A lot has been made of the Oilers woes this season. Barring some kind of monumental turnaround, this team won't make the playoffs and they will have a top three draft pick unless they screw up the lottery. This is a team that really has no marquee player and has realized it is time to start over. I think many Oiler fans have accepted that albeit begrudingly. I will say this about the Oilers. I would rather be in their shoes right now than that of the Calgary Flames. Who's kidding who folks, the Flames suck just as much as the Oil right now and are maybe in a more perilous position than their neighbours to the north.
Calgary shouldn't be struggling. When you have guys like Iginla, Kiprusoff, Phaneuf, Bouwmeester, etc, etc, you should be sitting at or near the top of your conference. This is a talented hockey team that for some reason is playing far beyond its expectations. They are the lowest scoring team in the West. What surprises me the most is this is happening under the watch of Brent Sutter. I think he is one of the best coaches out there. What are your thoughts Flames fans? Is this just a bump in the road? Is it time to blow this thing up too if this team doesn't make the playoffs. Woe is Alberta.
I'm waiting for Graham DeLaet to start getting some ink. Another outstanding performance by the Weyburn golfer as he finishes tied for 18th at the Bob Hope Invitational finishing 10 back of the winner. I didn't see what kind of paycheque that gives DeLaet but this is two top 25 finishes in his first two events as a PGA pro. Outstanding! He will try and make it three straight at the famed Torrey Pines course starting Thursday as he plays in the Farmers Insurance Open with many of the big names making their first appearance of the year including Phil Mickleson.
The controversy rages on over the Saints win over the Vikings. Was it Minnesota's fumbles that cost them the game, was it Favre's ill-timed throw, was it the Saints getting a gift pass interference call and catch in overtime. Bottom line is this....Minnesota gave away 14 points by fumbling twice inside the red zone and they gave New Orleans seven by fumbling inside the New Orleans 10. You get points on any one of those three possessions and they are the ones off to Miami not the Saints. Did New Orleans deserve to win that game---NO! Are they the first team that's happened to in the history of football...NO! They took advantage of their breaks and they won the game---end of story!
The Pats and Ice will play next Monday night to make up for the game they couldn't play Sunday. A Pats game or PVR'ing Chuck, Big Bang Theory, 24 and RAW. HMMMMMMM!!!
I took a friendly little dig at Global's Tom Vernon the other day saying he should be the weather guy there seeing CTV and CBC have men doing weather right now. Props to Tom today though. His story on Global last night in which it was just him helping motorists stuck in the snow or helping people shovel was outstanding. I remember one morning at CJME, we had a female reporter who was supposed to go out and do road reports. The only problem was she got stuck--I think in her back alley. We had reports all morning from her though---reports saying she and others were stuck. Finally around 810, there was live coverage of her being towed out of the snowbank she was in. We found it humourous.
May your street be passable, your driving be stress-free and your driveway be clean.
I leave you with this as you start your Tuesday....
I wish I had a dollar for every time I spent a dollar, because then, Yahoo!, I'd have all my money back.