Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Leafs 4, Devils 1

Unfortunately, no HNIC this past Saturday (Christmas), but Leafs did win 4-1 over the New Jersey Devils on Boxing Day. On Monday before Christmas they lost 6-3 to the Thrashers.

Here's hoping New Years Eve and Day will bring decent pizza delivery tips in Hogtown - I still need some ducats to pay for the last semester of my MBA program. Would definitely help the New Year's pizza cash register if the college bowl games were still a big deal like they used to be back in the day. At least I still have a couple weeks until tuition payment is due.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Canucks 4; Leafs 1

Leafs lost 4-1 to the Canucks on HNIC Saturday night - this was preceded by 4-1 win over the Oilers on Tuesday and a 5-2 loss to the Flames on Thursday - so piss poor 1-2 for their trip out west.

I was surprised that the game in Vancouver started in the afternoon out there (ie. wasn't the late game on HNIC).  Uncle Jon told me this was the way it always was back in the day when there was only one
game each Saturday on HNIC. Back then if the broadcast was from Vancouver the game started at 5:00 PM local time so viewers in Toronto and Montreal caught it at 8:00 PM. Uncle Jon also said that HNIC was always preceded by The Bugs Bunny Show (at least on his local station CBUT Vancouver)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Leafs 3, Habs 1

Another nice performance by Leafs on HNIC last night beating Montreal 3-1. Habs record suggests they are a potential Stanley Cup winning team (plus moments in their playoff run last season) but stinkers like last night indicate otherwise.  Too bad I'd love to see a Canadian based team drink from Lord Stanley's Cup. Maybe the Oilers someday if they can hold on to the young talent they're stockpiling. Actually, a decent week for the Leafs with wins over Caps and Habs and losses to Flyers and Pens.

Amber and I are taking a drive up to cottage country to pick up our Christmas tree.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Great Win!

Wow, what a fun 3-2 shootout win over Bruins on HNIC tonight. Exciting Leafs performance even though it looked like they would lose 2-1 late in 3rd. However, dramatic Kris Versteeg  power play goal in last minute with extra attacker sent it into OT. Bruins Goalie Tim Thomas played a fantastic game so I figured he'd stone the Leafs in the shootout - but, then surprise, surprise the Leafs beat Thomas twice while Bruins only put one behind GSG in the shootout to get well deserved victory!

Meanwhile, on Coaches Corner Grapes was reminiscing again about back in the 70s. Seems all the NHL has to do today to fill the cash register in Florida, Texas and Arizona is bring back the Big Bad Bruins and Broad Street Bullies. Newsflash, MMA is all over that market space now! Better the NHL should emphasize their core product Crosby, Ovechkin, H + D Sedin, etc. - pugs like Jack McIlhargey and Hounddog Kelly are hilarious on You Tube but hardly Brock Lesnar.

Oilers Shellac Leafs 5 to Zilch

The league is made up of a bunch of rowboats and no battleships this year. Correct that - there is also one leaky dinghy in the Maple Leafs. How can the sad sack Oilers go into Montreal and beat the Canadiens 4-3 on Wednesday in OT. The Oilers follow up 5-0 whupping of the Leafs on Thursday is just how the Leafs roll (since 67). Another case in point was the Leafs 4-3 OT loss to Bolts on Wednesday where TB tied game with only few ticks left in regulation.

I'll be watching the Leafs vs the Bruins tonight on HNIC - I always dread these Cherry / Milbury lovefests for the baked beans.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Same old Same old

Seems like the Leafs make every team they play look the the '84 Edmonton Oilers. Last night on HNIC they lost 3 to zip to the Sens as a follow up to their 3-1 loss to the Sabres. At least Amber was happy with an Ottawa win so she picked up some Old Bushmills and while she toasted to Sen success I drown some Leaf sorrows.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Leafs 4, Stars 1

I didn't watch or listen but good news is that Leafs beat the Stars 4-1 last night in Toronto and from sounds of it Jonas Gustavsson had another good game in net. Next game is Friday in Buffalo and Leafs need to avenge 3-2 home loss to Sabres back on Nov 6th.

Ran into a great customer on my rounds last night. They ordered a large anchovy pizza and gave me a used copy of "The Big M (the Frank Mahovlich story)" as a tip! Actually, I got to choose from a box of titles (astrology, apple mac manual, yoga, Mediterranean cooking, etc.) which are probably now at a used book store. So far so good - I'm about half way through.   

