(Stop the presses  2 post in a matter of minutes….could I be mastering this thing they call technology?)
Still Going Strong
As the 5 people reading this know, I once tried out to be the Raptors mascot.  Despite the painful rejection of not getting the gig, they have been my favourite team in the NBA for the last 20 years.  Yes, they’ve been in the league for 20 years now.  You know what else has been around for 20 years?  This mouse pad.
I bought this mouse pad at my first Raptors game at Skydome, 20 years ago and have used it on a daily basis ever since.  I’m using it right now.  They were playing the Indiana Pacers that day and the Raptors got rocked.  They lost by 30.  I think Alvin Robinson had a solid game along with Ed Pinkney but who cares?
In 20 years, I’ve worked on a lot of computers, both at home and at different places of employment and this mouse pad has always been by my side.  Is it a good luck charm you ask?
No, it’s just a great mouse pad.  Doesn’t matter if its an optical mouse or an old school one with the ball inside.  This one stays put and doesn’t slide along the desk when you move your hand.  The mouse glides over it effortlessly.
I hope in 20 years, if we’re still using a mouse with our computers, I’ll still be using this mouse pad.
(Hello Friends….it’s been quite sometime.  Remember me?  Well since I’ve been in hibernation a pal of mine (STIG) has donated some of his musings for your perusal. Enjoy!)
Separated At Birth?
I recently purchased the NBA League Pass for my Apple TV and other mobile devices.  To say it’s amazing is truly an understatement.  The other night, I had 4 games playing simultaneously on my laptop while I watched the Raptors on my TV.  It deserves a post of its own.
The backstory is that I bought it in order to watch Knicks and to follow Canadians Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennet for the Timberwolves.  Instead, I’m going to use it to follow this guy, Nikola Pekovic.  He is a beast!

In the 25 years I’ve been watching NBA basketball, I’ve never seen a player like him.  He’s massive!  He doesn’t have a basketball player’s body at all and yet, here he his, the starting centre.  And then I got to thinking, this guy reminds me of someone.  And then it hit me and I burst out laughing.
He’s Non from Superman II.

I shall be watching a lot of Timberwolves games this year!

The Ice Bucket Challenge is a viral video phenomenon  that’s creating awareness for research into ALS a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  Paul Bissonnette aka BizNasty was recently challenged by one of his teammates Keith Yandle.

Naturally in typical BizNasty like fashion he produced a Michael Bay type of video.  Better yet he ice bucket challenged Lebron James, Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers.  (No word on whether they have accepted yet)

BizNasty has become a constant target for chirps on twitter and other social media mediums. This social backlash was at it’s best yesterday after he posted his challenge.  It boggles me how someone can do something good like raise awareness and money for this cause but yet be called out as self-serving.  I for one enjoy his fun loving attitude about things and applaud his efforts.

Well done BizNasty…well done.



Today marked the official start of the Fantasy Football season for me (insert polite golf clap if you will).  The Wookie (future McMaster HOF’er) finally returned from hiatus and signed up his squad (The Calvins) for the 13th annual ARSWALL football pool thus making the league a full and ready to go.

To help commemorate this day I offer you the Manning Bros and their rap stylings.


During the summer months I try not to do much in the way of work (some might argue that this mantra might not be exclusive to only the summer months…but I digress).

I was contacted earlier this summer by the makers of a new hockey card game called SHOOTERZ.  I’m flattered to be asked and even more flattered to receive a promotional copy to aid me in entertaining both my boys the Association and the Merger this summer (thanks Randy from Caper Games much obliged).

Shooterz is a game produced by Caper games, a Canadian company from Victoria, British Columbia.  The game itself comes in a small box so I was able to hide it from my young fellas for a few days until I could read up and watch the easy instructional you tube video  (much like in teaching sometimes I have to pre-teach myself before I teach others…so deep and inspirational, right?)

The quick and easy research (is there any other kind for me?) informed me that Shooterz is a head-to-head hockey card game where players look for combinations to shoot for a goal and make saves.  The suggested age for the game is 8 years or older and it’s a 2 player game.   I explained to my 6 and 4-year-old boys that they had to be 8 to play but they were adamant in the desire to play so we made a few modifications to the teams (The Association was pitted against The Merger and I) and we started to play (in truth my maturity should be called into question before I make light of theirs).

The game was pretty fun  for us to play.  My boys have a remarkable hockey I.Q for their ages and having a head to head match up vs. each other was our usual modus operandi.  Having just learned about how to play the game UNO was a huge help as we navigated our way through the game.  The Merger was a big fan of controlling our  team goalie (which was the blue team as we decided it was closest to the Leafs) and The Association was very eager to collect the necessary cards so he could launch a “howitzer” (his words, not mine) at our net.

Although we didn’t follow the rules perfectly, collectively we had a great time playing.  The head to head aspect of the game is quite reflective to the adversarial games we have been playing this summer (by design or otherwise).  As the fellas grow older and I could definitely see how Shooterz could be a great companion at a hockey tournament or a great after school activity.  Our household has great love for sports and truthfully it’s nice to have the option to play a card game vs. some new app that might be available on the IPAD.

I’m no Siskel nor do I have a  hip rating system but I’d suggest that Shooterz is well worth a look to anyone that is reading this (whether it’s legitimate…thanks Mom or just another accidental visit).  If you do feel you want to try to play Shooterz fire off a message to Randy from Caper Games and tell him I sent you.





Maple Leafs Pallbearers

Your choice of internet site visitation not withstanding (I’m sure you just accidentally stumbled upon this little source of mediocrity, it’s okay I won’t tell anyone…really I won’t) you are most likely a sophisticated and worldly type, so I’m sure you have heard this old adage before.

You know the one where the super fan has a dying wish to be let down one last time by his favorite team, so he/she will ask their pallbearers to wear that teams jersey while carrying their casket.  (If you have heard this one before I’m sure you heard it or would relay it with for more eloquence than I just did).

This actually happened and because it has a Toronto Maple Leaf theme, I took notice.  A gentleman named Terry Siebert from  Hamilton, Ontario passed away recently and on Friday his friends followed through on his request to be let down by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Last night the Colorado Rockies were giving away Troy Tulowitzki t-shirts before their game.  Unfortunately for the Rockies and some poor soul in the PR dept (which potentially in turn is the Colorado version of the First Lady) they went to the Straight From The Arse school of spelling and forgot to check the proper spelling of the Rockies’ all-star shortstop.

So instead of celebrating Troy Tulowitzki everyone celebrated Troy Tulowizki.  A free shirt is a free shirt I suppose but a major blunder non the less.  (Especially when you are giving away 15 000 of them)


Subsequently the Rockies have released the following statement:


Our sincere apologies to the fans for the misspelling of the Troy Tulowitzki King Soopers jersey that was distributed tonight.

Acknowledging that many fans came to the game for the jersey, rather than disappoint them, we decided to go ahead and hand them out.

We have made plans to reproduce the jersey and fans wishing to exchange will be able to do so at a future date (TBD) in September at Coors Field or the Rockies Dugout Stores. In addition, fans exchanging the jersey will receive a complimentary ticket to a future game in 2014 or 2015.



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