Do the Vancouver Canucks Deserve to Win the Stanley Cup?

I’m a Canadian and I want a Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup since we’re overdue. However, the way the Canucks are playing, I’m almost feeling they don’t deserve it. Not the way Canadians play hockey!

Seriously, after six games and the series tied at three games apiece, Vancouver has led for less than 33 minutes.

Vancouver has been outscored more than 2 to 1! As the league’s top offensive team with 262 goals during the regular season, the Canucks have all of 8 goals scored to show for it. Boston, meanwhile, has scored 19 goals against the league’s top defensive team that only allowed 185 goals all season.

Vancouver has also “out dived” Boston. Vancouver has faked falls, and in Game 6, they faked scoring a goal. Despite a loud “ping” off the post, and no goal light going off, Jannik Hansen acted like the Canucks just scored and stopped the game.

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Li Na Wins French Open On Way to Rock Stardom Status in China!

Li Na of China won the French Open today to become the first Chinese to win a tennis Grand Slam major tournament! Aside from the historic nature of the accomplishment, the future impact of how Li Na achieved this success on the Chinese tennis, athletic and general culture will be the defining impact of this moment.

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Who Do You Think Will Win the 2010 NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament?

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The NCAA Selection Committee has just released the 65 teams chosen for the NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament.

NCAA March Madness Printable Tournament Brackets 2010 PDF
(click on link to download)

Congratulations to all the teams, and the Kansas Jayhawks for the overall #1 seed.

With the brackets announced, we’re ready to go with March Madness, so below are a few fun polls for you to answer. You can also share these with your friends by each poll or for the entire blog post. Please use the “Share” buttons as you see with each poll or at the bottom, respectively. You’ll only be able to vote once since the polls are blocked by cookies, unless you cheat and do some techie fix on your machine. As a result, I can leave some polls for the entire tournament! I will add more as results come in and new match ups appear, and close out some that no longer apply.

You can see the voting results by clicking on View Results for each poll. The first bunch of people will have to come back to see more meaningful results as the numbers pile up.

Pending numbers I get by late Wednesday, I will enter at least one bracket with some recommendations by the votes here. Call it guidance by the wisdom of crowds. You can play online at the NCAA site or at the ESPN site, among the many out there. Get info on each team with one-click via ESPN’s brackets page.

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To start, the biggest question is who will win? To keep things manageable and practical, I will limit it to the top 4 teams in each bracket and a few votes for lower ranked teams by ranking.

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Personally, I will use the results here by rank as a guide to construct some wallpapers for various schools in the upcoming weeks so there’s just a little at stake for me here.

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Of course, upsets are what makes March Madness so fun. So let’s start with the #1 teams.

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What about the #2 teams?

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And the top 4 teams (in each bracket) NOT making the Sweet 16?

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There is usually at least one #12 over #5 upset in the first round. You can pick as many answers as you think apply.

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How’s about the #10 and #11 team upsets?

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Any teams #13 and below you expect to win in the first round for a bigger upset?

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And let’s not forget the #8 and #9 teams which are the closest match-ups, but not always the closest games for some reason.

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Which #1 seed would you least like to see win?

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And to round out the business…

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Any other thoughts, advice or comments you’d like to share? Maybe a “Cinderella” team? There are too many teams for me to poll, and too vague a definition of how far one needs to go to be called a “Cinderella”. Maybe I can poll that later once a few team emerges, if a few team emerges.

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THANK YOU!

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Jon Montgomery Wins Skeleton Olympic Gold for Canada!

Jon Montgomery

Jon Montgomery of Russell, Manitoba took home gold for Canada in the Men’s Skeleton at the Olympics in a stunning come back victory! He edged out Martin Dukurs of Latvia by a mere 7 hundredths of a second, but trailed by 51 hundredths of a second coming in. Jon’s final time was 3:29.73, the sum of his four runs, and Martin’s time was 3:29.80.

Jon was in 2nd place after 3 runs of the skeleton when he threw off a near perfect fourth run that was not matched by Martin Dukurs from Latvia on his respective fourth run. Dukurs had two tiny slips in the final Thunderbird stretch of the track and that was where Dukurs lost the first place he had coming in.

Alexander Tretyakov from Russia finished third.

Of course, what made the whole thing exciting was that the fastest skeleton-er (what do you call those guys?) went last, so it came down to the last skeletoner. That’s what I’m going to call them! Jon was second last and brought his game. Martin did, too, to be honest, but it just wasn’t good enough tonight in a great battle right to the last hundredth of a second in a thrilling finish!

By the way, that little patch of gold on Jon’s helmet barely visible in the picture, is part of the symbol of a turtle. That’s the fastest turtle the world might have ever seen!

Congratulations, Jon, and O CANADA!

A note of condolence to Melissa Hollingsworth of Canada, though, in the women’s skeleton. She was in second place after three runs like Jon, but faltered to fall to fifth overall. She was a gold medal favourite. Failing would not only have been hard for her, but it would have been harder on Canadian soil at the Olympics given what was within her reach. Now it just got harder her counterpart stepped up to win gold with the same situation after three runs of four. Take good care of yourself, Melissa. We’re still all very proud of you!

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