Popping my Baseball Cherry!

Last night I popped my baseball cherry at my first Major League Baseball game and it was FUN with a capital F.

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An Insiders Guide to Ice Hockey

I know I have blogged about Ice Hockey before but they don’t call it the “5th season” around here for nothing.    It is like The Canadian is making up for 10 plus years living away from North America and his mothership of Ice Hockey.

Australia wasn’t exactly a deserted island when it came to Ice Hockey.  He played Ice Hockey in an old man league in both summer and winter, NHL games are broadcast on Foxtel Cable TV, he has an NHL game on the Xbox and when he wasn’t playing the crush (candy crush – it’s his thing but we won’t go there) on the iPad he would be on the Sportsnet.Canada page.

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Weekend in Muskoka – Ice Fishing and Arrowhead Skating Trail

Move over Bear Grylls because a new outdoor adventurer is on the scene and that would be Moi!

The Canadian celebrated a milestone birthday over the weekend and so on Friday,  school and work got ditched and we took off for a long weekend away in Muskoka.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs

Following on from my last blog post,  An Idiots Guide to Ice Hockey  this is a post about the local NHL team The Toronto Maple Leafs.

In our little family of 3, we have a supporter of the Winnipeg Jets (my husband’s hometown) and one that supports the San Jose Sharks so that left me without a team.  After our visit to Canada last Christmas and attending a Vancouver Canucks game I had taken on the Canucks as my team………………. or so I thought.

As we have settled in Toronto and not Vancouver and as the other two have been supporting teams for several years (as well as owning a truckload of the merchandise associated with these teams) I was told, “I would have to take one for the family”, and follow the hometown team the  Toronto Maple Leafs

GQ Magazine has rated them Number 16 in the 20 worst sports franchises of all time.

They are total Lemons!!!!

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The strange thing about my new crappy team is that they have actually won The Stanley Cup 13 times in the past, coming 2nd behind Montreal who have won it 15 times, the problem is they haven’t won it since 1967!!!!!!!

Last week we went to our first Ice Hockey Game in Toronto and it was my husbands team The Winnipeg Jets against my new team The Leafs.  I’m not sure why they aren’t the leaves but I digress.

Despite the fact, they are the worst team in the league the games are actually one of the hardest and most expensive to get tickets for in the NHL.  We had purchased our tickets before we left Australia online through Stubhub.   We had used Stubhub previously to purchase tickets to a San Jose Game in the US and a game in Vancouver on our holiday last Christmas.  How it works is people with tickets for sporting events, concerts and theatre events and no longer require them can put them up for resale on the site.  It’s kind of like a modern day ticket scalper.  A map shows the venue and the seat prices and if you decide to purchase you put them in your shopping cart and checkout.  Depending on the type of ticket you can either download and print the ticket yourself or the tickets may need to be couriered to you.  Like with a scalpers tickets you pay more than the face value of the ticket.

When I purchased these tickets I had obviously had a couple of wines because I didn’t factor in that I was paying for the tickets in US dollars despite the game being in Canada between 2 Canadian teams so with the vile USD to AUD exchange rate they cost an additional 30%.  When my credit card bill arrived I was in shock to see the tickets had cost $467.00.

What did we get for $467.00????  Seats so high up in the stadium I thought I would require an oxygen tank because the air was so thin.   It was lucky we all survived without a nose bleed.

nose bleed seats

and then this happened

asleep at the ice hockey

A certain someone in our party of 3 fell asleep………..at the ice hockey………..with all the noise and excitement………….and organ playing. Possibly it could have been the lack of oxygen but I’m starting to think I should get this kid checked for narcolepsy.

Jets won 4-2

Mr O’ski bought me this:

leafs jersey

He made me wear it to the game and it’s like some kind of punishment.  On the plus, the colours are on my colour wheel and I do like the logo.

An Idiots Guide to Ice Hockey

This week we have been on an Ice Binge and I am talking about a drug, the drug of Ice Hockey.  Canadian’s are well and truly addicted to Ice Hockey!

In the last week, we have been to the Ice Hockey Hall of Fame , been to a Toronto Maple Leafs Game, watched ice hockey games on Television it’s never not on, heard countless commentators talk about various games and my very favorite a reality TV show called Hockey Wives.   Tomorrow we will round off our week by going to yet another game at the Air Canada Centre this time a World Legends Classic game between two Old Cougar Teams, Team Gilmore and Team Bure.  The youngest player is in his 40’s and the oldest player in his 60’s so I hope they have an ambulance idling outside the arena on standby because more than likely it will be needed.

Ice Hockey deserves several posts but here is my idiots guide to Ice Hockey………….

1/ The object of Ice Hockey is to hit a puck with a stick into a net.  It is fast paced and it is not unusual to sustain a “hockey injury” mostly this includes a puck to the face and, in particular, the teeth or nose so you end up looking like this:

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2/ Despite the fact that Ice Hockey players in the NHL look like Ice Addicts they earn the big bucks so can afford to go to the dentist at the end of the season and buy a million dollar smile.

3/ They can also do cool party tricks like this:

ice hockey squirting water through teeth

4/ They love to brawl, when they do it’s glove’s off and will end with someone “on the blood”.  It’s such a team sport that “one in all in” means the rest of the team will follow and get involved in the brawl.

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5/ During the playoffs (the finals) they are very superstitious and believe it is bad luck to shave so they grow beards and most of them end up looking like this:

ice hockey beards

With the odd one looking like Chopper Read with this:

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or if you are really lucky like this:

ice hockey beard and missing teeth

Mostly they look like really rich homeless guys.

5/ They love a bit of Organ so play this song throughout the game.

6/ They also play other music to get the crowd and players pumped, this playlist usually consists of snippets of surprisingly many Australian Bands including anything by AC/DC and Wolfmother’s – Joker and the thief.

Gun’s n Roses – Welcome to the Jungle, Ram Jam – Black Betty, Queen’s – We will rock you and anything by KISS is also usually played.

Lately, I have been thinking about having piano lessons so I can get a job as the organ grinder at Ice Hockey games.

7/ Saturday night is Hockey Night in Canada.  It started in the 1930’s when they would broadcast the weekly game on the radio.  In the 70’s it debuted with a weekly game on TV and despite the fact that at least one, if not many games can be found on TV daily, Saturday night is still known as hockey night in Canada.

The best Ice Hockey Commentator is Don Cherry.  His nickname is Grapes – Get it? Cherry/Grapes………………..

I love it when Don Cherry comes on the screen due to his fantastic fashion sense and amazing all year round tan.

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8/ If Ice Hockey was a religion in Canada then they would worship Wayne Gretzky. He is the legend of Ice Hockey in Canada, Why?  I’m not sure, I just asked my husband and he said, “google it” because it’s cocktail hour I can’t be bothered so will leave it to you to do!

Personally, I think he is a legend because nobody rocks a mullet like he does.

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