Thursday, December 31, 2015

world juniors day six

in group A, the U.S. beat Denmark 4-1 to finish second in their group. meanwhile Sweden just beat Canada 5-2 to finish group A. Sweden finishes first with 12 points, the U.S. with 9, then Canada with 5, then Denmark with three then Switzerland with one. in group B, Russia beat out Slovakia 2-1 and Finland won a good one over the Czech Rep 5-4. Russia finishes first with 11 pts, then Finland with 9, then Cezch Rep with 7, then Slovakia with three and Belarus with none. the quarter final matchups are set. the quarter finals are January 2nd and features: Denmark vs Russia at 5am, Sweden vs Slovakia at 7am, Canada vs Finland at 9am and United States vs Czech Rep at 11am. all times Edmonton time.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

world juniors day five

day five has come to an end and it ended with the United States thumping 10-1. Switzerland will be facing Belarus in a best of three relegation round. earlier in group A Sweden blanked Denmark 5-0 and will finish first in group A. the U.S. is second with 6 pts, Canadat with 5, Denmark with 3 and Switzerland will finish last with 1 point, now that their tournament is done. in group B, Finland beat Slovakia 8-3, while the Czech Republic beat Belarus 5-3. Russia leads group B with 8 points, then Czech rep with 7, Finland with 6, Slovakia with 3 and Belarus with none. Belarus is also done with their tournament. Switzerland and Belarus will play for relegation, and Sweden will be facing Slovakia in one quarter final match up. the rest of the matchups will be decided tomorrow in the last day of round robin. tomorrows schedule has Denmark vs United States, Canada vs Sweden, Russia vs Slovakia and Finland vs Czech Republic. gonna be an interesting day.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

world juniors day 4

Canada beat a competitive Switzerland 3-2 in a shoot out. Switzerland played real well throughout and even went up 2-0 after fifteen minutes. Canada finally got their legs going afterwards, got one late in the first, then tied it in the second. Canada won it in the shootout. Sweden still leads group A with 6 points, then Canada with 5, then the U.S. snd Denmark with three then Switzerland with one. in group B, Russia beat Belarus 4-1. two powerplay goals helped the result. Russia leads group B with 8 pts, then Czech rep with 4, then Finland and Slovakia with 3, then Belarus with none. tomorrow has Sweden vs Denmark, USA vs Switzerland, Slovakia vs Finland and Czech Rep vs Belarus. until then, later.

Monday, December 28, 2015

it took overtime but........

the Denver Broncos are into the post season with a 20-17 win over Cincinnati. they were trailing 14-0 early, but made the come back. they set themselves up for winning the AFC West division with either a win or a Kansas City loss. but that is for Sunday.

world juniors day three

what a day three. Sweden beats the United States 1-0 despite being outplayed and outshot. wow. Canada rounds out group A with a 6-1 win over Denmark. Sweden leads the group with 6 points. the U.S. Canada and Denmark are in a three way tie with 3 points and Switzerland is last with zero. in group B, Russia rallied from 1-3 down to hang on and beat Finland 6-4. Czech rep beat Slovakia 2-0 in the other group b game. Russia leads the group with 5 points. Czech Rep had 4, Finland and Slovakia have three and Belarus has none. tomorrows games has Canada vs Switzerland and Belarus vs Russia. that is it for today

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Vikings cruise into playoffs

the Minnesota Vikings are in the playoffs after a rather convincing 49-17 win over the N.Y. Giants that wraps up all the NFC playoff spots. the Vikings will play the Packers for the NFC North next Sunday night in Green Bay.

Cardinals fly into first rd bye

by beating Green Bay 38-8, the Arizona Cardinals earned the NFC's second and final first round bye. they join the Carolina Panthers with the first round bye. no playoff clinches this afternoon. Minnesota can earn the NFC's last playoff spot with a win over the Giants tonight.

Cincinnati claws to division, Kansas City shotos to playoff spot

with the Pittsburgh Steelers losing, the Cincinnati Bengals have claimed the AFC North title, themselves not playing until tomorrow. also with the Steelers loss, plus their win over the Cleveland Browns, the Kansas City Chiefs clinched a playoff spot in the AFC. that makes two divisions and three spots left there. we will see who else joins Kansas City and Cincinnati this afternoon.

world juniors day two

Denmark just scored a huge win over Switzerland, winning 2-1. it is Denmark's second ever world juniors win. (first won was last year over Switzerland and first in regulation). Denmark is in a three way tie with Sweden and the U.S. with three points win and Canada and Switzerland have no points. Switzerland has played two games to Canada's one. in group B, Slovakia beat Belarus 4-2 and sits tied for first in that group with Finland. Russia has two points, Czech Rep. has one and Belarus has none. that's it for today. tomorrow has Sweden vs the U.S. and Canada vs Denmark in group A and Slovakia vs Czech Rep and Russia vs Finland in group B.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Redskins claim NFC East

the Washington Redskins are NFC Eastern division champs after a 38-24 win in Philadelphia over the Eagles. all they had to do was win and they did that. that clinched the 4th seed in the NFC. congrats.

opening day of world juniors

its opening day of the world junior hockey tournament. Canada loses to the U.S. 4-2 to cap the evening. pretty even. the last two U.S. goals were scored on a deflection of a Canadian stick and the goaltender not closing his legs quick enough. the U.S. had the play advantage i thought. the u.s. and Sweden lead group A with three points - Sweden beat Switzerland 8-3. Canada and Switzerland with no points. in group B, Russia beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in the shoot out and Finland blew out Belarus 6-0. Finland leads group B with three points, Russia with two, Czech Rep with one and Belarus with none. tommorow has Denmark vs Switzerland and Belarus vs Slovakia. that is it for day one

Monday, December 21, 2015

happy winter solstice - at least in the northern hemisphere

at 9:48pm MST, the beginning of winter will commence. the shortest daylight hours of the year. after today, the daylight hours will get longer and longer. and on Friday, there will be a full moon. a full Christmas moon. first full Christmas moon since 1977. the next one, if i heard it right, will be in 2039. wow.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Cardinals fly to NFC West title

the Arizona Cardinals are NFC West division champions after blowing out Philadelphia 40-17. wasn't much of a contest in this game. no first round bye for them yet. stay tuned for more clinches next weekend.

Bengals claim playoff spot, Patriots get first round bye

the Cincinnati Bengals are in the playoffs after beating San Francisco 24-14. pretty much all they had to do to get into the playoffs. meanwhile the Patriots picked up a first round bye after Denver lost to Pittsburgh 34-27. we are getting into the serious meat and potatoes of the playoff run. who will get in, who will win their division and who will just miss out? stay tuned

Seahawks fly into playoffs

by beating Cleveland 30-13, the Seattle Seahawks are into the playoffs - coupled with Tampa Bay and the Giants both losing. they will get their chance to defend their NFC championship. more playoffs spots to come

Packers clinch playoff spot without playing

the Green Bay Packers are in the playoffs without hardly playing. with the N.Y. Giants and Tampa Bay Bucaneers both losing, the Packers got in. (Giants lost to Panthers in a thriller by the way). hopefully more to come later.

