Friday, March 31, 2006

Let The Games Begin....Renee?

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

A big weekend in the world of sports -

the Final Four on Saturday, does the clock strike twelve for George Mason?

the last weekend of spring training, Scott Miller of CBS Sportsline thinks the Blue Jays finish ahead of the Red Sox and behind the Yankees - what do you think?

the backroom brawl between Pat Quinn and John Ferguson starts to heat up now - since the Maple Leafs are all but out.

oh yeah - Bud Selig is serious about investigating steroids in baseball - I'll give you a minute to stop laughing.

Lots to talk about - who knows, Renee may make her blogging debut this weekend.

Have a great one peeps

You will feel far better about your future and your personal dreams if you make plans to enjoy yourself with the people you love today. A slight change in your image will result in compliments, making you feel more youthful. 3 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world - have a great weekend.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - a Friday morning wake up song

The Bad Touch - Bloodhound Gang

You and me baby
Ain't nothing but mammals
So let's do it like they do
On the Discovery Channel

Peesth Out!

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Things Are About To Get Interesting

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

So I could be talking about the NHL playoff race heating up - which I am not including the Maple Leafs; Hazel, most of Leaf Nation and I know its over.

I could be talking about Bud Selig's decision to investigate Barry Bonds - which will no doubt be interesting, but that's not it either.

I could be talking about the upcoming MLB season - with Opening Day fast approaching.

I could be talking about the NCAA Final Four - will little George Mason go all the way?

What I AM talking about it Renee...Check back often, while I'm away at work, Renee could be posting at any time of the day...on anything. I'm sure you are going to like her, the gang at Hazelspeeps certainly do.

Have a great one peeps...Renne, BEHAVE - remember our agreement.

Everyone will look to you for answers. Keep it simple and to the point. Put your efforts into your career and developing something you believe can turn into a profit. 3 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeep - for Renee

She's A Lady - Tom Jones

(a cheezy song from the 70's - but my girl Renee hates hip hop music...I was going to pick My Humps by the Black Eyed Peas).

Peesth Out!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Here's Renee

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

I would like to welcome my friend Renee to the world of blogging - she is currently living in the Boston area and works in the entertainment industry. Renee is without a doubt the most popular member of the yahoo site, and you are all about to find out why. She is passionate about her sports, and pulls no punches when she is sharing her views on everything from the Winter Olympics - to the NHL - to the NBA - to the world of sports broadcasting (yes that means NESN) - to anything else that happens to be on her mind at that moment in time.

How would I describe Renee? Words that come to mind - smart, confident, witty, brash, opinionated, provocative, unpredictable - and I think my buddy DJames would offer up "Uber-sexy" (call it a gut feeling - or in DJames case..."below the gut" feeling). Renee's thoughts and posts are always interesting and stir up discussion.

Disclaimer: The views expressed by Renee are not to be misconstrued or interpreted as representing those of Hazel Mae - as with all posts on this page, Renee's comments have not been generated by, reviewed by, or approved by Hazel Mae. Ditto for me...

Welcome aboard Renee...I'm sure the readers here are going to grow very fond of you in a hurry.

Upset Tuesday

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

Isn't it fitting that another Weird and Whacked Wednesday starts off with a bunch of upsets from Tuesday night? Tuesday was underdog night in the NHL - the Maple Leafs beat the Flyers by a score of 3 - 2. The SenaTards dropped a 3 - 2 shootout decision to the New Jersey Devils last night and the Habs beat the Islanders 2 - 0. So all the Leafs accomplished last night was worsening their position in this year's entry draft.

From Europe - what has be to considered an upset - Benfica of Lisbon held Spanish giants Barcelona to a 0 - 0 draw at the Estadio da Luz (didn't I predict it? didn't I say Benfica would play for an away goal?). The second leg of the tie goes in two weeks at the Nou Camp in Barcelona. Inter Milan (sans Luis Figo) welcomes Villareal from Spain today.

Ok, I have to book this morning. Have a great one peeps.

Take a serious approach to everything you do today and you will get much further. Your ideas will be considered by someone you've impressed along the way. Today, others will be only too happy to assist you. 3 stars
Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - wake up song

Here Without You - 3 Doors Down

Peesth Out

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

March Madness

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

For those of you who have been here before and know the Wednesday intro by heart - you can go right to this week's entry. For those of you who are checking in for the first time, or are relatively new to the page - Wednesday entries look back at the weird, the whacked and the downright silly stories from the world of sports over the past seven has been a while since I have done a Wednesday entry, so some of the stories may go back a little over the last week. I'll let you judge where each one of this week's nominees belong.


The Los Angeles Kings recently announced that they were parting ways with head coach Andy Murray. The Kings had been struggling, but they were still hanging on to a playoff spot in the Western Conference. In discussing the decision to let go of Murray, Kings GM Dave Taylor was quoted as saying the team wasn't playing with the same sense of urgency or passion they had played with earlier in the year. Gee Dave, maybe that's because the team has been wracked with injuries - or maybe because Kings' ownership wouldn't spend money to keep some of your better players. Some reports say that the Kings' newest acquisitions have gotten along too well with Murray - one of them being Mark Parrish who came over from the Isles.

Murray was replaced by John Torchetti who had a stellar coaching record with the Florida Panthers a few years back. This firing is wrong on a lot of levels - not the least of which is the ridiculous hope that a coaching change this late in the year is going to help your team. Dave Taylor should know better...but I'm sure he's more worried about his own can right now. File this one under "whacked".

So the Boston Bruins finally got around to firing Mike O'Connell's can last week. I agree with the firing - but I have to ask WHY it came after the trade deadline? Why did Sinden allow him to trade Samsonov? Sinden's only remark was - we knew he wasn't going to be here next year, so why let him finish this year? To make this story even better, Charlie Jacobs (son of Bruins' Owner Jeremy Jacobs - "My boy was just like me".) is on record saying that they aren't just going to go out and hire a "name" ie. Orr, Neely, Bourque and anyone else who put on a Bruin uniform - no, the Bruins next GM had to be willing to build a long term relationship with the Jacobs family...

One question - isn't that the kind of thinking that has kept Harry Sinden around all this time? Is that what the Bruins really want...another Sinden? Or just another guy who will kiss their cans and say "Yes Sir" to everything they say? Fear not Bruins' fans...Harry has taught young Charlie everything he knows. File this one under whacked - but then again, its the Boston Bruins.



A Minneapolis judge agreed with claims made by Daunte Culpepper and Moe Williams that they were treated differently than two white men who were not charged in the Minnesota Vikings' version of Tub Rub. Culpepper for his part finally came clean about what he was doing on the boat - he was playing craps...that's all. Craps. Last week, he welcomed the chance to clear his name - this week, he'll take the freebie. I don't even want to get into anything else "Daunte-related". This one goes under the downright silly.

Bengals WR Chris Perry pleaded guilty to charges of marijuana possession. To his credit, Perry realizes that he let everyone around him down and he apologized for it. He plans to get on with his life after he faces firearms charges in Florida. Ya, and Terrell Owens is a major problem huh? File Chris' story under "whacked".

Randy Moss' agent was charged with possession of crack cocaine. Dante DiTripano and his wife were found to be in possession of drugs in a hotel room in Florida. Say what you want about Moss - he went on record saying he was going to stand by his friend. Terrell Owens would say that that was downright silly - so would Bronson Arroyo.


David Wells' love hate relationship with the Boston Red Sox is back on "love". Last week, he was up to his old self again - demanding a trade if he wasn't in the starting rotation in April, calling Terry Francona an idiot, and everything else that goes along with David Wells'. This week, he loves the Sox again and thinks that all five starters can win 20 games this year. I think David has been hanging out with Moss' agent. I can't decide if this one is just plain whacked or downright silly...there's a difference you know.

Alfonso Soriano has agreed to play LF for the Washington Nationals - and all it took was a threat to put him on the disqualified list - meaning he would lose salary and service. After all that - Alfonso wants everyone to know that he really loves the game and he just wants to play. Put this one under weird.

He's in trouble again. This time he violated his parole and used cocaine. Dwight is looking at time in prison for this indiscretion. Just plain said...that this once great major league ball player has wound up like this.

