HELLO OLYMPICS!!

I’m back, and with my return, I bring coverage of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. 

My game plan for this huge sports event, is to make short daily videos discussing -mainly the Canadian- aspects to the games, and then coming here to fill in some of the blanks. Then, on Monday or Tuesday (I haven’t decided yet) I’ll be making a longer, and better produced video. 

Todays video can be viewed here, and if it seems like I was talking through a migraine, I was. There is definitely going to be a bit of an adjustment period to get things the way I want them, but I plan to have it under control by the time all the main events start on Saturday.

The official Olympics haven’t actually started yet (as the Opening Ceremony is tomorrow night in Sochi (or 10am EST/8am MST/7am PST)) but today we still got to watch the qualifying rounds for Men and Women’s Snowboard Slope Style, Women’s Moguls and the first competition rounds for the Team Figure Skating event.  It’s all pretty exciting because already, Canada has some pretty good chances of securing early medals!!

SO without further ado, let’s get to it…

Slopestyle

It was a good day for Canadian Slope Style. In the men’s event, Maxence Parrot of Quebec placed first in his heat; securing a place for himself in Saturday’s (3:45am EST/1:45 MST/00:45 PST) finals. Sebastien Toutant-also from Quebec- snagged third, also qualifying for the final. However, medal favourite Mark McMorris from Saskatchewan (the guy everyone thought would float into the final) was unable to qualify after the judges disappointingly placed him at 7th. The result was confusing for any one watching (there has been talk that there are some discrepancies with the judging, so we will see how this unfolds). His rib injury did not appear to be a factor as he completed an overwhelmingly smooth run (the triple he threw on the last jump was sick, just btw). People quickly took to the comments of the CBC website to claim he had been robbed; however, all hope is not lost for Mark, as he looks good to qualify in the Saturday semi final. I for one am wishing him luck.

Another surprise of the men’s event is that the American, Shaun White-perhaps one of the most prolific snowboarders ever- decided to withdraw from the Slope Style event. He reportedly fell on one of the jumps, jamming his wrist and claims that he withdrew in order to protect himself and to focus on his Super Pipe event. It seems like he may be scared, as he knows that Super Pipe is the event the the United States depends upon him most to win, and can’t afford to mess that up. It’s funny how the world we live in hypes people up so much, that we feel that they owe us the win (i.e. see some of the comments regarding Mark McMorris not qualifying this morning). As if these athletes weren’t already putting enough pressure on themselves.

Our women also did not disappoint. Spencer O’Brien of British Columbia will be moving straight into Sundays final, after placing third in her heat. Unfortunately her teammate, Jenna Blasman also from British Columbia did not qualify today after placing sixth. But as with the case of McMorris, I have faith that she will be able to make something happen in the semi final on Sunday (1:30am EST/11:30pm Sat. MST/10:30pm PST). Watch the Womens final on Sunday at 4:15am EST/2:15am MST/1:15am PST)

Complete List of Qualifiers: Mens- Staale Sandbech (Norway), Peetu Piiroinen (Finland), Sebastien Toutant, Jamie Nicholls (Great Britain), Maxence Parrot, Roope Tonteri (Finland), Sven Thorgren (Sweden) and Gjermund Braaten (Norway)

Womens- Isabel Derungs (Switzerland), Torah Bright (Australia), Spencer O’Brien, Enni Rukajarvi (Finland), Anna Gasser (Austria), Jamie Andersen (United States), Elena Koenz (Switzerland), Karly Shorr (United States).

Moguls

We’ve yet to see the Men’s moguls event, but today things were off to a good start for our Canadian Women’s Mogul team. Four ladies have automatically advanced to Saturdays final (1:00pm EST/11:00 am MST/10:00am PST). The three Dufour-Lapointe sisters-Chloe, Justine and Maxine- all qualified after finishing in second, third, and eighth respectively. Audrey Robichard, an Olympic veteran, also qualified after placing ninth. (the way moguls works is that there is the first qualifying round, where ten people qualify, and then on Saturday there will be a second qualifier where ten more women will qualify. These twenty women will be whittled down to a super final of six, and these six will go on for the chance to qualify).  

It’s pretty exciting knowing that out of our main competition of the American ladies, only two out of the four have qualified so far. Admittedly though, these two ladies will definitely give our women a run for their money. Hannah Kearney (Vancouver’s gold medalist) again place first in the qualifier, and Eliza Ourttim finished fourth looking equally as strong(if not moreso) as some of our ladies. 

