Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Quest For Fire Ends at Hockey Supremacy!

I guess it's about time I lay my 2 cents out on the table here regarding Alex Ovechkin's 50Th goal "planned" celebration. My feelings are slightly mixed on this topic, likely being the deciding factor behind why I have yet to really dip into the politics behind it. I'm actually a little surprised at myself for waiting this long, it feels like this happened an eternity ago, it was sometime during the Lincoln administration......no? I'm usually the first one to pop off and rant about something to the likes of this, preaching my point until I'm all red in the face and I need to go to the fridge and grab myself some more of Popeye's "spinach". As you all know by now, Bryan Floyd aka Froid aka Bizza Frizzakian is quite an opinionated guy and extremely stubborn to boot. The fact of the matter is that I'm actually not always right......I'm just never wrong!

Oooooookay, here we go! Here's what you need to know first about Alex Ovechkin before we begin. Alexander Mikhaylovich Ovechkin was a child phenom growing up playing hockey in Moscow, Russia. Alex has blossomed into a ridiculously talented hockey player, now being dubbed Alexander "The Great" or "The Great 8" in the hockey world. The Washington Capitals Assistant Captain is in his 4Th season of which he has only missed 2 NHL games in his career thus far. "Ove" as his teammates refer to him won the Calder Trophy as the 2006 NHL Rookie of the Year, putting up 52 goals and 54 assists in his first season. In 2008 he walked away with a plethora of awards including, The Lester B. Pearson Award for most outstanding player, The Hart Memorial Trophy for most valuable player, The Art Ross Trophy for most points(finishing with 112), The Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy for most goals(finishing with 65), and the make everyone shit their pants award for scoring possibly the most incredible goal of all time. "Ove" already holds NHL club and league records as well as records for International play, all this at the young age of 23. Got it?!

Now we go straight to the issue. Ovechkin posted his 3rd 50+ goal season in 4 years the other night against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum. Upon hitting this mark, Ovechkin dropped his stick on the ice next to the Bolts goal and proceeded to stand over it as if the stick were on fire and he was warming his hands. He came out after the game and stated that it was Jose Theodore's idea and was pre-planned between himself and his teammates but judging by his line mate Mike Green's reaction, there wasn't quite a consensus on the celebration. This has started a frenzy which has the Lightning organization, NHL players, and hockey fans everywhere up in arms.

I think I may be seeing the grey, possibly even the neon green(like in '91) area of this whole thing whereas everyone else I've discussed it with is caught up in the black and white. Ovechkin is truly just a guy who loves hockey, he loves the game of hockey like I love a busty blonde. This is clearly not the first time Ovechkin has over celebrated a goal. The way I understand the situation is that Ovechkin is just an excitable guy, he gets pumped up like a little kid on a pixie stick binge. He has been the same player all along, I'm sure he'll settle down at some point in his career. Just take a look at players such as Jagr and Selanne, former avid over celebrators turned class act superstars. I say why not let him have a little fun while he's still young? He's still a kid, a young guy who just wants to have a little fun, no harm, no foul. Besides the fact, I think it's really no secret at this point that Alexander Ovechkin is an true entertainer especially after the all star break. So why is it that we're so surprised when something of this nature pops up? The NHL has pretty much made this guy one of the prominent faces of the League, does he not almost have an obligation to please his fans? He already produces his end of the bargain by scoring 50+ goals, 100+ points a season, he can't have a little fun doing it? Realistically how is this any different than Gretzky's "Twinkle Toe" celebration, Mike Foligno's "Foligno Leap", Teemu Selanne's "Glove Shooting" celebration or even just simply throwing your stick and arms up in the air. These are all just signs of pride and joy, not to mention the adrenaline that you acquire while playing the game. These players just get caught up in the moment with what I believe to be crowd pleasing tactics. I mean...Who doesn't want to hear a packed stadium of 18,000+ fans chant their name? Sure this may seem disrespectful to the other team involved on the flip side but that's just the game of hockey. It's a competitive sport and at the end of the game there are going to be winners and there are going to be losers, it's inevitable. This whole celebration hoopla is a quite minuscule issue if you ask me.