Boston relief pitcher did what starter Josh Beckett wouldn't do the day before. Tavarez took a swing at Tampa Bay Devil Rays OF Joey Gathwright - in a game the day before, Josh Beckett was shouting and hurling insults at Phillies 1st baseman Ryan Howard...Beckett declined Howard's invitation to come out and have a chat...if you know how big Howard is - you would know why Beckett wasn't exactly eager to back up his words.

File this one under silly - because what Julian Tavarez did was downright stupid - expect Coco Crisp to get plunked when Boston meets Tampa in the regular season...and if I was Coco, right after getting hit, I'd walk up to Tavarez and punch him right in the head.

The Red Sox picked up Hee Seop Choi off of waivers from the Dodgers - this gets play here because with this pickup - that makes FOUR members of Hazel Mae's Heroes (my NL only roto team) to be picked up by the Sox. The others were, Josh Beckett, Alex Gonzalez and Dustin Mohr. I wonder if Theo reads this page...things that make you go hmmmm.

Ok, I'm going to call it a night tonight - stay tuned gang...we have a new contributor coming to the site - from Hazelspeeps at yahoo. Renee will be joining the page as the eye on New England. I will issue a press release tomorrow...Renee is something'll come to see that.

Have a great one peeps.

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Night on Hazelspeeps - because it is on right now

Bed's Too Big Without You (Live Version) - The Police (only available in box set collection - GREAT version).

Peesth Out!

Another Elite Eight

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

While the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament is down to the final four - UEFA Champions League is down to the quarterfinals. Of particular interest on this page is today's game at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, where Benfica hosts Spanish giants Barcelona (featuring Ronaldinho, Deco and Et'o). Another tie that everyone is picking Barcelona to win handily - maybe, but then again defending champs Liverpool were supposed to knock Benfica out. I'll say 0 - 0 today...with Benfica playing for away goal when they visit Barcelona in two weeks. In other games

Arsenal host Juventus - prediction 1 - 1

Inter hosts Villareal - prediction 2 - 0 Inter (even without Figo)

Lyon hosts AC Milan - prediction 2 - 1 AC Milan

In other sports news...

A couple of the members of the Boston Red Sox will be trying out to fill the role of enforcer for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Josh Beckett and Julian Tavarez are vying to take the spot vacated by Tie Domi (three years ago - the last time Tie won a fight).

Dennis and Callahan are discussing the Beckett incident - go ahead and yawn.

I'm out of here - have a great day peeps.

You've got the staying power if you can only focus on what you have to do. Emotional matters may play on your subconscious, making things difficult. A chance to make some money through investment is apparent. 3 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - a favourite on this page

Clocks - Coldplay

Peesth Out

Monday, March 27, 2006

The Hazies - Monday's Heroes and Zeros

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

This week's Hazies are brought to you by the makers of Guinness - brewing Irleand's finest Stout since 1759. Ok, so I'm really just having a Guinness - but if I was going to look for sponsors...I'd start with them.

For those of you who are new to the page, Monday entries take a look back as some of the more notable performances from the past seven days in the world of sports - particular emphasis on the NHL, NFL, MLB and European gets some play if it is out of the ordinary news. While Hazel has not a hand in choosing this week's Hazie award winners (or the "runners-up" for that matter), I'd like to think she might agree.


The NHL announced that Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne was awarded the NHL offensive player of the week - he had four goals and six assists in leading the Ducks to four straight wins. Selanne was thought by many to be washed up and at the end of his career - so much for the so-called experts. Honourable mention goes to Colorado's Joe Sakic (I bet Hazel likes Sakic...everyone in Canada likes Joe).

San Jose Sharks goalie Vesa Toskala posted a 1.66 goals against average leading his team to three victories this past week. San Jose is making a push to get into this year's playoffs - with Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, they are dangerous.

A number of two goal scorers this past weekend in England. Names that you have likely not heard of - Didier Drogba, Robbie Keane and one of the Premiership's better names... Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Hard to highlight the MLB in spring training. NFL Free Agents can't get a Hazie...though Terrell might get one retroactive to last week if the Cowboys win the big one this year. Go ahead and scoff - he is a difference maker...I know I have given him a hard time on the page - but I have never doubted the fact that the guy is a player.

While most readers might not know or care about the Commonwealth games - Canada participates in the games and Hazel might be interested. Canada brings home 86 medals and finishes in 3rd place overall. Good show to Canada's Commonwealth Games athletes.

This edition of March Madness has been all about Glen "Big Baby" Davis from LSU. The kid who reminds many of Shaq has led this group of freshman and sophomores to the final four - watching him make that three pointer this weekend was great. I still think UCLA wins the game.

Special mention goes out to our man Drisclaw - who has set up a fantasy baseball pool for members of the yahoo site. It is going to be hysterical to see a Los Angeles Dodgers' fan from Canada (your humble writer/editor) win against a bunch of members of Red Sox Nation. Stay know this one is going to be updated throughout the year. Thanks Dris.


Mike O'Connell was let go by the Boston Bruins this past week - deservedly so. O'Connell set the Bruins back years by trading Joe Thornton and Sergei Samsonov - not to mention the mistakes he meant signing free agents over the summer. Having said all that - anyone who knows a little about the NHL knows that it isn't all O'Connell's fault; Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and President Harry Sinden deserve just as much blame in all of this...especially Sinden. I am still wondering how Sinden, if he really cared about his team, allowed O'Connell to trade Samsonov if he knew he was going to fire him. Sinden's comments after the firing were shameful; though the fact remains that O'Connell was a stooge for Bruins management.

John Ferguson Jr. will eventually make this list...but not this week.

Boston Red Sox GM Theo Epstein traded pitcher Bronson Arroyo to the Reds for OF Wily Mo Pena - while many applauded this move as "just business", I can't agree with this one. Arroyo made it no secret that he signed for less money to play with the Red Sox - Epstein turned around and traded him before the season started. In an interview with Epstein, when asked if Arroyo had a guarantee that he wouldn't be traded - Epstein responded by saying that he had talked to Asst GM Jed Hoyer - and that Hoyer confirmed that Arroyo had no such guarantee. Epstein made it sound like he made the trade after getting that confirmation from Hoyer - I find that hard to believe...maybe its just me...maybe Hazel would tell me to shut my pie hole...but I think this one stinks.

The Indianapolis Colts signed former New England Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri - the "runner-up" award in this scenario goes to Peyton Manning. I said after the Steelers/Colts game that Vanderjagt miss cost him his job - I said that Manning was smiling after the he thought "Vanderjagt is gone now". Vanderjagt crime against Manning? Vanderjagt had the stones to question King Peyton's performance in big games. Well Peyton, you got rid of Vanderjagt - wait til you play with Vinatieri...a guy that got to be around a real leader like Tom Brady.

Brett Favre continues to keep the Packers waiting while he decides what he wants to do this year. The Packers are really in a holding pattern while Favre tries to decide one way or another - someone should tell him that its time to go.

That's about all I've got for this week - please feel free to submit your suggestions if you think I have missed something.

Have a great one peeps...join the yahoo league.

Hazel - I hope things are groovy in your world...I think you'd like the yahoo league, especially my team.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - just because (OK...maybe for Mike O'Connell)

Get a Job - Offspring

Peesth Out!

We Won't Be Fooled

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

After embarrassing back to back games against Montreal - the Maple Leafs went into New Jersey and won last night. While some of you may think that the hopes of Leaf Nation have been revived with that win...forget it. The season is over, after the way this team played against the likes of the Caps and the Bruins this year - they have only themselves to blame.

I've have to get moving - so I'll be back later. Have a great one peeps.

Deception is prominent in your chart today. If you feel the least bit suspicious, don't make a comment or decision. Someone may be trying to trap you into divulging information that may harm you in the future. 3 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - a great song to wake up to

Porcelain - Moby

Peesth Out!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Spring Cleaning

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae - and anyone else who is a member of Leaf Nation and closing the book on the NHL 2005/06 season.

