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Me And The Dalai Lama Have A Lot In Common. May 20, 2008

I’d like to have a couple of cold beers with the Dalai Lama. We could sit around and talk hockey, women, the price of gas, rock and roll, and can the Jays win the American League title.

I just saw an interview with the Dalai Lama on televison, and he said the two things he’s committed to, and will be committed to for the rest of his life, are inner peace and harmony of religions.

So it occurred to me that the Dalai Lama and myself are very similar, with only a slight difference. Instead of inner peace and harmony of religions, I strive for inner peace, a Habs Stanley Cup, and a private audience with the Radio City Rockettes.

The Dalai Lama has his work cut out for him. There hasn’t been harmony of religions since religion began.

And because the Dalai Lama and I are on the same wave length, except for the religion part, I have come to a decision. If Montreal doesn’t win a Cup in the next few years, I’m going to become a Buddhist monk.

Either that or get tickets to Radio City Music Hall so I can see the Rockettes. I’m not sure yet.

Either way, I hope my wife will understand.

 

 

My Unusual Connection To The World Hockey Championship May 10, 2008

I saw the Canada-Germany game today from the World Hockey Championships, and Germany was not dancing with the stars. Not by a long shot, getting pummelled by the Canadians 10-1. Tournaments like this don’t really start to heat up until the Germany’s and Latvia’s etc. are long gone and the big boys come out to play.

I have my own personal story regarding the World Championships. I was in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2000, the year the tournament was held in this beautiful Russian city. I was having a bit of a rough time in my life and I was considering staying there if I could find an English-speaking job. My future wife was there, and I was torn between leaving and staying.

I made my way to the office of the St. Petersburg Times, the city’s English language newspaper, and asked to speak to the editor.

The editor looked at my resume, then mentioned that the World Championships would be in the city later in the spring, and if I was interested, they would retain me to cover the tournament for them.

My return ticket, however, was for long before the tournament started, so I did some hard thinking and politely declined his offer. It would’ve been a great opportunity, though.

If I would’ve stayed, I would have lost every worldly possession I owned back in Canada, and that was a lot of stuff. My kids, although grown, were in Calgary, and I didn’t want to be the eight thousand miles or so away from them.

And Russia is no picnic. Not even close. To be there for any length of time is so difficult I can’t even explain it.

But I came close to accepting his offer. And if I had, I not only would’ve lost everything I owned in life, but I probably wouldn’t be talking to you right now.

I did get married to my second wife there, though.

 

Sean Avery and Ryan Hollweg Play For The Rangers. This Is Good News For Everybody Else. February 4, 2008

Yes, it’s not good that Montreal blew a 3-0 lead to the Rangers and lost 5-3. Yes indeed, it’s not good. It would have kept the ball rolling and brought the team to within 1 point of Ottawa with the Senators in town for a big game on Tuesday. But these things happen from time to time. I just hope it was a major lesson learned, that it takes all three periods to win.

Damn, I’m mature.

The only good to come out of this horrid loss, though, was seeing how Ryan Hollweg operates.

Ryan Holliweg is a borderline Rangers thug with a lofty 2 goals and 1 assist in 53 games. He’s just what the doctor ordered for Montreal if the boys meet the Rangers in the playoffs. Hollweg is the kind of hothead who will hurt his team by taking goon-like penalties, as he showed when he rammed Sergei Kostitsyn into the boards after Alex Kovalev had given him a sweetheart of an elbow.

You just knew it was coming by seeing him on the bench, sitting and stewing and thinking how pissed off he was and how he was going to do something about it. It’s just lucky that Kostitsyn wasn’t hurt.

And lucky for whoever meets the Rangers in the playoffs, if they make it, because it ‘s good strategy to take advantage of a jerk like him and get the Rangers a man short.   (note: Hollweg is the guy Chris Simon whacked in the face with his stick and got 25 games for it. In case you’re interested.)

And then there’s Sean Avery, a smiling, cocky mountain of mediocrity, (4 goals, 11 assists), who pulled down Sergei Kostitsyn which led to a penalty shot, which led to a goal.  (note: Avery’s a guy who dates Hollywood starlets from time to time but they keep dumping him.)

Wow, the Rangers have both of these nuts on the team. It’s great news for all playoff-bound teams in the east.

 

Why I Still Back Guy Lafleur February 3, 2008

It’s like TSN’s ‘Off The Record’ with the fallout from my post, “I’m With Guy Lafleur All The Way.” The debate rages on.

Of course I don’t agree with a 22 year old having sex with a 16 year, with his dad driving him to motels. But there’s a real reason why I sympathize with Guy Lafleur, and why I support him.

My stepdaughter has basically the same problems as Mark Lafleur, and I’ve seen first-hand the heartbreaking effect it’s had on her mother, my wife, much like Guy and Lise Lafleur, who have certainly been ripped apart inside. She’s been in trouble with the law, mostly for theft, has been dating a man much, much older than her, has major bouts of crying and uncontrollable anger, has a serious drug addiction, and is on more medication than Timothy Leary.

It’s no one’s fault because it’s a mental disorder, and there’s no real way to know how to react, thus mistakes by both her mother and myself, and the Lafleur’s, are made. I thought I’d pretty well seen everything in this crazy world, until this came along, and I was completely unprepared. 

The main thing is, my wife has loved her daughter no less all along the way, through the absolutely terrible times, because it’s an unconditional love. This is what the Lafleur’s surely have for their son.

Lately my stepdaughter, because of her heavy medication which constantly is being juggled to find the best fit, has calmed down considerably, and it’s magical to see. The Lafleur’s will never stop hoping to see magic with their son too. Ever.

Of course there is no excuse for Guy driving Mark to the motels. But all I understand is from what I’ve seen through my own experience, that it’s an incredibly confusing and scary time, with way too many mistakes made along the way.

I also back Lafleur about the way the police handled it. I disagree, as do many, on how the police announced to the media about the upcoming arrest warrant. Sometimes delicate situations could be handled delicately, which wasn’t the case here.