Monday, September 04, 2006

Hazies Canadian Style

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 night entries take a look back at the week or so that was in the world of sports, highlighting some of the more notable performances. To those who have risen above the rest, we award them with an honourary "Hazie" - the lucky few have the title of "Hazel's Hero" bestowed upon them. While Hazel hasn't officially approved this week's winners, we'd like to think she would give her trademark smile and thumbs up.

This week's Hazies have a distinctly Canadian flavour - there are only two Hazies being handed out this week; one an individual award, the other a team award.


Damon Allen, QB for Hazel's hometown Toronto Argonauts, threw for 207 yards against the Hamilton Tiger Cats to become pro football's all-time leader in passing yardage. Allen, who started out his career with Warren Moon in Edmonton, passed his former teammate for number one on the all time list with 70,596 passing yards. In 22 CFL seasons, Allen has won four Grey Cups with three different teams. Allen has had his detractors over the years - but at 43, he is still one of the top QBs in the league and capable of leading the Argos to another Grey Cup. Allen will be honoured next week at the Rogers Centre - with his brother Marcus and Warren Moon expected to attend to commemorate the milestone.

The debate continues as to whether or not Allen deserves to be considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. While former Dolphins' QB Dan Marino has gone on record as saying he doesn't think Allen should be considered (he won't acknowledge Allen or Moon's career totals) - Allen has done more in the game of professional football than many currently in the hall. I think Hazel would back me up on this one - Damon should absolutely be considered and be invited into the Hall...his accomplishments transcend leagues.


My alma-mater, Carleton University, hosted Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals and Division 1A Lasalle this past weekend for a few tuneup games prior to the NCAA and Canadian University schedules starting up. The Ravens are four-time defending Canadian University champs and gave Louisville all they could handle - losing by one point. Pittino praised Carleton for their work ethic and skill level, going on to say that he felt Carleton was as good as St. John's... they ended the weekend 1 and 1 by virtue of a win over Lasalle. Not bad for a bunch of Canadian kids. Kudos go to coach Dave Smart for putting together a great program up here.

I know my man Kavliary is going to be pissed that I haven't awarded a Hazie to Greece's Men's Basketball team for their victory over the U.S.A this past weekend - but they were mentioned on here over the weekend...and I don't want him accepting on their behalf!

For those of you keeping track of the Hazelspeeps Fantasy Baseball Pool - things are heating up into September. As she aptly put it in her morning address to the group today "Woke up this morning to a 3 the standings of the fantasy league." Shuggy and I are the lucky co-participants in this little menage a trois in 2nd place. Though El Presidente didn't appreciate the reference to "Hazel's Hacks" in Renee's morning thoughts.

Sparky continues to lead the pack, but we are heading up and he is coming back to the back - albeit slowly. Standing for the week ending Sunday September 3rd. George's boys continue to gain, but it may be a case of too little, too late.

82.0 - The Bronx Zoo - owned by Sparky. Who is vying for a the homepage pic for October, with the announcement that he has won the 2006 Hazelspeeps Fantasy Baseball Pool. Now I ask you, would you rather see that announcement or Hazel on the homepage? I thought so.

70.0 - Hazel Mae's Hackers - owned by El Presidente (me) who welcomed back Albert Pujols from an awful slump; and said "Adeus" to Jim Edmonds, wishing him well with the post-concussion syndrome.

70.0 - Shuggysux - owned by Pogue (the other Pogue) who may not even have a computer anymore - who knows?

70.0 - Naughty Girls - owned by Renee, this week's big gainer picking up 9.5 points, who today announced that she was going to be the Commissioner of the soon to be created Hazel's Hockey League pool on the yahoo site. I can't wait to hear what she is going to charge me in franchise fees.

57.0 - GB Steam Boys - owned by George who made the biggest jump of the week - George checks in with the group and his team gains 7 points - Hazel Karma?

52.0 - Tina's Team - owned by Tina who has broke her silence by picking up the asterisk - yup, Tina caved and picked up Barry Bonds today.

48.0 - Tom Sawyer - owned by Hubie who has had a quiet week on the waiver wire, but still on pace to set an all-time record for moves in a fantasy baseball pool...he's going for 200+ moves in one season.

42.0 - Fighting Bobcats - owned by Commish Drisc who set to launch the Hazelspeeps Fantasy Football Pool - get your team in by midnight tonight if you haven't.

33.5 - Banana Peels - owned by the Golden Banana who summed up his participation in this year's pool by changing his team name - the title page of his "What I did this summer" essay.

25.5 - Leprachauns - owned by Irish who continues to make moves, to the astonishment of everyone.

That's about it for tonight gang - time to go over to yahoo and have a peek at what's going on over there. Have a great one peeps.

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Night on Hazelspeeps

Beautiful Stranger - Madonna

Peesth Out...Buh Bye!


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