Sunday, February 28, 2010

Canada Impressive at 2010 Olympics

Whether it was the "Own the Podium" program or not, Canada will have 26 podium positions to be proud of - more gold than big brother to the south, 13 at this point, that's not too shabby. Le Big game is on today between the U.S. and US at 4:45, and both teams are strong and evenly matched, and have been impressive in other wins since their meeting last Tuesday. Saturday, Canada really cleaned up on the gold, getting three in one day, including Kevin Martin's well deserved gold in curling. The total medals now is 25, and will be at least another silver or gold later today. That will make it the most medals ever, beating out the Turin Olympics in 2006 by 2. It's only been since the 1994 Olympics that we've been in the double digits medal-wise.

Today's game may also set another record for biggest Canadian audience for a televised event. Last Tuesday, 10 million fired up their tubes to watch, and with the gold medal on the line, there will likely be more cheering from across this cold land.

Update: Canada won it in overtime, in a nail biter of a game. The U.S. pulls the goalie in the last minute of regulation play, which hardly ever results in a goal, and they tied the game with only 27 seconds left. 7:40 into overtime, Jarome Iginla, receives a pass from Crosby, then lands it back to Crosby approaching the net, and the Cole Hr. native snaps it in, to end the tournament. The Americans really poured on the pressure and the game could have gone either way. A hard fought battle which made for an exciting final Olympic event.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

Tiger not out of the woods yet

Golf hero Tiger Woods gave his act of contrition today in front of millions worldwide. After playing around the fields on his wife Elin, he decided that a long apology par for ... He will have lots of future temptations to overcome, and she will or would have a deep hurt, and mistrust to overcome, and may take a long time to really forgive. However, many already have forgiven him, and some of them include former sponsors. Nike said "... We look forward to him returning to golf."

Where there's money to be made, you can expect to see lots of forgiveness. Just after the news of his affairs, attendance at major golf events dropped off. One charity in California that had been given donations by a local golf event, had it's donations put on hold. It will be interesting to see just from a human self-control angle if the Tiger can abstain from extra-marital intercourse, as he re-enters a marital course.

Gordon Lightfoot Remains Alive, and Well

Yesterday, at least three online news sites, the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and the Calgary Herald, ran a story saying that Gordon Lightfoot had died. It was taken down when it was confirmed that he was still above the sod. Apparently the rumor started out of Ottawa. The story quoted Ronnie Hawkins confirming the death, another part of the fake story. Lightfoot himself was naturally surprised to hear it, but joked, “I haven't had so much airplay on my music now for weeks.” Good to hear that one of Canada's best musicians and songwriters is still around. He will be coming to St. John's on March 29 and 30, and Corner Brook on March 31.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Curler Increases Advertisement Income

Arguably the greatest curler Canada ever had, Kevin Martin is the favorite for gold at the 2010 Olympics. They defeated their first opponent on Tuesday.Martin and team Canada will get plenty of exposure, and he is taking advantage of his personal real estate to draw in some extra coin. Famous Chicken bought up the first days ad space, and Pizza Experts are on top for day two of curling.
Best wishes to Kevin and the team for the gold.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Other Rejected New Olympic Sports

Last year the International Olympic Committee stood by it's decision to exclude a new sport, women's ski jumping from the 2010 Olympics. Hopefully, by 2014, it will meet their criteria and be "developed" enough for those games. Other winter events that have also been rejected for the 2010 games include:

Windshield scraping
Snow shovelling
Downhill skating
Cross country figure skating
Ice fishing
200 metre skiing steeplechase
2 metre Snowman building
Stuck car pushing - team event
The 5 km uncleared sidewalk walk

Did I leave out any?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The World of Water People

They live fast and are ever changing,
the people of the sea.
They frolic and dance about every second,
all are one, and one is all, so care free.
They jump and roar when they are twirled,
it's how they entertain us in their big little world.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Sarah Palin Hand Notes to Self

She made fun of Obama for being articulate and using a teleprompter (as if she didn't or wouldn't). At the same time she watches her hand for her own reminders. Here is a video of her caught at this before. This is a picture enlargement of what this still first woman President hopeful (at least she will get lots of coverage and sell books at the thought of it anyway) had written down on her hand.

This is just Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinijad at the Golden Globe ceremonies, with his Avatar 3-D goggles on. That guy loves the paparazzi.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Get well soon Premier Danny

Premier Williams had heart surgery earlier today, and best wishes to him for a smooth recovery. There has been lots of talk (controversy?) at home on radio, tv and other media, and nationally, about Williams going to the U.S. for his particular surgical needs. What's the big deal? A man decides to do something for his best interest, his life. There are certainly procedures that cannot be done in NL, and finding some privacy is more of a challenge for a popular public figure than anyone, and what he does for his personal health is his own business. It's a worry enough already to simply recover without infections or complications, let alone a created media controversy about where it was done. Not a good time to add more stress to the man's life. Good luck to him for good health for many years to come.