May. 25th, 2012 09:35 pm
aderam: (Canadian Rink)
I forgot to watch the Rangers-Devil's game 6 tonight. Which was an elimination game.

Not because I forgot that it was on Friday or what time it was, or I didn't really care about it.

I forgot because I forgot that today was Friday.

#Summer Grad Student Problems

And the Rangers lost which means that they are done and the Devils are going to the Final against LA.

I'd been cheering for the Rangers too. *sad face*

Oh well. Nicely done Devils. :) And if this is Brodeur's last season (who knows? He's 40 - but he's also Brodeur) it would be cool if he exited with another cup.

I'm sorry you lost Rangers. You had a good run. And at least now you'll be able to rest (I'm looking at you Dan Girardi - your face needs some healing and that's only the immediately obvious stuff). And I still love you Lundqvist.

Love Hurts

Apr. 23rd, 2012 08:58 am
aderam: (Canadian Rink)

This is how I feel right now. Canucks lost in overtime last night. So that's that for the season.

This series was tough, and it really showed the weaknesses of our team without Daniel Sedin (never be concussed again, pls!). But I think in the end the Kings won it because they played better than everyone was expecting. The Kings were a good team throughout the regular season, but they were a team that didn't score - and they changed that in the playoffs. So fuck. At least the Canucks didn't have a total mental breakdown like the Penguins did. Holy shit that series was ridiculous! But despite the gaffes, my boys still played defence.

Dear Canucks,

I still love you. You're great. And you bring me great joy even when we lose in the first round (although that does suck). I know that some of you might not be back with the team next year and I'll miss you. I know that there will be some new guys and I hope that they fit in well with this truly awesome group.

And I don't care what anyone says, winning the President's Trophy (best record in the regular season) twice in a row is still super awesome! (Even if it was kind of an accident this year.)

Continue to be awesome, boys. I'll see you next year.


At least I can watch hockey without feeling stressed about the outcome now. Also - if Ottawa wins tonight then they've won their series! (And then the Canucks won't be the only 1st place team knocked out by 8th...) GO SENS GO!
aderam: (Canadian Rink)
So Comps are fast approaching and I am alternately in denial and filled with fear and a certainty of failure.

The worst is that I'm not really sure what's going to be on them. And nothing I do will ever be enough. There are always going to be more things that I could read and study. And I won't know if I've done enough until I sit the exams and then hear about whether or not I pass.

Shit guys. I just want to pass. I don't care about whether my answers are excellent or not. Just pass me. Let the time and money I've spent on my education get me a Masters Degree. I promise I won't go on to a PhD and embarrass you (because I'm not going on to a PhD).

In response I've been obsessing over hockey. The Playoffs start tomorrow and the Canucks are playing the LA Kings. It should be a good, extremely defensive series. It's totally balls that the first round is starting the week before Comps. I'm going to watch all the Canucks games (natch), but there were a few other series' that I wanted to watch as well. The Flyers-Penguins series should be epic because of the hate they have for each other. And I really wanted to watch the Senators-Rangers, because I love the Sens and I've got a growing fondness for the Rangers (because Henrik Lundqvist is a god among men).

I was going to make an organized post about all of the reasons why I love the Canucks, but instead here are a few things that have been making me happy recently. Because EVERYTHING IS HOCKEY AND NOTHING HURTS.

The other Canucks players sabotaging an interview with Jannik Hansen. Oh Boys!

Henrik Lundqvist gives out bottles of wine to his teammates after getting shutouts. The Camera guy here is Marty Biron, his backup goalie.

Hugs are the best.

Even when you're on the opposite team, and people are fighting, what really matters is friendship. :D - This is from an old Sens-Sabres game. But I only recently found it and it is awesome. :D

Roberto Luongo supports his defence - in this case Keith Ballard, and literally.

Henrik Sedin: secret punk. Why you gotta harass Edler like that?

Higgy is adorable for more than just his abs.

aderam: (Luongo Wins)
Check this out! It's a Map of the birthplaces of all the current NHL players!


That is a cool distribution.

Furthest North = a bunch of Swedes (not surprising), followed by a clump in Anchorage, Alaska, and Jordin Tootoo in Churchill, Manitoba
Furthest South = Robyn Regehr from Recife, Brazil, followed by Some guy I've never heard of from some place I've never heard of near Indonesia
There is a guy (Ryan O'Marra) who was born in Tokyo, Japan!
There is another guy (Richard Park) from Seoul, South Korea!
There is a guy from Sardinia!
Despite the fact that there are loads of Swedes and Finns, there is only one guy from Norway (I've always wondered about this - it seems odd to me).
There are LOTS from all over Canada (or at least the parts of Canada where there are actually people).

This is a map of where people were born, not where they grew up (which might be a more interesting distribution, but harder to gather data), so it's flawed. For example the city where my family lived when I was born didn't have a hospital, so I was born in the city next door. Then we moved two months later to another country, but the point is that I never lived in the place where I was born.

In conclusion: Maps are cool. :)


Mar. 21st, 2012 08:15 pm
aderam: (I Hate Everything)
I am so done with the Canucks-Blackhawks rivalry.

When it started it was about two good teams battling it out. Kane and Toews would go flying down the ice in one direction and then the Sedins would go flying down the ice the other way. It was excellent hockey to watch because both teams were so skilled and they wanted to play so much.

Now, it's all fights and brawls and dirty hits and it makes me angry to watch.

The worst part is that it's on BOTH sides. These teams bring out the worst in each other. And then they start flinging insults back and forth and it makes me upset. Because at very least I wish that the Canucks would take the higher ground and be the classy guys they usually are (at least most of them). But they aren't. And I'm angry at my own guys for being douches too.

And I used to like the Blackhawks. Kane and Toews are both really good players (although Kane is also a little shit), and I actually really like Keith and Seabrook because of my defensive bias. (And Patrick Sharp because of his pretty faaaaaaace.)

But then tonight, Duncan Keith fucking elbows Daniel Sedin in the head. And that is totally not cool.

I totally understand taking a run at Burrows, or Lapierre, or Kesler. They are all little shits. Their our little shits, so I love them. But they are shits nonetheless. But the Sedins are really classy players. They are mild mannered Swedes! The only reason to target them is because they're highly skilled. (Although I thoroughly enjoyed watching Henrik mouth off at Keith at every opportunity for the rest of the game. I have no idea what he was saying, but Keith totally deserved it after giving his twin a head-shot. That shit is dangerous.)

So dear hockey gods: can we please, please, not have a 'Hawks-'Nucks match-up in the playoffs this year? It will make my heart sad.
aderam: (Canadian Rink)
Instead of working on my Roman aqueducts paper (which - at least aqueducts are super cool) I'm trolling around the internet looking at hockey blogs and being greatly amused.

Here are some things that deserve sharing because of awesomeness. :)

The Sedin Twins are different people (sort of)
This is an article from before the All Star game that's talking about the Twins and how they've played together their entire lives. How they are still different people despite their identicalness. And asking the other Canucks how to tell them apart.

Best quotes (ie almost all of it):
[if they're drafted to different All Star Teams]the mirror image Swedes always could consider punishing their antagonists with a switcheroo. They're both certain the only ones that could tell would be teammates.
"No," Henrik said definitively when asked if anyone other than fellow Canucks All-Stars Alexander Edler and Cody Hodgson would notice. "You're right, we should do that."
Defenseman Kevin Bieksa figured out one difference when he lived in the same building as Henrik and often would spot Daniel waiting for his brother in the parking lot.
Despite being the Canucks' captain, Henrik has a bad habit of running late.
"Danny's always on time," Edler said. "Henrik is always a couple minutes late."
It drives his punctual younger brother (by minutes) crazy.
"He hates when people are late," Henrik said. "I'm usually late."
Within that dynamic, Bieksa said Daniel emerges as the more "responsible" of these road-trip roommates, dictating their schedule and keeping Henrik "in line."
"Hank is going to say he's the one in charge, for sure," Bieksa has said of the differences. "And Danny might even say nobody is just because he's a humble kind of guy. But we all know Danny is the one in charge. And Hank still wants to retain that older-brother status, too, so he tries to boss Danny around sometimes and Danny takes it, which is the funny thing. But Danny is usually the one in charge when push comes to shove."
Edler, who knows them as well as anyone after being taken under their collective wing when he made the move from Sweden to Vancouver, seemed to agree with Bieksa.
"Danny might be in charge. He makes the more smart decisions," Edler said with a mischievous grin. "They are twins, but they are still two different people."
As for which twin really us in charge, it may not matter. Daniel may arrive first, but if he's the one waiting around, isn't Henrik really dictating the schedule?
"Well, he thinks he's in charge," Henrik said of Daniel.
"I am in charge," said Daniel, "but he doesn't care."

I love them. :)

Also there's a new campaign going around to help end Homophobia in sports and Hockey in particular. There's a pretty comprehensive article over at Puck Daddy, and a shorter one in the Toronto Sun which features my guy Tanner Glass, who is a former Canuck, a current Winnipeg Jet and an all around awesome guy (if only he were better at hockey and could have stayed on my team - I miss ya Tanner!).

The Campaign is call "You Can Play" and it's being spearheaded by Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke and his son Patrick who is a scout for the Flyers. They're trying to make the league a safer space for gay athletes starting by reducing homophobic language to begin with. And it's in memory of Brendan Burke (son and brother) who died in a car accident. He was a hockey player, he wasn't in the NHL, but he came out in 2009, which is awesome.

Anyway they're trying to get a lot of NHL players to speak out about it and they've already got over 30 who are going to be in various TV spots. It's really awesome to see some of these guys speaking up about it. Especially since considering the number of Canadians and Europeans in the League I've been expecting hockey to be a more accepting place than some of the other major sports (still not easy - but yeah).

