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March 31, 2007 @ 09:33
Read this story about Tie Domi and the meltdown he had at hockey arena last night.
I find it interesting that anybody could defend this guy in such a situation. Forget the yelling and the swearing, the minute a hockey dad leaves the stands and confronts a coach in front of kids, it's wrong.
The coach shouldn't have to put up with it, and the kids shouldn't have to see it. Problems between a parent and coach can be settled behind closed doors, or done over the telephone.
I imagine those who defended Domi last night are star struck imbeciles who love having a former Leaf around them.
Nobody should yell and scream and carry on like this in front of kids over a bloody hockey game, but especially not a former NHL player and supposed role model.
How do you think Max Domi feels this morning? Why to go Tie!
March 31, 2007 @ 09:32
I was listening to Leafs Lunch on am 640 yesterday and Jeff and Bill had Bruce Garrioch as a guest. He's a writer with the Ottawa Sun and often appears on the Hockey Night in Canada hot stove.
Garrioch started his segment by telling Leafs Lunch that Ottawa's All-sports radio station had a call-in segment yesterday morning and Senator fans were urging their over-rated, piece of crap, choke artist hockey team to throw their game against Montreal last night.
The reasoning was simple, Senators fans hate the Leafs and they want them to miss the playoffs. And to tell you the truth I'm not surprised.
On the surface you'd assume suck ass Senator fans would want this out of spite alone because you wouldn't figure the Leafs would pose much of a threat to anybody in the playoffs, but it goes beyond that.
Ottawa fans may be stupid, but they aren't dumb. They know what a spineless, gutless hockey team they have, and the last thing they need is another match-up with the underdog Maple Leafs in the playoffs.
It probably wouldn't happen in the first round, but Ottawa fans know that Toronto has a tradition of over-achieving in the playoffs and they don't want to take any chances of having the Leafs upset somebody, and then tangle with their gang of gag artists.
I don't have to go over the history because any hockey fan is well aware of the Senators miserable history when it comes to the playoffs - and it was deliciously highlighted last year when Daniel Alfredsson, with the Senators playoff life on the line, stood there and allowed Buffalo's Jason Pominville to skate around him for the series winning shorthanded goal.
No doubt the Senators are a distasteful team to begin with having developed players like Hossa the eye picker and Havlat the kicker - but their fans are even worse.
Senator fans are collectively sickening. Like that weasel you can't stand at work, the type that would give a tourist the wrong directions just for the fun of it, the type who would swear at your wife if she was wearing a Leaf sweater. Arsholes basically, big goofy arsholes!
To tell you the truth, I get to this point of this essay and I don't know why I even bothered. Ottawa fans will never change, and neither will their hockey team.
Now enjoy this video. Appreciate how Alfie takes a feeble swipe at Pominville while he swoops around him.
Given the situation, Alfie "the captain" should have done anything he could to stop the Sabre, including holding, hooking, high sticking or tripping - after all, the Senators were on a power-play, taking a penality wouldn't have hurt.
I guess Alfie wasn't thinking.
March 31, 2007 @ 09:31
Toronto Mike had a posting about the Raptors yesterday, and referred to a conversation we had a few weeks ago.
The Raptors are basically a non-entity in Toronto. In Toronto they're treated much like NHL teams are treated in a lot of American markets. They have a small nucleus of fans that go to their games, but that's it.
The Raptors get 18 to 20 thousand fans to every game, but their television ratings are embarrassing and virtually nobody listens to their games on the radio. And let me ask you, when was the last time you went somewhere and got into a conversation about basketball?
I agree with Mike, it's odd that the Raptors have all but secured first place in the Atlantic Division and have already nailed down a playoff spot, yet all anybody wants to talk about is the Leafs and hockey.
That's just the way it is in Canada, and I'm not about to apologize for it. If anything, Americans should apologize for choosing basketball over hockey.
Abu Hasan And Me - Part 2
March 30, 2007 @ 09:04
I spent a couple over very enjoyable hours with Abu Hasan on Wednesday night. And right off the top I have to explain that his name is Abu Hasan, not just Abu or just Hasan.
Abu Hasan means "father of Hasan". So by referring to him as just Abu like I did earlier in the week, I'm actually calling him "father of" and of course that doesn't make sense.