After losing back to back games against the Habs, Leaf Nation is calling for heads to roll. The media is really on John Ferguson Jr., with Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun writing about some of JFJ's bad decisions. I'm going to mull this one over today.

In other news, the Bruins fired Mike O'Connell - I don't understand the logic in that. They let him hang around long enough to trade Samsonov? He should have been canned right after trading Thornton - sorry Bruins' fans and Jack didn't win that trade, you will NEVER be seen as winners in that trade. I wonder if Sinden put him up to trading Samsonov....knowing that he was going to can O'Connell - making Mike the fall guy. Oh well, when you are a stooge for upper management...

I've got to head out today...lots to do before poker tonight. Have a great one peeps.

You can stabilize your position and work through some details today. Progress will be yours if you are smart with the way you handle your money. Make a commitment to a creative project you want to pursue. 4 stars

Hazel, sounds like a good day in store...I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - for Leaf Nation...

Blue - Eiffel 65

I'm blue
da ba dee da ba daa
da da ba dee

Peesth Out!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Spring Training For Leaf Nation

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

I'm late checking in today - call it the aftermath of a great night out.

So Round 2 of the Leafs and Habs goes tonight in Montreal - another loss and Leaf Nation will look forward to spring training in Major League Baseball. Yes, we still have faint hopes - even with news that Ed Belfour is done for the season. We'll see what happens tonight.

NCAA Tournament has been great so far - three great games that went down to the wire last night. More later

Have a great one peeps. Enjoy your weekend.

Concentrate on what you can do for others and good things will happen in return. Keep a secret if you don't want to ruin the outcome. Any idea you have for self-improvement will pay off. 4 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world - and that you are having a great weekend.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - for the yahoo group, and recently developments there

Precious - Depeche Mode

Peesth Out!

Friday, March 24, 2006

Eagle Grounded or Dead?

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special, heading into the weekend "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced yesterday that Eddie "The Eagle" Belfour would miss the rest of the season with a back injury. This is likely the end of the road for Belfour - a sad way to end a very good career...Leaf Nation has to face the fact that for all the talk about how bad our defence was this year, Belfour's play this year could only be described as ordinary.

Speaking of ordinary, Toronto could have used a few ordinary defencemen and forwards last night against Montreal - the whole team was awful. Their season comes down to Saturday night (ok...they are probably out of it - but The Nation is holding out for Hazel Karma on this one) - the have to win and hope for some help.

The NCAA Tournament featured two fantastic finishes last night - Gonzaga, led by the Ashton Kutcher wanna be Adam Morrison, blew a nine point lead with a little over 3 minutes left. UCLA showed a lot of character in pressuring Gonazaga into turnovers late in the game - you had to see it to believe it. The finish in the Texas-West Virginia game was just as exciting with West Virginia hitting a three-pointer with five seconds left to tie the game - and Texas taking it the length of the floor to hit a three at the buzzer. Fantastic finishes. Why am I talking about the NCAA? Because I had both of those buzzer beaters on my Pro-Line ticket (as ties - five points or less) along with a couple of other games to win a very tidy little sum that is going to pay for my Friday night out and then some! Hazel, steaks - ribs and beers on me if you can make it tonight!

Cowboys sign another media darling - Mike Vanderjagt. I like the signing, more on that this weekend.

Something that would make Hazel laugh - we are a month into the Tim Horton's "Roll up the rim to win" contest - two or three coffees every day....and NOT ONE DAMN WINNER. I haven't even wonder a lousy donut for crap's sakes. I'm expecting the cup that says "I peed in your cup" (internet gag up here). Oh well, Hazel is probably a Starbuck's girl anyways.

Ok gang...I have to head out to work. Have a great one peeps.

Don't make mistakes because you are letting things get to you personally and professionally. Stop and take note of what everyone else is doing and avoid making comments or quick assessments. Avoid any secretive matter that could leave you vulnerable. 2 stars

Hazel I hope things are groovy in your world - have a great weekend!

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - I caught a bit of the British Music Awards last night (during a commercial break) and saw the Paul Weller (ex of The Jam) won an award last night...he did a set too. So for Paul Weller...and everyone who still loves punk/mod music from the 80's

That's Entertainment - The Jam (if you are too young to know who they are...go download it this song - a classic).

Peesth Out!

Thursday, March 23, 2006


Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

I don't have time to talk about the Leafs and Habs tonight - or even the NCAA Tournament. I just popped in to wish everyone a great day.

Don't get emotional about something that might happen. Focus on the here and now. If you are professional and do your job to the best of your ability, you will get ahead. Perseverance will pay off. 2 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world - professional and perserverance, two words that definitely apply to you.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - just because

L.A. Woman - The Doors

Peesth Out!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Leafs Spring Push?

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in today. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

I'm still smiling about the Leafs win over the Canes' - it would have been an ear to ear smile had that damn Bruins been able to hold on against Atlanta.

I'm running really late today - I have two presentations to write up before noon so I'm cutting this short. Have a great one peeps

Take a leap of faith and try your hand at something you've never done before. You'll surprise everyone, including yourself. Consider making a trip that will enhance your business chances. 5 stars

Hey Hazel - ever do some blogging? Let's do lunch and talk about your joining the page. I'll buy. I hope things are groovy in your world...have a great day.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - just because

1979 - Smashing Pumpkins

Peesth Out!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Leafs Win!!! Habs Lose...Bruins Blow It Again

Hey Peeps, and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

For those of you checking in to see this week's winners of the Hazies - I apologize for not having gotten to them yet; maybe tomorrow night, its been a long couple of days here.

So for a while tonight - it looked like Hazel Karma was in full force. The Leafs were beating the Canes, the Habs were losing to the Islanders and the Thrashers were down 2 goals to the Bruins - the Leafs and the Islanders kept up their end of the deal; the Bruins blew another third period lead...this time a 2 goal lead.

Going into the back to back with Montreal this week - the Leafs are three points back of the Habs and trail the Thrashers by two. Montreal looks like they are going to fade right out of the race...they seem lost without Jose Theodore (aka here as Cy Sperling). Mikael Tellqvist wins back to back games and looks good doing it - this bodes well for Toronto from here on in. Hazel, Leaf Nation needs your help this week...we have to win both games against Montreal.

More NFL shockers - Adam Vinatieri leaves the Patriots for the Indianapolis Dolts (yes I said dolts). While I am not suggesting that Vinatieri is going to wind up regretting the move (the money was VERY good for him) - he is going to see the difference between playing for/with winners like Belichick and Brady vs losers like Dungy and Manning. While a lot of people wanted to crap all over Dallas Cowboys kicker Mike Vanderjagt (did I say Dallas Cowboys? I meant New England Patriots...I get the drift) after the Steelers game - the blame should rest squarely with Manning...he didn't get the job done. I said after the Steelers game that when Vanderjagt missed the kick - Manning was smiling like he knew Vanderjagt was gone. Vanderjagt was pretty much money in the bank for Indianapolis - his biggest crime was to call Manning out for what he was - "not a winner"... a guy couldn't win the big one. Pretty much what Terrell Owens did with McNabb - he told the truth. Vanderjagt is going to look good in a Dallas uniform.

I'm going to call it a night here...some admin stuff to do on Yahoo site. Have a great one peeps.

Hazel I hope things are groovy in your case you were wondering - things are unseasonably cold up here this spring.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - for the Leafs beating the Canes after losing to the Isles a few nights ago, for the way Bronson Arroyo must be feeling, for how Patriots fans must be feeling -

Upside Down - Jack Johnson

Peesth Out!

Boston Bids Bronson Bye Bye

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

The day after the trade and the talk heats up - Dennis and Callahan are all over this one, with their weak version of point/counter-point. Today's skit sees John Dennis putting it all on Arroyo for being "naive" and not taking the good advice of his agents when he signed the contact. Dennis is absolving the Red Sox Front Office of an unethical dealings or practives - Callahan must have lost the coin flip when they wrote this one up yesterday, he is arguing that Sox Management owed Arroyo more after this winter's contract negotiation. I still think this starts and finishes with Epstein re-establishing his control over the baseball side of the operation - by trading Jed and Ben's big off-season signing.

