Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Goodbye to The Joe and Hello Jims on the Buffalo Sabres

Before we meet the Jims, let's say goodbye to The Joe in Detroit with Sabres' head coach Dan Bylsma.

After reading my tweet below, I think you'll see why I could be considered a gym rat but not a Jim Ralph. ⬅️⬅️He was the radio color commentator of the Toronto Maple Leafs for many years.

Here is my list of some famous Jims who played for the Buffalo Sabres:

Jim Schoenfeld - Drafted fifth overall in 1972, the defenseman made the Sabres Hall of Fame in 1995. He played eleven seasons in Buffalo and even coached the team for half a season in the mid-'80's.

Jim Lorentz - Made the Sabres Hall of Fame in 2010. In six seasons (1971 - '78) with the Sabres, Jim racked up 134 goals, 197 assists and 331 points in 487 games. He retired as the color commentator for the Sabres after 26 years in 2007.

James Patrick - He finished his NHL playing career with six seasons in Buffalo (1998 - 2004). The defenseman became an assistant coach in 2006 with the Sabres and remained in that role until 2013. He followed the former Sabres head coach, Lindy Ruff, to Dallas.

Val James played ten games (including the playoffs) for Buffalo in 1981-82. He was the first African-American to play in the NHL when he debuted with the Sabres, although he was not the first black player. He was preceded by several black Canadians, starting with Willie O'Ree.

Jim Watson - This defenseman was around for the Sabres first two seasons in the NHL (1970 - '72).

Jim Korn - Another D-man, he played almost 600 NHL games between 1979 - 1990. His lone season in Buffalo ('86-'87) saw him score four goals.

Not on the list: Jimmy Vesey, the Hobey Baker Award winner as the most outstanding US collegiate player last year at Harvard. The Sabres had a chance to sign him but he decided to join the New York Rangers this season.

Not so famous...
Jim Hofford - Another defenseman, he played seventeen career games with the Sabres and one with the LA Kings over three seasons (1985 - '89). He is a member of the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame. They are Buffalo's main farm team.

Jim Jackson played over 100 NHL games as a right winger with Calgary and Colorado. Later in his career, he got two goals in five games with Buffalo in 1987-88. He is also a member of the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame.

James Black played over 350 NHL games with 6 teams between 1989 and 2001. Defense was his position and only two games to his credit with the Sabres in 1993-94.

Jim Walsh was in the lineup for the Sabres in 1981-82. He was another blueliner with four games on his resume.

So, what does the list of Jims look like on your favorite sports team?

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

14 Days Away From 53! Cue the Canucks!

Yes, 14 is a fabulous number! That's how many days away I am until I turn 53.

Clicking on that link will take you back seven years on this blog and look at NHL players who wore that number. One below has played his last game as a Vancouver Canuck and he left quite a legacy!

Number 53, Bo Horvat, currently leads the Canucks  in scoring and could finish the year with 53 points if you average it all out.

⬆️️ Great name for a blog, isn't it?⬆️️

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Red Is Right and Rude Is Wrong

Looking forward to my first Kelowna Rockets game of the New Year tonight against Spokane! The last one I was at was a big success On and Off the Ice.
With a good supply of red in their uniforms (like I had above), yesterday was a great memory for Buffalo Bills fans in 1993!
The Bills' coach then was Marv Levy. He retired from coaching at 72. He is 91 now but said on the radio late last year that he wouldn't mind getting the Bills headed in the right direction again. Don't bet on those odds...
Did you know Marv Levy is a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan? His roots run deep there and he was in the ballpark in 1945 when the Cubs lost game seven to Detroit in the World Series. The Cubs beating Cleveland in seven was certainly the biggest sports story of 2016! In Canada, we got to witness some young athletes lighting it up at the Olympics!

Can't go wrong with a coach wearing a little red!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Vince Carter, Space Jam, Bob Bergen & a Sign For These Times We Live In

A few things for the 15th. Let's begin a month ago🏀
Vince was at it again last night scoring 20 points as the greatest Toronto Raptor of all-time led the former Vancouver Grizzlies (now Memphis) past Utah, 102-96. He's not slowing down even though he will turn 40 in two months!

Like Michael Jordan (below), Vince Carter played college hoops at North Carolina.
Congrats to the voice of Porky Pig - Bob Bergen!
"When I was 5 years old I told my parents when I grow up I want to be Porky Pig. My Mother told me Honey, you can't be Porky Pig. You're Jewish" --Opening line of the one man show, Bob Bergen: So, Here's The Deal! 
Read more of Bob's bio and amazing voiceover/animation credits here.