Team Figure Skating

And finally, there was the beginnings of the brand new Team Figure Skating event. It all started off with the Men’s short and Pair’s short program. 

Can I take a time out to just say that before this event goes too far, someone needs to clarify what exactly is going on. I’ve deciphered that the overall position is determined by an average of each of the individual events combined, but from there I know nothing. CBC, I’m looking at you. We were watching this event on TV even, and still weren’t entirely sure what was happening. Like what are are the points for?? Ok, end rant.

Few of you probably know this, but Figure Skating is my favourite event. I used to skate while I was in High School, so it’s one of the few sports that I know what everyone is doing, and when they are doing it wrong. It just has all the emotiveness and athleticism of ballet, but on ice (and ice under skates sounds awesome). But now on to the results.

Russia is in first overall after Evgeny Plyushcenko placed second, and Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov placed first. A well deserved first btw. The Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford skated great, but technically no one can stand up to the Russians. Their jumps are just THAT good.

Speaking of the Canadians, they stand at second place overall with Duhamel and Radford placing in second, and Patrick Chan placing third. And finally, in third place overall is China. Their status was cemented by Han Yan placing fourth and Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang placing third. 

All in all it has been an exhilarating Day -1 (as CBC calls is). I had forgotten how stoked you get watching the athletes from your country compete (it definitely helps that the Canadians have been slaying it so far). So here’s to a great month of sports ahead!! Don’t forget to tune in to your local Olympic network tomorrow for the Opening Ceremonies (I hope they have some Russian Ballet ;))

PEACE

Ugggh Broncos!

I didn’t even watch the whole game, and I still can’t believe what happened last night.

I’m so bummed out.

Thanks to the Broncos for completely shit the bed, making me 1-2 in my football calls.

I’m sure most of you know what I’m talking about. Last night was the Super Bowl, supposedly the biggest and best game of the whole season, but you wouldn’t have thought it had you watched even five minutes of it last night. The league’s number one offense looked more like a peewee football team against the Seattle Seahawks.

It was pretty sad. The game wasn’t even over before the memes started surfacing. Such a disappointment.

The Broncos poor performance can’t be blamed on any one thing. From quarterback, to the defense, they all choked.

I was right about the team effort though.

In light of last nights events, someone posted this video on YouTube, and I loved it. Just goes to show how on the ball The Simpsons is (this episode is from 1996).

I wish I could say more right now, but I’m still in shock. It doesn’t even feel real that a game that had so much build up ended like this.

Hope Monday wasn’t too terrible for y’all, and I’ll be seeing you soon!

PEACE!!

OOOOH WEEE! It’s Almost Super Bowl Time!!…oh, and other things

First of all, Happy Lunar New Year ladies and gentleman. It’s the year of the horse, making it “my” year. FINALLY, (according to Chinese Horoscopes lol) things are going to start happening for me. 

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sweet ass snow sculpture from Ice on Whyte

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I don’t really believe that the year I was born in has anything to do with who I am, or what is going to happen (ok, I do a little bit), but I will admit that today was pretty good. A couple of days ago, my “long” struggle with unemployment was ended when I got a call from a Christian elderly care facility offering me a position as a food service attendant (basically I’m a server at an “old folks home”). Today was my first day, and so far I’m loving it. 

I’ve always believed that our friends that are categorized as “Golden” at the movie theatre, have been largely neglected in society. I’ve seen my grandma struggle at various facilities and heard stories from friends and in the news, and its just something that REALLY upsets me. People are people, are people, and I’ve just never gotten why when someone gets old, they are no longer taken seriously and not always afforded the dignity they deserve. Please note: I’m not preaching. It’s not like I’m saying that I’ve never been guilty of this too. It’s just that it makes me really happy to have the chance to give some of favorite people the best service that I can, and to hopefully brighten their day at least a little bit.

So thank you Year of the Horse. Even though it’s only one day in, I feel secure in saying I may have found a job that actually has some meaning to me (other than the pay check).

But anyways, moving on to the stuff you people REALLY care about 😉 . My pick for Super Bowl XLVIII. As always I made a little video up here, so if you want to go and check that out feel free. 

