Pension Plan Puppets Podcast

By Chemmy, PPP and MF37

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Pension Plan Puppets (PPP) is an independent blog run for and by fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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PPP Podcast 21: Better Late than Never
We're back! And maybe someday even on a consistent and regular basis! We're so damn enigmatic but hopefully when we do show up, we do bring our best. Today's podcast, while old, still holds up on the topics that we discussed which are (in no particular order so drumroll please): How hard it is to take Dion Phaneuf seriously with his funny voice. That one hit a little close to home The Leafs motto and the Raptors Talking about Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer Carlyle's brilliant coaching where a win means that the team worked hard and a loss means that the team needs to work harder. That guys in the NHL that are on the bubble obviously work hard The team's defensive woes in the context of how difficult it is for elite players such as a former Norris Trophy winner to teach The need to adapt as a coach The Leafs' peers historically possession and shots against-wise and how frustrating it is that the talent level on this team isn't translating into results on the ice The downfall of being a smartass when discussing: would you rather the Leafs win or would you rather be right The David Clarkson contract debacle and how Clarkson isn't Tucker and musing about how the Leafs can possibly say that Clarkson wasn't brought in to score goals The whole Steve Simmons e-mail hilarity which was recent Good media guys. It's true, they exist A fun little tidbit about friend of the blog Eric Tulsky and his restraint when dealing with trolls The Dez Bryant debacle and how he was initially ripped to shreds for being a bad teammate and how the audio revealed the exact opposite. It just highlighted how hard it is to know anything about what happens with the players and how it applies to Phil Kessel on 24/7 as well as how it relates to Kadri's season, his grandfather's illness, and statistical analysis in general. Favourite scenes of 24/7 thus far which came before "David Clarkson: Defender of Water Bottles" and "Good One Randy! Good One!" How much fun it was to hear Sidney Crosby and Dion Phaneuf talking to the refs and other behind the scenes audio The Leafs' slump and how they survived and how their January might go (not that bad after all!) The Leafs meltdown and the Bruins meltdown and how the former affected the Leafs Musical Interludes Aloe Blacc - Loving You Is Killing Me John Hiatt - I Don't Even Try Dead Kennedys - Kill The Poor Bill Morrissey - Barstow Todd Snider - Statistician's Blues Joe Henry - The Man I Keep Hid Steely Dan - Hey Nineteen Dinosaur Jr - Feel The Pain
Jan 22, 2014
PPP Podcast 20: Twenty Podcasts and We're Not Broke (Yet)
Things mf37 would be happy to talk about: Carlysle and TOI Cox as Burke's mouthpiece - trading of kessel, Halak, draft plans (he tweeted about the draft today) We always shit on the media - who do we actually like to read? Ask Forbes what the music is.
Mar 29, 2012
PPP Podcast 19: Positivity, Questions, Answers
In this week's PPP Podcast we tried really hard to be positive. Naturally that involved not talking about the Leafs. Tune in for: Chemmy reads Laffy Taffy jokes The gang groans audibly The team gives up on the podcast and answers questions on twitter Music: Jimmy Cliff, Wonderful World Beautiful People Magnetic Fields, Crazy for you but not that crazy The Shins, We Will Become Silhouettes The Silver Jews, Slow Education
Mar 26, 2012
PPP Podcast 18: The Maple Leafs "Play to 8!"
It's PPPPodcast 18 where Chemmy, PPP, and I discuss: Trashing the Leafs playoff hopes Burke, goalies and the future Flux Capacitors* Luke Schenn's contract You can listen here (Chemmy will post to iTunes later). Music: Everyday People, Sly and the Family Stone Life is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back , Meatloaf If She Wants Me, Belle & Sebastian *If you had a Delorean, a flux capacitor and enough plutonium to get you November 29, 2008, what single move of Burke's would you fix? What active mistake, signing, trade, draft pick would you do-over? Sadly, there's lots to choose from...
Mar 13, 2012
PPP Podcast 17: We're Suddenly on Schedule
We're trying really hard to do this weekly, so to facilitate that we're shortening the podcast. We're trying to do about 20-25 minutes of interesting fresh content so that you can mainline it. Bet you didn't think you'd see another one of these so soon, eh? Our topics? What difference will Randy Carlyle make? Has Don Cherry finally lost it? Do you believe a word Burke says?
Mar 06, 2012
PPP Podcast 16: Ron Wilson Got Canned
Podcast episode 16 is alive just in time for Ron Wilson to get fired! We talked about canning him in the podcast and at the time (two weeks ago...) I still felt like Wilson didn't have a lot of talent around him. Two weeks and no points later I think I'm ok with him getting the boot. Look at our topics 1. Ron Wilson's job 2. This cold streak 3. Trade targets 4. Tim Connolly 5. The possible meltdown if the Leafs miss the playoffs. Possible meltdown? Ah to go back in time two weeks.
Mar 03, 2012
PPP Podcast 15: Leafs Trades, UFAs and Miracles
Kaberle wins a Cup! Tim Connolly, Cody Franson and John-Michael Liles arrive! Vancouver loses! NO MORE LEBDA
Jul 21, 2011
PPP Podcast 14: Technical Difficulties
We are back with more aural goodness! Ryan (puckurgently/@ryantologist) did a spectacular job on the audio since MF37 and our special guest had the world's worst connections. We crammed so much hockey talk into 23 minutes that we couldn't even fit a cold open. We talked about how much we are just enjoying the Leafs' run, James Reimer's legitimateness, the reasons for Phil Kessel's resurgence, Ron Wilson's job as a coach, the Leafs' playoffs chances, the Tomas Kaberle trade, and, of course, the importance of goaltending, and how much we hate Daniel Briere.
