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Roller Derby Tournament Doing it Differently

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013


Iron Woman Tournament

The weekend of September 14 _ 15, 2013, Crossfields Alberta will be inundated with Roller Derby players from across the province. The tournament is being hosted by the Rocky View Roller Derby Association, in partnership with the CWRDA.

This is an ALL Alberta, ALL Womens, 18+ Tournament.  This is a time for travel teams to show their skills in a non-traditional derby tournament setting. So what makes this tournament unique, from the dozens of other Roller Derby tournaments that occur in Alberta annually? What is this non-traditional derby you are talking about? Well, on Saturday, how about 30 minutes with NO LEAD JAMMER! Anti-derby for 30 minutes – what is that you are thinking? CLOCK WISE!!! And how do you think a team will do when you are only allowed to switch out two players per jam, and the other three must remain?! Hence being named the Iron Woman Tournament!

Not only will this challenge the skills and endurance of these players, it will also somewhat level the playing ground between the participants. Plus, it will be a whole lot of fun to watch!!

Teams confirmed for this tournament are; Oil City Derby Girls and E-Ville Roller Derby from Edmonton, Central Alberta Roller Derby Association, from Wetaskiwin, Grande Prairie Roller Derby Association and Red Deer Roller Derby Association. There is also an Iron Woman mixed team that is composed of all-star players from across that province, whose leagues did not have enough players to roster a full team themselves.

It will be a great weekend of Roller Derby!

For more information on the event, click here. Advanced ticket sales are also available online, here.

Hope to see you there!

Much derby love.




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Scotiabank Saddledome damaged due to severe Calgary flood

Friday, June 21st, 2013


Scotiabank Saddledome (James Teterenko. Wikimedia Commons)

The Scotiabank Saddledome, home of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League, Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League and Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League, experienced significant damage on Friday due to one of Calgary’s most significant floods in the city’s history.

Water is currently up to the tenth row of the Saddledome’s seats, the dressing rooms are under water, while the Ed Whalen Media Lounge and the jumbotron has been destroyed.

A major question now is how much will the Calgary Stampede be impacted by today’s events. The Calgary Stampede was to happen in Calgary starting July 5 and going until July 14.


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Rangers name Vigneault head coach

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

The New York Rangers have hired Alain Vigneault as their next head coach. You know something was up when Vigneault had withdrawn his name from the Dallas Stars list.

Vigneault had spent the last seven seasons coaching the Vancouver Canucks to seven straight winning seasons and an overall record of 313-170-57. He also took the Canucks to the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.

Vigneault will now be a big name head coach because he is in the Big Apple. Interestingly, when he was fired by the Canucks, Tony Reali of Pardon the Interruption told Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon that Vigneault was just fired an asked them what team he coached. Each of them had no clue.


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Barons perfoming well in Calder Cup Playoffs

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Edmonton Oilers fans aren’t having an opportunity to cheer for the Oilers in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but are having a chance to cheer on the Oklahoma City Barons, the Oilers’ American Hockey League affiliate in the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs.

The Barons beat the Charlotte Checkers (affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes) 3-2  in the Western Conference quarterfinals earlier this month in a best of five series before defeating the Texas Stars (affiliate of the Dallas Stars) 4-1 in the Western Conference semi-finals. The Barons, seeded fifth were underdogs on both occasions.

Now the Barons are facing the Grand Rapids Griffins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Final. The Griffins won game one of the series 2-1 on Friday night.


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Hesjedal withdraws from Giro d’Italia

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Ryder Hesjedal (Luca Volpi, Wikimedia Commons)

Ryder Hesjedal of Victoria will not repeat as the Giro d’Italia champion.

On Friday, Hesjedal made the decision to pull out of the race after falling to 37th place. Hesjedal was 183rd in Thursday’s stage.

It seems that Hesjedal is simply not feeling well. He cited “a deteriorating physical decision”, according to the Canadian Press, as the major reason why he decided to pull out of this marathon cycling race.

Hesjedal actually dropped 34 places in only one week as he was third last week.

Another top cyclist who has pulled out is Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain because of a chest infection. Wiggins is the 2012 Olympic Gold medallist in the time trial and is the 2010 Tour de France champion. Wiggins also has great success in track cycling as he won a Gold medal in the team pursuit at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and won the Gold medal in the individual pursuit at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.


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Edmonton to host Canadian National Women’s Basketball Team

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

The Canadian National Women’s Basketball team is in the process of moving from Etobicoke, Ontario to Edmonton.

In an announcement made on Wednesday, the Canadian team will train out of the Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton. The city of Edmonton is also supporting the move, as they are supplying $500,000.

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, team Canada finished with a record of 2-3 in the round robin before losing to the United States in the quarterfinals. The Canadians beat Brazil and the host team from Great Britain.

The city of Edmonton has a rich history when it comes to women’s basketball. From 1915-1940, the Edmonton Grads were considered one of the finest women’s basketball teams in the world. They represented Canada and won four consecutive Olympic Gold medals from 1924-1936 while women’s basketball was a demonstration sport.

The Grads’ top player, Noel MacDonald, and their coach, Percy Page, are in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.


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These are simply not your Daddy’s San Antonio Spurs

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

When you think of the San Antonio Spurs, you think of great defense. Well, overtime things change and the San Antonio Spurs are no longer just a great defensive team. Monday night was a great example, as the Spurs defeated the Golden State Warriors 129-127 in game one of the Western Conference semi-final.

Sure the game did go into double overtime, but a decade ago, it was more common to see the Spurs win easily by only posting double digits in total points.


