Baseball season, and the weather still stinks

Apparently, the TV can go off as soon as the first team scores. Chances are good that team will win.
That’s the way it’s been in the Stanley Cup final so far, in split home games with no team seeing much of an advantage over the other in that the first scorer takes the game.
It also seems that whoever lost the previous game has been scoring first.
This lends new weight to my grandfather’s theory that the teams hold a coin toss before going out onto the ice and that’s how they decide who wins.
My grandfather is not a sports fan. We watch the games; he sits in the corner and reads.
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For those of you left hanging in suspense last week, Jason Pattison did, in fact, attend the Muskie awards banquet last Tuesday night and got the chance to hear all the good things his coach had to say about him.
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Word has it the Athens Olympic committee is seeing rather a lull in ticket sales. Only 1.53 million of the 5.3 million ticket have been sold so far.
Strangely enough, if you want to buy tickets to the sailing event, you’re just about out of luck. Those are 99 percent sold out.
While event tickets are fairly well-priced (like 40 euros for the rowing finals, a sport Canada usually competes well in), the most expensive are for the opening and closing ceremonies, ranging from 50 to 950 euros.
This is just one of so many problems Athens has been facing on the timeline to the 2004 Summer Olympics, which start Aug. 13.
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The coaching staff for the greatest sporting event of the year has been named.
Brent Sutter (Red Deer Rebels), Dean Chynoweth and Jim Hulton (Kingston Frontenacs) will coach Canada’s team for the world junior championships in Grand Forks, N.D.
Team Canada has brought home 11 medals from the tournament since 1993, including five (straight) golds, four silver, and two bronze.
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Fort High has named two new athletic directors for the 2004-05 school year. John Gibson, who coached the badminton team as well as supervising the golf club, and Shane Bliss, coach of the boys’ hockey team, will be running things next year.
There also is a new executive for the student athletic association. Ashley Whalen will stay on, but graduates Andrew George and Tyson Dennis will be replaced with Megan Soderholm, Jordan York, and Kevin Empey.
I wish them all a good season and plenty of support.
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Speaking of support, the OFSAA 2006 committee soon will begin recruiting volunteers as they attempt to put together the best provincial hockey championship ever.
Stay tuned for any announcements.
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If any district players took the chance and had a tryout for the “Making the Cut” audition in Winnipeg last week, we’d like to hear from you.

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