Saturday, June 04, 2016

RIP Muhammad Ali

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali died last night.
From Yahoo sportsSince the news of boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s passing Friday night, it seems everyone has some story about meeting “The Greatest.” Count San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer as one of those people. Read the full story here.

Sharks in the headlights?

It's not looking good for the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup Finals against Pittsburgh. They are down 2 games to 0 with game 3 tonight in California. I picked San Jose to win it all on one of my three NHL Brackets so I hope they make a great comeback! Notice I picked Pittsburgh to almost make it to the Finals too?

The two-time MVP on the Golden State Warriors is Steph Curry. The Vancouver Canucks once had a Currie in their lineup. But Tony Currie only scored nine goals in 38 games between 1981 - 1984. He left and scored twelve right away in Hartford and had 92 in his NHL career.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Deer In the Headlights?

Look who I encountered on a hike last weekend!
Deer should always watch out for Buffalo.
You are going to see a lot of TV highlights with Red DEER. The Rebels are on the road tonight taking on the Brandon Wheat Kings as the WHL playoffs continue. Cue the announcer (ME)!

My hometown Kelowna Rockets are in the Western Conference Finals hosting the Seattle Thunderbirds. GO Rockets!

Voiceover guy Tom DHEERE just experienced the lights and action in Las Vegas for a convention. He also got "socked" by Liz De Nesnera, a New Jersey Devils fan! Should Liz be penalized for her actions? The answer is no. You can read about their exchange here.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Food Fight/Flight? Congrats WestJet!

From 220 employees to more than 13,000, WestJet has grown exponentially during the last 20 years.

In 1996, an upstart airline with only three Boeing 737s started flying to five destinations in Canada, including Kelowna. More in this Leap Day article from Castanet.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Bonding With the Buffalo Sabres?

Some James Bond themed photos for you!

Ralph Fiennes was featured in my last blog post and he has been in the last two Bond movies: "Spectre" and "Skyfall." The latter had a pretty spectacular fight scene on and under the ice. How did they do that? Let's go behind the scenes here.

My wife makes me smile a lot more than the Buffalo Sabres and James Bond...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

That Ralph Is Fine! Fiennes and Lawler

Voiceover coaching from Ralph? NOT me - but Fiennes, begins thirty seconds in. "Hail, Caesar!" opens on February 5th. Judging by the results of the coaching, practice does not make perfect...

Ralph Fiennes is also lending his voice to a couple of animated movies. One is "Kubo and the Two Strings" (with a tentative release date this August) and in just over a year, "The Lego Batman Movie".

From Kubo to Kobe, we are two days away from the 10th anniversary of the legendary Laker scoring 81 against the Toronto Raptors. Practice made perfect that night for Kobe but, oh, how times have changed. Kobe is wrapping up his final season as LA has the second worst record in the league at 9-34. Toronto is hosting this year's All-Star game and is second in the Eastern Conference at 26-15, trailing only the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Hail, Cleveland? Not in these parts...

There is a Ralph who rocks the mic for the LA Clippers. Ralph Lawler is getting a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame this year! Who else is on the list? Click here.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Joshing You With A Bit Of Humor

Four days until Christmas and only two NHL teams have four games this week: the St. Louis Blues and the Dallas Stars.
O Holy Night! The Stars are brightly shining...

Dallas takes the ice in Minnesota tonight.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Santa Claus Connecting With His Shot - and Christmas!

There are five NBA games on Christmas Day - including the Houston Rockets and James Harden hosting the San(ta) Antonio Spurs!

Don't be deceived! Santa knows how to dunk cookies - and more...

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Stephen Curry Connects With His Shot - and Canada!

Hope your MOvember is going/growing well! I am glad to see Thursday roll around because that is my basketball night with the boys!
I am not going to be able to finish what I started for MOvember as I have to be clean-shaven for Santa Claus duty at the mall beginning November 21st. I apply an adhesive tape on my smooth skin for my big beard and some special glue on the Santa moustache!

I share a birthday on March 14th with Stephen Curry (above) of the Golden State Warriors. The defending NBA champions are off to an impressive 5-0 start and it looks like there is no stopping them! But hey, how about those Toronto Raptors at 5-0?!

Steph Curry has a soft spot for Toronto as his dad Dell played for the team between 1999 - 2002. His coach, Steve Kerr, compares him to Canada's best basketball player ever, Steve Nash. Read more here.

I loved watching two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash inducted into the Suns Ring of Honor at the half last Friday night! Sign me up for those announcing jobs!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Props for Sam and The Fonz!

Props to Sam Reinhart for scoring his first NHL goal last Saturday!

Some fun props surrounded me on the set of my first movie on the 14th last week!
I was a background performer in a couple of different scenes after getting up before 4:00 am and working until almost 6 pm. The Hallmark movie of the week should be coming out around Valentine's Day in a few months.Until then, my lips are sealed...

I had the chance to chat with a veteran background performer named Sue H late in the day. With over 30 years in the biz, she said her favorite actor to work with was Henry Winkler, followed by Sir Anthony Hopkins. Of course, Henry Winkler was known as "the Fonz" back in the '70's on "Happy Days" with a trademark leather jacket! I am wearing one above - which was not my own. Production on the office scene I was involved in was held up as they tracked down a leather jacket for me.

Henry Winkler was one of the celebrity speakers yesterday at We Day at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Have a look at the photos here as young people are empowered to change the world!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Diamonds Among Us!

I am wondering if the Buffalo Sabres are superstitious because they have NO games this season on a 13.

The Vancouver Canucks, who had Mats Sundin in the lineup in his final season in 2009, have three games on a 13 - including Mats' main team (those Leafs) in town on his birthday in February.

13 is a great number. As I mentioned in my last blog post, my wife and I were married on a 13. Our oldest son, Justin, was born on a 13.

You saw our daughter's radiant birthday smile on my last post. This tops that as she just got engaged!

My wife shared this on Facebook: Three years dating, and what seems like "forever" best friends...finally came to this! Ralph and I sooooo appreciated you coming to us and asking to have our blessing before you asked our daughter to spend the rest of her life with you. God's best for you both as you travel this amazing world in HIS care and learning all that our amazing God will teach you! Love you Ashley and Nathan!!!!

That wasn't the only diamond on my path this week. Tennis with my better half on Monday captured these: