Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
The spring season is rolling along and we've had our hands full with some unique player concerns that don't deal with players:
- Parents walking their children across a field of slo-pitch players.
- A soccer player kicking a ball out of a field and the ball hitting the windshield of a car and breaking it.
- Players settling a tie game through a dance battle.
In the office, Andrew and Stacey are really excited about the upcoming Michael Jackson Auction. You can be the owner of Michael Jackson awards, pictures, family items, and even his old id card. Andrew has his eyes set on an award he recieved. Not really sure which, just the cheapest one.
Also, Andrew and I stumbled upon this article. Some people are claiming that they have evidence of a real life alien. I wasn't impressed but Andrew was freaking out.
Well, enjoy the warm weather!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Well we completed another season! Man how time flies. These past few weeks have been utterly crazy around the office . I can't remember what it sound like without the phone ringing. We are only 3 days away ( don't panic indoor this Sunday outdoor next Sunday!) from launching the CSSC's biggest season yet! We will have 800 teams playing in 11 sports (12 if you count theatre sports!)
We had an awesome Season Ending Party at Bugaboo Creek! That was already over a week ago (see how time fllies) I just got the photo's from Matt our photographer! As always they turned out awesome. I will have them posted to the web early next week. We are going to try something new where if you would like a copy of your team photo Matt will have them for sale. He takes an amazing picture!
Andrew and Matt ended up being MC's for the evening they rocked the house. There were lots of fun games like "blow up the fish", Drunken Limbo, and Trivia! All the favourites from my birthday parties as a kid. Take a look at some of the photo's below.
It was an awesome time!
Every so often at the CSSC we get some great "projects" teams have put together because they love their teams so much! If you ever have played Dodgeball this will make you bust a move, and a gut. http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-5622904088720249660 This is the reason I love the internet so much! Fantastic job to Grab Life by the Balls! very funny.
Lastly the plans are almost 100% in place for the June 2nd Clash of the Titans Dodgeball Tournament in Red Deer. A 1 day extravaganza for the title of ultimate Dodgeball City Calgary or Edmonton.................This is going to take a lot for me to admit but I think Calgary is going to take it! (I was born and raised it Edmonton so that hurt a bit.) Stay tuned to the web for details! There is only enough space for 16 teams.
I should get back to the grind..............
Thursday, April 5, 2007
The theme for the night was Spring into Spring - Luau Style. There were lots of fun decorations and some really great costumes. Some teams, like Bend it Like Beckham, went all out. I am guessing that this is one of the reasons that they took home the Lady Bing shirts. Awesome job guys!
The highlight of the night for me was watching the limbo contest. Participants made their way under a floral hockey stick while trying to not spill their glass of beer. Needless to say a lot of players didn't make it, but those that were victorious were fun to watch. I was just talking to Andrew, and his fav game was the beer-drinking hoola hoop contest. Ryan F. kicked butt on this one. Later we tested for steroids, but found out it was years of training that allowed him to take home the gold.
I wish I had some pictures to post, but we had a professional photographer there last night, so we don't have any pictures yet. Sorry!!
Moving on, one of our GCs, Jana, stopped by the office this afternoon to return some equipment. Some how we got onto the topic of farm animals and eventually poultry. I brought up the topic of the chicken that had it's head chopped off and continued to live for a year and a bit. Nicole and Jana didn't believe me. So I hopped onto the internet and used trusty ol' Google. I could get into more detail, but it gets kinda gross... if you feel like you're up to it, check out the website: http://www.miketheheadlesschicken.org/
Thats all from me today
Monday, April 2, 2007
Well I (andrew) was going to post an end of the season re-cap but I have decided to hold off until the Season Ending Party is over.
The season ending party is on Wednesday at 7:00pm at Bugaboo Creek. Click here for more information. Matt (GC) and I will be hosting the event. We have some great stuff planned. We even met up tonight to work on the program. Towards the end we thought, "Hey, what are we going to wear?". We debated this for like 20 minutes. We then realized we had been talking about what to wear for 20 minutes.
One idea that stood out was dressing up like Don Johnson and the other guy from Miami Vice. Not the new version with guns and no plot line but rather the version with the alligator and awesome hair. We thought it would be a good choice but realized that neither of us has suits from the 80's. We decided to go in another direction which might tick off Stacey. What is it you ask, well you need to be there to see.
