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The BIG Story Of 2012

There goes 2012. Maybe it’s a good thing.

The Habs were disturbingly mediocre in 2012, finishing 15/15 in the Eastern Division, one point behind 14th place Islanders and two behind the Leafs. I still feel nauseous.

Along the way, Hal Gill and Andrei Kostitysn were shipped to Nashville and I miss Hal. The other guy – not so much. Mike Cammalleri was given a one-way ticket to Calgary after saying publicly that his team was quite pitiful, and that was all well and good except for the fact that the Canadiens got Rene Bourque in return. We’re still not sure if Bourque is dead or alive or just really stoned on valium.

Habs’ brass Pierre Gauthier and Bob Gainey were dismissed after doing quite a lousy job for way too long, and interim coach Randy Cunneyworth and assistant Randy Ladouceur were let go when the season ended, with Michel Therrien announced later on as Cunneyworth’s replacement. It wouldn’t have mattered if Cunneyworth learned to speak French without a trace of an accent. He was on his way out and he and everyone else knew it. Finishing in the basement didn’t help matters either.

Alex Galchenyuk was chosen third overall by the Habs in the 2012 entry draft, thus allowing us to dream that the young fellow will blossom into a Guy Lafleur-type superstar. If we’re going to dream, we might as well dream big, don’t you think?

The Summer Olympics took place in London and I’m still regretting not training to be a gymnast for these games. Judging by the more than 150,000 condoms that organizers gave out to athletes, it seems like I missed an excellent party. And September of 2012 marked the 45th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, a series which catapulted Paul Henderson from normal, everyday NHL player to monumental icon, and a series which allows me tell everyone how I was a bartender in Sudbury at the time.

And of course 2012 saw the L.A. Kings win the Stanley Cup, once again the Vancouver Canucks collapsed when it counted, a lockout began, and the world didn’t end like it was supposed to.

But none of this can match the BIG story of the year. The story destined to become a movie, a story to tell grandkids and at parties and around the supper table for years to come.

February 9, 2012. The night, while playing against the New York Islanders, when Scott Gomez scored a goal.

It was a mighty feat, his first in more than a year, and it was the winner to boot in the Habs’ 4-2 decision over the Isles. The puck came out to him and although it seems impossible, he shot it right into the net. He did. It’s in the video below if you don’t believe me.

Yes, the biggest story of 2012. Can it get any better than that?

Oh, and Happy New Year. May great things happen to you over the next 12 months.

Climbing To Greater Heights

After much thought, I’ve decided not to become a 2012 Olympic gymnast.

I’ve decided to climb Everest instead.

The Olympics were a good idea until I learned recently that it involves quite a bit more than I thought. You have to be lean with fairly big muscles and I, ah, might not be ready until maybe 2013, which will be too late by then.

To prepare for Everest, I can simply walk up the many hills of Powell River, sometimes several times a week.

So please support me as I work toward this big event.

Maybe we can get a road hockey game going at the base camp with the Sherpas. I know cricket is played!

Doctors Warn Against Playing Cricket On Everest
Submitted to TopNews.In by Mohit Joshi on Sat, 01/31/2009

Kathmandu, Jan 31 : A Nepalese doctor, who specialises in high altitude health, has warned a group of cricketers heading to Mount Everest to play a high altitude Twenty20 match not to over-exert themselves.

The highest cricket game on record is scheduled for April 21. A team of 50, including 22 players, will trek for nine days to reach an altitude of 5,000metres for the game.

The two teams named — Team Hillary and Team Tenzing — will take on each other under the captainship of England captain Andrew Strauss and vice-captain Alastair Cook in a bid to set a world record for playing the highest ever official sports match and raise 550,000 dollars for the Himalayan Trust and British children’s charity Lord’s Taverners.

Dr Buddha Basnyat said a lack of oxygen could pose a danger to the cricketers playing at a frenetic pace.

He said the lack of oxygen at high altitudes posed a challenge to the players. Oxygen levels at the height are only half what they are at sea level. That can produce illness, sometimes fatal, even for people not running around chasing a ball.

“The important thing is, if people aren’t feeling well and yet push themselves to play, especially if they exert themselves, that can predispose them to altitude sickness,” Dr Basnyat said.

Commenting on acclimatisation of players, Dr Basnyat said if the players had headache or nausea it would “not be a good idea to push yourself.”

“Basically the players should listen to their own bodies,” he added. Acute mountain sickness, with symptoms such as headaches and vomiting, can easily develop into the much more serious high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE) or pulmonary edema (HAPE).

The cricketers’ trip is described as one of nine days and Dr Basnyat said he hopes that means nine days until the match is played – not nine days there and back.

Not surprisingly, he says bowlers and batsmen will be more at risk, with fielding relatively easy.

A self-confessed “cricket obsessive” from Cheltenham in western England, Richard Kirtley, is organising the Twenty20 match at Gorak Shep, 5,100 metres above sea level.

His team of 50, including 22 players, eight reserves, groundsmen and medics, plans to trek there and play the game whatever the weather blizzards or clear blue skies. (ANI