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All the Best Luo!

Posted in Sports with tags , , , , , , , on 05/03/2014 by arthur1977

Well my Canucks management continues destroying the team. Bad trades and treating the former face of the franchise Roberto Luongo with ZERO respect by benching him for the Heritage Classic. How do you got from having one of the best goaltending duos in the NHL to a pair of rookies in under 10 months is beyond me!

As for Roberto Luongo, from this Canuck fan, thanks for all the great memories, leadership, and hard work! I hope you get all the respect you deserve in 🌴.

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A Sunday road trip to Ottawa for Playoff Football!

Posted in Sports with tags , , , , , , on 21/01/2013 by arthur1977

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My friend Big Sexy sent me a text Friday afternoon wondering if I wanted to take a bus trip to Ottawa to watch the NFL conference finals. I agree and met them outside of Jaxx’s at 10:30, it turns out this trip was for a Bud Light promotion and also included a chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl! We headed up and started the party on the bus, there were 12 people and all of them had made this trip for a couple years.

The bus trip took a couple of hours and was great getting the know the other people taking the trip. We got to Tail Gators in Ottawa around 1:00, nice and early to scout out some great seats to spend the next nine hours. We grabbed some seats close to the bar and with a good grouping of TV’s around us. The funniest part was once we sat down the waitress showed up and it turned out to be Alicia the same waitress that they had for the last 2 years! Well the pitchers started flowing after that and we all registered for our chance to win the Super Bowl trip then settled down to watch some football. The first game was great and the 49ers fan that was sitting to my left was looking a little rough after the first half. During the first intermission they drew 6 names and no one in our group was called. All of us were feeling great after the first game (none of us were Falcons fans) and Tail Gators put out a buffet for the us to get some food.

While there was a break in the games they pulled another 6 names and to my surprise the last name pulled was ME! It was the third year in a row that someone from Jaxx’s was called up in the final 18. The draw for trip was set for around half time of the Baltimore / New England game so I got comfortable and poured myself another drink.

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A view from the Finalist Area for the Super Bowl Trip draw.

Once again the game was awesome, the first half was close with great catches and lots of bone crushing hits. Over the first intermission they called the last 6 names that made the finals, no one else from my group made it up. It is funny though how many new best friends I had with a potential trip to the Super Bowl hanging in the balance! Once halftime hit I waited to be called up but like most events being handled that day they were behind. The 3ed quarter started and about half way through they called up all the finalists to check ID’s and to put their names on a ballot. Two contestants didn’t have their ID so they got disqualified (sweet better odds for me). The process to get down to the last 8 was a draw, and that is where my luck came to an end as I was not one of the 8 luck contestants that had their names pulled. Oh well, being one of the last 16 out of 400 that had registered was still nice.

We watched the end of the game and celebrated Baltimore finishing off New England and settled our tab. Not a bad day of watching football and drinking beer with friends, the tab for the group I was cheering with totaled around 250$ including a gracious tip for our hard working waitress. Once on the bus the group split on a couple pizzas and settled in. The ride home was a little more subdued with half the bus catching up on some sleep. It was a hell of a day 14 hours day and well worth it.

Great football, and getting a chance to meet some good people, you cannot ask for anything more.

 

NHL 13, skill level: Beginner!

Posted in Games, Sports with tags , , , , on 10/01/2013 by arthur1977

Out of the games I bought on sale NHL 13 has been eating up the most of my limited free time.

I have been splitting my time between Create a Pro and Hockey Ultimate Team.

Kingston FrontenacsFor my Created pro I made a two way centre and he is currently playing for the Kingston Frontenacs. I have been doing reasonably well but when I shift the difficulty from Rookie to Pro I cannot score to save my career.

Raymond-CanucksMy Hockey Ultimate Team (HUT) is slowly rounding in to shape. It’s a cool system of assembling a team and since I have got the game on the cheap I don’t mind buying a few packs of cards in hoped of getting a rare all-star . I have now assembled the full third line for the Canucks (Raymond, Lapierre, and Hansen). It’s been fun buying and selling different players for the games currency Pucks. My best pick up so far has to be getting the speedy Mason Raymond for 1100 pucks.

