Friday, April 30, 2010

Habs are hot! Las Vegas is not......

My cousins and I get ready for a (nippy) night out on the town

Brrrrr!!! It's freaking cold here today, the predicted high is 65 degrees.  Global warming my ass.  But hey, we're basking in the warm afterglow of the Habs nail biting edge of your seat win over the Caps in game seven.  Be still my beating heart, that was probably the longest three minutes of my life, we begged and pleaded with our parents, who have all passed on to throw their blessings down.  They're secretly smiling now.

My cousins and I went to the sports bar in the Paris casino to watch the game, Mr. Moey joined us for the third period.  Nice comfy chairs with our own TV, it was just like being at home.  At the beginning we were the only three watching but midway through the third people started to slowly gather around us and were rooting for our boys.  Of course I had to ask if they were Habs' fans, and surprisingly the answer was no, there were a few Pens' fans mixed in with a sprinkling of Ovechkin haters.  My cousins had placed $20.00 each on the Habs to win, they were the underdogs so they both collected $66.00 after the game, not bad but they'd wished they bet more.  In any case, I was so proud of our boys, what an achievement (especially Halak) and there was nothing I enjoyed more than knocking Ovechkin out in the first round.  It's no secret that I'm firmly entrenched in camp Crosby.

I stuck to my new ritual, no live blogging during the game and reciting snippets of Herb Brooks' famous speech to the 1980 U.S. Olympic team in each period.  Three's a  charm now, I will be doing a repeat performance tonight.

The weather has not been good, we've had 50 mile an hour winds for the past couple of days, it's actually warmer in Montreal today.  *sigh*  The last time I was in  Las Vegas was in 2001 but there are always new hotel/casinos in the works, the notable newer ones since my last visit are the Bellagio, Wynn and Aria.  It's really getting congested and it's starting to look like downtown Manhattan, but it's still a fun place to visit for a few days, an adult Disneyland is probably the best way to describe it.

Back on the subject of hockey, I'm anxiously awaiting tonight's game, I'll be jumping off my boy Sid's bandwagon for now, but ready to leap back on depending on the outcome of this series.  Can we surprise the hockey world again? 


Monday, April 26, 2010

The Vegas nightlife is killing me.........

Two nights in a row and I'm wide awake at 2:30 in the morning and no, it's not because I'm partying and gambling, I'm having a hard time adjusting to a three hour time change.  Thank God I went to Australia a few years ago, now it would probably take me a month to recover from a 16 hour difference.  *Yawn*

My cousins are joining me in Vegas for a few days, they fly in tonight.  Imagine, the last time the three of us were here together was 1978!  Back when the dinosaurs still roamed the earth, shag was the carpet of choice  and Jerry freaking Lewis was one of the top dinner shows, which of course we went to!   It was fun, I was a big Gerry Lewis fan when I was a kid, so it was a novelty to see him live.  (I just checked Google, he's still alive, I wasn't sure.)

I've been back a few times, the landscape has changed dramatically in 32 years, my cousins won't recognize the place.  Back in the day, the MGM Grand, Caesars Palace and the Flamingo were the hot spots.  They're all still in existence, only much bigger and better.  We'll be out and about for the next four days, exploring all the newer casinos, sampling some of the great eating establishments and fitting in some retail therapy at the outlet stores.  There's a gaggle of shows to choose from too, I'm giving the x-rated hypnotist a wide berth this time around, I still have nightmares about blowup dolls.

If I manage to stay awake this afternoon, I'll catch the Habs' game on Versus. I wish they were playing in Washington though, their playoff win record on home ice is downright scary.  But you never now, the stars and the bars on the slot machine may align and they (I) will win big.  Maybe.  Please?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Viva Las Vegas and Habs win!!!! Woo hoo!!!!!

One thing I won't be doing while I'm here is this:

It's all good.  Had a great flight down here, gotta love Executive class, real food with real dishes and utensils.  Aaahhhh.  Just settling in right now, I'll be posting updates in the days to come!!!  Our Habs are still in it!!!  I don't want to get my hopes up too much, at least they've made a series out of it.  I'm so proud :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ouch! That hurt.......

Muttered Carey Price last night as he picked the splinters out of his butt.  You know the feeling, you've slept in, didn't hear the alarm, you're  in a nice deep sleep; you get rudely awakened and you realize you're late for work.   No time for a cup of coffee or a shower, throw on the clothes and get into the thick of it.  It sucks, you're whole day is thrown off, but with a good night's sleep and a new game plan to back up that frigging alarm clock, you feel like a million bucks the next day.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

A rare treat......

I'm a lazy blogger.  I can't be bothered to go into the finer details of hockey games. My in depth analysis of last night's game would go something along the lines of "well that really sucked."  Fortunately for me, a fellow blogger emailed me his recap on last night's atrocious reffing in Washington.

His name is Daniel G, he hails from Alliston, Ontario, and here is his take:

I concur.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Matisse and Clicquot enjoying the Habs/Caps game on Thursday night.