I'm super happy that some of them are even calling guys on homophobic language in Games! From the Toronto Sun article:

If Glass hears an opposing player use a gay slur during a game, he’ll let him know he’s crossed the line.
“The language has got to be the first thing to go,” Glass told the Winnipeg Sun, Monday. “You hear it all the time.”
The reaction he gets tells him there’s hope, but still a ways to go in educating the rank-and-file in the macho world of pro hockey.
“Some guys will be, ‘Yeah, well, f--- you,’ or whatever,” Glass said. “But some guys are like, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t have said that.’ ”

Tanner Glass, I love you! Please continue to be awesome!

Anyway here's a TV spot:

And sometimes looking at the comments section is not filled with sadness. Examples:
Photobucket From the Puck Daddy Comments section

(It's still weird for me being in places on the internet where the assumed gender is male.)

More photos of attractive hockey players. Because it seemed like a good idea at the time. :)

Henrick Lundqvist - Goaltender, NY Rangers (also a Swedish twin, but his twin is not on the same team as him, and not a goalie)


Swedes from the All Star Game! Lundqvist (Rangers), Henrik Sedin (Canucks), Eric Karlsson (Senators), Daniel Sedin (Canucks), Daniel Alfredsson (Senators - I love him too), Alex Edler (Canucks - my hockey boyfriend)

Jarome Iginla - Calgary Flames. When he smiles everything is right with the world.

Patrick Sharp - I should hate him because he's a Blackhawk... but look at that face!

Edler's spot for GQ...

I actually have this photo saved as "Cory Schneider looks into your soul.jpg" - Canucks, natch.

Harrison Mooney (Blogger, Pass it to Bulis) with trophy and Tanner Glass (then Canucks, now Jets) - okay, so Tanner's not actually that attractive, but I like his smile and I actually think that his mullet is kinda endearing. Plus it helps that he's an awesome person. :)

This is unrelated to attractiveness. I just have no idea what Alex Burrows is doing. But it's hilarious!


Feb. 28th, 2012 05:27 pm
aderam: (Me Like Hockey)
The Canucks just traded Cody Hodgson to the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline. This is kinda wacky and absolutely no one was expecting this. Perhaps especially not Cody Hodgson.

I don't pretend to understand how trading and salaries and things work in hockey. And I know that if I were in charge of a team we would never win anything, because I would be spending too much time getting together a good group of people rather than a team that actually wins games.

But I'm sad to see Cody go.

He's a candidate for Rookie of the Year, and he's quite good. He's not quite as awesome as some of the commentary about him has suggested. But he's good and I was really looking forward to watching his development as a player. I remember back when I was in Halifax and Cody was playing for Canada in the World Juniors. I watched the gold-medal game and every time he did something awesome (which was often) I turned to C and cheered: "He's going to be a Canuck!" because he'd already been drafted at that point.

So I'm sad to see him go. He's developing into a good hockey player, and from what little I know about him from stalking the team he seemed like a cool guy too. The other guys on the team used to tease him about dressing like he was in grade nine, and then took him out shopping to get a proper wardrobe. :) A couple of days ago (before they knew about the trade) his road roommate, David Booth, tweeted about them watching Aladdin together. Which is absolutely adorable. Even moreso after it inspired this comic by Chloe Ezra:


Cody is the one in the fish pjs. Booth has the hat. There's nothing more awesome than grown men enjoying children's movies. :)

So yeah. I'll miss you Cody. Good luck in Buffalo! There are much worse places for you to go. But I wont see much of you anymore (the Canucks only play Buffalo a few times a year at most), which is too bad.
aderam: (Default)
Life's been pretty busy, but generally good.

This weekend we had an awesome Thanksgiving dinner with seven of the usual crowd. I made cheesy mashed potatoes which is a family tradition (and even moreso - I'm always the one who makes it) - and they were a big hit.

Tonight I'm going to a poker game which is a tradition among some of the department. Buy in is $10, and it's reasonably competitive - but I'm resigned to loosing everything. As long as it's a fun time with the guys I'm cool with it. So that should be fun - I should make myself a poker hands cheat-sheet before I go.

The NHL hockey season has started up again and the Canucks are playing right now. I'm listening to the game. And it's currently 5-4 for Philidelphia in the 3rd period. I dislike the Flyers at the best of time, but this is not helping. Although I'm still not too worried about the game.

I bought a new knitting pattern and I think that I'm going to use it for a Christmas present. But I think that I need to get one more ball of yarn, since I might not have enough. I'm excited to start. ;)

Why are all of the books for my next two presentations in German and French? The French is okay - but Deutsch? Lame. I do not speak German. Oh well, I've got enough time to Google Translate what I need. My main text for the shipwreck I'm looking at is called "Das Wrack". Oh Germans - you're so ... German.