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Habs 2, Leafs 0

Despite Leafs losing and not scoring it was a pretty exciting game. Jonas Gustavsson looked great between the pipes for your Maple Leafs. Jonas has a goalie's best natural asset - he's sizeable (6-3) which helps any gardien go post to post. I still reminisce about my visits to the old Forum as a kid but the atmosphere is also great at Centre Bell - still feels like center of the hockey universe (along with Hogtown). The Habitent were predictably upset with me wearing my vintage Bruce Gamble jersey.

In any event, our whirlwind visit to Montreal was fantastic and over I.P.A.'s at Brutopia, Amber and I decided we should make this an annual event - if we can swing the do-re-mi (not sure what ducats typically cost these days for Saturday night Leafs-Habs on stubhub)?  Rue Cresent was jumping as usual in addition to Brutopia we also hit Thursday's and Churchill's before closing things down with risotto at Wienstein & Gavino’s

Friday, November 19, 2010

Random Walk Down Main Street

Things are back on uptick in Toronto as Leafs beat the lowly Devils 3-1 last night. That's two wins in a row!

But again after last night's proceedings one has to ask - are there any NHL teams that don't kinda suck this year? Biggest head scratcher was last place Nashville shutting out first place Habs 3-0. Also, there was Flyers losing at home to Lightning 8-7. At least explanation at Philly was league scoring leader Steven Stamkos having five point night but no excuse except lameness for Habs.

Habs meltdown kinda takes some sizzle out of our sojourn to Montreal for tomorrow's game with Leafs. Adding insult to injury Amber just texted me that the funky McGill Architecture CafĂ© has been purged - guess they converted it into cookie cutter campus cafeteria or study hall - don't these guys have a clue? Amber and I planned to hit the spot for old times sake later today. They've probably already deep-sixed the old furniture - I sure would have loved to dumpster dive the old wall clock that hung in there seems like it was always telling me I was five minutes late for class.  

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Leafs are Off the Schneid

The Leafs beat the Preds 6-4 last night in Hogtown. Leafs record is still a semi-respectable 6-8-3 which is amazing given that it feels like they've been losing forever. Actually, I still think the Leafs have a shot at success this season because it looks like the league is mediocre overall. How else can you explain the Canadiens shutting out the Flyers  3-0 last night (after everybody thought the Flyers were top shelf) especially after Montreal looked pretty listless in that 3-2 loss to the Sens Nov 6th on HNIC. Also, the Leafs did everything but beat the Canucks (another strong club) on HNIC last Saturday eventually losing 5-3 including an empty net goal. Turning point was a late Canuck goal on a long seemingly harmless slapper by Mason Raymond that somehow eluded JSG.

Really looking forward to next Saturday's game in Montreal versus the dreaded Habs. Amber's dad somehow got tickets for us so Amber and I are driving over to attend the game. I'm looking forward to visiting the old McGill stomping grounds. Post game we're heading over to Rue Crescent just like the old days.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

What a Drubbing

The losing streak continues as Lightning shutout the Leafs 4-0 tonight.

Over course of delivering pizzas for five hours this evening I guess I ate the equivalent of a large meat lovers - now I think I'll pound some Pepto Bismol and hit the sack.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hogtown Meltdown

The lowly Sabres dropped the Leafs on HNIC last night. The Sabres tied the game 2-2 in dying seconds and then won in shootout. Leafs have lost to Bruins, Rangers, Senators, Caps and Sabres for depressing five game skid. The best part of the game last night was the Hall of Fame introductions - wish Red Kelly (who starred for Leafs way back when they actually won Cups) could lace 'em up.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Shutout

Doesn't anybody here know how to put the puck in the cage?

First the Bruins shutout the Leafs 2-0 on Thursday. Then again last night the Rangers hung another 2 to zip shutout on them. Tips for this humble pizza driver have also hit the skids. Seems as the Leafs fall so do the gratuities in Etobicoke. Oh well, all good things have to come to an end.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Leafs 3, Panthers 1

Watched my first Leafs game in ages live in person tonight at AC Center. The Leafs won this one on a third period goal by Colton Orr making it 2-1 Leafs -- Orr was on top of Panther goalie Clemmensen at the time. Amber's dad (a highfalutin Bay Street lawyer) gave her two tickets from his firm which is a nice perc and nice of him and her to take me. 

Catch ya later, Amber and I are off to the Coach and Steeds for nachos and suds.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Flyers 5 - Leafs 2

Leafs are starting to look an awful lot like previous versions -- just going through the paces? Captain Dion Phaneuf looked pretty bad (minus 3 I think) but so did all the d-men. They were outshot 40-14 which is pathetic.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Leafs 1; Islanders 2

Sad to see the streak end especially against the fish sticks. Remember the Isles Gorton's fisherman emblem?

Monday, October 18, 2010

All-time zaniest Leafs

Went to visit Barley Bob at the Fire Hall and got into discussion with the boys about all time zaniest Leafs between billiard games.

