Thursday, May 29, 2008
My thoughts certainly go out to the family, friends, and fans of Luc. A huge blow to the Canucks for sure, but hockey should be an afterthought right now.
OK my plane is here soon. Now the blog really is on holiday.....A final update- gotta love the Nanaimo Clipper fans. There I was, minding my own business checking my bags when someone from behind the security check-in said "Ask him how his team did last year"
HaHaHa, funny guy!
We actually ended up having a little chat about the Bulldog-Clipper rivalry that was good natured. I didn't get the guys name but he said some nice things about THE POUND and the beer garden and he said that there was no rink as fun to go to on a roadie than the dog pound a couple years back!
OK now I'm checking out!
Blogger on Short Vacation, Bob Cole calling last Cup Final, Dogs tixs, Ovechkin reveals the story behind the LUCKY LOONIE from the World Championships
Here's a couple of cool reads and great overall blogs to read in my absence.
First is the story of the 1957 Memorial Cup Champion Flin Flon Bombers. A must read for the hockey fan is the continuing history of the Memorial Cup from Gregg Drinnan's blog TAKING NOTE
Also, I talk all the time about Rod Pedersen's great blog. Rod is the play-by-play voice of the Saskatchewan Rough Riders and the Regina Pats of the WHL. He has a great blog talking about all things sports, lifestyle, politics even sometimes, you name it.
Recently, he had a great post about Don Cherry. It really sums up my thoughts on THE DON. I couldn't have said it better myself! Read the post on Rod Pedersen's blog here RODPEDERSEN.COM
My blogger-friend Hockey Mom in VA runs the blog "Musings of a Hockey Mom" where she looks at hockey from the unique hockey mom perspective.
Alexander Ovechkin was interviewed yesterday on TSN's THAT's HOCKEY about several things- the one that was most interesting to me was the topic of the Loonie under the ice at the Colisee Pepsi that the Russians dug out from the ice after they beat Canada in the Championship game. The story from Ovechkin was that they were having a team practice on the ice and they were all at centre ice when someone noticed the coin under the ice. They told each other then and there that if they WON, they would take the loonie. So it wasn't a conspiracy like I thought, that the Russians had somehow put their own coin under the ice in Canada.
In the end, of course Russia won and they indeed got the coin. Ovechkin said yesterday that he is going to get it made into a medallion. Cool. Even if Canada lost.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are releasing 50 seats to the public for season ticket purchases.
This will guarantee you a seat for the exciting upcoming season. The office has an arena map showing what is available, so please stop in and pick your seat.
You will be able to do this starting June 3rd. Office hours for June will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am until 4pm.
Any questions, please call at 723-4412
And here is an email I received from Tom McEvay. He is looking for support as he is riding the BIG BIKE to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Tomorrow at 5:30 pm I will be joining my colleagues from the World Under 17 Hockey Committee on a big 16 person bike that we will ride to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Each of us is required to raise a minimum of $50 in pledges but we all hope to do much more than that. Any amount large or small is appreciated but I am determined to beat Ron Paulson for the most raised.I have registered myself online as a participant which can make it easier for you to make your donation online and get an immediate tax receipt. You can go to either of the links below and go to “Sponsor a Rider” and then type in my name and make your pledge using a credit card. You can then print off a tax receipt.
If you prefer to just give me the donation I do have a hard copy of the pledge form that you can fill out here at Vast. If you don’t care about the donation being recorded for tax purposes then I will gladly accept your cash or cheque. Whatever works for you.
Thanks again. I promise to do you proud on the bike tomorrow.
2009 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge
The fact that Tom is trying to beat Ronnie is enough reason for me to support him! Way to go U17 crew!!This story starts a couple of Saturdays ago when I got a call from Jimmy Pelk that went something like this:
This story starts a couple of Saturdays ago when I got a call from Jimmy Pelk that went something like this:
"Hammer, it's Jimmy, want to come up to the dealership and pick up a Dodge Journey to drive around?"
I say "Sure......I would be stupid not to....but why?"
