Saturday, February 21, 2009

A Busy Saturday

A late start to the day but I once again found myself at the Press Box after last night's Pats-Warriors game doing what I did Thursday night and once again thoroughly enjoying myself. Add that to the fact its Saturday and well one can't blame me for sleeping in a little can they.

If you are a hockey fan, today is a day to celebrate our game. Why is that????

Its the annual Hockey day in Canada with the home base being Campbellton, New Brunswick this year. I think its great that Tim Hortons has gotten on board with this day because there a bigger piece of Canadiana than hockey parents sipping on Tim Hortons while watching their kids. There are not enough superlatives to describe the way CBC brings this day to us taking us from the grassroots of the game to the superstars we love watching on TV every night. One of my best days at my former employer was when Hockey Day in Canada came to Shaunavon. The little southwest Saskatchewan town had an "electric" feel to it that Saturday and there are many fond memories that come flooding back when I think of that day.

In fact, there is me besides the trophy that we all love to get our picture with. Looking at that picture I see it was exactly five years ago and I still have that winter jacket. Memo to self---time to buy a new winter jacket!!!

One of the games you will see on Hockey Night in Canada today is Vancouver at Toronto. It marks the return of Mats Sundin to Toronto. OH BOY!!! The Sundin saga was so overblown by everyone. If Sundin hadn't been a Maple Leaf that story would never have had the legs it did.

If hockey isn't your thing then maybe this is.....

That is Jennifer Jones being interviewed after winning last year's Scotties Tournament of Hearts at the Brandt Centre in that nail-biting final against Shannon Kleibrink of Calgary. Jones is back wearing Team Canada colours as the 2009 Scotties begins in Victoria today. Who's kidding who...there's nothing wrong with seeing Jennifer slide out of the hack. She will be in tough to repeat though with Saskatoons Stefanie Lawton one of the favourites. TSN will be all over the Scotties once again this year with over 60 hours of coverage including the finals. Lawton's first game is in the first draw. She will be up against the host province as she exchanges granite with Marla Mallett. That first draw goes at 2. Jones doesn't play in that first draw so maybe Vic, Linda, Ray and the gang will show Stefanie. Here's hopin'!!

OK lets get to last night and the Pats played what I think was their best game since Christmas as they beat the Warriors 5-2 thus ending their seven game losing streak. Brett Leffler was all over the ice for the Pats while Tomas Hricina led the offence with a pair. Regina remains four points behind Edmonton and Prince Albert for that final playoff spot in the East. They are in Moose Jaw tomorrow. Here's hoping the play of last night can translate into something positive.

The U of R Cougar basketball teams are both in a happy mood today and for good reason. The womens team wrapped up the GPAC title with a 60-59 win over Winnipeg. The Cougars will now prepare for the Canada West Final Four, which will be hosted by the division champion with the best league record. Regina could conceivably host the Final Four for the first time since 2004 if both Saskatchewan and Simon Fraser are upset in their division final series. Of course, the Cougs are hosting the CIS Nationals. As for the mens team, James Hillis' squad walked into Brandon and beat the Bobcats 84-76 in overtime to take a 1-0 lead in the best of three. At one time, the Cougars trailed by 16. Game 2 is tonight.

That's all I got for now. More later today including my suggestions for CFL commissioner Marc Cohon when it comes to rule changes. Have a great Saturday!

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