Tuesday, April 18, 2017


A Potpourri of Sport in the Spring

So many avenues, so little time!

A couple of weeks ago, equipment managers packed up the trucks and headed north with baseball equipment so that Major League teams could begin their pursuit of a World Championship. The object of that exercise was to make sure that everything was in place for a successful start to the season.

For the Toronto Blue Jays, most fans are waiting for the good times. In order to succeed at this level, all important aspects of the game must be applied at the same time. Thus far in their dreadful season, the Jays have not been knocking on all cylinders, rhythmically. Some days, good pitching and no bats. Other days, good offence, and bad pitching. Then there are days of poor defence, bad judgement. Not a lot to inspire confidence. Twelve games into the season with two victories, unexpected, and unacceptable.

For Leaf fans, these are exciting times. They knew that the Washington Capitals would be tough in this playoff series. But the Leafs emerged from the Easter weekend knotted at a game apiece, with lots of energy. Kasperi Kapanen and Tyler Bozak both scored in overtime to give the Leafs a lead in the series, Toronto's most important playoff goals in many years. The Senators and the Bruins are also in a battle. But the Sens also have a 2-1 lead, thanks to overtime goals from Bobby Ryan and Dion Paneuf.

The Canadiens have moved ahead of the Rangers by one game in that series. The Ducks lead Calgary 3-0, The young Oilers have moved ahead of the Sharks 2-1. The Penguins and the St. Louis Blues now have commanding 3-0 leads. The Predators have proved to be stubborn opponents for the Hawks, leading 3-0 in that series. In the playoffs, especially if you have a hot goalie, anything can happen.

                                                       Discussing Strategy

Canadian golfers fared well this past weekend. Alena Sharp finished one shot out of second place in the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii. She banked slightly more than $ 80 000 for her work. Brooke Henderson finished five shots back of Sharp, pocketing $ 33 000.

                                                              Stephen Ames

Stephen Ames, now playing out of Vancouver, won the Champions Tour event in Georgia by four strokes, picking up $ 270 000. Rod Spittle recovered from a disastrous first round to post two par rounds to finish the tournament. Graham DeLaet was on the leader board for most of the RBC Heritage tournament in Hilton Head, South Carolina. He finished 3 strokes off the pace, and pocketed $ 217 000. Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor bot picked up $65 00 for their efforts. David Hearn won $ 14 000, flying the Canadian colours.

The Toronto Raptors opened their playoff series this past weekend against the Milwaukee Timberwolves. They dropped the first game in Toronto, 97-83, and play again Tuesday night in Hogtown. They surely do not want to drop that game. The western shores of Lake Michigan could be mighty unfriendly.

If I have not touched on your favourite sport, I apologize. This little brain can only handle a few things at a time.

Hope you had a fine Easter weekend. We hit the road a week from today. See you soon!

James Hurst
April 18, 2017.

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