Abu Hasan is a 33 year old Canadian Muslim. He was born in Toronto and raised in Pickering before moving to Brampton about five years ago after being married. He's well educated and he develops software for a living. He's also concerned about the decaying image of Muslims around the world.
It would take page upon page to disclose everything we talked about on Wednesday night but his over riding concern and the reason he wanted to meet with me, was to explain that Muslims are peace loving people who are currently being blemished by a very small minority. A small minority that has chosen to interpret the faith in their own way to fit their own agendas and this simply isn't fair to those who follow Islam in the traditional way.
It's like anything else folks, we're all so easily influenced by what we see on television or read in the newspaper and we're quick to generalize and that can be a dangerous thing. Especially for people like Abu Hasan who doesn't drink and doesn't smoke, who prays five times a day, who loves his young family and who loves his religion.
He also loves the Leafs, the Jays, 102.1 The Edge and he especially loves his country.
I Wonder Why
March 30, 2007 @ 09:02
Federal Conservatives are riding a wave of popularity while their rival Liberals are crippled with plunging support, a new poll finds.
The online survey by Angus Reid Strategies found 39% of Canadians would vote Tory if an election were held today, while only 22% would cast their ballot for the Grits. New Democrats sit with 17% support, the Green Party climbs to 11% and the Bloc Quebecois slips to 10%.
On the leadership front, 41% believe Prime Minister Stephen Harper would make the best PM, compared to only 17% who picked Stephane Dion.
Hmmm - I wonder why?
Another Beer Story
March 30, 2007 @ 09:01
Last spring Labatt offered a great promotion. In every case of Bud Lite you got a coupon good for two steaks from M + M Meat Shops.
Neighbour John and I had a contest to see who could gather the most coupons and he easily beat me.
This spring, Bud Lite if has a new promotion. Every case contains one hat for each of the 18 teams that has won the Stanley Cup, and needless to say John and I are going head to head again.
I'll be honest, I get involved in this stuff more to humour him than anything else. No doubt I'm a pretty good beer drinker, but I'm no match for the king. No match what so ever.
John already has three hats (Leafs, Jersey and Detroit) and I have none.
The question won't be whether I can beat him, the question will be.... will he get the whole set by the end of April.
Category: Neighbour John
March 30, 2007 @ 09:00
This didn't actually come to my attention until last night when I was watching Bill O'Reilly on the Fox News Channel.
He was talking about the growing popularity of pseudo lesbianism in the United States. Poor old Bill can't figure out why all these young girls in America are kissing each other if they aren't really lesbians.
Two women tried to explain it to the old bugger but he wouldn't buy their story that girls do it for attention because young men seem to enjoy watching it. Bill seems to think it goes deeper than that, and therapy is in order.
Anyway as part of his presentation, O'Reilly used a clip from Tuesday's season finale of "Dirt". It's a show on the FX channel starring Courtney Cox and I don't believe it's available in Canada.
Apparently Courtney plays a ruthless, horny bitch who's willing to do anything to get ahead. In the season finale, Jennifer Aniston was a guest star and the two former "Friends" stars actually kiss after referring to a lesbian affair.
As you can imagine there was a lot of pre-show hype (which escaped me) but when the big moment happened on Tuesday night it was considered a major disappointment, and for the most part I have to agree.
Have a look. It rates a 3 out of 10 on the "baby come on!" scale.
March 29, 2007 @ 10:04
"I see Tie Domi was at the Leafs game on Tuesday... but no Belinda?!
Category: Fun Stuff
March 29, 2007 @ 09:05
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Freddie P. On TV
March 29, 2007 @ 09:04
I'll be on CH Live at 5:30 with Mark and Donna this afternoon. The subject is women umpires in professional baseball.
Today in Mesa, Arizona, Ria Cortesio will work the pre-season game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs. She will be the first woman to umpire a major league exhibition game since 1989.
Pam Postema kicked around the minors for a couple of seasons back then before getting released.
This afternoon we'll discuss whether having woman umpires in the Major Leagues is a good idea, and I'll tell you right now I'm inclined to say no.
But before you go ape-shit ladies, tune in and hear me out. CH Live at 5:30