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Stop The Madness
February 21, 2010 @ 13:42
I caught a couple of periods of the yesterday's women's Olympic hockey game between China and Switzerland and a frightening analogy came to me.
Is there any other sport in the Olympics besides hockey where a ten year old boy could beat an adult woman? I couldn't think of one.
Skiing, snowboarding, figure skating, speed skating... you name it, and it would take an exceptional and exceedingly unique situation for a ten year old boy to beat an adult woman.
But yesterday's hockey game between the Chinese and Swiss left no doubt in my mind. Virtually any team of Triple A ten year old boys could have beaten either women's team on the ice in Vancouver yesterday, and they aren't necessarily the two worst teams in the tournament.
It was a plodding, excruciating and offensive display of the game with several players continuosly falling down for no other reason than they can't skate very well with hockey equipment on.
This madness has to stop. Hopefully after the Olympics are complete the IOC will do the right thing and remove women's hockey from the program. It was a noble experiment, and it will be devastating for Canada and the United States, but really, enough is enough.
It would have been different if some of the other countries, especially Russia, had taken the sport more seriously in the last 18 years since it was adopted as an Olympic sport, but they haven't and it's turned into a two team tournament that borders on useless if not silly.
After three games, Canada has scored 41 goals and has allowed only three. The United States has scored 31 and allowed only one.
I take nothing away from the accomplishments of Teams Canada and the USA because you can only play who's put on the ice against you, but this is going nowhere and it's time to face reality.
Believe me, when the inevitable Canada / USA gold medal game happens next Saturday, I'll be in front of my 52 incher and cheering on the good gals like every other Canadian in the country. But that doesn't make the existence of the game valid.
My heart says continue, but my brain says end it. Women's hockey is clearly a failed experiment at the Winter Olympics.
Tiger's A Turd
February 20, 2010 @ 09:37
That performance by Tiger Woods is getting the full gamut of reaction. From those who still think he's a slithering snake, to those who feel there was a good measure of redemption achieved following his overly prepared and awkward speech.
My opinion is this. Beyond not really giving a shit what Tiger does or what happens to him in the months and years ahead, I still think timing was the biggest error.
Tiger should have pulled a David Letterman and addressed the situation as soon as it broke, that way all the speculation, accusations and lost revenue probably would have been avoided.
Yesterday just added to his problems. He filled the room with friends and family, he didn't take questions and he didn't address when he plan on returning to the tour.
All he did really was admit to what we already knew, make himself out to be some kind of a victim of the media and perpetuate the bullshit by running back to an excuse dressed up as sex addiction clinic.
Tiger Woods isn't addicted to sex. This whole scandal comes back to one thing. He got caught. That's it.
Some people are actually applauded Tiger for coming clean and taking responsibility yesterday. What the hell else was he going to do? Blame somebody else for banging bimbos and porn stars on a weekly basis?
Tiger went to Stanford University. That doesn't make him intelligent because under the American system, athletes don't have to be intelligent in order to get degrees, all they have to do is perform on the field, and that's why we shouldn't be surprised by Tiger's intelligence through all of this.
No doubt he's been getting some bad advice. Waiting too long was wrong, hiding too long was wrong and delivering a goofy speech that was too long was wrong.
Every step of the way, this mega-millionaire has been given bargain basement advice but he's been too stupid to realize it. Every day that he remained quiet, was another day for the media, and especially the "new" media to pound this guy into submission.
What a colossal miscalculation, highlighted by coming right off the heels of the Letterman scandal that disappeared almost as quickly as it came simply because Dave jumped on it right away.
That's what you do in the new world of websites and blogging and camera phones but nobody told Tiger and he was too dumb to realize it.
Olympic Hockey Musings
February 14, 2010 @ 09:37
It was interesting to hear Steve Yzerman claim that Russia should be favoured to win gold at the Olympic hockey tournament.
I'd like to say it's nothing more that mind games, but it's not. What he says may serve to take some pressure off Team Canada, but there's no getting around it, the fire power that the Russians have is a major concern. Couple their offence with Canada's traditional struggle to score goals at these tournaments, and there's trouble on the horizon.
