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Here in Hespeler, We Don’t Separate the Boys from the Men

November 24th, 2014

… the boys are men. But hey, don’t ask me, ask USA today:

While we here in the United States have taken the rather sane approach of postponing high school events scheduled for days in which massive snow arrived, our Canadian counterparts are significantly more brave about playing on through the snow.

In fact, they’re playing as if the snow isn’t even a big deal. The tweet you see above comes from a Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association football semifinal competed between the Lourdes Crusaders (of Guelph, Ontario) and Hespeler Hawks on Tuesday night… See you if you can spot any yard lines on that field. We sure can’t.

Even more notable than the snow were the overall weather conditions for the semifinal. This is from the Guelph Mercury, which bravely covered a game that was bravely being played in completely absurd cold conditions…

Below minus-10? That’s absurd, skin freezing on contact cold.

Now, agreed, the writer gets a “Moral and intellectual superior” award for not realizing it was -10 Celsius, not Fahrenheit, about 14F. But still, as someone who was there, brutal game, brutal conditions.

The Hespeler Hawks had a 10-1 season, and won the Waterloo County Secondary School Athletics Association championship.

Here’s a few pictures from the game, and a few more below.

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Picture of the Day: Feet Off the Ground… Again

October 16th, 2014
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The Boy in action


inspired to post this by David Bebee

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Lord Stanley’s Candy Dish

June 16th, 2014
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Times sure have changed from the beer at the strip club days. Friday night last, or more technically Saturday morning, the LA Kings arrived at the North End Bar & Grill in Hermosa Beach, the same club that they celebrated their Stanley Cup victory 2-years ago, with the Cup in hand. As part of the evenings proceedings, they filled the bowl of the cup with M&M’s (Plain, Peanut and Peanut Butter).

Here’s the video:

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Canadian Rydes into the Top Ten

July 27th, 2010

One of my favourite summer rites is watching the Tour de France.

A mammoth ride of somewhere in the neighbourhood of 2,200 miles over three weeks, these guys are in the saddle for 92 hours or more over that time.  The ride takes them up the Alps and the Pyrenees. The sheer effort required to get up some of the mountain passes is exhausting to watch. The next day, they get up and do it again.

Or, the next day may be flat, and they need to push for speed, hoping the legs have some strength in them, and haven’t turned to Jello overnight (it happens).

ryder-hesjedal-wins-429x349A single crash, as happened to Lance Armstrong this year, can wipe out your Tour. One bad stage (daily race) and the podium is out of the question.

This years Tour had a real edge, with winner Alberto Contador infamously taking advantage of Andy Schleck’s broken chain last week. It was bad cycling etiquette, but more importantly Contador went into the last day leading by the exact time that Schleck lost to Contador on that day. One and two would have been up for grabs on the final, possibly a photo finish after 3,600km.

The Tour de France is, it must be said, a truly incredible athletic endeavour. Every one of these guys an incredible athlete. To win is astounding, to finish the damn thing a true accomplishment.

To finish seventh? Ask Canadian Ryder Hesjedal. Each team has a goto guy, who is expected to compete. Everyone else’s job is support. For Garmin-Transitions, the go to guy was Christian Vande Velde (*pronounced Vanda-Velt). But Vande Velde broke his ribs in stage two, and the Garmin-Transitions ball fell to Hesjedal. Hesjedal, from Victoria, rode one hell of a race, gaining ground in the last days and finishing seventh, 10 minutes and 15 seconds behind Contador.

So Ryder, what’s it like to finish seventh:

Dreams do come true…

It will keep sinking in…

You could be in the form of your life and still not achieve a top 10 in the Tour de France. I was seventh in the Tour. Nobody will be able to take that away from me. I’ll see what I can do from here. I’m looking for many years yet to come of great racing. I’ll test the limits to see what I can do. Who knows what can happen now? I know now I am capable of riding in the front of any race.

Yea, seventh is a big deal.

Congratulations Ryder, job well done.

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Getting the Anthem Wrong

July 27th, 2009

I’m trying to imagine the hue and/or cry that would ensue if a Canadian won oworldseries92ne of the sporting worlds most prestigious events and the organizers played the wrong national anthem: sheer hysterics if the person behind the error was an American, I’d guess.

Maybe their going equally ape today in Spain.

Spaniard Alberto Contador seems to take the playing of the Danish national anthem in stride during the podium ceremony of his Tour de France victory yesterday in Paris.

It’s truthfully more unforgivable than these types of errors usually are, as Contador held a decent lead for the last five days or so of the tournament, and was all but assured victory going into the last day of riding. Surely the better part of a week is enough time to get the right national anthem.

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