In other baseball news, Japan won the WBC. I know nobody in the U.S. gave a rat's rear about the tournament - but good for Japan.

After a couple of days of digesting the signing - I'm ok with the Cowboys signing Terrell Owens. Would Terrell have been my first choice? Absolutely not - but his signing puts Dallas in position to compete for the NFC Championship - if anyone can reign Terrell in, it's Parcells.

I've got haul my can to work. Have a great day peeps.

Get involved in new interests and you'll discover territory you never knew existed. You will have a greater sense of what it is you want to do and a far more open attitude toward others. The knowledge you take in will be valuable. 5 stars

Hazel I hope things are groovy in your world...sounds like a a fun day huh?

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - just because

The Call Up - The Clash

Peesth Out!

Monday, March 20, 2006


Hey Peeps, and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

"It's a business, plain and simple."

How many times have we been told that by professional athletes and their agents? They will be quick to tell you that its not about the money - but it is a business and they have to look out for themselves and their families. Bronson Arroyo found out that baseball is indeed a business - and it was a lesson that cost him a couple of million dollars to learn.

In a scenario that Ashton Kutcher would love to have drawn up and pulled off - Theo Epstein announced today that the Red Sox had traded Arroyo to the Reds for Wily Mo Pena. The story has been done to death, so I'll recap briefly. This winter, Bronson Arroyo signed a contract worth $11+M over 3 years - against the advice of his agent who felt he could get more elsewhere. In a deal that was applauded by Red Sox Nation, Bronson Arroyo was commended and given hero status for signing a deal at less than "market value" to stay with the Boston Red Sox.

Aside: How anyone can call an $11+ M deal (for a guy that has 30+ wins for his career) "a discounted rate" is beyond me.

Arroyo, who was coming off his best outing of what has been a very trying spring, received word this morning that he was on the move. Theo Epstein was quick to point out today that Arroyo did not have a "no-trade" clause in his contract, nor was there any sort of agreement that Arroyo wouldn't be traded. Epstein claims to have discussed it with Jed Hoyer - what would Epstein have done had Jed said "Yes, we had a verbal agreement we wouldn't trade him."? NOTHING - Epstein would have traded him anyway. On another note, does anyone really think that Hoyer would admit it if they told Arroyo he wouldn't be traded?

Arroyo for his part told WEEI tonight that when he signed the contract, he was told that the Sox no plans to trade him in the near future (whatever that meant as Arroyo pointed out). In most cities this story would not really be an issue - certainly not a national story. But we are talking Boston, the new adopted city of Hazel Mae (ugh, it hurts to say that) - the city that lives, breathes, eats and sleeps Red Sox baseball 364 days a year...New England takes Super Bowl Sunday off from the Sox if the Patriots are playing - so its is a major event.

Early indications from Red Sox Nation is a big thumbs up for this deal - with many lauding Wily Mo as "maybe the next Mo Vaughn" or "baby Ortiz" or the next damn Hall of Fame outfielder if you look at some of the damn boards. Some of the more vocal members of Red Sox Nation (are there any quiet ones?) are applauding Theo Epstein for making a sound business decision - trading a number 6 starter to the Reds for a number 4 outfielder who has the potential to be a star (seriously...this is what they are saying).

They have politely thanked Bronson for his service, his loyalty to the Sox, and his consideration in signing a "discounted deal"...but as they say, "Its a business - and the trade was made for the good of the team." These were the same people that were ready to crucify Johnny Damon for leaving Boston for the bright lights and big money of New York. Damon must be grinning from ear to ear right about now; after being roasted in the Boston media and by the members of Red Sox Nation when he called the Sox negotiating tactics into question. I won't point out the obvious contradiction in the reaction of Red Sox nation.

I think that, when it is all said and done, the deal will not be a good one for the Red Sox - for a number of reasons, but mainly:

1) It sets a bad tone for management. Epstein leaves the team in the fall. The new interim GM team of Hoyer and Cherrington make one significant signing - Bronson Arroyo - at a "discounted rate" no less! Epstein doesn't let Arroyo make it through spring training before shipping him off to the National League. I think it was a message to the Assistant GMs and Larry Lucchino - don't think so? Don't kid yourself - dude has ego (deservedly so...but).

2) Creates a level of mistrust - both in the Red Sox clubhouse and to other players around the league. While players say that it is a business - they still form friendships with their teammates - and they see how management treats their Human Resources. Players are always hearing about loyalty to the team, to the management, to the city that loves them - and then they see a trade like this? Arroyo is by no means a star, and never was going to be one either; however he deserved a bit more consideration than he was shown...especially after signing his last contract and telling everyone how much he wanted to be in Boston. Players take note of will a potential free-agent feel if he hears Epstein say that the Red Sox really want to keep the player in question in the fold? How are potential free agents from other teams going to feel when they hear Epstein's pitch? You don't think they talk? What could/would/should Big Papi be thinking the next time he goes into negotiate? I can hear you now - "But Big Papi is different...its not like he is Arroyo...its just different - they would NEVER trade him." You may know that, Theo may think that - but I'm betting Ortiz doesn't trust it...and why should he?

This impacts Boston down the road - in how they deal with their own players and potential free agents. As I saw on the message board today "integrity is a matter of choice" and Theo Epstein acted without integrity today.

3) Killing the chemistry of the team - The members of the 2004 World Series team are slowly but surely being replaced - in some cases warranted (Millar, Bellhorn, Minky) and in other cases not warranted (Damon, Martinez and Lowe) . It is hard to see this particular group of players gelling and coming together like that World Series team. That team had a spirit about it that encouraged and brought the best out in each and every member of that group - I don't see it on this go around. Arroyo was a bridge player - he bridged that clubhouse (Millar was another one). I think all of the players in that clubhouse will be sad to see Arroyo go...but more importantly I bet they will be divided along the lines of those welcoming Pena to the team - and those resenting the fact that they lost Arroyo to bring him in. If you are a die-hard Sox fan, you'll get what I'm saying.

If I am a member of Red Sox Nation - I don't like this trade, for the aforementioned reasons...especially with what the future will likely bring - free agents putting the screws to the Red Sox when it comes time to negotiate a deal.

Long day here today...and I'm beat. I have to go post some stuff on yahoo - big shout out goes to peeps member Jenna (we had a great discussion about the trade today - she's for it and I'm not so sure). Have a great one peeps. This weeks Hazies get handed out tomorrow...lots of candidates in the "Not-So-Heroic" - lead by those over-rated, overpaid bunch of clowns better known as the "Galacticos" from Real Madrid.

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world - I'd love to hear what you think of the trade.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - for Bronson Arroyo

Gypsy Blood - Mason Ruffner (if you haven't heard it - great song).

Peesth Out!

Let me put it to you this way, for a city, and in particular a group of fans, that look for loyalty from their ball players -

A Chip & A Chair Gives You A Chance

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

Last night was week 4 of the tournament - good night, 1 bad beat cost me the game last night; but it was a good night. A chip and a chair could apply to the Maple Leafs situation right now, they beat Pittsburgh last night (1 - 0) on a penalty shot goal by Chad Kilger (yes, Chad Kilger took a penalty shot - go figure) . Two games against Montreal will pretty much determine their fate this week. The Leafs, Islanders, Thrashers and Habs are all in the hunt for that last playoff spot.

Plenty of surprises on the first weekend of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament - George Mason (11th seed in the East) beat defending Champs North Carolina, while Bradley (13th seed in the West) beat Pittsburgh to advance to the Sweet 16 - a chip and a chair.

I won't even get into the World Baseball Classic - because I keep hearing that no one cares. I guess the "no one cares" applies to everyone but the players who took part in the tournament and baseball fans outside of North America.

More later - I have to talk T.O. Have a good one peeps.

You will be in the mood to stir things up but, if that's what it takes to get things done, then it's OK. A chance to make a drastic change to your way of thinking will lead to an excellent turn of events. Someone will offer you good creative suggestions. 5 stars

Hazel I hope things are groovy in your world - sounds like you have a great day ahead of you.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - just because

Bobcaygeon - Tragically Hip

Peesth Out!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Sunday Morning Slap

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

Reading the sports pages this morning was like getting a Sunday morning slap in the face.

