The Brandt Centre was full and those in attendance got what they wanted Sunday night. Canada(in their green jerseys that made them look like the U of S Huskies) beat Sweden 6-2 in a rematch of the last two gold medal finals at the World Juniors. While impressed with the play of the Canadians, I was very disappointed at the Swedes. I found them to be disinterested, chippy and at the end of the game, very poor sports.
The Swedes skated off the ice at the end of the game without doing the traditional post-game handshake and then insulted everyone again by refusing to line up at the blue line for the post-game ceremony. WTF Sweden? I'm guessing this performance won't go over well with the Brandt Centre faithful that will watch the Swedes do their thing in the round-robin.
As mentioned the building was packed with luminaries throughout. This game even brought out the great Will Chabun from the Leader-Post---its the first time I've seen Will in a long time. He truly is one of the good ones. Others seen in no particular order---James Gallo, Les Lazaruk, Brent Parker(loved the button), Cliff Mapes (sexiest man in the building), Dan Plaster, the lovely Brittany Thies, Rich Sutter, Curtis Hunt, a guy that looked like one of the Jonas Brothers(I only know this because my 15 year old daughter watches MuchMusic!)Kelly Remple(chose this instead of the Vikings game--I'm impressed), frequent readers of this blog Matt and Chris G. Truly a red carpet evening.
Enough of the Pepsi guys with the cheer!!! Are you with me or against me on that one! I thought the ones at the Grey Cup the last couple of years were annoying, but these guys take the cake. Whenever I saw the girls, I had this inkling to give them my keys and make sure they check the oil!
The game itself was a great one. Jake Allen answered the Who's Jake Allen question in net. The defensive core was outstanding, Ryan Ellis showed why he might be the best junior blueliner in this country and many of the forwards were flying. It was also great to see Jordan Eberle get one on home ice. Next up is Finland in Calgary before a game against the Czechs at the Brandt Centre on Wednesday at a what I'm guessing will be a sold out Brandt Centre.
When there is a Rider game going on, I don't see anyone wearing Leafs, Habs, Oilers or Stamps jerseys. Thus when there is a hockey game going on, don't wear a Riders jersey. A couple of weeks ago at the Olympic curling trials there were two guys wearing Oilers jerseys sitting behind one of the hacks--they looked out of place. So to those wearing a Rider jersey at the WJC. I'm just sayin!!!!
Steelers 37 Packers 36----it might have been the best game in the NFL this year.
Buccaneers 21 Seahawks 7-ARE YOU F**IN KIDDING ME!!! BEATEN BY A ONE WIN TEAM IN YOUR OWN PARK. THIS IS HIGHLY UNACCEPTABLE! The towel has been tossed in by yours truly. What a colossal embarassment!
The Raiders beat Denver??? The Panthers beat the Vikings????
Who is Jerome Harrison and what is he doing running for 286 yards rushing?
One last thing. Considering the colour jerseys they wore last night, would it not have been ironic had Team Canada been called for too many men on the ice!!!! For those who think that is too soon or I touched a raw nerve, I do apologize. However, it had to be said!!!