this Spring its going to be fun to go back.
What’s next for you for the Spring and Summer?
After my spring tour in B.C. I will be heading to the Netherlands for a tour and then out to France. So it’s going to be a busy few months. The summer is also when we do our music conference Northern Power Summit. This will be the fourth year and it’s been great to put on a premiere urban music conference in Toronto.
For more on Duane and his tour, click here.