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« on: November 13, 2013, 02:35:48 AM »
« on: November 11, 2013, 03:52:07 AM »
On the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th hour...
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
~ Lt. Col. John McCrae, M.D. 1915 Canadian Artillery Brigade
« on: October 11, 2013, 01:57:00 PM »
Deadline is 7:00PM Saturday. All times Eastern.
Saturday October 12th
Philadelphia @ Detroit - 7:00PM
Edmonton @ Toronto - 7:00PM
Colorado @ Washington - 7:00PM
Buffalo @ Chicago - 8:00PM
Montreal @ Vancouver - 10:00PM
Ottawa @ San Jose - 10:00PM
« on: October 03, 2013, 05:13:55 AM »
Leaderboard standings for Round 1:
« on: September 26, 2013, 03:42:23 AM »
Welcome back, participants! The TMLfans Pick 'em Challenge is back!
Hope many of you will be taking part, and, having great fun, too, predicting!
Below are the games for Week 1. Note that they are on a Tuesday & Wednesday, NHL opening night/week. (Our 'traditional' Challenge day is Saturdays).
All times Eastern. Deadline is 7PM Tuesday.
Good luck to all! Tuesday October 1st
Toronto at Montreal - 7PM
Washington at Chicago - 8PM
Winnipeg at Edmonton - 10PMWednesday October 2nd
Toronto at Philadelphia - 7PM
Buffalo at Detroit - 8PM
Anaheim at Colorado - 9:30PM
(For those unfamiliar or for newbies, click here for the Pick'em rules -- how to play):http://www.tmlfans.ca/community/index.php?topic=195.0
« on: September 06, 2013, 02:10:21 AM »
Peyton Manning not only led the Denver Broncos to a 49-24 romp over the Super Bowl defending champion Baltimore Ravens, he also became the sixth player in NFL history to throw seven touchdowns in one game.
This was the season opener and boy did the Broncos
open with aplomb.
Wes Walker, Julius Thomas and Demarius Thomas were on the receiving end of Manning's passes, recipients of two touchdown each.
« on: August 09, 2013, 08:55:54 AM »
It was exactly 25 years ago this August 9th, 1988, when Wayne Gretzky, dubbed "The Great One" for being quite possibly one of the greatest sports figures of our time, was traded from the Edmonton Oilers, a team he helped to win the Stanley Cup three years in a row, to the Los Angeles Kings.
It was an unforeseen event, as it left a nation in disbelief, an Oilers fanbase in anger, and fans of the L.A. Kings delighted. While there had been rumours all of throughout that summer of Gretzky being part of a trade package, no one, not even "The Great One" himself thought any such thing was ever going to happen.
The fact is not only that it came to fruition, and not only 'shaking' the hockey world, but it may very well have been what the NHL needed to boost it's brand in both California as well as the United States as a whole. It may also have saved the L.A. Kings franchise in terms of attendance, publicity, and the enormous clamour that suddenly made hockey the "in" thing. Gretzky's impact was going to make it's mark like never before seen.
Hockey Night in California one could certainly say, and, hockey 'revival' (interest) in the rest of America it sure became.
Below are some links with stories showing timelines & histories going down memory lane...http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/52963-The-Wayne-Gretzky-Trade-25-years-on-an-oral-history.htmlhttp://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/wayne-gretzky-the-trade/
I would like to ask, where were many of you on the day of "The Trade", and what was your initial reaction?
« on: July 26, 2013, 01:37:02 AM »
Dubbed one of "Europe's worst" rail disasters, a high-speed train carrying over 247 passengers, running at 190 kilometres/hr (120 miles/hr), veered off the tracks, slammed into a concrete wall, and flew in every direction, while it was coming around the bend.
Approximately 100 people injured and more than 80 dead (at last count), as investigators are questioning the driver and the maneuverings that led the train to derail so violently. Investigation is still ongoing.
Crash took place in the small Northwestern town of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
For more on the story, go to:http://ca.news.yahoo.com/least-56-killed-70-injured-train-derails-spain-003055583.html?
