Categories: 2013, Hockey, and Sports.

Based on nearly half of this bastardized “season”, the remarks I made about Kadri were wrong. And, provided he keeps up this point-per-game pace (and there is no guarantee that he will or won’t), his emergence as a legitimate top 6 forward in the NHL stands as a reminder to people like me about age and inexperience: sometimes a young player under-performs because the expectations were too high but sometimes a young player under-performs because he is still too young and / or too inexperienced. It seems that Kadri has finally grasped the pro game at a level greater even Read More

Rick Nash Trade

Categories: 2012, Hockey, and Sports.

So I have been on a business trip this past week and didn’t have time to blog about what will probably go down as the biggest NHL trade of the summer of 2012. (You know, unless something wackier goes down.) But just as an aside, the Rangers re-signed Anton Stralman for 2 years at around $1.7 or $1.8. Yes, Stralman has his problems but for a guy who has some level of talent and was clearly helpful to the Rangers in the playoffs (for the most part) I can’t help but still absolutely hate that Leafs’ trade. I mean at Read More

The 2012 LA Kings: Do I Have to Eat My Words? And Other Thoughts

Categories: 2012, Hockey, and Sports.

Unlike virtually everyone I knew, I was very much on Philly’s side when they traded away their supposed franchise players last summer (though not so much when they signed their supposed franchise goalie). And through the regular season, it certainly looked like I was right. Of course now the Kings have won the Cup and it looks like they won the Richards trade hands down and also somehow managed to make the Carter trade bad for Philly. So do I take back what I said? Read More

The NHL 1/4 Season Awards

Categories: 2011, 2012, Hockey, and Sports.

Automatic Awards:   The Rocket Richard: Phil Kessel: 13G in 19GP Now, obviously I’m more shocked about this than practically anyone. All I can say in my defense (and eternal carping about how Kessel sucks) is that he was on pace for something 100 goals earlier in the season and now he is on pace for about 50 or 60. It’s called regression towards the mean and its happening with him and the Leafs. Soon he will be on pace for 40. He will score 35 this year (give or take) and not win the Richard.   The Gretzky / Read More

Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time

Categories: Music.

Eight years after the fact, I stumbled upon this list and I am shocked at how terrible it is. It’s not just that it is biased to Americans (is it ever biased towards Americans) – and specifically to blues-based guitar players – but it makes no sense. There are one or two jazz guitarists on it but it is clearly not a list of jazz guitarists (as there would have to be more). Maybe it’s a list of those who had something to do with rock. But then it would certainly have to include Charlie Christian. But it’s not just Read More

Why the Heat Should be Worried they Squandered This Opportunity

Categories: 2011, Basketball, Playoffs, and Sports.

Though it may seem obvious to some the Heat will have another chance at a title, I’m not sure it’s so certain. For a variety of reasons. Wade’s fragile body: LeBron has been quite healthy since he came into the league. And Bosh has been reasonably healthy. But Wade – their best player if the finals are anything to go by – has played 80 less games than LeBron (that’s two games less than a full season, folks). Are we to expect him to get healthier as he gets older? The ‘8 championships in 6 seasons’ approach already failed: Though Read More

2010 NBA Predictions

Categories: 2010, 2011, Basketball, and Sports.

Well, I can’t say I see the Heat winning it all. I really don’t buy that three guys will suddenly make a winner. On the other hand, if they don’t have any personality conflicts, they could easily win the regular season. But I don’t see them making it out of the East. I figure a healthy Boston could (but I don’t think they will be healthy). Or Orlando if Boston is hurt. And I’m going to go out on a limb and say that a healthy Milwaukee could make a big push and surprise at least one of the favourites Read More

My All-Time Defense Team for Baseball

Categories: Baseball, Hall of Fame, and Sports.

P: Walter Johnson? C: Pudge? 1B: Don Mattingly?? 2B: O-Dawg! Just kidding: Eddie Collins SS: Ozzie 3B: Robinson according to my dad LF: Brian Downing?!? C: Devon White…kidding RF: Jess Barfield! Again, kidding. Closer: Riveira So much less sure about this. No idea really. The only person I’m totally serious about is Ozzie. That’s it. Read More

Riley can’t wait for NHL/NBA to start apparently so

Categories: 2010, 2011, Playoffs, and Sports.

If I could build a team around any player in the NHL, who would it be? Centre: Crosby, obviously, with an honourable mention to Datsyuk LW: Ovechkin, obviously RW: I have no idea. The highest goal scoring RW last year was Gaborik. The highest point total for a RW last year was St. Louis. I like neither. I have no idea. Not Rick Nash. LD: Keith, no question…and if I had to pick any player with no requirement of position it would be him RD: Weber, no question If I could build a team around any player in the NBA, Read More

Battle of the Bulge on VHS

Categories: 1965 and Movies.

Apparently one of the many reasons why my copy of this movie sucks is because it was cut heavily. At least 15 minutes are missing. There is no warning to the viewer. That’s kind of hilarious, that a movie studio would release a shorter cut so as to keep it from being two VHS tapes, but not inform the viewer. There are a lot of people in the world who shouldn’t do the jobs they do. Read More

Sports People don’t often seem to get “stats”

Categories: 2010 and Sports.

Yes, they sort of understand them in the sense that they know what a good one is and what a bad one is, but they regularly mistake the concepts. Take, for example, +/-. Right now, CBC is telling us that Marleau / Thornton / Heatley are a collective -18 for the playoffs. This makes no sense. Why? Because +/- is a collective stat! It is for all players on the ice at a given time. My guess is that it is something like they are all -6 for the playoffs and CBC is just adding them up, which makes no Read More


Categories: 2010 and Personal.