Jimmy replies "So when we talk to you on your show on Tuesday and Thursday you have a first-hand account of the vehicle so you can talk about it from your point of view"
So off to Alberni Chrysler I went to pick up the Dodge Journey you see below to toodle around town for a week.
Now, you the reader might be looking at this posting like it's advertising. I will ask you to please look at it differently, as a "personal endorsement" if you will. You may be thinking that it's all the same, but in this case it isn't.
If you don't know, Alberni Chrysler talks to me Tuesday and Thursday mornings on my morning show on 93.3 The Peak FM just after the 7:30am news. That was why they gave me the vehicle to test out myself.
Nothing was said about this blog and me talking about the Journey here. I am making this post because I WANT to, and not because I'm getting anything out of it. Yes, I got a great vehicle to drive around for a week....but that was for my show!
Of course I hope that someone finds this post interesting and informative. And if you do think this looks like a great vehicle, please head to Alberni Chrysler at the top of the town to talk to them about it. Phone them at 250-723-5311 or visit their website here ALBERNICHRYSLER.COM
Tell them you read it on the blog please!
I very very much loved the vehicle. In fact, it was tough to give it back. My idea to make a post here came in the last couple of days I was still driving it. As I headed out to a round of Golf with Bulldogs Coach Bryant Perrier, I thought I should take the camera to snap some pictures of the vehicle to really explain all the cool features. Enjoy.
Front/Side/Back. HOT if you ask me.
The storage is incredible. Beyond the 3 or 4 "special compartments" the vehicle has, it can also be configured several ways with it's seating. Below, I have the back 2 seats down for my golf clubs.
In the floor in the back, is one of the extra storage spaces.
And here's the back with the back two seats upright.
See that white thing- Yup, that's an-always charged flashlight. Who knows when you will need it, but when you do, you'll love the fact that it's there.
This is how the second row of seats allow access to the back.
and here it is again. Plenty of room to get in there whether you are big or small.
Here I have put both rows of seats down to show even more cargo room.
Another one of those special compartments is located in the floor behind the passenger seat. It's a cooler!
And yes, it even comes out.
A nice feature- power sources- regular plug in, and cigarette lighter
Here is the view from the back seats, with the second row of seats down. Like a table almost.
The dash. 6 disc in dash CD player, AM/FM and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. All the audio controls are on the backside of the steering wheel, so you don't have to take your eyes of the road or your hands off the wheel. Dual zone climate control, rear-seats temperature control, the whole kit-and-kaboodle.
Extra storage in the dash.
The "chill zone" above the glove compartment keeps two cans of drinks cool.
This could be the feature that most impressed people I showed the vehicle to. The "conversation mirror" Great to have conversations with your passengers, to keep an eye on the kids, etc.
Still MORE extra storage. This one is under the front passenger seat.
If you want to buy this one, too bad, someone else did already! So I guess me driving it around and talking about it on the show helped!
And the fact that it is an incredible vehicle at a great price had nothing to do with it. HA
Yes, I said an incredible price. Almost everyone I showed this vehicle to guessed 35 to 40 thousand dollars for the price tag for this beauty. WRONG. Somewhere in the neighborhood of $28,000 is more like it.
Oh yah, it gets over 30 miles a gallon too!
Monday, May 26, 2008
Spokane Chiefs break Memorial Cup, Travis Cross update, Wings take game 1, GOLF GOLF GOLF, Kraft Contest.
Ok wait, this blog is a personal thing I'm doing here and no one pays me a cent and I'm my own boss. I think my place here is secure for the time being. HA.
Of course I know and understand that you the reader wants some new stuff and current postings to chew on as much as possible, so accept my apologies for putting the blog right off the stove (not even on the back burner) for the weekend.
I had a very busy weekend! Friday I was about town doing errands and takin' care of business. Friday night it was relaxation and Xbox time. My kudos to Paul and little Paul as they are most formidable Tiger Woods Golf and NHL 08 opponents. Believe it or not, this was my first ever time seeing the Tiger Woods and NHL games on the Xbox360. WOW WOW WOW is all I have to say. It makes me laugh thinking of the good ole' days of Mike Tyson's Punch Out on regular Nintendo. At the same time, I imagine where these games will be just 5 years from now.
