Welcome to the Monday Men's League 2018 Season

Feb 7, 2018 | Posted by RY

SCOUTING REPORTS FROM 2017

HERE IS A SCOUTING REPORT OF ALL RETURNING PLAYERS BASED OFF PROFICIENCY OF POSTING TO YOUR TEAM SCORE!

 

Player Rank HDCP Rounds Gross AVG Net AVG Proficiency
Mark Kish 1 3 19 38.68 35.89 100%
Todd Holt 15 2 10 37.9 33.2 100%
Amer Haque 99 9 10 45.7 36.7 100%
Sam Stormeon 109 7 7 44 36 100%
Myles Blust 8 4 16 39.44 36.38 94%
Ken Soloski 21 5 16 41.62 34.75 94%
Dave Marcine 61 9 12 47.92 35.33 92%
Keith Eliasson 72 6 10 43 35 90%
Ralph Mccall 31 7 15 42 37.13 87%
Slade King 12 3 14 39.29 36.21 86%
Chris Harrop 22 5 14 40.64 36.29 86%
Clint Bates 26 6 14 41.21 36.07 86%
James Wood 27 5 14 41.21 35.57 86%
Andrew Murray 48 6 14 42.86 35.36 86%
Colin Corey 75 10 13 46.77 36.54 85%
Serge Cazzola 47 6 17 44.76 36.82 82%
Jeff Beck 69 10 11 48.45 35.18 82%
Jim Gordon 94 7 11 44 36.64 82%
David Anderson 115 21 11 61.27 39.73 82%
Shaun McGrath 54 9 16 43.94 36.88 81%
Lindsey McEachern 42 7 15 43.53 35.53 80%
Clay Long 51 9 15 47.27 36.2 80%
Duff French 64 9 15 45.13 36.93 80%
Rob Lacroix 88 8 10 44.1 36 80%
James Robinson 91 7 10 45 36.1 80%
Jeff Pentz 38 6 19 45.95 36.47 79%
Dave Smale 39 6 19 47.05 37 79%
Ken Williams 19 4 14 40.57 36.14 79%
Jim Robinson 80 10 14 45.86 37.21 79%
Jon Hammond 2 2 18 39.78 36.06 78%
Tyler Dick 3 4 18 39.78 35.61 78%
Jonathan Krochak 10 6 18 40.78 36.06 78%
Coogan Mitchell 23 2 9 38.44 36.11 78%
Dave Sawyer 101 7 9 43.11 36.44 78%
Jim Edwards 87 9 13 45.85 37.38 77%
Philip Taylor 49 15 17 51.18 36.94 77%
James Buchan 33 7 16 43.38 36.62 75%
Sam Guglich 37 12 20 47.05 36.8 75%
James Rosebrugh 55 7 16 44.88 36.88 75%
Joel Balcarras 58 9 16 45.06 37.12 75%
Dave McCulloch 98 7 8 43.75 35.5 75%
Jay Huehn 6 3 19 40.58 36.47 74%
Richard Carmichael 34 9 19 44.95 36.58 74%
Brent Wilson 68 7 15 44.27 37.13 73%
Tyler Robinson 86 7 11 43.73 36.18 73%
Rob Daumler 11 3 14 39.07 36.29 71%
Ross Power 81 9 14 45.36 37.21 71%
Tony Kwan 7 4 17 39.65 36.71 71%
Aubrey Fishman 41 10 17 47.65 36.53 71%
Richard Young 56 10 17 46.65 37.41 71%
Randy Cody 16 6 20 43.1 37.35 70%
Mike King 79 9 13 44.54 36.69 69%
Ian Kruger 89 13 13 50.54 37.54 69%
Don Soubolsky 110 12 13 47.46 39.23 69%
Ed Buchan 44 6 16 44.5 36.19 69%
Jim Frid 45 10 16 48.75 36.19 69%
Dave Collin 67 14 16 50.31 37.62 69%
Gary Pilling 70 10 16 48.06 37.81 69%
Trent Sittler 35 7 19 45.11 36.95 68%
John McNaughton 4 3 18 40 36.33 67%
JJ Graham 20 4 15 41.07 36.53 67%
Nevin Dunfield 29 2 9 38.89 36.56 67%
Brian Harrop 57 7 15 43.87 36.53 67%
Rick Bergshoeff 66 9 15 45.13 37.07 67%
Bruce Sittler 73 6 15 45.33 37.53 67%
Doug Drysdale 77 15 15 52.4 37.6 67%
Zach Jacobs 85 8 12 46.17 36.67 67%
Bryan Howe 96 14 12 50.17 37.33 67%
Dave Dafoe 36 9 17 44.12 37.76 65%
Tyson Soloski 24 4 14 41.07 36.14 64%
Doug Mott 62 10 14 45.07 36.36 64%
Jake Trottier 78 8 14 46.79 37.14 64%
Al Hocking 82 14 14 51.86 37.36 64%
Ryan Buchan 100 12 11 49.82 37.27 64%
Dana Boothby 5 4 16 39.06 36.06 63%
Dave Kobryn 28 7 16 42.38 36.56 63%
Mike Morrison 71 18 16 54.62 38 63%
Logan Brown 102 10 8 48.5 36 63%
Scott Montgomery 76 10 13 47.31 36.54 62%
Kevin Hayhoe 92 13 13 48 37.62 62%
Jeff Wiseman 17 6 18 42.44 37.06 61%
Blair Marshall 40 8 18 44.78 36.72 61%
Andy Kinmonth 46 14 18 51.61 37.28 61%
Bruce Littke 60 11 15 44.73 36.73 60%
David Hubman 74 12 15 49.6 37.53 60%
Tony Gregory 107 14 10 49.9 37.3 60%
Darwin Matiece 114 9 10 45.8 38.4 60%
Glen Stalker 52 12 17 47.29 37.24 59%
Craig Forbes 105 9 12 44.25 38.25 58%
Brendan Crowe 84 15 14 52.86 37.57 57%
Duane Sobie 9 4 16 39.62 36.69 56%
Vince Kucey 30 7 18 43.44 36.61 56%
Terry Hall 108 7 11 44.27 37.82 55%
Greg Dearden 111 13 11 50.45 38.36 55%
Jason Delisle 112 16 11 52.64 38.36 55%
Reed Boothby 32 4 13 41.62 36.54 54%
Marcel Berube 18 7 19 43 37.32 53%
Tom Kwan 13 3 16 40.69 36.25 50%
John Hunt 14 2 16 40.69 37.06 50%
Joe Cissell 43 18 20 55.95 38.1 50%
Trent Bagnall 50 7 16 44.88 36.5 50%
Mark Fafard 63 12 16 48.75 37.38 50%
John White 93 15 16 53.56 39.12 50%
Will Wynia 95 14 16 48.56 39.31 50%
Steve Sharron 104 15 10 52.6 37.1 50%
Juan Merino 106 14 12 54 38.25 50%
Gautam Sinha 117 17 8 55.5 42.88 50%
Terry Dick 25 7 17 42.59 37.18 47%
Jimmy Skrivanos 59 8 17 45.35 37.65 47%
Kevin Firkus 83 11 17 47.24 38.88 47%
Erin Furnell 90 8 12 44.75 37.08 42%
Dan Crowe 65 13 17 50.41 38 41%
Coda Gordon 118 6 5 47.6 44.4 40%
Garry Tether 97 12 13 46.62 37.85 39%
Bob Taylor 103 16 13 49.08 38.54 39%
Derek Rinas 53 8 16 44.81 36.81 38%
Mike Rijavec 113 6 11 42.91 38.82 36%
Dave Girard 116 18 9 55.44 42 11%