I had a tweet go viral a couple of months ago:

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mission Accomplished, Cleveland! Remembering Andre Thornton

My custom Toronto Blue Jays jersey arrived yesterday! On the back is the family name - with J. A. Happ's #33. It was his 34th birthday yesterday🎂

The Jays' Jose Bautista also had a birthday (#36) on the day (19 - also his number) he probably played his last game as a Jay. Cleveland's pitching dominated the American League Championship series against Toronto as they won four of five games!

Cleveland had two players who also had birthdays yesterday: pitcher Josh Tomlin and outfielder Rajai Davis (who once played for the Jays).

Cleveland's first base coach and one of the most famous Blue Jays of all time smiled for the cameras for their Dad's birthday.

Guess who just found an old Cleveland cap from back in the late '70's?

The player who's story inspired me was Andre Thornton. He was on the Montreal Expos briefly in 1976 before playing the next ten years in Cleveland. As Wikipedia says, In 1977, Thornton and his son Andy (André Jr.) were injured in an automobile accident that took the life of his wife Gertrude and three-year-old daughter Theresa Gertrude. In 1983 he wrote the book Triumph Born of Tragedy, which is an account of the accident and his Christian faith.

Andre Thornton was inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame in 2007. 

He started off his baseball career with the Chicago Cubs in 1973 and was there for three seasons.

I can only imagine how cool it would be for Andre "Thunder" Thornton to see the Cubs and the Indians play eachother in the World Series. Chicago and the Dodgers are playing game five tonight in LA as the National League Championship series is all even at two wins apiece.

Friday, September 23, 2016

SC Top 2! Stephen Colbert and Swift Current

This is a quick followup to my last post:
SC Top 10! I'm Staying Creative Sports Fans.

On his show last night, Stephen Colbert went undercover at Wrigley Field and sold hot dogs. Pretty funny "frank" stuff!

Did you know this year was the 100th Anniversary of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest? Check out the recap.

Swift Current is on the map for TV hockey on Sunday. Here is my promo as SB plays host.

What was I up to the last two days? New voiceovers and editing for my 9th season of imaging for the Buffalo Sabres on MSG-TV. They start their season with four games against Canadian teams. The Vancouver Canucks host their expansion cousins on October 20th. They each won 24 games in their very first NHL season in 1970/71. Jack Eichel led the Sabres last season with 24 goals while Daniel Sedin had 28 for the Canucks.

Friday, July 15, 2016

SC Top 10! I'm Staying Creative Sports Fans

The first two SC's are here! Can't miss them below.

Surprisingly, Steph Curry (3) did NOT win another NBA title this season. Golden State lost to Cleveland in seven. Golden State is not in Southern California (4) but in Northern California.

San Diego is in Southern California. Classy city who hosted the baseball All-Star Game this week. Sorry about that BC group (The Tenors) that took liberties with the Canadian national anthem!

The 10 Worst National Anthem Performances Ever include Rosanne Barr at #2 at a San Diego Padres baseball game on July 25, 1990.

"Stay Classy" (5) San Diego. Nobody said it better than Ron Burgundy.

Here I am with two of the ladies in my life:
SCrabble (6) footage with my wife and me as Santa Claus (7) with my mom!

From just over a week ago, a (8) South Carolina baseball team loses their minds after making the SportsCenter (9) Top 10!

I heard if you want to get more readers and viewers of your content, post about CATS. That was one of my most popular posts ever in the summer of 2010: The CATS are in charge! But I thought I would end my SC Top 10 with a music link to the Stray Cats (10) and their rockabilly music🎶 🎶

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Mixing Sports (Hockey) and Politics in Kelowna

If you drive on Highway 97 here in sunny Kelowna and you see all those Albertans and American tourists making Highway 97 busy, keep this in mind:
Kelowna's mayor is a big Edmonton Oilers fan! He retweeted me below.
Wonder if the mayor will vote in my Oilers poll? I think he'll be happy with the results...

The mayor is even a bigger fan of the Kelowna Rockets I bet! They even drafted a goalie with his last name a couple of months ago. Just click on the Twitter link below to see Roman Basran.
The Kelowna Rockets are announcing their new coach this afternoon. Stay tuned...

*NEW at 4:36: Rockets Hire Jason Smith as New Head Coach

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.