The Leafs lost to the Rangers last night, but they are still within striking distance as Habs lost to the Penguins. Toronto has Pittsburgh tonight in what is another must win...have I said that before?

The Dallas Cowboys signed Terrell Owens - if you have read this page before, you know how I feel about Terrell. More on this later...I'm going to trust the Tuna on this one; Parcells managed to handle Keyshawn and Terry Glenn - he can handle Terrell...we hope.

I have to get on with my Sunday - have a great one peeps.

Good fortune surrounds your home and family. This is a great day to overhaul your house or look at potential property. Open your doors to friends and relatives or just enjoy the comforts of your home and family. 3 stars

Hazel, sounds like a nice day ahead...I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - Jerry Jones has started the Terrell spin...we'll see.

De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da - The Police

Peesth Out!

Saturday, March 18, 2006

The Day After St. Patrick's Day

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

Here's hoping that your St. Patrick's Day celebrations went well and that you all remembered to have that bottle of water before you went to bed last night. Good night last night.

Have a great one peeps...will check back in later this am for NHL and NCAA updates.

Take care of any private or personal matters as quickly as possible. A chance to make some changes to your home, financial investments or family living arrangements should be taken. Consider how you can improve your appearance. 3 stars

Improve appearance? way. Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world...hope you are having a great weekend.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - because I didn't post a St. Patrick's Day song yesterday...

A Pair of Brown Eyes - The Pogues

Peesth Out!

Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

First off, a very Happy St. Patrick's Day to those who trace their roots back to Ireland.

Last night, I watched the Mexicans complete a double play to knock the Americans out of the World Baseball Classic. If you managed to pull yourself away from the NCAA Tournament for a few seconds to watch the final DP - you had to have seen A-Rod standing there wondering what in the hell just happened.

I think the funniest part of the USA being ousted from the WBC is that this goes to show you - that A-Rod will NEVER be on a championship team. Ok, before I get the emails talking about the lineups and who was or wasn't there - remember, NONE of you care about the WBC...right?

Word of caution to baseball fans, especially Red Sox Nation, before you go on about how the Tournament was a sham...or a joke; remember this. To those players who aren't on the USA - this tournament means something - don't trivialize this tournment...a lot of players went there with a point to prove. While fans in the USA may not care about the tournament - their hometown heroes probably do, and if I'm part of Red Sox Nation...the last thing I would want to do is trivialize anything that meant something to guys like Big Papi. Tread carefully gang...having said that, I'm sure Dennis and Callahan will be crapping all over the tournament on WEEI tomorrow.

Well, the Leafs lost...Islanders and Habs did as well. Atlanta making a run at the playoffs...but Toronto still in striking distance...not giving up hope yet.

Have a great one peeps

Your past relationships have deadened your sense of worth and stagnated you emotionally, so get out there and meet new people. Get involved in something you are passionate about and don't be afraid to rally for a cause you believe in. 3 stars

Hazel I hope things are groovy in your world. Get out and meet the peeps.

Song of the Night on Hazelspeeps - just because...

Mexican Radio - Wall of Voodoo (definitely worth the download)

Peesth Out!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

I'm All In

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

The title? Well, for those of you that noticed that there wasn't a Wednesady update - I went played poker last night. I've told the gang on yahoo that I'm in an eight week tournament with the grand prize being a trip to Vegas (Sunday night and Wednesday night groups). I went to see who is in the Wednesday pool...played in a side game and I actually won. I called my buddy's all in with an Ace - six in my hand - the idiot tried to bluff me with a Jack - deuce. So I won 80 bucks...nice.

Speaking of all in - another playoff type game for the Leafs Buffalo. It is just setting up to be one of those games where everything says that they should lose tonight - Buffalo has their number, they NEVER win in Buffalo, the Sabres are playing for Lindy Ruff...etc. I can't help but think that this is where Pat Quinn pulls a rabbit out of his hat and the Leafs pull one out in Buffalo - I'm going to say Jeff O'Neill is tonight's star. We'll see...Hazel, if you are checking in, we could really used some good karma tonight.

I don't know about you, but I'm still trying to make sense of some of these signings in the NFL. I'll have to tune into WEEI to see what the reaction is on Willie McGinest signing in Cleveland - they must be going on about how greedy McGinest is to leave a city that loves him for a lousy few million dollars. I say that tongue in cheek because yesterday morning, John Dennis was going on about how David Givens left the Patriots for what amounted to $6 million over the life of the contract - "He is leaving a team that makes the playoffs every year and has a good shot at winning a couple more championships - for $6 million over the life of the deal." Hmmmm think about it's $6 million...say it again - $6 MILLION.

I don't know why this surprises him so much - people in his industry move for more money all the time...why shouldn't a professional athlete? I'll leave you to ponder that. Here's another one to consider:

Are the Eagles going for an all "We Hate Terrell Team" - signing Jeff Garcia? I wonder if McNabb's hernia was worse than they let on....stay tuned.

Ok, I'm out...I'm working from home today. Have a great one peeps.

You will know exactly what you want to do or see happen. Proceed quietly instead of telling everyone your plans and things will unfold beautifully. Today can be a sign of what's to come. Stay on your toes. 3 stars

I don't know what to make of this I'll just end off with my customary "Hey Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world."

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - NFL Free Agent time

Money - Pink Floyd

Peesth Out!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Live To Fight Another Day

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

The Maple Leafs extended their hopes of making the NHL playoffs last night with a shoot-out win over the Bruins last night. Leaf Nation held our collective breath as the Buds were down 4-2 in the second. Two late second period goals and three saves from Tellqvist in the shoot-out leaves the Leafs within striking distance of the Lightning and the free-falling Devils (who lost AGAIN to the Islanders and blow ANOTHER sports lottery ticket for me)...I'm not convinced the Islanders can keep this up - I'm just convinced the Devils are very ordinary.

Last night's notables - Wednesday's Hazie Award Winners...

Mats Sundin - The captain came up big with 2 goals and 1 assist last night.

Daniel Briere - Briere scored 2 goals and 2 assits to lead the Sabres past the Caps...I know its the Caps...but with what the Sabres are going through right now with news of Lindy Ruff's daughter...

Thomas Vokoun - Vokoun stopped 31 shots to lead Nashville to a 5 - 0 victory over Vancouver last night...honourable mention goes to former Leaf Steve Sullivan (3 assists).

Doug Weight - Weight had 2 goals and 1 assits to lead the Caps over the struggling Rangers. Panthers rebounds after a bad trip in Florida.

Lots of stuff coming up for Weird and Whacked Wednesdays - led by some very strange signings in the NFL. Welcome to Miami Daunte.

As I type this morning's entry...I'm listening to WEEI - John Dennis is on some rant about Adam Vinatieri leaving the Patriots. What is it about sports fans and personalities that think athletes should turn their back on millions of dollars - to stay in a city that supposedly loves them? Especially in the case of Vinatieri who is a kicker and hasn't been making multi-million, multi-year contracts. John Dennis is sounding like a babbling idiot this morning...if this is scripted (ie Point / Counter Point) well, weak doesn't even begin to describe what this morning's NFL segment is like.

I've gotta book - have a great one peeps.

Emotions will be difficult to control so it will be better if you let people come to you. You can make some headway on a project you have been trying to get off the ground. The people you need to collaborate with will want to proceed. 3 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - for the Maple Leafs and members of Leaf Nation

Die Another Day - Madonna

Peesth Out!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Another Playoff Game For Leaf Nation

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

Leafs and Bruins tonight...with the Habs blowing it against Tampa last night - Leafs are chasing Montreal again.

I'm running waaaaaaaaay late this morning. So I'll wish you all a good day. Have a great one peeps.

Put more detail into your work today. The little extras you do will be what count. Someone you least expect will be talking behind your back. Don't let this bother you -- you will come across as extremely capable. 3 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world - have a great day.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - just because

Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz

Peesth Out!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Monday's Musings

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

For those of you who haven't been here before, Monday entries take a look back at the last week or so in the world of sports and highlight some of the more notable performances - the lucky winners are awarded a Hazie and holds the title as of one Hazel's Heroes. The decisions are made by yours truly, though I'd like to think that Hazel would agree with the choices and hand out the hardware to the lucky winners. On the flip side, we also highlight some of the "not-so-heroic" but no less notable performances.

