Sports

Kentucky Derby won by Canadian-owned horse/Mexican jockey

Reuters

A Canadian-owned horse ridden by a Mexican Jockey won the first leg of the triple Crown of horse racing on Saturday – the Kentucky Derby. The horse – I’ll Have Another– is owned by J. Paul Reddam, a native of Windsor, Ontario and his Jockey Mario Gutierrez is from Mexico

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Montreal, Sports

Habs hire new General Manager

Montreal Canadiens Canadiens de Montréal

Montreal Canadiens Canadiens de Montréal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Montreal Canadiens have announced that Marc Bergevin has been hired as the new General Manager of the team thereby filling the second toughest job in the city – second only to Head Coach of the team which is tougher due to immediate pressure from fans and media.

I can’t say I know much about Mr. Bergevin but from what I have learned this morning:

 

 

Has NHL playing experience               Check

Speaks French                                            Check

Has NHL managerial experience        Check

Speaks French                                            Check

Passed interview process                      Check

Speaks French                                            Check

Has Patrick Roy’s phone number

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Sports

Red Sox slow start

Red Sox

Once the Expos left town I turned to the Boston Red Sox for my MLB fix. It seemed logical: the city is fairly close and somewhat similar to Montreal. I can’t say that I follow the Red Sox as closely as I did the Expos, but it has been interesting watching them struggle so far this season (keep in mind it is still April) to a 5 and 10 start, playing .333 baseball. Not that I have enjoyed the ineptitude, but the finger pointing has been of a truly professional caliber. Here’s a piece from the Boston Globe site that sets out 15 possible reasons for the poor beginning. It boggles the mind to think what things will be like if the team continues to slide – public floggings perhaps. In the meantime have a chuckle at the related article below.

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Montreal, Sports

NHL tie breaking

What's wrong with ties?

With the NHL playoffs underway we can once again enjoy real sudden-death (sudden-life?) overtime. No more four skaters on four and no more shoot-outs. Games will be decided by actually playing the game, not just one or two aspects of it – until a final outcome is achieved.

Why regular season ties are so repugnant I have never understood, but I believe that if the NHL is determined that no game shall end in a tie, they should take a look at baseball. As the grand-daddy of tie breaking, baseball does it right: if the score is tied after regulation, they keep going until it is broken, but they do so by playing the very same rules all the way. There are three strikes and three outs in the 17th inning, just as there were in the seventh. They don’t play first-third and home; and they don’t have a home run derby to decide the outcome.

As far as I’m concerned let regular season hockey games end in ties, just like they used to. But if there is a great lobby to decide games, then please do so by playing the game. I’ll even go out on a limb and suggest that if a seventh game of the Stanley Cup Final ends in a tie after 60 minutes, replay the whole game a couple of days later as was the case with the FA Cup final in England until the mid-90s. A championship shouldn’t be decided by an exhausted player’s error. The team owners get another sell out and the fans get another game. The players…well let’s give them a replay bonus.

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Montreal, Sports

Tough being a Montreal Canadiens Fan

Big news for all Montrealers – the Habs have fired their General Manager. Looks like we’ll be back in the hunt for the Stanley Cup in about…well…maybe a few years down the road.

Being a Habs fan used to be so simple; you watched them win, that’s what it meant to be a Habs fan. Every game was theirs to lose, every cup was theirs to lose. They were not just the New York Yankees of hockey they were the Harlem Globetrotters as well. They always seemed to pull it out in the end. The parade was an annual rite of spring.

It is hard for an old-time fan to come to terms with the fact that the Montreal Canadiens are now just another team. Nothing special, nothing great, just one like all the others. Imagine trying to tell Toe Blake that not only will his team be playing something called the Columbus Blue Jackets, but they may well lose to them. The magic is gone and I suspect it won’t be back – pity.

So now we start a new chapter with a new GM and coach. Hopefully the team will become competitive again, maybe even a modern-day powerhouse one day, but a dynasty, I fear not. Be warned old-time Habs fans, no matter who takes the reins of this organization the days of glory are past and gone, somewhere along the way as the torch was being passed it was dropped and trampled on.

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