Take a bow Regina. Despite the fact that it seemed more like mid-December than mid-April out there, I think we did a pretty good job with the Juno Awards. I didn't hear too many people complaining and there were certainly a lot of people out and about over the past couple of days. If this was a dress rehearsal for the Grey Cup, I think we did OK. Did anyone run into a severely intoxicated Ben Mulroney? There are some women out there that absolutely love that guy. I'm not sure why. Then again, some ladies love Ryan Seacrest too.
How about the Brandt Centre? The orangetop looked outstanding. In fact, I said to the Mrs that if someone told me that was the Brandt Centre and I didn't know, I wouldn't have believed them. The place can look great if we want it to.
Why weren't Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne here? They could have done some wedding shopping while in our fine city. Damn you Chad, damn you Avril!!!
The big winner as far as I was concerned....Billy Talent! Those guys are outstanding!
The one thing that bothered me about the Junos, and other award ceremonies for that matter is/was the hollow red/green carpet ceremony. I hate those things. I don't care what he or she is or isn't wearing. Just get on to the show and hand out the awards.
Actually there were two things. If you were going to pay tribute to Rita McNeil, which was fine, then you had to do it for Stompin Tom too, especially on the Prairies. Yes, I know Stompin Tom and the Junos aren't the best of friends, but the man deserved his moment and if that would have resulted in everyone at the Brandt singing "Bud The Spud" or "The Hockey Song" so be it.
It took Michael Buble seven minutes to mention the Riders. What took him so long? Could he be back here for Grey Cup? Don't be surprised!
Speaking of the Grey Cup.....
Question: When this snow does go, it will leave behind a lot of water. Will that water turn into our summer being ruined by mosquitoes? I would think there would be a lot of standing water to treat and I would think this cold weather has done nothing when it comes to mosquito larvae hatching. If mosquitoes and other bugs ruin what is already going to be a short summer, there will be a lot of nasty moods around here.
The city really needs to do something about the parking lot at the Schmirler leisure centre. It is one giant pothole after another. I took my daughter swimming there on Saturday and as we were leaving, another couple was walking in saying its an embarassment. I can't disagree. When the centre shuts down for its yearly maintenance, its time to re-pave the lot.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are in the playoffs. This means we will be inundated with Leaf propaganda for the next few weeks. In the words of Rob Vanstone, I WANT ESPN!!.
Would the Leafs be in the playoffs if it wasn't for Brian Burke? He hired Randy Carlyle, he traded for Phil Kessel and James Van Riemsdyk. he drafted Nazem Kadri. This team has Burke's fingerprints all over it.
Who said Alexandre Ovechkin was done? Has he gotten himself into the MVP discussion?
The manhunt for the Boston bombers was compelling television. I'm sure it wasn't for those in the Boston area, but for those of us around the world that watched one Tsarnaev brother get killed in a fire-fight with Boston officials while the other one was captured while hiding in a boat, it was riveting to watch. It was like a real-life episode of "24" was happening on our TV screens. Jack Bauer would have kicked some ass too!
There seems to be a lot of chatter recently about Geroy Simon wearing Ray Elgaard's #81. Its too late now. The Riders could have and should have retired the number years ago, but they didn't and Simon isn't the first Rider since big Ray to wear 81 so let it go.
I know its early, but the Blue Jays can't afford to be losing series---especially at home to division rivals.
I bet Vernon Wells loved his weekend in Toronto.
Speaking of the Jays, former Blue Jays reliever Duane Ward will be here next Saturday night for the Regina Red Sox's annual dinner. I have been given the honor to sit down with Ward during the dinner and speak with him about his life as a major leaguer. I'm looking forward to rubbing elbows with Ward and Regina's baseball community. If you want to go. call 545-5232.
The Denver Broncos have the easiest schedule in the NFL this year when you look back at last season's opponents. The Carolina Panthers have the toughest. Lets see how that pans out.
What's fun about being sober on a Sunday morning? Nothing!
Have a good week!