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":)


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.
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:

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Super Bowl for the Birds? Go Seahawks!

Last year the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers. Tomorrow I will pick the Seattle Seahawks to come out on top against the Denver Broncos!

Yes, a little bird (see him at the top of the photo) or a wise owl told me this on December 8th while participating in the annual Living Nativity Christmas production at our church.
Sharp Dressed Man, Ralph Hass, on break in his man cave?
ZZ Top will be here in Kelowna, BC on March 20th. No doubt they will be performing the classic below! What if we gave it a bit of a Seahawks flavor?
Clean shirt, new cleats and I know where I am goin' to. 
Super Bowl, THE Super Bowl! 
I don't need a reason why. 
They come runnin' just as fast as they can coz every girl crazy 'bout a Seahawks man! *I am referring to the players, not me:) 
Gold watch, Super Bowl ring! I ain't missin' a single thing...

If you enjoyed my football flavored ZZ Top lyrics, you will like my 2011 AC/DC inspired Vancouver Canucks video tribute, CanuckStruck.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

All Good (Sports) Things Come To An End

The only thing this guy couldn't do? Cook.
Congratulations on your retirement Anthony Calvillo!

Read the full story here.

I introduced you to Wade Redden and Santa Claus last month. He recently retired after 14 years in the NHL. Don't worry kids. Santa is still going strong!

Henrik Sedin is seeing his ironman streak end tonight for the Vancouver Canucks at 679 games. It started in March of 2004 but last Thursday he took a late crosscheck in the back of the ribs against Phoenix. Sedin has also been playing through a finger injury that requires him to wear a splint. So Henrik won't be in the lineup tonight against Edmonton.

To extend Henrik's streak though, the Canucks should have brother Daniel wear his jersey. As you'll see here, the refs have trouble telling them apart sometimes...

Joining Henrik on the sidelines is his coach. Yes, "All Good Torts Things Come To An End." John Tortorella should NOT have done this Saturday night. The NHL has suspended Torts for 15 days, without pay.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Words of Wisdom from Dr. Maya Angelou

Happy New Year!
  • I was NOT "bored" ringin' in the New Year! Unfortunately, my wife beat me on the Scrabble "board" 339-334:(
  • Up late last night/early this morning listening to the last JT the Brick show in that time slot before he moves to 3 pm PST beginning Monday.
  • The night before I was up until after 2 am going that extra mile for a voiceover client. Love my job!

The Winter Classic WAS one on New Year's Day! Over 105, 000 people in Ann Arbor, Michigan in Michigan Stadium to watch Toronto and Detroit live while 3.57-million Canadians watched it on TV and 4.4-million American viewers - making it the second most-watched regular season NHL game since 1975 in the US! Oh, Toronto won in the shootout 3-2.

We watched this great interview with Dr. Maya Angelou as 2014 hit. Words of wisdom from this 85-year-old for young people at the start:
  • Forgive yourself
  • Watch for open doors
Toward the end of the 14-minute interview, Dr. Angelou said for this new year to:
  • Tell the truth to yourself and to the children
  • Live in the present. Don't deny the past and know the charge on you is to make this country more than it is today!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Santa for the W!

Wade Redden got his picture taken with the jolly red rancher!

Watch your Weight Santa! Don't be tempted by this commercial:)

Water creature, Ogopogo, waited in line to meet Santa!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Red (Santa), Green (Shrek) & Back In Black!

Santa duty, day one parade last night at Orchard Park Shopping Centre. I ran into Shrek from Kelowna Actors Studio. I think he stole my black belt...I am looking forward to day two this afternoon and packing on a few pounds (via a pillow)!
Ralph "Santa" Hass and Darren "Shrek" Scuffi
By the way, "Shrek - The Musical" opens December 4th!

Fighting in hockey? Don't punch a guy with glasses! 
The first Annual Kelowna Christian School Future Champions Luncheon with guest speakers, Ryan and Jennifer Walter, took place this past Wednesday, November 20th. It was great to meet them and hear their insights on leadership! Click here for Ryan's bio.
L-R: Ryan Walter, Jennifer Walter and Ralph Hass
I narrated a video for the event that showed the life changing education and world changing students at KCS. Did you know former Vancouver Canuck, Bill Muckalt (like our three kids), is an alum of the school? Ryan and Jennifer have five kids and three grandchildren. Four of their children were born in Montreal, where Ryan won a Stanley Cup in 1986! His ring was passed around at our luncheon. Ryan is currently the President of the AHL's Abbotsford Heat, the Calgary Flames' farm team.

Ryan Walter's tough teammate (222 NHL fights!) back then has just written a book. Chris Nilan had a great love for the Montreal Canadiens and has a sports radio show in the city now. Read more here.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Yes, I WILL look good in a RED Santa suit too!

IF you want to see me smile...
1) Support someone participating in Movember. Here is the VO-MO group captained by Jeffrey Kafer. I made a donation in memory of my dad.

2) Buy a poppy (can you see it above?) in advance of Remembrance Day/Veterans Day on November 11.

3) Sponsor a child through an organization like www.ChildOfMine.ca.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Want an Adrenaline Rush? Cue Pavel Bure!

It was a special night in Vancouver on Saturday. Score it a perfect 10 thanks to Pavel Bure having his number 10 jersey raised to the rafters! By the way, his first game as a Canuck was on Nov. 5, 1991 (22 years ago tomorrow) against the Winnipeg Jets.

Enjoy the "Russian Rocket" memories below via two links, enthusiastic announcing (with Jim Hughson, Jim Robson and Tom Larscheid) and some great music! Time flies when you are having fun...with the puck...