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  1. Canucks beat Minnesota 4-3 last night. It was 4-1 until late. Goals came from Pearson, Miller, Boeser, and Horvat. Series is 1-1 now. Was worried we were going to join the Rangers as the only teams to go down 1-2-3.


    I feel bad for Lundqvist, having your (likely) game for the Rangers being that. Kind of like Vince Carter.


    On 8/3/2020 at 3:21 AM, Mysteriosa said:


    Well, boo. :P  🐙


    I think they were stuck.  Sharks are cool but taken.  Orcas ditto.   How is being a salmon cool?  Best known for being served with a slice of lemon. :lmao:  Boston has bears.  Octopus wouldn't be a bad idea, which is sort of what they went for.  Otters might have been OK.  


    They had reportedly trademarked lots of names including Cougars, Eagles, Emeralds, Evergreens, Firebirds, Kraken, Rainiers, Renegades, Sea Lions, Seals, Sockeyes, Totems and Whales.

    Sporting News - Guessing the five NHL Seattle team name finalists  (evergreens?  Really?)


    This might be a good time to point out that the Flames were never named for Calgary, but for when Atlanta was burned in the American Civil War, because they used to be the Atlanta Flames.  


    (still hilarious:  the AHL mascot for the Adirondack Flames, the Flames' farm team, was called Scorch after a fire in Glen Falls,  and had a disastrous introduction that made him infamous and almost immediately nixed in 2014.  There's video if you have a free moment to marvel at the spectacle, involving a firefighter and some unfortunate dancing.

    https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/killer-ahl-mascot-goes-down-in-flames#:~:text=Scorch%2C the mascot for the,banished before his career began.  )


    OMG the Flames won 4-1 against Winnipeg.  I watched it.  Gaudreau scored which is new.  Tkachuk took out Mark Scheifele in a hit along the boards and their coach called it filthy and disgusting.  I actually thought it wasn't on purpose, unlike when Giordano whacked Laine on the arm with his stick in retaliation for a hit. :stealth:  


    LOL at Edmonton losing and they pulled Smith.  Double LOL at the Leafs losing, after they were named on the National news as representing hockey being back while they ignored everyone else.  How the heck did Arizona beat the Predators?



    Sometimes. :stud: There's a channel where they run it back to back.


    It flooded 2 wks ago because there was a big storm with lots of rain and hail.  There's been some of those in Calgary.  One night where I live you could see your breath and there were heaps of hail that didn't melt right away.  There were also a few tornadoes spotted.

    So then Edmonton went round pretending it wasn't that bad but someone had video.  Awkward...



    YAY!  I think it's a pretty open competition.  Weird format, lots of rust, anything can happen.



    Victoria, B.C., used to have an ECHL team called the Salmon Kings. Everyone hated it at first, but they eventually created a kind of culture around salmon. I like Rainiers for Seattle, but it sounds kind of more like a rugby team.


    Arizona is kind of surprising, but I guess anything can happen in a best-of-five. The stuff with their GM right before the tournament started was weird. I've never heard a team refer to their GM as "quitting" before. The statement the team put out sounded like it was written by a pouty teenager; at the same time, John Chayka is not the most professional individual himself. The "analytics" operation he and his sister run sounds kind of sketchy.


    I've heard the Calgary-Winnipeg series has been heated, but I haven't got to see much of it. I saw Paul Maurice saying that Tkachuk should basically be publicly hung for that kick of Scheifele. I did see this hilarious gif of Lucic whining that his goal got called back.

  2. On 7/26/2020 at 4:13 PM, Mysteriosa said:

    Hockey is coming back!  Anybody?  


    Yay, Seattle went with Kraken.  I knew it.  Once they mentioned that name who could pick anything else?


    The question is, will people want to watch hockey in the summer?  Some Calgarians in the newspaper pointed out that summer here is short so they can't waste golf time watching the NHL, LOL.


