Thursday, March 8, 2018

Holy Crap The Entire KHL Season Is A Joke

I mean is this really a surprise to anyone in the hockey world?  OAR just won the Olympics because of a stupid high stick (fix?) and now this stuff is coming out about the whole KHL season being a setup for Putin's team.  

It's just so devilishly Russian that you have to appreciate it!

If Putin's desire really is to watch the world burn, maybe come to Montreal and watch a few hockey games.  Leave the rest of us out of it. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

NHLPA Player Poll AKA Annual Dud Poll

The NHLPA released their annual player poll today.

You can check out the results by clicking here.

It's a bit of a disappointing list.  The highlights for me is seeing that the players around the league love coming to play in Montreal, and that the players feel the Blackhawks have the best fans.  

It heartens me to Shea Weber show up on the list in a couple of places.  It gives me hope for the future.  Oh, and Carey Price being listed among the greatest of all time gives me some hope as well.

Patrick Roy being listed as the greatest goalie of all time is so unfortunate for my generation.  Yes, I was alive for the 93 cup, but I wasn't even in school yet so I can't remember anything about it.  The same goes for the 92 and 93 World Series wins for the Blue Jays.   

Every year I get a little older, and every year a sports club makes the finals, and they without a doubt show the super old fan in the stands watching, I think I'm getting closer to being that guy every year.     

I Was Eliminated From League Curling Last Night

I haven't curling in a competitive league since 2005/2006.  The odd time I would spare in our competitive league, play mediocre, and then never get called back.  This winter was different.  It seems like 25 % of our club has gone south, and I got the call for the last 3 regular season games and the first playoff game of our competitive league.  This was some Tom Cochrane big leagues stuff!   

Last night was our quarter-final match up against the 3rd seeded team.  

We got down early in a 3-0 hole but battled back to a 3-3 game at the half. After 6 we were back in a hole down 5-3 needing to score 2 just to stay alive without the hammer in the last end.  Our skip made a fantastic shot to make it 5-5 heading home.  Without the hammer against the 3rd seeded team was going to be a battle. 

The entire game I was battling a headache that has been lingering with me for a few days.  By the 8th end I could have passed out from the frontal lobe pain.  In fact I still have said headache as I write this.  When I get headaches they last for days.

We head into the last end and I throw some great guard rocks but I can't draw.  I've never had good draw weight, I can hit and guard but I can't draw.  

Our next shots go deep in the house and aren't really usable.  We draw one in and sit and then the other team misses a takeout.  With guards in place all our skip has to do is throw a guard and take away the angle raise and we have all but won and are off to the Semi-Finals.  He leaves it about 2 feet wide....

On the final stone the skip for the other team nails the perfect raise from the 12 to the button and it's game over, season over.  

I felt the need to blog this as a crushing moment in this years Habs season.  Sports and me are not jiving of late.  Wonder how the golf season will go?  

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Shape of Water Is A Great Film But...

Naturally I had to check out what The Shape of Water was all about.  In a year without a landmark film like Get Out, I think The Shape of Water would take Best Picture. 

Does The Shape of Water go toe to toe with the great movies of the year?  I think so.  I went into the movie knowing all the hype, knowing it won best picture, and I still enjoyed the movie.  That's saying something.  Usually when a movie is getting super hyped your expectations get so high that you leave saying meh.  Both Get Out and The Shape of Water are exceptions to that rule. 

How Michael Shannon wasn't nominated for his performance is absolutely insane.  Apparently he watched the Oscars from a bar in Chicago.  Good for him, he deserved better.  

The symbolism in the movie can go toe to toe with Get Out, but Get Out was just simply a better movie.  The Shape of Water feels like Avatar meets Bridge of Spies with a much stronger artistic spin.  Get Out is Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, but if it were a horror movie....on steroids.   

In 10-15 years from now nobody is going to remember Shape of Water.  I honestly feel like if AFI re does their list of 100 movies of all time Get Out has to be slotted somewhere in the Top 15.  I've never gone into an Oscars feeling so strongly about what film should win Best Picture. 


Monday, March 5, 2018

Post Oscars Disappointment For Get Out

I caved and went to bed early last night.  When Kimmel was leading a group of Hollywood stars across the street I checked out for the night. 

As I rolled over in bed I knew Get Out was going to be robbed.  My stomach began to ache, and I let out some pretty stinky gas.  Truly a sign of the injustice that was about to happen to this modern classic.

However, when I woke this morning to find both the best actor and the best actress won that I predicted I was quite pleased.  Actually, both the best supporting actor and actress I had picked right as well. Was this a sign of sure success coming for Get Out?  Clearly not.

I haven't seen The Shape of Water yet, so I'm with holding my reservations about it being the best film of the year for now.  What makes me nervous is that a terrible film like Spotlight can win best picture.   

The Shape of Water would make a great name for a documentary film about outdoor hockey or something.  

It's a slow day in the world of hockey.  

Pacioretty and Mete are out 4-6 weeks.  God bless this tank! 

Oh, and Karlsson does the chewy tobacy. 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sunday Scaries Dives Into The Oscars

Oscars Sunday is a special day for cinema.  It's also a special day for me, because two years ago I spent Oscars Sunday in bed puking my guts out with Noro Virus. Fun stuff.  9/10 wouldn't recommend.  The other is a psychopath. 

This year I tried to watch as many Oscar nominated films as I could.   As today rolls on I may try to squeeze in 1-2 more films, but at this point I feel comfortable making my Oscar picks.

Best Picture: 

Should win:  Get Out

Will win: Lady Bird

Best Director:

Should win: Jordan Peele

Will win: Greta Gerwig

Best Actor:

Should win: Timothee Chalamet

Will Win: Gary Oldman

Best Actress:

Should win: Frances McDormand 

Will win: Frances McDormand

Best Supporting Actor

Should win: Sam Rockwell

Will win : Sam Rockwell

Best Supporting Actress:

Should win: Allison Janney

Will win: Allison Janney

Sadly the Habs picked up ANOTHER point last night.  When will it end!!!