I’ve decided to go against (almost) everything that I’ve read, and say that the Denver Broncos are going to win it all. Some may see this as the obvious choice, because of the historic season that Peyton Manning has had, but it’s not all about him.

Yes, Manning is the better quarterback when compared to Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, but it’s hard to deny just how great Seattle’s defence is. A lot of my (more well known) contemporaries, believe that the “Legion of Boom” is going to stuff Manning, and that without his ability to throw big plays, Denver will be done.

Well my friends, this is my theory. Seattle isn’t the only team with unbelievable defence. If you’ve been watching Denver play in this post season, you would have seen that their defensive line is getting steadily better and better (i.e. not allowing the Patriots to get ANYTHING going, in championship week). Because of this, I believe that both teams are going to have to get creative and go against the norm, to get some points on the board. Denver will have to try and run the ball, and Seattle will have to try and throw it. And that’s what is going to get them. Seattle’s WHOLE offensive strategy is based around Wilson running out of the pocket to make plays and Marshawn Lynch’s workhorse-like running game. 

Based on some of the passes that I’ve seen Russell Wilson throw under pressure, things aren’t looking so bright. Although I said that this game isn’t all about Manning, who can deny that he has the ability to adapt better than anyone, and switch things around to help lead his team to victory? Regardless of who wins though, this is going to be one of those games for the ages, and I’m excited to watch!! (although now I’ll be working, so I’m not sure how much I’ll get to see).

So has your Year of the Horse started off well? Who do you think will win the Super Bowl? Which Super Bowl commercials are you most excited for? Or, do you just not care? Whatever the case, leave a comment!!

Thanks for reading, and I hope all your weekends are off to a good start!! I’ll be seeing you Sunday 😀 

PEACE!!

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Ps I’ll close you out with another rad sculpture from Ice on Whyte

 

Life , and Sports, and Things, and Stuff

Hello there all my lovely internet friends!! Today I have a couple of things to talk about; some of them sports related, some not (btw, what do you think about this whole sports idea? comment below!).

This has been an interesting week. I live in Edmonton and we’ve been having the strangest weather. Unlike the polar vortex that is ravaging the East coast as of late, its been unseasonably warm here. Like-as far as I can remember-January has always been the coldest month, but not this year. I think it was something like 5 degrees celsius here today. I’m not complaining, just saying; its weird.

Along with the warm weather, came an email from the the casting director of the Amazing Race Canada. Alas, as they said in the email “Season 2 of the Amazing Race Canada will not be the season we (you) will be running in.” It was a bit of a bummer I will admit it, but honestly I wouldn’t take back putting ourselves out there for a second. We’ve gotten WAY more views on that video than we ever expected, Russ and I had a lot of fun together and it’s an accomplishment that we are both very proud of. Plus, doing it really helped me hone my editing/writing/being in front of a camera skills.

Speaking of which, I did up another little “Three Days Late NFL Report” that you should go and check out. I talked very briefly about some of the things that went on in the games last Sunday, and discussed tactics that may prove useful for the Broncos and Seahawks in the Super Bowl (the first of a few instalments, leading up to the big game). While we’re on the topic, was I the only one who thought the San Fran/Seattle game was WAY better than the schlacking that was New England at Denver? (get it together Tom Brady)

I really shouldn’t have changed my pick on that one, because Seattle really pulled it out of the bag there in the second half. I know that probably all of you have heard about the pick that Richard Sherman pulled at the end of the game to seal the win for Seattle (and his “horrible, disgraceful” tirade to Erin Andrews right after (seriously people, get over it)), and their call to go for it on 4th and 7th-rather than kick a field goal-was quite the TSN Turning Point, but I have to say that for me neither of those were even the play of the game. My favourite was when, in the third quarter, Seattle fumbled the ball and 49er Jonathan Goodwin recovered it, ran it for a couple of yards, and then in the next play San Francisco scored a touchdown. For those of you who didn’t watch the game, Goodwin is one of those HUGE defence men, and watching him run was fairly entertaining.

Seriously girls (or just people who don’t tune in), football is so much fun to watch, even if you only have a feeble grasp of the rules. It’s almost like a soap opera in a way. The NFL has story lines that have arced over months, and years, many of which are pretty dramatic and make the games that much more interesting; and Superbowl 48 is no exception. The number one offence in the league pitted against the number one defence. Young versus old. “Crazy”(smart) dudes like Richard Sherman will be there, and even though I’m pretty green at this, I can already tell its going to be a gooder.

