Chris Matthew can finally start wearing pants again — the Blue Bombers won the Grey Cup =) Absolutely incredible game by the entire team, but we all remember the old saying “defense wins trophies”. Winnipeg’s D allowed just 12 points and forced (one way on another) 8 turnovers. A nice touch — I knew that Harris is from Winnipeg but turned out that Demski is also playing for his hometown — a rarity in modern professional sports.
The Grey Cup final this year is a game between Hamilton Tiger Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers and when I’m okay with either team winning (both well deserve it), I’m still going to support the Bombers a tiny bit more. First of all, the last time they won the CFL trophy was in 1990, which was incredibly long time ago by the standards of the league with only 9 participants. Secondly — I cheer for the Jets in the NHL (not a very convincing argument, probably). The third reason though is more interesting. This guy is just one win away from wearing pants again =) So… go Bombers go, I guess =)
One of the signs that it’s going to be an interesting Saturday is when you’re checking out the credit card transactions history and see a $1000 purchase you haven’t made. After I said a bunch of M-rated words regarding all that, I reached the store and they didn’t find anything related to my phone number, name or even this credit card. Considering that it was the first time I got involved in a credit card fraud, let’s say, face to face, it was a bit stressful. Luckily, everything turned out to be a bit easier than expected. I called the bank, they asked a few questions regarding other transactions on the card (there were more unauthorized ones I knew nothing about because they were blocked automatically), happily stated that the card had been compromised, would be blocked, money refunded and I’ll get a new one.
Later Rob picked me up and we set off to Hamilton, to my first big football game. This one =) We were lucky because the game had everything we could think of. It had rushing TDs, passing TDs, a successful fake field goal play, interceptions, crazy plays with lateral passes, missed extra point kicks. And, of course, an impressive comeback by the TiCats, which were behind 15 points after the 3rd quarter — and eventually won by a single PAT!
What a typical play looks like when you’re at the stadium:
That decisive extra point kick:
And just some random pictures:
The Jets lost 3 of their defensemen this off-season. Whereas Trouba’s departure was inevitable it’s kind of sad that Myers and Chiarot also chose other teams. I guess Winnipeg isn’t the best place to live after all =) (although, I hope that I’ll visit it one day). The silver lining is that now they have enough money to sign Laine and Connor and, oh boy, I do hope that Laine won’t get a crazy long contract. He’s a good player but no one can predict what’s going to happen.
The Bruins win 5-1 and that’s pretty awesome — not only because game 7 in the Stanley Cup finals sounds intense and dramatic but also because game 6 was surprisingly okay in terms of referees’ decisions. No controversial penalties or missed faults, they even counted the Blues goal after a video review. Now my only hope is that it’ll be like that in the last game.
The Jets were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs yesterday and it’s not the problem by itself. It’s not the end of the world that they couldn’t make it past the first round. The problem that the “do-or-die” game, game 6, was a demonstration of one-sided hockey. St Louis wanted to win and did everything to get the necessary result. Winnipeg… well, after the first two periods they had just 6 shots on goal. So, first the Knights, then the Jets. Now I don’t have any preferences and can just enjoy some good hockey =)
In general, right now I have a chance to be 100% on my playoff predictions. My choices were — Flames, Sharks, Stars, Jets and Lightning, Bruins, Capitals and Penguins. 4 of these teams have already finished they 2018-19 season and 2 are trailing 2-3 in their series. Remind me to never ever bet on sports results =)
Some coaches know what an inspirational speech should be about. Maybe one day it’ll be used in the next “Miracle” =)