Friday, July 18, 2014

What's In A Name? Cue Weird Al Yankovic!



Close, but no cigar for Tori Spelling.

Speaking of spelling, did you see Weird Al Yankovic was back this week and turned Robin Thicke's “Blurred Lines” into “Word Crimes?” Time.com says: "an entertaining (and honestly, quite educational) ode to proper grammar. We recommend bookmarking this one and consulting it as a resource in the future."


Today, Weird Al released "Sports Song", directed by Canadian Andrew Bush. It's the fifth of eight videos the parody artist is releasing. It's his take on the entire idea of the sporting fight song.You can check it out here!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ten Things On The Tenth From Texas and Beyond

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2) I am rooting for Germany in the World Cup final on Sunday versus Argentina!

3) The Women’s World Cup will be here in Canada next year! I am ready to cheer - not announce:)

4) Some more soccer and voiceover thoughts left by me here on Dan Hurst's article at VoiceOverXtra.

5) RG III is getting a statue at Baylor. That's in Texas y'all!
See seven others from the Big 12 conference here.

6) Be inspired! NBA honors ex-Baylor star Isaiah Austin during draft.

7) Faff Camp II is planned for San Antonio next year! March 20 - 22, 2015. The time to register is NOW! You can trust Bob Souer's endorsement!

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9) On this Thursday (when I play basketball with the guys every week!), I predict LeBron James will be having a déjà vu season with the Canadian kids in Cleveland!

10) Bill Good announced his retirement today after nearly 26 years at CKNW in Vancouver. He comes from a media family with a strong sports flavor. Read more here.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hands UP for the LA Kings and San Antonio Spurs!

Did you notice the Stanley Cup was decided in just 5 games?
It was the same story in the NBA. LeBron and the Heat cramped up...

Congratulations to the 5-letter Kings from LA and the 5-letter Spurs from SA, who both champed up!
Los Angeles certainly had to work a lot harder than San Antonio as three wins happened in overtime!

The playoff MVP for LA was Justin Williams! Yes, he shares  the same first name as our son - who got to celebrate with the Kings as well on Friday the 13th!
While Justin Hass turned 21, I like the following photo because it adds up to 50 - which I turned three months ago.

Sorry, this photo of the Los Angeles Kings only adds up to 49...

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day (and hockey) WILL tug on your heartstrings!

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. It is celebrated every year on the last Monday of May and hearts are heavy to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.

The date today is the 26th and two number 26's have found a place in many hockey fans' hearts:

  • Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers scored in overtime last night against the Montreal Canadiens to pull his team within one game of the Stanley Cup final!
Martin has been the emotional leader of the team after losing his mom only three weeks ago to a sudden heart attack. The team has rallied around "Marvelous St. Louis" and even attended the funeral of France St. Louis on May 18th.
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  • The late Kristians Pelss served as inspiration for his former teammates on the Edmonton Oil Kings winning the Memorial Cup yesterday in London, Ontario!
  • Remembering Kristians Pelss


Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Three Speeches That Will Tug On Your Heartstrings (including MVP Kevin Durant)

With Mother's Day coming up this weekend, what a great tribute NBA MVP Kevin Durant paid his mom in his acceptance speech yesterday!

My favorite basketball team won this award last Thursday at the City of Kelowna's 39th Annual Civic and Community Awards. The Kelowna Christian School Knights were Senior Boys AA Basketball champions in British Columbia last year!


Speaking on behalf of the team, Ryan Linttell (who's mom, Eva (far left), coached the team), said: We're such a tight group of guys and we're really a brotherhood and I feel really honored to have the voice for our whole team. I'd really like to thank all of our parents first and foremost because they have been there for every basketball game, every practice and driving us out. Every tournament we had a huge support team out there for us! Honestly, this is one of the nicest group of parents and players I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.

The Nashville Predators named Peter Laviolette as their new coach yesterday. Apparently this boy was a little young for the job - even though his speech was quite motivating...


Thursday, May 01, 2014

Can't Always Be Right. Bye Bye John Tortorella!

The owners of the Vancouver Canucks did not get it right so John Tortorella was fired today after just one season as head coach of the team. Don't feel sorry for him though as he had signed a five-year, $10 million contract here.

I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one who struck out three times with my best-of-7 NHL picks last night...
...but happy to see a few 7's in today's cheque from a great voiceover client!

So, Ralph The Hockey Guy didn't get it right BUT Rob The Hockey Guy in Vancouver sure did!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Legends Stepping Aside: Dan Russell, Peter Maher & Darlene Hass!

Three game sevens to end the month? WOW and thank you NHL!
Hope the W's go to the Philadelphia Flyers, Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks tonight!

Former Kelowna Rockets' defensemen in the lineup cause those picks for me:
  • Luke Schenn - Philadelphia
  • Tyson Barrie - Colorado. Injured by a cheap shot in game 4 of the series. What a future! 38 points as a 22-year-old this season. 
  • Scott Hannan - San Jose. 35-years-old and steady as he goes on the blue line.
All good things come to an end. We'll see if that holds true for the New York Rangers, Minnesota Wild and the Los Angeles Kings tonight.

Last night we got to celebrate my wife's 10-year run as an amazing support care worker with her company, clients and parents! Today is Darlene's final day there and we are looking forward to amazing NEW opportunities in the future!

On the broadcast front, Dan Russell is ending his nightly Sportstalk radio show tomorrow night after nearly 30 years from Vancouver. I was a regular listener for most of those years. One more "pleasant good evening" tomorrow. And Dan will be handling play-by-play of the Western Hockey League final starting Saturday night from Portland on Shaw-TV as the Winterhawks and Edmonton Oil Kings meet for a third straight year.

Calgary Flames play-by-play man Peter Maher announced his retirement from broadcasting yesterday following a career spanning five decades. His trademark call? Enjoy!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

One Of These Two Men Is Calm, Cool & Collected

There are pros and cons to basketball. The two pictures below illustrate my point. Carry on...


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Buffalo Sabres have a new #50! Cue the playoffs!

Congratulations to Nathan Lieuwen on starting his first game in the net for the Sabres last night in Calgary!

I hope he has a long and successful career like Dominik Hasek, who will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame during a ceremony March 29 at First Niagara Center. Sadly, the Sabres became the first NHL playoff casualty, knocked out in Sunday's loss to Montreal.
Check out Nathan's interview here.

Nathan Lieuwen's old junior team, the Kootenay Ice, open the WHL playoffs in Calgary tomorrow night. Lieuwen also played here in West Kelowna with the junior A Warriors for a brief time. Small world...although he is 6' 5":)

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Kelowna Rockets goalie Jordon Cooke was the team MVP this season and he is playing for a pro contract so he wants to shine in the playoff spotlight. The Rockets finished 50 points ahead of their first round opponents, the Tri-City Americans. That series starts here on Saturday night. The Rockets won't be taking Tri-City lightly even though they won all four regular season matchups. Last year in the opening round of the playoffs, Kelowna also played a team they had a 50 point cushion on and the Seattle Thunderbirds won the first three games before Kelowna had to pull off four in a row.
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Here is a promo I voiced last week for the WHL on Shaw TV. If you listen closely, no, I am not mentioning my blog in the script...


I see last March I had fun with the number 50 too on this blog:

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sign Of Things To Come? Turning 50!

Call it a sign of things to come? I snapped this photo at the gas station as I'm 49 today and moving on to 50 tomorrow! Lots of gas/Hass left in "my tank":)

Gotta love those spring colors! GREEN$, blue skies...

Well, that's the first time I have included a number in a blog title since September 25th...

Ha! I guess Dave Courvoisier got me thinking about that with his recent posts: