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Wreck of a Weekend

Posted 2011.04.25 9.23 in Aquaria, Sports, Uncategorized

What a miserable crappy long weekend. The weather wasn’t as bad as forcast, though it was still fairly dreary. That wasn’t the worst of it though.

Thursday night was supposed to be good but instead I had to watch first Montreal, then Vancouver lose their playoff games. One disappointment after the next.

Friday was marginally better, with a new Fringe episode – although I didn’t think it was that great an ep. Too much telling, not enough showing.

Then Saturday night Montreal lost yet again. Three losses in a row now.

And last night was Vancouver’s turn to drop their third in a row. They were up 3-nil in the series, now it’s on to game seven.

And through all of this, my beloved pet snails had been dying off. I don’t know what the hell happened exactly, because the fish and frog in the same tank have been doing fine. Just all the snails died. The last couple died on Sunday. Including Little Buddy, who had been with me for nearly two years. He was my little methusela snail, the one who wouldn’t die. Till yesterday.

RIP Little Buddy.

What a crappy weekend. Nothing good came out of it, just disappointment and sadness.

Four More Years…

Posted 2010.07.12 8.39 in Pointless Blather, Sports

Well it’s over. After England went out, I ended up rooting for the Netherlands. So I’m disappointed that the Oranje got so far, only to lose out in the end.

They had a good run though, with a nice long winning-streak before it all came to an end yesterday at Soccer City.

Well, perhaps 2014 will be the year. Or who knows, maybe England will do better next time around.

Noooooooooo!

Posted 2010.06.27 11.40 in Sports

England are down 4-2 with less than 13 minutes to go… Oh excuse me, 4-1. The goal-that-wasn’t, curse you FIFA and your stubborn obstinance of refusing to allow technology into your lives! Luddites!

Come on England! Go go go!

Dang it. Now who am I going to root for? No Aussies, no Kiwis, no Brits…

Of the remaining countries, I like German wines the best so I might have to start cheering for Germany…

World Cup 2010!

Posted 2010.06.07 9.55 in Sports

It’s almost that time again – World Cup football. I’m not really a fan, don’t know or follow any teams or leagues, don’t know or care who’s who. But once every four years, I’m all interested in it.

I’ve found the schedule for tv coverage in Canada, the only downside is being on the other side of the world, some of the game times are at odd hours. 7:30 in the morning? Dang. Still, if you can’t see it live, you can watch the rerun later I guess.

CBC World Cup 2010 Coverage

Go England!

More Olympics Stuff

Posted 2010.02.21 11.58 in Pointless Blather, Sports

I thought I was done with olympics stuff after the other post, but it’s very pervasive – like it’s all they talk about on radio and tv at the moment. So here’s some more tidbits and commentary.

Olympic Bouquets: I heard them talking on the radio about how these bouquets that were given to the medal-winners were specially designed to represent Vancouver / British Columbia, how they were all green and so forth. Am I the only one who immediately thought the bouquets were made of pot, or at least contained some weed? I know it’s one or two olympics ago, but when I think of winter olympics, vancouver, and then you think about snowboarding, and that’s just where my mind goes. Anyhow, they probably don’t have any weed in them, but I think it would have been classic if they did.

That Electronic Starting Gun: Appearantly I’m not the only one who thought it was wierd, there was a newspaper article about it. And it wasn’t brought about because Canadians are wimps about firearms — no, this time it’s the terrorists we have to blame! Yeah, normal starting guns can’t get through airport security any more so they had to come up with something else.

Winter Special Olympics: They do exist but they call it the Winter Paralympics. They happen next month. However, they don’t get to do luge, bobsled, skeleton, or any of those fun/crazy/dangerous sports. No snowboarding either, I think. They just get hockey, skiing (downhill & crosscountry) and curling. Oh but they do get biathlon! Hurtling down a concrete-and-ice chute is too dangerous, but rifles are ok, appearantly.

Biathlon: Speaking of which, I confirmed that they do still use real (.22 cal) rifles in this sport. So for now at least, no zappy laser-tag guns. Though I wonder, if biathletes can get their (real) rifles on and off airplans, how come those gee-whiz-guys at Omega can’t get their (blank-firing-only) starter pistols through? I’m suspicious.

Medals: I came across this which I thought was cool. The medals are among the largest/heaviest ever used in an olympics, weighing over a half-kilogram (more than a full pound) each. I found a neat little video on how they were made. Each medal is actually unique, so that no two are alike. If you put them all together though they form some very cool artwork. I heard the gold ones cost over $200 each to make. I wonder what it’d cost to buy something like that. They should have knockoffs for sale in the e-store. Though I shudder to think what that’d cost – I mean $40 for a cowbell? Sheesh!

