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Hey Canada! Your 2011 CFL season is coming to a grand finale. Next week, Sunday November 27, is Grey Cup 2011 in Vancouver, BC (BC Place Stadium). (more…)
If you’re looking for a nice relaxing bike ride in Toronto, head over to the Toronto Islands (yes, it’s a combination of many islands, but most are easily accessible by bike once you get there by ferry) – or sometimes referred to as Toronto Island Park. You’ll basically forget you were just in the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto and will escape to something completely different, especially when on the south side of the Islands. (more…)
Great news for us Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fans as tonight, there’s a couple of great events on also happen to be available free (with a cable subscription) and in HD. Those of us who subscribe to either Rogers or Bell cable will be able to take advantage and watch these events live.
WEC 45 can be seen on TSN2 (Ch 98 / 507)
Strikeforce Evolution can be seen on Super Channel 2 – SCHD2 (Ch 559 for Rogers, Ch 844 for Bell). Lucky for us, a free preview for Super Channel is available until Mid-Janaury.
Both have a 10pm start time.
For those interested in watching the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and other Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events streamed live online to your computer, there are a number of options from justin.tv and other websites. The problem is you have to deal with signals dropping suddenly, poor choppy feeds and sometimes lots of popups.
Here at sportaholik.com, we’ve found from first hand experience a better solution that is more stable and reliable. Just follow these simple steps and get ready for the next event!
Hockey goalie masks have changed dramatically over time. Fifty years ago tomorrow was when the first goalie mask was worn in the NHL. It was Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens, after taking yet another bruising puck to the head. Red Fisher describes that night:
“What happened was that 3:06 into the game, Plante had been struck in the face by a short shot from Rangers right-winger Andy Bathgate, opening a deep, seven-stitch cut running from the corner of the goaltender’s lips through his nostril. Then, after a delay of 21 minutes, he returned to the ice wearing a full-face mask – the first goaltender in NHL history to do so.”
To me the best goalie masks are still the ones from the older days. Most had scarier looks and more simple paint jobs. Flipping through the retro goalie masks shown on hockeymasks.com (where, yes, you can order your own replicas!) and found some great ones. Clicking the link will take you to an image of the mask.
- Dan Bouchard with the Atlanta Flames
- Wayne Stephenson with the Philadelphia Flyers
- Murray Bannerman with the Chicago Blackhawks
- John Garrett with the Vancouver Canucks
- Yves Belanger with the Atlanta Flames
- Dan Bouchard with the Atlanta Flames
- Richard Sevigny with the Montreal Canadiens
- Richard Brodeur with the Quebec Nordiques
- Billy Smith with the New York Islanders
Other notable goalie masks:
- Ken Dryden with the Montreal Canadiens
- Gerry Cheevers (of course!) with the Boston Bruins
- Gilles Gratton with the New York Rangers
- Mike Palmateer with the Toronto Maple Leafs
- Bernie Parent with the Philadelphia Blaze
- Gary Bromley with the Vancouver Canucks (happy halloween?)
- Doug Favell with the Colorado Rockies
- Doug Favell with the Toronto Maple Leafs
- Grant Fuhr with the Edmonton Oilers
- Bernie Wolf with the Washington Capitals
- Gary Innes with the Washington Capitals
- Curt Ridley with the Vancouver Canucks
- Gary Smith with the Winnipeg Jets
Mostly simple white masks, but still awesome:
- Ed Giacomin with the New York Rangers
- Mike Luit with the St. Louis Blues
- Pelle Lindbergh with the Philadelphia Flyers
- Phil Myre with the Atlanta Flames
- Jim Rutherford with the Detroit Red Wings
The masks of today totally don’t compare to those above, in my opinion. Obviously goalie mask design had to change to keep up with harder shots and better sticks – for safety reasons. Unfortunately that took away from some of the sinister look and uniqueness of goalie masks being worn.
Below is the Jacques Plante story, as retold in a Canadian Heritage moment. He had to stand up to coach Toe Blake who wanted no part of him wearing a goalie mask due to reduced visibility.
Some interesting information on the history of the goalie mask, as told by a goalie mask historian.
I was out playing squash over at the St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre (video above) over the weekend with a few other sportaholik squash players. There has been a huge debate over which squash ball to use. I’ve always used the “double yellow” and one of the guys insisted on the “blue dot” because it’s fast. Not that I am anywhere near pro level but I’ve always been told that the “double yellow” was the ones that experienced players use and the “blue dot” is for beginners. It also seems to be the only ball that is used in recreational tournaments and games I’ve been involved with at any skill level.The simple reason that the blue dot ball is fast is because it’s extra bouncy to allow beginners to rally back and forth as it sits up better and gives the player enough time to return the ball anywhere on the court.Of course for the “double yellow” ball to be effective, one must warm the ball up by hitting it hard back and forth a number of times before actually playing. I find this works well and makes the ball pretty fast as well. What do you sportaholik squash players play with? Feel free to comment and let us know!
Some more information on squash can be found here: