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Top 10 Reasons for Hockey Loss February 24, 2006

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Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen lists the top 10 reasons or excuses on why our men’s Olympic hockey team lost:

1. Wayne Gretzky
2. Rink size
3. Distractions
4. Leadership
5. Injuries
6. Coaching
7. Heart
8. Hot goalie
9. Ovechkin
10. No loonie

Read the full article with reasonings here.  It’s certainly a tough loss to take but I think it’s going to make things more interesting and exciting for the 2010 games in Vancouver.

$ Million Crash February 22, 2006

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This is what happens when you have more money than brains:

Authorities are investigating the circumstances behind a spectacular crash on Pacific Coast Highway that destroyed a rare Ferrari Enzo estimated to be worth more than $1 million. The red Ferrari was going at least 100 mph when the driver lost control and struck a power pole, investigators said. The car one of only 400 made _ shattered, with its engine coming to rest on the highway and its wreckage scattered.

Sheriff’s investigators identified the owner as Stefan Ericksson, 44, of Bel Air, who escaped the wreck with only a cut lip.

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Dumbass.

Random Ramblings February 22, 2006

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So it looks like Gretzky being a distraction at the Olympics didn’t pan out.  All of the naysayers were proven wrong for thinking that our Olympic athletes would somehow crumble under the huge dsitraction Gretzky would impose on the games, causing them to lose their events or take away from their glory.  The media attention has been so tamed that when Gretzky talked to them the other day, I was able to count the amount microphones that were present on one hand.  All of which probably belonged to the Canadian media.  Oh and it looks like he’s suffering financially for this whole gambling scandal:

Amid a gambling scandal that has touched several people close to Wayne Gretzky, retailer Roots Canada has given the legendary Canadian hockey player a vote of confidence.

Roots announced yesterday it has signed a multi-year marketing deal with Gretzky to promote a new line of clothing in its stores.

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–  Watching the women’s hockey team win the gold medal makes it all the more infuriating that some people want to see the sport eliminated from future Olympic games.  The reasoning for it is absurd and the people championing it should be ashamed of themselves. 

–  One major complaint I have about the CBC’s coverage of the Olympics is the absence of any radio coverage.  I was trying to find the men’s hockey game yesterday on the CBC’s website where you can listen to the radio and found nothing.  I was going through all of the cities they have listed on their site (most of which did not work) and did not find any coverage.  What the heck are we paying for anyway?  It would be nice if they had some coverage of the men’s hockey game today.

–  I don’t know who that figure skating analyst Brian Williams had on the other night but she was a pretty hot cougar.

–  Speaking of Brian Willians, I’m not sure if most of you know this but he is broadcasting live from the CBC’s Toronto studios.  Not from somewhere in Turin. 

–  As team Canada battle the Russians today, let’s give them our full support.  Win or lose.  They are getting grilled by many fans and pundits for their play of late, but let’s remember that Canada is not the only team with the best players in the world.  Let’s give the other countries some credit and be grateful that Olympic hockey has become so competitive that a team from Switzerland are in the quarter finals.  GO CANADA GO!

Live-blogging the Game February 16, 2006

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For those of us at work who can’t watch the hockey game between Germany and Canada, the CBC is live-blogging it over on their site here.  I tried looking for a radio feed but was unsuccessful.  Sorry, this is the best I could do. 

Pencil Pusher February 16, 2006

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Couldn’t afford the Viagra eh?

A Serbian man needed emergency surgery after sticking a pencil inside his penis to keep it stiff during sex.

Zeljko Tupic, from Belgrade, told doctors he had experienced erectile difficulties in the past.

So as he prepared for a night with his new lover, he decided to insert a thin pencil into his penis.

Tupic had to cut his sex session short when the pencil shifted and became lodged in his bladder, forcing him to call an ambulance, the Kurir newspaper reported.

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It’s a good thing he wasn’t more ambitious.  The headline could have read “Ruler-in-penis idea backfires on eager lover”. 

Bryant Dumbel February 16, 2006

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Bryant Gumbel was once regarded as a brilliant journalist with lots of potential.  Now he’s just a race-baiting has been with an ax to grind with the rest of the world: 

There were some eye-opening remarks from Bryant Gumbel on the most recent episode of HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel. According to a transcript posted by a television columnist named Seth Frelich, Gumbel said the following in his closing monologue last week (emphasis mine):  

“Finally, tonight, the Winter Games. Count me among those who don’t care about them and won’t watch them … Because they’re so trying … Like, try not to be incredulous when someone attempts to link these games to those of the ancient Greeks who never heard of skating or skiing. So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world’s greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention. Try not to point out that something’s not really a sport if a pseudo-athlete waits in what’s called a kiss-and-cry area, while some panel of subjective judges decides who won … So if only to hasten the arrival of the day they’re done, when we can move on to March Madness — for God’s sake, let the games begin.” 