I get to make stone tools in my Anthro class. Partially that's awesome, but partially I'd rather just find some good stones and shape them to make a wall instead. Bifacial what? Although our TA did his Masters' Thesis on stone tools used in high-risk situations like hunting polar bears and sea lions. And that is wicked cool.

Anyway... dinner calls!
aderam: (Me Like Hockey)
The big debate which is going around the NHL and various mainstream hockey media outlets is whether or not fighting has a place in hockey.

You lucky people are going to get my opinion - it's pretty short: NO.

If I wanted to watch two men fighting I'd be watching boxing or UFC or something else. There is fighting in hockey right now, and I'm glad that it's not as extensive as it used to be. I understand the role that it currently plays (it's not just random violence and it does have an effect on how both teams are playing), I just don't think it's necessary. A really fantastic play can have exactly the same pumping up effect as a fight. So can an impressive and massive legal bodycheck. It seems to me that using fights as a way to pump up your team and fans is the recourse of an unskilled team. Obviously skilled teams do it too, but it's cheap. And I don't like it.

This has all come to a head in the media because of a few crazy factors:
- the probable suicides/accidental death due to drug abuse of 3 NHL enforcers over the course of this summer. I don't think any of them are officially suicide, but it's gotten a lot of former enforcers to talk about their substance abuse problems and how that was related to their jobs.
- Brendan Shanahan, the new Head Disciplinarian for the NHL has been handing out a whole slew of fines and suspensions for bad hits. And has been openly talking about their decisions, which is super cool.
- There have been a lot of high profile concussions of late, including Sidney Crosby who is one of the NHL's young superstars.
- Don Cherry is an ass and has called the former enforcers who spoke up about their addictions and the problems with fighting in hockey hypocrites and "pukes" on National Television.

First of all - Don Cherry needs to be fired. He's said a lot of terrible things in Coach's Corner over the years and has been less and less coherent about it (and this is ignoring the fact that he can't pronounce any of the names of even some of the most high profile players). But this is just too far. One of the guys he criticized pointed out that no one in Canada takes Don too seriously, and that's certainly true. But you still should not be insulting people for speaking out about their substance abuse problems. That is completely inappropriate. And I don't think I need to say anything else about that.

The other thing that weirds me out about the media coverage of this issue is that they seem to be conflating too different problems: fighting in hockey, and concussions (a substantial number of which happen on legal hits).

The coverage is all getting very weird. I even read an article in MacLean's magazine (a Canadian news magazine which used to be quite good) about how Stephen Harper, our Prime Minister, should step in to help hockey deal with these issues. Because otherwise hockey would flounder as a sport, o one would watch it and parents would refuse to let their children play because it's too dangerous. They even compared him to Roosevelt helping to fix American Football. Obviously this makes sense because hockey is a sport that is in its infancy, has no real fanbase and until recently was considered safer than snuggling with fluffy bunnies (okay, bad example). < / sarcasm >

I'm sure that I had more to say when I first started writing this post. But's that's probably enough for today. Especially since I' reasonably certain that [personal profile] hobbitbabe is the only one reading this who has much interest in hockey at all. But yes. Hockey is a bit crazy at the moment (well, always - but still) and people are over-reacting all over the place.


Jun. 15th, 2011 10:14 am
aderam: (Luongo Wins)
I am a huge ball of stress for the game tonight.

It's game seven! That means whoever wins tonight wins the whole bloody thing!

The Stanley Cup - which Vancouver has not won in its forty year history. And this is the best shot we've had in seventeen years.

And the media is making me even more angry than usual.

And poor Mason Raymond got his back broken last game. (And the stupid Boston fans jeered him for diving long after he was lying on the ice in obvious pain. Stay Classy.)

(Also, do you remember Rome's hit on Horton last week that was scary for injury? It was a late hit and definitely not intent to injure but he got a four game suspension. Turn that around on Monday so that the Canucks player is the one who's injured, and Boston gets nothing. Not even an interference call on the play. It's not that I think that Boychuck did it on purpose, but can you say double standard? Especially since Rome hit Horton in the middle of the open ice and Boychuck finished his check into the boards while Raymond's head was between Boychuck's legs. It's a fast game and that wasn't done on purpose, but it's a much more dangerous position in my mind. Also this is the second time in the last few months that a Boston player has broken someone's spine. I don't care if it was on purpose or not - someone needs to look into that.)

Also I may go insane if (when - sigh) I hear someone say that Roberto shouldn't be starting in net tonight. Yes he played like crap on Monday. He's still our best goaltender.

Anyway, I'm going to go for a wander through the crowds downtown tonight and then watch the game at home with friends and then maybe go downtown for craziness afterwards.

Think good thoughts! (My head thinks we're going to win because of the home ice advantage which has been a big thing in this series - but my heart may explode in the meantime.)

Whatever happens after this I'll be able to get back to thinking about the rest of my life.
aderam: (Reality)
This article On Stanley Cup Final Coverage and Bias by Harrison Mooney does an excellent job of articulating why Pass it to Bulis (the Canucks blog which he writes with two other guys) is the only sports media I read.

