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  1. I would watch that too! Someone attacked him? Mind you, someone once took Harvey the Hound's tongue out... There's still time. We don't have a captain. Impressed that they actually signed them though, instead of letting it hang around. Flames lost 2 preseason games and won 3. Now in the regular season they've lost to Edmonton 5-2, lost to the Ducks 3-2 in OT, won on the road over Detroit 3-0, and won against Washington 4-3 in OT after blowing a 3 goal lead. There are signs that they might be getting it together a bit.
  2. Flames tried making people use an app which did not work properly. It was half full for the first game. I think they probably should have waited instead. Flames vs Edmonton: Lost 4-0 Flames vs Canucks: Lost 4-2 Back to normal then! Except we can't blame Giordano anymore. People say it is just the preseason, but I really think you should try a bit in the preseason. Some mascots I notice a lot, like Carleton the Bear who is really cute, and others I never really notice. Gritty is like a muppet on drugs...I didn't know people hate the orca logo. Psst. Pettersson! Help a team out. You could come to Calgary. I've just realized we don't have a captain yet. I look forward to losing to Seattle. Former Flame goalie David Rittich is now with Nashville.
  3. I can't help it, I am looking forward to seeing La Brea, and whether it is as cheesy as I expect/hope. Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol looks promising. I can't decide whether I like Chapelwaite. It is filmed in Nova Scotia and stars Adrien Brody. It's based on a Stephen King story. A sailor inherits a super creepy house, and I'm like, why doesn't he just move? LOL.
  4. I haven't posted in so long! It was so hot! And too much going on. And wasps showing up by the computer. (# strange excuses) I'm waiting for hockey with cautious optimism. Giordano. I suspected he would be chosen. Probably now he will improve and be a force against us, in the traditional way. When he went to the Saddledome to get his stuff, he snuck into the sauna with a friend and said "Sutter would probably not have approved". Now he is Sutter free. What the heck is anyone going to do with Gaudreau? It's mega awkward at this point. Stuff said about him and Monahan is pretty nasty. The new arena plans are much uglier, and there is a mayor race going on with 28 candidates. LOL. But it seems like the arena is kind of still an issue, because no one likes the price tag and it hasn't got official planning permission yet and many of the people who approved the deal are leaving council. Off topic, but there is a building at the U of C where the 13th floor was religious studies. I think the NHL covers a lot of stuff up. It's amazing to me that Montreal would even try it though. Bettman knows where all the skeletons are buried. Burn! Rather like Calgary buying an expensive arena for a team people are not excited about so they can pay more to watch them. After indecision, Calgary Flames decided on insisting on vaccinations for fans to attend, so some people cancelled their seasons tickets. On the other hand, some people cancelled their tickets because the Flames took so long to make any rules about it. (did it balance out?) Meanwhile in a poll of best mascots https://www.playcanada.com/news/best-worst-nhl-mascots-ranking/ Poor Harvey the Hound came 29th? I'd forgotten about the existential horror that is the Edmonton mascot, Hunter the Lynx, and had a flashback. First is Carlton the Bear, the Leafs guy (he is a cute bear). Fans who dislike their mascot the most: Vancouver! Harvey also managed to be 3rd most obnoxious. How did I not know that Ottawa's mascot is called Spartacat?? Matt Stajan is working with the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) now. That's nice.