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Weekend Sports Preview–May 4 _ 5–NHL, WHL, NLL, MLB _ World Hockey Championships

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

The 2013 World Men’s Hockey Championships will commence this weekend with Canada playing two games in Stockholm. The first will be against Denmark on Saturday (TSN, 8:00 a.m.) and the second will be against Switzerland on  Sunday (TSN2, 8:00 a.m.).

There are four Oilers and one Flame on Team Canada. Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz, Devan Dubnyk and Taylor Hall are the Oilers, while T.J. Brodie is the lone Calgary Flame.

Other notable players representing Team Canada are Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith, Carolina Hurricanes sniper Eric Staal, Florida Panthers defenceman Brian Campbell (defending Lady Byng winner) and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos, who was second in the NHL in scoring with 29 goals and 57 points. (more…)

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Weekend Sports Preview–April 27-28–NBA, MLB, _ WHL

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

The Edmonton Oil Kings are one win away from returning to the Western Hockey League’s Championship Final. On Sunday, the Oil Kings will play the Calgary Hitmen at the Scotiabank Saddledome in game six of the Eastern Conference Final, leading the series 3-2.

On Friday night in Edmonton, the Oil Kings had a similar start in game five of the series to what they had in game four. Complete dominance. The Oil Kings scored three first period goals en route to a 5-1 victory. Game six can be seen on Sunday afternoon on Shaw at 4:00 p.m.


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Weekend Sports Preview–April 6 _ 7–Davis Cup, NHL, NBA, MLB, World Men’s Curling Championship, March Madness,

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Daniel Nestor (Wikimedia Commons)

This weekend is an extremely significant one when it comes to the history of Canadian tennis. Team Canada is tied 1-1 with Team Italy in the quarterfinals heading into a key doubles match today and two singles matches on Sunday.

This afternoon (Saturday, Sportsnet, 4:30 p.m., joined in progress) Daniel Nestor of Toronto and Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver will take on the Italian pair of Paolo Lorenzi and Daniele Braccaili. It will be interesting to see how much energy Pospisil has in the tank after he lost a five set marathon to Andreas Seppi on Friday afternoon. Canadian head coach Martin Laurendeau ridiculously went with Pospisil over Jesse Levine, who is overall a much better tennis player.

Sunday’s matches are right now Milos Raonic versus Seppi (Saturday, Sportsnet, 3:00 p.m.) followed by Pospisil versus Fabio Fognini.

Here are the other events I’ll be watching this weekend:


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Could this be a breakout year for Hinchcliffe?

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013


James Hinchcliffe (Chuck Carroll, Wikimedia Commons)

The last couple of years James Hinchcliffe has been on the brink of greatness. He has steadily improved in the auto racing world and seen himself steadily climb in his efforts of being the next one.  Over the last couple of decades, Canada has seen outstanding results in IndyCar as Jacques Villeneuve and Paul Tracy have performed admirably, and Canadian auto racing fans were waiting for Hinchcliffe to finally shine.

However questions remained how long it would take for Hinchcliffe to be near the conversation. I guess that time is now.

On Sunday, Hinchcliffe became the first Canadian since Tracy in 2007 to win an IndyCar race. The pride of Oakville, Ontario won in the neon coloured Go Daddy race car that Danica Patrick has made famous by winning IndyCar’s opening race of 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida. He did it by passing legend Helio Castroneves and put himself in the position to be a force to be reckoned with.


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Weekend Sports Preview–March 9 _ 10–World Baseball Classic, Brier, NHL, NBA _ PGA

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Friday can be summed up in one word for Canadian baseball. Embarrassing. Team Canada’s pitching deserved a failing grade in a 14-4 loss to Italy. With the loss, Canada’s hopes are all but dashed as it is highly unlikely they will advance to the second round.

How bad was it for Team Canada? Well, the ten run mercy rule came into effect after Canada gave up five runs in the eighth.

Just don’t expect the Canadians to win on the weekend. On Saturday, they play Team Mexico at 12:30 p.m. on Sportsnet and then on Sunday they play the United States at 2:00 p.m. on Sportsnet. The Americans have 2009 American League Most Valuable Player Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins, 2011 National League Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, 2007 National League Most Valuable Player Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies and six-time all-star David Wright of the New York Mets. While Mexico has Adrian Gonzalez and Luis Cruz of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Rod Barajas of the Arizona Diamondbacks.


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Avalanche decide to keep O’Reilly

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Ryan O’Reilly (Wikimedia Commons)

In a  bizarre turn of events on Thursday, the Calgary Flames offered restricted free agent Ryan O’Reilly, the Colorado Avalanche holdout, a two year contract worth $10 million.

The decision came just hours prior to the Flames game against the Avalanche in Denver last night. Then during the first period, just moments after the Flames jumped to a quick 2-0 lead on the Avalanche, it was announced that Colorado was going to match the Flames generous contract offer to O’Reilly.

Is O’Reilly an up and coming centerman? Possibly. But at the end of the day I think Flames General Manager Jay Feaster should be relieved most of his roster is status quo since yesterday. If the Flames did acquire the rights to O’Reilly, they would have had to give the Avalanche their first and third round picks, something that might have been very steep if the Flames don’t make a strong push soon.


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Weekend Sports Preview–Curling, NBA, NHL, PGA _ NASCAR

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

The playoffs are now set for the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. After a solid week, Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones made history Friday night in Kingston, Ontario, by becoming the first female skip to go a perfect 12-0 in the round robin of the national curling championship. Manitoba will now play Ontario’s Rachel Homan in the 1-2 playoff game (Saturday, TSN, 5:00 p.m.) with the winner advancing to the final (Sunday, TSN, 5:00 p.m.) and the loser playing the winner of the 3-4 game between British Columbia’s Kelly Scott and Canada’s Heather Nedohin (Saturday, TSN, 12:00 p.m.) in the semi-final (Sunday, TSN, 7:00 a.m.).


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