Saturday it was down to Nanaimo to take care of some business and do some shopping for stuff that we couldn't find locally. No more than 10 minutes after I got home to sit down and watch the game I got a call on my cell phone from Bulldogs Coach Bryant Perrier, inviting me out to Sproat Lake to meet a potential Bulldog recruit and his father, up visiting from California. I couldn't turn down the chance to go meet a potential Bulldog, while also soaking up some sun and a steak spud and a bud on Sproat Lake. So out to the lake I went.
It was a pleasure to meet you Justin, and I certainly hope to see you back here soon! My thanks to Bryant for thinking of me and inviting me out there, and my thanks as always to Trish and Tom for the hospitality!
So all of this took care of Saturday. Now what did I do on Sunday? Well, I had a little sleep in. IMAGINE THAT? Then it was off to the driving range and the beauty surroundings at the Alberni Golf Club out at Cherry Creek for 9 holes.
It seemed that I used up all my good shots when I played 9 with Bryant Perrier on Thursday, again at Cherry Creek, because I was atrocious yesterday, most certainly finishing at the back of the group behind my playing partners Paul and Gary. At least the company was good, thanks for the round gents. Thanks as well to Brian in the pro shop for giving me a good tip that helped me out on the tee a bit. I need some full on lessons I think....
It could be worse, at least I don't need a full out swing re-construction. Right BP?
Bryant was giving me the gears Saturday saying I was giving it to him all over town about how bad I beat him on the course Thursday afternoon. I maintained that I didn't say a word around the community. I just talked about it on the air. HAHA. He wants me to put the pads on to see how I fare there. Maybe in the fall I will do that.
My weekend still isn't finished. As soon as we got done the 9 holes yesterday it was off to the ARGYLE PUB for my charity work cooking Burgers and Smokies with all proceeds and my tips being matched by owner Rob Boyko for one big donation towards the Ty Watson House. It was FULL OUT MAYHEM when I got there. I certainly won't be a couple minutes late again, as it was full out nuts there with a couple of very hungry Slo-Pitch teams more than ready for their burgers and smokies. There I was, flailing away with so much smoke from the grill in my face that I couldn't see, being mobbed by a bunch of people drooling for their burgers and smokies. I still managed to get it done with all my limbs intact and a bunch of happy and no longer hungry people. It was great to see such a big crew of people enjoying all the Argyle Pub has to offer, while of course supporting a very worthwhile cause in the Ty Watson House. So THANKS for coming out people!
Here's the story, and below it is the video, in case you haven't seen this yet.
KITCHENER, Ont. Chris Bruton called it.
As Bruton, the team captain, handed the trophy over to teammate Trevor Glass, the cup became separated from its heavy base, which then fell to the ice.
On the video, both players appear stunned and take turns looking at one another before Bruton tries re-attaching the cup to the top of the base.
Some in the arena can be heard booing.
Following the game, Bruton predicted the moment would be on the Internet, but he said he didn't care because his team just won the Canadian Hockey League title.
He also figured it would make it easier for he and his teammates to take a drink from the cup portion.
As for the trophy itself, there is good news.
It turns out the one presented to the players was a replica.
The original that has been handed out to the junior hockey champion since 1919 is in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
(The Canadian Press)
Man that's funny stuff!
Changing gears, here is a great email update I received from Port Alberni athlete and Beijing 2008 Team Canada Olympic Team Member Travis Cross, who just finished a Olympic Tune-Up tourney in Italy.
The tournament was not too strong in terms of talent but there were a few tough matches and it was nice to win. I went in with some things to focus on and I stuck to my game plan pretty well. When we wrestle in Iran in two weeks I will need to be sharper with my focus and capitalizing on every opportunity to score.
We are staying in a nice vacation place just outside Stintino on the Island of Sardinia 45 mins from Sassari. We leave for Iran on Tuesday.
Sorry got to go. Internet time is up and siesta starts now.
Thanks for the update Travis, and good luck in Iran. Bring me back something nice?