Goaltending is another major issue. We can only hope that Martin Brodeur's recent struggles come from lack of concentration as he looks towards the next couple of weeks. If not, we're in big trouble unless Mike Babcock shows some king sized balls and goes to Roberto Luongo sooner than later.
And on the subject of goaltending, Team USA poses a huge threat if Ryan Miller gets into a groove. The rest of the American squad is good enough to pull this off if Miller throws up a brick wall. However, if there's anything that can counter-balance the potential danger of Team USA, it's Ron Wilson. He's not a very good coach. He's proving it with the Maple Leafs, and hopefully he'll screw things up in Vancouver.
Yzerman also stated that it would be a shame if the NHL does not allow its players to participate in 2014 in Russia. I disagree.
As intriguing as it is to have the world's best players in the Olympics, I don't it's fair to other athletes from Canada and other hockey nations like Sweden, Finland and Russia.
In Canada, the Olympics have become a hockey tournament with some other events placed around them and it's really not fair. Talk to anyone about the games in Canada, and it seems all they want to talk about is hockey. I'm sure it's the same in the other countries I mentioned.
And a while back I mentioned that I think Olympic organizers should take a long hard look at women's hockey. It's simply not competitive enough and to some degree its become silly.
Last night's 18-0 victory for Canada over Slovakia highlights it.
There would be nothing wrong with eliminating women's hockey until more than two nations became competitive. It would be the noble thing to do, but of course you know it won't happen. The backlash would be worse than the ski jumping controversy.
In the meantime, we'll all sit around and watch Canada and the USA humiliate everybody else until they inevitably meet in the gold medal game.
February 11, 2010 @ 07:12
"How's Habs watch doing these days? I guess it's tough to write a blog like that when the team you hate the most beats Vancouver, Pittsburgh and Washington with 3 of their main players out -15 points ahead of the Leafs and counting.....Oh my little Freddie poo poo."
Yes Frank, it is very difficult. I have witnesses who can attest to my disdain and disgust every time I learn of the Habs latest conquest.
It's quite frustrating when a team that has the creepiest fans in all of sport plays well above its head and does the unexpected.
Yes, I eat crow on this this one. The Leafs will not make the playoffs and they will finish behind the Habs, who probably will make the playoffs.
It's been difficult to write this with one hand while holding my nose.
Final note Frankie... enjoy it while you can...
January 31, 2010 @ 12:26
The Toronto Maple Leafs traded a shit load of players today, and if you care about the Leafs I'm sure you know who they are.
But to my mind, Brian Burke missed the boat by not making the most obvious move. He didn't fire coach Ron Wilson.
It doesn't matter who the Leafs bring to town because it's obvious they won't be coached to the level they need to be.
What ails the Maple Leafs had little to do with Matt Stajan or Ian White, but it had everything to do with a lousy system and bad habits that a coach is responsible for.
Don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with the trades because at this point, it can't hurt, but icing on the cake would have been the announcement that Wilson is gone as well.
It's a frustrating situation for Leaf fans, and Burke would never admit it, but Wilson remains with the Leafs exclusively because of his ties to Team USA. It would look bad for Burke, who hired Wilson for both the Leafs and the American National team, to fire the guy just days before the Olympics start.
How weird is that, the Toronto Maple Leafs suffer because of Team USA.
It's beyond stupid. Wilson should be outa here.
Twenty Bucks Wasted
January 24, 2010 @ 10:30
Sunrise, FLA - What can I say; last night was probably the lowest point ever for me as a Leaf fan.
I paid twenty bucks for two tickets for the Leaf game in Florida last night, and it was twenty bucks too much.
Like hundreds of other loser Leaf fans I sort of planned my vacation around a Leaf road game and was somewhat looking forward to it.
We drove up to Sunrise in the afternoon, I endured a couple of hours at the Sawgrass Mall, we had a great dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and then we headed across the parking lot to the BankAmerica Center to look for tickets.
I got two twenty dollar seats for ten bucks each, and then we went back to the car and did what you're apparently supposed to do when following your team on the road.
We put on Leaf jerseys.
What a miserable game. The Leafs sucked the big one and sitting there, it made me contemplate that this may be the worst Leaf team I've ever experienced
I know, I know. I lived through the 70's and 80's when the Leafs were horrendous, and it's been pretty slim since they last made a run in 2002, but this current team is sickening and most of the blame has to rest on the shoulders of the coach.
