July 25 – Hooray it’s Friday! And not a moment too soon. Not sure what the weekend will bring but there is an extensive “to do” list waiting for yours truly. Most of that is centered around the ongoing 2nd floor shuffle. Bedroom 1 is now ready for me to move my office out of bedroom 2 so that bedroom 2 can go under the hammer, saw, brush and roller. Looked around my office at all the “stuff” last night and figured that this is going to be painful. What goes – my hockey pics, resources and awards, my Sport Oakville stuff, my photo gear, my (several) computers and stuff, my CT model car collection. . . . Like I said – it is going to be painful!
Prognostications – are always fun. The resurgent Blue Jays are heading into New York on an upbeat having taken 3 of 4 from the Beantowners and lifting the hopes of the faithful yet again. Lurking in the shadows of Gotham is the fact that they have lost the last fifteen straight in the den of the pin striped Yanks. Fearless Carnac is predicting that they cannot (and won’t) get swept again, ’cause if they do, they are done. Forget the division and forget the wild cards they can just mail it in if they get broomed out of the Big Apple.
Good idea – different approaches. While I have no idea if they was any collusion in this happening, or if one saw the other do it and decided they had to as well, I support the program that both local minor hockey groups have started this year to organize the “equipping” of the entry level initiation / Timbit players. There are a number of benefits to this approach.
Even though both associations have arranged an equipment plan with “fittings” by Corbett’s, major Kudos go to the Hornets as apparently they are folding the cost into the standard registration fee while their cross town colleagues at the MOHA offer the equipment packages as an additional cost option. Having said that, it is only fair to add that the per player registration fee has been reduced for the initiation age group. This may be based on an “ice efficiency” cost calculation as historically, more of the “little” guys have been placed on the ice per hour than for the older age groups (cross ice program and practice structure).
Regardless, subject to the quality of the equipment provided, going for the full meal deal with all base protective equipment plus stick, skates and helmet, fitted for the player for $99 is a great deal. I know that in the dark ages when I was involved, the first few weeks of Timbit hockey were always “interesting”. Kids would be brought in decked out in big brothers hand me downs or equipment sale stuff that clearly did not fit. Skates were a big issue as many were way to big as parents wanted to get “a couple years” out of them and wondered why little Billy was sliding around the ice on his ankles. Sticks were often way off as well with adult sticks either cut down with the balance way off or left too long so the budding Geordie Howe could not handle it.
Morale of this story is that properly fitted and decent quality equipment is fundamental to the game and essential to contribute to your son or daughter being able to learn and enjoy. Newbies – take advantage of the offer and go for the full packager.
Interesting poster note proclaiming “NHL themed teams”. Curious to see what that means – “Timbits gone? Colour Schemes only/ Licenced logos? As long as it is fun for the little guys – who cares, as long as Tim Hortons who have been very avid and positive supporters for many years are not getting short-changed.
Already – it seems like the kids just got out of school and already we are being swamped with back to school sales – supplies, clothes, technology – everyone has something that kids have to have to go back to school. In our case it is not a back to school – it is an off to school. Ben’s life of leisure as a frivolous carefree kid is over as he starts through the endless journey of a regimented life – he starts school this September! Another one of those hard to believe indications of how time flies. It seems like only yesterday we became grandparents with the little critter coming home from the hospital.
Already 2 – It seems like hockey is just over and we are already getting interest and requests to register for the 2015 version of the Frank Sabatino Memorial Tournament (FSMT). This will be the 14th annual version of this tournament and while it is great news that it is earning the type of reputation that draws this type of interest so early, it is just July! Come on folks – let us enjoy some more of the summer before we get too embroiled in the minor hockey world once again. But – if you are interested, check it out at www.fsmt.ca .
Burlington – cement – just got the emergency call out for help on the bat phone. Definitely a story here!