What's my prediction? Just so you think I'm not cheating as I haven't posted it yet- Penguins in 5. They better get goin'!
Last but not least today- the KRAFT SAVOUR SUMMER contest. I have had plenty of emails of support and advice on my entry to this contest. Thanks to everyone that got a hold of me. More to come on this front!
Thanks for reading!
Friday, May 23, 2008
May 22 2008 Port Alberni BC
For Immediate Release
The 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Host Committee is pleased to announce that the offficial tournament schedule is now available.
The Alberni Valley Multiplex will host an exciting 16 game series:
Sunday December 28 7pm Exhibition USA vs. Pacific
Monday December 29 2pm Round -Robin Quebec vs. West
Monday December 29 7pm Round -Robin Pacific vs. Russia
Tuesday December 30 2pm Round -Robin Finland vs. West
Tuesday December 30 7pm Round -Robin Pacific vs. Germany
Wednesday December 31 2pm Round -Robin Ontario vs. Russia
Wednesday December 31 7pm Round -Robin USA vs. Quebec
Thursday January 1 2pm Round -Robin Slovakia vs. USA
Thursday January 1 7pm Round -Robin Atlantic vs. Pacific
Friday January 2 2pm Round -Robin Finland vs. Slovakia
Friday January 2 7pm Round -Robin Ontario vs. Pacific
Saturday January 3 11am Relegation
Saturday January 3 3pm Semi -Final
Saturday January 3 7pm Semi -Final
Sunday January 4 TBA Bronze Medal
Sunday January 4 TBA Gold Medal
16 Game Packages in Port Alberni are $256. Great seats are still available!
Online at www.tickets.com
On the phone at 1 800 457 4463
The 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is being hosted in partnership with the neighboring central island communities of Parksville, Nanaimo, Campbell River, Courtenay and Duncan. A complete schedule is attached.
For More Information Contact:
Stefanie Weber/Media Director
250 735 0766
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Please read below, an email I received yesterday regarding this contest-
community center, park and sports field upgrades
Kraft Savour Summer competition promotes activity and play as healthy lifestyle choices
May 21, 2008 –
Entrants are required to submit an application, an essay of 500 words or less and three photos to www.savoursummer.ca or by mail (mailing details available at www.savoursummer.ca). Entries will be judged on three criteria: community spirit, overall need and originality. The winner of each grant will be announced on August 15, 2008 at www.savoursummer.ca.
“The long winter has come to an end and Kraft
Participants can enter more than once and nominate different public spaces with each additional submission. Submission deadlines for the three grants available in
· June 30, 2008 - $25,000 Park Refresh grant
· July 31, 2008 - $50,000 Community Centre Revitalization grant
· July 31, 2008 - $25,000 Sports Field Makeover grants
For more information about Kraft Savour Summer please visit www.savoursummer.ca.
This is just one of the reasons Port Alberni fits the description of this contest, it is a great facility that could always use an upgrade or improvement. Bob Dailey Stadium is just down the street from me.
The next facility would be next door - the Alberni Valley Multiplex, home of the British Columbia Hockey Leagues Bulldogs. I have never heard the sound of Bulldogs hockey from my home, like I hear the Track and Field. I know it is a loud sound with a big crowd and a big horn making noise to be heard from blocks around. I hear the hockey much differently, because I am in the "kennel" in the DOG POUND. "kennel" being an affectionate name I have heard used for the broadcast booth. I have the great fortune of being in the rink calling the play-by-play where usually 10% of the cities population packs the stands. And usually blow the roof off the place.
The Folks at Kraft should of course know about the Mulitplex and what it does for this community. It was the heart of the Port Alberni Hockeyville bid that ended up in the TOP 10!
photo: Nichelle Portrait Studio
It isn't just Bulldogs at the rink- it's every kind of hockey you can think of. Young kids, boys and girls. Old kids, boys and girls. Experienced "sea dog" vets, toughly competitive NCHL hockey, rep team action, along with outright adult rookie leagues, noobies to stick skates and sometimes puck getting out and getting involved and having fun.