And that's the crazy thing; I still believe this team could be a lot better than it is. They've showed signs of promise a few times during the season, but it seems their coach, a guy whose way too cocky and condescending for someone who has no results to point to, doesn't know what he's doing.
It's fine to watch games on television but sometimes you actually have to be there to appreciate some things and that's what happened to me last night.
Isn't it the coach's job to tell his players to shoot more on the power-play? Isn't the coach's job to do something about the worst penalty kill in the league? Isn't it the coach's job to tell his players to finish their checks? Isn't it the coach's job to instill team discipline that prevents defensive break downs that minor atoms shouldn't make?
Let's go back to the game against Tampa Bay on Thursday night. Shouldn't the coach shoulder some of the blame for the ridiculous melt-down that Alexie Ponikarovsky had?
Where's the team discipline?
Shouldn't the coach be held responsible for a "too many men on the ice" penalty during overtime?
Isolated, these things happen. But with the Leafs they happen way too often and meanwhile the team is showing absolutely no progress. If anything, they're going in the other direction, and to my mind, a lot of it has to do with coaching.
And while we're at it, what about the General Manager? It might be OK if he quietly went about his business, but he too is awfully cocky for a guy who was going to bring chance to the organization and then turned around and traded away two first round draft choices for an average player.
He's got no right to act like he does, like he's smarter than everyone else. Shit, me and six of my best friends would have known not to trade first round draft choices.
Brian Burke has no been reduced to a nervous wreck whose terrifed that Boston may end up with the first pick over-all.
Same with the coach, he talks a big game before and afterwards, but during the game his team looks like a freakin' mess, a disorganized, undisciplined collection of under-achievers.
Again, I realize this team is far from good, but they should be doing better than they are.
The only saving grace in all of this is that Ron Wilson will coach Team USA at the Olympics. We can only hope he maintains the same standard.
It's fascinating. I looked around the arena last night and it was heavily dotted with Leaf jerseys. People like me who worked a game into their vacation. Dedicated Leaf fans who stick with their team through thick and thin, but what do they get in return?
And I know what's happening right now. There are Hab fans reading this and laughing at my prediction that the Leafs would finish ahead Montreal this year. Go ahead and laugh, you deserve it.
But don't get too ahead of yourself. That team of yours ain't so hot either, and there's a collapse coming just like last year.
As for your joy in the mess that is the Toronto Maple Leafs, thank Ron Wilson.
So Far So Good
January 16, 2010 @ 11:20
It's no secret that I'm not much of an NBA fan. It doesn't help that I'm not big on the actual game itself, but when you include the boatload of idiots who play in the NBA it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Having said that, I've gotta say I'm immensely impressed with NBA commissioner David Stern and the Washington Wizards.
Stern showed remarkable leadership in suspending Gilbert Arenas indefinitely without pay and the Wizards showed class by supporting it.
In an era when athletes are coddled and protected and allowed to think they answer to a different set of rules than the rest of us, it was great to see the commissioner smack Arenas upside the head with a suspension that has teeth, and even better to see the Wizards react the way they have.
The team has removed nearly all traces of the player from their home arena, including Arenas merchandise with his jersey No. 0 and a huge banner with his photo that used to hang outside.
So far, everything has been done correctly.
But that will probably change. As I said in a posting a couple of weeks ago, I think Arenas should have his contract cancelled and be thrown out of the NBA for life, but that's wishful thinking
In today's world, that would be considered extreme and Stern and the NBA would be criticized for not giving a man a second chance, and from there I'm sure it would become a human rights issue and then it would morph into a racial issue.
By pleading guilty to a felony gun charge yesterday, without a doubt the backroom dealings are already taking place. Arenas pled guilty, which means he'll receive a sentence well below the maximum five years. Once that's determined then the NBA will show compassion and allow him back into the game with several conditions.
Personally, I won't like it. By taking a gun into an NBA locker room, Arenas has blemished professional sport well beyond what it deserves and in this case I don't think there should be room for a second chance.
But hey, as its been point out to me on several occasions in the comment section of this blog, I'm just a bitter old hard ass.
