The WHL playoffs are underway and really there was no surprise on night number one as the Calgary Hitmen had no problems with the Edmonton Oil Kings beating them 5-0. Joel Broda had a pair of goals and an assist while Martin (don’t call me Lee) Jones stopped all 21 shots sent his way to get the goose-egg. The other seven first round matchups begin tonight. BTW: I would love it if someone had started a WHL playoff pool. The league website had that a couple of years ago but it was just a one time thing.
It took him a couple of games but Alex Ovechkin has hit the 50 goal mark. He did it in a 5-2 win over Tampa. I shake my head when I hear people talking about Ovechkin or Malkin as NHL MVP this year. There is no doubt that Alex the GR8 is the guy. His infectious enthusiasm for the game is outstanding. He is the face of the NHL right now and he is the league’s best player. End of story!
How bout Sam Gagner. The Oilers 2nd year player gets his first pro hat-trick as Edmonton walloped Colorado 8-1. If you read my post Sunday morning about what happened in Saturday’s game between these two, you will know I asked myself why Edmonton couldn’t have given that effort last Saturday night. I’d have been very happy to see that 8-1 pasting on that night for oh I don’t know---34 hundred reasons!!!!!!!
Cal-State Northridge and American University(I don’t even know where that is) provided some of the top seeds with a scare at Day 1 of March Madness but in the end Memphis beat Cal-State Northridge and Villanova downed American both by double digits to move on. Had Memphis lost, I’m guessing a lot of brackets would have been f***ed on Day 1. The biggest upset of the day was one that a lot of people actually called…that was Western Kentucky beating Illinois. All in all, a good day for US college basketball fans to just sit in front of the TV and watch the games. Same thing goes today. By the way, I was 12-4 on Day 1 and would have been 13-3 had Virginia Commonwealth beaten UCLA---they only lost by one and had a shot at the end. That loss hurts though as I had VCU going to the regional final. I guess that glass slipper has shattered into a thousand pieces.
Eskimos running back Jesse Lumsden is pushing Pierre Lueders' sled at the Canadian Bobsleigh Championships this weekend at the Whistler Sliding Centre. The 26-year-old Edmonton native had been training this week with the Canadian bobsleigh team, and a team representative said earlier this week that Lumsden had been invited for a "very preliminary" try at the sport. However, a source confirmed Thursday that the six-foot-two, 226-pound running back, who last month signed with the Eskimos after playing four CFL seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, will compete with Lueders in the two-man and four-man event this weekend. Whatever you do Jesse, don’t get hurt!!!
The Leader-Post is reporting that Regina city council will soon get a report which has eight big moves in it to further develop downtown Regina. How about---a new football stadium that would be located behind Casino Regina. I’m just saying!!!!!!!
I’ve gotten so tired of BJ Penn’s whining about not getting a fair fight against Georges St. Pierre because the Montreal native was “greased up” in their last fight. GSP made Penn his bitch in the octagon on that February night, and if Penn truly wants that again then please GSP---just give it to him and then some.