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Last November, I had the opportunity to visit the Los Angeles Fashion District (LAFD). It was a great experience that was very different from what I experienced in New York’s Fashion District (NYFD) in Manhattan. I visited both in search of fabrics and notions, not pre-made clothes that I’m not sure would better fit me or my small budget. It is in these contexts that I want to share with you what I found. And I wonder how different my perspective is from Evelina Galli who lives in LA. Evelina?

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If you were Canadian and alive on August 9, 1988, your life stopped at least for a little while, if not got changed entirely. I know my life got changed entirely. That was the day the Edmonton Oilers traded the greatest NHL player ever, to an American team, in the same division. It was the trade of the century, without a doubt.

Over 20 years later, ESPN produced a phenomenal documentary on that trade called Kings Ransom, as part of their fabulous 30 for 30 series of documentaries. It puts a lot of new perspective and filled in a lot of gaps to the story. Also, with time, we could follow all the story lines to their conclusions, some of which were quite surprising, from the destinies of Peter Pocklington and Bruce McNall, to Wayne himself, his marriage, and what he has done for hockey in the US, especially California area, as well as hockey in Canada and hockey as a business.

It was too bad this documentary hasn’t gotten more buzz in Canada.

Below is the documentary in 4 video clips posted by a YouTube user called HockeyWebCaster. Thanks for posting.

I hope you enjoy and recommend to others who may be interested.

I cried a lot that day when Wayne was traded. Watching this documentary, I did it again. I wonder what the guy next to me on the Air Canada flight to San Francisco thought. :-)

I created these tagging challenges for fans of North American professional football, or people who know lots of those fans. The tagging challenges can be done on Facebook, MySpace, LiveJournal or other platforms where you can tag people on pictures.

The idea is to see how diverse is the group of football fans you know, and how does that compare to your fellow football loving friends. It’s no fun if everybody supported the team you supported, you know!

  • Pick a Facebook tagging meme of your choice based on the leagues below: National Football League (NFL), Canadian Football League (CFL) and Arena Football League (AFL).
  • Tag one person you know whose favourite team is represented by the team logo. It has to be that person’s favourite team as you can’t tag a person twice on the same photo.
  • How many teams can you tag? And how does this compare to your friends who might have done this same challenge?

Here’s how to get these graphics for your tagging fun:

  • Click on a picture below to get it at full size.
  • Right click on that picture and save to your computer.
  • Upload it to your Facebook profile.
  • Tag your friends!

Fancy yourself quite the social sports fan, or this isn’t your sport? Try the same Facebook tagging challenges for:

Please click here for a complete list of over 100 Facebook picture tagging memes on this site with which you can use for fun with your friends.

Enjoy!

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Nuggets Lakers BasketballThe Los Angeles Lakers just won their 15th NBA title, winning 99-86 over the Orlando Magic in game 5 of the NBA finals. This is their 15th NBA title, Kobe’s first without Shaquille O’Neal, and Phil Jackson’s record 10th. Kobe Bryant was named Finals MVP.

Jackson’s 10th title passes the great Red Auerbach’s 9 to set a new NBA record for championships won by a coach. But let’s get one thing straight, though. Auerbach might have been great, but ultimately, he was a sore loser by the quote below before he died in 2006.

“[Phil]’s never tried building a team and teaching the fundamentals,” Auerbach said. “When he’s gone in there, they’ve been ready-made for him. It’s just a matter of putting his system in there. They don’t worry about developing players if they’re not good enough. They just go get someone else.” [Yahoo!]

It was two different styles in two different eras, but there’s no telling what Red Auerbach might have done in this era. Auerbach’s teams weren’t exactly depleted of stars, but given the egotist he was shown by that comment, what do you think would have happened had he had those egos like Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and others on his teams? He’d have had to have been the biggest ego on the team and shipped them out. He wouldn’t have known how valuable these players truly were, with their faults elsewhere than in the basketball skills. Maybe Jackson walked into those teams, and maybe he went and got what he wanted, but Auerbach would have shipped them all out had he been coaching those same personnel.

And this comment about not teaching the basics, that’s a load of BS from a bitter old guy. Why don’t you ask the stars what ultimately makes the difference in the game? You can have all the desires you want, if you don’t have the fundamentals, you won’t be winning anything worth writing about. And don’t tell me these guys had all their fundamentals down, or maintain them without being taught. Since when did any star have so much fundamentals they couldn’t use more? Maybe Jackson didn’t teach everything from scratch, but he could have because he still had to teach it. He may not have had to teach as large a set to every player as Red did, but he still had to teach them, and there’s no doubt he could because if he couldn’t, he wouldn’t be here. I would even say Phil, the Zen Master had the harder job cause he had to teach it to guys who thought they knew it all. Red never faced that nearly to the same extent. He wouldn’t have put up with it and shipped them out or benched them. It’s a different style that doesn’t work today.

And the Zen Master, he would never say any such thing about any rival, including Red. Phil just acknowledged on TV that Red was a great guy when asked about his relationship with Red being “competitive”. Phil said he’ll “smoke a cigar in memory of Red tonight”. To say anything so petty or negative of a worthy competitor like Red, as Red said of Phil, just would wouldn’t be zen… now or zen.

So Red, if you’re in Heaven, which I’m sure you are instead of some other place, I hope you’ll have changed your mind and heart by tonight cause Heaven ain’t got no place for people who are anything less than happy.

If not, may I respectfully say, get the Hell out of there!

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 6.6

I created these tagging challenges for major league baseball fans in North America, Japan and South Korea, or people who know lots of those fans. The tagging challenges can be done on Facebook, MySpace, LiveJournal or other platforms where you can tag people on pictures.

The idea is to see how diverse is the group of baseball fans you know, and how does that compare to your fellow baseball loving friends. It’s no fun if everybody supported the team you supported, you know!

  • Pick a Facebook tagging meme of your choice based on the leagues below: American, National, combined Major Leagues, Nippon Professional Baseball League (NPBL) and Korean Baseball Organization (KBO).
  • Tag one person you know whose favourite team is represented by the team logo. It has to be that person’s favourite team as you can’t tag a person twice on the same photo.
  • How many teams can you tag? And how does this compare to your friends who might have done this same challenge?

Here’s how to get these graphics for your tagging fun:

  • Click on a picture below to get it at full size.
  • Right click on that picture and save to your computer.
  • Upload it to your profile.
  • Tag your friends!

Fancy yourself quite the social sports fan, or this isn’t your sport? Try the same Facebook tagging challenges for:

Please click here for a complete list of over 100 Facebook picture tagging memes on this site with which you can use for fun with your friends.

Enjoy!

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