Another nice thing is being able to collect jerseys and customize your you teams appearance. I currently have my home jersey as the 97-98 Canucks and my away jersey is the Frontanecs 3ed one.

I am still horrible playing but hopefully over time I can improve my skill level. My biggest deficiency is equally aiming my shots on net and winning face offs!

All in all the games graphics and controls are great and it gives you a ton of different game styles to play.

If you are looking for a casual player for a GM Connected league please let me know in the comment section.

Wishful thinking for all Vancouver Canucks fans!

Wishful thinking for all Vancouver Canucks fans!

OMG…. Game On, eh!

Posted in Sports with tags , , , on 06/01/2013 by arthur1977

Finally after months of negotiations it looks like the NHL and NHLPA finally agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement.

I have a feeling that the damage from this lock out will greater than the one 8 years ago. Personally I am happy to see hockey again but I am not jumping for joy. My big hope is that all the business and people affected by the lock out can get back to work.

I am also interested in seeing how the NHL tries to get the fans they lost back. After the last lock out many teams raised ticket prices with no complaints, I have a feeling that would be a really bad move this time.

Bring on the mad panic of signings before the start of the season in late January. Anyone know where Roberto Luongo is going to end up?

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Go Canucks Go!

Block Buster Deal for the Blue Jays!

Posted in Sports with tags , , , , , on 14/11/2012 by arthur1977

While it is not yet official it looks like the Toronto Blue Jays have given their fans some hope for the up coming year.  With the acquisition of Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio for mostly a collection of good to great prospects represents a change in the Jays recent philosophy of stock pilling young talent.

After the hope of last year ended with multiple injuries ravaging the team this deal offers renewed hope.  The addition of high end talent with playoff experience moves the expectation for the club through the roof.  Personally I am just looking forward to seeing the Jays competitive again and acquire star power like when I was growing up in the early 90’s.

Will the Jays come to regret this trade, maybe.  They gave up a lot of emerging talent in Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Alverez, Justin Nicolino, Jake Marisnick and Anthony DeSclafani along with a great defensive catch and team leader in Jeff Mathis.  If the key guys in the deal don’t want to play in Toronto this deal could resemble the Mark Teixeria trade to Atlanta in 2007.  In that trade the prospects turned out to be key players in the recent Texas Rangers success and Teixeria left after one and a half years to join the Angels.

Still, I am optimistic and looking forward to seeing the team compete for a division title or a wild card birth.  It would be great to see my two favorite teams meet in the world series: St. Louis Cardinals vs. The Toronto Blue Jays!

Kings Vs. Devils for the Stanley Cup!

Posted in Sports with tags , , , , , , on 30/05/2012 by arthur1977

The Stanley Cup finals start tonight between the LA Kings and the New Jersey Devils.

I think these teams are well match and I am looking forward to this series. Personally I am cheering for the Kings, I am a big fan of Mike Richards and hated how he got treated after the trade in Philadelphia.

In the end I hope all the games are close and the Kings win at home in 6 games. I am leaning towards Quick as the Conn Smythe winner after the amazing run he had this playoff.

Please leave a comment and let me know who you think will win.

Let the games begin!

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Let the playoffs begin!

Posted in Sports with tags , , , on 08/04/2012 by arthur1977

Well the NHL regular season wrapped up last night and I cannot wait for the playoffs to being.  My Vancouver Canucks almost were Stanley Cup champions last year losing in game 7 of the finals to the Boston Bruins.

This year the Cauncks have a tough opening round playing the L.A. Kings and their Vezina trophy hopeful goaltender Jonathan Quick.  There is still a little bad blood between these teams from previous playoff meeting over the last couple of years so this should be a very entertaining series.

GO CANUCKS!

The other match up I will be paying close attention to is Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, two highly skill and tough teams that really hate each other.

Enjoy the first round everyone, here is the list of all the first round match ups:

1) NYR vs. 8) OTT     1) VAN vs. 8) LA

2) BOS vs. 7) WSH   2) STL vs. 7) SJ

3) FLA vs. 6) NJ        3) PHX vs. 6) CHI

4) PIT vs. 5) PHI       4) NSH vs. 5) DET