    Some Flames players chose not to be part of the bubble.  Hamonic is one of them.  Fun fact:  Craig Conroy was being a referee for the practice games. (once a player, now in management)  They couldn't add a referee to their already full quota of people.


    I don't like Kraken. If Liam Neeson doesn't say those three lines in the Release the Titans remake, are they picking that name? I don't think it will age well. Moreover, in mythology, the Kraken lived in the North Atlantic waters. I don't understand the connection to the Pacific Northwest. I feel like they got spooked out of Totems by the racial moment and didn't like Sockeyes because their main rival to-be has a whale as its logo.


     The summer factor is real. I'm going to watch all of the Canucks games, but I'm not staying inside on a nice summer day so I can watch all the games.


    The Flames-Jets series will be interesting. Calgary is much better, but Hellebuyck is good enough to steal a 5-game series. 



    On 7/30/2020 at 6:44 AM, Mysteriosa said:

    How soon the Flames slide back to square one...finally have a game, against the Oilers, and they score on us after a bit more than a minute, and then again.  Have to admit, I gave up and watched CSI instead.   :shock:  Final score 4-1.  Only Calgary goal was Lindholm.  Described as an even game.  Calgary had a bad first period.  To me, it seemed like the normal Flames habit of showing up late in games.


    🦡  The only good thing about the quarantine is that it sorted out any possible labour dispute.


    Reminds me, there was a big storm the other week and Rogers Place was flooded.  Calgary was much amused.


    CSI? Are you living in 2005? :P I've been watching Homeland lately.


    How does Rogers Arena get flooded like two years after it was built? It's a brand new state-of-the-art arena...


    Canucks lost 4-1 in their exhibition game against Winnipeg. They play for keeps on Sunday in Game 1 against Minnesota. Most media people like Vancouver to win the series, but I'm not so sure. They do have more top-end talent and are younger, but Minnesota is much more solid 5-on-5 and deeper defensively. Canucks should definitely be underdogs.

  3. I read earlier this week that Karen Bass was surging up the list of potential nominees. I don't think they needed to do too much of a scrub to cross her off.


    I know she addresses them in the second person, but the ad still writes itself.

  4. 8 hours ago, ShortstopVM said:

    If we're going to tamper with the integrity of the season *coughSevenInningDoubleheaderscough*, may we just play the rest of the season without the Marlins? 😏


    I mean, this season basically has no integrity as it stands. Shortened schedules, new "divisions," no fans. And now games being cancelled every day. I'm basically just watching for fun.


    They kind of have to do the seven-inning thing for doubleheaders, because the amount of doubleheaders the players will have to do is going to consume them physically. We're just a week into the season, and they've already postponed 30 games.


    They have to contract trace, figure out how the players are getting sick, and determine if there are restrictions they can impose that would reduce reduce the cases. Absent any of that, the season cannot continue much longer at this rate. The league is going to be underwater with the number of games they have to make up, and eventually, players will get severely sick with long-term effects to their bodies, or worse. That would spell lawsuits.

  5. I can't wrap my head around how the Marlins and Phillies were allowed to play yesterday.


    I assume if MLB teams weren't exempt from the exposure/quarantine rules all of these states and cities have, most of them would have been knocked out already. Until the players accept that they need to be in a bubble for this to have any chance of working, it's just doomed.

  6. I agree younger people  need to reign it in, but blaming the spikes on them is just giving in to a lazy media narrative. Our provincial minister of health is obsessed with new cases in people under 40, even though it's roughly equivalent to the population of Ontario that is under 40 (49%).



  7. 11 minutes ago, FunkyFrankie said:

    Don't you live in B.C? 


    I'm from there but I've lived in Toronto the last four years. I was looking at moving back to Vancouver earlier this year, but then this whole pandemic thing happened.

  8. 7 hours ago, ShortstopVM said:

    Buffalo it is for the Jays - which I felt should have been their temporary home all along...


