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In North American football, the extra point is a single point short kick after a 6 point touchdown to give the full 7 point value a touchdown can give a team. The full 7 points also makes the touchdown more valuable than two field goals, at 3 points each, in not only concept but also score. Otherwise, the extra point is also a second chance to cheer loudly for the touchdown just scored if it were your team to have done so.

Once upon a time, the extra point used to require an actual effort so it was not a sure thing by any means. However, these days, it has a success rate of over 99% according to New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. It has become too easy for the players playing to execute it that it not only becomes boring, it’s also a waste of time. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King feels the same way about it, calling it “the biggest waste of time in sports”. Nothing in sports should be that automatic, basically. What kind of competition is there if the outcome was the same more than 99% of the time?

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And a hockey game just broke out of a kitchen party that just broke out in Heaven…

The Wayne Gretzky of Canadian music, legend Stompin’ Connors just passed away at the age of 77 of natural causes. The press release on his website is below. I sure hope he was watching or dreaming of a hockey game, or singing or doing something he loved. He will surely be greatly missed!

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I’ve heard the famous song, (Somewhere) Over the Rainbow, in many, many styles, but not country… until today. I found out about this very moving rendition by Canadian country legend, Ian Tyson, via a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation series called Rainbow Battle pitting different renditions against one another. Ian’s performance completely took me by surprise and entranced me, I must say! Have a listen!

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The last Canadian penny was minted today. So what can you do with your Canadian pennies from now on? Well, that depends on what year you have pennies from due to composition changes and historical values. Here are a few thoughts.

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When I went out for my run at 10 AM this morning (Saturday October 22nd), I noticed the choppers were constantly flying relatively low overhead in the Halifax South End. When I got to Point Pleasant Park, I noticed they were flying just above the tree line out on the water next to the park, and did the same thing along the waterfront. Seemed like some serious military exercise was going on!

Being a spy for the Chinese, I got the call to get my digital SLR down to the waterfront for some high shutter speed shots (1/8000th of a second) of what was going on. Turns out, it was all for fun cause there were kids and adults hanging out the opened side doors of these things as they flew by. Must have been Family Day at CFB Shearwater or something.

Jokes aside, though, those helicopters did some questionable maneuvers, in my opinion, as shown below. Continue reading

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