Now on the other hand I'm not necessarily saying that I love this kind of behaviour. It seems slightly unprofessional, like me as the banker in a Monopoly tournament. I understand that hockey fans are passionate and feel the need to defend our game but I truly believe that if it gets people talking about hockey or even puts fans in the seats, is it then not good for the game? At this juncture the NHL as a product is slipping into peril and the tough economic times we are living through in this current recession have affected even the prime hockey markets. I think we need all the viewership we can get in order to keep the sport that we so proudly love and support afloat, don't you? Unless you really want to see the Las Vegas Canadiens take on the Texas Maple Leafs that is. In that sense I really don't see the Ovechkin type celebration to be a problem. The critics will surly call it classless and the Sean Avery advocates will call it necessary, or "sloppy seconds", I personally fall somewhere in the middle.

This definitely seemed to have sparked the ongoing feud between Alex Ovechkin and Don Cherry......Beauty! Cherry has recently criticized Ovechkin for his flamboyant style celebrations in which Alex commented on after the celebratory game, jokingly saying "he's going to be pissed off for sure...I love it! I can't wait to hear what he says about me on Saturday night". Of course Don took the opportunity to respond to this on Coaches Corner Saturday night, weighing in on the subject in true Cherry fashion. The most recent segment in the Ovechkin/Cherry battle featured Ovechkin at the ACC Tuesday night before his game against the Leafs taking a playful jab at Cherry by flaunting a Coaches Corner T-shirt. I love Don Cherry but don't let the Don man push you around! Good on ya Ove!

If at a certain point these celebrations start to get out of control and effect the actual game being played on the ice then I'll see it to be a problem... it clearly hasn't reached that plateau. Though the second someone pulls a cell phone out of the pipes or a marker out of they're cup... I'm out! I'm pretty sure there is a line to be crossed here at some point but I guess in actuality everyone draws a line in their own minds as to what's right and what's wrong. To tell you the honest truth, my initial reaction before even thinking about the implications the celebration might have was that it was absolutely awesome and hilarious! I think I may have even pooed a little. So there you have it......that's my stance on it......Don't you just love hockey?!
Peace Out Friends!
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

U.S.A-holes... An Unbelievably Filthy Show Of Disrespect To Our Canadian Troops!!!

I am more than a little disturbed and to a certain extent just flat-out shocked that a certain group of Americans could be so ridiculously ignorant. Greg Gutfeld's comments made last week on his late night talk show aired on Fox News have gotten me a little perturbed, better yet, I am completely fucking vexed! I have to applaud this dick head though, he certainly wins the award for most ignorant human being on the face of the Earth. I still can't believe that someone could have the audacity to say something so ridiculously offensive! I'll start off by saying that I for one do not except this bogus/bullshit forced apology, I mean, yes I appreciate the fact that he was forced to apologize for his disgustingly lewd and ignorant comments after being called out on it but I'm not buying his shit apology. This guy should be off the air for good... this is absolute journalistic filth!

Fox News' Greg Gutfeld, host of "Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld," seemed to find the time to spit Rupert Murdoch's semen out of his filthy mouth last Tuesday night when he decided to spout off on a Canadian Military bashing tirade. This tirade was chock-full of incredibly nonsensical and utterly disgusting sarcastic banter along with devious chuckles hinting at the fact that our Canadian armed forces are a "joke". This, no less comes just a couple days before another 4 of our brave Canadian soldiers return home from Afghanistan with a the Maple Leaf draped over their caskets. These 4 brave souls have brought our total to 116 Canadian soldiers killed in action. Clearly it has been a tough road for our Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan but definitely not in ol' Greg's eyes.

