For most fans the big question preceding the game against the LA Galaxy was which of the teams attack minded players would be left on the bench but, in the end, the answer turned out to be “none of them”. Coach Tom Soehn played Davide Chiumiento behind a front two of Hassli and Jarju with [...]Continue Reading —›
Here’s a small preview of what to expect tomorrow, by Tommy Wolski’s Sport of Kings TV. First race is at 12:20 noon. Hastings has put together a 10 race card on what has become the signature day on the racing calendar here in Vancouver. There’s even a possibility of a Pick 5 carryover, if [...]Continue Reading —›
For about an hour it wasn’t going too badly. The Whitecaps were trading chances with the best team in MLS in front of the biggest crowd of the season on a sunny day in Vancouver. Then Michael Boxall slipped, Landon Donovan scored, and the LA Galaxy went on to notch three more goals and the [...]Continue Reading —›
This is an odd photo. I especially like the way the referee is signaling a crosschecking penalty when he should clearly be calling the police. But there’s more to laugh about here. Consider Campbell’s concern (Dude, you killed him). Consider the feigned innocence in Keith’s stance, or the way he looks back, dumbly, groping for some explanation for the dead guy at his feet. (Um, I found him this way… he fell…)Continue Reading —›
“Third Man In” would make a good movie title. I can see it now: Qris Johnson is…the Third Man In.
This week, Qris takes a cold, hard look at Jannik Hansen, a warm, soft look at potential Ehrhoff replacements, a lukewarm, “what’s up” look at Vegas odds for next year’s Stanley Cup, and a piping-hot, fresh-out-of-the-oven look at offer sheets.Continue Reading —›
When the Vancouver Whitecaps face a weakened LA Galaxy team on Saturday manager Tom Soehn will be in the unusual position of having to make a team selection based on too many choices as opposed to too few . With Jay DeMerit and Atiba Harris the only probable starters who are not available it will be instructive to see the eleven [...]Continue Reading —›
Stated simply, the mind/body problem concerns the relationship between the mental and the physical, the subject and objects. Mental states and processes, aka. consciousness, seem to be very different from physical states and processes, aka. the world. How do these two disparate things connect and co-exist? How does light entering the eye, hitting the retina, resulting in neural impulses in the brain, create the sensation or feeling of sight? When Dan Hamhuis got a groin and abdominal injury from hipchecking Milan Lucic, why did it hurt? We understand everything up until the transition from neural impulses in the brain to the feeling and sensation of “I am hurt” as that is the point at which the situation changes from a physical process into a mental state. Science is good with physical processes. Science can work with objects. Mental states and subjects? That’s a bit tougher for science to handle.Continue Reading —›
With the news today that the Canucks and Jannik Hansen avoided the ugly squabble and dish-throwing of arbitration comes the beautiful realization that fans can look forward to three more years of frenzied forechecking, possessed penalty killing, and delightful high-pitched interviews. At a $1.35 million cap hit, Canucks fans should be thrilled. I’m thrilled. Why aren’t you thrilled? You should be.Continue Reading —›
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Mikael Samuelsson had an interesting year. Plagued most of the season with sports hernia and muscle tightness in his leg that restricted his movement and slowed his skating, he looked like a shell of the man that made Mike Gillis look like a genius for signing him by scoring 30 goals in his first season in Vancouver. After a strong playoffs in which he scored six goals in seven games bolstered the hopes of Vancouver fans, Samuelsson’s foll0w-up season was wildly inconsistent. He vacillating between excellent, puck possession shifts and terrible giveaways, often in the same game. He bounced around the lineup, from the first to the fourth line, with regularity, never quite finding a permanent home. Each shift seems like a punishment or a reward for the one that preceded it.
And still, while the 18 goals he put up in 2010-11 were 12 less than his career year in 2009-10, they were consistent with his career averages. Furthermore, the 50 points he tallied were only three away from last year’s numbers.
As the next season approaches, the enigmatic Samuelsson had been largely forgotten as a top six option, but 18 goals and 50 points is nothing to sneeze at, especially when the average NHL first liner puts up only 60 points. Samuelsson is an impact player wherever in the Canucks lineup he plays. Let every goal he scored in 2010-11 remind you of that.Continue Reading —›
The man they (we) call Kiss Huggins showed enough last season to earn another go-round in Vancouver, as the Canucks paid him $1.9 million to return. It will be interesting to see if he can return, as well, to Ryan Kesler’s wing. Lord knows the spot is wide open at the moment and, while Higgins struggled with his finish at times last year (some of that may have had to do with his sore hand), he showed as much or more chemistry with Kesler as anyone on the roster.
Unfortunately, it only resulted in two goals, and truthfully, I don’t care where he plays in 2012, so long as he can replicate what he does in the clips below, say, 20 more times than that. Here’s every goal Chris Higgins scored (in a Canucks uniform) in 2010-11.Continue Reading —›
For some people the big soccer story in Vancouver at the moment is the non-arrival of David Beckham (closely followed by the possible non-arrival of Landon Donovan) but for the Whitecaps players, management and regular supporters the big story will be how the team perform in their next two games at Empire Field. The absence of a [...]Continue Reading —›
If you haven’t seen the Wellwoods’ “Destiny” video, you probably should, especially because it will provide some context for what you see here. Mind you, do you really need context for this? It’s people flubbing lines, cracking up, and running around, dogs licking themselves, comedically poor automobile operation, and pretty women winking. If you can’t understand it, you need to read more books. Also, at one points, Morgan screams “No touching!” If you can’t get behind Arrested Development references, you might need to start your life over.