  5. England broke my heart again. It's so predictable! Ow. The heat is incredible. It keeps coming back. It's weirdly humid. And the smoke means that I can't always open the window! No! The only thing that keeps me sane is that I have a basement and it's cold down there with the spiders. I figured as much. Darn it. Really? Aw. I liked him. It would be nice if he stuck around in the organization. But they got Giordano! It is sad that at one time that would have been the end of the world, and now I'm like, bye! Have a nice time! I think the Kraken were less ambitious than Vegas was the first time round. Interesting things this week: Calgary signed Blake Coleman, Trevor Lewis, goalie Adam Werner, defencemen Kevin Gravel and Nick DeSimone, and traded for Nikita Zadarov from the Blackhawks who is really tall. Also Dan Vladar, another goalie. Described by one TSN guy as the Sutter-ization of the Flames. Flame Derek Ryan went to the Oilers. Non Flame Fleury went to Chicago and now he says he will actually play, which would probably help, LOL. New Calgary arena is going over budget, figures. Not sure if it is going to be the big issue in the Mayor race, or not. Wicked expensive. Do we really have to tear down the Saddledome? After being sad for Montreal not winning the Cup, they draft whats his name, the guy no one wanted to touch with a 10 foot barge pole who sent sexual photos of a woman around his team like a creep. Why would you draft an instant problem? You had lots of other choices. Evander Kane. What's going on there? He definitely has a gambling problem plus his wife hates him. Did he really gamble on games? Do any of the referees? I am fascinated.
  6. I was kind of sad for the Avalanche, even though they went through the Flames that one time like a tin opener, because a lot of the teams sticking around are not super interesting. I did think that would make you happy. The only problem is I hate the Lightning... The playoff score of 8-0 was appalling. I was glad to see the back of Vegas, because I think they have had it pretty easy so far. I was amazed when Montreal finally managed to win the series. But is Montreal screwing this up now? They lost game one. This drought? It's depressing. Though the Flames nearly won it in 04, and Vancouver did too. We tried, darn it. We tried really really hard. And now it is a good year if we can make the playoffs. Meanwhile, I find hockey is colliding with UEFA soccer. I am in soccer mode now. And it is 35 degrees celsius here all week. Incredibly hot. Soccersoccersoccer. Hurry up Stanley, you're taking too long. Did the soccer thread get wiped out? It must have. Boo.
  7. Mine, all mine! Poor old McDavid. All that talent languishing. Edmonton. Hum, ho. I should have seen it coming, but I didn't quite believe they could screw this up again. I'm finding it very difficult to keep straight. Pretty neat. Oh no, the Fishsticks won game 1. All the money they spent, and they didn't make it out of the first round again. And game 7 was at home, with a few fans. You'd think it would be motivation. I heard Toronto described by their radio announcers as "tighter than banjo wire"! They don't handle the pressure well at all. Wow. Avalanche beat Vegas 7-1.
  8. It looks like we're stuck with them for a while. Every unhappy family hockey team is unhappy in its own way...Tolstoy. Give it time. I'm sure we will do something headline worthy in a bit. I'm glad we're not getting Benning. Oh, I forgot to mention that Monahan who played some terrible hockey, had to go for hip surgery (I think they should have just pulled him). Tanev meanwhile was playing with broken ribs and a torn pectoral muscle. Markstrom had briefly had a concussion. We played a meaningless bunch of games and Dube got a concussion so couldn't play for Canada. Watched the end bit of triple OT where Edmonton lost. Smith was battling hard for them. Toronto is doing well, I don't know how I feel about that. Ron Maclean got in trouble. Bonus marks for those who understand any of his obscure jokes. Penguins are out. Minnesota is hanging in against Vegas (Talbot in goal!). Beating the Red Wings in 2004 was the most amazing thing the Flames did, because the Red Wings had ridiculous amounts of talent.
  9. I don't think I liked the way in the finale they tell you where everyone placed, right down to 5th. It's like "hey you didn't win, you came last! Congrats on that..." Unpopular, but I think Cam is technically perfect, but he doesn't have a lot of personality.
  10. The rooster reveal was quite satisfying. Sadness. I liked the Yeti. And it take guts to roller blade in a costume that big on a stage when you can't really see and he still sounded great. Odd. The chameleon almost sounded familiar last night.
  11. Hi! I haven't watched them yet, but was impressed by the scores. They totally schooled the Flames the last time they met in the playoffs. The blinding speed is what I remember the most. (the whistling of the wind as they shot by...LOL) Flames finished the season Wednesday afternoon and managed a win. They lost on Tuesday 4-2, and actually were playing Domingue in goal. Poor guy hasn't played since March 1 2020. He was pretty solid for a guy coated in rust. Word is that Seattle had a scout at Tuesday's game. And today....it's snowing.
