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Tue, 01 Nov 2011 15:08:56 GMT
Updated OHL Rosters
We updated the Ontario Hockey League rosters this morn.
http://www.talk-sports.net/ohl/
Tue, 28 Sep 2010 15:00:55 GMT
Raceday at Michigan Speedway

Summer Vacation, Day 29, August 15th 2010.

It's Sprint Cup raceday at Michigan International Speedway. Vide of national anthem and flyover.

Giggidy giggidy giggidy, let's go racing boys.

Kevin Harvick wins the race.

Awesome Hot Wheels car in the infield.

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Quite of few of us Ontarioens were there eh!

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The infield has a few stores in the middle. Merchandise.

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A fully stocked convenience store. I had a coffee every morning from here. They had everything you could need, except flying lanterns.

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There was even a Coney Island in the infield. Oddly, they closed really early in the evening. The infield party goes on past midnight. They miss out on at least 6 hours per day of prime business.

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Our setup.

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We stayed on site 1 A 25. That's second row. First row is AA. A was 1st row only a year prior.

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The stands clear out pretty quickly after the race.

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A lot of the RVs leave the same night, but most will stay till morning.

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One last campfire at the racetrack.

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Tue, 04 May 2010 20:51:40 GMT
Interstate Batteries Truck
I was suprised last week to find an Interstate Batteries truck painted the colors of Kyle Busch and Bobby Labonte's #18 NASCAR. Racing is not a popular sport in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. I doubt anybody in the parking lot understood the significance of the paint job.

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Sun, 15 Nov 2009 14:23:09 GMT
Updated Hockey Rosters

Overnight and this morning, we updated all the hockey rosters on Talk-Sports.

NHL KHL SEL AHL ECHL IHL OHL QMJHL USHL WHL

We'll do the same for basketball and football, maybe later today. Find the latest hot rookies.

Tue, 23 Jun 2009 20:49:46 GMT
My NHL Fun
Here's what I'd do to improve the NHL game. These thoughts are feasible, although I doubt everyody will agree with them or their feasibility.
  1. Reduce game roster to 19 from 20. This will reduce the ability for teams to put goons who otherwise can't play on the 4th line. NHLPA might not like this as it could be suggested this may remove 30 players from the NHL. Since we haven't reduced the 23 man roster, this isn't exactly true. Either way, the next item will more than compensate.
  2. Add more expansion teams; Quebec City, Kitchener/London, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Seattle. This will add new spots for the NHLPA. Kitchener is out of range for all of Buffalo, Toronto and Detroit and brings a new team to southern Ontario (sorry Hamilton). Quebec City should never have lost a team. Teams in Kansas City, Las Vegas and Seattle will increase US TV coverage.
  3. As expansion teams are added, consider reducing game rosters to 18.
  4. Every team plays every other team at home and away every 2 years. That's 29+ games accounted for. The rest of the games would be divisional or tournament (see tournaments below), no extra out of division conference games.
  5. All divisional winners plus the next teams to 6 teams in each conference receive a 1st round buy. The next 4 teams play a two out of three playoff to advance. Teams are reseated every round with no account to divisional placement. Conference winners meet in the finals.
  6. Refs call the same game in the playoffs as the regular season. The playoffs is not a testiment of your ability to play with a broken foot or torn ACL. Kunitz and Cooke were the real Conn Smythe winners this last playoff. Just ask the Red Wings defense who were afraid to go into the corner in game 7.
  7. Follow up to Cooke and Kunitz, hitting a d-man on a shoot-in is called charging. No rule change required, just call it.
  8. Investigate 4 on 4 hockey. Let's start with a handful of AHL games. I'm almost positive this will create a better game.
  9. Suspend obvious dives one game to start. Repeat offenders get increasing larger suspensions.
  10. Fighting major is an automatic misconduct. Repeat offenses are one game suspensions. Third offense are multi-game suspensions.
  11. No touch icing when iced from behind the blueline.
  12. Missed passes are not icing. It's already a rule that missed two line passes are not icing, it's just not called. Intentional misses remains an icing, as are difficult to hand passes. Defensive deflections do not obviate icings either.
  13. Shooting the puck from the defensive zone over the boards in the offensive zone is not a penalty. This applies only when the player is shooting it from behind his blueline and the puck crosses out-of-play inside the other teams blueline.
  14. On an icing shot from inside the blueline and not a missed pass, the defensive player centerman stands outside the faceoff circle.
  15. Clearing the puck out of play and icing from inside the blueline should have the same rules. Either both are penalties (rather not) or both are uncontended faceoffs (see previous) and defensive team may not change players.
  16. Any delay on a faceoff where the defensive team may not change is called a timeout on the defensive team. Subsequent delays are a penalty, even if legitimate. Absolute rules are required or refs will be complacent.
  17. Examine breakaway situations instead of timed penalties. When a penalty occurs, the offended player is given the puck at centre ice and all other players must be behind the far blueline. Ref blows his whistle to resume play. Powerplays are so boring. On a major penalty, a player still sits for the duration of his timed penalty, but the team remains at full strength.
  18. Assuming breakaway situations, the offending team is not aloud to change players. The offended player may not change either unless obviously injured, ref's discretion.
  19. Start the NHL season AT LEAST one month earlier. I still like the June finish. NHLPA might not like this.
  20. The NHL pre-season is reorganized into an elimination style tournament. Each team plays 5-7 games with winners playing winners and losers playing losers. The result of this tournament determines all tie-breakers in the regular season. These games do not count in the standings.
  21. Mid-season elimination style tournament occurs between late November and early February. These games count in the standings. The location of the games are played in a neutral city.
  22. Every team is required to play at least one neutral site game and specifically not in an existing NHL city. For example, the Flames and Oilers might play in Red Deer. This might start as an exhibition game, but the intent is to make this game count.
  23. New NHL arenas should be required to have at least 20,000 seats.
  24. Three stars of the game are formulized into an award.
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.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=424166

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.

Mon, 25 May 2009 14:11:46 GMT
HamiltonCougars.com

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

http://www.hamiltoncougars.com/

Wed, 10 Dec 2008 03:02:40 GMT
More Websites

This week, I started a bunch of websites. They aren't complete. Many are just started. Enjoy!

Thanks to my brother for spawning this idea.

Tue, 25 Nov 2008 02:54:30 GMT
ECHL Players Updated

We just updated the ECHL player rosters for the 2008-09 season.

Alaska Aces
Augusta Lynx
Bakersfield Condors
Charlotte Checkers
Cincinnati Cyclones
Dayton Bombers
Elmira Jackals
Florida Everblades
Fresno Falcons
Gwinnett Gladiators
Idaho Steelheads
Johnstown Chiefs
Las Vegas Wranglers
Mississippi Sea Wolves
Ontario Reign
Phoenix RoadRunners
Reading Royals
South Carolina Stingrays
Stockton Thunder
Trenton Devils
Utah Grizzlies
Victoria Salmon Kings
Wheeling Nailers
Wed, 05 Nov 2008 05:03:01 GMT
X-Leafs Coach

Six of the NHL's 30 current head coaches were drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

  1. Joel Quenneville
  2. Ron Wilson
  3. Randy Carlyle
  4. Bruce Boudreau
  5. John Anderson
  6. Peter Deboer

via Wade (my brother) and Kevin. Thanks!

More weirdness is that 3 of the 30 coaches were born in the average sized city of Windsor, Ontario.

Fri, 18 Jan 2008 04:27:20 GMT
Toronto Maple Leafs 2008 schedule (revised)

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS REVISED 2008 SCHEDULE

January
15 vs. Bloomington Jr. High School Girls
22 vs. Cub Scout Troop #101
29 vs. CNIB Senior Team

February
5 vs. Spanish-American War Vets
12 vs. Crippled Children's Hospital
19 vs. St. Cloud Home for Wayward Girls
26 vs. Girl Scout Troop #69

March
5 vs. Ontario VD Clinic Post #3
12 vs. Church Street Boy's Choir
19 vs. Korean War Amputees
26 vs. VA Hospital Polio Patients

Special Monday Night Game:
March 3 vs. Utopia Gay Boys

Name Change:
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be changed to the Toronto Tampons' as they are only good for one period, and they don't have a second string.

Coaching Change:
Paul Maurice will be replaced by Pamela Anderson. No doubt she will blow a few, but she won't choke up on the BIG ONE.

Rule Changes:
1. When playing the Girl Scouts, the Leafs must not eat their cookies.
2. The Leafs will be allowed to substitute with band members at any time during the game.
3. When playing the Polio Patients, the Leafs must not disconnect any of the leg braces.
4. There will be no more dancing with opposing teams, like the last time they played the Utopia Gay Boys.
5. The Leafs MUST PROMISE to remember that when the referee drops the puck, this signals the beginning of play. This is to ensure that no more time will be wasted while the Leafs try to figure out what just happened.
6. The Leafs must also stop tangling the crippled children in the net mesh.

"GOLF LEAFS GOLF"

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