Anyhoo, early leaders are;

Eddie Shack - it is said he was actually a pretty good skater and had some hockey skills but spent most of his time shuttling between coach's doghouse and penalty box

Dave Williams - a real gamer Tiger is NHL all-time penalty leader for dropping gloves early and often, usually giving away height, reach and pounds to deliver one punch while taking two or three for the team

Gary Smith - goalie who I'm told stickhandled the puck down into the opposition zone because he wanted to be first goalie to score a goal

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Leafs still undefeated

Listened to the game on radio while delivering pizza last night. I met lots of happy customers as Leafs beat Rangers 4-3 in overtime and are now 4-0. Next game is Monday night in TO vs Islanders.

Experienced my first flat on the job last night. The pizza power wagon picked up a nail in right rear. Luckily, the spare had air in it and I was able to change it out in a flash. I dropped off the flat for repair at Canadian Tire between deliveries and will pickup today - then Amber and I are going to OSC and Fuddruckers.  

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Leafs 4 - Pens 3

Yipee, the Leafs are 3-0 for the first time since 1999-00. They beat the Penguins 4-3 in Pittsburgh last night with Clarke MacArthur scoring twice. Next game is Friday in Manhattan versus NYR. I wonder if Ron Duguay and Kim Alexis will be at MSG to watch the undefeated Leafs?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Toll Road

My friend Serge just got back from a road trip to Smithers. They drove up from Abbotsford. Anyway, in passing he mentioned that the Coquihalla Highway is no longer a toll road (when did that happen?). Now, this is BIG since it totally destroys one of my dreams, namely, prospecting in the summer and riding out the winter in Merritt working in the toll booth.

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Nikolai Kulemin

Lets face it, Nikolai Kulemin, has a fantastic last name (sounds like Coolman).

How great is that!

Anyway, Kulemin, Grabovski and MacArthur have been tearing it up for the Maple Leafs so far but still very early - got to keep it on the down low.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Z1000

I took Reggie's Kawasaki Z1000 out for a spin. Man, that machine is trick what a wild ride! It makes my tattered and torn 850 Commando seem like a tank by comparison. The Z1000 is real easy on the eyes too with that lime green tank. But the tank on my Norton is tops can't beat that old school black tank with the gold script.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Mining Claim

By the by, received confirmation of mining claim purchase near Bralorne (Cadwallader Creek). The scuttlebutt is that its all panned out (so got it for a song) but the abundant hydrology in this area means gold is always on the move and since claim is located near very successful former gold mine - who knows. Also, purchased a gold concentrator kit so all green (no mercury!).

The A-frame I'll setup after transporting in from Lillooet is basically just a gardening storage shed. It'll be adequate for my purposes - I'll probably head to Whistler and wait table for couple years when snow flies.  

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A pizza in every pot

I'm whooped, just finished a double shift. Did everybody in Toronto want a pizza today? At least, there were lots of Hawaiian orders and they are usually cutest and best tipping customers.

Next up for the undefeated Leafs are Crosby and the boys from Pittsburgh, PA. Habs knocked them off yesterday so why shouldn't the Buds on Oct 13th.

Amber has found a nice prefab A-frame that is available in Lillooet. Still have to figure out how to get it to Bralorne but have till next May to chew on it. Also, want to put the cabin on a foundation - I'm figuring concrete blocks since wouldn't need to haul so much portland and navvy jack.


 

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Leafs and Poutine

What a dominating 5-1 win for Leafs over Sens tonight. Amber came over after her Baskin Robbins shift and brought some tasty poutine - so real enjoyable evening. Amber being from Hull is a Sens fan but she had to admit they looked pretty pathetic.

Barley Bob was on shift at the Firehall tonight so we went over after the game to try out the new billiard table. Definitely, their Italian slate table is a much better setup than the old pool table we had in our rec room back in the day but pricey.

Also, attempted to help Amber with a couple problems in her deformable media mechanics course which brought back bittersweet memories from couple years back.

Now off to Esso to gas up the power wagon for pizza shift tomorrow.

Hockey Night in Canada

Seems like every year the regular season just won't arrive - this year even more so because the Maple Leafs look to be pretty good. C-Dion Phaneuf is Bob Baunesque on the blueline and goaltending probably hasn't been this strong since Bruce Gamble was between pipes.

Still can't believe the Black Hawks parted ways with Dustin Byfuglien (all he does is deliver in playoff)?

First HNIC broadcast of season is always tops in my book - especially Grapes who is always goofy in a Mathew Barnaby like way but still the best.

Got to go make Tim Horton and Moosehead run before puckdrop - catch you on the other side.