    It sucks for the Jays players that they won't have a major-league clubhouse to call home like all the other teams will. But at least they have a home. I don't know if I buy it, but I've heard arguments that they're only team that will have a home-field advantage, because they'll be used to crappy clubhouse facilities, whereas visiting teams might get annoyed by it.


    Jays beat the Rays 6-4 in their first game and are 1-0!

  9. 1 hour ago, FunkyFrankie said:

    Yeah it's different everywhere, I guess. I haven't gone out to dine yet so I was just curious how it's like for you guys. :P  I'm good waiting for a vaccine too, I haven't even gone to the mall yet! 


    We're still in Phase 2, so just patio dining. Ford said we may or may not be moving into Phase 3 on Wednesday. I need to go to my optometrist who is in the mall, but they haven't reopened even though their mall has.

  10. 21 hours ago, TeamAudra said:



    Sports leagues spend peanuts on lobbying compared to the airline industry. At least up here, airlines are the one industry I can think that has been completely exempt from any kind of restrictions during the pandemic.


    I bet fans will be allowed in the stands at some point during the upcoming NFL/MLB seasons. It's a question of whether the leagues would allow the competitive imbalance of some teams having real home games and others, ie. those in blue states or that play in a dome having to play in empty stadiums.


    I'm watching the Blue Jays/Rays game right now and it's odd to me how the coaches and some umpires wear masks but the players don't. It doesn't seem like it would make a difference.


    9 hours ago, FunkyFrankie said:

    So how does masks work when you're dining in a restaurant (inside is open  now)? cause you have to take them off to eat... and most restaurants, seats are close to each other 


    I think the idea is that you wear it when you're being seated, going to the washroom, or waiting for your food. Masks are at the city level, but that's what Ottawa's guideline says: masks in the restaurant but take it off to eat or drink. And that makes no sense for bars/pubs. I'm not taking a mask off and putting it back on between sips of my drink. I don't even get the sense there is much demand for indoor dining, at least with it being summer now. I've tried to support restaurants in my area with takeout orders, but I'm good waiting for a vaccine for indoor dining.

  11. It's nuts that the season starts in three days and the Blue Jays do not have a home facility. The federal government made the right decision, but I don't know why it took everyone so long to get to this point. This whole thing is such a disorganized mess, mainly because of Manfred.

  12. On 7/18/2020 at 2:49 PM, TeamAudra said:

    Probably nothing. He was just countering the sniping coming from the left. The main difference between the two parties is Democrats are more likely to favor more extensive lockdown policies, but that hasn’t resulted in better numbers in blue states. I think that’s his point. I’ll offer up California. They’ve had a statewide mask mandate for a month (big cities longer than that), along with more strict enforcement of lockdown policies, yet they’re headed in the wrong direction, currently. Someone described it as a forest fire in search of dead wood. I think that’s perfect. There’s no stopping it, until it runs its course, like it did in NYC, Sweden, Spain, Italy, etc, and now Florida, Texas, Cali, Arizona. In a couple months, or even sooner, we won’t be talking about those states anymore. 


    I don't think the "sniping" is related to the case counts so much as the fact many of these Republican governors had publicly downplayed the severity of the virus and resisted enacting any measures before their states eventually got hit.


    Letting it run its course might be an option, albeit not a good one, if there was more evidence that people who recovered had sufficient antibodies, but it doesn't look like recovering from it prevents you from getting it again for more than a few months. Hopefully that's not the case, but every antibody study I've read about suggests it is. Distancing and masks aren't perfect, but they're still the best tools we have right now.

  13. 21 hours ago, FunkyFrankie said:

    I don't think bars are even open here😆 but stage 3 includes, gyms, indoor dining, outdoor facilities like playgrounds.  Yeah school is set to reopen in September with a size of 15 max and it would rotate kids.  I still wonder what they're gonna duo for extra curricular activities and high school will be a challenge lol


    I miss my neighbourhood pub and the gym, but yeah, no thanks.


    The restaurants and bars in my area that are all open for outdoor dining have the makeshift patios on the sidewalk, and none of them seem full or that there's a wait to get in. The city has been surprisingly good about closing down the outer lanes of traffic so that places can use them for seating. Obviously that won't work in the winter though.


