Saturday, May 18, 2013

Another shootout loss, Becks retires and the Rays pay tribute

From where I sit it looks like another shootout loss for Canada.

However, that's not my complaint here. Yes, it's a stupid way to solve a hockey game. Of course I don't like it. It's was really frustrating to see Jordan Eberle miss his 2nd shot. I want to know why Eberle was shooting again. Not, why he was selected, but why the rules allow it. It's bad enough that a team game is being ruined with a glorified skills competition, but why can players go again? For NHL fans part of the fun in lengthy shootouts is waiting to see who comes out as the bench gets progressively shorter. After all the top NHL shootout moment is a stay at home defenceman with an amazing move...

I want to see more of that. Not the same guy taking shot after shot after shot.

One of the world's most legendary footballers is retiring.

Please note I called David Beckham legendary, not great. There's no question he was (and still is) an excellent player. You can't be on that many successful teams without making a significant contribution. However, there are a number of top flight names that belong on a starting 11. Andres Iniesta, Samir Nasri, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Wesley Sneijder are all arguably better than Beckham, even at his best. Yet, none of them have had the global impact of Beckham. To over simplify an explanation, we aren't going to see “Roll it like Ronaldo” in theatres any time soon.

Every so often something happens at a sporting event that truly transcends the game. 


As the father of a 7-year-old girl I couldn't imagine spending so long away from her. So, here's a very sincere thank you to the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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