Yes, I'm starting out with soccer - it was a great week for Portuguese soccer fans.

As I mentioned this morning, Miguel Pedro Mendes scored two goals to lead Portsmouth to a 2 - 1 victory over Manchester City. Mendes, who started the season with Tottenham, scored the winner in injury time. Pedro's performance might not be enough to save Portsmouth from relegation - but he deserves some recognition.

Last Wednesday, Benfica of Lisbon beat European giant Liverpool 2 - 0 at Anfield; thus ending the Reds hope of repeating as European Champions. Benfica was given little, if any, chance of beating Liverpool - even after beating Manchester United in the group stage. Once again, the mighty English fall to a team from Portugal - you gotta like that. I think Hazel would appreciate the underdog pulling one out.

In keeping with a Reds theme - Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard handed Arsenal a victory on Sunday by passing the ball back to Thierry Henry, who walked in alone and scored the game winner with less than 6 minutes of playing time. Way to go Steven...say goodbye to an automatic berth in next year's champions league group stage.

The Offensive Player of the Week was Olli Jokinen of the Florida Panthers (take that SenaTards...thinking you were going to get him for next to nothing), Olli had five goals and four assists in four games last week. Get a load of Olli - a guy who performs AFTER signing a big time have to give him credit for that.

The Defensive Player of the Week was Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders. Now since one of the performances that earned him the weekly honour came against the Maple Leafs - we won't delve into specifics. Thanks for nothing Rick...Hazel is giving you the dented trophy - the one that fell off the truck.

Mats Sundin of the Maple Leafs gets some credit here. Sundin who had been at the center of trade rumours in Toronto last week, reaffirmed his commitment to the Leafs and responded by leading Toronto to a 5 - 1 victory over Tampa on Saturday. Sundin has had many critics - especially this year - but the man has heart.

Dwayne Roloson of the Edmonton Oilers. Kevin Lowe traded a 1st round pick to Minnesota for Roloson - Dwayne rewarded Lowe's faith in him by posting three straight losses.

I'm putting Sidney Crosby and the stinking Penguins in here...for costing me two sports lottery tickets. I hate them.

Too earlier to be naming heroes in baseball - unless you want to go to the WBC...and it seems that no one really wants to. Interesting to see how pumped up the players are - especially the Dominican.

Should the Japanese team get a collective award for showing restraint after getting ripped off at the WBC yesterday? What about Manager Oh?

If I had to name a "Not-So-Heroic" it would be Curt Schilling, surprise surprise. Schilling is on a mission this spring - to no-hit any college team he faces...and to show everyone that he is not afraid of pitching inside this summer - even it if means hitting someone in the head. Schilling is a jerk at the best of times...this nonsense takes the cake. Spring training and he's buzzing guys high and tight - saying the guy should have gotten out of the way. What a jerk Schilling is.

Oh well the hell - at yesterday's poker tournament I kept riding pocket in keeping with that theme - a pair of Jackasses; Curt Schilling and David Wells. David Wells for shooting his mouth off about everything baseball - from Red Sox fans who bug him, to Bud Selig who bugs him, to Barry Bonds whose pursuit of Ruth's HR totals bugs him. David - shut up and pitch.

Speaking of Barry we have to?

Some very curious signings - many of them I would qualify under the heading of "What the @$%#%^#%^#?"

But that is an entry for another night - once all the analysis has been done.

That just about wraps it up for tonight. Have a great one peeps.

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world...I hope you enjoy Ft. Myers when you make it down there.

Song of the Night on Hazelspeeps - for the NFL GMs...especially the doofs that are signing all these average players to big money deals

Sign Your Name - Terrence Trent D'Arby

Peesth Out!

Happy Birthday B!!!!!

Hey Peeps (including Jenna, the newest member) and anyone else checking in. A special Monday morning "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

Yesterday was the culmination of what was certainly the most frustrating weekend I have ever had playing the sports lottery...where should I start (oh, I know you don't care...humour me - you might actually find yourself laughing at my misery):

That little bastard Sidney Crosby and the Penguins cost me two long shot tickets this weekend (on both tickets, I added in what I thought would be sure wins) - victories over New Jersey and the Flyers tonight saw about 600 go down the toilet (which is where I ended up flushing the tickets after I tore them up).

The Iowa-Ohio State game, by virtue of not finishing within a five point margin either way, ended up blowing about 700 bucks worth of tickets.

Juventus and AC Milan playing to a draw cost me 200 - Juventus who has been dominant at home this year.

So I was out about 75 bucks when it was all said and done. I managed to drag my can to the poker tournament tonight, and the night was going along pretty much as my weekend had - badly. I was getting beat on the river card all friggin night, you name it - two flush hands, a straight and 3 dueces just about had me out. But I rebounded...did I ever - and I really think it had a lot to do with Hazel Karma. I won't bore you with all the details - I inflicted that story on the peeps at the yahoo site...but I believe I had Hazel Karma tonight.

The NHL starts to heat up with the stretch run to the playoffs - for the purposes of this page, we'll focus on the Eastern Conference (with Hazel hopefully still being a member of Leaf Nation and for New Englanders who actually follow the Bruins). This will be a big week for the likes of the Maple Leafs, the Thrashers, the Habs and the Lightning - two spots left with four teams having a shot - I'm not counting the Islanders, a team that employs Mike Milbury can NOT succeed. The Bruins are pretty much down and out now, after another loss in Buffalo - let's hope they keep stinking it up against Toronto this week.

Teams on the upswing - Montreal and Atlanta

Teams on their way to crashing and burning - Tampa Bay and New Jersey (though they might have stockpiled just enough points to squeak in).

Teams having to make a move this week - Toronto...they have to pick up at least 7 points in the next five games or they are done. Hazel...Leaf Nation needs you.

So at a time where the NHL should be dominating headlines - ok maybe not in the U.S., but certainly up here - the NFL has done it again. Big signings south of the border - and plenty of rumours too.

Edgerrin James signs with Arizona - on the surface, a significant signing. But not everyone is enamoured with this one; the NFL analysts on CBS Sportsline tore this one apart.

Atwaan Randle-El signs with Washington - yet another dumb signing by the Redskins. They take a guy who is a special teams player and reward him for one play in the Super Bowl...a play that should never have happened.

Drew Brees might be going to the Saints - why I don't know. Talk is that he probably won't be ready until mid-season...why would New Orleans do this? Oh wait...its New Orleans.

Daunte Culpepper might be going to the Dolphins - figures huh? Most people think he wants to play in Florida where he played college ball - I think it has something to do with Miami being close to the ocean...Tub Rub II in Miami, starring Captain Stuebing aka Daunte Culpepper. I still think he is going to wind up in Oakland - with "Moss".

Adam Vinetieri winding up with the Cowboys? You never know...after the awful year Parcells had with his have to wonder if Dallas will make a play for him. I know New England is going to hate me for that...but hey - just win baby.

The Hazies come later today...special mention goes to Miguel Pedro Mendes of Portsmouth. The Portuguese international scored two goals - the second ended the game in injury time - to lead Pompey to a 2 -1 win over Manchester City.

That's about it for me...I can't leave without wishing one of my best friends in the whole world a happy's a big birthday for her - so HAPPY BIRTHDAY B!

Have a great day peeps!

Keep your plans a secret for now. If you let everyone know what you are up to, someone will try to prevent you from following through. Don't let emotional issues hold you back. 3 stars

Hazel I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - just because I woke up to it

Holiday - Green Day

Peesth Out!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Hope Springs Eternal In Leaf Nation

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

So the Leafs kept their head above water again last night with a 5-1 victory over Tampa Bay. The Leafs closed the gap between themselves and Tampa to six points; a manageable number - especially with the way Tampa has been faltering. The Bruins are pretty much dead now, after a loss on home ice to the Islanders (I wonder if Hazel took in the game) - Boston plays Toronto this week, I have to think the Leafs are going to spank them.