Monday, December 14, 2015

a giant division hand off

the N.Y. Giants hand the Patriots an early Christmas gift by beating Miami 31-24 and giving New England their 7th straight AFC East title a Christmas card and a thank you card is in order. next week, more playoff scenarios and possibilities

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Patriots blow out Texans on way to playoffs

the New England Patriots are in the playoffs with a 27-6 win in Houston over the Texans. not much of a doubt. the Patriots can win the AFC East with a Miami Dolphins loss to the N.Y. Giants tomorrow (in a strength of victory situation with the Jets - i don't get it). on top of this, the Panthers have a first round bye after blowing out the Atlanta Falcons this afternoon 38-0. so there.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Cardinals fly into post season

in a tight game, the Arizona Cardinals are into the post season with a 23-20 win over Minnesota. the win was all they needed. they can win the NFC West with a Seattle Seahawks loss on Sunday.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Panthers maul NFC South without playing a down

the Carolina Panthers are NFC South champions, and they didn't have to play a down. that is because the Tampa Bay Buccaneers helped them out by beating the Atlanta Falcons 23-19 early this afternoon, before the Panthers kicked off. congrats to the Panthers.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

103rd grey cup

it was a close one, but the Edmonton Eskimos are the grey cup champions with a 26-20 win in Winnipeg over the Ottawa REDBLACKS. it was an offensive shootout in the first half and a defensive battle in the second half. Ottawa went up 13-0 after two possesions. it was 26-7 Edmonton after. it is Edmonton's 14th championship. Mike Reilly was the most valuable player for the grey cup. Shamawd Chambers was most outstanding Canadian. congrats to the Edmonton Eskimos - 2015 grey cup champions

Sunday, November 22, 2015

a 1981 grey cup rematch

its a rematch of the 1981 grey cup as the Ottawa REDBLACKS and Edmonton Eskimos are heading for the grey cup (Ottawa was known as the Rough Riders). the Eskimos just dominated the west final, despite allowing two touchdowns to Calgary. final was 45-31. earlier, Ottawa won a thriller at home against Hamilton, winning 35-28. so the 103rd grey cup in Winnipeg is set. Ottawa vs Edmonton on the 29th at 4pm

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Stampeders massacre Lions, faces Eskimos in west final

the Calgary Stampeders are coming north for the west final after convincingly beat the B.C. Lions 35-9. it was a slow start, but a coaches challenge resulting in an overturned call started the domination. the Stampeders will now face the Eskimos in Edmonton on the 22nd. that will be a good one.

Ti-cats claw Argos on way to Ottawa

the Hamilton Tiger Cats win a thriller at Tim Hortons field as they beat the Toronto Argonauts 25-22. Justin Medlock hit the game wining field goal on the last drive of the game, helped by a key roughing the passer penatly to Toronto. Jeremaiah Massoli wins in his first playoff start. Hamilton will go to Ottawa to face the REDBLACKS on the 22nd in the Eastern final. next up B.C. at Calgary.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

cfl musings

the only meaningful game in the final regular season weekend ended a while ago and it was the Ottawa REDBLACKS beating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 44-28 to claim first in the east at 12-6. they will be hosting the east final game. Hamilton and Toronto finished with 10-8 records but Hamilton will finish second based on winning all three of their meeting against Toronto. Hamilton will host the east semi final game. meanwhile in the west, Edmonton played their last regular season last weekend and won it, giving them first in the west at 14-4. they will host the west final against Calgary or B.C. Calgary will be hosting the west semi final against B.C. Calgary and B.C. is playing now in B.C. (in an interesting twist and the west semi preview). even if Calgary wins and ends up at 14-4 with Edmonton, Edmonton wins tiebreak base on winning two of three games against Calgary. soooo, Toronto at Hamilton in the east semi on November 15th and B.C. at Calgary in the west semi also on the 15th. Ottawa will be hosting the east final on the 22nd and Edmonton will host the west final, also on the 22nd. we're getting close to the 103rd grey cup on the 29th in Winnipeg.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Royals world series champions

the Royals are world series champions after winning game 5 7-2 in 12 innings and the series 4 games to one. 5 runs in the top of the 12th started with Christian Colon's rbi hit and kept going. first world series since 1985. Luke Hochevar with the win and Addison Reed with the loss. Salvador Perez was named world series MVP and won a 2016 Chevy Camero. he was also the first catcher to win MVP since 1992 when Pat Borders of the Blue Jays won it. congrats to the Kansas City Royals

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Royals a win away

the Royals are a win away from the world series after winning game 4 5-3. Michael Comforta helped put the Mets up 3-1 with two homers. the Royals got one back in the 6th, then put three in the 8th inning, aided by a Daniel Murphy error and a Mike Moustakas rbi base hit to put the Royals up for good. Ryan Madson got the win for the Royals, Tyler Clippard with the loss and Wade Davis with a two inning save, helped by a huge double play to end the game where the Royals third baseman caught a broken bat liner. the runner on first got caught halfway to second when the ball was caught was thrown out at first to end it. the Royals are up 3-1 in the series and can win it tomorrow night in New York.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Mets get on board

the Mets get their first win of the series with a convincing 9-3 win in New York. Curtis Granderson and David Wright each had a two run home run. Wright also had a 2 run base hit. Wright became the first met to score four rbi's in a world series game since Rusty Staub got five in the 1973 series against Oakland. Noah Syndergaard struggled the first two innings, then settled down and owned the Royals. he eventually got the win. Yorlando Ventura took the loss. Royals lead series 2-1. game four in New York tomorrow night.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Royals go up a pair

Alcides Escobar hit an rbi single and Eric Hosmer hit a two run single in a four run fifth as the Royals win game two 7-1. Johnny Cueto picked up the win and Jacob DeGrom took the loss. the Royals look to go three up on Friday night as the series shifts to New York for game three.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Royals win lengthy game one

the Royals take the opening game of the world series with a 5-4 win in 14 innings. the longest game one in world series history in innings (14) and in time (5h 9m). game one of the 2000 series won by the Yankees over the Mets was the previous longest with 12 innings. Alcides Escobar opened the game with an inside the park home run on the first pitch. last inside the park homer on the first at bat was 1929 when George "Mule" Haas did it. Curtis Granderson of the Mets had the go ahead homer in the 5th, but Alex Gordon tied it in the 9th. the Royals had two chances in the 12th and 13th. the loaded the bases and Eric Hosmer won it with a sac fly to right. Chris Young got the win while Bartolo Colon took the loss. game two is in Kansas City tomorrow night.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Royals crown Jays

the Royals are going to their second straight world series after beating the Jays 4-3 in game six and the series four games to two. Eric Hosmer drove in Lorenzo Cain on a base hit for the winning run in the eighth inning. Wade Davis picked up the series clinching win while Roberto Osuna took the loss. the Royals will face the Mets in the world series starting on the 27th

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Mets world series bound

the New York Mets are heading for the world series after beating the Cubs 8-3 in game four and sweeping the series four straight. Daniel Murphy hit a home run in a record seting sixth straight game. Lucas Duda hit a three run homer in the first and was responsible for driving in five of the first six games. it's the Mets first world series trip since 2000 when they lost to the Yankees in five games that year (the subway series). Bartolo Colon picked up the series clinching win, while Jason Hammel took the loss. they will face the Jays or Royals starting on the 27th. congrats to the Mets.

Jays extend series

the Jays force a game six after winning game 5 7-1. troy tulowitzki hit a key 3 run double in the sixth to blow it open. Marco Estrada earned the win while Edinson Volquez took the loss. game six is Friday in Kansas City.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Mets a win away

the Mets are a win away from the world series after winning game three 5-2 and now up three games to none series lead. Daniel Murphy has now hit a home run in five straight games. Jacob DeGrom with the win, Trevor Cahill with the loss and Jeurys Familia with the save. game 4 is tomorrow night in Chicago.

