What is an Athlete??

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Can anyone give an accurate, acceptable definition of what an athlete is?? or what includes a person to be an athlete?? We all think that it is very simple….we all know what an athlete is…right?? But if someone walks up to you on the street and asks you to define it…you won’t be able to. It is much more complicated than it looks, and what is even harder is categorizing who is an athlete and who isn’t.

Dictionary.com defines an athlete as (even though they have 6 different/similar definitions):

“a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; a participant in a sport, exercise, or game requiring physical skill.”

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Well this is all well and good….but how do we go and define what each of these is? Is a figure skater an athlete?? are they more of an athlete than a hockey player? if so, why? I think that in a sense, the both are equal. They each have different strengths and weaknesses, but when looking at them overall, they are both sports, and the people who are involved in these are athletes.

And just because a particular sport doesn’t use all the terms that are defined in the definition of an athlete doesn’t make it not a sport. Race car drivers are athletes, figure skaters, ringette players, soccer, runners, football players, and I could go on and on, and yes I’ll even include the ever so boring golf as well.

All I want people to do is just to think about who they consider an athlete, and what they consider a sport…and then try looking up on-line what specifically these ‘athletes’ have to do for them to be where they are today.

Who will win Hockeyville 08??

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With 24 days left till Hockeyville will be chosen….and the finalist from each region still need to be chosen. In Quebec, Village sur Glace de Roberval, has already been selected as well as Port aux Basques out of the East.

So what about the others?? the west? Ontario?? and then the ever surprising wild card entry??

The West has two towns left, Wilcox vs. Redwater. Wilcox is near Regina, SS, and Redwater is located north of Edmonton, AB. In Ontario, Huntsville vs. Kingsville are left. And finally, the two wild-cards are Winnipegosis vs. Pilot Mound, both located in Manitoba.

But the most interesting thing for me is that….Ontario and Quebec, both provinces, and yet are considered a separate region…where as they are grouping all of the west together (BC, AB, SS, and MB)…the east together (NS, PEI, NB). Why do two out of the four of these specific to the selected provinces, and then the others include three to four provinces combined?? Is this fair?? With the growing numbers in the west?? Let me know what you think…

 Personally….they are going based on population, which does make some sense…but they might have to reconsider that cause of the growing population in the west, especially Alberta. Personally…I’m going to vote for a town in the west…the east has so much other stuff to its name…and besides…..everything is better in the west. 😉

And don’t for get to vote!!! March 29!!!!

Player down…

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On Saturdays game, the Colorado Avalanche played the L.A. Kings. Ryan Smith was hit hard with the padded partition near the Avalanche bench. He was immediately taken off the ice on a stretcher and taken to a hospital. He was conscious when he arrived at the hospital. Smith was later released after CT scans cleared him of any serious neck and head injuries, but will continue to undergo further examination later this week.

Here’s the video….such a hard hit…

Flames game….record breaking

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On March 1st, 2008 the Calgary Flames played the Phoenix Coyotes, and won 3-1. It was a good game….it had its moments….but not one to go in the record books. The Flames were definitely focused going into the start of the game…and it showed. Jarome Iginla scored with 1:23 gone, the first of two. Iggie reached 40 goals for the third time in his career. The game wasn’t that exciting…..not a lot happening besides just plain, good old hockey. Although I did find it kind of funny that in the third period when Phoenix pulled there goalie….the Flames made three shots on an empty net and missed all three times!!! Seriously….if they can’t hit an empty net….then maybe that’s the reason they are having trouble scoring with a goalie in it….just kidding. 

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I was also impressed with how Curtis Joseph (aka. Cujo) played. Joseph made 16 saves for his 448th career victory, moving him into fourth place on the all-time list. He is really starting to grow on me as a goalie….much better than what’s his face from last year… He seems to really be able to play with the flow of the team…and I’m hoping to see him play a little more this season. He also played the previous night when the Flames played the Ducks.

On a roll…but will it last??

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On the last game that the Calgary Flames played, against the Minnesota Wild,they won. It is actually surprising to check the score and not see an huge defeat. But, wait, hold on now, this makes three in a row for the Flames. Calgary has won four straight – including three in a row over division leaders – and six of eight. The Flames have beaten Minnesota four straight times.

….But how long is this winning streak going to last?? What happened to the Flames to make them get their act together?? was is Darrel Sutter?? is he the only one that can get the Flames back on their game….or is it head coach, Mike Keenan….has he finally been able to get them to work as a team?? Who really knows?? 

 I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens….Next game is Tuesday February 26, 2008 against the Colorado Avalanche.

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Flames…on a roll??

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  On February 12, 2008 the Calgary Flames played the San Jose Sharks and won! Tied at the end of the third period…the Flames won it in overtime. This is the second win for them in a row, won the previous game against the Oilers…. are they going to be on a roll when it comes to being on the road??