The New Jersey Devils were embarrassed by the Pittsburgh Penguins last night - you may (or may not) be asking yourself..."Why are you mentioning that game?" Good question; the answer is that I'm more than just a little peeved that the Devils blew this game, and my sports lottery ticket (would have been $400+).

So I heard that Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper might be traded to Oakland - and I admit I was laughing at that prospect. Well, Clark Judge say it isn't and wasn't ever even close to a deal. So the Raiders aren't going to trade for Culpepper...ok. But they could sign him when Minnesota cuts him loose.

I've gotta book now - have a great day peeps!

Relax with some of the people you love. Older and younger relatives will make interesting contributions that will spark new ideas. Talk can certainly pay off if you really listen to what's being said or offered. 5 stars

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - for the Leafs win last night

Our House - Madness

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Leaf Nation - Its Come Down To This

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. As always a special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

The trade deadline came and went - and two teams that arguably did the least this year, Toronto and Tampa Bay, face off at the ACC tonight. Its as simple as this, if the Buds lose tonight to Tampa its pretty well over - win tonight, and it could be the beginning of the end for the Stanley Cup champs. Hazel, Leaf Nation needs some good karma tonight at the ACC.

Funny thing I heard last night - Daunte Culpepper MIGHT be traded to Oakland...didn't I say something about that a few days ago? I'm not so dumb after all huh? (Renee, if you are reading this...NO COMMENTS!!!!)

Ok, I've got to get on with my Saturday. Have a great one peeps.

Plan a short trip or treat yourself to a night of entertainment. The more you do for yourself, the better you will feel about who you are and where you are heading. Travel plans can be made today. 5 stars

Now if that doesn't say - Hazel, for the good of Leaf Nation go home and visit your family and bring that good karma back to Toronto...I don't know what does. Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world...and that you are having a great weekend.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - Sun shining here today...going up to 12 C today - thoughts of warm and sunny days ahead

Could You Be Loved - Bob Marley

Peesth Out!

Friday, March 10, 2006

Friday Morning Funnies

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

Well, it was just as I thought here in the land of the SenaTards. There was Muckler talking about "We have a chance to be a Stanley Cup champion this year...and I think we added to that opportunity by adding Arnason and by adding Morrison until Dom gets back." Carolina has added Doug Weight and Mark Recchi to their mix - Ottawa adds Tyler Arnason and Mike figure it out.

Listening to WEEI this am - Dennis and Callahan took a few minutes out from planning the lynch of Barry Bonds to break down the Bruins trade of Sergei Samsonov - their take? "Who would call their kid Yan?" I guess what they say is true - hockey is number 4 in Boston...and its a big jump to number 3. Listening to these two...I'm thinking about John Molori's latest media blitz where he talks about one of Boston's first African-American sports media personalities - funny what he said about Dennis and Callahan. WEEI keeps playing clips from last night's Bruins/Habs game - funny hearing Dale Arnold announcing Zednik's goal - he couldn't sound less impressed...there are homers and then there's Boston commentators.

Well, I've gotta get to work - I want to get out early today for a pint or two of guinness. Have a great one peeps.

You've got more going for you than you realize. Don't be afraid to say what you think or to do as you please. You are heading in the right direction and, given time, others will follow and support your actions. 5 stars

Hazel I hope things are groovy in your world...looks like your weekend is starting off the right way.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - listening to crap being spouted by GMs who fell asleep at the switch yesterday

Give Me Novacaine - Green Day

Peesth Out!

Thursday, March 09, 2006

NHL Winners & Also Rans

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

So the NHL trade deadline came and went today - a few GMs proved themselves to be ahead of the pack, while others proved today that they were asleep at the wheel. Before you read on...check this out - Dale Arnold of NESN wants us all to consider the plight of these poor NHLers who get traded - if you have 3 minutes and a few hundred brain cells to kill - this one is for you. He's almost as bad as Jack Edwards - and that's saying something. What a load of crap.

A few NHL GMs deserve some recognition for their work today - and for their efforts pick up mid-week Hazie awards.

Pierre Lacroix, Colorado Avalanche - I don't know how he does it every year. Lacroix got the Jose Theodore (aka Hair Club For Men member - Quebec chapter) for David Aebischer. While Montreal fans pass this off as a move that provides cap-relief, Theodore is still a top 5 goalie. Lacroix fleeced Gainey...I said this last night on yahoo, this smacks of the Patrick Roy trade. Great job by Lacroix, again! Why couldn't the Leafs have him as a GM?

David Nonis, Vancouver Canucks - Nonis pulled off a trade that might wind up being the deal of the year. Nonis' picked up Mika Noronen from the Sabres for a 2nd round pick; Canucks' fans are talking about Norinen like he could wind up being like Kiprusoff. Good job by Nonis'

Dave Taylor, Los Angeles Kings - Taylor picks up Brent Sopel and Mark Parrish from the Islanders...without seriously impacting his team. I don't think the Kings are a cup contender - but this trade puts them in the playoffs and playoff revenue in the team's coffer. Good job by Taylor.

Jim Rutherford, Carolina Hurricanes - Rutherford didn't have to do anything today, but picking up Mark Recchi from the Penguins was a good move. Ottawa was talking about trading for Recchi or Leclair - Rutherford trumped Muckler. Smart move by Rutherford...too bad he's in Carolina.

Mike Keenan
, Florida Panthers - signing Olli Jokinen was a major thing. This signing might just convince Luongo to want to stay in Florida.

A few GMs were noticeably quiet today - while they will tell you there wasn't a deal to be had...I think we all know that that isn't quite the case. Some were asleep and some were probably afraid of making a they stood still.

John Muckler, Ottawa SenaTards - Muckler has a 41 year old goalie, who is a headcase at the best of times, telling the team that he doesn't know when he'll be back - and Muckler doesn't pull the trigger on a trade because he doesn't want to trade Antoine Vermette? Muckler will sell fans of the Tards a bill of goods tomorrow...the truth of the matter is that he was afraid of making a mistake. The new NHL is beyond Muckler's comprehension - the game has passed him by; he is out of touch with today's game and today's players.

Darryl Sutter, Calgary Flames - Sutter didn't make a significant deal today, and the Flames are going to suffer for his lack of action. Calgary needed another center, someone to play with Iginla - Sutter did nothing to improve Calgary's anemic offence.

Kevin Lowe, Edmonton Oilers - he tried to address his goaltending situation by trading away a first round pick for 37 year old Duane Roloson. Enough said.

Just some thoughts from today's trade deadling...feel free to disagree. For the record, I think John Ferguson did ok today...he didn't mortgage the future. Mike O'Connoll doesn't get hung out to dry for trading Samsonov - for two reasons 1) everyone knows he's not a great GM, fans expect this stuff from him; 2) the Bruins are a complete mess...he couldn't do much to pull them out of this mess.

More tomorrow...back to baseball I think. Did anyone get a load of David Wells' comments in the Hartford Courant? While Red Sox Nation is laughing about this - thinking that Wells' comments were hilarious, I have one question. How important does David Wells think he is? He needs to get over himself...calling out Bud Selig and telling Barry Bonds what he should do for the good of the game. Since when did this goof become the elder statesman of MLB? All this after crapping all over Red Sox Nation and the city of Boston. David Wells is a jerk - Epstein should trade his can.

That's about it for tonight peeps...have a great one.

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world. Have a great weekend.

Song of the Night on Hazelspeeps - just because I really like it

Jerk It Out - The Caesars

Peesth Out!

NHL Trade Deadline Today

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

It's all about hockey today folks - the NHL trade deadline is tonight. From a Leaf Nation perspective, John Ferguson Jr. made a statement last night...the Leafs will not be sellers. Toronto picked up Luke Richardson last night from Columbus - Richardson originally drafted by Toronto (and a former minor hockey teammate of yours truly) provide Toronto with a veteran presence on the blue line...a minor deal, but still a good one.

Pierre Lacroix demonstrated once again why he is the best General Manager in the NHL - Lacroix picked up Jose Theodore from the Canadiens for David Aebischer. I know the deal is a salary dump on Montreal's part - but for Lacroix to capitalize just shows how ahead of the game he is. Colorado fans must be looking at this trade as the second coming of Patrick Roy.