Mar 08, 2011
PPP Podcast 13
Yes it's PPP Podcast 13, our first episode since October, 2010. This was actually recorded on Thursday January 6th so we're offering it to you at a deep discount in case some of the contents might have gone a bit stale. Be sure to vote for who is the best (not worst?) Leaf. Contents after the jump... Star-divide In episode 13, Chemmy, PPP and I discuss: Reimer, Gustavsson and what to do with the goalies (very timely, no?) Colby Armstrong and the Heavy Lifter Index - can he get better? (spoiler alert: MF37 says "yes.") The future for coach Ron Wilson Colaiacovo cap hits & injuries; Steen vs. Stempniak (Let's all blame Maurice) Leafs roster elimination game (rules explained half-way through) Songs Weezer - My Name is Jonas Gerry Rafferty - City to City Das Racist - Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (Wallpaper Remix) Randy Newman - Short People Spencer Davis Group - Back Into My Life Again As always, thanks to Ryan for the sound work. We give him three hours of awkward pauses and he turns it into 35 minutes of quality with just 6 minutes of awkwardness.
Mar 08, 2011
PPP Podcast 12: Double Entendres
This was recorded before the Leafs looked rather crummy on Saturday night but a podcast is a podcast. You can listen to PPP sound like he's going to a funeral. Topics! Managing expectations, predicting the rest of the month of October, playing a "good road game" and more. Check it out!
Oct 26, 2010
PPP Podcast 11: We're Back
Game one is tonight on Hockey Night in Canada and I'm at work wearing my Kessel tshirt under my work clothes. This is exciting and a little bit sexy. Our sound guy is wearing Habs boxers on Twitter today but no worry because the Podcast is here! We talk about the demotion of Mitchell and Hanson, do some spitballing on Jeff Finger and opening night and talk a little bit about Nazem Kadri. Music list after the jump.
Oct 07, 2010
PPP Podcast 10: Legalese
While PPP is on vacation we decided to replace him on the podcast with someone much smarter: mc79 of He's a lawyer and gave us his interpretation of the upcoming string of litigation surrounding the Kovalchuk contract. We also talked about the Leafs: his feelings about next season for the Blue and White, his take on the Kessel deal, and how Pension Plan Puppets has changed his opinion of Leafs fans.
Jul 23, 2010
PPP Podcast 9: Recorded Before Lebda
We talk about: * The Kris Versteeg acquisition * The Colby Armstrong signing * Rumors of Zherdev and why we hate goal scorers * 2012 cap space * Keith Sweatt's chicken mcnuggets song * Nikolai Kulemin and John Mitchell's RFA contracts * No Brett Lebda We hope you guys like the podcast because we'll be doing it whether you do or not. Is there anything we should cover that we aren't covering? Is there anything you'd like to see on the podcast? Let us know what you think in the comments, and thank archluke for putting up with our shit and consistently doing a great job editing the pile of garbage we drop on him into a slick podcast.
Mar 08, 2011
PPP Podcast 8: Brayden Irwin Can't Skate
Should Burke make a run at Kovalchuk? What players should you draft with an empty cupboard? Why didn't Roenick punch Mike Milbury? Those topics and more are yours free in the PPP Podcast Podcast Podcast!
Mar 08, 2011
PPP Podcast 7: Hit by a Car
In this week's episode of our critically acclaimed* Leafs' podcast we discuss: 1. Moneyball and improbable cup runs 2. Teams with cheap goaltending 3. Jonas Gustavsson at the world championships 4. Why mc79 should probably run the Oilers * no
Mar 08, 2011
PPP Podcast 6: We're Experts
This is the sixth installment of the Pension Plan Puppets podcast. PPP is a Toronto Maple Leafs blog dedicated to amusing even non-Leafs fans. In this edition be sure to check out: - The Origins of "Throw the Snake" - A reading of Billo's email live - Brian Burke's end of the year press conference - Playoffs discussion The episode was cut short when the DET-PHX game 2 got crazy, so enjoy!
Mar 08, 2011
PPP Podcast 5
Our predictions for Saturday night's Montreal game, talk about prospect Nazem Kadri, make a McDonald's joke and look at the Leafs' strong post Olympic break play.
Mar 08, 2011
PPP Podcast 4: Wherein We Run Out of Things To Say
In this episode of our moderately well received podcast I tried to let PPP and MF37 talk more. They didn't disappoint and offered up plenty of awkward silences. This week we cover: * Being classy and drinking cocktails instead of beer while podcasting. * Bringing in NCAA free agents. * What Keith Acton does to keep his job. * Additional snappy banter free of charge.
Mar 08, 2011
PPP Podcast 3
It's here! It's fresh off the editing table! It's a podcast! This week we talk about our first trip to an NHL game (spoiler: two visits to Maple Leaf Gardens and one somewhere else), we talk about third line players and what they should contribute and also the Leafs dumping the Habs on Saturday night.
Mar 08, 2011
PPP Podcast 2
This week's podcast is late and it's all my dog's fault. In this episode we talk about who the Leafs' next whipping boy will be, the notion of players fitting in or not re: Lee Stempniak, Tomas Kaberle, the NHL's ratings on NBC after the Olympics and more!
Mar 08, 2011
PPP Podcast 1
Pension Plan Puppets Podcast Episode 1: In the Beginning There Was Poor Editing The PPP Podcast is a Toronto Maple Leafs podcast with your hosts Jason, Julian and Michael. Episode one covers corporate clients at the ACC, the Leafs' recent play and more.
Mar 08, 2011