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The Curse of King Clancy May 17, 2006

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This is probably the best explanation for the Senator's collapse in the playoffs, The Curse of King Clancy.

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.

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. 

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. 

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?

Gretzky Bombshell February 9, 2006

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This is huge news which could tar the reputation and legacy of “The Great One” for a long time if not forever. 

State wiretaps in the unfolding NHL betting scandal caught Wayne Gretzky discussing the multimillion-dollar gambling operation run by his friend Rick Tocchet before the ring was dismantled Monday, according to law enforcement sources.

There is no evidence Gretzky made any bets, the sources said, but the secretly recorded phone calls show the hockey hall-of-famer knew about the gambling ring, and investigators are looking into whether he placed any wagers through his wife, Janet Jones.

Jones was among the gamblers who placed more than $1.7 million in wagers in the past six weeks with the ring allegedly run by Tocchet and a New Jersey state trooper. Jones put down $500,000 on games during that period, including $75,000 on last weekend’s Super Bowl, sources said. She even wagered on which team would win the opening coin toss — winning $5,000 with that bet.

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With the amount of alledged bets being placed by Janet Jones, it is hard to believe that Gretzky had no knowledge of the gambling his wife was involved in.  Let’s hope for Gretzky’s innocence in all of this. 

Black Eye For Cornwall February 6, 2006

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Another hockey incident in Cornwall:

A Pembroke junior hockey coach says he plans to press charges against a fan for allegedly throwing boiling hot water at him during a game in Cornwall.

Rob Levasseur, an assistant coach with the Pembroke Lumber Kings, says he suffered first and second-degree burns on the back of his neck when he was hit with the water.

During a game against the Cornwall Colts, which Levasseur says is notorious for its rowdy fans, a Lumber Kings player was hit with a cup of boiling water on his leg.

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Is there any positive news coming out of Cornwall? 

 

Super Bowl Ads February 6, 2006

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Because we live in Canada, we were only privy to mostly Canadian ads during the Super Bowl, of which I do not remember any one of them.  Except for those friggin’ Falcon Beach commercials.  I have yet to meet anyone who watches that damn show.  iFilm, one of the best video clip websites on the Internet has all of the ads the people in the states or those with grey market satellites were able to watch.  Check them out here

All in all, it was a good game.  I had to leave halfway through it to go play soccer.  Which we lost once again.  I made it home in time to see that pretty play by Randel El to Hines Ward.  It was a gutsy play you don’t ever see in a big game like the Super Bowl.