It's bad enough when fans are being douchebags and making snap judgments which prove they have the attention span of goldfish. When they only pay attention to a player's mistakes and ignore all of the good things he's done on the ice. When they apply a double standard between one game and the next or between different teams. Or make comments about sissy European players because it's not racist if they're white too.

But when the professional media does it too? It makes me wonder why they're allowed to keep their jobs.

An excerpt from Harrison's (very well written) article (emphasis mine):

I’m more than willing to deny a bias that doesn’t exist, and the East Coast bias is a myth.

That said, the journalistic bias against the Canucks has been clear as day. Consider, for example, the writing about the Sedins, whose manhood has been questioned for their lack of production in the Final. Anyone with an ounce of sense can see that their best series came against a team that didn’t have a dedicated shutdown pairing (San Jose), and they’ve had a tougher time against teams with Norris-Calibre defensemen that aggressively focus on shutting them down (Chicago, Nashville, Boston).

However, instead of telling this story, we’ve been subjected to a “limp-wristed Euros” narrative that smacks of embarrassing prejudice.

When was the last time someone suggested that Sidney Crosby or Jonathan Toews was less of a man for their relative lack of production in their respective Finals? In 2009, Crosby went minus-3 with a goal and two assists. In 2010, despite going minus-5 with no goals and three assists, Toews won the Conn Smythe. I’m sure their Canadian citizenship had nothing to do with their generous coverage.

In these cases, credit was given to the opposing defenders who shut down elite scoring threats. The Sedins, meanwhile, simply aren’t man enough. They’re hacked, slashed and impeded constantly, but any time they go down, they’re sissy divers, a narrative that stinks of xenophobia over an ethnocentric worry that Europeans have come to ruin the Canadian game. Chris Nilan claimed their “balls shrivel up when they’re on the road”, Joe Haggerty called them “Hansel and Gretel”, Mike Milbury called them “Thelma and Louise,” and a bevy of other sportswriters and fans have stuck with the much less innovative Sedin “sisters”.

Why, exactly, is it considered acceptable — professionally acceptable, even — to mock two men by comparing them to a minority group in hockey, anyway? What’s next? The Sedins play like blacks, jews, or gays?

This line of criticism is, in and of itself, childish and sexist. It’s 2011 and there are women in the Hockey Hall of Fame. If the Sedins actually were women, people might be a little more impressed with their point per game pace over the last five years, their back-to-back Art Ross trophies, their potentially back-to-back Hart trophies, or the fact that they’ve led their hockey team to the Stanley Cup Final in their first year as team leaders. As it stands, however, these accomplishments aren’t enough to escape the criticism that they’re actually women on skates — and that there’s something inherently wrong with that.

This whole thing makes me furious. Most of the time I don't bother reading because it's just awful, the comments are not intelligent and I disagree with what they've said about the game. But every now and again the media actually goes and says something like this that is SO completely offensive that it almost makes me ashamed to be a hockey fan. This is how people who don't watch hockey see the sport. How could this possibly be considered a good thing?

I used to think that the NHL would be the first of the major sports leagues in North America to have an openly gay player. It's a sport that's dominated by Canadians and Europeans who (especially in my generation which is the same age bracket as all the rising stars) increasingly don't give a damn about other people's sexuality. The NHL itself has tacitly endorsed gayness by allowing their names and logos to be used in a movie about a gay hockey player (admittedly it wasn't a big blockbuster - but still!). But if this is what they're saying about the Sedins because they're Swedish I'd hate to see what they'd do if they were gay. Sometimes staying in the closet is the safer choice.

And the Sedins? Their responses were very classy. Because they are cool like that: cut for length )

But whatever. Screw you Don Cherry and your xenophobic comments about Europeans. It doesn't matter whether your favourite team wins or the Canucks do, it'll still be a European captain raising the Stanley Cup.
aderam: (Curling)

On the up side - VICTORY! Take that Blackhawks! (Nobody likes you anyway.)

Several heart attacks and a beautiful goal by Alex Burrows (aka the biggest Frenchmen who's father is English - like from the UK English - EVAR) and Chicago is out and Vancouver (aka the good guys) are moving on to the next round.

If you had told me at the beginning of this series that it would take seven games to beat the Blackhawks, I would have thought that you were being overly pessimistic. But it's true. My boys were on the brink of what might have been the biggest collapse in NHL history if not all of professional sports. And when Toews tied it up with only two minutes remaining and prevented us from wining in regulation I nearly flipped my shit.

But then Burrows scored!!!! :) And now all is right with the world. - Until the second round starts... which is soon.

This game was all the more crazy for me because the GC Founders' Dinner was tonight so I wasn't able to watch most of it! Instead I was sitting listening to a bunch of long and boring speeches about people I'd never heard of, which were told in a way that suggested I should know who these people were. Very awful. But Spicy J was watching the game and I got him to text me updates on the score. And then things finished up in time for me to watch the last minute of play before overtime. Thank the gods for technology!

