Thursday, November 15, 2007

Was I At A Hockey Game, Or A Soccer Match?

Europeans may appreciate the beauty of a 0-0 soccer match, but North Americans want goals at our hockey games! Last night in Vancouver, I witnessed a rare event, a game with no goals. Ales Hemsky finally beat Roberto Luongo with the last shot of the shootout to give the Oilers the win over the unlucky Canucks. Last time I saw the Oilers play, they beat Anaheim in a shootout, and I'm bout to hop on a plane to Edmonton to see them play again tonight. My prediction - Oilers will win in a shootout!

Probably a short note today, as the plane leaves in a few minutes. My seats at GM Place were in the second row of the balcony, and i had the identical view as the night before in Calgary, but cost half the price. I loved Vancouver (the city) and will have to come back one day when it isn't raining. I took the train from the airport to downtown and met a guy on the train named Claude who insisted on staying on the train past his normal stop to walk me right to the door of GM Place, where I met the Canucks TV crew. Now that's what I call hospitality!

I stayed at the Delta Vancouver Airport hotel, which had the fluffiest towels of my whole trip. It sounds a lttle fruity, but there's nothing like a fluffy towel when you step out of the shower but I've found most hotels' towels fluff-deficient!

The flight attendant is closing the door, but I'll write more later.

16 comments:

David T. Kindler said...

Clearly a gentleman has been too long on a hockey road trip when his commentary drifts to the fluffiness of towels versus the bloodiness of noses.

Just saying.
Anyway,Vancouver sounds great.

Owain said...

Watched the game on TSN last night, and it just seemed to be one of those games where both goalies were playing at their peak and it was going to take something magical or freakish to beat either of them.

Glad you're enjoying the trip, and very pleased to hear Western Canada is treating you well.
See you in T.O. soon!

Anonymous said...

Oh no... are you one of those people who need 8 goals/game for it to be exciting? I watched it last night on television and was excited by the show that the goalies were putting on, the end to end play and the chances that each team created for themselves. Over 8 minutes without a whistle, and hardly any penalties called - that was a beautiful game. It must've sucked for Luongo though - I mean imagine earning a shutout, but not a win in the same night?

- desdemona

onslaughtreborn said...

wat a boring game that was, apologies from a canuck fan

Anonymous said...

Good meeting ya last night dude! - Lisa (the loud girl with Canucks wristbands)

Anonymous said...

I also watched the game, but can't quite grasp why onslaughtreborn would think it was boring. It was one of the best games I've seen from either team so far this season. You don't need goals to be entertained dumb-ass. Just like a Canuck fan to try and find anything to complain about.
Although as far as I know, there aren't any 'trains' that will take you from the airport to downtown Vancouver. We call them 'buses' in Canada.

Anonymous said...

no kidding eh dont worry Steve he was just calling himself a dumb*** Canadians tend to do that sometimes keep writing the great blogs as many of us will never do what you're doing take care

Anonymous said...

Actually, I think he was calling onslaughtreborn a dumb-ass...and I think I agree with him.

Anonymous said...

I welcome you to Edmonton. At this time of the game your prediction may not be correct. If you are using Air Canada I hope the fight Gods are with you. You're down the home stretch, take care.

Anonymous said...

As a devout English soccer fan I salutelast nights game, which I discovered on cable in Connecticut.. An exciting game. great goaltending, hard but never vicious hitting; my only complaint why can't we have an honors even game and no shootout!
Travel well Steve

Anonymous said...

When you are on the road this long it's the little things that count...like fluffy towels.

Besides it could prove to be quite a handy item during the trip for various uses such as:
a pillow on the plane; a cape for bullfighting the zamboni; a shield to block a stray puck; a scarf for those Canadian city games; to wipe your brow after a mad dash to the staduim; to soak up the blood of the aforementioned "bloody nose"; to wipe the ketchup off of your jersey; or loan it out as a crying towel for the Chris Neil fans; better yet give it to a Devils fan on night 30 to wave as they surrender to Lightning!

No matter what you choose we are all envious of your venture and are with you all the way! Cheers!!

Steve Williamson said...

What classic comments tonight! While I didn't have time in my original post to note this, the tension built throughout the game and I really enjoyed it. It wasn't boring at all....

Anonymous said...

"I loved Vancouver (the city) and will have to come back one day when it isn't raining."

Good luck with that LOL

Anonymous said...

Man who doesn't like fluffy towels... I wish I had fluffy towels

Nick said...

Just randomly found your blog linked from a car forum...thought I would check it out..

I have to say..this is one crazy idea you got...30 games in 30 days...I wish I had the time and money to do a trip like that as it would be such an experience...

Naturally, I'm in the Vancouver thread as I'm from Vancouver...the game you went to didnt have the goal scoring...but you gotta admit...the goalies were definately amazing to watch...if only you had planned for the Vancouver game on Friday the 16th...that was an awesome game for any hockey fan (as long as you're not a Wild fan lol)..

Anyways, just wanted to say good luck with the remaining games in your trip.

Anonymous said...

The ultimate game to watch at GM place would have been on December 8th against Crosby and the Pens... people in town have been talking about that game for months, and the building will be absolutely electric.