Royals in a rout in game 4

the Royals scored early and in bunches as they cruise to a 14-2 win in game 4 in Toronto. 4 in the first and 7th and three in the 8th did most of the damage. R.A.Dickey took the loss while Luke Hochevan picked up the win. the Royals can wrap up the series in Toronto tomorrow afternoon.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Jays win wild one

the Jays got to Johnny Cueto early and often in the first three innings. the Royals made a game of it in the 9th. all in all, the Jays win 11-8 in game three. Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Donaldson and Ryan Goins homered. Marcus Stroman got the win and Johnny Cueto took the loss. Royals are up 2 games to one. game 4 is tomorrow in Toronto.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Mets go up a pair

the Mets are up two games to none as they beat the Cubs 4-1 at Citi Field in New York. Daniel Murphy hit a home run in his 4th straight game and broke a team record by hitting his 5th homer in the post season. Noah Syndergaard takes the win, Jake Arrieta takes the loss and Jeurys Familia picked up the save. game three is in Chicago on Tuesday night.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Royals go deuces wild, Mets open up a win

in the ALCS, the Royals scored five runs in the 7th inning to come from behind and beat the Jays 6-3. a pretty good comeback. Danny Duffy with the win, David price with the loss and Wade Davis with the save. game three is Monday in Toronto. in the NLCS. the Mets beat the Cubs 4-2. Matt Harvey with the win, Jon Lester with the loss and Jeurys Familia with the save. game two is tomorrow in New York.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Royals take opening game

the Royals have opened the ALCS with a 5-0 win in Kansas City. Lorenzo Cain extended his own personal hit streak with an rbi single in the 3rd to open the scoring and got to the Toronto bull pen. Edinson Volquez with the win and Marco Estrada with the loss. game 2 is tomorrow afternoon in Kansas City.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mets dodge past L.A. to get to NLCS

the Mets are going to the NLCS after beating the Dodgers 3-2 in game five and the series 3-2 in Los Angeles. the Mets will face the Cubs for the right to go to the world series. David Murphy hit the eventual game winning homer wit ha solo shot in the 6th. Jacob DeGrom gets the win, Zack Greinke gets the loss and Jeurys Familia got the save. the Mets and Cubs will start the NLCS Saturday in New York

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Kansas City crowns Houston, faces Toronto in ALCS

the Royals will be facing the Blue Jays after beating the Astros convincingly 7-2 in game five. Johnny Cueto got the wi and Collin McHugh took the loss. game one is Friday in Kansas City.

Jays fly into ALCS,

this game will be rememberd for the 7th inning. with the score tied at two in the top of 7, Shin Soo-Choo batting, Russell Martin, threw the ball back to the pitcher, but in doing so the ball hit Shin's bat, making the ball live. the runner on third on a heads up play ran home to score after the home plate ump waved the play dead. it went to review and the run counted. (any ball that hits the bat is considered live) the Jasy manager played the rest of the game under protest. now the bottom of the 7th. three straight Texas defensive errors, a bloop single and Jose Bautista's three run homer ended the insanity. the 7th ended Jays 6 Rangers 3. and that is how game five ended. the Jays await the winner of the Astros vs Royals game. that game will decide the ALCS. Aaron Sanchez got the win, Cole Hamels took the loss and Roberto Osuna got the save. game one of the ALCS is Friday.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Dodgers staying alive

the Dodgers have forced a game five after a 3-1 win in New York. Clayton Kershaw pitches 7 innings for the win. Steven Matz picked up the loss and Kenley Jansen got the save. game 5 is Thursday in Los Angeles.

Cubs prowl to NLCS

three home runs was enough for the Cubs to beat the Cardinals 6-4 to win game 4 and the series 3-1 and will go to the NLCS against the Mets or Dodgers. it is the first time that Wrigley Field has had a Cubs series clinching win. Trevor Cahill got the win, Kevin Siegrist got the loss and Hector Rondon with the save. the Cubs will start the NLCS on the road.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Mets win slugfest, one win away

the Mets are one win away after winning a slugfest 13-7. Yeonis Cespedes hit a three run homer that ended up in the second deck at Citi Field. Matt Harvey was the winning pitcher, while Brett Anderson picked up the loss. the Mets lead the series 2-1. game four is tomorrow in New York.

Cubs a win away

the Cubs are a win away from the NLCS after hanging on to beat the Cardinals 8-6. Jake arrieta picked up the win, and Michael Wacha got the loss. game four is in Chicago tomorrow.

Jays strike early to even series

the Blue Jays have evened the series at two games a peice after beating the Rangers 8-4. Josh Donaldson and Chris Colabello each homered in the first ining to provide the start. R.A. Dickey started and David Price ended up with the save after pitching 4 innings of relief. Derek Holland ended up with the loss. game five is Wednesday in Toronto.

a Royal come back to even series

trailing 6-2, the Royals scored 5 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to beat the Astros 9-6 to even the series at two games. Ryan Madson got the win, Tony Sipp picked up the loss and Wade Davis earned the save. the series finale is Wednesday in Kansas City.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Jays get off schnide, get into series

Troy Tulowitzki broke out of a slump and hit a key three run homer as the Blue Jays win game three 5-1 over the Rangers. Marco Estrada picked up the win and Martin Perez got the loss. the Rangers still lead the series 2-1. game 4 is tomorrow in Arlington.

Astros one win away

The Houston Astros are a win away from their first ALCS after defeating the K.C. Royals 4-2 in Houston. Dallas Keuchel picked up the win, Edinson Volquez got the loss and Luke Gregerson got his second save. game four is in Houston tomorrow.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Dodgers even it

the L.A. Dodgers have evened the series at one wit ha 5-2 in in L.A. four runs in the 7th did it. Zack Greinke picked up the win, Noah Syndergaard gets the loss and Kenley Jensen picked up the save. game three is Monday in New York.

Cubs even it

a five run second propelled the Chicago Cubs to a 6-3 win in St. Louis over the Cardinals. Travis Wood claimed the win, Jaime Garcia took the loss and Hector Rondon earned the save. game three is in Chicago on Monday

Friday, October 09, 2015

game one goes gotham

David Wright's two run single in the seventh proppelled the New York Mets to a 3-1 win in Los Angeles over the Dodgers. Clayton Kershaw went 6+ innings in the Dodgers loss. Jacob Degrom picked up the. Jevrys Familia got the save. game two is tomorrow in L.A.

Cardinals fly away with first game

the St.Louis Cardinals take the first game of their NLDS series 4-0 over the Chicago Cubs. Jim Lackey got the win, pitching 7.1 innings of two hit ball. three runs in the 8th blew it open. Jon Lester got the loss. game two is tomorrow in St.Louis.

Royals even it

Kansas City was at one point trailing 4-2. they score two to tie it in the 6th and Ben Zobrist scored an rbi single to put the Royals ahead for good as the Royals beat the Astros 5-4 to even the series at one. Kelvin Herrera got the win, Will Harris got the loss and Wade Davis got the save to close out the game. Game three is in Houston on Sunday.