The Wellwoods are PITB’s official women’s road hockey team. They are funny, their videos are great, and we love them. With that in mind, we present “Outtakes from ‘Destiny,’” their latest filmic endeavour.Continue Reading —›
Here’s a photo of Alex Ovechkin dressed as a throw rug, via our good friends at Houses of the Hockey. Apparently, it was taken during a surprise appearance made by the Russian superstar during halftime of a Russian Premier League soccer match, at which he was presented with a traditional Dagestani burka (the stylish torso covering) and papakha (the Chaka Khan-looking hat). It’s a little less odd once you know the context (as most things are), but it remains odd nonetheless, especially since it bears a striking resemblance to the iconic album cover for Funkadelic’s classic Maggot Brain (home of the best guitar solo of all time).Continue Reading —›
If ever there was an offseason where the decision to stand pat could be considered a “bold move” (in the Gillisian sense of the word), this is it. After coming within one win of the Stanley Cup Final, the Canucks’ GM finds himself surrounded by hungry, angry, confused people — zombies, basically — that want him to make the splash that will put this team over the top. And, with the losses of Raffi Torres and Christian Ehrhoff, fans have returned to their usual offseason call for a power forward right winger and an offensive defenseman. They want a big-time acquisition.
The fans aren’t the only ones. Francesco Aquilini’s now-famous, profanity-laced tantrum following game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final showed us a man that, despite owning the team, is also a highly emotional fan. You have to imagine that he wants Gillis to make a big move as much as we do. Hell, Gillis probably does too, and he may still make one. He’s a fan of this team also, after all. You know he’d trade the future to Skynet if it meant his Canucks would see a better outcome next year. But, all things considered, it’s entirely possible — and don’t go flipping the pool when I suggest this — that the Canucks are done.Continue Reading —›
Welcome to the back half of Alex Burrows’ entry in the PITB Every Goal series. Yesterday we looked at goals 1-13 in Burrows’s 2010-11 season. Today we’ll look at goals 14 – 26, and you’ll see all sorts of crazy things: ridiculous passing plays, odd-man rushes, that backhand move that always works for some reason, more hustle than a Cassidy video, and empty net goals galore. Galore! And if, for whatever reason, you don’t fully understand what Alex Burrows brings to the Canucks, you’ll have a pretty good idea by the time you’re finished.Continue Reading —›
There was a moment out there, when Adam Hadwin walked toward the 15th tee ( having just sunk a 25-footer for birdie, complete with multiple fist-pumps) when it looked like Adam Hadwin might just finish this thing off. It was his third birdie in a row and their appeared a relaxed smile on his [...]Continue Reading —›
A few different things happening on the grounds of Shaughnessy this morning: – Adam Hadwin is dressed in a very Canadian red shirt with with white pants and a white Callaway hat. We asked one of his coaches, Scott Rodgers, if the outfit had been planned in advance and he just smiled, saying: “He was [...]Continue Reading —›
It’s not about this year anymore for the Blue Jays—it hasn’t been for awhile—but if this team is going to grow into a contender by next season then they are going to have fix the back end of the bullpen sooner rather than later. The Jays are playing a dangerous game with the fleeting confidence [...]Continue Reading —›
…out on course with the leaders right now. Hadwin blocked his first tee-shot of the day and ended up making a bogey… Fowler making a charge with a birdie and an eagle in his first seven holes… updates to follow after the front nine.Continue Reading —›
From a purely neutral point of view there probably isn’t a whole lot of difference between the starts that the two newcomers to Major League Soccer have made this season; the Vancouver Whitecaps sit at the bottom of the Western Conference and the other expansion team, the Portland Timbers, are just one place above them. Yet the way [...]Continue Reading —›
Alex Burrows had a fabulous season, and he didn’t get enough credit for it. Though he failed to top his career-high 35 goals from the season prior, he still potted an impressive 26 goals in a shortened season after missing the entire preseason and the first 10 games of the regular season while recovering from shoulder surgery. Granted, Burrows’s totals were overshadowed by the 41-goal seasons put up by both Ryan Kesler and Daniel Sedin, but it’s important to note that Alex Burrows did his damage without powerplay time: his 24 even-strength goals, one more than either Kesler or Daniel, led the Canucks.
One misconception that I hope to clear up during Alex Burrows’s entry in the Every Goal series is the notion that anybody could do Burrows’s job. It’s a cushy gig, to be sure, but a lot of guys have flunked out of it because it’s not an easy one to keep. In order to make himself a consistent passing option, Burrows has to stay one step ahead of the Sedins. Were this a simple task, there would be no such thing as Sedinery. Burr works his tail off to be in the right place at the right time, reading plays, fighting for space, going hard into corners and even harder to the net. In short: sure, his stat line benefits from the Sedins’ fabulous playmaking skills, but he makes things as easy for them as they do for him. Take in every goal Alex Burrows scored in 2010-11 and you’re sure to notice that.Continue Reading —›
He shows no sign of the trademark Calcavecchia gut. Or the short temper. His clothes are stylish and trendy and altogether un-CALC-like. There is not a single pleat to be found. And yet, somehow, against all the logic we managed to come up with (in the fifteen-or-so minutes we spent thinking about it) with [...]Continue Reading —›
Adam Hadwin has just pulled into a tie for the lead on Saturday at the Canadian Open. There is a lot to be excited about. The young man is coming off a strong showing at this year’s US Open, where he finished tied for 39th, and was the low-Canadian at last year’s Canadian Open. But [...]Continue Reading —›
As you’re already well aware, Mike Weir withdrew from the Canadian Open today after making a bogey and two double-bogeys in his first six holes (oh yeah, and apparently he had some sort of elbow injury). This is the excuse he gave: “My elbow’s really acting up. I woke up this morning and it was [...]Continue Reading —›