It isn't just hockey at the rink- the BC Provincal Wrestling Championships have been held there, the Fall Fair and Home Show events go in it, around it, and behind it.
Travis Cross returned to the Multiplex Upper Lounge to what seemed like 200 people, piped in after going to Canada's Wrestling Nationals where he won and booked his tickets to the 2008 OLYMPICS.
In front of the rink (just behind the statue of " Bernie the Bulldog" the Bulldogs team bus returned to a big crowd of their fans to thank them for their never say die efforts all season.
Last but not least- It won't be just LOCAL people using this great facility, but the WORLD will make a visit with the 2009 World U17 Hockey Challenge this coming December and January.
Enough of the rink. The final reason Port Alberni should win this great contest is across from the rink, where the "Echo" area starts. Ball diamond after ball diamond after soccer pitch and soccer pitch, the lawn bowling facilities and lastly the ECHO CENTRE- the library, museum, pool, seniors centre, and community use rooms. Also in the area- a skate park.
If all of this isn't COMMUNITY SPIRIT, then what is?
SECOND criteria: overall need
I sit here and rattle off all of the great facilities Port Alberni has. What do we NEED? We need what the contest says- to IMPROVE our fields and parks and community centres. I know the issue came up about need with the Hockeyville bid with some people. I say that Port Alberni NEEDS every improvement it can get. The reason is simple. A huge per capita of the population uses all of the above. It is how the population comes together. When it does the community spirit comes out. Every community NEEDS that.
If one certain facility NEEDS money, it may be the Alberni Athletic Hall. It is not in my neighborhood, but is another sport facility with a history of bringing the city together. Home of the 1955 Men's Senior National Basketball Champions too, the Alberni Athletics.
THIRD criteria: originality
I said off the top that Port Alberni fits this all to a T. Anyone who lives here, anyone who visits our facilities here and experiences what Port is about knows it is as original as it GETS!
It is called S'PORT ALBERNI for a reason, afterall.
Anyone have photo submissions for me?
Ok, now how many words was that? OVER 700! Doh. What to cut?
What do you think of my idea to submit this? Feedback/Support would be appreciated!
I have found the commercial in question- please watch it below if you don't know what I'm talking about.
Ovechkin is a player I love, by the way, read older posts and you'll see what I really think of him....but I'm cursing him today as it appears that it wasn't a puck-over-the-glass delay of game penalty in OT to Rick Nash that killed Canada in the Gold Medal Game of the World Hockey Championships. It wasn't a game winner on a perfect shot by Ilya Kovalchuk. It wasn't Evgeni Nabokov besting Cam Ward in the duel of the goalies. It wasn't even Canada surrendering a 4-2 third period lead. NO, it was something totally different. Read on.
Apparently, on CANADIAN soil (or ICE, for those into technicalities) the Russians manged to bury a coin under the Colisee Pepsi ice surface in Quebec City. HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN? Now I know how the Americans must have felt at the 2002 Olympics when Canada won double hockey gold and dug a loonie out of centre ice. I know HOW that happened in that instance. NHL Iceman and Canadian Dan Craig buried the loonie.
Here's something REALLY funny- I GOOGLED "Loonie Under Ice Salt Lake Olympics" and one of three pictures that came up was actually one from this very blog that I took last year during our trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The fact there is a display in the Hall for the thing is further proof that the "lucky loonie" is quite revered.
Further proof- read below- No coin in the ice in 2006- No win for Canada. Coincidence? Or COIN-cidence? hmmmm.
TURIN, Italy (AP) - The head ice-maker at the Winter Olympics isn't putting his money on the Canadian hockey team. Or any team for that matter.
Canadian Dan Craig said he has turned down a request to place a loonie coin in the ice - something one of his workers did in 2002 at the Salt Lake City Olympics, where the Canadian men and women both won hockey gold.
"My job is to make the ice for everybody," Craig said. "I can't have the Czechs come up to me and say `What the heck?' I can't have the Swedes, Finns, you name it, come to me and say I did something to favour Canada."
