Apr 10 – Saturday morning when the alarm went off I laid there thinking I really don’t want to get up for work today. Then I realized it was Saturday and all was well.
Bowling – on Saturday Becky was hosting a baby shower for her sister. That set up a “boys night out” for Ben, Shaun and Ben’s uncle George along with grandpa. It gave me a chance to play with my new point and shoot camera although the lighting and ambience at the bowling alley was not ideal. For those of you who have checked out my Facebook page I did end up posting a video of Ben, twice, as the original version was too big to stream well over most connections. Will have to remember to shoot at lower resolution to make it easier to post. However, a good time was had by all. To make sure Ben did not have to sit too long between frames, I use that as an excuse to be a spectator/photographer only and not bowl myself. I had thought we were going five pin bowling not realizing that tenpin was the order of the day. Ben did surprisingly well considering he was using a 6 pound ball as it would likely have been better if we could’ve found a lighter one for him. His delivery was kind of interesting.
25 and counting – contrary to my expectations, Detroit managed to make the playoffs again for their 25th consecutive appearance. This is the longest uninterrupted playoff qualification by any team in major professional sports. With a couple games left, I really thought they would miss because they had to play a couple of the teams they were challenging with and were actually out of the playoffs from a wildcard perspective. They managed to sneak in by finishing third in their division because they had a better head-to-head record with Boston. Effectively they “lost” their way into the playoffs as Boston beat them and then Boston lost to Ottawa which allowed them to hold onto third place in the division. If they had had to qualify for a wildcard, I think they would’ve been out of luck, as Philadelphia would’ve outranked them there. I really don’t expect him to go anywhere in the playoffs, although be nice if they did, but at least they kept their qualification record intact.
It was also nice to see the Leafs secure last-place as the most useless team in the league. I guess I wasn’t paying as much attention as I should, because even though they are finished last, the story is they only have a 20% chance of securing the first-round draft pick. What a joke on them if Edmonton grabs it off again. How many more chances does Edmonton get, to figure out what a hockey team looks like.
OHFs – we have finally hit the real final weekend of minor hockey for this season, or I should say last season. The OHFs wrap up this weekend with the Ontario championships. No local representation, which is not a surprise. What that also means, is guess what, tryouts for the 2016/2017 season start next week. Tryouts are always an interesting time as associations, coaches, parents and players attempt to come to an amicable resolution of who should be on what team. Often, it does not go well.
BLOMHA – when we got back from bowling on Saturday, we made a quick trip to Mainway arena to watch one of their house league championship games – at the minor bantam level. Kudos to the Burlington Lions Optimists minor hockey Association for running a good show. They gave the house league teams a nice experience in their championship game which is always good to see.
Montréal – the blog will likely be going dark until at least Thursday next week as I am off to Montréal tomorrow morning to an annual conference typically rotates between Toronto, Montréal, and Ottawa and this year the spin stopped on Montréal. Having lived there for a couple of years, I really enjoy Montréal as a nice city to visit, although I would have no interest in moving back. The good news with the conference is that I have dinners booked for Monday and Tuesday evening at some very nice high-end restaurants and Montréal does a great job on fine dining.
Chunnel – I booked my Montréal flights to fly out of the island airport, first of all because it is more convenient for me. I can simply take the go train downtown and take supporters shuttle to the airport. Also, this gives me a chance to check out the new Toronto Chunnel which while scale wise is nowhere close to the English Channel version will be interesting to see in terms of how much better access it provides to the airport. The ferry was always fine but the tunnel will be a nice option – hopefully.
Sports weekend – several choices today in terms of sports to watch. Canada is in world curling championship final which I hope they win, but I don’t think they’ve been curling that well, and I am not a big Kevin fan.
Second, the rites of spring are in full force as the Masters is underway in Augusta Georgia. With all the hype about the twentysomething year old’s it is great to see Bernard Langer, a young 58-year-old within striking distance. As an old geezer, I will be cheering for him today as they enter the final round. Would be really great to see him win what would be his third Masters title.