Posted on June 30, 2008
Yeah I know, it’s been a while, but what the hell. It’s hard to type when you’re soaked from rain all the time. What a miserable spring/early summer it’s been so far. And to be honest, I haven’t been inspired by much lately, except for the school and the students I’m teaching. But things are about to change. I’m headed for Calgary on Wednesday and two weeks of coverage for the Calgary Stampede Rodeo and chuck wagon races on CBC. Now you city folk may consider this a “hick” event, but I can tell you from first hand experiance, the athletes that compete in rodeo are some of the toughest, most honest people I have ever met.
They dedicate their lives to rodeo, and the fair and honourable treatment of animals, so this is an event that I relish covering. After that, it’s off to Beijing for the Summer Olympics. I have been assigned the mens baseball and womens softball tournaments. I have never called either sport, so this will be a challenge, and one I’m excited about. Hayley Wickenheiser will be my colour commenttator for softball,and Warren Sawkiw for baseball. I’m also very “curious” about visiting China. I will be blogging from Beijing on a daily basis, I hope, so watch this space.
Posted on June 9, 2008
In this day and age we are constantly looking for a secret place, a refuge, someplace we can go and forget the outside world… Well I think I found mine last weekend. It was at a place called the E-Terra Inn. It’s located in Tobermory Ontario, at the northen tip of the Bruce Peninsula. An added bonus to the place is that it’s an eco-lodge. The building, and what a magnificant structure it is, is built with re-cycled materials. Even the furniture and fictures were purchased from manufacturers who are eco-friendly. Laurie Adams runs the place with her more than capable staff, and they sure know how to make you feel at home. Four hours north of Toronto, Right along the most spectacualr part of the Bruce Trail, and paradise…Not only was the accomodation first class, but so was the food. No liquor licence, but no problem, just bring your own. Thank you Laurie, and Brad and Janet and the rest of your more than excellent staff, we will be back…
Posted on June 1, 2008
The snow still hasn’t quite melted in this part of the world, but hopefully there are better days ahead. Yes it has been one of the most miserable springs on record. Very much like the brutal winter we endured. But I guess there’s no reason to complain about the weather, nothing we can do about it.
A few observations on this first day of June, Usain Bolt of Jamaica just set a world record in the 100 metres in New York. Is it me or the state of athletics when the first thing that comes to my mind is, “what’s he on”? Sad but true.
Mats Sunding finished in Toronto? Leafs nation will be in mourning about a month from now when they hear he’s signed with Montreal…Pure speculation at this point, but don’t count on him returning to the Leafs. Both sides are at fault here. Sundin for not waving his no trade deal, and the Leafs for offering him up in the first place. They deserve each other.
Can you believe that Sidney Crosby has never met Don Cherry? Especially now that the Pens are in the Stanley Cup final, they’re in the same city together everyday, and have never met. Sure Cherry has never been Crosby fan, but in his role as ”be all and end all” to all things hockey, you’d have thought that Cherry would have taken the time to meet the kid… Very strange indeed. Mind you, Cherry has never been one to give “balanced” commentary on anything or anyone.
And Elvis Stojko saying athletes should seriously consider boycotting the Beijing games this summer. I’m sure it’s something he would have considered had he been working 12 hours a day preparing and training for the biggest competition of his life when he was in his prime. Give me a break!!!