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:

Friday, August 07, 2015

Peach, Teach and PreaTch

I like Mikes (Michael is my middle name) and Mics (I am a voiceover guy)...

Our daughter, Ashley, recently turned 24. Guess what her favorite fruit is?
Clue: it rhymes with teach.

As a teacher though, she may get more apples. Congratulations Ashley!
I was 24 when I got married. That was almost 27 years ago: August 13, 1988. My wife, Darlene, was almost 24 when we got married.

Darlene, Ashley and my friend Herb Merriweather (who is also celebrating a birthday today!) are all awesome at walking the talk.
You have all inspired me!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hockey IS Coming & Seeing Red On The Baseball Diamond

Wednesday the 22nd on the calendar. 23 Fridays until Christmas...
Only 11 more Wednesdays until the new NHL season begins!

Seeing red? I am actually wearing a Habs t-shirt now. Meanwhile, those Flames will have a better season than the Canucks for sure.

Even though I have Standard First Aid and CPR now, I don't think I can resuscitate the Canadian dollar:(

With the Canadian dollar at it's lowest level in ten years, it's a great time for voiceover cheques from across the border!

Wish my cheques were as big as this guys'

This is blog post #467. Getting closer to 500...

The Big Red Machine. That sure brings back Cincinnati baseball memories! They won the World Series in 1975 and '76. Then in 1990, they swept the Oakland A's with Lou Piniella behind the bench. The 2015 World Series will be the 111th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series. The tentative start date is October 27th.

My last blog post had footage of Chicago's NHL coach throwing a tantrum. Lou Piniella was known for doing that too. Here he is "losing it" in Chicago a few years ago managing the Cubs...

Good way to lose some weight I guess...

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Give Blood! It IS More Important Than Hockey

As this blog gives you post #466, please note how important it is to give blood. Give with a friend - like I did yesterday.
The Stanley Cup Finals begin tonight and I would say the blood pressure of Chicago's coach, Joel Quenneville, could take a turn for the worse quicker...
...than the calm, cool and collected nature of Tampa Bay's coach, Jon Cooper, who hails from Prince George, BC. Meet the Lightning's leader behind the bench here.
I want to give the Cup to TB - but forgive me if I am wrong...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hockey Best-of-Sevens and 77! Go Kelowna Rockets!

Ladies first:)

NBA MVP Stephen Curry made 77 three-pointers in a row during practice! His Mom (along with four other basketball Moms) made this
5 Favorite Sports Moms list.

Taking my awesome 77-year-old Mom to this spectacular 7-letter production this Saturday!

Lights! On his Camera and Action! Matt helped me get hired for voiceover with the Sabres. 7 seasons so far:)

The Kelowna (7 letters) Rockets (7 letters) host Brandon (7 letters) tonight in game 4 of the WHL Championship series. This best-of-seven could wrap up tonight as my hometown team has won the first three games!
Cue my voiceover!

Game 7 tonight in New York (7 letters) as the Rangers (7 letters) host the Capitals (8 letters). Have to pick New York to move on to the East final versus Tampa Bay. The Western conference final will feature Anaheim and Chicago (7 letters each). I will go with the Ducks and their size advantage in that series.

Monday, April 13, 2015

What's In A Golf Name & Lucky number 14 Jamie Benn!

The Masters was interesting to watch over the weekend. Bill HAAS tied for 12th with a total of six under par while the top two finishers had the same names as my sons:)

Green IS the color of the day at the Masters as the winner gets the coveted green jacket!

I actually won something green this morning - but that isn't me below with my headphones. I went for the green shirt because underneath Feeling Lucky, it says Since 1964, which is my birth year! (I did the math for you on my previous post).

The top hockey player in green? Former Kelowna Rockets player, Jamie Benn, who won the NHL scoring title on Saturday! And now comes word he needs hip surgery, proving again hockey players are the toughest athletes out there:)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Fun with Hockey Numbers & Family Birthdays!

As time March-es on, I love having fun with numbers - and birthdays!

Since turning 51, that number has come up for me the last two weeks playing Sportsnet's Fantasy Hockey contest. What are the odds?:)
Actually, odd totals the last 4 weeks but even the previous 3. 

Two weeks left in the NHL season and only Alex Ovechkin has a chance to score 50 goals. He had two yesterday and could hit the magic 50 tomorrow night against Carolina. Next year he should hit 500 career goals!

Meanwhile, the Buffalo Sabres could hit 50 points with a win tonight against the second worst team in the league. Will they conquer the Coyotes on the road in Arizona? NEXT SEASON WILL BE BETTER!

Monday, February 02, 2015

Super Bowl Car Ads Were BAD - Just Like The Ending To The Game!

There were no WAS a (updated 4:39 pm) BMW car ad yesterday!
How could I forget seeing this from Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric?

*Updated 4:49 pm. Another one: 
The all-new Chevy Colorado offers built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi.

Brady, Marshawn and Wilson put on quite the show. Too bad Marshawn and Wilson couldn't work together at the end of the game to seal the deal for the Seahawks!
New England 28 Seattle 24

From the website:
Bill Belichick and Brady are champions for a fourth time. Butler's play ended a wild back-and-forth game between two great quarterbacks and two titanic coaches. It was a game worthy of the two best teams in the sport this decade. It was a game that reminded everyone watching why we love football so much.

I enjoyed watching most of the commercials. How about you?
The worst Super Bowl ads included the Mercedes-Benz "Fable" Commercial at #3:

The number 2 spot went to the Fiat “Blue Pill” commercial while the worst Super Bowl commercial, according to, was “Make Some Noise” from Lexus.

Other car ads during the Super Bowl included:
Seahawks players and fans are still furious right now!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Less IS More When It Comes To Bryan Adams

The one and only Bryan Adams performs in Kelowna tonight for the 30th anniversary tour of "Reckless." He was in his hometown of Vancouver last night.

On #ThrowbackThursday‬, I am reminded of the time Bryan was the headliner in Revelstoke in the "Summer of '91" when the BC government had these Music '91 Roadshows take place. The Doobie Brothers performed at Kelowna's City Park on June 9th that year too.

I was winding down my radio career in 1991 and had a quick interview with Bryan Adams in Revelstoke. Later that year I began working for Warner Music Canada for five years. Adams' management company, run by Bruce Allen, was on the same floor in Vancouver's Gastown as the Warner office but I never bumped into Bryan... ‪#‎Reckless‬ ‪#‎RalphLess‬

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

NO More Christmas Sacks/Snacks But Happy New Year! Write YOUR Story In 2015

This is blog post #22 of 2014.
The sack leader in the NFL this season had 22.
Congrats to Justin Houston of Kansas City for leading the way!

I hope the man in red brought you a nice sack of toys for Christmas!
I believe Santa is more of a hockey fan than football fan.

Gotta love Christmas and kids, right? A bank teller pointed out something interesting to me yesterday: all three of our kids have 6 letters in their first name. Taking it one step further, I see that 66 will be the cumulative age of our three kids after their birthdays in 2015. I am not superstitious but 666 isn't the best number combination:)

I would like to wish you a happy and prosperous 2015!
As you go through the next year, remember that everyone has a story. Get to know more of them. Life is about relationships. Invest in them outside of social media.

As Pastor Phil Collins shared at our church on Sunday morning: "Every one of you has a story that will make me weep...we all face our giants." 
Jump into 2015 with Faith from willowparkchurch on Vimeo.