Feb 6, 2018 | Posted by Riley

Booking Classes

 

April 23rd

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3

May 21st

Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8

July 2nd

Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12

Aug 6th

Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 PLAYOFFS
  April 30th May 7th May 14th May 28th June 4th June 11th June 18th June 25th July 9th July 16th July 23rd July 30th Aug 13th Aug 20th Aug 27th DATES TBA
Class 1

S H O T G U N

Front 9 Early Front 9 Late Back 9 Early - Back 9 Late Front 9 Early Front 9 Late Back 9 Early Back 9 Late - Front 9 Early Front 9 Late Back 9 Early Back 9 Late - Front 9 Early Front 9 Late SHOTGUN TBA
Class 2 Front 9 Late Back 9 Early Back 9 Late - Front 9 Early Front 9 Late Back 9 Early Back 9 Late Front 9 Early - Front 9 Late Back 9 Early Back 9 Late Front 9 Early - Front 9 Late Back 9 Early SHOTGUN TBA
Class 3 Back 9 Early Back 9 Late Front 9 Early - Front 9 Late Back 9 Early Back 9 Late Front 9 Early Front 9 Late - Back 9 Early Back 9 Late Front 9 Early Front 9 Late - Back 9 Early Back 9 Late SHOTGUN TBA
Class 4 Back 9 Late Front 9 Early Front 9 Late - Back 9 Early Back 9 Late Front 9 Early Front 9 Late Back 9 Early - Back 9 Late Front 9 Early Front 9 Late Back 9 Early - Back 9 Late Front 9 Early SHOTGUN TBA
                                         
            CLASS 1   CLASS 2        
            CLUTCH   BOGEYMEN        
            FISTS OF FURYK   WHOSE YOUR CADDIE        
            DIRTY BAKER DOZEN   LOFTS        
                                         
            CLASS 3   CLASS 4        
            NO GIMMIES   SHANKOPTOMUS'S        
            BUNKER BOYS   OCHO        
            WEAPONS OF GRASS DESTRUCTION   GE PROS & JOES        


Feb 6, 2018 | Posted by RY

2018 SCHEDULES

AS MENTIONED IN EARLIER EMAILS, WE HAVE SWITCHED TO A HEAD TO HEAD FORMAT FOR THE WEEKLY SCORES. SO INSTEAD OF POSTING A POINT TOTAL YOU WILL NOW HAVE A WIN-LOSS-TIE RECORD FOR THE 15 WEEK SEASON

 

ROSTERS ARE ALSO UP TO DATE CHECK WHAT PLAYERS WERE ON THE MOVE!

 

  Home Away   Home Away   Home Away   Home Away   Home Away   Home Away  
  BOGEYMEN   BUNKER BOYS   CLUTCH   DIRTY BAKERS   FISTS OF FURYK   GE PROS & JOES  
Week1 FISTS BOGEY   Bunker SHANKS   CLUTCH DBD   CLUTCH DBD   FISTS BOGEY   OCHO GE PROS  
Week2 GIMMIES BOGEY   LOFTS Bunker   SHANKS CLUTCH   DBD OCHO   GE PROS FISTS   GE PROS FISTS  
Week3 BOGEY DBD   OCHO Bunker   LOFTS CLUTCH   BOGEY DBD   WYC FISTS   GE PROS WGD  
Week4 Bunker BOGEY   Bunker BOGEY   OCHO CLUTCH   GE PROS DBD   FISTS SHANKS   GE PROS DBD  
Week5 CLUTCH BOGEY   Bunker GE PROS   CLUTCH BOGEY   DBD WYC   FISTS LOFTS   Bunker GE PROS  
Week6 BOGEY WGD   GIMMIES Bunker   CLUTCH GE PROS   DBD FISTS   DBD FISTS   CLUTCH GE PROS  
Week7 BOGEY LOFTS   WGD Bunker   CLUTCH WYC   DBD FISTS   DBD FISTS   SHANKS GE PROS  
Week8 WYC BOGEY   WGD Bunker   FISTS CLUTCH   DBD SHANKS   FISTS CLUTCH   GE PROS OCHO  
Week9 WYC BOGEY   Bunker GIMMIES   FISTS CLUTCH   LOFTS DBD   FISTS CLUTCH   GE PROS WGD  
Week10 BOGEY LOFTS   Bunker WYC   CLUTCH DBD   CLUTCH DBD   OCHO FISTS   SHANKS GE PROS  
Week11 DBD BOGEY   Bunker OCHO   CLUTCH LOFTS   DBD BOGEY   FISTS WYC   GIMMIES GE PROS  
Week12 BOGEY GIMMIES   Bunker LOFTS   CLUTCH SHANKS   OCHO DBD   FISTS GE PROS   FISTS GE PROS  
Week13 BOGEY FISTS   SHANKS Bunker   DBD CLUTCH   DBD CLUTCH   BOGEY FISTS   GE PROS OCHO  
Week14 BOGEY Bunker   BOGEY Bunker   CLUTCH OCHO   DBD GE PROS   SHANKS FISTS   DBD GE PROS  
Week15 BOGEY CLUTCH   GE PROS Bunker   BOGEY CLUTCH   WYC DBD   LOFTS FISTS   GE PROS Bunker  
                         