So if you agree with me, stick around over the next week or so, because I’ll be talking about a whole bunch of stuff Super Bowl related, and will be making my official pick on Saturday the 1st (if you want to get in on my action). I’m even potentially planning a party, that’s how into it I am.

Until next time, have a great weekend. And if you aren’t into the football thing, at least stay for the food (like most of my party guests 😉 ) PEACE!!! 🙂

LAST MINUTE Game Day Picks

Hi there! Just swingin by to let you know I uploaded a new video (as promised) with my game day picks. I kind of failed, and it didn’t get uploaded until the beginning of the first game /slowclap.

Just as a note, because I didn’t say it in the video, I’m still calling the Seahawk/49ers game as a tie.

Happy Sunday everyone!!! Whether you’re watching football or doing something else, I hope its a great one.

Hit Him!! Punch That Guy!!!

Hello there ladies and gents. I think this may the fastest ever that I have been back with a new post 😉

Last night I had the pleasure of attending MFC 39 : No Remorse (great name eh?). MFC stands for the Maximum Fighting Championship; one of the lesser known cousins of MMA machine the UFC. And for those of you that don’t know what MMA (mixed martial arts) is, its basically men (or women now) in a ring fighting each other using a variety of different fighting styles for three (to five) rounds, or until someone is knocked out or submits.

Gladiator style yo.

There are ring physicians, so no one dies or gets seriously hurt, for the most part (see here), but it’s pretty violent-and I will admit-thrilling to watch.

It really caters to the primitive side of people. I had to laugh a couple of times at the girls sitting beside us screaming “HIT HIM!!! HIIIIIIT HIIIIM!!”. (I used to be one of those girls /palmface). The bloodier the fight, the more cheering you would hear. It’s all about those punches. My friend and I definitely stopped a couple of times and questioned “why do people love seeing other people get their ass handed to them?”

That’s basically how all the fights last night went. Four of the fights we watched ended within two minutes. The Co-Main event, for the lightweight title pairing Tom Gallichio and Kurt Southern (Defending), went into round two. As quickly as it started however it was over. Gallichio put Southern into a choke hold, and Southern tapped (Gallichio didn’t even make weight, a newly made rule allowed him to fight).

OHHHHH and the main event. What a snore. I literally looked at the crowd, and most people were on their phones, or had walked out by the end. It was for the Heavyweight title, and it pit Anthony Hamilton (Defending) against Darryl Schnoover. The fight went all five rounds, but that was just because Schnoover was one tough bastard. Hamilton had control about 98% of the time, and most of the fight was watching him try to force the submission. When it came to the decision, unanimously Hamilton got it. The fight had it’s moments, I won’t deny that, but when you hear the guy who won say “I wish I could have given the fans a more exciting fight”, you know it was a bust.

I’m not here to hate though. These guys have balls, and they try their best to entertain and to win. It’s just that some nights are definitely better than others. 

So, would I say MFC is here to stay? Most likely. I mean look at the UFC; it’s huge. As long as at least one fight of the night gets bloody (ie. Last nights welterweight fight of Jason South and Gilbert Smith) there will always be an audience for this type of thing. Like I said above, people love seeing other people beat each other.  As long as it’s not them eh? 😉

Anyways, I hope you’re all having a great Saturday, and to all of you here in the Great White North happy Hockey Day in Canada!!! I will see you all here tomorrow with my gameday picks!!

Peace!

The Three Days Late NFL Report

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Hello there ladies and gentleman. It’s been ages since I came here and actually wrote something, so I thought I would give you a little bit of that today. It’s a new year, and with that, ReTARA’D is going to have a new spin to it. It’s still going to be its same weird and wonderful thing that it is now, but with a bit of a sporty spice (if you will) to it.

Right now there’s a lot brewing in the world of sports. The Winter Olympics in Sochi are twenty-two days, nationals that decided who was going to said Olympics have been wrapping up, and it’s playoff season in the NFL. That’s the thing I’ve been REALLY into as of late; the NFL. I barely have a firm grasp of the most basic rules, and yet I couldn’t wait to get up at 11- after only 4 hours of sleep- to watch last Sunday’s games. Russ has firmly stuck me onto the bandwagon.

That’s what today’s post is about. What I noticed when I watched the games last weekend, and what I’m expecting to happen this coming Sunday as a result of that. So let’s get down to it.