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When I first started to write this I was being hopeful. But after the last two games, maybe the Flames are going on a losing streak. And not just any losing streak, a brutal one…losing big time to the L.A. Kings (6-3) and Anaheim Ducks (4-2). This is just starting to get embarrassing….they aren’t playing as a team at all…and as hard as Miikka Kiprusoffis trying, he needs the defensive players to work together and do their job….cause if they don’t…this happens and he gets screwed.

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 Hopefully Mike Keenan, the coach of the Flames, will have some choice words for them and get them back where they should be. But they cannot keep doing this, especially since the Playoffs are right around the corner. After the horrible game against the Edmonton Oilers, the game on Feb 4, 08, Darryl Sutter had a closed door talk with the Flames. Then the next game that they played, against the Phoenix Coyotes, and won. Then they won their next game, against the . So what is it that Sutter can say that puts the Flames back into working order that Keenan can’t?? Maybe they need to swap coaching notes.

Wana fight??

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If any of you hockey fans watch the Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks game on Saturday February 16, 2008; then maybe you can help me with this. What was going on?? There was a fight that almost started instantly in the first period!? Did something happen in a previous game that I might of missed?? or do these two teams truly hate each other?? And the thing was, it just wasn’t a fight here and there, they basically took up the whole game!! At the end of the third, the Refs started throwing players out of the game…granted there was only 5 – minutes left, but still!! I think my favorite part was when there were 6-7 people serving a penalty at the same time!! And then when the Canucks player, Daniel Sedin, ran into the Oilers goalie, Mathieu Garon….that just sealed the deal. You just don’t mess with another teams goalie. 193 minutes served in total for the whole game in penalties as well as 14, and that doesn’t include the players who were benched in the third or the players who were thrown out at the end of the third for fighting. It was crazy!! If you missed it you missed on an awesome game!!

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The best part for me was the Oilers loosing. As I am a Calgary fan, I always want the Oilers to lose and the Flames to win, but on this particular night it was that much sweeter because they physically got their buts kicked in the game and in the fights. This victory was also that much sweeter for the Vancouver Canucks because the last three times that they faced the Oilers, they lost, and for them to come back and win, with everything else going on…was just so awesome!! Vancouver deserved to win this one…show Edmonton that they aren’t as great as they think they are. =P

What Happened to the Flames?

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Last night the Calgary Flames started their road game vs. the Edmonton Oilers. What happened to the team that played the Sharks?? Where did they go?? Losing 5-0 to the Oilers, THE OILERS!!! That is just the worst possible thing I can imagine. They’ve played them many times before and have won against them, so why lose 5-0!?!? Really? Is it that hard? Plus the Flames were on the road, which usually gives them the advantage, but not this time apparently. Ever since the game they played against the Stars, they seem to be off their game. Why? What changed between the two?? Was it too much time off?? or did they just get soft between the games?? Any comments are more than welcome. Part of the problem, or at least I think, is that Kipper wasn’t in the goal. I’m not saying that Curtis Joseph isn’t a good goalie, but when facing the Oilers, where was Miikka Kiprusoff ?? I understand him needing a break, but seriously what was the coach thinking!!

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Can You Believe Owen Nolan!!

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On Wednesday January 30, 2008 the Calgary Flames played the San Jose Sharks. Winning 5-4, the three goals made by Owen Nolan were incredible, and let the flames to a victory. But the talk of the game was the hat trick used by Nolan to secure the lead of the flames. Owen Nolan was on fire!! It was hard to believe that I missed that game, but watching the goals of the week on Global, I was lucky enough to watch two of the most beautiful goals made by this increasingly talented hockey player. The first was a miss communication made by the goalie of the Sharks, Evgeni Nabokov, when he was shooting the puck to one of his players down the ice, he miss-interpreted the shot and sent it right to Nolan, who basically had an empty net, which he then sent the puck flying into!! The other goal was the hat trick used by Nolan to secure the 5th and final goal for the Flames that night.

Also, Nolan also showed that he can still fight with the young boys as he got in a fight with Sharks player Mike Grier ,the assistant captain to the Sharks. And this wasn’t just any school yard fight, Nolan was using uppercuts on Grier, really getting him where it would hurt. This wasn’t a sissy hockey fight as sometimes they usually are, this was Nolan pounding away at Grier. IT WAS AWESOME!!!! Who ever said aged mattered was wrong!!! According to team mate Dion Phaneuf, “Age is just a number, he always says that, and he showed tonight that he still has lots of game in him.” Owen Nolan still has many year left in him as a hockey player, and as long as he still makes goals like he has been, he won’t be let go any time soon.

Here is a video of Owen Nolan fabulous night. Check it out, or you’ll wished you had.