  NO GIMMIES   TEAM LOFTS   THE OCHO   SHANKAPOTOMUS'   WEAPONS OF GRASS   WHOSE YOUR CADDIE  
Week1 GIMMIES WGD   WYC LOFTS   OCHO GE PROS   Bunker SHANKS   GIMMIES WGD   WYC LOFTS  
Week2 GIMMIES BOGEY   LOFTS Bunker   DBD OCHO   SHANKS CLUTCH   WGD WYC   WGD WYC  
Week3 SHANKS GIMMIES   LOFTS CLUTCH   OCHO Bunker   SHANKS GIMMIES   GE PROS WGD   WYC FISTS  
Week4 WYC GIMMIES   WGD LOFTS   OCHO CLUTCH   FISTS SHANKS   WGD LOFTS   WYC GIMMIES  
Week5 GIMMIES SHANKS   FISTS LOFTS   WGD OCHO   GIMMIES SHANKS   WGD OCHO   DBD WYC  
Week6 GIMMIES Bunker   LOFTS WYC   SHANKS OCHO   SHANKS OCHO   BOGEY WGD   LOFTS WYC  
Week7 GIMMIES OCHO   BOGEY LOFTS   GIMMIES OCHO   SHANKS GE PROS   WGD Bunker   CLUTCH WYC  
Week8 LOFTS GIMMIES   LOFTS GIMMIES   GE PROS OCHO   DBD SHANKS   WGD Bunker   WYC BOGEY  
Week9 Bunker GIMMIES   LOFTS DBD   OCHO SHANKS   OCHO SHANKS   GE PROS WGD   WYC BOGEY  
Week10 GIMMIES WGD   BOGEY LOFTS   OCHO FISTS   SHANKS GE PROS   GIMMIES WGD   Bunker WYC  
Week11 GIMMIES GE PROS   CLUTCH LOFTS   Bunker OCHO   WGD SHANKS   WGD SHANKS   FISTS WYC  
Week12 BOGEY GIMMIES   Bunker LOFTS   OCHO DBD   CLUTCH SHANKS   WYC WGD   WYC WGD  
Week13 WGD GIMMIES   LOFTS WYC   GE PROS OCHO   SHANKS Bunker   WGD GIMMIES   LOFTS WYC  
Week14 GIMMIES WYC   LOFTS WGD   CLUTCH OCHO   SHANKS FISTS   LOFTS WGD   GIMMIES WYC  
Week15 SHANKS GIMMIES   LOFTS FISTS   OCHO WGD   SHANKS GIMMIES   OCHO WGD   WYC DBD  
                                     


Jan 31, 2018 | Posted by Riley Boothby

2018 Monday Men's League / Off Season In Review

     Hello and welcome to the 2018 Monday Men’s League at Glen Eagles.  Naturally, with the opening of the course, thoughts will quickly turn to the best league in the area.  Joining the league is simple; send me an Email (riley@gleneaglesgolf.com) and I'll make sure you're in.   

     As most are aware, the league “competition” occurs each Monday starting April 23rd.   Participants are free to play at any time during the day and with anyone of their choosing.   The beauty of the format is that it rewards both performance and participation.  You don’t necessarily hurt your team when you don’t play but you definitely help your team when you do play so please don’t be concerned if you can’t play every week.  Sure we have guys who play every week but many, many of the participants are simply unable to make that commitment but – and this is important – every player who signs up is important and valuable to their team.  All we ask is that you play as often as your schedule and wife permits.

 

So, What’s Been Going on Since We Last Spoke?

     It appears you're asking me to provide some sort of a review of the off season.  Well, I really don’t have much to say but here goes;

October

On October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, leaving 58 people dead and 546 injured.  The tragedy prompted rational thinking Americans to call for meaningful gun control legislation and mildly indifferent Senators, Congressmen and NRA members to hastily offer their “thoughts and prayers” on Twitter.

In an emotionally charged press conference addressing possible gun control legislation, NRA CEO and Executive Vice-President, Wayne LaPierre, delivered a tearful speech honouring the thousands of Americans who have tragically fallen victim to background checks.  “Because of our nation’s senseless gun control laws, men with histories of violence are unable to procure an assault-style weapon,” said a visibly annoyed LaPierre who noted that the latest massacre was “almost a week ago” and that the nations protracted discussions of gun control were “a little much” at this point.

*  Movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein, is accused of sexually assaulting pretty much every woman in Hollywood prompting Kevin Spacey to seek treatment for homosexuality at a gay conversion therapy centre in Big Bone Lick, Kentucky.

*  In labour news, Ontario college teachers go on strike over a controversial proposed contract change that would allow the College Employer Council to raise the retirement age, which means teachers would have to continue striking for several years longer before they’d be eligible to collect their pensions.

 

November

*  On November 2, 2017, Scott Ostrem, walked into a Denver-area Walmart and started shooting people.  In this case, which left three people dead, it took police a full five hours to identify and track down the gunman because of the number of customers who drew their own guns during the shooting.

*  On November 5, 2017, Devin Kelley, massacred 26 people as they prayed at their Sunday morning church service.  Experts are calling the atrocity, the “worst mass church shooting in modern U. S. history” because only in America are gun massacres so violent and frequent that experts now feel the need to add subcategories to contextualize their magnitude.

*  Waving off the current allegations against him as attempts to sabotage his election bid, Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore told reporters, “if the American public hadn’t listened to my victims, these women would never have accused me of such heinous crimes.”  Moore went on to say he would continue his run for the Senate despite the charges because while the norms had shifted, they had not shifted nearly as much in Alabama.

*  Charles Manson, the cult leader who formed what became known as the Manson Family in the late 1960’s died in jail on Sunday November 19, 2017.  Charlie’s death prompted, Jesus Christ to express his frustration with being forced to find yet another vessel for his reincarnation and subsequent Second Coming.  A spokesperson for the family kindly asked for “complete and utter chaos” while they grieve the psychopathic bastard’s passing.

*  In response to Leeann Tweeden’s allegations of being inappropriately groped by Al Franken, Democratic Party leaders issued calls for a convincing amount of condemnation for the Minnesota senator.  “It’s imperative that we unequivocally go through the motions of rejecting any and all forms of sexual misconduct” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, adding that he hadn’t ruled out taking steps to eventually look into the matter.

 

December

*  Republican leaders spoke shortly before the vote for their sweeping new tax bill.  “We’re not home yet, but I’m confident we have the heartlessness needed for this measure to move forward,” said bill co-author Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), adding that the utter contempt for the lives of middle class and poor Americans appeared to be “falling into place nicely.”  

*  Donald Trump set off yet another controversy when he formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  When asked to comment, God, a generally accepted authority on stuff like this was very clear that, as far as He was concerned, Jerusalem wasn’t really that big of a deal anymore.  Said the Heavenly Father, “Jerusalem lost a lot of its ‘cred’ once Jesus left”.

*  Cryptocurrency Bitcoin surged to just over $16,000 in early December.  Experts believe the volatility may be connected to the fact that we’re dealing with a pile of ones and zeros that have no attachment to any bank or government yet we’re still calling it legal tender, but they can’t say for certain.

*  The USGA and R & A jointly announced they’ll no longer field or consider call-ins from viewers as part of rules decisions.  WWE senior officials are apparently monitoring the decision to determine if professional wrestling should adopt a similar policy with respect to fan input during key matches. Rasslin’ purists who are against the change, feel impartial crowd oversight remains an integral aspect of the sport when it comes to exposing distracted, corrupt or biased referees.

*  The media is unsure how to characterize Doug Jones’ win over Roy Moore in a senate by-election when almost half of Alabamians voted for a racist, twice-barred, homophobic pedophile rather than a Democrat.  Knowledgeable insiders are predicting the former judge will now retire from politics to spend more quality time with other people’s teenage daughters.

*  Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, the disgraced Archbishop emeritus of Boston and the first high-level Catholic Church official to be accused of actively participating in the cover-up of child molestation, died at the end of this month.  Now, I know he actively assisted in the molestation/rape of hundreds of children, but I heard that one time, he shook a sick person’s hand so I think things will probably even out. 

Shortly after hearing a billionaire’s heart-wrenching story of how he’d like to have even more money, tearful Republicans unanimously pass the new $1.5 trillion tax bill. 

 

January

On January 1st, Golf Digest confirmed that the Earth’s successful completion of an orbit around the sun has inspired readers to; reconsider their half-way house choices, ride less, take an extra club and aim at the middle of every green. 

*  2018 got off to a rip-roaring start, thanks to scathing excerpts from Michael Wolff’s bombshell of a book, Fire And Fury: Inside The Trump White HouseIn an effort to rectify Wolff’s portrait of him as an erratic, angry, and not especially intelligent man, Trump did what any rational world leader would do: He hopped on Twitter and announced he was, like, really smart.  A genius even.  And not just any kind of genius either.  He’s more like a very stable ‘Wile E. Coyote’ type of super genius.

