This is something that has bothered me for a while, but I've just never blogged about it until my memory was refreshed while watching the first three nights of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Why is it anthem singers must employ some kind of schtick after or during the anthem.
First, you have the idiot opera singer in Vancouver (Too bad it wasn;t Adam Sandler) who has the crowd sing half of the anthem. Yes, I know Paul Lorieau did that in Edmonton during the Oilers Cup run a few years ago and I hated it then too, Then you have the guy in Boston and in Washington who both give the fist pumps after they are done. Add that to the guy in Ottawa who is decked out in his Ontario provincial police uniform who has to make sure he winks into the camera and the actions of some others that just make me go "SING THE SONG".
At least I know Karen Newman will do it right when she sings "The Star Spangled Banner"prior to this afternoon's Phoenix-Detroit game. She knows how to belt out the anthem properly as does Wayne Messmer in Chicago. Some of the others that I have mentioned need to take a lesson from these two.
Canada's team in these Stanley Cup playoffs are------------the San Jose Sharks. They have 18 Canadian born players on their playoff roster (that includes healthy scratches) to lead the way amongst the 16 teams battling it out for the Cup. In comparison, Vancouver has 14 and Montreal 13. GO SHARKS!!
We have seen 5 shutouts in the first three days of the playoffs. I have to wonder what the NHL thinks about this when they stress more wide open offensive hockey. I don't have a problem when a goalie blocks somewhere in the 30's for shots for a shutout, but I just wonder if in the back of the minds of some in the NHL if there is a thought of finding some way to create more scoring.
If you've been watching the playoffs, and I'm guessing you have, you have seen the Boston Pizza ad where the wing connoisseur is rating the wing that he has in his posession. He talks about a Gil Morgan. What the h-e double hockeysticks is a Gil Morgan?
Wasn't it just f**in peachy to wake up this morning, look outside and see it looking like mid-January with all the snow. I'm starting to wonder if we'll be golfing by mid-May. This winter just won't end. I just hope this means we don't see snow till December, but I'm thinking that wish won't be answered. I'm also guessing this latest bit of white stuff won't ease the flooding concerns any. Speaking of which, do you think organizers of the jamboree in Craven are glad they don't do their thing on May long weekend. Have you seen the pictures of the jamboree site? My buddy Tim Purvis has a girls of Craven calendar that will be sold on the grounds this year,.....if this keeps up, he may have to do a reshoot with the girls wearing scuba equipment.
Colorado Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin threw a complete game 5-0 victory over the Cubs last night. Chacin is the brother of former Jays pitcher Gustavo Chacin. Whatever happened to Gustavo Chacin?
The Blue Jays beat the Red Sox last night meaning Boston is the first team to hit the 10 loss mark this year. Who would have thought that two weeks ago?
Taking Cindy Crawford in a baseball draft would have been better than taking Carl Crawford. He's been a bust through the first two weeks.
Gregg Drinnan will have everyone around here talking with his latest blog posting. Gregg--who say what you will about him has some great hockey contacts, says the whole Coyotes back to Winnipeg story could end up involving Regina with the Moose moving here and the Pats to Chilliwack because of the ongoing lease problems between Evraz Place and the Parkers. I want to say this could not happen, but when I look at it, I say why couldn't it. Is the Brandt Centre big enough for an American Hockey League franchise? Would Regina hockey fans support a semi-pro team after years and years and years of junior hockey. Losing the Pats would create a tremendous hole in this community and I don't know if the American Hockey League would fill the void or not.
Scott Schultz just makes good radio. Friday Sportscages are a must listen to thanks to the old 96er. There are some out there that beliave Schultz brings down "the number two sports show in Saskatchewan", but those that think that simply need to go to Walmart or go on-line to buy a clue.
I've been battling a big-time bug over the last couple of days. As I laid in bed with a fever watching the Canucks-Hawks game last night, my seven year old daughter comes into the bedroom moments after going to bed.
ANNIKA: Daddy, I'm going to let Funshine (Care Bear and her favourite stuffed animal) sleep with you tonight.
ME: Why is that sweetie?
ANNIKA: You need him more than me and maybe he will make you feel better in the morning.
ME: What are you going to sleep with?
ANNIKA: I have my other Care Bears and they say Funshine should sleep with you,
You just can't argue with that can you?
Memo to Mike Weir. Here's a reason to hang up the clubs. You missed the cut at the Texas Open after shooting a two day total of 162. Kevin Na had a two day total of 160 and that included a 16 on one hole. You couldn't beat a guy that shot a 16 on one hole. Give it up Mike. Call it a day!
I love how, in scary movies, the person yells out, "Hello?" As if the bad guy is gonna be like, "Yeah, I'm in the kitchen! Want a sandwich?"