Rangers take extras effort in win

this was a pretty decent game, but the Rangers beat the Blue Jays 6-4 in 14 innings. Hanser Alberto's base hit scored the go ahead run and got a review go their way. Keone Kela got the win, LaTroy Hawkings took the loss and Ross Ohlendorf picked up the save. game 3 is in Alrington Texas on Sunday.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Astros take opener

the Houston Astros draw first blood, winning game 1 5-2 in Kansas City. Colby Springer and Colby Rasmus provided the offense for Houston, while Kendrys Morales scored both run via the home run. first Royals multi homer game since 1985 when George Brett did it. Collin McHugh picked up the win, Yorlando Ventura got the loss and Luke Gregerson picked up the save. game two is in Kansas City tomorrow. first pitch approx. 1:45 Edmonton time

rangers take opener

The Texas Rangers took the opening game of the ALDS winning 5-3 in Toronto. the 8th and 9th hitters in the Rangers lineup were responsible for four of the runs. Yovani Gallardo got the win, while David Price took the loss. Sam Dyson picked up the save. game two is tomorrow at 10:30 am in Toronto.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

cubs prowl inti nlds

the Chicago Cubs are into the NLDS after a 4-0 win in Pittsburgh. Kyle Schwarber and Dexter Fowler provided the offence. it got heated in the 7th when Jake Arrieta got hit by a pitch and the benches emptied. Arrieta got the win while Gerrit Cole got the loss. the Cubs will go to St. Louis to face the Cardinals starting Friday night

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

astros go wild into alds to face royals

the Houston Astros will be facing the Kansas City Royals in the ALDS after shutting out the New York Yankees 3-0 at Yankee stadium. Dallas Keucher got the win, Masahiro Tanaka got the loss, and Luke Grandersen picked up the save. the Astros and Royals start Thursday night in Kansas City.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Rangers claim a.l. west. post season matchups set

the Texas Rangers are A.L. West champs after beating the L.A. Angels 9-2 and at the same time eliminating the Angels and putting the Houston Astros. the Astros lost to the Arizona Diamondback, thus sending them to Yankee Stadium to play the Yankees in the wild card game on the 6th. the winner will face the Kansas City Royals in one ALDS series, while the Rangers will face the Toronto Blue Jays, starting in Toronto. both those series start on the 8th. meanwhile in the National League, the matchups are already set. the Pittsburgh Pirates will face the Chicago Cubs in the National League wild card on the 7th in Pittsburgh. the winner will go to St.Louis for one NLDS series matchup starting on the 9th. the Mets and Dodgers also start on the 9th with the series starting in Los Angeles. the post season is here.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

max's no-no

Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals has just threw his second no hitter of the season in a 2-0 win over the New York Mets. he struck out 17 batters in the process, including nine in a row. he also didn't walk a batter. only an error ruined the perfect game. congrats.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

texas style clinch

by beating the L.A. Angels 5-3, the Texas Rangers have secured themselves a playoff spot. the Angels are still in the wild card hunt with the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins. the Rangers can win the division with a win or a Houston loss. stay tuned.

new york clinch yankees style

with a 4-1 win over Boston, the New York Yankees are heading for the playoffs as a wild card entrant. on a nearly damp night. also the franchises 10,000 win. who will they face in the wild card? stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

n.l. central goes to the red birds times 3

the St. Louis Cardinals are the N.L. Central division champions for the third year in a row after thumping the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-1 in the second game of their double header. this also gives the Pirates the wild card spot. so it will be the Pirates and the Chicago Cubs in the wild card game October 7th while St Louis has home field through out the National League playoffs. so congrats to the Cardinals

Blue Jays fly into a.l. east title

the Toronto Blue Jays have just won the A.L. East division title after a convincing 15-2 win in Baltimore over the Orioles. first title in 22 years. Ryan Goins became the first Jays shortstop to get 5 hits. Marcus Stroman pitched 8 excellent innings and LaTroy Hawkins closed it out in the ninth. they do have another game tonight as this was the first game of a double header so the celebration will be short. they wil host the first two games of the ALDS. congrats to the Jays

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

no dodging the N.L. west

the Los Angeles Dodgers are N.L. west champions after an 8-0 win in San Francisco. Clayton Kershaw threw a one hitter in the process. all the Dodgers had to do was to beat the Giants to claim the division and they did going away. congrats to the Dodgers.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

n.l. east goes Mets crazy, jays fly into postseason

with a 10-2 win, the New York Mets are N.L. East champions, their first division since 2006. meanwhile in Toronto, the Blue Jays won a slugfest over Tampa Bay 10-8, putting them into the postseason for the first time since their world series win in 1993. congrats to both. Toronto's magic number for the division is 5.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Cubs hunt into playoffs, defending champs out and possibly more tomorrow

a San Francisco Giants loss to the Oakland A's not only eliminated the defending world series champs from post season, but it put the Chicago Cubs into post season as well. so we will have new world series champions. tomorrow the New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays could be playoff bound. the Mets could win the division with a win or Washington loss. the Jays could clinch a berth with a win or an Los Angeles Angels loss. that is tomorrow.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

a.l. central goes royal in kansas city

with a 10-4 win over Seattle, and Minnesota losing to Cleveland, the Kansas City Royals are A.L. Central division champs. i think that is how good they were this year. an 11 game lead with 10 games left. it is their first division crown since 1985. they are the first team to clinch a division this year. congrats

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Pirates join Cardinals for post season, fall gets welcomed in

the Pittsburgh Pirates have joined the St. Louis Cardinals in reaching post season baseball. they beat out Colorado today 13-7 to get there. they sit four games behind St. Louis for the division. that should be a good one. meanwhile, early this morning marked the arrival of the autumn equinox - or the end of summer and the beginning of fall. and it has looked like it. mmmm i love fall - until it gets cold and the snow flies. but that is another time.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

pitchers who rake

Jake Peavy of the San Francisco Giants helped tie a club record for amount of pitchers who hit a home run in one season. he was the fifth one who has done so. Giants pitchers have combined for 9 home runs

Thursday, September 03, 2015

how a plate appearance ends up not - times four

Bryce Harper put up a line that hasnt't been seen since 1914. he made four appearances to the plate and not one was an official at bat. he was walked all four times, scored a run all four time and one of his walks produced a run. so the line looks like this: 0-0, 4BB, 4R, 1RBI. so there is that

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Cubs no-no's Dodgers

Jake Arrieta threw 116 pitches - 80 of them strikes as he no hits the Los Angeles Dodgers as the Chicago Cubs win 2-0. Arrieta struck out 12 and walked one, while the Cubs also had a fielding error. wow two batters from a perfect game. this is the second time in 10 days the Dodgers got no hit. the Astros no hit them a week ago Friday. wow. that is now six no hitters this year. congrats to Jake Arrieta.

Friday, August 14, 2015

padres cycle into history

Matt Kemp gave the San Diego Padres its first ever cycle in a 9-5 win in Colorado. he completed the cycle with a triple in the top of the 9th. it took 7443 franchise games, but there is the first. way to go.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

mariners tell orioles no-no

Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners completed a no hitter as the Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-0. Iwakuma threw 116 pitches, 77 for strikes. he had 7 strike outs and allowed three walks. it is the Mariners 5th no hitter. the last M's no hitter was the last American League no hitter, in August 2012 when Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Iwakuma became the second Japanese pitcher to throw a no hitter. the first was Hideo Nomo. so congrats to Hisashi Iwakuma

home cooking produces home win history

this is a first in major league baseball. there were 15 games last night and all 15 home teams won. never been done. home teams have won all games before, but with less games scheduled (11-0, 8-0 and a 7-0 in there), but this is a first with a full schedule.

Friday, July 31, 2015

the 2022 winter olympics goes to..........