(Ironic Curling icon is Ironic. *grin*)
aderam: (Marvin)
A list in honour of the crown I'm getting tomorrow. :)

1. The hockey blog I read (which I've mentioned before) had a Scrabble Battle today with Tanner Glass, a forward with the Vancouver Canucks. Yes, I did say "Scrabble Battle." Way back near the beginning of the season there was some player profile thing during the TV coverage of one of the games which said that Tanner Glass was an avid Scrabble player. As a result, Harrison from Pass it to Bulis challenged him to a Scrabble game. Probably nothing would have come of this (since the challenge was online rather than in person, natch), but apparently someone in Tanner Glass' family reads PITB, and drew his attention to it. Since then it's been a bit of a running gag. There were T-Shirts made for it and everything. Today was the game.

They organized it to be a fundraiser for charity, and the guy who raised the most money got first move (naturally the guy who earns a lot of money and hangs out with a bunch of other guys who earn a lot of money got the start). I'm actually super impressed. Not only because an NHL hockey player actually decided to play Scrabble with a blogger for charity (which is cool enough as it is), but both of them had really good showings. I posthumously read the Live Blog of the game (over here) and both of them had some really good plays. Harrison won, but not by too much, and both of them had over 300 points. Which is a wicked score.

(Although maybe Harrison should have let Tanner win, because Tanner Glass Fights Bears, after all.) :)

All in all this was extremely hilarious.

2. I'm officially going to Cuba! I bought my ticket today. There is going to be an all-inclusive resort, and my brother and some really good friends of ours are all going to be there. It's going to be the first time I've ever had a hotel room to myself as well - so that should be pretty cool. I'm super looking forward to it.

3. The Eagle. It was every bit as awfully awesome as I thought it would be and then some. I loved it. Unfortunately they weren't in short skirts for as much of the time as I would have liked (for that you have to watch Clash of the Titans *grin*), but I suppose when most of the film is set in Scotland, you want to cover as much as you can. Understandable, but still unfortunate. No mangled Latin, but loads of mangled Gaelic - some of which I recognized! Although I don't have a good enough sense of whether it sounded mangled to me because it was Scots Gaelic instead of Irish (or because it's been nearly 7 years since I took Gaelic in a very poor sort of way), or because they just mangled it. I'm going with the latter personally, but I'm more than willing to be proven wrong. (Because if nothing else, Billy Elliot speaking Gaelic is super hot.)

It was a pretty movie. And it was entirely what you would expect. Although it was rather weird to hear all the Romans with American accents, but I suppose it makes sense because then the British could have British accents. Still. Their putting my cinematic tropes on their head! Also they were clearly portraying the Roman Legions as Jarheads, which took a moment to get used to, but otherwise made very good sense.

As one might expect, I wish there'd been more character development for the relationship between Aquila and Esca. But I'll just wait on the fic. (Is it strange to be sad about movies that come out in the beginning of the year because they're temporally so far away from Yuletide? I feel like even if I don't forget about it before Yuletide shows up then probably everyone else will forget about it by then. Le Sigh.)

But yes - Awesome.


May. 12th, 2010 02:15 pm
aderam: (I Hate Everything)
Why is it that every year after the Canucks get out of the playoffs (and other teams too - I just pay the closest attention to the Canucks) people start clamouring about how terrible certain players are and how wrong and bad everything is and how our coach was an idiot? Or alternatively make blanket statements like - the other team was simply better. No contest.

Blah blah blah.

I should really know better than to read the comments by fans on TSN.com and other sports pages. It's the internet and people always make statements as if they are experts, even (and especially) the people who don't watch all the games.

Everybody's talking about how the Canucks choked on home ice. Luongo sucks. He should never have had the captaincy (and my favourite - this just proves how good the Canadian Olympic team was because they won the game despite having Lu in net. Are you fucking kidding me? Roberto outplayed Martin Brodeur - arguably the best goaltender ever - in that tournament and that's why he got the start in the gold medal game. STFU!). And then they start wailing on Alain Vigneault's coaching. He won the Jack Adams Award for best coaching in the league in 2007, they don't give those out to just anybody!

The main problem I have with sports fans and commentary is that everyone making them seem to have the attention span of a goldfish. Chicago and Vancouver are two good and (I think) well matched teams. Everyone's talking about how the Canucks choked at home - but they're forgetting to mention how the Blackhawks did too. Game 1 and Game 5 were both completely dominated by the Canucks. In fact all the commentators were saying after Game 1 that this series was going to go to the Canucks no problem, after a game like that.