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Perhaps Gumbel doesn’t realize that most blacks come from countries where it does not snow and that a lot of those countries do not participate in the winter Olympic games.  That’s not journalism Bryant, it’s a little thing called common sense.  Use it once in awhile.  It might help bring some credibility back into your failing/dead career.  Oh and how is your search for extraterestrial life going?

Why Are They After Gretzky Again? February 16, 2006

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Because he had prior knowledge of the gambling ring? 

More details supporting Wayne Gretzky’s contention that he had no prior knowledge of the alleged illegal gambling ring emerged Sunday.

According to a report from the Associated Press, a person with knowledge of the investigation confirmed that the wiretap conversation of Gretzky allegedly asking Rick Tocchet how his wife Janet Jones could avoid being named happened last Monday. That is the same day detectives showed up at Gretzky’s home looking to speak to his wife.

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Or is it because his wife Janet was involved in something illegal?

A spokesman for the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice told ESPN.com on Wednesday that it is unlikely that additional people will be charged in connection to a gambling ring allegedly financed by Phoenix Coyotes assistant Rick Tocchet and a New Jersey state trooper.

John Hagerty said Janet Jones Gretzky, who allegedly wagered through the ring, and others could be called as witnesses in the case but indicated that Jones Gretzky would not be charged because she has not done anything illegal.

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So the media now has nothing to go on.  Nothing to accuse Gretzky of.  They have no reason to talk about anything but hockey.  Except for this:

Norm Clarke, who writes for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, said Jones enjoys playing blackjack for $1,000 a hand.

And while Wayne Gretzky has denied betting on sports, a Vegas insider said Gretzky has dropped more than $2 million in the Nevada city, where gambling is legal.

The head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes has a credit line that allows him to bet up to $25,000 a hand, but reportedly plays well below that level. At that, Gretzky would have a $1-million credit line and would be entitled to free rooms and VIP treatment.

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Oh dear God!  Not Vegas.  Not in the capital of the gambling world.  What was Gretzky thinking when he went to Vegas?  Surely anyone with a clear conscience and without sin would avoid those places of evil called the casino. 

The Apprentice 5 February 16, 2006

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NBC has updated their Apprentice webpage.  Go check out the new candidates for season 5 here.  I haven’t gone through all of the bios but it looks like we have a Canadian on the show.

Idiot Columnist February 15, 2006

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All this self-righteous attention the media is giving Gretzky is starting to really piss me off!  Sure they are doing their jobs but what more do you think they can get out of him other than that he has no involvement in the gambling affair?  Do they really think he’s going to come out and say more than what he’s already said?  I don’t think so.  It also bugs me that these media guys are now blaming Gretzky for taking the spotlight and media attention away from other athletes.  Like this bozo:

You’ve probably never heard of Sara Renner and Beckie Scott. I had not heard of them until early Tuesday afternoon. But these two Canadian skiers should be famous today, the primary stars of a Bud Greenspan-produced Olympic moment.

About the time Gretzky’s traveling circus arrived at the Turin airport, 2 1/2 hours west of here in the mountain hamlet of Pragelato, the Canadian women were winning a silver medal in the women’s team cross-country skiing team pursuit. Yet there were no TV minicams, no camera flashes, no crowded interview room full of journalists wanting to hear their story.

There should have been an army of journalists in those mountains, because this was a story that embodies the Olympic ideal. On the third lap of a six-lap race, Renner’s ski pole snapped in her hand. She was in first place at the time, but suddenly her arms were flailing away, one arm trying to dig into the snow and protect her lead, the other frantically trying to get the broken pole strap off her other wrist.

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Maybe you can blame your colleagues for not covering the Olympics.  Maybe you can ask them why they weren’t front and center at Renner and Scott’s press conference.  Maybe you can ask them why it was more important to cover and report on an issue that has already been covered and reported on to the complete dismay of sports fans and athletes who just want to watch and compete in the Olympic games.  Maybe you can ask them why they are so ready to swoop down like vultures and pick on the corpse of a man that they’ve vilified for being supportive of his wife and friend. 

Sometimes you have to wonder whether it’s more honourable to be a lawyer than it is to be part of the media.

Is It Turin or Torino? February 14, 2006

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So where the heck are the Olympics being held?  Turin or Torino? 

The head of the Olympic organizing committee weighed in Monday on the debate over the name of the host city.

Torino is the Italian name of the city, while Turin is the common English version. NBC calls it Torino, while The Associated Press and most English-language media use Turin.

Valentino Castellani, chief of the TOROC organizing committee, said it was decided years ago with NBC to “give an Italian identity” to the games.

“We chose to give a strong visibility to the Italian word the Torino Games,” he said.

But Castellani said he doesn’t mind if the media use the English version.

“It’s a game,” he said. “We are not offended if you call us Turin. But the brand of the games is Torino 2006.”

Castellani said as a child he referred to New York as “Nuovo York.”

“Now we all say New York,” he said. “I would like that after these games people remember Turin as Torino.”

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So I guess it’s a language thing.  I wonder if we’ll have a similar problem when the Vancouver games rolls around in 2010.  Are people going to say Vancouver or Whistler?