Beijing China. they were just awarded the 2022 winter games at the 128th IOC session in Malaysia. the announcement was made just moments ago, beating out Almaty Kazakhstan. the votes will be unveiled later. Beijing will be the first city to host a winter and a summer games (2008 for the summer). congrats

Sunday, July 26, 2015

last day of pan am games

its the last day of the pan am games in Toronto and Canada did pretty well. the U.S. finished first in the medal standings with 265, then Canada in second. with one event remaining and Canada not in it, they will finish with 217 medals (78 gold - a national record, 69 silvers - a national record and 70 bronze - 4th best) the 217 medals are also a national record. pretty good results.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

cole hamels goes no-no crazy

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels pitched a no hitter as the Phillies shut out the Chicago Cubs 5-0. he walked two and struck out 13. the no hitter is his first one. first time the Cubs were no hit was Sept. 9 1965 when Sandy Koufax threw a perfect game. last time Wrigley Field saw a no hitter when Cubs Milt Pappas did the feat in Sept 2, 1972.

Friday, July 24, 2015

the tokyo 2020 logo

the official Tokyo 2020 logo that was unveiled earlier today. thoughts anyone? UPDATE: the logo has been dropped and will be looking for a new one http://cbc.sh/KPziFCP

Sunday, July 05, 2015

fifa womens world cup championship game

this wasn't even close. the United States scored 4 goals in the first 16 minutes en route to a 5-2 win over Japan. Carli Lloyd scored three of the four goals within those 16 minutes. they have their redemption over Japan from when they lost to them in 2011. congrats to the U.S.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

third place game

this one went into 30 minutes of extra time. England got the only goal of the game on a penalty kick and will finish third defeating Germany 1-0. a bit of redemtion after losing in the semi final on a heartbreaker of an own goal on the last possible minute. hopefully Laura Bassett feels a little better.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

semi final Wednesday

Japan ended up winning 2-1 over England to advance to Sunday's championship game against the United States in Vancouver. with the loss, England will face Germany for third place on Saturday at Edmonton. the last two games of the tournament are upon us.

happy birthday Canada

happy 148th birthday Canada day. it was Dominion day until the early 1980s, when it was changed to Canada day. there will be celebrations all over Canada. so wear your red and white and enjoy the day

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

semi final tuesday

the United Stated capped of another clean sheet, beating Germany 2-0 in the first semi final game. they haven't been scored on since the first game of the tournament. they will face the winner of the Japan vs England game, while Germany plays the loser. Japan vs England is tomorrow

Saturday, June 27, 2015

quarter final day two

in the early game Japan beat Australia 1-0 to advance to the semi finals. they will be playing England, who just knocked out host Canada 2-1. Japan vs England is Canada day Wednesday, while the U.S. plays Germany on Tuesday. should make for a good semi final.

Friday, June 26, 2015

quarter final part two

Carli Lloyd got the only goal in the 51st minute as the U.S beats China 1-0 and will face Germany in the semi finals on June 30th tomorrow has Australia vs Japan at 2pm and Canada vs England at 5:30pm. winners play in the other semi final on July 1st.

quarterfinal part one

this went the distance and needed some extra time. e.t. solved nothing. Germany and France settled their quarter final game by penalty kicks. germany won it 5-4. Germany is now in the semi final. they will be playing China or the United States. they are on now.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

opening night of the CFL season

this turned out to be a heck of a game. Ottawa just beat Montreal 20-16 to earn their first ever road win in franchise history (winless all of last year). Montreal lost their starting quarterback, then the back up. ouch. tomorrow has Hamilton at Calgary and the 2014 grey cup rematch.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

round of 16 part eight

the last round of 16 game is done and Japan has defeated Netherlands 2-1 and is now in the quarter finals and will face Australia on Saturday at 2pm Edmonton time. Canada vs England is Saturday at 5:30pm. on Friday, Germany plays France at 2pm and the U.S. plays China at 5:30pm. there are the quarter final match ups.

Monday, June 22, 2015

round of 16 part seven

the United States just knocked out Columbia 2-0 at Commonwealth Stadium. they will be facing China in the quarter finals on Friday.

round of 16 part six

i worked through this one, but England beat Norway 2-1 to advance to the quarter finals. they will be playing Canada on Saturday in Vancouver. next up has the U.S. facing Columbia starting in an hour.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

round of 16 part five

a goal in the 52nd minute by Josie Belanger gave Canada a 1-0 win over a pesky Switzerland team. they will play the winner of the Norway vs England game. the quarter final game is Saturday.

round of 16 part four

France is moving on to the quarter finals after beating South Korea 3-0. France had the whole match under control. France will play Germany in the quarters on June 26th. next up at 5:30pm, its Canada vs Switzerland

round of 16 part three

i would call this an upset. Australia knocks out Brazil 1-0 to move on to the quarterfinals and will await the winner of the Japan vs Netherlands game for their opponent. Brazil is one of the top nations in womens soccer and Australia knocked them out. next up is France vs South Korea.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

round of 16 part two

it was a close one. China beat Cameroon 1-0 to cap day one of the round of 16. pretty good game. China will face either the U.S. or Columbia in the quarter finals. tomorrow's games have France vs South Korea, Brazil vs Australia and Canada vs Switzerland.

scherzer says no-no to pirates

Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals just finished throwing a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates. no walks, 16 strikeouts and the only player to get on, Jose Tabata, got hit with two outs in the 9th to ruin the perfect game. he is also the second Nationals pitcher to throw a no-hitter. congrats.

round of 16 part one

the first round of 16 game had Germany beat Sweden 4-1. pretty much a no doubter. Germany will await the winner of the France vs South Korea game in the quarter finals. coming up: China vs Cameroon.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

womens world cup into the nitty gritty.

all the group games are done and we are into the knockout round. 16 teams into the first knockout round. games between June 20-23 has: China vs Cameroon and Germany vs Sweden on the 20th; France vs South Korea, Brazil vs Australia and Canada vs Switzerland on the 21st; United States vs Columbia and Norway vs England on the 22nd and Japan vs Netherlands on the 23rd. now the fun begins

Monday, June 15, 2015

hawks win stanley cup

the Chicago Blackhawks are stanley cup champions after winning game six 2-0 and the series four games to two. outscored the Tampa Bay Lightning 13-10. close, low scoring series. it is Chicago's third cup win in six years. last time Chicago won at home was 1938. wow. Duncan Keith was named Conn Smythe trophy winner as most valuable player in the playoffs. congrats.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

the cfl preseason is already upon us

the CFL preseason already began on Monday night. tonight the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Rough Riders play a preseason game in Fort MacMurray Alberta in what will be the northern most CFL game ever played. the game is at SMS Equipment Stadium. game starts at 8pm Edmonton time on TSN3 and on 630 ched radio. finally the CFL season is here

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

a giant no hitter

chris heston of the san francisco giants threw the seasons first no hitter at citi field vs the new york mets. he struck out 11 batters and hit 3 batters. he struck out the side to seal it. last picher to strike out the side to seal a no hitter was sandy koufax an september 9, 1965. congrats

Saturday, June 06, 2015

we have a triple crown winner

the 37 year drought is over as American Pharoah has won the Belmont Stakes in the winning time of 2:26.65. him and jocket victor espinosa pulled away coming out of the final turn to seal the win. Victor Espinosa is now a triple crown winner as is trainer Bob Baffert. Zayat stables has the triple crown winner. last triple crown winner was 1978 when Affirmed won it.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

blackhawks shoot duck, go to stanley cup fina;

the chicago blackhawks are in the stanley cup finals with a 5-3 win in game seven and a four games to three series win over the anaheim ducks. it is chicago's third trip to the stanley cup finals, winning in 2010 and 2013. this conference final was their fifth in seven years. they will start the stanley cup finals in tampa bay on june 3rd.