Master Corporal Scott Francis Vernelli, Trooper Corey Joseph Hayes, Corporal Tyler Crooks, Trooper Jack Bouthillie are the latest Canadian casualties of the war in Afghanistan. They were at the tail end of their tour and just days away from returning home to their family and friends. These soldiers of which have perished in this war are young men and women who have fought long and hard, men and women who have families back home, men and women who have given their lives for their country in order to fight what is said to be the "greater good". The true fact of the matter is that these Canadian soldiers who a group of ignorant Americans are gawking at, they are the men and women who are producing the most results. Our mission in Afghanistan which began in 2002 has been quite successful, we are fighting off the insurgence and we're doing it quite well. We are on the front lines of this War just like the Americans and we are the ones with our neck out on the line helping them! The Canadians, by the way Greg, are the ones building your damn armoured vehicles and fighting your fucking war for you, you ignorant asshole!

Greg Gutfeld is a no talent ass-clown who somehow makes a living hosting a round-table chat show on Fox News that clearly has no viewers... at least not anymore that is, otherwise I'm not so sure he would stoop to such disgusting lows in a desperate attempt to boost ratings. This idiot should be cleaning my toilet with his tongue for a living. I especially found it to be quite cute when Greg had his funny little guests come out and join in on the laughs at the expense of 116 Canadian deaths no less. Yeah, real funny stuff you're dealing with there chuckles, good one!

Greg rolled right on and shot his mouth off, mocking Canadian Lt. Gen. Andrew Leslie, chief of land staff who has recently stated that the Canadian military may take a year long hiatus in 2011 to restaff and restock. Greg proceeded from his little chair in a room in middle America, free and safe under the blanket of protection that our Canadian "joke" Military has created for him. In the interview he goes on to say "Once their Afghan mission winds down sometime in 2011, certain members of the Canadian military are looking to take a much-deserved break. And by certain members I mean all of them, meaning, the Canadian military wants to take a breather to do some yoga, paint landscapes, run on the beach in gorgeous white Capri pants." then he went on to say "Isn't this the perfect time to invade this ridiculous country? They have no army!" First off... how is this even relevant? I didn't realize that Canada is at War with the US. So then Greg-O's partner in crime Doug Benton decides to break out his 2 cents with a cute little chirp of his own, saying "I didn't even know that they were in the war, I thought that's where you go if you didn't want to fight, go chill in Canada"............ WOW! Did we not deploy troops to Afghanistan almost immediately after the US? Interesting. This just shows the true demeanor of certain people. The pure and utter ignorance that can be portrayed when people like these douche bags have nothing better to talk about. These 2 idiots are the journalistic equivalent of a reach around with a hook hand at a grimy night club in the slums of suburbia. Cut and dry... this was an absolutely sickening display of disrespect not only to your brethren but to your bordering country. I'm just going out on a limb here but I'm willing to bet that these 2 fucking idiots are the same assholes who boo our national anthem while we stand firm and honour theirs!

Canada's Defense Minister Peter MacKay was livid after hearing the "chirp squad", calling what was said on Red Eye disgusting and crass, insensitive, and in fact disgusting. MacKay immediately demanded an apology to the Canadian Government by the host of Red Eye and the Fox Network. A formal apology was issued on Monday afternoon by Greg Gutfeld. MacKay has also called out Fox saying "There should be an apology to the families in particular, to the Canadian Forces, and to Canada generally, given the sacrifice and the commitment that we've demonstrated in Afghanistan and I couldn't agree more. The Canadian military has taken one of the biggest hits in Afghanistan suffering a substantial amount of casualties.

This whole situation just seems to beg the question, if we're just being scrutinized, picked fun at, and under appreciated in what is clearly someone elses War...... then why is it that we are even there? Oh yeah, just one more thing about Greg Gutfeld while we're still on the subject of shoddy journalism... FUCK YOU GREG GUTFELD, ignorant prick!!!

I can't even begin to express the gratitude in which we owe to our Canadian Troops. We pray that you all make it back home to Canada, safe and sound. Support Our Troops, Salute Our Soldiers, Honour Our Hero's!

