The NHL just won big!

24 06 2013

So the Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champions for the second time in four years. Many bloggers will be discussing and analyzing tonight’s game and the entire playoffs, so I’ll steer clear of that.

I will say this, however. With the ending we got tonight, with 2 goals in the last minute, and the best dawn hockey we’ve seen all season played during the last two weeks, the NHL just made a huge step in establishing a fan base in the US. NBC made record numbers during these playoffs, and the games are getting more and more coverage in news outlets (and, for once, for reasons other than a vicious cheap shot or a brawl).

It’s a good thing because let’s face it : if the NHL is to thrive (and no matter was people on Québec City think), they need Americans. Or I should say,  they need American money!


5 years of pure happiness!

14 06 2013

Exactly 5 years ago, today, I took what society likes to call “the big plunge”. To me,  it never was, really, I wanted to get married. I had been with Nancy for a while, and I knew that she was the one.

Well, that was 5 years ago, and we still love each other like day 1. We bought a house almost 3 years ago,  and we are working very hard towards the next steps of our life together.  It has its disappointments, it’s ups and downs, but in the end,  I know I can count on her, and she can count on me.  We’ve had it rough these last couple of months or years, but I know that whatever happens, we’ll get through this together, and our dreams will come through!

Nancy, thank you so much for being in my life. You’re everything I ever wanted in a wife, and I will love you forever!

My take on the QSF turban ban

5 06 2013

I’ve been a soccer referee for 11 years. Players wearing religious symbols is nothing new, and has always been a grey area. The Quebec Soccer Federation has finally made up its mind. Are they right, are they wrong, isn’t really the point.

The problem is that the reason for the ban, which is player safety, is ludicrous. No one will get injured because of a turban, it’s just common sense! Why did QSF come up with such nonsense? My feeling is that they were afraid of people saying it would give players wearing a turban would give them an unfair advantage (bear with me, here). Have you ever tried a header in soccer? It can hurt if you don’t do it properly. Or, alternately, they were afraid that some people would come up and, out of pure jealousy, say “Hey, if he’s allowed to wear that rag on his head, why can’t I wear my baseball cap?”. And if you think that such complaints are farfetched, you most likely have never been involved in amateur sports in your life.

Or perhaps safety really is a concern? Remember some years back, when kirpan in school caused a huge uproar? Defenders of the kirpan said that it was a peaceful symbol, that no one would dare use it as a weapon. Few months later, one bad apple of a sikh used his kirpan to threaten a schoolmate. Is the Quebec Soccer Federation afraid that someone would load his turban with a brick or with a sockfull of nickels?

In the end, the Quebec Soccer Federation took the decision to point to player safety to justify their decision to ban the turban, which sound a lot better than “Quebecers are a bunch of jealous bigots”. But in the end, they could’ve just grown the balls to actually accept the turban like the rest of the country does.

Oh, but wait, this is PQ territory, right?