The Lucky Loonie from 2002 has become part of hockey lore in Canada. Wayne Gretzky held it up after the gold medal game as proof that the team had a lucky charm on the ice, and the coin later went on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Craig, who was born in Jasper, Alta., insists there will be no loonies going into the ice.
"I had three Americans and three Canadians on the ice and they must have checked six times to make sure there was no loonie there," said Craig, who is the NHL's chief ice consultant.
NOW- back to the reason I am bringing this all up- See the below video, where Ovechkin joins another Russian player at centre and they can clearly seen digging something out of the ice. The video says it is a lucky Canadian loonie. I don't know how they KNOW what it is, but I'm going to find out. I'm also going to contact some of our leading Sports Stations in this country to GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Who do you want to provide the play-by-play for the Stanley Cup Finals? plus 2008 Stanley Cup Finals Schedule/Broadcast information
Thanks to Danno for the idea, and thanks to YOU in advance for your votes!!
2008 STANLEY CUP FINAL WILL BEGIN SATURDAY, MAY 24
NEW YORK (May 19, 2008) --
The National Hockey League announced today that the 2008 Stanley Cup Final will open on Saturday, May 24, when the Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings host the Eastern Conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins at Joe Louis Arena.
VERSUS will telecast Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-seven series in the U.S., while NBC will broadcast Games 3 through 7.
In Canada, CBC and RDS will provide coverage for the entire series. All start times are 8 p.m., Eastern.
The NHL Network, the League's 24-hour, all-access pass to the most comprehensive hockey coverage, will feature special programming surrounding the Stanley Cup Final. NHL Network will air a live pre-game edition of NHL On The Fly from the host arena at 6 p.m., ET, as well as live, on-site, post-game coverage featuring press conferences, highlights and analysis.
2008 Stanley Cup Final Schedule (all start times 8 p.m., ET)
Game 1, Saturday, May 24:Pittsburgh at Detroit (VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio)
Game 2, Monday, May 26:Pittsburgh at Detroit (VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio)
Game 3, Wednesday, May 28:Detroit at Pittsburgh (NBC, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio)
Game 4, Saturday, May 31:Detroit at Pittsburgh (NBC, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio)
Game 5, Monday, June 2 (if necessary):Pittsburgh at Detroit (NBC, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio)
Game 6, Wednesday, June 4 (if nececssary):Detroit at Pittsburgh (NBC, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio)
Game 7, Saturday, June 7 (if necessary):Pittsburgh at Detroit (NBC, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio)
Thanks for reading!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Russia beats Canada for World Championship+Dressing Room Celebration video, Wings vs Pens in Cup Finals, Bulldogs Season ticket seat upgrade.
While it certainly was rough to lose on the delay of game penalty, Russia deserved all the credit coming back from a 4-2 third period deficit.
Lets be honest here, if the tables were turned and it was Canada in Moscow (or anywhere) coming back from a two goal third period deficit to win a world title, it would be the stuff of LEGEND. Instead, it will be like the 96 world cup that no one in Canada remembers fondly- if they remember it at all.
I came across this video on youtube of the Russian team celebrating in their dressing room after the win. Oddly, it takes the sting away a bit for me seeing how much the Russians obviously wanted it and how they are just like everybody else in their joy and celebration. Ovechkin calling him mom, dancing around? Priceless.
I was hoping for a GAME last night between Detroit and Dallas, but sadly it wasn't much of one. While things did pick up a bit after Dallas trimmed the gap to 4-1, the Wings bent a little but didn't break. So it's the Wings and the Penguins in the finals starting Saturday at the Joe. I haven't thought enough about my prediction yet, but I'll have one this week. I haven't picked the Wings to win a SINGLE series and they have sure showed me. My thoughts are now that if I FINALLY pick the Wings to win, they WON'T.
So maybe the Pens fans out there are hoping I pick the Wings? HA.
How about no hockey until SATURDAY? Ouch. At least the Memorial Cup continues. The end is nigh hockey fans! Rediscover that you have a yard. Or loved ones. Or hopefully other hobbies!
This is for anyone who has season tickets who would like to change their seat location/section/area etc.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Hey NHL- Get back to Quebec City already!