January 11 and 12

AFC

Indianapolis (Colts) @ New England (Patriots) – to be perfectly honest with you, this was the only game of the weekend that I didn’t watch. New England won, which wasn’t much of a surprise to most people, 43-22. Russ filled me in, and although Andrew Luck was able to throw some great passes, Tom Brady was just too good (am I the only one who really doesn’t care for Tom Brady? Gisele can have him).

San Diego (Chargers) @ Denver (Broncos) – this game, was to me, almost an exact replica of the Saints/Seahawks game. The Chargers were completely dominated by the Broncos for the first 31/2 quarters of the game. Like the above game, the Broncos were just the better team, and their complete dominance of the clock definitely didn’t help matters. If I learnt one thing in this game (and everyone already knows this), its that Peyton Manning is a LEGIT quarterback. All hope wasn’t lost for San Diego though; the were able to come back in the fourth quarter with a couple of touchdowns, and onside kick (like in the NOLA game), and a field goal, bringing the final score  to 24-17. Unfortunately too little to late for the Chargers.

NFC

New Orleans (Saints) @ Seattle (Seahawks) – As I said above, this game was almost exactly the same (except a little bit more painful to watch(Russ and I were repping the Saints)) as the Chargers game. Seattle’s defense brought the heat, and Drew Brees being a bit of a pussy in the rain, really set the result for this game. Russ and I talked about this, and in the end, New Orleans’ demise really was on the shoulders of Brees. Their defense did their job quite a few times (it was a low scoring game for most of it), Brees just couldn’t throw anything and the Seahawks were just too good on the ground. Even in the fourth quarter, the touchdown he threw was fluky looking. Luckily, for the fans, he did make some magic happen in the fourth quarter (like the chargers), and they could walk out of the offseason with a score of 15-23.

San Francisco (49ers) @ Carolina (Panthers) – The 49ers really took their time finding their stride in this one. Although they were the first ones to put points on the board, Carolina was the first team to get a touchdown. By the end of the second quarter, it was looking like a pretty evenly matched game. After the half though, Kaepernick came out and started dominating. Carolina had looked really strong in the first half, but in the second it just looked like they couldn’t make any plays happen soon enough. The result of the game was decided when in the fourth quarter Cam Newton (of Carolina) threw a pass, and it was picked off by San Francisco, bringing the score to 23-10.

And now for what my picks are for this coming Sunday. My boyfriend called me a donkey because I picked both the favorites, but these are subject to change before game day.

New England @ Denver – In this one, I’m going to go with Denver. I think I made it clear that I don’t really like Tom Brady, and that’s the main reason that I think Denver will win. I also think they will win though, because Peyton Manning hasn’t lost a rematch to a team that he had previously lost to in the season (PS Denver lost to New England earlier) in over six years. Both Manning and Brady are great quarterbacks however, so it may still be too soon to tell; it’s going to be a great game though. For the fact that the two quarterbacks are so prolific, I am going to say that Denver will win by a tie (a tie is when an end result of points have a difference of less than three).

San Francisco @ Seattle – Like I said, I’m calling the favorite and saying Seattle (which sucks because I like San Fran). Both teams have great defense, and rising star quarterbacks, but I think Seattle’s aggressive style will play in their favor. To win, the 49ers will have to try and keep it in the air, but Seattle has led the league in penalties for pass interceptions, so that tells me that they won’t be afraid to take some flack for getting in the way of most of San Francisco’s efforts. I’m calling this one as a tie as well however, because I expect San Francisco to bring the pressure too.

So there’s my three days late take on what happened last week in the NFL, and what my early calls are based on what I saw. I hope you liked it, and please let me know in the comments what you think!

I made a little video about this HERE. Please go and check it out, and come on back for my gameday picks on Sunday!!!!

Hope the beginnings of your 2014 has been great!!!

PEACE!

It’s Alive!!! Team CatMagic’s Amazing Race Canada Audition

Hello there internet people! Remember how I said the other day that I had something to show you? Well this is it! Russ and I have decided to put our names in to get on to The Amazing Race Canada.

Please take a second out of your day to watch this (its probably the thing I’ve worked hardest on in the last month).

Click HERE to go to my channel to like the video and to subscribe. Oh, and show your friends; that would be swell!

Hope everyone had an awesome Christmas and I’ll be back in a couple of days!!