The only reason we're not going to a Game 7 (in Chicago where we were VERY good) is because the 'Hawks managed to come back in Game 2. That was the victory in this series. The only truly even period in the whole series was last night in the first when both teams were playing their best. It was a fantastic period of hockey - great scoring chances on both sides and amazing saves from both goaltenders. And at the end of that period the score was goose-eggs. And then Byfuglien smashed Edler's knee in a clean hit (I hate Byfuglien). And Salo was already playing wounded, and suddenly the Canucks were playing with four D instead of six. I know it's an excuse, but I think it's a pretty good one. Also I agree that we need better depth on Defence, if our best option is having Salo play while injured instead of pulling up someone else. (Also I really miss Willie Mitchell. Please make your head stop being concussed.)

So no, I don't think the Blackhawks are a better team than the Canucks. I think they're pretty much equal in skill. And it's balls that this has happened for the second year in a row, but we're still one of the top eight teams in the league (30 teams) - top four in our conference (15 teams). This is nothing to sneeze at. (Also I am reasonably certain we would have beat Detroit if we played them instead of Chicago - which almost happened).

So stop talking about us like we're the Toronto Maple Laughs - we are not only getting into the playoffs we are getting past the first round.

The bright side is that I won't have to miss any games while I'm in Italy. It doesn't seem all the bright at the moment though.

And now it's the Sharks and the 'Hawks in the conference final - and I'm still pissed at them, but damn I want the 'Hawks to win. The Sharks are all bums.

In other news - Dear Habs, please beat the Penguins tonight. They don't belong in the Northern Hemisphere anyway and Sidney Crosby is bland and annoying (yes even when he scores in overtime against the Americans).
Love, Me.


Apr. 26th, 2010 11:13 am
aderam: (Horizon)
CANUCKS WIN ROUND ONE! Very exciting! Some really good hockey (with the appropriate outcome). Alex Edler has been doing really well which makes me very happy (because he's a Swede, and only a year older than me, and had his breakout season the same year I became a fan - and he's a Defenceman. Defencemen are good). And Roberto had some stupidly awesome saves last night - his stats maybe aren't so great, but he's coming up big when it counts. The Sedins are using their freakish twin powers. Bernier is scoring the way he didn't all through the regular season (STEEEEEEVE!). And we keep coming from behind to win games in the third.

(Personally some straight up domination would be better for my nerves, but it's really nice to know that the team has the confidence and skill necessary to change the outcome of the game in the last 20 minutes - that's what separates the men from the boys.)

So now the 'Nucks have that in the bag round two is either going to be Chicago or the winner of the Detroit-Phoenix series. And everything's been so wide open this play-offs that I don't really want to speculate. Chicago is up 3-2 in their series vs Nashville and Wings-'Yotes is going to Game Seven.

I've been really shocked by how open the competition is this year. Only one series has finished in 5 games (I thought none had, but then I checked again - Flyers over New Jersey in five games. So it wasn't that no one had, it was that I just didn't care about the only series that did). The top seed teams in both the East and West lost their first games against their eighth seed counterparts. It's all kind of ridiculous. Usually there is at least one if not two series' that get decided with a clean sweep. But there were definitely moments that I thought Colorado would beat San Jose (admittedly the Sharks suck in the post season - I have no idea how the keep managing it, but they do. It makes me happy - take that Sharks!) - and that would have been an awesome upset.

So I'm feeling pretty good about hockey these days. What feels even better is knowing that this time next year I'll be in the same city (and more importantly the same time zone) as my team and I won't have to stay up late watching games. (Last night's game started at 9pm for me and I was excited! - I know I've got nothing on my friend's who are fans in Scotland, which is an eight hour time difference, but watching hockey late at night is balls however you slice it because you want to jump up and down and be excited, but you're also really tired.)

I need a good hockey icon...

Finally bothered to set up the footer for crossposting. I've been meaning to do that for a while, up the DW awareness if not the DW use.
aderam: (Olympic Mittens)
While I was in Scotland I had a good time encouraging [personal profile] stormsearch in her newfound love of hockey. It's not as strong as L's (...yet) but after hearing her response to the Men's Gold Medal game the other day, I feel there is hope for her. *grin*

(There is something really wonderful about getting people in Scotland to fall in love with Hockey. It's just so... improbable.)

Anyway, we naturally got to talking about attractive hockey players. I am certainly one of the first to admit that most hockey players should really leave their helmets on. A lifetime of helmet hair and being knocked about on the ice does not a pretty face make. Yeah, sure I find them all super attractive when they are on the ice and skating - because skating is pretty and very awesome when it is done well (exhibit a - Speed Skaters). But I really don't find many hockey players to be attractive off the ice as well as on. (I feel there must be a similar effect with rugby players too...)

But there are a few exceptions. And some of them even manage to remain attractive after long careers. (Kirk Mueller is a good example... but I'm not going to talk about him today.) I maintain that when Jarome Iginla smiles, everything is right with the world. Naturally [personal profile] stormsearch wanted proof. So instead of just sending the evidence to her I thought I would share with all of you lovely people as well.

And so I give you pictorial evidence of Jarome's amazing smile.

