Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Hormel Foods recently produced the 6th billion can of SPAM.
So who eats this stuff? Well. a can of SPAM is consumed in the U.S. every 3.1 seconds.
An entire 16,500-square-foot museum in Austin, is dedicated to SPAM.
OK. That's enough about SPAM.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
North York .694
Markham -Stouffville .688
Sunday, January 28, 2007
The original Whitby Dunlops were founded from the remnants of the former Oshawa Generals team of 1952-53. After the an arena fire destroyed the Generals home ice, the team was disbanded.
Some of the players followed team manager Wren Blair to form the Oshawa Truckmen who were relocated to Whitby in 1954. The team was soon sponsored by the Dunlop Rubber Company, and renamed the Whitby Dunlops. The team started as a Senior B team, winning its division the first year. The following year the Dunlops moved up to the Senior A league.The Senior A team would go on to win two Allan Cups (in 1957 and 1959) and a World Hockey Championship (in 1958). Notable members of the team are, former Whitby mayor Bob Attersley, former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Sid Smith, Boston Bruin president Harry Sinden and my father-in-law and former Toronto Marlie coach and general manger Frank Bonello (in picture below). Harry Sinden was captain of the 1958 Dunlops, while former Leaf captain Sid Smith was a playing coach. The Town of Whitby honoured this great team for their incredible achievements with their induction into the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame.
The Dunlops were Canada's representative to the 1958 World Championships in Oslo, Norway, as the defending Allan Cup champions. The team took an ocean liner to the championships in Norway because team manager Wren Blair was terrified of flying. Everyone was sick for six days because of the rough waters but the chance to restore Canada's pride was worth it.
He picked up the nickname "Gump" as a child because his hair stuck up like Andy Gump, a comic-strip character at the time.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
The first goal was scored on the powerplay by Jackie who tipped in a rebound after a shot from the point by Leslie who made a great play to keep the puck in the offensive zone. The winning goal was scored by Jasmine early in the 3rd period on a wrist shot from the face off circle that went in off the crossbar. The win also maintains a 2 point lead over Whitby and Durham for 2nd overall in the tier. The 7 game winning streak provides great momentum going into the tournament next week.
Friday, January 26, 2007
On the Marlies he has appeared in 22 games and has a 7-14 record with one shutout. His goals against average is 3.23 and his save percentage is .894. These numbers are very close to those of Raycroft.
So I guess we will have to patiently wait for the next goalie saviour.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
The Leafs may be tied for the 8th and final playoff spot, but they’ve also played more games than their competition. If you look at winning percentage, the Leafs currently sit 11th in the East:
1. Buffalo .714
2. New Jersey .656
3. Atlanta .620
4. Montreal .602
5. Ottawa .580
6. Carolina .560
7. Pittsburgh .543
8. Tampa Bay .540
9. Boston .522
10. New York .521
11. Toronto .510
12. Washington .490
Presuming it will take 92+ points to qualify for the post-season, the Leafs will have to post at minimum 42 points in their next 33 games. That’s about a .636 winning percentage, something that I just don’t think this club is capable of, especially if you look at the Leafs’ performance so far this year.
Factor in long-term injuries to Wellwood, Peca and Tucker, the odds of the Leafs stringing together a serious winning streak seem about as likely as Antropov threatening Doug Jarvis’ 964 game iron man record.
It’s time for Ferguson to look at the assets that are on this club that have the potential to walk for nothing in the off-season, to look at the big picture of where this club needs to be to seriously challenge in the post-season and to move these assets now.
If Ferguson wants to be treated as a serious GM, it’s time for him to show that he’s capable of doing something grander than Tellqvist for a fourth rounder or Perrot for a sixth and that he’s smarter than, oh say trading a top ranked goaltending prospect for a guy who can’t crack the top 30 in goals against or save percentage.
1. When his 38-caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, California, would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.
And now, the Honorable Mentions:
2. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat- cutting machine and submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he also lost a finger. The chef's claim was approved.
3. A man who shoveled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space. Understandably, he shot her.
4. After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn't discovered for 3 days.
5. A Texas teenager was in the hospital recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.
6. A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer: $15. (If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, is a crime committed?)
7. Seems an Arkansas guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided that he'd just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the cinder block and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinder block bounced back and hit the would-be thief on the head, knocking him unconscious. The liquor store window was made of Plexiglas. The whole event was caught on videotape.
8. As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately, and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within minutes, the police apprehended the snatcher. They put him in the car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, "Yes, officer, that's her. That's the lady I stole the purse from."
9. The Ann Arbor Michigan News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at 5 a.m., flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn't open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren't available for breakfast. The man, frustrated, walked away.
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10. When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline and plugged his siphon hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges, saying that it was the best laugh he'd had in a very long time.
Monday, January 22, 2007
I'm not a bit Raycroft fan. I have nothing against him personally of course. It's just that you can't win consistently in the NHL with a goalie of his calibre. My view is backed up by numbers. His goals against average is 3.10 which ranks him 31st among NHL goalies. His save percentage which is less of a team thing and more or a goalie stat is even worse. It is .892 which ranks him 36th overall. You can't say he is playing in front of a weak team. The Leafs are slightly above .500 despite having a large number of their better forwards injured and most nights they play hard. And I don't accept the fact that their defense is weak. It is much better than last year's defence (no Khavanov, Berg or Klee) but the team is giving up more goals. Three defensemen have played in All Star games (Kaberle - 02, 07, McCabe - 04, Kubina - 04). Although they have 3 rookie defensemen, they were all star players as Juniors and Bell was the outstanding Junior Canadian defenseman in 03. In fact the entire defense is an overall +7 and the 3 rookies are +5.