Why Does God Pick On Leaf Fans
January 13, 2010 @ 08:51
From the Toronto Star: After Tuesday night's loss, the Leafs fell to within four points of the last-place Hurricanes in the East, while remaining a threadbare two points out of second-last overall in the league.
Naturally, skepticism is growing since the Boston Bruins, who acquired the Leafs' first-round picks this year and next for Phil Kessel, stand to reap a top-three pick should the Leafs continue to falter and finish at or near the bottom of the league.
Ultimately, the Leafs continue to fail as a team.
They have outshot opponents 12 times in the last 14 games - including a whopping 40-18 margin against Carolina on Tuesday night - but have won only three times during that span.
Step One - In The Right Direction
January 7, 2010 @ 08:19
NBA suspends Arenas indefinately.
Hopefully it's step one of this creep being thrown out of the NBA forever.
Hockey Night In Peterborough
January 6, 2010 @ 08:38
Looking forward to last night's hockey game, I decided to seek some atmosphere so I wandered over to Champs Sports Bar in the trendy (for Peterborough) Charlotte Mews area.
I was joined by a couple of Wolf buddies, morning man TJ Connors and production wizard Ryan Lalonde.
We got a decent table not far from the large projection screen, but far enough to be separated by a table that featured a couple of Milfs. (They received this designation from TJ and Ryan)
Anyway, in order to watch the game I had to have this one particular woman in my sight lines and it was interesting to see her sobriety decline as the night went along. At first she appeared to be proper and polite, but as she continued to pound the ales she became louder and more animated with her body movements.
I think it was somewhere around the middle of the second period that she started to wave her arms and let out the odd "wahoo" while doing just about everything but watch the game.
At one point, without the assistance of music, she started to "sit dance". You know, when someone remains seated but dances in their chair from the waist up. I hate it, and I really hated her doing it, but eventually I cut her some slack because it turns out she had a broken foot.
She wore a cast.
At one point during one of her seat dancing sessions she leaned forward and I caught a glimpse of her thong. It wasn't one of those moments that takes your breath away, rather it was one of those moments that takes your virility away.
The thong was one of those really stringy things that rode up very high on her hips, and it was obvious the part that cupped her "va hoo hoo" was also rather slim.
The thong appeared to be old, and yellow in colour with black faces on it. The opposite of smiley faces. I don't know if there's a term for smiley faces with the smile turned upside down, but that's what she sported and I wasn't surprised because I'd have a scowl on my face too if I had to engage that ars.
As the game wore on, she became measurably more aggravating and during overtime, she stood up on her broken foot a couple of times and blocked the screen.
Now I ask you, do you think Freddie P. was happy at this point? Far fuckin' from it, and it didn't help that as she stood up her jeans were extremely low cut and the thong continued to ride high in a crooked and awkward fashion.
I was almost happy when Team USA scored in overtime to end this madness. Team Canada didn't deserve to win and I didn't deserve to be exposed to the sideshow in front of me.
But it got worse. Right after Team USA scored the winner a slender woman from the back of the room ran up to "thong lady" and lifted her shirt, sweater and bra and exposed her perky boobs with rather large areolas. This prompted thong woman to do the same, exposing her "better than I thought they'd be boobs" to the entire bar. And it wasn't a brief glimpse. She stood there and gyrated her hips in classic peeler fashion.
I shook my head in disbelief. A Tuesday night in a local down to earth sports bar, Team Canada had just lost the World Juniors and this was taking place in front of me.
But there's more.
After covering up, the two women in question, not six feet in front of me, started to have a conversation and while slight and perky stood there, thong woman reached out and started to rub her friend's reproductive area.
No kidding. As they talked, hop-along Sue was caressing the inside of the other women's thighs and then deliberately sliding her hand up and rubbing her love patch... and she spent quite a bit of time there.
Needless to say, a good portion of the fellas that were in the area enjoyed what they saw and started hootin' and hollerin' but I was quite different and it was at this point I realized that I must be getting old.
I like lesbo stuff just as much as the next guy, and there was a time that such a show, even with two-bit players would have revved my engine to some degree.
Not this time, I lost my patience, and screamed for them to sit down so I could watch Sportscentre.
You've gotta love Peterborough.
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