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:

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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 =)

Sign me in for 4 games (hehe) of such hockey in playoffs! Was a nervous, close but exciting match, and it’s only minus was that the game was broadcast on TV, which meant a commercial break every 5-6 minutes. Knights showed that they are really ready to win this year. Bouchard with 3 assist and a solid play — much better than what he was doing on Tuesday against the Storm.

One sector behind the goal was suspiciously empty — when I was buying a ticket almost everything had already been occupied. Mystery.

http://ontariohockeyleague.com/video/jan-1219-ott-3-ldn-5

Chargers — Colts; Saints — Cowboys. Superbowl: Chargers — Cowboys. The winner — Chargers.

I finished at an honourable 8th place (out of 10) in our fantasy football league, so, to be honest, I wouldn’t trust my own predictions but we’ll see.

P.S. Learned today that double contractions in English is a legit thing. I couldn’t’ve thought.