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.
Congratulations to the Japanese women soccer team for winning the 2011 FIFA World Cup in soccer!
They fought courageously, coming back from a goal down twice reasonably late in the game to tie it 2-2 in extra time. Then they won it decisively on in penalty kicks, not needing to finish the set to win it 3-1, becoming the first Asian soccer World Cup champions. Absolutely true to their underdog label to the very end!
The US may have seemed to have dominated play, with 27 shots to a dozen or so by the Japanese. However, it was all an illusion. The Japanese had more shots on goal than the US, at 6-5. The Japanese also had the ball 53% of the time.
The US was the flashier team, but the Japanese was the more consistent team.
Talk about justice, or karma! The Boston Bruins won Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals against the Vancouver Canucks in all the ways the Canucks had beaten them in Vancouver in three previous games. You can get the stats and game highlights elsewhere. I’ve got the karmic analysis here… just the way Vancouverites like to think about the universe. 😉
With the 2011 March Madness Tournament over, the results and in and Barack Obama’s 2011 Barackets beat 87.4% of ESPN’s 6 million or so bracket entries. This was despite having had no teams past the Elite 8 as da Prez picked heavily for the favourites in a year where parity was more the rule than the norm. However, he was bailed out by the fact the parity was so strong that less than 30% of entries had even one team in the Final Four. Translate that and it meant less than 30% had an entry that potentially had a chance to get points past the Elite 8 round or half the tournament! That’s one way to get bailed out for not being able to get points for half the tournament.
Now, if only the POTUS’ political foresight and planning only worked as well!
We knew it was coming. President Barack Obama’s 2010 NCAA March Madness Barackets were out of teams by the middle of the Elite Eight. It started slipping down the ESPN tournament standings. It was only a matter of how far it would fall.
With Duke’s championship win (spit!), da Prez’s Barackets ended up beating just barely half of the ESPN brackets. He finished ahead of only a dismal 51.1% of about 5 million brackets entered.
And we thought da Prez knew his basketball.
Well, he did for a couple of rounds, picking good upsets in the first and second rounds. He was ahead of 96.5% of the brackets after Round 1. Then it started falling apart. But because so many high seeds started to fall, he didn’t do too badly until Round 4 as most people fell with him.
But when it fell apart, it really fell apart.
Better luck next year, Mr President!
I beat ya again this year. My ESPN brackets finished ahead of 77.5% of the brackets.
Glad to see you’re doing better with the health care bill. 🙂
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