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Mon, 01 Jun 2009 02:59:57 GMT
Clutch and Grab Hockey Sucks!
I hate the hockey in the 2009 NHL playoffs. It's a complete return to pre-lockout clutch and grab hockey. And how do you know? Don Cherry is complimenting the refs again for calling absolutely nothing all game. Absolute stupidity, I call it. Do people really want the winning team to be the team that gets away with the most penalties? That game tonight (game 2 of the finals) was a complete joke. Never mind the missed penalty that led to the winning goal, but what about two games in-a-row that Zetterberg covers his hand on the puck in the crease and there's no penalty shot? WTF was Bill McCreary looking at? He was standing right above Zetterberg when he did it. Well, it's Bill McCreary. He's long been associated with stupid reffing.
Mon, 01 Jun 2009 02:21:38 GMT
Stand Up to the Leafs (Toronto FC)

If you want a team in Hamilton, then we need to stand up against the people who are truly fighthing this. That's the Toronto Maple Leafs. Again, I'm not asking you to forfeit Leaf tickets as that would never work. Instead, I'm asking you to tell Toronto FC, the soccer team owned by the same MLSE as the Toronto Maple Leafs, that you won't buy tickets until there's an NHL team in Hamilton. Unfortunately, TFC doesn't have any electronic contact method, so the best we can do is put a messages on their Facebook fanpage. Please goto the fan page and write that you won't buy tickets until there's a NHL team in Hamilton.

Sun, 31 May 2009 23:22:46 GMT
Crosby is a Hot Dog?
Talking hockey the other day, this person tells me he wants anybody to win the Stanley Cup, except Crosby. I ask him why and he tells me that Crosby is a hot dog. Huh? He then tells me that he likes Ovechkin better. Huh? Isn't Ovechkin the biggest hot dog?

I gave up on the conversation. This is why I hate call in show. Half the people have opinions that don't make much sense. You have to wonder if they've ever played a game themselves or even watched a game. How do the the talk show host who know their shit, put up with these callers?

Mind you, I've got friends who play and watch a lot of hockey and have very similar and dumb opinions. I guess it's the difference of opinion that makes conversation more than a game of yes man. Still, I'd love to talk hockey with someone who knows. Hard to find.

On the other hand, I remember when I was younger having stupid opinions about hockey that I know better of today. I*e since groown smarter. Not sure about the rest of my hockey buddies.

Fri, 29 May 2009 01:28:40 GMT
Stand Up to the Leafs (Raptors)

How do we get a team in Hamilton? Stand up to the NHL. Stand up to the Leafs. I'm not gonna bother asking people to forfeit their Toronto Maple Leafs tickets because that's pointless and I doubt you'd do it anyway. Instead, I'm asking you to hit the Maple Leafs where it might actually hurt; the Raptors. You see, both teams are owned by the same parent company.

I'm asking you to send a message to the Raptors and tell them that you refuse to buy any more tickets to Raptor games until there is an NHL team playing in Hamilton. Go to the following webpage.

Click the Ticket information or Fan mail contact link or BOTH (yes, do both). Their security certificate is invalid, so you might get a warning. Ignore the warning and continue. Submit your name, email and a short message telling the Raptors that you will not buy another Raptor ticket until there's an NHL team in Hamilton.

Thu, 28 May 2009 21:38:59 GMT
Let's Stand Up to the NHL

It's too bad that the media simply reports the lies coming from the NHL about the Coyotes. It wouldn't take much courage to sit there and being laughing at them. Sure the NHL would black-balled you, but you represent integrity. When they report stuff like this, then you should laugh.

Weeks ago, the NHL reported they were not in control of the Coyotes. When the Coyotes declared bankruptcy, the NHL changed their mind and claimed they had taken control of the team from the owners. A month later, the courts disagreed as the NHL couldn't produce the documents they claimed to have.

Then the NHL claimed they controlled the rights to a second southern Ontario team and that this had nothing to do with the Sabres or the Leafs. Yet how many teams have moved in the last 10-20 years? Hartford? Winnipeg? Quebec? Dallas? How many times have we heard rumors of southern U.S. teams moving to Kansas City? Why was it made public that the Leafs would allow a 2nd Toronto team solely if they paid rent at the ACC? Why did some U.S. politicians petition the courts with concerns about the Sabres franchise?

Everybody knows it's just the NHL being the NHL again. Just as they did with Nashville (which is still in trouble). The Trashers are still in trouble. The Leafs gave $millions to the Lightning late (also in trouble) in the season and Bettman didn't seem to have any problem with that blatant circumvention of the NHL rules.

Why does the NHLPA put up with the NHL protecting broken teams at the expense of their revenue share?

I know why! Too many chickens. Nobody with the guts to stand up to Bettman, the Leafs and the Sabres. What we need is someone with the balls to do it. Like Balsillie. He's the solution to the current NHL problem. Let's support him. And let's stand up to the NHL and tell them that we want a team in Hamilton. Let's stand up to the Leafs. Let's stand up to the Sabres.

Tue, 26 May 2009 03:31:54 GMT
Pompous NBA

If an NBA team played like a NCAA college team, then they would win an NBA championship hands down. Unfortunately, most every single players in the NBA has a bloated egos, even the twelfth player at the end of the bench. They are pompous and selfish. Denver is the prime example. JR Smith, Carmelo Anthony and Anderson are three extremely selfish players. Carmelo can't hit anything tonight, yet he still has taken the most shots on his team. JR Smith has taken several ill-advised 3-pointers, taken a dumb technical foul for no apparent reason with a big lead and put in minimal effort on two free throws. Anderson, well he played amazing tonight, but he's more often than not, the selfish one. And somehow, the Nuggets are still winning by double digits.

Update: With 1 minute on the clock and a 17 point lead, the Nugget players took 2 shots with 23-24 seconds on the shot clock within 2 seconds. Basketball is not a team game. It's a very very selfish game when teams win  playing like that.

Mon, 25 May 2009 16:29:47 GMT
Katrina Gibbs (and Justin Jenkins)
A few weeks ago, I got an email from an attorney named Katrina Gibbs. She was representing Anita Lewis Jenkins regarding comments made about Justin Jenkins. Katrina attached a subpoena from the Chancery Court of Hinds County State of Mississippi. The subpoena was delivered in a Word perfect document, which honestly was very suspicious. Most subpoena are hand delivered, in hard copy or at least in PDF image form. I didn't have an editor that recognized the old format WPD document, nor was I interested in opening an attachment from a stranger. I replied that I don't open attachments from strangers. She asked how she could deliver a subpoena to me and I gave her several options.

In the meanwhile, I received and email from Anita Jenkins asking why I was ignoring her attorney's emails. I told her that her attorney was lying and that I had responded to all her emails.

Finally, I received a textual version of the subpoena. The content of the subpoena follows (some edits).



 JUSTIN JENKINS                                                                              Petitioner/Plaintiff


 vs.                                                                                                Cause No. ___________________


 JANE DOE                                                                                          Respondent/Defendant




 TO:     Randy Charles Morin    

 You are hereby commanded to do each of the following acts at the instance of the Plaintiff, Justin Jenkins, after receipt of this subpoena.

             That your company, and/or associated and/or companies, and Websites produce and permit the Plaintiff, and his counsel of record, to receive, inspect and copy each of the following documents:  "Any and all reports, records, correspondence, notes, memoranda, or other documents, which evidence the name and address of the user/profile that generated comments regarding Justin Jenkins from IP address located at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

 Such production and inspection may be provided by mail, electronic transmission, and/or the place where the documents or things are regularly kept or at some other reasonable place designated by you.    You have the option to deliver or mail legible copies of documents or things to the party causing the issuance of this subpoena but you may condition such activity on your part upon the payment in advance by the party causing the issuance of this subpoena of the reasonable costs of the making of such copies.  You have the right to object at any time prior to the date set forth  in this subpoena for compliance.  Should you choose to object, you should communicate such objection in writing to the party causing the issuance of this subpoena and stating, with respect to any item or category to which objection is made, your reasons for such objection.
I responded asking who I would contact to validate this blatantly suspicious subpoena. I never received a reply. After a few days, I looked up the court phone number and called them myself. The court records showed nothing from Anita or Justin Jenkins. The clerk told me to get the case number from the lawyer. I sent an email asking for the case number. When this email wasn't responded to promptly, I sent a further email indicating that I would inform the lawyers court and bar if I didn't hear back. The lawyer eventually responded that the subpoena was actually just a draft. I'll let the reader formulate their own opinion on the given evidence.
Mon, 25 May 2009 14:21:07 GMT
You don't get it. Hockey is Fun!

This last weekend, while coaching my son's hockey team to our fourth consecutive defeat, I found out that one of my players is being pushed extremely hard by his father. The father operated one of the two bench doors for me (the defenseman side) for that game. I rotate the players on defense, but after putting this kid on defense, he started asking me not to put him on defense again. Why? Because he had to sit beside and listen to his father tell him he was playing awful. I gave the kid a break and played him on forward the rest of the game. That didn't stop his dad from yelling at him most of the game. After each shift, the kid would ask me if he played a good shift. I always answer 'Yes'. He once replied, 'My dad doesn't think I'm playing well'. The kid is a pretty good hockey player. I suspect that he'll quit playing sometime in the next 12 months.

