Video of Sarah Brightman performing Shall Be Done, the Vancouver Olympic Theme.
The Who rock!
My TV is still busted but there ain’t nothing you can’t find on youtube. Here is The Who’s halftime show.
Phillies World Series Champions
I was born and raised in Philadelphia and I attended the World Series celebratory parade in 1980. The second championship has been a long time coming.
Twenty years ago on December 9, 1987, Philadelphia Flyer Ron Hextall was the first goalie to score a goal in the NHL.
I was at that game at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. It was against the Boston Bruins.
I remember that strange game for a couple of reasons.
Defenseman Brad Marsh, who was one of the last players in the league to not wear a helmet, was cross-checked very hard and hit his head on a corner of the glass above the boards. He went out cold. When the medics tended to him on the ice, they put him on a stretcher and then put a towel over his face and carried him off. I remember thinking at the time, “Oh my god, he’s dead.” He wasn’t thankfully but it was a strange thing for them to do.
After that, the vibe in the building was different, antogonistic, even by hockey terms.
People had been speculating whether Ron Hextall would ever score a goal, he was so active with the puck, handier than most goalies. He always said he would only try it under certain conditions. It had to be during a power play so that he could pass the puck over more than 2 lines. Also, the Flyers had to have at least a 2-goal lead or he wouldn’t risk it. And it had to be near the end of the game so the other team would pull their goalie and leave the net empty.
After the Brad Marsh incident, there was ample opportunity. I remember the crowd collectively yelling “Shoot” but he missed. The chance came again, and again the crowd shouted “Shoot” and he did and he made history.
Here’s a clip of him doing it again two years later during the playoffs against the Washington Capitols.
Here are both goals introduced by hockey great Wayne Gretzky
Don’t miss the two biggest events of the racing season:
Monaco Grand Prix
The most exciting Formula 1 race of the season, run on the streets of Monte Carlo. Don’t miss the action. Hopefully, we’ll catch a glimpse of the Grimaldis and Casaraghis.
Race time is Sunday, May 27 at 7:30 AM ET/4:30 AM PT on Speed TV
It’s the 91st running of the Indy500. Don’t miss the action at the “Brickyard” a.k.a. Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Race time is Sunday, May 27 at 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT on ABC
“If everything is under control, you are going too slow.”
– Mario Andretti
I don’t know why I find this entertaining. These guys are lunatics. They don’t care if they run each other over. Arab drifting seems to have become a YouTube phenomenon.
Note the absence of women anywhere in the city.
Drifting is oversteering and keeping the car sideways. That’s an oversimplification, but you get the idea. Competitions, such as Formula D, judge not only speed but also the graceful line a driver takes through corners.
Here’s some footage of the “Drift King” Keiichi Tsuchiya demonstrating his technique.
Oh yeah, and there’s this guy on a bike:
The 2007 season starts today with the Australian Grand Prix.
Here is an article on Edmunds Inside Line that outlines all the players and teams for the new season.
Fast Guys In Fast Cars
With the retirement of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, the average age of the racers has gotten significantly younger.
Here are some of this year’s brightest prospects.
1. Fernando Alonso
2. Kimi Raikkonen
3. Scott Speed
4. Nico Rosberg
5. Lewis Hamilton
6. Heikki Kovalainen
Who are your favorites?