Sunday, February 28, 2010

GOLD CANADA GOLD!



And congrats to Team Finland and my beloved Captain K on your bronze medal, you rock.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Some things never change.........

There could be a good possibility that we will face the USA for Olympic gold.  Personally I don't have a hate on for the US, in fact I enjoy visiting and spending vacation time with our neighbors to the south. 

My mum (being from Scotland) used to tell a joke that expresses most British peoples' view of Americans, especially during the second world war.

It goes like this, an American tourist was drinking in the lovely sight of Loch Lomond, which is nestled between the low and highlands of Scotland. It's also one of the largest lakes in Great Britain.  He wistfully remarks to his friend "Oh, if only we could have a lake this beautiful back in the US."  The wee Scottish guide quips "if ye could suck as hard as ye blow you'll have it over there in no time."


Beautiful Loch Lomond at sunset

Sadly, not much has changed since the war.  This is an email we received from a friend of ours who lives in the US.  He's not American, but clearly he's embraced their culture with gusto.

How disappointing and heart-breaking it was to watch the poor Canadian hockey team getting its ass-kicked by the Americans last night at the Olympic games; worse yet, it happened in front of the whole world and on its in own soil. How humiliating it must have been for a country traditionally so proud of its hockey prowess! Last night’s performance was definitely a lesson in humility, if nothing else!

Predictions, as they say are for gypsies, so I won't be making any about Olympic hockey results.  But I will say this, if they ever decide to add an Olympic event in Blowhardism, I'm confident that Team USA will walk away with Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Yo Team Canada! Please, oh please yank their doodle......

We may or may not win a medal, but I'll be happy as long as we beat Team USA.  Being born and bred in Montreal, I have a built in revulsion for anything or anyone connected to the Toronto Maple Leafs.  My sister lives in the US and is as nervous as a kitten, if the US wins tonight, the taunting from her friends will be unbearable.  The smirk on Burke's face could make me lose my dinner.  Mr. Moey's dinner could end up on his head. My cats could be permanently psychologically damaged by my incessant wailing.  There's a lot at stake here, but if all is right in the world speed and skill will trump truculence.  Right?


 
Team Canada models new state of the art hockey equipment made exclusively for tonight's game.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Tiger droppings......


Tiger Woods came out with a public apology today.  A load of tiger poop, if you ask me.  Just for once, I'd like guys (and gals) to be honest about infidelity.  The apology should go something like this, "You have no idea how sorry I am that I got caught."

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A welcome break........



Olympics are underway, Team Canada takes to the ice tonight against Norway.  No NHL for two weeks, yay!  Er, I mean boo hoo. 

Today's burning question, does Andre Markov think playing for his country is more important than the Habs?  Yes, probably and get over it people, the Russians are a very proud, close knit bunch.  Ovechkin stated he would risk suspension from the NHL in 2014 if he had to in order to play for his country.  Some Einstein wrote in to the Team 990 this afternoon and demanded Markov be traded.   So yes, I'm looking forward to two weeks of no Hab's hand wringing and whining, weeping and gnashing of teeth (mine) are also on the back burner.

A few of my readers who are not hockey people would like me to blog about anything but.  You'll have your wish for the next week or so and I'll throw in a couple of recipes along the way.  Pure Moey musings on the menu with a side order of Team Canada and then it's off to California on March 5th, with daily blogging updates/pics and a recap of the Habs/Ducks game.  Stay tuned.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Rocky VII....or Habs versus Flyers the sequel


Are we ready to rumble?  We better be. Didn't see the game last night, Mr. Moey and I were invited to friends for dinner.  The booze was flowing and the food was delish, but nary a hockey fan to be found.   I'm watching snippets of what I recorded as I type this.  I checked out my usual sites to get a feel for how the game went.  The media and fan contrived goalie controversy is still raging on.  Get a life people, I don't have a preference over who's in net, I just prefer winning to losing.  People who have a hate on for any player wearing the CH are not true fans, period.

 The one downside about the Internet is realizing how many stupid Habs "fans" really do exist, it's mind boggling.  I tend to stick to a couple of sites, Mike Boone's "About last night" over at Habsinsideout is a must read for a great, honest recap of the game.  I like to hang out at the "Four Habs Fans" site during the game, the comments are extremely witty and insightful, nobody takes themselves too seriously and are intelligent enough to know in the end it's only a game.

Melnick in the afternoon on The Team 990 is also a do not miss for me, Mitch is a bright light in which can be a pretty dark abyss.  He knows his hockey and all of his insights are bang on, I don't think I've ever disagreed with one thing he's said.  So that's the cream of the crop, the people that keep me sane, which in this city can be a very daunting task.  A big shout out to all of them.