That's about it for this morning - I have to get going to work today. Have a great day peeps.

This is a good time to look at real estate or make a long-term commitment to something that will help ensure a secure future. Someone you care about may not agree with your plans. Take the time to explain your motives. 2 stars

Hazel call your mom and dad...they don't want to you move to Boston permanently. (insert ha ha) I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - for the NHL trade deadline

Change - Sheryl Crow

Peesth Out!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

A Jam Packed Wednesday

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in - thanks for taking the time to stop by. For those of you that are regular readers and have been here before - you know what Wednesdays are about, so move along to this week's stories. For those of you that have happened on this page for the first time, Wednesday entries recap the weird, the whacked and the downright silly stories making news in the world of sports. As always, before I start, I want to pass along a special "Hey" to Hazel Mae.


It seems that our old friend Theoren Fleury has really done it this time. Word from England is that he has been suspended from the professional hockey league there. Fleury lost it during a game and threw a puck at the head of a referee. For those of you that are wondering about the title - you have obviously not seen the vintage video clip of Fleury flapping like a chicken while he is screaming at someone.

Fleury is officially WHACKED...though most of us in Canada know that in his case, its probably for very good reason.


Donovan McNabb and Jeremiah Trotter were cited for failing to appear in traffic court to answer charges that they parked in handicapped parking spot, while they were in a bar. Donovan McNabb's doctor wrote him a note saying he was in the hospital the day of the alleged infraction - I guess his mom was busy filming her next Chunky soup commercial or something else "Donovan-related". File this story under the downright silly - Hey Donovan, Man-Up!

Daunte Culpepper and Moe Williams are playing the race card - claiming that the Minnesota's prosecutor showed racial bias in charging them, while NOT charging white members of the crew in the Vikings ongoing saga "Tub Rub".

Daunte just can't seem to keep himself out of the news - word out of Minnesota is that he has told Vikes Management to trade him or release him. This guy HAS to be kidding - does he really think there is a market out there for him? Wouldn't it be funny to see the Raiders pick him up and have him once again throwing the ball to Moss? File this one under whacked...Daunte is out of his mind.

Lawrence Phillips will stand trial on charge of assault...for trying to run three teenagers down in his car - their crime? they had an argument with him during a pick-up football game. File this one under whacked.


Say whatever you want, we are liking this. Now you know how we feel when you guys win the odd game against us in hockey. Right Hazel?

In other news - hey, did you hear that story about Barry Bonds using steroids? Seriously...apparently he used steroids. Who'da thunk it? Hazel...did you know that?

Yes...I know what the title says. But the discussion of the day over on the yahoo site is about whether or not Roger Clemens will sign with the Sox later this summer. In the yes camp is Renee, putting forth some compelling arguments on why he signs with Boston; on the no side are yours truly and a couple of other "peeps" who think Clemens won't sign. I think Roger is a great big (insert your word here) tease. Silly...sorry Renee - to think that Clemens wants to go back to Boston - he's playing New England...setting them up for heart break.



Three University of Delaware football players (who knew?) allegedly forced their way into another players' apartment - stealing cash, jewellery and 18 vials of liquid steroids. You have to love teammates like this. File this one under whacked.

Kristi Yamaoka, a cheerleader at the Southern Illinois, fell 15 feet during a routine at a game last week - she suffered a concusion. Kristi made headlines by giving fans the thumbs up and waving her arms in a cheer as the band played the school song while Kristi was being wheeled off on a stretcher. Kristi was quoted as saying that she did the routine because was worried the team would be distracted from winning ..and summing it up by saying "I'm still a cheerleader... I know my job and started to do my thing." I won't offer up an opinion on where this fits...Hey Hazel, does Kristi get a Hazie next week?


Arsenal's Ashley Cole has had to defended himself against claims that he has been involved in homosexual acts. The English media, which makes New England media look tame, has gone too far...even for them. Cole is suing The Sun. This one is just plain silly.

Its not weird, whacked or silly - but rather upset Wednesday. Benfica of Lisbon walked into Liverpool and beat the defending European Champs 2 - 0 today...sending Liverpool out of the competition.

Another wonderful example of Portugal's domination over England in the beautiful game. Hazel has to hand out a Hazie to Ronald Koeman, Simao Sabrosa and the rest of the Benfica team.

That's about it for tonight - busy day/night on Yahoo site...lots of post there. Have a great one peeps.

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Night on Hazelspeeps - For Daunte Culpepper and Mo Williams, from the motion picture Dumb and Dumber

New Age Girl - Dead Eye Dick

Peesth Out!

Whacked Wednesday At Work

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

I woke up to 14 emails this morning - the promises to be a whacked day at work; so I have to make this short. The good, the bad, and the ugly this morning

The Good
Leafs are still in contention after a win over Montreal last night.

The Bad
Chelsea tied Barcelona yesterday in Champions League action...meaning they lose the tie and are out of Europe.

The Ugly
What else could it be but Barry Bonds?

Have a great one peeps

Don't look back -- focus on the present and the future. Avoid the people who drag you down. Money matters can be cleared up and an investment will pay off. Discipline will be what counts today. 2 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on keeping with the good, bad and ugly theme - westerns

Sayonara - The Pogues...just download it and you'll see why. It's a cool song.

Does anyone ever go and listen to or find the song of the day?

Peesth Out!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Say It Ain't So Barry

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

The news broke tonight - but the sports world will be talking about it on Weird and Whacked Wednesday - brace yourself (get it?) for the shocking news... Barry Bonds used steroids.

Sports Illustrated will publish excerpts from a tell-all book by two San Francisco writers, that details Barry Bonds' steroid use. I haven't had a chance to check out the site - you have to go, if for nothing else, to check out the picture gallery of the evolution of Barry. The number of different drugs, and the amounts he took is nothing short of staggering - its a must read.

Somewhere Rafael Palmeiro must be breathing a sigh of relief now that the focus is on Barry...Pete Rose must be making room for Barry on the "out of the Hall of Fame bench" - the sick thing is you would almost think that Bonds would relish being left out of the Hall of Fame, it would give him something else to be bitter about. Barry could milk that one for the rest of his life - it would be his post-playing day career, talking about being left out of the HoF. I wonder how long before MLB looks at stripping him of his records.

Not surprisingly...Barry isn't commenting.

You can call it whatever you want: playing desperate, playing with their backs to the wall, playing like they had nothing to lose, rising to the occasion, or my personal choice - "Hazel Karma" The Leafs beat the Habs tonight 5 - 3, and moved ahead of the Bruins to within 6 points of the Habs. The next five games will pretty much say it all - the Leafs need to win 4 of the next 5 to put some pressure on the Habs. Hazel, Leaf Nation needs you!

I've got to wrap this up early tonight - long day today...long day on tap tomorrow. Weird and Whacked Wednesday will touch on baseball, football, hockey and soccer - might be a two parter.

Have a great one peeps.

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Night on Hazelspeeps - for Barry Bonds of course...

Deny - The Clash

Liar - The Sex Pistols

The End Of The Road?

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

The playoffs start tonight for the Maple Leafs, if they don't beat the Canadiens tonight - its all over for the 2005/06 season; and not only for the Leafs, the Bruins would likely be done too. Go Leafs Go...

Champions League action today in Europe - "Drisclaw" if you are checking in, don't roll your eyes at the mention of Champions League. Jose Mourinho leads Chelsea (aka Portuguese National Team North) into Barcelona and the Camp Nou for the second leg of the round of 16. Chelsea lost the first game in London 2 -1. Expect Mourinho and Chelsea to come up with something special today.

The dream is already over for a lot of teams at the World Baseball Classic - the U.S. takes on Mexico today; enough said.

Well Peeps, I gotta book. Have a great day today...check back later.

Be receptive and give yourself the opportunity to cultivate true growth rather than superficial change. While you may want to see immediate results, you'd be better off waiting for real and lasting rewards. 3 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your about sending some good karma up to the ACC?

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - just because

Jammin' - Bob Marley

Peesth Out!

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