Looks like we're going to have to earn it.  I always thought that the HNIC/CBC crew were Hab haters, but what's up with TSN?  On Thursday night's intro the Habs were a team "in desperate need of a miracle."   A bit over the top, don't you think?  I mean we've had our struggles during the season but so have a lot of other teams.  I was reading the comments on FourHabsFans yesterday and one of my favorite commentors posted this:

moeman said...

dave hodge, tsnasshole;

"But perhaps the biggest eyebrow raiser came on Thursday when the Canadiens
- with the lowest point total among the 16 postseason teams - edged the
Eastern Conference-leading Capitals 3-2 in overtime and made sure super
sniper Alex Ovechkin didn't get a single shot on goal.

Are these games a microcosm of what will happen their respective series,
or does a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while?

A blind squirrel finding a nut once in a while?  Them's fightin' words.   Now I'm stoked.  I want the Habs to knock the Caps into tomorrow.  Show no mercy boys. Please? Pretty please?

I don't quite get the hate and total lack of respect. It certainly isn't because of any recent success that the Habs have had.  Are they holding 24 cups against us?  Is it political?  Equally as confusing is Pierre McGuire has decided to jump on the Habs bandwagon.  He actually said that he was "honored" to be calling a Habs playoff series.  What?? Unless the dufus has finally figured out slagging them at every opportunity isn't the fastest path back to gaining employment with them, which is what I think he ultimately wants.

Great game on Thursday night, a scary first period but then the Habs found their legs in the second and didn't look back.  Both Jaro's were brilliant, I'm just concerned about Jaro Spacek being able to contain Ovie for another six games, he's no spring chicken.  I hope the "good" Habs show up for tonight but even with a loss going back to the Bell Center with a split  is a much better scenario than I initially predicted.  Not because I think they're "blind squirrels" but they've been so inconsistent during the regular season that I thought they might squeak (pardon the pun) out a win and push the series to five.  When they all show up they're a pretty decent team, a team capable of knocking the Caps out in the first round.  Okay, I've said enough.  Don't want to jinx them.

GO HABS!!!!!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Who ever said it would be easy?

Yours truly before, during and after last night's game.

Nothing comes easy when you're a Habs fan. I've run the gamut of emotions from A to Z for the past two weeks, from feeling hopeful to tweeting "if the Habs playoff hopes rest on the final game against the Leafs, I'm quitting my fandom and jumping on the Pittsburgh bandwagon."  A little too hasty perhaps, obviously I'll wait until the Habs are out before hitching my wagon to Sid and his cronies.

The boys got their elusive point, it wasn't very pretty but they did what they had to do.  I would prefer to play the Caps, even if we can't get by them at least the games will be entertaining.  Also, keep in mind the Habs have a habit of playing to their opposition, so anything can happen.

If our goaltending is solid, if our power play picks up again and Cammy regains his scoring touch things could get very interesting.  In a perfect world I'd like to see Halak play the first game, lose it and Price come riding to the rescue like a knight in shining armour.  The poor guy needs a break and I'd enjoy nothing more than to see him redeem himself in front of the booing idiots in the rafters at the Bell Center.  Don't get me wrong, I don't take goaltending sides, winning is all that matters, but Price deserves a shot at redemption.  He's been playing well but lady luck hasn't been on his side.

I'm disappointed that the Ducks didn't make the playoffs despite Saku carrying the team on his back for the last few games.  Would have loved to see them coming out of the west for the final. 

It's a brand new season, let the games begin.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Look what they've done to me..........

I woke up this morning, looked in the mirror and saw this.  The Habs are SO not worth it.

I'm just going to start using Noxzema again, the fancy expensive creams are clearly not working.  But I digress.

Enough already.  Candles, angel bear, lightening in the sky.  Nothing works.  I need a holiday, soon.  I'm taking one.  I'm tagging along with Mr. Moey to Las Vegas, while he attends a convention.  The million dollar question, will I be packing my trusty Hab's flag for the playoffs?

Bob Gainey didn't like what he saw last year.  I can understand that.  Why keep beating a dead horse?  He wiped the slate clean.  Back to the drawing board.  New coaches, ten new players and we are now looking at an exact replica of last year.  There must be something in the water at the Bell Center. 

Saturday, April 3, 2010

In loving memory of my mum who passed away on April 2, 2010

This little angel bear sat on my mum's sidetable in the hospital to watch over her, I lit this candle last night and the Habs won. A new ritual is born.

My sweet mum passed away peacefully on Friday afternoon. Being a church going Catholic her entire life, she now has bragging rights that she and Jesus departed this earth on the same day.  She'll be more than happy to share that with her sister who predeceased her by ten months, the ongoing sibling rivalry can pick up where it left off. 

Mum had been in the hospital for the better part of three months, she missed Christmas with us, her presents are still wrapped, we were hoping at some point she would have been well enough to have a mini-Christmas celebration, but it was not to be.  My best recent memory was the two of us watching the Habs centennial celebration on Dec. 4th, she really enjoyed seeing all the old players and shed a few tears when Elmer and Butch's jerseys were retired. We had a nice dinner that  night and were looking forward to Christmas.

Rest in peace mum, I'll miss you very  much, but I know you'll be in good company; reunited with Dad, along with your brother and two sisters, and your favorite  hockey player of all time, the Rocket.