In “A Great Game” you’ll learn how hockey prospered, despite Wilfrid Laurier’s stifling taxes.
For those taking bets on whether we’d see Harper’s long talked about hockey book before or after his 2011 election promises see the light of day, wonder no more. Harper’s hockey book, titled “A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs & The Rise of Professional Hockey” goes on sale November 5th.
Expect the attack ads against “Hockey: A People’s History” to start any day now…
… hope Sen fans give you an honourable reception when you return to the Scotiabank Place, er, Corel Centre, errrr, Canadian Tire Centre… or whatever they are calling that place out in the boonies these days! (6) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario
… The would prevent Alfredsson from ever leaving Ottawa! Seriously, while I would feel a little sorry for some of my buds who will be utterly gutted if their hero leaves Kanata, I will also feel a bit of schadenfreude…. I do remember their glee when Mats left the Leafs… (2) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario
I am part of Leaf Nation, and proud. (3) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario
(originally written Nov 24, 2011. Part of Great Upload of 2013.)
It came to my attention that Naseem Nicholas Taleb, who authored The Black Swan (surprisingly, not about a ballet dancer, but about financial crises) discussed other avians in his book, among them the Thanksgiving turkey. Per the Wikipedia page, he seems to’ve co-opted the idea from a turkey anecdote by philosopher Bertrand Russell, whose atheism doubtless led antagonists to brand him cuckoo.
The abrupt change in the turkey’s situation is part of an argument that it’s ridiculous to project present trends very far into
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A couple of my friends came over this evening to watch the Habs-Leafs game on my big screen TV. And they were surprised to find out that I hadn't been planning to watch it, until they turned up.And that I wasn't the least bit excited that the season had finally started.Read more »
Aesthetics. What is beautiful? What defines beauty, quality and goodness? What distinguishes different levels of quality? For example, why are Oasis’ Wonderwall or Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit iconic songs of an era, whereas Swirl 360′s Hey Now Now fell out of our collective consciousness in months? These questions teeter on the edge of intractability.
Sometimes we try to offer accounts of why we like this or that. I suspect that most of the time the explanations we give are just after-the-fact stabs in the dark about value judgments that were made largely out of our conscious awareness within our (Read more…)
Gotta love the Schmens… But they’re all the same. “My message to the fans to come out and support the team, you’re going to want to be part of this because this is going to be a great, great team for the coming years if not immediately and you don’t want to be left out [...]
An Alberta Labour Relations Board official suddenly realizes how the world works, and immediately rules in favour of the employer. Application of the law in Alberta may be pretty much exactly as illustrated.
All but forgotten amidst the rejoicing about the tentative end of the National Hockey League lockout reached during the Feast of the Epiphany on Sunday was the truly remarkable epiphany that occurred to the Alberta Labour Relations Board at the beginning of this unusual hockey season.
This is a pity, because while the behaviour of the ALRB is well known and understood to we few who toil
. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Eureka! Labour relations in Alberta explained by, of all things, NHL hockey!
Our long, recurring nightmare is over … hockey is back!
Yes, the National Hockey League and its skating concussion candidates reached a deal Saturday to end the lockout that threatened the season for the 27th time. If they can dot the i’s and cross the t’s (this would assume the players can write, so I’m not holding my breath), hockey will be back by January 19th.
Oh, joy! Oh, happy day! Oh shit!
Oops, sorry. That last one just kinda slipped out.
You see, I’m rather ambivalent about the return of the NHL. I like hockey, and I
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…at the NHL and NHLPA have figured out how to the split the billions and millions. And it took these bozos months to come to an agreement. Months of no work for thousands of people who don’t make billions or millions and who relied on their minimum or slightly more than minimum wage to support their [...]
Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and his band of ‘Owners’ have essentially taken their boots to the NHL Player’s Association with their games of ’Come here, come here, go away, go away.’
Believing, perhaps correctly that they can weaken, dishearten and crush the players and their resolve Bettman’s calculated wedge effort has been driven in hopes that the players will blame their negotiator Donald Fehr for talks breaking off once again. This has gone beyond tough bargaining this is ‘Bad Faith’ on steroids.
Bettman and Co. are doing more than hard bargaining they are risking the NHL’s
. . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The NHL PLayers Should Give Gary Bettman And The Team Owners The Boot!