« on: July 10, 2013, 11:39:25 AM »
As many of you may know, a catastrophic explosion occurred when train rail tankers carrying oil collided/derailed in Lac-Megantic, a picturesque seaside town of 6,000 people in the province of Quebec.
The explosion was so profound that it decimated many buildings and homes, practically "incinerating" the town.
There were quite a few deaths as well as injuries, the shock, loss and sorrow that the town's residents have had to endure.
This reminds me of the propane gas explosion in Toronto a few years ago, when poor safety and a lack of responsible standards were held against Sunrise, the company in charge of these stationary gas tanks.
Anyone remember? My family and I, we live quite a distance from where the explosion took place that night, but, we saw a huge bright ball of flame and our home 'shook'. That was scary enough.
imagine the terror at Lac-Megantic. Tragic that it even happened in the first place. Safety issues have come into focus here.
For the latest on Lac-Megantic, go to:http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/lac-megantic-residents-angry-over-loss-life-industry-185226094.html
« on: July 01, 2013, 03:48:17 AM »
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CANADA!
....146 years young!!
« on: June 14, 2013, 05:47:07 AM »
Just for fun, what does anyone think of these rankings ot NHL team logos?
(In our hearts, the Maple Leafs logo is#1)
(In descending order):30. Carolina Hurricanes
29. Minnesota Wild
28. Anaheim Ducks
27. Columbus Blue Jackets
26. Colorado Avalanche
25. Dallas Stars
24. Ottawa Senators
23. Nashville Predators
22. NY Islanders
21. New Jersey Devils
20. Phoenix Coyotes
19. Calgary Flames
18. Washington Capitals
17. St. Louis Blues
16. L.A. Kings
15. Florida Panthers
14. Tampa Bay Lightning
13. VanCouver Canucks
12. New York Rangers
11. Edmonton Oilers
10. Pitsburgh Penguins
9. Boston Bruins
8. Winnipeg Jets
7. San Jose Sharks
6. Philadelphia Flyers
5. Buffalo Sabres
4. Detroit Red Wings
3. Toronto Maple Leafs
2. Montreal Canadiens
1. Chicago Blackhawks
Read full article (with explanations for each ranking):http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/nhl-logo-power-rankings-from-stunning-to-ugly/
« on: May 31, 2013, 11:58:51 AM »
Corey Crawford vs Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Toews vs Dustin Brown, Brent Seabrook vs Drew Doughty, etc.
This promises to be an interesting, hard-hitting, good goaltending type of series between two teams both known for their different styles and a plethora of talent as well as experience. Experience?
Firstly, these two teams are both former Stanley Cup champions (Chicago in 2010-11 and L.A. in 2011-12). While not every player has remained for the Kings nor Hawks, there are plenty of key people with enough experience to make a difference for both clubs. Chicago has Toews, Kane, Hossa, Keith, Seabrook, guys who've been there, done that.
Los Angeles has Brown, Carter, Penner, Doughty, Richards, plus a capable goaltender in Quick, Conn Smythe Trophy winner last season.
Notice that Corey Crawford's name wasn't inserted in the above paragraph. Crawford has no Cup experience. That is the difference between him and Quick. Would it matter? That depends on the performance of the opposition in front of him. The Kings Quick has been known to start off sloppy then gets better and better as a series wears on. Of course, Chicago's Crawford is no slouch either, having come up with the big saves when called upon, and having provided excellent goaltending throughout the season for the Hawks.
Which goaltender will outplay each other? Take your pick.
Both teams have had similar series (Detroit for Chicago 4 games to 3 series win for the Hawks and in Game 7 in OT) and (San Jose for Los Angeles 4 game to 3 series win for the Kings and in Game 7 in OT).
L.A. sported the best home record in the regular season, while Chicago sported the best record overall. Since the United Center has one of the loudest fans in the league, and since the Staples Center has been like gold for the Kings, how these teams fare on home ice may tell the tale of who will be more advantageous in this Conference Final. Tune in.