Well I’m no fan of the Vancouver Canucks. I cheered for them in their last cup run (waaaaaay back in ’94) but generally I don’t really care. I will admit, however, they’ve had a couple of sweet jerseys. The original stick in the box was awesome, I’d say top 5 of all time in the NHL. The orca C was actually very cool as well in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong. They’ve had their fair share of brutal logos too. The v was just gross, and the skate thing looked like something a kid entered in a contest. Now the ‘Nucks are going for their 5th jersey in just the last 37 years. That’s a little ridiculous, and I’d guess a pretty lame marketing ploy. Their latest concoction is terrible. Although it combines their two jerseys I like, I’d say it uses the worst elements of both. The green and blue colours and the C/orca symbol. Oh, by the way, the team plays in Vancouver in case you didn’t know where they were from. It’s nicely splattered over the logo. Why ruin a good thing? The third jersey was the best in the league. Are they hard up for cash?
A 63 year old French paratrooper is planning a free fall over Saskatchewan that will drop him 25 miles, have him break the sound barrier, and take more than 8 minutes. Challenges include:
- -100 degree weather at the edge of space
- a suit that will heat up to 65 degrees due to friction
- the ear-splitting bang of a sonic boom (he’ll be wearing ear plugs)
- slowing down due to re-entry
- a parachute that needs to be strong enough to break that fall
This guy is nuts!
Well by now, everyone has seen Jake Brown falling and amazingly not dying on the huge half pipe at this year’s X Games.
The competition he was involved in is called the big air competition – for a reason. It involves the biggest ramp you can imagine, followed by an enormous half pipe. Jake’s turn begins incredibly successfully, he lands a 720 which apparently is the first ever landed in competition. Then according to the announcers, his board goes ‘squirrelly’ and he crashes in spectacular fashion.
The announcers are unsure of what to say. As Jake is lying on the bottom of the half pipe immobile, one of them comments “I can’t believe he landed that 720!” They then actually cut feed, unsure if Jake is even alive. When they return, Brown walks off the ramp under his own strength, with a broken wrist and bruised lung (and no shoes). AMAZING!
When I first saw this story on Sportsnet.ca’s website, I thought Australia was actually putting a full-on boycott for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It turns out that the Australian Olympic Committee just wants their athletes to spend as little time as possible in China. Among other things, they claim
- Beijing is so polluted that they don’t want their citizens breathing the air in the city
- They don’t want their athletes drinking anything but bottled water
- All meals should take place in the Olympic village, and no food should be consumed outside of it
This is really too bad. I’m sure a huge part of the Olympic experience is to take in the culture, people and the country that the games are happening in. To have your own leaders telling you not to do those things kind of sucks.
For another reason not to tune in to the Beijing Olympics, click here.
Wouldn’t you hate to be this guy? You’re warming up for your next big jump when ‘whack’ you suddenly are impaled by a javelin. Sucks to be you!
It could have looked like this: Although that’s just a picture from some other incident. Ouch!
Ever heard of Zeb Lanham? Neither had I, but I don’t think I’ll soon forget him now. The Calgary Stampede is dubbed as the greatest outdoor show on earth, and with stunts like this, I think they may just be right. Check out why Zeb will soon be a household name:
Bull Rider goes for a ride
The Edmonton Oilers had three first round picks in the 2007 NHL entry draft. Their picks:
London • OHL
5’11”, 191 lbs. Centre/Wing, shoots right
Born: August 10, 1989 in London, Ontario
Final Ranking: 6 • Mid-Term Ranking: 3
Central Scouting Report: A skilled forward with the ability to make the big plays… has very good hands and is creative with the puck… has a good wrist shot with a quick release… has high-end passing skill both forehand and backhand… sees the ice very well… reliable in the defensive end and used in critical situations… a good skater, but needs to work on his acceleration and mobility… needs to improve his ability to fight through checks.
Calgary • WHL
6’4″, 225 lbs. Defence, shoots right
Born: May 9, 1989 in Brandon, Manitoba
Final Ranking: 72 • Mid-Term Ranking: 56 • North American SkaterCentral Scouting Report: A stay-at-home defenseman with good size… has a long stride and is able to skate the puck out of his own zone… moves the puck quickly and shoots well from the point… is well positioned… needs to improve his foot speed and agility… needs to improve his play under pressure.
Salmon Arm • BCHL
6’1″, 175 lbs. Center, shoots right
Born: May 9, 1989 in Consort, Alberta
Final Ranking: 64 • Mid-Term Ranking: 99 • North American SkaterCentral Scouting Report: A skilled forward… a shifty center with good skating ability… handles the puck with ease and is smart positionally… needs to be more consistent through 60 minutes… needs to improve his ability to get in to good scoring position.
I’m a little concerned that they took two guys rated 64th and 72nd overall. Hopefully they know what they’re doing! I’m a little surprised they never bundled some of these guys together for trade purposes. Can’t wait to see how they’ll do. I’m sure there may be roster spots soon – especially on D.
Well, truth be told, I’m totally Canadian, but my ancestry is from the great country of the Netherlands. Today, their U20 team beat England in an incredible shootout. The 32nd shooter won the game for the Oranje. The tying goal in regulation was an incredible bicycle kick. When I looked for it on YouTube, I found it was not yet available (I hope to update later) but I did find this video. It’s Ronaldhino potting a sick bicycle kick, but it’s really worth watching for the comments of the colour guy. Is this dude for real? The only time I’ve heard Beta Max brought up in a soccer game!
Please read knowing I hate the Flames. Take this for what it is.
Of course by now you’ve all read this story. Isn’t Keenan just Sutter Part II? The Flames went through this already. You can only have this type of a coach for so long. Keenan and Sutter are cut from the same cloth. They’re dominant, type A personalities. They don’t take crap from their players, and they rule with an iron fist. Days after losses consist of bag skates. The players know their place, and they can hardly speak to the media. This is old school hockey. It works for a while, especially if a team requires a turn-around.
But the Flames have been there, done that. I listen to Flames radio alot on my drive to work (only because Edmonton’s station sucks). They’re constantly complaining after losses, and sometimes after wins. A lot was expected of the Flames this year. Jim Playfair did a decent job in the regular season. Of course they went out in the first round. I really think that the Flames just aren’t that good. Yes they have stellar goaltending. Yes Iginla is top notch and Phaneuf could be one of the greats on D. Other than that, they have hard workers and guys who buy in to a team concept. Maybe Keenan is the kind of guy who can whip them into shape. If nothing else they’ll be great at skating laps.
What is up with the federal government? Do they seriously have nothing else to talk about in Parliament than who Canada’s captain is at a hockey tournament? According to this story, Bob Nicholson, head of Hockey Canada actually went to Parliament to defend Doan.
Doan has been accused of uttering ‘racial’ slurs against French speaking players on the ice two years ago. The NHL did the right thing and dealt with it then. Guess what? Doan was cleared and that was the end of the story right? Wrong.
According to TSN: “The Doan controversy was considered closed by the NHL, even though it remained the subject of two defamation suits involving the player and Liberal MP Denis Coderre.”
It seems like even talking about this brings it attention it doesn’t deserve. I’m much more concerned about what the MPs are saying to each other, than what hockey players are calling each other on the ice. I don’t mean to excuse bad behaviour, but sometimes things get said that shouldn’t be. Just ask Zinadene Zidane.