Saturday, December 30, 2006
Friday, December 29, 2006
- $18,000,000 per season
- $1,125,000 per win
- $529,412 per game started
- $119,205 per strike out
- $81,448 per inning pitched
But actually that's all guaranteed money thanks to his union and the collective agreement.
The appearance of the first gay Toronto Maple Leaf will be groundbreaking, even if it is only on film. Actor Tom Cavanaugh plays a gay ex-Leaf in a comedy film Breakfast With Scot currently being shot in the GTA and Hamilton. He’s one-half of a homosexual couple – his partner is the team lawyer – whose lives are turned upside down after becoming guardians of Scot, “a budding queen of an 11-year-old boy,” according to the storyline. Surprisingly the film has the full cooperation of the NHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The film is expected to be released in 2007.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Consistent - (kən-sĭs'tənt) adjective:
- Reliable; steady: "demonstrated a consistent ability to impress the critics."
- One of the most overused words in sports
However, if you can consistently awful, then you aren't 'inconsistent', are ya?
A great team can also be wildly inconsistent. Let's say the Vancouver Canucks win 5, lose 2, win 1, lose 2, win 7, lose 3, win 1, lose 1, win 5, lose 3, win 1, lose 4, win 10. Yes, they are quite inconsistent, but they are still doing great and would finish 30-15. Meanwhile, a team that loses every single game is totally consistent.
Anyway, I was perusing Mats Sundin's career stats (Why? I don't remember) and was just amazed at how consistent his production has been over almost his entire career.
After his initial 3-year introduction phase, Mats settled down and has put out pretty much a consistent point-a-game pace since 1993-94! He only deviates more than .10 points-per-game in two different seasons, even if his goals and assists totals fluctuate quite a bit. Even in his late 30's, he's still putting up the same pace.
It's also interesting that Mats has missed very little time due to injury. Apart from this season, Mats doesn't really miss any long periods of time due to injury (That 48 game season was the shortened season).
Mats gets a lot of flak from Leafs lemmings for not being able to lead the Leafs to the Stanley Cup, as if it is his responsbility to coach and manage the team as well.
Sundin may be the real live version of a Swedish troll, but let's give credit where it is due. Mats Sundin has to be one of the most bankable and consistent players in NHL history. A player who misses little time due to injury and puts up a point a game while playing good defensively? There's a lot of value in having that kind of certainty, and it would be nice if the media made more of a point about that.
Forget the 'promise' that so many other players offer (Alexei Kovalev, anyone?) and give me the player that keeps performing at a consistent level.
Here's to Mats Sundin, the true NHL's truly "Consistent" player.
On Christmas Eve, Courtney Shepard and James Fontone shoveled two truckloads of flaky ice from behind Everett Arena - remnants of a Zamboni ice cleaning - into Richard's truck and over to the house while the couple was out. Her mother was floored when she pulled into the driveway. On Christmas day, Shepard said her phone was ringing off the hook with calls from neighbors complimenting the creative gift, and cars honked their horns as they passed.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
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Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
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For All My Other Friends:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Monday, December 18, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
I am humbled and honoured to be named Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2006. However, I expect this recognition to come with some monetary award, lavish receptions and a world tour.
Obviously their choice was so lame. Given that their own online survey had Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez running away with the public voting at 35%, followed by Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at 21%, Nancy Pelosi at 12%, the YouTube guys at 11% and George W. Bush doing no better than being tied with Al Gore at 8%, Time takes a courageous stand and gives the award to ... you.
The annual Christmanukah breakfast and gift exchange went off brilliantly today. Players and parents brought out the food and their best appetites but left their hockey bags at the door. The Afro picks are very much appreciated as I've misplaced mine and my Afro hasn't been the same since. We also got to see some of Wayne's work who has been lurking around the team all fall with his camera. Wayne ran a clip of some of the footage and it looks great. He also set up his green screen to conduct interviews of the team. I feel like I'm part of a documentary. Can't wait to see the final product.
Now several Storm players were obviously unhappy with the pre-game speech from the coaches as quite of number of pucks were launched at the poor coaches throughout the game. One particular shot grazed Coach Willie's head and only because he was able to duck in time to avoid one right between the eyes.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Texans turn on the heat and unpack the thermal underwear.
People in Canada go swimming in the Lakes.
+60°F / 16°C:
North Carolinians try to turn on the heat.
People in Canada plant gardens.
+50°F / +10°C:
Californians shiver uncontrollably.
People in Canada sunbathe.
+40°F / 4°C:
Italian and English cars won't start.
People in Canada drive with the windows down.
+32°F / 0°C:
Distilled water freezes.
Lake Superior's water gets thicker.
+20°F / -7°C:
Floridians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, and woolly hats.
People in Canada throw on a flannel shirt.
+15°F / -9°C:
Philadelphia landlords finally turn up the heat.
People in Canada have the last cookout before it gets cold.
0°F / -18°C:
People in Miami all give up and move to Mexico.
Canadians lick the flagpole.
20°F below / -29°C:
Californians fly away to Mexico.
People in Canada get out their winter coats.
40°F below / -40°C:
The Girl Scouts in Canada are selling cookies door to door.
60°F below / -51°C:
Polar bears begin to evacuate the Arctic.
Canadian Boy Scouts postpone "Winter Survival" classes until it gets cold enough.
80°F below / -62°C:
Mt. St. Helens freezes.
People in Canada rent some videos.
100°F below / -73°C:
Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
Canadians get frustrated because they can't thaw the keg.
297°F below / -183°C:
Microbial life no longer survives on dairy products.
Cows in Canada complain about farmers with cold hands.
460°F below / -273°C:
All atomic motion stops (absolute zero in the Kelvin scale).
People in Canada start saying, "Eh, cold 'nuff for ya?"
... and colder:
Hell freezes over.
The Leafs win the Stanley Cup.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
9. Move the Bruins to the West so the Leafs only play them once every 2 years.
8. Swap leagues with the Marlies.
7. Raise ticket prices...it's worked before.
6. Hire Pinball Clemons as coach.
5. Bring back Wendal Clark again.
4. Sign Mike Peca to improve their defensive game....ooops they did that already.
3. Go postal during the game not after.
2. Start the 3rd period by playing the national anthem.
1. Play only 40 minute games.
Friday, December 08, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Monday, December 04, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Next game is against Georgina who will provide much more of a challenge. NOTE TO ALL PLAYERS. AS I PLACE MY SKATES INTO MY HOCKEY BAG, I WILL CHECK TO SEE THAT MY BLADES ARE SHARP SO I DO NOT FALL DOWN REPEATEDLY DURING GAME.