You could say I’m faced with somewhat of a dilemma at 10 o’clock tonite, as it seems my sporting interests have been double-booked. Both the Stamps and the Flames are in nationally-televised action tonite–and both games start at the exact same time!
The Flames drop the puck on their 2011-2012 season at the Saddledome tonite with the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins coming to town. Last year, the two teams met in Pittsburgh, where Sidney Crosby notched a hat trick in a 4-1 win. Fortunately for us, he’s not in the lineup, still feeling the effects of post-concussion syndrome. On the other hand, Jarome Iginla, who missed a big chunk of training camp, is penciled in on the Flames’ first line with David Moss and Alex Tanguay. Yeeeeah Baaaaaby!
Even without their star player, the Penguins still won their season’s opener in Vancouver on Thursday, besting the Canucks in a shootout, 4-3. Matt Cooke, one of those ex-Canucks that I still can’t stand, scored twice against his former team. Somebody check him into the boards for me, will ya?
Speaking of Vancouver, that’s where the Stamps find themselves tonite, playing at the brand-new B.C. Place for the first time. The winner of this game will put themselves in first place in the CFL’s Western Division, where the Stamps currently hold a two-point advantage over the Lions. And it was B.C. who got the best of us at McMahon a few weeks back, in what was one Calgary’s worst performances of the season–surpassed only by that embarrassing Touchdown Atlantic showdown in their next game.
That said, the Stamps ran roughshod over the Saskatchewan Roughriders last week, putting 40 points on the board, with newly-instated starting RB Jon Cornish doing most of the damage on the ground. But there’s no hotter team than B.C., winners of six straight, who put their own 37-point whipping on the Riders in Week 13. I think the forecast in Vancouver calls for lots of offence, with both teams looking to take the third and deciding game of the season series. Should be a good one…
If anything, my focus will be more on football tonite, though I’ll be frantically flipping back and forth between channels, for sure. Unfortunately, I can’t go to my local sports bar–or any sports bar, really–to watch the two games simultaneously, since there’s some sorta UFC thing on tonite, and any sports bar that doesn’t want to be completely empty, save for a few expat Calgarians, will be showing that shit. Man, if McGuinty wanted to balance the budget, he should simply stick a civil servant at every sports bar showing ultimate fighting and charge a 10-dollar “idiot tax” to all who enter. The provincial coffers would be full in no time!
In the meantime, I must apologize in advance to my neighbours–except for the one whose pile of garbage on the balcony brings the bugs to my window–for the string of bilingual profanity that’ll spew from my mouth should things go awry this evening. Let’s hope for the best, for their sake.