  12. I have finally achieved hot weather, which is about to disappear again. Really? Poor bunny. Well maybe he should have stayed home in a pandemic, or something. Did I just read Dostoyevsky and Eric Francis in the same sentence? Must we have all your leftovers, LOL? Ooo, interesting. I think Russia is a bit scary! But also eccentric. Hartley obviously has a knack for winning. I am beginning to think we might cycle through all our old coaches. We've got Sutter back, at least until our new GM gets rid. I've forgotten what real hockey is like... Hmmmm. So I forgot the Flames were playing and then they were playing late so I still listened to periods 2 and 3. At first they were beating Vancouver 5-1, and the commentators had just finished saying that Vancouver had nothing left, when V. started to score. And score, and score. I'm like, is Calgary actually going to lose this game now? And then they won in OT. Fun=our colour commentator describing how awful our defensive coverage is, while not wanting to name the people responsible. I almost wish they could just kind of call the last games a tie and cancel, because they are overrunning the actual US side of the playoffs and they don't mean anything. Sutter in an interview being grilled about saying the Flames were a bottom of the pile team, and then saying well they aren't a top team. Ow. He's like a de-motivational speaker, the guy you get to make you feel worse.
  13. Flames officially out of the playoffs as Montreal wins over Edmonton in OT. Cue the meaningless games against Vancouver!
  14. It's been rain/snowing all day and it's freezing. It rained yesterday too. But it was incredibly dry, so we need the moisture. But I'm fed up of hot/cold/hot/cold. It would feel weird to look up and see there is an aerial hashtag recommending I be fired. Like, wow. Maybe I'd have to take a photo. I mean that might be my moment of fame right there. A billboard would be better though. Easier to pose in front of... Oh... I was probably thinking of Derek Wills, Flames announcer who keeps being optimistic that they can still make the playoffs in a sickening kind of way. I would hope there is only one Eric and he doesn't have a twin brother. What a thought. Like a horror movie. Every time people say Treliving did a great job I think of all the buy outs for players who sucked. If I were the one paying, I wouldn't be super happy. Flames just won over Ottawa 6-1. At this point when they win I actually feel annoyed. There were so many bad games this season, and now they decide they'll put the effort in. There's a teeny tiny chance now, something like 0.4%. Meanwhile...Avangard Omsk won the Gagarin Cup in the KHL, with Hartley as coach. https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/southern-alberta-player-helps-win-the-kontinental-hockey-league-s-gagarin-cup-1.5417385 Like, it's almost like he knows how to, like, coach, like, you know? (I kind of miss his colorful quotes in the news. I heard someone trying to interview Sutter after a loss and it involved a long incredibly awkward silence while the reporter kept saying his question over and over until he had to give up) Hmm. I do not understand why Wilson with his record can't get suspended. What Wilson did was basically ambush someone who wasn't in any position to fight anybody. Then officials act all upset at the team comment about him not being suspended, and upset about fighting afterwards. Anyone could do a better job of policing the NHL. Pick a random person off the street. Pick a player from the AHL. Someone from a book club. Anybody! It's sad. I didn't get to see the Rangers game, but the clips were interesting. The media tried to suggest that fighting does not make a game memorable, but the Flames/Canuck line brawl that involved coaches in the hallway is still a high point of weird hockey magic for me.
  15. I guessed that maybe Crab and Chameleon would leave. Surprised it was the Seashell instead. Wow, the Yeti is brave to be on skates when it is so hard to see in those costumes. I was impressed! And he was pretty good with the singing as well. I did wonder if the doughnuts were not O's but rings, like Olympic rings. I think I know who the Rooster is, though that doesn't help anything. The Mask is cheesy which is why people like it. Wow, the ratings are quite strong. I tried Nancy Drew when it first started and felt disappointed with how they messed with her character.
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