Friday, May 29, 2015

lightning zaps rangers, goes to stanley cup final

the tampa bay lightning are in the stanley cup final with a 2-0 win in game seven and a four games to three win over the new york rangers. the home team won only two of the seven games. wow. the lightning will face either anaheim or chicago. game seven of that series is tomorrow night.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

99th indianapolis 500

this had a great finish. juan pablo montoya has won his second indianapolis 500 after passing will power with three to go and drove away. he started from the 30th spot and will soon have his jug of milk and the winners wreath. will power finished second and charlie kimball finished third. congrats and great job to juan.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

140th preakness stakes

in a torrential downpour and a muddy track, American Pharoah pulled away coming into the stretch to convincingly win the Preakness Stakes. Tale of Verve came second, Divining Rod ended up third and Dortmund fourth. winning time was 1:58.46. the Belmont Stakes is June 6th. can American Pharoah win the triple crown? see you in three weeks

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

rangers take game seven

it took overtime to do it, but the New York Rangers knock out the Washington Capitals 2-1 and will move on to the eastern final to face the Tampa Bay Lightning. the Rangers became the first team to come back from three games to one to win the series in back to back years. the series will start in New York. the conference finals schedule should be out soon. and then there were four.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

bolts zap habs

with a 4-1 win in game six, the Tampa Bay Lightning are in the eastern conference finals after beating the Montreal Canadiens four games to two. they will face Washington or New York for the eastern title. game seven is tomorrow in New York.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

ducks douse flames

game five went into overtime and it was the Anaheim Duck who came away with a 3-2 win, and thus wrapping up the series in five games over the Calgary Flames. Anaheim owned Calgary at home winning all their games there. Anaheim will now face the Chicago Black Hawks in the western conference finals. schedule to be decided soon. series starts in Anaheim.

a triple play into history

last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates and St.Louis Cardinals were involved in the first 4-5-4 triple play (positions on the field are numbered. 4 is second base and 5 is third base). with the Cardinals batting and runners on second and third, Yadier Molina lined to second baseman Neil Walker for the first out. Walker then threw to third baseman Jung Ho Kang to get Jhonny Peralta out at third. Jason Heyward was running to third thinking base hit, saw what happened and realized what was going on, hustled back to second, but too late. Kang threw the ball back to Walker at second for the third out. triple play.

Friday, May 08, 2015

pitching into history.

Andrew Miller of the New York Yankees became the first Yankees pitcher in 100 years with 15 straight games of no runs allowed and one hit or less allowed to start the season. wow. just wow. i don't think they were all complete games. impressive start

Thursday, May 07, 2015

blackhawks tame wild

the Chicago Blackhawks completed a four game sweep with a 4-3 win in game 4 over the Minnesota Wild in Minnesota. the Blackhawks are now in the western conference final where they await the winner of the Calgary vs Anaheim series. the scores in this series was pretty close. so who will Chicago face? stay tuned.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

141st kentucky derby

american pharaoh wins the 141st running of the kentucky derby. coming out of the last turn he, firing line and dortmund were literally neck and neck and he started to pull away, firing line came second and dortmund ended up third. winning time was 2:03.02. victor espinoza was winning jockey, bob baffort was winning trainer, and ahmed zayat winning owner. next race is in two weeks with the preakness stakes.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

lightning clips wings

the Tampa Bay Lightning just knocked out the Detroit Red Wings in game seven with a 2-0 win and a four games to three series win. they will face the Montreal Canadiens in the atlantic division final starting friday night in Montreal. that should be a good series. the second round starts tomorrow night.

Monday, April 27, 2015

capitals sink islanders

the Washington Capitals are in the metropolitan division final after barely beating the New York Islanders 2-1 in game seven and the series four games to three. they will face the other New York team - the Rangers - in the division final. the division finals i think will start Thursday or Friday (Tampa Bay vs Detroit game 7 Wednesday) stay tuned.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

habs kick out senators

it took a couple of extra games, but the Montreal Canadiens are in the Atlantic division final with a 2-0 win in game six and a four games to two series win over the Ottawa Senators. they will await the winner of the Tampa Bay vs Detroit series. game six of that series is tomorrow.

wild makes st.louis sing the blues

the Minnesota Wild are in the central division final after beating St.Louis 4-1 in game six and the series four games to two. they will face the Chicago Black Hawks in the division final starting in Chicago. schedule to be determined later.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

flames burn canucks, face ducks next

the Cslgary Flames win game six 7-4 and have eliminated the Vancouver Canucks four games to two and will now face the Anaheim Ducks in the pacific division final. that series starts in Anaheim. schedule will be announced at a later time. the Flames trailed 3-1 and 4-3 before rallying for the win.

blackhawks eliminate predators

the Chicago Black Hawks are in the division final after eliminating the Nashville Predators in game six 4-3 and the series four games to two. that was a fun series. the Hawks will await the winner of the St.Louis vs Minnesota series.

Friday, April 24, 2015

rangers ice penguins

the New York Rangers are in the second round after beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in overtime in game five and the series four games to one. all the Rangers wins were 2-1 wins. they will face either the Washington Capitals or New York Islanders in the division final.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ducks shoot down jets

the Anaheim Ducks just knocked out the Winnipeg Jets in four straight games after a 5-2 win in game four. despite the close games it was all Anaheim. they will await the winner of the Vancouver vs Calgary series. love the Jets fans still cheering their team.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

last night of regular season means playoffs on the doorstep

it was a wild last day of the season with Ottawa and Pittsburgh taking the last two playoff spots and playoff matchups getting set up. all games are now done and the playoff match ups are: in the Metropolitan division it's the New York Rangers vs the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals facing the New York Islanders. the Atlantic division has the Montreal Canadiens vs the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning vs the Detroit Red Wings. the Pacific division has the Anaheim Ducks facing the Winnipeg Jets and the Vancouver Canucks facing the Calgary Flames. and in the Central division it's the St. Louis Blues vs the Minnesota Wild and the Nashville Predators vs the Chicago Blackhawks. playoffs start on Wednesday night.

long night at yankee stadium

the red sox beat the yankees 6-5 in what was a lengthy game. the game went 19 innings and took 6h 49m. was the longest at the current yankees stadium history and longest in red sox history time wise. wow. long night indeed.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

defending stanley cup champs out

with a 3-1 loss in Calgary, the Los Angeles Kings have been eliminated from playoff contention. that put the Flames and Winnipeg Jets into the playoffs, joining Montreal and Vancouver as the Canadian teams in the playoffs. the Ottawa Senators can make it five if the can pick up a couple of points, or have Boston lose. with two nights left after tonight, it is possible.

Monday, April 06, 2015

duke blue devils national champions

the Duke Blue Devils are national champions after a 68-63 win over the Wisconsin Badgers. Duke pulled ahead in the final two minutes of the game and stayed there. it is Duke's 5th championship and first since 2010. congrats to Duke and congrats to Wisconsin for such a great game. next year's final four is in Houston.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

opening night

tonight is opening night in major league baseball and tonight's game features the St. Louis Cardinals in Chicago to take on the Cubs at Wrigley Field. one of the oldest rivalries in baseball begins at 6pm Edmonton time. tomorrow and Tuesday, the remainder of the teams open up. perfect way to cap the Easter weekend.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

national semi final part two

the wisconsin badgers pulled out a 71-64 win over the kentucky wildcats, thus ending kentucky's undefeated season. wisconsin will now face duke for the national championship game monday night starting at approximately 7:10pm edmonton time.

national semi final part one

the duke blue devils are in the ncaa national championship game with a convincing 81-61 win over the michigan state spartans. duke will face either wisconsin or kentucky. it will guarantee a one seed will win the tournament (duke, wisconsin and kentucky are the remaining one seeds from their regions). the title game is monday night.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

nice end of march. until......

it was a great day to end the month. 17c made it a good day for working outside. got some rain happening now and a whole wad of wind on top of that. supposed to have some thunder and lightning, but have heard nothing. supposed to get a whole wad of snow tomorrow. i wish that was an April fools day joke, but alas it is not. what is spring? and baseball season is close.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

elite eight part two

the first game had Michigan State beat Louisville 76-70 in overtime to advance to the final four. Michigan State will face Duke, who beat Gonzaga 66-52. Michigan State vs Duke will play in the national semi final game Saturday along with Kentucky vs Wisconsin.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

elite eight part one

the first final four match up is set as Kentucky will face Wisconsin. Kentucky hung on to beat - albeit barely - Notre Dame 68-66. earlier Wisconsin beat out Arizona 85-78. Kentucky vs Wisconsin will play Saturday. two more games tomorrow and that will set up the other final four match up - also next Saturday. the games has Duke playing Gonzaga and Louisville facing Michigan State.