Peace Out Friends!
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Monday, March 23, 2009

Oh Canada, Our Home And Native Land!

Is it just me or is Canada not the most beautiful country in the world?!

Now I'm not gonna to lie to you here, after watching this ass-clown on Fox trying to make a name for himself by making a complete mockery out of our armed forces I became a tad bit bitter. This in turn made me think about Canada and how amazing this country really is. It made me think of how we are truly the best nation in the whole damn world! I felt the need to defend our land. I became a little nostalgic and just had to write this... Enjoy!

There's just something about this country that makes us as Canadians so proud to live here. CANADA! We are truly some of the proudest citizens in the world. So much honour, we sing our anthem aloud, we hang our flag or wave it firmly in the night. We are not only proud to be Canadian but we are proud of our uprising, we are proud of our foundation, our roots. You can say that Canada is a sort of Cultural melting pot if you will. We are proud of our ancestry, we're proud of where we came from and our cultural background. You don't find this trait in many other countries around the globe, this is what makes us one of if not the most unique nations. The unity, the way we bring people together no matter what colour, race or creed is one of the most defining factors that we cherish as Canadians. We have a population of 30+ million of which are brilliant, beautiful, bright, earnest, polite beings. Aside from the citizens of Canada, we have such an incredible amount of beauty, the scenery we have packed between 2 beautiful Oceans is absolutely breathtaking. We have Mountains, Valleys, Prairies, Oceans, Lakes and truly some of the most beautiful women in the world. I think the question here is simply, is there really any other place in the world you would rather be?
Canada is not only the land that I call my home it's also the birthplace of many great inventors and essential inventions such as The Telephone, Velcro, Insulin, The Pacemaker, The Light Bulb, The Snowmobile, The Snow Blower, The Gas Mask, The Chocolate Bar, Macintosh/Apple computers, Hockey, Basketball, Lacrosse, The Zipper, and best of all...SUPERMAN, just to name a few.

I don't quite see Canada necessarily as this patriotic hoopla screw you if you don't like it nation. This is not to say that we aren't patriotic, we are incredibly patriotic, I just believe it's the true pride that bonds us together, it's the love we hold in our hearts, the kindness, the unity, that we stand up together and make this world a more beautiful place, a pride that cannot be broken no matter what lies before us as a country.

I absolutely Love Canada with all my Heart, she's the love of my life...

O Canada,
Our home and native land,
True patriot love
in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada,
we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land
glorious and free!
O Canada,
we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada,
we stand on guard for thee!
Play Ball!!!
Peace Out Maple Peeps!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Breeders Vs. Cheaters... Pro Abortion is Pro Death?

Being as it's no secret that everything about Bryan Floyd is controversial, allow me to weigh in on a sensitive subject. Lately I've encountered a certain group of extremists preaching outside of my gym. I go through my normal routine, get off the bus and make my walk to the fitness center. Recently on this short walk I've received a face full of anti-abortion sentiment. Don't get me wrong here, I am all about fighting a cause and standing up for what you believe in... I'm just not buying it though!

These anti-abortion, "pro lifers" are the same people who believe in capitol punishment or that homosexuals aren't equals, I'm pretty sure some of them believe that Elvis is still alive as well. This "cause" is a complete waste of time and is absolute bullshit! We are all sinners under the eyes of "GOD" whether we want to admit it or not. There are so many other problems in the world that we could be expending time on, so many issues we could be dealing with but we choose to waste our time on something so obscure. Now I'm not saying there's any problem with procreation, I'm as pro life as they come although I contradict myself slightly by believing that the Earths population is overcrowded but that's another ballgame all together, Thanks Cheeks!

