The Stanley Cup has been given away, and the Riders have started the 2009 season, but it would appear as if hockey is dominating the headlines around these parts this morning.
First off, it looks like the NHL is returning to Regina for the first time in a long time. CTV Regina says the final touches are being put on an agreement that would see the Senators and Lightning play at the Brandt Centre in September. Add this to the Islanders training camp in Saskatoon and the World Juniors and there is going to be a lot of quality hockey in the province.
The NHL awards went in Sin City and they might as well have gone on at Casino Regina. You would think the league would jazz it up big-time seeing they were in Las Vegas, but nope!!! It was one boring affair. No real surprises with the award winners as Ovechkin took the MVP title again with others like Thomas, Chara and Mason taking away hardware. Roberto Luongo was named the fan favourite winner and Jarome Iginla was given the Mark Messier leadership award. Really??!! Iggy?! No disrespect to Jarome, but if he's such a leader than why can't the Flames get it done in the playoffs. Then again, they could have given the award to Joe Thornton!!! How bad were the awards?? One of the musical guests---Chaka Khan!!! What was MC Hammer unavailable? Chaka Khan!!! What agency did the NHL ask to supply talent. Was Alannah Myles busy?? CMON!!!! You can do and should have done much better than that---especially in Vegas. Were there any showgirls????
While the real awards were handed out, the people at canoe.ca had the awards they would like to give out. Take a look......
Blogger note: With all respect to Mike Comrie, there is no way he wins the award for hottest celebrity girlfriend when Dion Phaneuf is still with Elisha Cuthbert. Elisha wins hands down over Hilary any day of the week. If the two want to meet in a cat-fight though, lets do it during an intermission of an HNIC game.
If Phaneuf stays with the Flames, he might be playing a game at MacMahon Stadium on New Years Day. There is talk the NHL now wants to have a winter classic doubleheader with the first game going at Fenway Park in Boston and the 2nd one going at MacMahon. Gary Bettman, do you know the definition of the word overkill!!! Why don't you get smart and see if you can play the game in Vancouver to help promote the league and the upcoming Olympics.
Nice to see Dean Chynoweth get a shot in the NHL. He is one of the good guys in the WHL and while I'm not crazy about the team he is going to(Islanders), it is a shot in the bigs. Some forget he was drafted 13th overall by the Isles in the 87 draft. I wonder who replaces him in Swift Current. Could Chad Lang re-enter the WHL mix by serving as the GM? Could he partner up again with Steve Young? Those two got the Warriors to the league final a few years ago. Is Swift Current the new home for former Lethbridge coach Michael Dyck. Is Tim Tisdale ready to get back into the WHL coaching wars???? Those are just a couple of names. C'mon Keener, c'mon Switzer, you both read this blog. Help me out!!!...or did I just help you???
Word out of Weyburn is Dwight McMillan is coming back for yet another season as coach of the SJHL's Weyburn Red Wings. How long has Dwight been the bench boss in Weyburn??? His tenure might be one of the longest, if not the longest in hockey. Its been at least 25 years. When Dwight finally hangs up the whistle, I hope he ends up in the Hockey Hall of Fame. He certainly deserves to when you consider he is one of just a handful of coaches who have won 1-thousand games.
Are the Sedins just stupid???? The "twins" want identical 12 year, 73 million dollar contracts from the Canucks. BA HA HA HA HA!!! They say they should get a deal similar to the one Henrik Zetterberg signed. BA HA HA HA HA!! Do the Sedins really think they are as good as Zetterberg???? Are these two going to come as a package. Have they not grown up enough yet to be separated from one another. Good luck in trying to get what you want boys.
Thumbs up to NFL commish Roger Goodell. He has indefinitely suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Dante Stallworth. This on the heels of the 30 day jail sentence Stallworth was given following a guilty plea on a charge of DUI manslaughter. You know damn well if you or I kill someone accidentally while drunk that we are not getting 30 days behind bars. We are getting a helluva lot more than that. How Stallworth gets away with 30 days for taking someone's life is beyond reprehensible. Michael Vick got more time in prison for killing animals. I guess our justice system isn't the only one that is screwed up. In my mind, Stallworth should not play a down of professional football for a long, long time.
24 hours after the Eskimos beatdown of the Riders and the furore has died down somewhat. Some are still quite concerned over the 45-12 performance and I ask why?? Exhibition games don't matter when it comes to who wins and who loses. The Eskimos are not two points ahead of the Riders in the standings. Yes, questions must be asked after the performance, but the real Riders or at least a better indication of the players that will make this team will be on the field Tuesday at home against Calgary. By the way, if the Riders beat Calgary by 30 will those bemoaning what happened at Commonwealth be picking out a spot for their lawnchair on Albert Street to watch the parade. The real questions begin July 3 when B.C comes to town to open the season. Until then, relax!!! Take a deep breath!! I know you missed debating what your team is doing on the field, but don't start looking for the panic button. You do no one any good including yourself by doing that.
In the "Is this really a story??" category comes the "heinous" act performed on a fly by President Barack Obama. Did you see how cruel the president was when on MSNBC.
Mr.President, you are a heartless bastard. How dare you do what millions of people around the world do on a daily basis. You are an animal!!! PETA is actually using this to try and gain some press clippings. Please!!!! Are the PETA people not the most annoying out there???? Maybe the President should hire someone to walk around him with a fly swatter. At least one of his Secret Service men didn't pull out a pistol and shoot the pest.
So much for watching the US Open on Thursday. Rain basically washed the day away. They will try again this morning. I'm guessing by looking at the forecast that this one won't be ending Sunday. Say what you will about Tiger and his game, but the best part of it is the way he can get out of trouble. Did you see his drive on 1 yesterday. It was horrible, yet somehow he manages to still salvage a par. I don't know what he did to get to the green, but I do know he turned what looked like a double bogey to start off into a par.
I'm a big Def Leppard fan and always have been since they first came out. I'm watching the CMT awards the other night, and I see that Def Leppard is nominated for an award with Taylor Swift of all people for best live performance for Photograph. I had to Youtube it to see what it was all about. I gotta say I like Taylor as a rock chick singing one of the best rock songs of all time in my mind. Here it is.....
There's a lot of excitement around Regina for Taylor's performance at Craven this year. Hey I know she's the next big thing in country music and maybe has already achieved that big thing status, but how can you be more excited to see her than you are to see George Strait. CMON!!!!! By the way, was Taylor even born when Photograph came out?? I don't think so! I'm glad for Taylor's sake that she wasn't doing any remakes with KISS because that would mean spending some time with Gene Simmons and well, I think you know the rest.
That is all. As always, thanks for reading. Feel free to leave any comments you may have.