*  Oprah Winfrey delivers an inspirational speech while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards prompting rumours that she’s “actively thinking” about running for President in 2020.  Knowledgeable insiders who are very knowledgeable about the inside of things immediately scoff at the idea saying there’s no way Americans are going to elect an unqualified TV host with absolutely no political experience.  At press time, both Uma Thurman and The Rock were purported to be in the running for V.P.

*   President Trump is back on the hot seat after the Wall Street Journal reported an alleged $130,000 payment made by one of his lawyers to an adult film star.   Sources state the intended purpose was to cover up an affair between the actress, Stormy Daniels, and the now-President of the United States.  A second accusation by, Jessica Drake, who is also an adult film actress, surfaced a short time later.  Drake was offered $10,000.  My take: Why aren’t more people talking about the pay equality issue in the porn star silencing industry?

*  U.S. foreign relations went further down the toilet when it was widely reported that President Trump, while speaking with a group of senators, referred to Haiti, El Salvador and the continent of Africa as a “bunch of shit-hole countries”.  When questioned about the incident, Trump insisted he didn’t swear and isn’t a racist although he admits to thinking we’d all be better off if those countries, “tried to act a little more Norwegian.”

*  Shortly after 8:00 a.m. on Saturday January 13th, residents of Hawaii were stunned to read the following ominous warning, “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII.  SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER.  THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”  Hawaiians, when faced with what appeared to be their imminent annihilation, did what any normal, god-fearing person would do:  They forsook their sweethearts, shelter, and ever-lasting salvation for their Smartphones so they could tweet about it.  I wish I was making this up.  

*  Cochrane city officials were stunned to learn their city wasn’t on the short list to host e-commerce giant Amazon’s new offices.  The omission was a particularly tough blow for Mayor, Jeff Genung, who was so sure we’d win that he pre-emptively razed the entire downtown. 

*  At 12:01 a.m. on January 20th, the United States Government shut down for the second time in five years which would have been a real shame except that only about 12% of the government was functioning. 

*  On Monday January 22nd, the Senate voted 81 to 18 to reopen the federal government, bringing the three-day shutdown to an end proving that Democrats could be as tough as anyone for almost 70 hours.

*  Larry Nassar, a doctor within Gymnastics USA and the Michigan State athletics department, was sentenced to 40 – 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting pretty much every young woman who came through either program since the early 1990’s.  During the impact statements, Dr. Nassar complained that him having to listen to 156 young women recount their experiences was akin to “cruel and inhuman” punishment.  The good news for Larry is now that he’s been sentenced, he won’t have to hear any more exhausting testimony from his victims.  The bad news: I understand child molesters don’t do so well in federal prison.

*  The Cleveland Indians announced that beginning in 2019, “Chief Wahoo” will not be seen on the team’s uniforms, banners and/or signs.  Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan admitted that mascot Chief Wahoo is no longer compatible with modern revenue growth expectations.

 

February

*  Fortunately, the month starts with a wonderful sports tradition – the Super Bowl – when millions of Americans set aside their differences and join together in rooting for or against professional football players depending on what they do or don’t do during the national anthem.

*  The Canadian Senate passed a bill to change our national anthem’s second line from “in all thy sons” to “in all of us” to make it more inclusive.  Critics jumped in immediately saying the piece still lacks a sufficient number of references to stuff like “rockets” and “bombs bursting” like the cool countries have in their anthems.

*  The 2018 Winter Olympics got underway in PyeongChang, South Korea.  The games featured 2,952 athletes, about 18,000 coaches/trainers/hangers-on and about 10 million Canadians who are convinced they could compete in events like skeleton, luge and/or bobsled if just given the chance.

*  Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year old former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, stormed the halls with an AR-15 rifle, killing 17 students.  Thankfully, American politicians rushed to offer their “thoughts and prayers” for the victims and their families so I think we can safely assume this will be last of this type of tragedies.

In an emotionally charged press conference addressing possible gun control legislation, NRA CEO and Executive Vice-President, Wayne LaPierre, delivered a tearful speech honouring the thousands of Americans who have tragically fallen victim to background checks.  “Because of our nation’s senseless gun control laws, men with histories of violence are unable to procure an assault-style weapon,” said a visibly annoyed LaPierre who noted that the latest massacre was “almost a week ago” and that the nations protracted discussions of gun control were “a little much” at this point.

... more to come

 

Riley


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