A miserable March has now passed us by. As I woke up Thursday morning, I looked outside and saw the snow on the ground and a heavy layer of frost on my vehicle, but there was a different feeling. I wasn't upset because it was another cold morning, I was optimistic because of what I would see in a couple of hours.
The New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers kicked off the 2011 major league baseball season. It wasn't sunny and warm in the Bronx, in fact it might have been warmer in the YQR, but it was baseball and that is a sign that spring is here. It will be the same next Thursday when they tee off at Augusta.
The real baseball season will begin for me today. The Cubs open up at the hallowed cathedral that is Wrigley Field on the corner of Waveland and Addison. The ivy won't be visible and if it is, it will be brown. However from Wayne Messmer singing the national anthem to the famous "Take Me Out To the Ballgame" sung by some celebrity, it will be a precursor to much nicer days---nicer days that we need and we deserve after what we have gone through. That being said, Environment Canada says it is going to be a cool and wet April around here. Isn't that what we want to hear to start a new month. Hopefully, its an April Fools joke. Yes, remember to take everything that you see today with a grain of salt. I will be interested to see what the Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg Sun come up with as they always have something clever that reels in a few people.
The Brayden Schenn story is sickening and its stupid. For those that don't know, someone made up a Facebook page that supposedly belongs to the Blades forward and then made some derogatory comments towards First Nations people. The Blades were quick to rush to Schenn's defence by saying this site is being run by an impostor. This should be an impostor who has criminal charges laid against him if true. I would hope this impostor is in no way connected to the Prince Albert Raiders and that he or she is not trying to get Schenn and the Blades off their game as they battle the Raiders in the first round. Whoever has done this has tried to ruin the reputation of the future NHL'er. Is it really that important to do that? If you answer yes to that question, you have some serious issues. While I applaud the Blades for quickly throwing cold water on this story, I also have to question if they have gone too far. The Blades don't want any of their players on Facebook and have asked them to remove their accounts if they have one.
Do the Blades have that power to ask their players to do that? Do they have the right to take social media out of the hands of their players? Can they assure that some players won't start a fake account just so they can continue conversing with some people. There are a lot of questions that can be asked with this story. The big question though is who might be responsible. When I say I hope its not anyone connected with the Raiders, you have to wonder, especially when you see this story out of Hamilton. Is it getting to the point that teams are going to start telling their players they can't Facebook or Twitter anymore. I hope not.
I still think Saskatoon will win the series, but I'm guessing very few people out there thought they would be tied at 2 with the Raiders after four games. It would be a devastating blow to the entire Saskatoon organization if they were knocked out in the first round, However, it would be one gigantic positive for the Raiders who have been on the outside looking in for the past few years. That's why you gotta love the playoffs.
Saskatchewan teachers are thinking strike. Really?
Vancouver Canucks fans are happy because their team has won the Presidents Trophy. I wouldn't be too ecstatic over that accomplishment that really means nothing. Its another trophy you want to win----but hey, you will get one of them this year.
Good on Thiago Silva for coming clean about what happened after UFC 108, but shame on you for doing what you did. I don't think we will be hearing about you for a while.
Move over 306, you're going to get company. Saskatchewan needs a second area code. What should the new number of our code be. Can we somehow do it so it has a Rider theme to it? Yes, some of you do believe that the Riders have to be associated with every little thing that happens here because Saskatchewan apparently has nothing else to be proud of or associated with.
The La Ronge Ice Wolves and Yorkton Terriers will square off in Game 1 of the SJHL final tonight in La Ronge. You can watch the game on Access 7 throughout Saskatchewan. If you can, check it out because it will be good hockey. Its too bad SHAW wouldn't pick up the Access feed as people in Saskatoon, Swift Current and Moose Jaw are missing out on Junior "A" hockey and what its like in their own province.
The Riders annual general meeting is set for June 16. There is no truth to the rumour Jim Hopson will come to the event dressed up as the Monopoly guy and that at some point, he will be lifted onto a giant stack of money. They will just take a video of it instead for everyone to see. Sorry Jim, but when you have the easiest job in the province you deserve that gentle jab. How much money will the team make this year?
The story of the Regina mother who lost her baby just hours after it was delivered in what was seemingly a healthy state is a terrible story. What makes it worse is the fact that the NDP is trying to exploit the death by blaming the government. At what level won't an opposition party stoop to to try and make the government look bad.
We are nearly a week into the federal election campaign and I have not received one piece of election literature (crap) from any of the candidates in my riding, Do we have anyone? If any of these people come to my door asking for support, there will be some questions that are asked. I really don't think any of the three will like what they've been through when they walk back down the driveway. I heard someone say the other night they are not going to vote as protest for this election being called. That is wrong! I don't like it, but when you are called to register your vote, you do it. If you don't, you have nothing to bitch about and by looking at voting numbers, there are many out there who shouldn't be bitchin and moanin and complainin----but they do. I wonder if they all go under the name "Anonymous".
"Arthur" looks to be the biggest waste of 2 hours of anyone's life. Is there any real reason to pop down some good money to watch that?