Thoughts on the Olympics:
The Good: Who knew the moguls could be so entertaining?
It's a perfect sport for today's world, in that it's fast-paced, glamourous, has gravity-defying jumps and doesn't require even an average attention span: less than 30 seconds and it's over. And besides, Alexandre Bilodeau got us a gold medal in the moguls so we can all breathe a big sigh of relief. What war??? What unimaginable destruction in Haiti??? We got to the top of the podium, baby! But seriously, we could all use a little diversion from what ails us and the rest of the planet. The moment was a nice one for Canada and Bilodeau, whose emotional post-race interviews were inspiring and from the heart.
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The Bad: Cross-country skiing reminds me of curling and I mean that in the worst possible way. Like curling, I completely understand why people cross-country ski, just don't understand why someone would watch other people do it... the death of luger Nodar Kumaritashvili has been rehashed again and again, I'm just glad I could avoid seeing the replays on television. It's easy to second-guess and play Monday Morning Quarterback about how the track was set up, but how fast is too fast? Does an extra 10 or 15 kilometers an hour of speed make it that much more exciting?
You know the English tabloid media has been trashing Canada, and these Winter Games? We appreciate you British for your contributions to rock and roll (your meaningful contributions ended when Led Zeppelin broke up, in case you hadn't noticed), but with respect to virtually anything else worth mentioning, we can absolutely say there's nothing else worth mentioning. So shut up.
OK, with some reflection I thank you for Catherine Zeta-Jones. Oh never mind, she's Welsh.
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The Ugly: Watching Chinese and Finnish women play hockey is time simply wasted, but unfortunately someone has to be cannon fodder for Canada and the U.S.... It's one thing for protesters to use the Olympics as a platform to spread a message - I can't necessarily blame them for that - it's another to smash things and spray-paint cars and buses. They get the attention they're looking for (peaceful protests just don't cut it on the nightly news), but at the same time they look like rampaging idiots.
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Merely by channel-surfing luck, we happened upon the start of Sunday's Daytona 500 just before they waved the green flag. One of the announcers suddenly hollered "Boogity-boogity-boogity! Let's go racin', boys!"
You can't make this stuff up, it's virtually impossible.
So I was online where a bunch of us were discussing the NFL draft and asked a guy I know as a NASCAR fan, "what the hell was that? Did he say what I think he said?" and the NASCAR fan replied "DW (apparently we're all supposed to know who 'DW' is) says that every race."
That's sooooooooo NASCAR.
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It takes 20 players to win a hockey game, but Garret Holmes, Brent Turnbull and Corey Bennett were a three-man fireworks show for the Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets in their playoff series against Cape Breton this week. In the final two games, the trio combined for 22 points for their team, which rallied from a 2-1 series deficit, including a 6-5 series-clinching overtime victory Tuesday that saw Turnbull get the winner. In a wild Game 5, the local club was down 3-0 midway through the game but stormed back, then blew a two-goal third period lead before Turnbull ended it in extra time.
Next up for Pictou County is Halifax, starting this weekend. Halifax finished first overall in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League and lost only five games all season. It'll certainly be a challenge for Pictou County but funny things happen in sports. All the time.