So we lost this 3-2, crap crap and more crap.  From what I'm seeing, the Flyers are back in true form, a little bit of hockey and a lot of goonery.  Looking forward to the rematch tonight, I'm throwing some ribs into the slow cooker this afternoon,  we'll open a bottle of wine and  Mr. Moey will watch his obligatory two periods of hockey.  A bit of bonding time with the other half, hockey is the only thing Mr. Moey can watch and manage to have a conversation at the same time, bless him.  Is that a guy thing?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Au revoir Bob......


Dear Bob,

I KNOW you did your best, I was never in doubt.  Although I didn't agree with everything you did, I've never questioned your integrity, commitment, dedication and love for this team.  You never brought us to the promised land, but you gave us a terrific 2007/8 season and for that I thank you.  That was the most fun I've had watching the Habs since the seventies.

I wish you peace and happiness in whatever you do, you've earned it in spades.

Oh Bob, just one last thing, does this mean we can have Saku back now?

Sincerely,

Moey

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Family day at the Bell Center and the kids came out to play.......

Guy Boucher tends to his brood in Hamilton

I missed the beginning of the game today, unfortunately Mr. Moey insists on eating every day and the cupboards were bare.  When I finally tuned in the Habs were leading the Pens 3-1.  I had to rub my eyes to make sure I wasn't seeing things.  A couple of minutes later my heart was in my mouth when Andre Markov went down and didn't get up.  You could have heard a pin drop in the Bell Center, and one of the commentator's remarked how Hab fans sure know who's their bread and butter.  He sat on the bench for a couple of minutes and then returned to the ice.  I let out a huge sigh of relief along with the Russian Olympic team and the Hab's coaching staff.

The kids were energizer bunnies, it was fun watching a rookie line pin Crosby and Malkin in their own zone for a  couple of shifts.  Guy Boucher is doing a brilliant job with them, maybe one day we'll be seeing him behind the Habs bench.

I have to agree with Guy Carbonneau, just when you think with the injuries they have to key players that they have no chance of winning the game (especially against the Penguins) they prove you wrong.  That was one of the best games I've seen les boys play this season, one of the few times they played their hearts out for a full sixty minutes.

So, bring on the Bruins tomorrow afternoon and hopefully the bears will be licking their wounds after being attacked by a pack of rabid bulldogs.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Whee! That was fun, but for how long?


It's funny, in spite of the fact that the boys beat Vancouver last night, coach Martin wasn't  overly pleased.  He described the second period as wide open but it's not the "system" he wants them to play.  Yawn.  I have the Habs' most memorable games DVD set.  One thing that stuck with me was before the big Rangers come back game on the DVD, Guy Carbonneau does a short interview, he said "as a coach if you're down 5-0 you're already planning your strategy for the next game."  He also said when the guys started their come back he just simply ripped up his notes, threw them away and let the guys play how they wanted.  After watching last  night's game I wish Martin would rip up his notes.  The other day Scott Gomez was quoted saying "we need another game plan."  Glen Metropolit sounds extremely frustrated, I don't think he and Martin see eye to eye. Sometimes the guys actually look bored and disinterested.  I wonder if Martin's system is what's been stifling Sergei Kostitsyn and Max Lapierre?  Sergei was the best player on the ice last night.  I wonder if that's the reason they're good one game and crap the next?  Martin has to go back to the drawing board and instead of trying to instill his "system" play the system that best compliments the players' abilities. Until that happens, it's going to be a rocky ride.

Monday, February 1, 2010

How 'tweet it is.....or not


Recently I've been having issues with my Twitter account.  It was sending out messages to my followers, like "Hi" among other things.  I was tearing my hair out because I wasn't composing or sending them.  I changed my settings, disabled my phone etc., and then I decided to Google "problems with Twitter" and finally found an answer.  Someone had hijacked my account for Spam purposes.  I found it strange that instead of normally going to my Twitter homepage it kept asking me to sign in.  That's were the son(s) of a gun got my password and then the "fun" began.  I apologize to my followers who were on the receiving end of this crap, I didn't send out "Hi" three days in a row, some people must have thought I was a nutter.  The one consolation is that apparently it happened to Barack Obama too, so at least I'm in good company!  It's simple enough to fix, I just had to change my password.  For the next little while I'll be keeping a close eye on my direct messages to make sure no more garbage is generated.  It has been a very frustrating couple of days.  Isn't technology wonderful?