I hope that your week is off to a great start, and as the month of May draws nearer, I hope that you've been able to take advantage of the outdoors. My goal during the spring and summer is to at least provide a weekly update on the blog. It's a slower time for the local stuff, but things are bound to pick up once baseball, and track get into full swing.
Most loyal readers are aware of the fact that I'm originally from the Vancouver area, and have considered myself a die-hard Canucks fan for as long as I remember. Naturally the past two weeks have been a whirlwind of emotions, which all blew up when Alex Burrows fired a knuckler through Corey Crawford to win Game Seven in overtime. Overall I truly feel like the better team won. I think Henrik Sedin said it best when he said that the Canucks were the better team in five of the seven games. That being said, the Chicago Blackhawks deserve all the credit in the world for turning a dud of a series into one of the best in recent memory. Right now I'm mulling over whether Alex Burrow's O.T. goal is a bigger goal than Pavel Bure's double-overtime winner in 1994. Right now, I'll say yes. The Nashville Predators are next, and there is no doubt in my mind that the Canucks will be in tough. They may lack the flash up front, but they've got a world-class goaltender and a great group of defensemen. This series could very-well go the distance, and I expect a lot of 2-1 and 3-2 type of games.
I admit that being a Canucks fan isn't easy at the best of times, but there are a lot of jerks out there who are making it especially difficult lately. I'm referring to the current twitter-feud taking place between former Calgary Flame's forward Theo Fleury and some alleged fans of the Canucks. For those who are unaware, Fleury predicted that the Canucks would choke in the first-round of the playoffs, and his remarks were received poorly by some Vancouver fans.
While most fans are able to brush those opinions off and take them with a grain of salt, other fans decided to respond harshly to Fleury and bring up some of his past demons and publicly tried to ridicule him through Twitter. Fleury has not been shy of posting some of the harsh tweets for his followers to read, and quite frankly I am shocked with how insensitive and stupid some folks are.
Any fan who feels the need to bring up somebody's addictions, and past traumas due to a playoff prediction is an idiot. The actions from these Canuck fans is classless, completely distasteful and frankly it's embarrassing to all real Canuck fans out there. I guess that's the curse and the blessing of the internet. Anybody can log on, and talk smack with full anonymity without fearing the consequences. That's why I always appreciate the posters on this blog who include their names.
I think that Fleury's story is inspiring, and he deserves full respect from hockey fans everywhere.
Yesterday I ran 4.6 miles in 46 minutes. I only have 1.6 more to go until I get to 10K. Yesterday's run was difficult, but the important thing is that I finished it. By the end of May I hope to be running 5-miles comfortably. We'll see how it goes.
Earlier this week I went to the driving-range for the first time since my golf-trip to Phoenix in January. I'm in the midst of a grip-change, and honestly things went better than I expected on the range. I'm still not ready for my first round of the year yet, but hopefully by early next week I'll be comfortable enough with the adjustments that I can take them onto the course and actually enjoy myself.
Two more Game Sevens tonight! I love this time of year.
That's all for now, but as always you are welcome to weigh in and share your thoughts on anything going on in the sporting world. I appreciate all of your readership, and I hope you continue to feel welcomed as a part of the North Star Nation community.
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