Friday, March 27, 2015

regional semifinal part two

in the south region, Gonzaga beat UCLA 74-62 and is now in the elite eight for the first time since 1999 and will face Duke, who just beat out Utah 63-57, in the south region final. in the east region Louisville beat N.C. State 75-65. they await the winner of the Oklahoma vs Michigan State matchup. that one is late in the game. that will also decide the last elite eight matchup. update: Michigan State 62 Oklahoma 58. Michigan State plays Louisville on Sunday as well as Duke vs Gonzaga.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

regional semi final part one

in the midwest regional semi final, Notre Dame took out Wichita State 81-70. they will face Kentucky, who just finished putting the boots to West Virginia, winning 78-39. there is your first elite eight matchup. in the west, Wisconsin beat out North Carolina 79-72 and will face the winner of the Xavier vs Arizona game. that game is still in progress. update soon. update: Arizona 68 Xavier 60. Arizona plays Wisconsin Saturday, as well as Kentucky vs Notre Dame.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

final day of first weekend

last day of the first weekend of march madness, and it began with - you guessed it - another upset. with a 1 seed losing yesterday (Villanova) a two seed went down today in the opening game as Michigan State took out Virginia 60-54. by the end of today, we will have the sweet 16 matchups. side note: i was at an Oilers game against Philadelphia and actually won 5-4 in overtime. update: yet another upset as #7 Wichita state takes out #2 Kansas 78-65. second upset of the day and only three games in.

Friday, March 20, 2015

where is spring?

spring started at 4:45pm. where is it? got a 5cm of snow here. it has been gloomy and grey all day today and is supposed to snow off and on all weekend. down east it has been either cold or nasty snow storm. 79 cm in nova scotia and they are still digging. wow. meanwhile on the first day of spring there was also a super moon and a total solar eclipse. mostly in europe. so much for spring.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

two threes fall on opening day

march madness has begun in earnest after two days of play-in games and already two upsets and a minor upset. the minor upset had #11 UCLA knock out #6 SMU 60-59. the two upsets involved a 14 seed knock out a three seed. Georgia State beat Baylor 57-56 and UAB beat Iowa state 60-59. is there more to come? stay tuned.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

happy st. patricks day

the annual partaking of green is now. as st. patrick's day continues, green beer will be consumed, green will be worn and even a green river. chicago river gets dyed with green. even green worn on the ice and on the baseball diamonds. even green ice skated on. so happy st. patrick's day

Sunday, March 15, 2015

march madness is a knocking

the ncaa basketball known as march madness is knocking on the doorstep. today was selection Sunday after the conferences had their finals. the brackets are out. got mine printed out and will follow as much as possible. the tournament begins Tuesday with twp play in games with two more play in games on Wednesday. the real madness begins Thursday. expect some upsets. lets get it on.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

warm followed by chilly followed by nice again

another warm one today. 18c at the moment. driving the organizers of the red bull crashed ice event nuts with the warm weather. should cool off for the main event tonight. it is supposed to cool off starting tonight. rain, gusty winds and the temperature dropping. 2c for tomorrow and a rain/snow mix. monday should be clearing out and back to spring again. i like my spring.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

comedian takes the field five times in busy day

comedian will ferrell is playing in five different games and playing in 10 different positions - one position for one team in the games. the first game he was in was Oakland A's vs Seattle Mariners. he was shortstop with Oakland, then switched teams and played second base for Seattle. his next game was the Chicago Cubs vs the L.A. Angels where he played first base with the Cubs and center field with the Angels. he was also first base coach with the Cubs. he was then off to his third game - the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Cincinnati Reds. he was in left field with the D-backs and played third base with the Reds. the fourth game, which just ended i think was the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago White Sox. in the 9th inning he struck out with the Sox and then, a few minutes later was catching with the Giants. the last game has teh L.A. Dodgers and San Diego Padres where he has to pitch and play right field. who he will pitch and play right field for will be decided when he arrives. he is doing this benefitting cancer for college and filming a new HBO special from Funny or Die. he was also doing it honoring Bert Campenaris, who played all nine field positions on Sept. 8 1965. a busy day. update: he will be in the Dodgers bullpen. he may be pitching in the 7th. meaning he will be playing right field for the padres.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

when teens are good by melting snow

mmmm liking the fact that we're about to get to the teens to end the week. 12c tomorrow and 14c for Friday and Saturday. may not be much snow left by Monday. i know full well we could get hit with some more snow. it usually does. in the meantime, enjoy the early rendition of spring.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

a spring full of baseballs. and bees

the Kansas City Royals and L.A. Angels got interrupted twice by bees. yes bees. is that a fly ball? no that is a bunch of bees. total eeepp. not sure who won the game. ya know it's spring when......

Friday, March 06, 2015

springing into the weekend, even clocks spring ahead

spring has finally arrived. it is 4c at the moment and it is supposed to get to 10c by the end of the weekend. even supposed to be above zero for the week. so the snow and ice is melting and will continue to melt. oh by the way. late Saturday night (more like 2am Sunday morning) we move our clocks ahead an hour (unless you are somewhere where you don't have to). lose an hour of sleep, but on the plus side, the sun sets later. woohoo daylight hours later into the day.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

hell's kitchen

the season 14 premiere of hell's kitchen is ON. started with the signature dish. the dinner service is happening as i type. who will win. tune in and watch. things are already heating up.

Monday, March 02, 2015

wow eleven years

hard to believe i have had this blog for eleven years. ELEVEN YEARS. wooow. lots of ups and downs. the sick days. the long distance relationships, the break ups and friendships. eleven baseball seasons and eleven world series. nhl seasons and stanley cups. the grey cups, the super bowls, nascar seasons. 6 olympics - three summer (2004, 2008, 2012) and three winter (2006, 2010, 2014). pictures and interesting posts. no hitters, perfect games and milestones. here is hoping for a few more years of the mad sports man.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

end of the month

i can't believe it is already the end of February. nascar has started, the super bowl was contested and players are showing up in Arizona and Florida for spring training baseball. and nearing the playoff stretch in hockey. spring is not that far away. although the cold doesn't want to go away. March will have preseason baseball, more nascar, more hockey and hopefully warmer temperatures. but who knows.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

survivor 30

can you believe it? season 30 of survivor has begun. it is survivor: worlds apart. it is blue collar vs white collar vs no collar. hard work vs top dogs vs free spirits. the immunity challenge just ended. someone will be the first voted out. find out on cbs or global.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

is it winter or spring or something

it was mild the last couple of days. it started to rain a bit at lunch. then a home time. now it is snowing and the temperature is about to drop. at least to -11 by tomorrow. supposed to hang around that for the next week. and march begins Sunday. blaaahhh.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

canadian flag turns 50

the Canadian flag celebrates its 50th birthday. it was raised on parliament hill on his day in 1965, thus also retiring the red ensign. there were many choices, but the maple leaf and red sides was chosen. there was a lot of controversy in late 1964 when the change was about to happen. even from the war veterans who fought under the red ensign and union jack. Lester B. Pearson was behind the campaign for the flag. so happy birthday to the Canadian flag.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

hockey day in canada.