I am dropping off the money for the Ty Watson House on Friday and will do so each week. We will be supporting the Ty Watson House throughout May and June. In July and August we will support the Ronald McDonald Children's Charities and the Variety Club.
Thanks again for doing your thing! See you on Sunday at 3. For your friends and fans (are these two different groups??) the details are:
The Argyle Pub
Saturday, May 17, 2008
I could post 1006 reasions why Port Alberni is great. Everyone who has been here to see the place themselves could add to the list. I will just add this- ANY city with a view like this, is ahead of all those that DON'T have such breathtaking vistas. I was standing on my front deck last night and it hit me like an Adam Hout open ice check. WHAT a view - the sun setting on the Beauforts.
What is GREAT about living here, is that EVERYBODY has a view like this, or of Arrowsmith, or down the Inlet.
We're off to do some exploring and appreciating of Port Alberni and the rest of Vancouver Island today. Have a good day yourselves, and thanks for reading!
Friday, May 16, 2008
Well today he scored the game winning goal to propel Canada into the Gold Medal game. And WHAT a goal. On the rush, end to end, short side SHELF. Someone will youtube it for sure, if not, it will be on TSN.CA no doubt. And every highlight reel in the country. Just another reason to be jealous of the hockey fans in Washington.
WOW just WOW. Not only do they MEAN so much, but they also look SO GOOD.
Whilst watching the opening ceremonies of the Memorial Cup right now I am blown away by the Kitchener Rangers jerseys. I did a little research and found out that these are special jerseys just for tonight's game that will be auctioned off to support veterans and their families. Here is the story from the Rangers website.
Who knew that the "I WANT YOU" poster from the USA was inspired by the British? I certainly didn't.
Oh yah, and that was the WORST anthem ever, and a disrespect to the trophy and vets the tournament remembers.
Stars and Flyers don't quit,Memorial Cup kicks off- Broadcast sked, World Hockey Championships Semi Finals, Bulldogs NEWS
Some resources to follow the tournament- Click the link to the Memorial Cup HOMEPAGE
Here is the full schedule from sportsnet.ca Again you can catch all games on Sportsnet with Peter Loubardias calling the play-by-play.
2008 Memorial Cup Schedule
Friday, May 16
Gatineau vs. Kitchener 7pm ET
Saturday, May 17
Spokane vs. Belleville 4pm ET
Sunday, May 18
Kitchener vs. Spokane 4:30pm ET
Monday, May 19
Belleville vs. Gatineau 7pm ET
Tuesday, May 20
Spokane vs. Gatineau 7pm ET
Wednesday, May 21
Kitchener vs. Belleville 7pm ET
Thursday, May 22
Tiebreaker Game (if required) 7pm ET
Friday, May 23
Semifinal - Second vs. Third Place 7pm ET
Sunday, May 25
Memorial Cup Final - First Place vs. Semifinal winner 4:30pm ET
Games will also be VIDEO WEBCASTED <--click that link.
Thanks for reading!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Pens fans say "BRING BACK MIKE" (Lange), Sidney Crosby's playoff *ahem* beard, Conn Smythe thoughts?
I saw on TSN's Sportscentre today that the Pen fans in Pittsburgh have started bringbackmike.com with the tag line "Mike Lange Belongs on TV"
This is all in response to Lange un ceremoniously getting the heave-ho from the TV Broadcasts in favour of Paul Steigerwald. Certainly must be an uncomfortable situation for Mr. Steigerwald to go through. The people in Pens land love Lange so much, there are T-shirts available with Mike Lange one-liners. Unforunately, they don't have a "he doesn't know whether to cry or wind his watch" shirt, but here's my next favorite- from pensvault.com HERE
TSN also had a great top 10- The Top 10 Mike Lange Signature Goals.
To the folks at bringbackmike.com - Best of luck in your efforts. If you are successful, and Mr. Lange goes back to TV and the radio job ends up being open- I know JUST the guy that would really love to be a part of the scene in Pittsburgh. He doesn't have the one-liners that Lange does, but he does have the PASSION Mike has. Or close to it :)
I just realized a Silver lining to Mike Lange being on radio. If the Pens win the Cup, it will be LANGE calling the game, right?