    11 hours ago, FunkyFrankie said:

    Question: So how do you all feel with people not wearing masks?


    Masks are made mandatory here but there are still some that don't wear them for example, I'll go in the grocery store and no one wears a mask except me and our beaches recently reopened, it was busy but no masks


    I don't know what part of the province you're in, but in every grocery store, drug store, etc. I've been in since they enacted the mask bylaw, everyone has been wearing a mask. And I haven't seen anyone making a scene about being asked to wear one either.


    (The obvious exception being these people):



  14. I'd have guessed the BQ would be the party least likely to support a snap election. Most of those people currently have the best jobs they'll ever have. And for all their posturing, the Liberals couldn't care less how unpopular they are in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Their plan to get their majority back is by winning back the Quebec seats that went to the Bloc last election.


    I don't really know who the people who vote for the Conservative leader are or what their psyche is. But based on their last leadership race, the members seem to prefer the red meat candidates.

  15. 52 minutes ago, sneaky said:

    Been looking at Sweeden vs Michigan Covid results. Not the greatest comparision because Michigan has a more dense population but Sweeden has 1k less deaths even with a less strict approach than most of America. And their economy didnt crash like ours. Not so sure what we are doing is worth it.


    Now granted America is also different because our healthcare system is worse than Scandinavia and our lifestyle health is much worse. This is going to trigger the righties on here but this country low key sucks.


    People in Europe are generally healthier (obesity rates, not just eating processed crap, exercise) but also because they have easy access to healthcare throughout their lives, without ever having to worry about the bills, unlike many Americans. They don't live with undiagnosed conditions. That, in addition to having a younger median age of the population, probably explains why the average death age from the coronavirus in the U.S. is much younger than in Europe.

  16. On 7/9/2020 at 10:25 PM, FunkyFrankie said:

    My region in Ontario is moving to stage 3 soon 😷🤔


    They're pretty open-ended about what phase 3 entails. The language on the government website is "continue gradual re-opening with appropriate restrictions in place" yadda yadda. I don't think they'll go much further with bars and restaurants, given what a gongshow the U.S. has become with cases. The important thing is childcare/school.

  17. ^ I wonder how it affects their plan to call an election. Depending on who you listen to, they might have been getting close.


    I've been shocked by how bad McKay's performance in the Conservative leadership race has been. He really might blow it to O'Toole.


  18. Another ethics scandal for Trudeau. What a bonehead.


    Trudeau’s family members received $283,400 to speak at events hosted by WE Charity


    We've known the Kielburgers were frauds for a while now; the walls had been closing in on them for at least a year now. And this comes right after Trudeau was forgiven by the voters for the SNC Lavalin affair. I really don't think this stuff clocks with him. He was born into the Laurentian culture in which rich and powerful people do favours for each other, and he's just not able to spot what's wrong with it ethically.


    This is the opinion of the BQ leader, but I wonder how much Liberal party kingpins think about this.


    Freeland Should Act As PM While Trudeau Investigated For WE Charity Deal: Blanchet


  19. 3 hours ago, TeamAudra said:



    I'd guess that the virus isn't just ravishing seniors' homes anymore, and is now affecting younger and less vulnerable parts of the population. So the death rate isn't going to be 5-10% anymore.


    Speaking completely anecdotally, I know that in my city, a lot of people my age and younger (I'm 29) are still gathering in large groups to party like they would any other summer. But I still see seniors wearing masks while they're walking by themselves on the sidewalk.

  20. ^ We all misdiagnose ourselves. Not just during the pandemic. I too was obsessed with whether I was able to smell certain things for a bit.


    My boss's husband has no sense of smell or taste as a symptom from a head injury. It takes a lot of joy out of life.

  21. Another reason why comparisons to the common flu aren't apt: this is a NOVEL virus and we still don't know much about it, including what the long-term effects of getting it could be.



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