Mon, 25 May 2009 14:11:46 GMT

I blocked off and If Balsillie's team ends up with those names, then I'll exchange them for 2 tickets to a game.

Sun, 24 May 2009 02:37:21 GMT
LeBron's Shot

Amazing does happen. Possibly one of the greatest shots of all-time.


Sat, 23 May 2009 18:19:25 GMT
Field Lacrosse
Somebody in some lacrosse organization should ban field lacrosse rules for being so boring. It's soccer with a hockey stick and is likely holding back arena lacrosse from any success. It's same difference between field hockey and ice hockey. Who the hell appreciates these boring games?
Fri, 22 May 2009 02:18:30 GMT
Daytona International Speedway

This summer, I'm going to the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. We are parking in the infield RV parking on turn 4. We'll leave Brampton at noon on Sunday June 28th and return July 11th. We'll likely stop by Hersheypark on the return trip. Here's the racing schedule that weekend. It's gonna be awesome!

Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola Schedule

Thursday, July 2
2 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.:  NASCAR Nationwide Series practice
4 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice
5:30 p.m. - 6:25 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series practice
6:35 p.m. – 8 p.m.:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice


Friday, July 3
1:05 p.m.:  NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying (all positions)
4:10 p.m.  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying (all positions)
5:30 p.m.  NASCAR Nationwide Series autograph session (Sprint FANZONE)
8 p.m.   Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race (120 laps, 250 miles)

Saturday, July 4
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Grand-Am Rolex Series practice 
11 a.m.  - 11:15 a.m.:     Grand-Am Daytona Prototype qualifying
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Grand-Am GT class qualifying
Noon – 12:30 p.m.:     Grand-Am final practice
2 p.m.       Brumos Porsche 250 Grand-Am Rolex Series race (70 laps, 250 miles or 2 ½ hours)
8 p.m.       51st annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (160 laps, 400 miles)

Sat, 02 May 2009 16:13:25 GMT
GST in Canada
This is just a note to our paid members that we have implemented a 5% GST tax on all orders from Canada. We never considered doing this before as we didn't really get significant revenues from Canada. This will add $1.45 to gold memberships, $0.90/$0.60 to silver and $0.45/$0.30 to bronze. Members outside of Canada will not be subject to the tax.
Fri, 01 May 2009 16:28:56 GMT
NHL Tie Breakers
I think its time the NHL changed the tie-breaker rules. A one game playoff like MLB does is the optimal solution. The question arises, what if three or four teams tie? What if three-four teams tie for 7th. The rules for a playoff tie-breaker could turn out to be extremely complex. That said, it would be extremely exciting for the fans.

My suggestions. If two teams tie for eight, then they play one extra game in the city that previously would've won the tie breaker. Overtime is sudden death. Literally!

If three teams tie for 8th, then the top team according to the current tie breaker plays at home to the winner of a game between the other two.

If three teams tie for 7th, then the bottom team according to the cureent tie breaker plays one the road with the loser of a game between the other two.

If four teams tie for 8th, then winners of the first playoff game play for the last spot. Home teams are decided by the old tie breaker. If four teams tie for 7th, then each team plays one go-home game.

Similar rules could be compiled for other scenarios, which are highly unlikely anyway. Thoughts?

Fri, 01 May 2009 13:31:39 GMT
Hello Blackhawks?

The game winning goal for the Canucks over Blackhawks last night looked like a game of shinny hockey. Note, all five Hawk players rush to the top of the circle, four of them, including one defenseman, goes for a skate behind the goalline. Vancouver doesn't immediately turn the puck up ice, there was plenty of time for the four Hawks to recover, but it appears only one of them decided to make an effort to get into the play. Is this an NHL team?

Let's start with the pass. With all four Blackhawks deep, Versteeg passes it backwards, then proceeds to leisurely skate into the corner. Havlat and Barker crash the net, which is fine, but Havlat had all day to try and come back and is nowhere to be found. Barker is a defenseman, he shouldn't be going to the net and engaging the d-man. Oddly, Barker was the only Hawk deep that was engaged with another player. Barker skates all the way back but fails to pick up the Canuck standing right beside him who scores the easy goal. What is the point of skating back, if you aren't gonna try to stop them. All three other Hawk forwards made no attempt to backcheck. Kane missed the pass, which causes the turnover, but the puck goes to the far boards and it takes several seconds to turn up ice. Where is Kane? Walker was the only Hawk on this play that played any defense, but he fails to take the guy with the puck and allows him to make a pass thru the middle.

Question. How did these guys beat the Flames? Or worse, were they trying to lose?

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