Jarome Iginla - #12 - Captain of the Calgary Flames - Gold Medalist in the 2010 Olympics


More evidence under the cut! )


Feb. 28th, 2010 11:29 am
aderam: (Penguin Mounties)
As you may have already guessed, I love Hockey. I love the strength, agility and speed required to play the game and play it well. I love the team-work and the comradeship and rivalries. Horizontal stripes. Terrible innuendos ("He really knows how to handle a stick"). Goaltender superstitions. Red posts. Blue lines. The goal line. And pushing people out of the crease who don't belong there.

I like the stories behind the game of people coming together to excel. Higher. Faster. Stronger.

(I remember a few years ago Roberto Luongo teasing Willie Mitchell that he, a goaltender, had more assists than Willie, a defenceman, did.)

I love sports and I love hockey and I love the Olympics.

And today we have another amazing game to watch. Canada-USA for the Men's Olympic Gold.

The women played on Thursday (also Canada-USA) and it was a fantastic game. Szabados, our goaltender, was phenomenal. Her glove hand? - absolutely gorgeous. I'm so impressed! And she got a shutout against the States in the Gold Medal Game! That is so hard. Amazing game.

And now it's the Men's turn. The game doesn't start for just over three hours. I'm heading out to a bar to watch it. And I'm going to wear my Luongo jersey, because it may not be team Canada, but it's still Luongo and he's my boy. I'm very excited!

One of the things that I love about Hockey is that it's such a multicultural game. I think the only other major league sport which is similar is football (the real kind of football - ie not American or Canadian). I love that on any given team in the NHL there will be native speakers of probably at least four different languages. I love that the Canucks have seven Olympians on the team and all but two of them are from different countries - and those two are the twins, so that totally doesn't count.

(And speaking of, it makes me really happy to be a Canucks fan since we had one player on each of the top four teams! We've still got Luongo for Canada and Kesler for the States. So go us!)

The Canucks who went to the Olympics are:
Roberto Luongo - Goaltender - Canada
Ryan Kesler - Forward - USA
Henrik Sedin - Forward - Sweden
Daniel Sedin - Forward - Sweden
Pavol Demitra - Forward - Slovakia
Christian Ehrhoff - Defence - Germany
Sami Salo - Defence - Finland

Canucks players speak (just based on what I know, some of them might have some other languages too): English, French (Canadian), Italian, Swedish, German, Slovak, Finnish, and Danish. Somehow we don't have any Russians, Belorussians or Czech.

The CBC is now doing commentary for some of the games in Punjabi.

In ten or fifteen years we should start seeing Indian-Canadians in the NHL. I can't wait. It's already such a multicultural sport I think it'll be great when it becomes a multicoloured sport too!
aderam: (Serenity - elfcat255)
The season opener was tonight (totally more important than the paper I have due tomorrow) and it was the Canucks versus the Flames in Vancouver. The game was dedicated to Luc Bourdon, the Canucks defenceman who died this summer in a motorcycle accident. And as Alex Borrows said at the end of the game he was definitely with us. Everything went well for us. Our passes were crisp, we did phenomenally on the rush, Roberto stood on his head in the net. And the score reflected that.

6-0 Bitches!

And people keep saying that the Canucks can't score!

What a way to start the season!

It's a good thing I have to finish up that paper, because there is no way I could sleep right now anyway!

I am going to be happy for a week! (or more)
aderam: (Serenity - elfcat255)
Best line so far from the commentators for the Sens Pens game in Stockholm:

"Alex Auld [Sens Goaltender] is a big man. And he's an effective goaltender even on his knees."

It's just so bad... so bad.
aderam: (Serenity - elfcat255)
And his name is Roberto Luongo! aka my Hockey Boyfriend. aka the Canucks' lead Goaltender.

But wait, you say! Roberto is a goaltender - goaltender's can't be Captains!

True, there hasn't been a goaltender Captain since Bill Durnan Captained the Montreal Canadiens in the '47-'48 season. And true, he isn't allowed to wear the 'C' on the ice, adn he won't be able to take any ceremonial face-offs. BUT he totally IS the leader of the team, by example and by loud talking-ness!

(Also that's why they've annouced three alternates.)

His Alternates are defencemen Willie Mitchell and Mattias Ohlund, and forward Ryan Kesler.

As Head Couch Alain Vigneault said "Opening face-offs will be done by Mattias because he's the longest running Canuck, and since William likes to talk the most, we'll have him talk to the referee."

I love Alain Vigneault. He's great. I especially love that he calls Willie Mitchell (who was one of my top choices for Captain when I didn't think Roberto could get it) 'William.'

I am so looking forward to this season! First game is on the 9th against the Flames and they're playing it on CBC despite the fact that it's a Thursday! Also I'm going to a game in December with [livejournal.com profile] hobbitbabe (who is probably the only one of you who understands what I'm talking about... or cares...)!!!!

And now the important question: when I get my Canucks jersey do I get one with Luongo's name and number or Edler's? It's a tough call!


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