Ted Bird is a Montreal-based broadcaster who has won multiple Crystal, RTNDA and CAB awards for excellence in writing and broadcasting. They're in a closet or a trunk somewhere, but he really won them.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Faster, higher, stronger, chaster(and other Monday morning musings)
The only way the Canadiens could possibly have done better at the 2012 NHL draft is if they were the Buffalo Sabres, who got centers Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons with the 12th and 14th picks of the first round. Time will tell how general manager Marc Bergevin and scouting director Trevor Timmins fared relative to the rest of the league, but it bodes well that the Canadiens' first three choices - Alex Galchenyuk, Sebastian Collberg and Dalton Thrower - have been favorably compared to Anze Kopitar, Daniel Alfredsson and Kevin Bieska. Add that kind of potential to a young core that already includes Carey Price, P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty and blue chip prospects Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu, and it's not a complete stretch to hope for a serious championship run within the next 3-5 years...Not to rain on anyone's parade, but sometimes I wish people were half as excited and proud to be Canadian as they are about the loose affiliation they have with the country their grandparents were born in when it wins a soccer game. That said, people who know more about soccer than I do tell me that when your next opponent is Germany, it's a good idea to celebrate while you still can...Just when you thought the Formula One season couldn't get any more dramatic, yesterday's incident-filled European Grand Prix in Valencia produced an improbable and emotional win for crowd favorite Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher's first podium finish since 2006. Whether by coincidence or design, F1 is finally generating parity and competition to keep fans interested beyond the halfway point of the calender...It's an encouraging sign for human rights in the Islamic world that Saudi Arabia is sending female athletes to the Olympics for the first time, but I don't like their chances in water polo or the high hurdles if they're still forced to wear the burka.