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien gets up close and personal with a protester. Below: NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, Tory chuck-a-bub Peter Van Loan, Liberal Fuddle-Duddler Pierre Trudeau, New Democrat Nathan Cullen, known for his gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.
Maybe I’ve just spent too much time hanging around the dojo, but I don’t think most Canadians would have been particularly troubled if Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair had planted a well-placed social democratic boot on Conservative House Leader Peter Van Loan’s ample behind yesterday afternoon.
Alert readers will by now be aware that Mr. Van Loan waddled
. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Hockey-starved Canucks pray for brawl as Peter Van Loan channels Darrel Stinson
Call the code. (6) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: The NHL?
Your blogger drops the puck at centre ice of Maple Leaf Gardens. Really! Below: The lost and lamented Seibu Prince Rabbits’ rabbit, before the team rabbitted in 2009. Below: The lamentable China Dragon’s logo. Really, people, who needs the NHL?
If later today or on the morrow the news from the National Hockey League and its locked out players is not good, I have four words for frustrated Canadian hockey fans: Asia Ice Hockey League.
You got the sickness? The Asia Ice Hockey League’s got the remedy!
After all, what most of us are missing in this awful season of
. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Trivial pursuits: Still no NHL? The Asia Ice Hockey League awaits!
We Canadians can be a pretty dense lot at times. Oh we love to complain, to bitch and moan, but then we just roll over, and we never even expect breakfast or a call the next day. Take the latest NHL lockout, the third in less than ten years. How can the NHL treat their fans so badly? Why are the two sides in this dispute so willing to dig in their heels? Simple, both sides know that Canadians will be back in droves like they have after each previous work stoppage. Drop the puck and they will come, spending (Read more…)
Game 8, Sept. 28, 1972
How do I describe the importance of Game 8 to a young Canadian hockey fan?
Let’s try this: remember when Sydney Crosby scored in overtime to beat the U.S. and give Canada the Olympic gold medal in Vancouver, 2010? Well, it was like that, only about a thousand times better. I loved that Crosby goal, but nothing — absolutely nothing — compares to that goal, and that game.
Naturally, it came with controversy before the game that spilled over into the match itself.
Ever seen this picture?
The great dispute was over who would
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Forty years since Henderson scored the winning goal in Moscow. Forty freaking years! Yup. The whole school was in the gym watching the game on a teeny tiny black and white Electrohome perched on the stage. The school buses arrived at the beginning of the third period so we had to leave. After getting off [...]
Game 7, Sept. 26, 1972
Befitting a series that could have gone either way, Game 7 is the most closely contested of the series. In a game that saw seven goals scored, no team had more than a one-goal lead.
The series bubbled over in Game 7. In the first period, Phil Esposito was sent to the penalty box for slashing. While in the box, the camera caught Esposito gesturing to a Soviet player. He started with the slash across the throat motion, then pantomimed fighting. He did this for a good thirty seconds, while Foster Hewitt droned on about
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Game 6, September 24, 1972
The days between games were almost as agonizing as game days. In the two days between games, pretty much all I could think about was the upcoming game. On game days, I was almost sick from worry. This would have been a pretty good excuse to get out of school (“Please excuse Maurice from school yesterday. He was sick from worry.”) but there was no need to stay home to watch the games. As I recall, classes shut down for the games. Oh, there were a few holdouts — mostly femal home ec teachers
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Game 5, Sept. 22, 1974
This was foreign territory, to put it mildly. Everything about watching live hockey from Moscow seemed odd. Live broadcasts from far away countries were still a novelty then, and no place was more foreign and faraway than Russia.
The picture quality was horrendous, the sound worse than AM radio, but at the time it was as good as you could get. The satellite signal was weak, and it had to travel from Moscow to Stockholm to Brussels to London to Fuccino, Italy to Etam, West Virginia to New York and finally to Toronto. It was
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So, where were we?
Ah, yes. Team Canada left the “friendly” confines of home with just one win in four games, and the disapproval of Canadian (actually Vancouver) hockey fans still ringing in their ears. The series, expected to be an 8-0 romp for Canada (the pessimists pegged it at 7-1), was now not just a hockey series, but a full on war.
Before heading to Moscow, however, Canada made a stop in Sweden for a couple of exhibition games. I don’t remember the games being televised, which is just as well. By all accounts, the games (a 4-1 Canada
. . . → Read More: In This Corner: Canada-Russia ’72: The ugly Canadians visit Sweden, and getting ready for Moscow