Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Curling, Soccer, and my Fucking Car

On Easter Sunday, I was at my parents' house and we spent the day channel surfing and watching sports. It was nice (I suppose) that the Tigers were able to come from behind in the last inning, and it was interesting (I guess) to watch the golfers struggle w/ The Masters in Augusta, but what was great was watching the World Curling Final on CBC. I don't know if I've ever written about my love of curling, but it is something I've loved to watch since I was in high school. On that day, Glenn Howard, the manager of the Beer Store in Penetanguishene, Ontario, led his team to the championship. I love the fact that a world champion "athlete" also manages a Beer Store. Only in Curling. One would never find a douche bag like Landon Donovan working retail, and it's too bad, because maybe his ability to fuck things up on the soccer field could be parlayed into fucking people up w/ beer, just like Glenn Howard does. Although it's originally a Scottish game, the Canucks have taken to it like a goose to water (or like John Candy to coke), and they are really doing well for themselves w/ it. For more information on Curling, check out this absolutely bizarre web-site. Jason and Jean, I think it's right up your second end.

In other sports news, I've volunteered to coach my kids' soccer teams. I'm so freaking excited. They both have a couple friends on their teams and they can't stop talking about how cool it is. They start next week w/ practices on Thursdays and games on Saturdays. They play 4v4 w/ size 3 balls. I imagine it will just be cute as Hell watching them stumble around and try to make sense of the game. I haven't talked to the parents yet, so I have no idea what their experience level is of these kids, but I imagine it's pretty low. I'll have them whipped into shape and looking like Cristiano Ronaldo in no time though. In other soccer news, Jean and I started a MLS Fantasy League. The Premiership one has been a lot of fun and I figured it'd be nice to follow the American league and actually learn who the people are what w/ Beckham joining the league this year. If you're up for making a team, let me know and I'll send you the info.

And in car news, you may remember that about 8 weeks ago my car died. Well, it's finally finished. They wouldn't even order the parts for it until I gave them a hefty down-payment so that put it back a week, but even so, it's been far too long. If I can get to the bank before they close today, I get to pick it up this evening; otherwise, I have to wait until tomorrow morning. Either way, it's nice to know it's finally done. It needed a whole new exhaust system and a couple pistons and cylinders needed to be replaced too. I can't wait to be driving my car again. It's been such a trying 8 weeks, but Stacey and Gerry were nice enough to lone me one of their cars so I could get around in the mean time. A big Visions of Ypsi thank you goes out to them for that.

5 comments:

Stacey said...

You're welcome. If you ever need a kidney, though, you're going to have to get it from somebody else.

Andre said...

Well, my kidneys are fine, but my liver might need some work.

biscodo said...

Those northerners... but damn if they ain't into curling, lemme tell ya. Once upon a time I was on a work trip to Bemidji, MN. On the way into town from the airport, my jaws were agape at their love of curling. I just had to take pictures.

Turns out that Bemidji is the Olympic Training Center of USACurling, and one would not be surprised to learn that 80% of the US Olympic Curling Team happens to be Bemidji's sons and daughters (chicken/egg anyone?), and they also happened to be doing surprisingly well in Turin at the time.

Other ice-related things I've been surprised about... Didja know that the USAHockey youth development league is right here in AA? Came as a surprise to me until someone I was chatting with turned out to be scouting for might-be-pro-level talent right here in town.

"So, what do you do for a living?"
"I'm a hockey scout."
"You mean... like recruiting and whatnot?"
"Yup, there's kids around here that are going to the Olympics one day."
"Shut... Up... Here? No way."
"Yeah, way."
"No... fucking... way."
"Yeah dude. Way."
"So tell me, what's that all about?"
"Check, please."

jason said...

MLS Fantasy League? That might be kind of ridiculous. Why don't you start a fantasy darts league or a fantasy curling league while you're at it?

Andre said...

Andy, you had a pretty in depth conversation there.

Jason, of course it's ridiculous. Fantasy Curling isn't a bad idea though.