So, we just got our new students at work. We get students every summer. They help us out. It is a good thing. Some of them have worked with us before, others not. Sometime last week (I don’t remember what day) one of the new students said hello to me as if she knew me. I couldn’t place her. I figured she must have helped my department a day or two last summer. I really had no idea who she was but I figured that was a reasonable explanation. I think I smiled back a little (I can’t see my Read More

What was your worst dating experience ever? Yes I want details :op

Categories: Personal.

Um, I don’t know that I’ve ever had a terrible date. I think I’ve probably given a girl or two a terrible date experience but I have never gone away from something thinking “that was terrible.” I did have one which was totally utterly pointless because there was no reason for me to be there. But it wasn’t like it was painfully awkward or anything. The girl was a hip-hop-listening business student. I did sort of ask myself, “how did this happen exactly?” Another time I tried to date this girl who a friend assured me was “gorgeous” (I have Read More

Do you have any scars on your body? If so, how’d you get them?

Categories: Personal.

I have a few. The most obvious one is on my stomach. It’s my appy scar. I have one faint one on my right forearm which is from when I fell on some rocks at 12 or 13. There’s one between my left index and middle fingers which has possibly my best story ever behind it. I have a tiny one on my forehead from when I was a little kid and ran head first into some bricks (yes, I know, it explains a lot). Read More

If you had the opportunity to live one year of your life over again, which year would you choose?

Categories: Personal and Philosophy.

Regret is a poison. That being said, do you mean which calendar year, or do you mean which year by my age? I’ll go with the latter, as I am an egomaniac. I obviously do not wish to go back in time, if that were even physically possible. But if I had a gun to my head and had to answer this question despite these qualms, I would say probably my 22nd year, because it was a lot of fun but also productive, things that are sometimes mutually exclusive. I don’t have many regrets about this year. I was probably Read More

About last night…

Categories: 2010, Music, and Personal.

So there’s this folk singer. Steve something. Can’t remember his last name. He does covers and his own songs. I ask him if he’ll play some Neil Young. And he does. He plays “Mr. Soul”. I am happy. But he says Young didn’t write it. He says he just sang it. He says Stephen Stills wrote it. I tell him Young wrote it. He directs me to this older man at a table who is apparently the source of this information. The man tells me he knows for a fact that Stills wrote the song. Now, I think I know Read More


Categories: Personal.

So I was out to dinner tonight with the grandparents. The waitress was hitting on me pretty hard. I guess because I appeared to be single because there I was on Valentine’s Day with my grandparents and no date. I didn’t know what to do. My parents seemed to be looking at me as if I should in some way be responding to the flirtations. Even if I was available, someone who says “yous” because they think it’s the plural of “you” isn’t really up my alley, yous know? But I’m sure I could have handled it better than my Read More


Categories: 2009, Hockey, and Sports.

Despite all the roid problems, the Olympics are one of the few things I am not cynical about. I like that. I try to maintain that “faith,” if you will. I thoroughly enjoyed these Olympics, as I usually do, and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ridiculous feats. Personally, I think 18 medals is very respectable given the size of our population and our general lack of interest in amateur sports outside of hockey for most of the year. I can’t help being happy and proud. The latter is, um, a strange feeling. In other news, I went to Wild Water Read More

The Hamilton City Councilors are at it again

Categories: 2009, Politics, and Society.

I guess it’s because municipal politics attracts the dregs, the people who can’t make it at any other level of politics, that we regularly get the most insane and ignorant suggestions from Hamilton city councilors. The previous highlight was an idea to ban swearing in the downtown core. Councilors were apparently wholly unaware of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, among other vital political concepts. Read More


Categories: Basketball, Playoffs, and Sports.

First, my repredictions for the NBA. I keep forgetting that the NBA has a fixed bracket, so my later round predictions I made two weeks ago probably don’t make any sense. Anyway, East: Cleveland 4 Atlanta 0 Boston 4 Orlando 3 West (before today’s game): LA 4 Houston 1 Denver 4 Dallas 2 After watching today’s game, maybe Dallas will only win one game. However, I do want them to win it all. MVP watch: Cleveland: James Boston: Rondo Orlando: Howard? The suspension kind of hampers that; I haven’t seen enough games Atlanta: Johnson LA: Bryant Denver: Billups or Anthony Read More


Categories: 2009, Hockey, Playoffs, and Sports.

Alright, so now that the first round of the NHL playoffs is over, here are my new predictions: The East: I actually correctly predicted the whole first round (whoopee! and I think it’s a first) so they haven’t changed much: Boston 4 Carolina 2 Pittsburgh 4 Washington 2 The West: 3/4 here isn’t bad either: Detroit 4 Anaheim 2 Vancouver 4 Chicago 2 Read More

Making life easier

Categories: 2009, Hockey, and Sports.

If people wanted some kind of quantitative way to give away purely qualitative awards such as the Norris and the Selke, here is a way of doing it. Norris: Take ice time plus +/- and whomever has the highest score should win, so: Chara: 26.04 + 23 = 49.04 Green: 25.45 + 24 = 29.45 Lidstrom: 24.49 + 31 = 55.49 Bouwmeester (the TOI leader): 26.59 + (-2) = 24.59 Keith (my choice for the Norris and the +/- leader among D): 25.34 + 33 = 58.34 So the choice (out of these five anyway) would be Keith.   Selke: Read More