The round ones are for the olympics, the square ones are the paralympics. I think. And hopefully the ribbon bit is really well-attached – give that a few swings and you could seriously brain someone.. a pound of metal on the end of 18 inches of nylon? Good luck getting that through airport security.

Winter Olympics

Posted 2010.02.17 17.35 in Sports

I’m not much into the winter olympics. Don’t have too much to say about it. Not terribly interested in it. Sure it’s nice to see Canada win a few medals, but I’m not sitting there watching it on tv or anything.

The only winter olympic sport that I was ever marginally interested in was the biathalon. It just seemed like a good combination – the boredom and drudgery of cross-country skiing, punctuated now and then with gunfire. Back when my folks had one of those ‘nordic track’ exercise thingies in the basement, I bought an air rifle and that made the make-believe basement skiing much more fun. Every 10 or 15 minutes you stop with the skiing and plink some targets.

Anyhow, I did end up watching a few minutes of something. What struck me most, was that the starting pistol seems to be some kind of orange plastic electronic doodad. It had like a xenon bulb at the tip that went ‘flash’ when the guy pushed the button, and the loudspeakers made a ‘bang’ sound. And that’s when I sort of thought, WTF?

I mean, is this just a Canadian thing because we’re so afraid of guns? Or is this actually a common olympic / sporting thing now? Where they use toy plastic electronic guns that make a ‘bang’ noise and go ‘flash’?

If they still do the biathalon, are they allowed to use real guns in that? I mean, I think it was 8 or 12 years ago when I last paid attention and they were using these funky super-expensive .22 rifles that were more or less specifically designed for olympics… but who knows now? Maybe they use laser-tag guns and blinky target lights that go ‘beep’.

I’m pretty sure the biathalon was based on the concept of having to hunt for your dinner in a snowy environment. All this technology and safety and stuff waters things down, IMHO. I’d rather see them just grab whatever the heck they were comfortable with or was the most fun. Like an actual hunting rifle? .303 or a .30-06 or something. Ski for a few minutes, then BLAMO! they obliterate some target 300 yards away.

I saw the news about the tragedy on the luge track last week. That was sad. They said that the Vancouver luge track was the fastest and most dangerous in the world. After the olympics are over, do they have a ‘special winter olympics’ like they do for the summer ones? Do they have all the same events? Will they be sending special olympians down the same luge track?

Anyhow, the winter olympics really just boils down to two things… first, there’s only a month or so till the next F1 season starts. And second, there’s only a few months till the World Cup. Not that I’m much of a football fan, as in, not at all, but I like the way the World Cup brings lots of nations together to kick a ball around. And I like hearing phrases like “injury time” and “time added on”. Canada typically sucks at it, so I root for England instead.

That’s about all I have on my mind for olympics. Cheers!

In The News

Posted 2010.01.13 11.35 in Sports

So I was listening to the radio news the other day, and they were saying that the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team was worried that their fan base among young people was shrinking. A representative was saying how  young people are more interested these days in technology and electronics, and so the Maple Leafs were moving to embrace some of these new ways to get and keep fans.

Now, I enjoy technical jiggery-pokery just as much as the next geek. Yes, I do in fact have the Maple Leafs’ app on my iPhone. As apps go, it’s well-made, was free, and does what it’s supposed to. So yay for that. However, an iPhone or Blueberry app is not going to make me back into a Leafs fan. Yes, I used to watch all the games, I used to know who the players were, used to know where they were in the standings.

I do believe that embracing technology and electronics is a good thing, and it’s one of those chicken-soup things; whether it helps or not, at least it can’t hurt.

However, speaking strictly as an outsider, someone who doesn’t do sports, I do have a tiny suggestion for them. Maybe I’m way off the mark on this, but maybe they’d be able to attract more fans if, like, they could just try and suck less?

I mean, it’s great that the TML app now gives me game times and tv channels for every game, and instant updates on scores, and lets me read box-scores of past games, and shows me up-to-the-minute standings, and all that stuff. It’s just, I have no desire to actually tune in and watch them suck all over the ice. I don’t need instant updates on how bad they suck. And up-to-the-minute is overkill, when I can just look once a month or so, to see that yes, they’re still hovering around last place. (Ok so last night they were 2nd worst in the east, 3rd worst overall.)

So, Toronto Maple Leafs – nice iPhone app. But if you want me to actually tune in and watch, or even just care slightly, maybe try and play better hockey?

Oh and – you’re worried about young fans? I’m not young (though sometimes I act immature) and infact I’m entering middle age, but you guys haven’t won a Stanley Cup in my entire life. My generation is having children now – there’s two generations of fans who have never seen a Stanley Cup won by Toronto. Yeah. Suck less.