four more wins to go

May 20, 2004 under Hockey, Sports

Wooooohooooo!!! Yaaaaaaaaaay! My Flames are the Western Conference champs and are headed to the Stanley Cup Finals!!! They’re the division champ killers. First they beat the Northwest Division champs, the Canucks. Next they beat the Central Division champs, the RedWings. And now they beat the Pacific Division champs, the Sharks. Not bad for a small-market team with a measly payroll of $35 million and an average age of 27. I’d like to think that my vow of blog silence is helping but it’s probably their hard work and detemination that’s doing it 🙂

Speaking of my vow of blog silence, I’ll be even more silent for a little bit longer. Dena and I are heading to Crystal Falls tomorrow for ten days. We’ll be back in Kitchener at the end of the month. I’ll also be silient because I had to RMA my motherboard. The PCI bridge seemed to fail. I thought it wouldn’t matter; instead of using my Audigy and NIC, I could use the onboard LAN and sound. Those are shot, too. The whole RMA process should take a few weeks. The make due, I brought home an older notebook from work that wasn’t being used and installed Fedora Linux on it so that we could check our email and use Gaim. Hopefully the new motherboard will be on the way to Kitchener at the same time that we are.

Sea of Red, ya’ll! Go Flames Go!

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heart > talent + money

May 4, 2004 under Hockey, Sports

Wooooo-frickin’-hooooo!!! 🙂 My Flames did it again! They beat those ancient Red Wings. I guess all of Detroit‘s high-priced talent and playoff experience couldn’t match the Flames‘ speed and grit. And there was no beating Kipper. The guy’s squared up to the shooter all of the time, even when he looks like he isn’t.

I’m reminded of all of the people I met at university. Since this is Michigan we’re talking about, a lot of people (many hardly familliar with hockey) were firmly on that Red Wing bandwagon. For good reason, the Wings were loaded with expensive talent and experienced veterans. For a while, it seemed to work for them. But it looks like all of the talent in the world can’t compare to hard work and the desire to win. I guess that bandwagon will be getting light since it appears that the Wings will be doing some roster dumping over the summer.

I’ll go out on a limb and say that the Flames embody everything that professional sports used to be; hard work, team comradery and the desire to win for winning’s sake. Professional sports is now comprised of multimillionaires doing just enough to get that next big paycheck. But not the Flames with one of the smallest payrolls in the league. In this year’s playoffs, the Flames have played like a team in the truest sense of the word.

How many jump folks will jump on the Calgary‘ bandwagon? Who cares? The conference finals are next. Go Flames!

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