So the forwards are better and the defense is better. The problem is in net.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Calder Memorial Trophy (1978)
Conn Smythe Trophy (1982)
First All-Star Team Right Wing (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986)
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (1983, 1984, 1986)
Second All-Star Team Right Wing (1978, 1979, 1985)
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Since starting the season with 2 losses, the Storm have only lost 2 games in the past 15. With 23 points and 3 games remaining, this season's team may surpass the highest point total by a Storm Midget B team (26 points) in 05/06. In addition, the team has scored 44 goals and will definitely finish with the most goals scored by a Storm Midget B team in one season. The04/05 team scored 45 goals.
The area with the best improvement has been in penalty minutes. Despite the crack down in obstruction penalties, this team has reduced its penalty minutes and is 9th in the tier. Last year, the Storm was the most penalized team in the tier which reflects the quality of the skating and passing being played this season.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
A rich Béchamel eggless sauce mixed with exotic vegetables like broccoli, baby corn, mushrooms, red capsicum and freshly baked on rectangular spiced bread with a cheese topping.
2 Grilled chicken patties with a smoke-flavoured mayonnaise, fresh onions, tomatoes, processed cheddar cheese in a toasted sesame seeded bun.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
The Storm squeaked by Etobicoke 3-2 today to extend their winning streak to 5 games. Rebecca R. scored with less than 5 minutes remaining to preserve the win. Other goals were scored by Madeleine, on the powerplay, and Sheri. The Storm moved the puck very well throughout the game but failed to capitalize on some good scoring chances. The game also saw the return of Heather from a rib injury. Out of the lineup were S. K. with an knee injury and Nicki with a concussion, She chipped in with 2 assists and showed little rust from her month long lay off. The win means that 3rd place Orillia is now 3 points behind the Storm. As well, the Storm is now tied with Durham for 2nd place overall in Tier 4 which means home ice advantage in the first 2 rounds of the playoff.
Less successful but not complaining are co-founders of Yahoo, David Filo, 39, and Jerry Yang, 37. But they are only worth a combined $5.3 billion.
There must be some way I can make money off this blog.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Sakic (Colorado) - 17 years
Modano (Dallas) - 16 years
Lidstrom (Detroit) - 14 years
Kolzig (Washington) - 14 years
Bradeur (New Jersey) - 13 years
Smyth (Edmonton) - 11 years
Brylin (New Jersey) - 11 years
That's it! Just 7 players. Although there are a small number of potential players that could fall in this group who aren't over 10 years (Elias, Koivu and Alfresson). There are also a group of players that have played for over 10 years with one team but did not start with that team (Sundin, Naslund, and Maltby).
Thursday, January 11, 2007
There were some tense moments in the 3rd period as the Storm took 3 penalties but successfully killed them all off. As well, it appeared that Mississauga had scored the winning goal but one of the referees waved it off. The puck had slid under Nicki but hit her skate and bounced underneath her pads. The tie moves the Storm into sole possession of 2nd place. The only disappointment was a knee injury to S.K. who had to be helped off the ice in the 3rd period. No word yet on the seriousness of the injury but lets hope she is back soon.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
McGwire never testing positive for banned substances or admitting to using them. The only substance he admitted to using was andro which was not banned at the time. McGwire ruined a reputation he took a lifetime to build by not admitting he ever used steroids and refusing to deny that he used them. There is no proof whatsoever that Mark McGwire broke the rules that existed during the years he played Major League Baseball. There remains only the terrible advice he received in regard to his testimony at the March 18, 2005 Congressional Steroid Hearings.
Monday, January 08, 2007
Sunday, January 07, 2007
And I thought I had no life.
North York is now tied for second place with Orillia in the Central Division and tied for fourth place with Georgina in the combined standings. The Storm has the 3rd best goals for percentage in the Tier and the 6th best goals against. Big test coming up this week against Mississauga.
Saturday, January 06, 2007
The goal scored by Paige was the first of the season for her with an assist by a lucky penny. Prior to the Coach Willie found a penny on the floor of dressing room which according to the Penny Priestess is a lucky penny. Because Paige had been without a goal this season, he passed the penny on to her.
Let's keep this in perspective. They will be hard pressed to make the playoffs. The Leafs are 5th overall in scoring with an average of 3.15 goals per game and an impressive 1st in shots per game. But they are 25th in defense with an average of 3.24 goals given up per game. Their powerplay is also 5th overall but their penalty killers are 21st. But looking at Anaheim, they are 2nd overall in both offense and defense.
So with weak goaltending and defense, you can't get too excited about one game.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
In hindsight, the Red Wings couldn't have done better. Even though Lafontaine had a great career, he played half the number of games that Yzerman played as you can see from the stats below. As well, Yzerman scored almost as many points as the 3 players selected before him.
1. Brian Lawton, 483 games 112 G 154 A 266 Pts
2. Sylvain Turgeon, 669 games 269 G 225 A 494 Pts
3. Pat Lafontaine, 865 games 468 G 545 A 1013 Pts
4. Steve Yzerman, 1514 games 692 G 1063 A 1755 Pts
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
It was an incredible ceremony organized by the Red Wing organization for an incredible player. Steve Yzerman was the consummate captain who played hard every game, played sometimes in serious pain and never took credit for his team's success. He played 21 season all for one team which is an amazing accomplishment in sports today. Here are some pictures to highlight his great career.