Posts from the ‘Sports’ Category

Tiger Woods’s Apologised. So what.

Am I the only one who thinks that Tiger Woods should have gotten up on the podium, and told everyone that he is a pro athlete with lots of testosterone, likes to have sex, and that any infidelity issues were between him and his family, and the media should butt out of his personal life? I personally don’t care if he slept with every woman in Florida, or even every woman in the USA. That is none of my business, except maybe for some slight jealousy on my part. 🙂 And it sure as hell is not anyone else’s business either, with the exception of his wife and family.

The general public seems to have too much of an interest in the personal lives of celebrities, much to the detriment of society and celebrities both. Just because someone is a celebrity does not mean they have to give up their right to privacy. I don’t blame the media, and I don’t blame the paparazzi, either. They are only delivering what the paying public is asking for, and willing to pay for. And for this reason, society needs to get a life! Seriously!

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. I feel a bit better already. Now I am off to TMZ to see who Charlie Sheen is shagging, or drinking with, or whatever / whomever he is doing these days. 🙂 I kid! Honest! 🙂

Congratulations to the Anaheim Ducks!

As everyone knows by now, the Anaheim Ducks beat the Ottawa Senators for the Stanley Cup in 5 games. The Ducks played well, and earned their place in Stanley Cup history. Congratulations, guys! Well played!

But let’s not forget the other team that was there. The Ottawa Senators played well too, and worked hard to get to the finals. This team is the first Ottawa Senators team to make it to the playoffs in 80 years. That is nothing to sneeze at. They played well, and showed a lot of the character and gamesmanship that has caused them to have so many fans here in the National Capital Region and elsewhere in all the places where hockey is played.

I will always have fond memories of the 2007 playoffs, as it marks the first time that my son and I shared an interest in the game, and could discuss it together at the breakfast table the next morning. Even my wife got caught up in the excitement when they made it to the final round. It became a common topic we could all talk about together. It was a special time, and I will remember it fondly forever.

To everyone with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, enjoy your summer, and keep your heads up. You played with honour and skill, and you have nothing to be ashamed of. We are proud of you for making it that far, and we know you will do better in future years, and your time will come. Your performance in the playoffs this year proves that. You brought excitement to the region, and for that, we thank you most graciously.

Until next season, when we will once again yell out as loudly as we can, Go Sens Go!!

Go Sens Go!

I have been following the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs this year, cheering for my local team, the Ottawa Senators. They eliminated Sidney "The Kid" Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins in 5 games. Then, they went on to beat Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils in 5 games. The Sens are now in the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1927. This team has gone through a lot of growing pains over the last decade. This year, they finally seem to be a mature team that has a real chance at lifting Lord Stanley’s Cup over their heads in the end.

Last year, Ray Emery was the back up goalie to Domick Hasek. Hasek got injured late into the regular season, and no one was sure of how this rookie backup goalie was going to do. Everyone had hung their hopes of winning the cup on Hasek. I was personally impressed with how well Emery did, given how few games he played in during the regular season.

When the playoffs ended last year, and Hasek was given his walking papers due to his string of injuries and questionable recovery, I was telling friends that Emery should be made the #1 goalie for the Senators. When they signed Martin Gerber for something like $4 million per year to be the new #1 goalie, I felt that they should have made Emery the new #1, and give him a raise, and hire a new #2 goalie. Somewhere during the regular season, Gerber was replaced by Emery as the #1 goalie, and things improved dramatically.

Now, in the playoffs, with 2 playoff shutouts under his belt, I feel vindicated in my faith in "Sugar" Ray Emery. He is as good as I felt in my gut that he could be. And for the record, I don’t feel he has reached his maximum potential yet. The best is yet to come from the young goaltender from Cayuga, Ontario. This is a goalie to keep your eye on in the years to come. He will doubtlessly be the next Hasek or Brodeur. And given some of the fantastic saves he has made so far in this playoff season against such good shooters as Sidney Crosby and Scott Gomez, I think that is a safe bet.

All I have to say now is:

Go Sens Go!!