Sunday, February 14, 2010
A Golden Night
Many Canadians were disappointed Saturday night when Jenn Heil won silver in the womens moguls having her chance at gold ripped away by the final competitor. It was the same scenario Sunday night as Alexandre Bilodeau sat and waited for a French competitor to come down the hill. Unlike Saturday, Bilodeau grabbed gold and in the process becomes a part of Canadian history. What a moment it was when it was learned that French skier was not good enough to rip the gold away from Bilodeau.
Canadians cheered from coast-to-coast the way we would for our hockey team when Bilodeau became the first athlete from our country to win gold on home soil. What a moment!
Calling the action from Cypress Mountain and describing the historic moment was Jamie Campbell. I think Campbell got the short end of the stick from the Blue Jays and from Sportsnet earlier this year when he had his gig as Blue Jays play by play man taken away from him. This moment won't be taken away. To be behind the microphone calling the historic event will certainly go down as a highlight for Jamie. I'm glad he was a part of it. He's one of the good guys and he deserves it.
A request from yours truly to CTV, TSN and Sportsnet when showing Olympic coverage. If the event is live, tell us. It wouldn't hurt to put live somewhere on the screen.
The Super Bowl of stock car racing went Sunday afternoon. YAWWWNNNNN!!!! I realize NASCAR is popular and I have many friends who love watching it, but it bores me to no end. TURN RIGHT FOR ONCE! Sunday's Daytona 500 went on and on and on because of a pothole (no they didn't run this down the Ring Road) that took forever to fix. Jamie McMurray won the race. Ask me that question next week and I'll forget the answer.
The NBA all-star game went in Dallas. The biggest thing about this game was it went in the Cowboys new stadium meaning an NBA attendance record was set. I don't know what the final was and you know my stance on all-star games so like Daytona---I don't care.
Congrats to Darrell McKee. He is off to the Brier after beating Joel Jordison in the final of the Sasktel Tankard. Most everyone thought Jordison or Pat Simmons would represent Saskatchewan, but it will be McKee instead. Three quarters of his rink have been to the Brier before under Bruce Korte's watch. They will be in tough though. How long has it been since Saskatchewan won the Brier? Methinks that drought will likely sadly continue.
Looks like Ryan Getzlaf is ready to go. Regina's number 1 NHL'er scores two and sets up two others as the Ducks beat the Oilers 7-3. Everyone's eyes were on Getzlaf after he hurt his ankle putting his status in Vancouver in jeopardy. I don't think anyone has to worry anymore. Meanwhile, I wonder what Steve Yzerman was thinking when Sidney Crosby went skating back to the bench in pain after blocking a shot on Sunday. Can you imagine the disaster talk if Crosby were unable to play due to injury.
I've seen it before, but I watched Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in "The Bucket List" on Sunday morning. What a great movie that is. If you haven't seen it, do so!
Even while covering the Winter Olympics, Rob Vanstone has time to check out this blog. He (and some of you) answered my question about the relationship between Lucas and Gene Makowsky. Rob says the two are second cousins. Thanks Rob! Hope you're enjoying Whistler. It is the place to be tonight. I also asked if Rob was on the pursuit for Jennifer Hedger since she is also based in Whistler. He says its all about the craft while there. SIGHHHHHH!!!! I guess this means Rob won't be "lighting up" with the locals either. Great reads on your Olympic Robservations Rob, please don't make an Olympian cry this time like you did in Beijing. He'll have to tell you that story.
Jeez I almost forgot this one. Did you see "The Simpsons" Sunday night? Homer and Marge went to Vancouver to curl. It was a little hokey. What was particularly irksome was no mention of Canada being in the gold medal curling or hockey game. It was still worth a few laughs though. A Vic Rauter cameo would have been outstanding.
Its a holiday Monday so enjoy it!