it's hockey day in Canada and this year Halifax, Nova Scotia is the host city. all seven Canadian teams are playing. Edmonton is at Ottawa at noon, Toronto plays Montreal at 5pm, Winnipeg is at Detroit - also at 5pm and the capper has Calgary in Vancouver at 8pm. 13 hours of hockey and features. on cbc right now. update: Ottawa 7 Edmonton 2. after a close first period, it was all Ottawa. update 2: Montreal 2 Toronto 1 in the shootout while Winnipeg beats Detroit 4-3, also in the shootout. update 3: Calgary 3 Vancouver 2. that is it for another hockey day in Canada. until next year

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

bronzed shot putter - six and a half years later

Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops b.c. will be picking up a bronze medal in a ceremony from the Beijing summer games after the Andrei mishnikev of Belarus was banned for life from competing after a second doping offence this past august. that will put Canada's official total to 19. (3g, 9a 7b) and will move Canada from 14th to 13th in the medal standings.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

sunday musing

not much since the super bowl. a tad chilly the past few days. had some more snow on Thursday. 10cm then. spent Friday shovelling stairs at work. meanwhile, the northeastern u.s. is getting slammed again. at this rate the snow will be gone in July. who knows when spring will be here. the time change is in three weeks and more daylight hours. next weekend is a three day weekend. that will be good. and thinking of someone.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

super bowl 49

wow that was some game. the new England patriots are super bowl champions in a thriller of a game. it was tied at 14 at halftime. seattle went up 24-14. new England came back with two touchdowns in the fourth. leading up for a crazy ass finish. Jermaine Kearse made one heck of a catch, getting the seahawks into scoring range. instead of handing off to marshawn lynch, Russell Wilson throws for an interception to seal the new England win. former CFL'er chris Matthews had a heck of a game for seattle, made a couple of great catches, one for a td. it is new England's first super bowl in ten years and fourth overall. tom brady was named super bowl mvp and won a 2015 chevy Colorado truck. that's if for another football year. CFL training camps are in four months. looking forward to that already.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

patriots tame colts, going to super bowl

the new England patriots blew out the Indianapolis colts 45-7 and will be heading to super bowl 49 in Arizona to face the seattle seahawks. the patriots were up 17-7 at halftime, but blew it open in the second. super bowl 49 (XLIX) id February 1 in phoenix, Arizona.

seahawks into superbowl

this ended up one heck of a finish. green bay was leading most of the game until the last two minutes of the 4th quarter. seattle then scores two touchdowns in a row, the second after recovering an onside kick to go up 22-19. green bay ties it with a field goal to send it into overtime. the seahawks score a touchdown to win it in overtime 28-22 and will be into the super bowl. whey await the winner of the afc championship game between Indianapolis and new England.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

colts ride broncos to afc championship game

the indanapolis colts defence shut down peyton mannings offence as the colts beat the denver broncos 24-13 in denver. the colts are the first road team to win in this years playoffs. they will be going to new england to face the patriots for the AFC championship game next sunday.

green bay packs dallas, goes to nfc championship game

the green bay packers trailed most of the game, scored two touchdowns in the 4th and beat the dallas cowboys 26-21 at lambeau field and will now go to seattle to face the seahawks in the NFC championship game. that should be a good game. up next, it is the indianapolis colts and the denver broncos with the winner going to new england to face the patriots.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

seahawks fly into nfc championship game

the seattle seahawks knocked out the carolina panthers 31-17 to go to their second straight NFC championship game. two touchdowns in the fourth put the game away. the seahawks will host either dallas or green bay for the nfc title next sunday. dallas/green bay is tomorrow.

patriots into afc championship game

the new england patriots are into the AFC championship game after beating the baltimore ravens 35-31. the pats trailed by 14 points TWICE, (14-0 and 28-14) and still came back. the patriots will be hosting either indianapolis or denver. they play tomorrow.

Monday, January 05, 2015

canada claims goal

this was one helluva game. a nerve wrecking game. it was canada up 2-1 after the first. they go up five to one midway through the second, then russia scored three in four minutes. canada managed to hang on to win 5-4 to win their first gold since 2009 and avenged four straight losses to russia in the medal rounds. canada's 16th gold. russia takes silver. next tournament in finland. WOOOOOOOOOOO CANADA

slovakia gets bronzed

talk about huge. slovakia earned their secend ever bronze after a 4-2 win. it is also their second ever world junior medal. i will be betting slovakia is still partying congrats to slovakia.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

rivalry renewed

it was a tight one through half the game, but canada opened it up and beat slovakia 5-1. nick petan scored a hat trick in the game. denis godla of slovakia stood on his head. why he wasn't chosen player of the game for slovakia, i dont know. slovakia will play sweden for bronze at 2pm and canada will play russia for gold at 6pm. rivalry renewed.

cowboys tame lions

the dallas cowboys, after being down 14-0 and 17-7, came back to win 24-20. they will be going to green bay to face the packers next sunday, while carolina will be going to seattle to face the seahawks next saturday. now the real fun begins.

russia cruises into gold medal game

russia, from the second period to the end controlled sweden to the tune of a 4-1 victory and a trip to tomorrow nights gold medal game. sweden will be playing for bronze tomorrow afternoon. canada vs slovakia at 6pm edmonton time

colts romp into divisional

this ended up a no doubter as the indianapolis colts 26-10 over the cincinnati bengals and will go to denver next sunday to face the broncos. next up: the detroit lions at the dallas cowboys.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

ravens fly into divisional

the baltimore ravens are into the divisional round after beating pittsburgh 30-17. a fierce battle indeed. the ravens will be heading to new england in the divisional round next saturday afternoon.

switzerland avoids relegation

after winning the first of a best of three yesterday, switzlerland wins the second 5-2 and will avoid relegation and will finish ninth in this tournament. germany in the meantime will go to division one for next years tournament. belarus will take germany's place.

carolina goes divisional

first wild card game in the books and its the carolina panthers moving on into the divisional final with a 27-16 win over the arizona cardinals in carolina. cam newton's first playoff win. coming up has the baltimore ravens in pittsburgh to face the steelers.

Friday, January 02, 2015

quarterfinal friday 4

this was a no doubter. canada blows out denmark 8-0 and will face slovakia on sunday night in toronto in the second semi final. denmark had a wonderful tournament though. took russia and czech republic to overtime before losing and beating switzerland in a shootout to get to the quarters. i would say they did their country proud. we will see them in finland at next years tournament.

quarter final 3

this one was tight the whole game. in the end slovakia is in the semis with a 3-0 win over the czech republic. i think the second goal clinched it. slovakia will face either denmark or canada. that game is at 6pm edmonton time.

quarter final friday parts one and two

the first quarter final russia beat the u.s. 3-2 that had lots of minor penaties in the game. the second game had sweden beat finland 6-3. sweden blew it open with three goals in the third to seal it. russia will face sweden in one semi final game on sunday.

Thursday, January 01, 2015