The question here is really, should a mother not have the right to choose? The choice alone is a soul sucking, mind gouging, gigantic gaping wound that is left on your conscience. Do these women really deserve to have it rubbed in their faces and hung over their heads. I believe in bringing a child into the world under the right circumstances. Example... an already povershed or low income family plans to have a child, the father leaves the mother to fend for herself and raise the child on her own with little to no income. Being as she has practically no source of income she cant feed clothe, shelter her child. She cannot raise her child in an appropriate atmosphere. Not only is the child suffering in this case but the mother is suffering as well. Now you tell me, is this acceptable? Is this the way a life should be lived because a document written two, three thousand years ago says so. I understand this is an extreme case but it's also a reality, this is happening everyday throughout the world. Here's a couple more questions. Are these anti-abortionists reaching out to women? Are they opening their wallets, doors to help mothers who've decided to not have an abortion? Do they support single mothers or povershed families? The answer to these questions is NO, they're too busy on the "front lines" preaching the word of the "Lord" whoever that might be. I see this as disgusting, this is extremely selfish and an utterly ridiculous battle being fought and I really wish it wasn't being thrown in my face!

At the end of the day, I'd have to say that I do believe in taking responsibility for your actions, whether or not I would like to admit to that sometimes is another story. I'm not exactly saying that i support or agree with abortion, I'm just saying that a mothers right to chose is a sacred thing and should never be questioned or tampered. There's a line in a song by Common that comes to my mind, it goes "from now on I'm gonna use self control instead of birth control cause $315 ain't worth your soul, $315 ain't worth it". This cannot be more true, it is something you must live with within yourself but it is also a decision that should never be questioned! All I'm saying here is to be careful, make informed decisions, don't jump to conclusions and make the right choice, make a choice that you wont regret and one that is best for you and your family. There are plenty modes of birth control out there so use em! Now I'm gonna get out of here before i start sounding too much like Sue Johanson!
Peace Out Peeps!

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Invasion Of Comics

It turns out that comic books are not just for the comic nerds after all. I'm not talking about the Newspaper shorts such as Garfield or Hagar the Horrible. Everyone loves to dip into that comic section of the newspaper every once in a while in an attempt to try and reconnect with their childhood even if only for a couple of minutes. No, I am talking about true full length comic books.

I remember going through what was a short stint of Batman and Spider-Man comics as a child but never really got interested in them to the point where they were a must have. Back in those days the brunt of my focus was on Ninja Turtles and Tonka Trucks, Hot Wheels and Crash Test Dummies. Realistically, I've never been too interested in comics nor did I truly understand the appeal of them until recently. Lately I've noticed that there has been this sort of "comic boom" in which everyone seems to be reading these colourful graphic works of literacy.

The movies are surly to thank for the sudden change of heart and mind towards comics. The movies that have been released within the past couple years are genius... true genius! With the release of every one of these comic based movies, they are not only marketing the movie as a product but the book, novel, comic as well. A perfect example of this is how I was steered in the direction of the Watchmen. What seems like about 5 years ago now I watched a teaser trailer for the Watchmen movie. This trailer has had me pumped to catch this movie on the big screen for many months now.

After watching the Watchmen trailer a couple months ago I learned that the movie was based on a graphic novel written by Alan Moore (V For Vendetta, Swamp Thing, Batman;The Killing Joke). I came across this 12 chapter comic gold mine one day and decided I would give it a chance. This is not just any comic book, Alan Moore has this way of manipulating your mind pumping it with dark themes and cold sadistic visions that are charged by the grandeur of a absolute madman. I won't give away the plot line of this novel, ill leave it for you to discover on your own. After reading Watchmen i have a new found appreciation for comics or "graphic novels", I just got finished reading another Alan Moore masterpiece, Batman;The Killing Joke. This book tells a twisted in depth tale explaining the origins and insanity of everyones favourite batman foe, The Joker, another amazing book!

If you want to read an amazing book and truly want to be wowed, I highly recommend The Watchmen. That brings me back to the movie, tomorrow is friggin' WATCHMEN DAY!!! I haven't been this jacked up to pay an arm and a leg to watch a movie since Paris Hilton's sex tape came out on DVD! Twas the night before Watchmen and all through the house...... This movie is going to be epic!

Peace Out Friends!