OMG! My secret formula works! (see Dec. 2 posting)
Just as I predicted, On January 30th Rocky Mountain lost 4-3 in OT (technically, a shootout), meaning that according to my formula, they were destined to lose to New Mexico – okay we’ll settle for Corpus Christi – on February 1st. Sure as shootin’ the Rage fell to the Rayz 4-3. Genius! Wonder if we’ll have a chance to test this again in the playoffs….
Y’all watched the NHL outdoor game on New Years Day? There sure are a lot of people willing to freeze their small parts to see an outdoor hockey game. Still, are those games a ton of fun or what? Way more than, say, freezing your small parts off to watch Green Bay lose to the Giants. Maybe equally as fun as chasing the professional cycling team Astana on a training ride in 32 degrees and impending snow….
Speaking of unspeakably cold weather, this past fall I took a trip to Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City. The weather was actually quite nice, other than a little rain. But can you believe I had to wait 2.5 days before hearing Rush on the radio? Heard Bryan Adams right off.
In the Toronto area, I paid $5 to see a PeeWee game. In case your kids don’t play hockey, PeeWees are 11 and 12-year-olds and they’re allowed to body check. It was actually some skilled, quality hockey – like the NHL but much slower – rather than the messy stuff you get in my adult beer league composed of people who didn’t play as kids. The player I went to see, Connor, was one of the team’s top offensive threats with predictable sass to match. On the drive to dinner in separate cars, the superstar mooned out the window of his ride. Just wait ‘till he’s 17 and/or famous.
Over dinner, his dad explained that Conner’s team, the Hamilton Junior Bulldogs, a Minor PeeWee AAA team, has an owner. Coaches at that level can make up to $50K a year. Connor’s parents were wined and dined for the purpose of player recruitment. I’m talking PeeWees, people.
In Montreal, I tried to finagle a ticket to the Big Show but it was the Canadiens’ season opener. There was no way I was gonna get one for any less than an arm and a leg, maybe throw in an ear. La Cage aux Sports is a popular sports bar in the area. The Bell Centre has its own La Cage which serves as an affordable alternative to game tickets. It has a big window through which you can stick your tongue out at rich and lucky fans walking the Bell Centre concourse, and peak into the arena seating as well.
The sounds of the arena are pumped into the bar when it’s not the TV broadcast announcers, who speak French of course. There were no less than 30 television screens all tuned into the football game – not! One had a poker game on it though – not! Believe me, they all had the hockey game and it was a good one. Unfortunately, the home team lost to Carolina. Afterwards, I snuck into the arena and sat in a real seat and pretended the real game was still going, the roar of the crowd, Koivu scoring a goal….
I did my best to speak something that might be mistaken for French in Quebec City. I figured out the accent: speak as if you have a mouthful of soft cheese. The hotel bartender, Marc, who spoke impeccable French by the way, totally agreed. Go ahead, try it! Maybe find a little privacy first.
A few days later at La Cage in QC, the patrons cheered, “Let’s Go CanaDIENS; let’s go ABS!” (There isn’t a “ha” sound in French.) Montreal lost again, 2-1 to Florida in a shootout.
Every business in Old Quebec City was Halloween-crazed. Decorations everywhere. October is also apple season. Each person walking with produce carried an apple. Personally, I ate way too many French fries. I’m repulsed by the idea of dipping them in mayonnaise, but when in Quebec…. Come to find out, it’s good. Really good. Note to self: forget how good it is. I also tried them in gravy, which was gross.
Not to make it all about the Rage, but see what I mean? (see Nov. 15th posting) Teams like the Rage can potentially bounce back from a large deficit. Maybe not 7-0, but hella close:
“The Central Hockey League (CHL) announced today that the Rocky Mountain Rage’s third period comeback on December 29th versus the Tulsa Oilers has been selected as the recipient of week 11’s Performance of the Week. The Rage fell behind 5-0 after two periods of play but battled back with five goals in the third period to tie the game and ultimately winning the contest in a shootout.”