Man is this a funny one....Poor Crosby. The kid can't grow big time facial hair yet, so what, he's just a kid!!! Anyway, apparently Sidney got a call from Lanny McDonald recently...it went something like this.From "The 5-hole" A Sympatico/MSN sports column with Scott Carefoot.
Sidney Crosby's facial follicle follies
13/05/2008 3:47:00 PM
What do Lanny McDonald and the Sports Moustache Society think about Sidney Crosby's attempt to grow a "playoff moustache"? Read on to find out.
Sidney Crosby's cell phone rings to the tune of Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dyin'"...
Sidney Crosby: Hello?
Lanny McDonald: Hello, Sidney? This is Lanny McDonald.
SC: Whoa. Seriously? Is this a joke?
LM: No joke, son.
SC: Wow, that's awesome! I loved watching you when I was a kid! Your moustache rocks!
LM: I know, Sid, and that's actually why I'm calling you on behalf of the Sports Moustache Society.
SC: The who with the what now?
LM: The Sports Moustache Society. We meet monthly to discuss the state of moustaches in sport, share tips on grooming and waxing, and brainstorm ways to make moustaches more prominent in society. Once a year, we induct someone into the Sports Moustache Hall of Fame. This year's inductee was Dave Stieb.
SC: Really? Wow, that's... kinda cool, I guess.
LM: We certainly think so. But the reason why I'm calling you is that, as the chairman of this group, I've been asked to tell you that it would be in the best interests of promoting the aesthetic virtues of moustaches in sports if you would shave off that disgusting smear over your lip.
SC: I'm... I'm sorry?
LM: You heard me, punk. Look, I know you're trying to be "one of the guys" by growing facial hair for the playoffs like a big boy, but you look ridiculous and you're making us proud moustache-wearers look bad.
SC: Now wait a minute! I know my facial hair looks a little sparse right now but I plan on taking the Penguins right to the finals so there will be plenty of time for it to grow in.
LM: Oh, please. I know facial hair, son, and you can't grow it. It looks like your mommy forgot to wash your face before she tucked you in with your blankie last night. You look like you've got pubes under your nose.
SC: But it's my good luck charm, Lanny! If I shave it and we don't win the Cup, I'll feel like I let my team down!
LM: Listen, son. Did your parents ever let you watch the movie Dumbo?
SC: I think so. Is that the Disney movie with the flying elephant?
LM: That's right. Well, remember when Dumbo thought he couldn't fly without his magic feather, and the mouse told him the feather had nothing to do with it and the magic was within him?
SC: Yeah! Yeah, I remember that!
LM: Well, Sidney, your power does not come from your pathetic excuse for a moustache. Your talent comes from within. You're a star, kid.
SC: Yeah, I guess I am a star! I don't need this playoff moustache. I'll shave it off for you, Lanny!
LM: Thanks, kid. I thank you. The Society thanks you. Canada thanks you.
SC: No problem! One last thing, though. You were a great hockey player yourself, Lanny. Why did you have that moustache?
LM: Oh, well that's because my moustache is magical. Very, very magical. Most people don't know this but I'm actually 174 years old.
SC: NOOOOOO WAAAAYYYY!
LM: Well, I shouldn't keep you, Sidney. You've got some shaving to do.
SC: Yeah, I'll do it right after practice!
LM: Good boy. Now if you'll excuse me, my wife just made some soup and she needs me to strain it for her.
(Thanks to Sarah for sending me this)
The Conn Smythe Trophy. Maybe I missed all the talking heads recently addressing this issue, but I haven't heard much MVP speculation lately. Now I know it isn't over until the fat lady sings, but the Red Wings and the Pens are 1 win away from the finals at this point......yes, I know the Stars and Flyers could be just 3 and 4 wins respectively from the greatest comebacks in recent NHL history. Lets just look at Detroit and Pittsburgh for now. Who's the MVP of either of those teams so far?
Or someone else entirely? I would love to hear your thoughts.