I was surfing youtube today and found this amazing video. Alanis Morisette hasn't released new music in many years. But, she has been around the media by dating Van Wilder. Well she is going to shoot herself back into the spotlight with this parody video. It pokes fun at the Black Eyed Peas and especially Fergie. Click here to watch. It might not be new music but it's pretty funny or powerful stuff.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
The season is coming to a close and the season ending party is on Wednesday April 4 at Bugaboo Creek. The theme is "spring fun" so make sure to put on your Bermuda shorts and t-shirts. I (Andrew) and our GC Matt will be hosting the event. I got Stacey to give us full creative control of the content so you should expect some pretty funny stuff.
Everyone knows by now that we are American Idol fans. Sanjaya is a contestant who is clearly not as good as the others but remains in the competition. There is even a girl who is starving herself until he is voted off. I posted a link a few days back. Well, she is now 11 days into her fast and will have to go another 6 days. Seriously here, do people not have better things to do than starve themselves over a TV show? Why not do something that benefits others such as shaving your head and raising money for cancer? Just my thoughts.
The top 3 nominees for the Lady Bing Award have been announced. The top 3 nominees are: I Like Sets, Team Discovery Channel, and Bent Like Beckham. Congratulations to all three teams for playing with respect for their opponents. All teams in the CSSC should play like them. The winning team will be announced at the Season Ending Party.
I will discuss some highlights to the season in tomorrows blog post.
Monday, March 26, 2007
The game remained scoreless for about the first 10 minutes. I have to give kudos to the other team, The Thunder Bolts. They were a lot of fun to play against, and had amazing sportsmanship. After about 15 minutes of play, the scoring opened up. Tomas from our team scored 6 of our 8 goals! Must have been the new stick...Dude, where were you the other 8 games! Maybe things would have been a little different, and we wouldn't have been in LAST PLACE! A shout out also goes to Rob, the team goalie. He has held down the fort all season, but unfortunately a goalie can only do so much without defence!
Anyways, the game ended 8-1 in our favour. I got to thinking after the game, though, that maybe the The Thunder Bolts had heard about our struggle this season and just felt sorry for us and let us win.
After the game the team headed over to Limericks for some celebratory drinks. We ran into a couple of players from The Thunder Bolts and had a pint with them. It was all good fun, and the perfect way to end the season.
I'm done bragging for today...
Friday, March 23, 2007
Now, it's well known around the office that Stacey has a Taco Time addiction. Normally we humor her and go with her once, maybe twice a week. But something extraordinary is happening... it's starting to rub off. Before I started working at the CSSC I could count the number of times I'd eaten at Taco Time on one hand (and even then it was just the Mexi fries... the beef was a little sketchy...) But now all Stacey has to do is look at me at about 11:00am and I know what she's thinking. Taco Taco TACO!
Everyone in the office always has the same things:
Well, that's about enough of our eating habits. It's time for me to go anyways.
The other day I (Andrew) was watching Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader and thought "am I?". So I played the online version and found out that "yes, I am smarter than a 5th grader".
If you don't have plans for Saturday night I encourage you to check out Gorilla Theatre at the Loose Moose Theatre. CSSC members with their VIP cards will receive a discount on admission and can purchase a ticket for $8.00. Click here for more info.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Well last night I (Andrew) was working a couple of games at North Glenmore Park. I really enjoy this facility because Dana, the manager takes really good care of it. Players do not enjoy the smaller nets or small gym but they do enjoy the level of service that this gym provides. I also found out that various teams hold practices on Saturdays. PRACTICES!!! That's crazy talk! I am really impressed to see that our players have such passion for the game.
The first game featured Dundadaas vs. The Olympic Hopefuls. This was a great game with the teams tied at 3-3 with 5 minutes to go. There is a female player on the Olympic Hopefuls who looks like she is going to eat baby when she attacks the ball. It's awesome!! There was one player Dundadaas who made a high stick and looked over at me like a 5 year old kid trying to get out of trouble. He jokingly walked off the court while his teammates laughed.
The second game featured the Grooveservers vs. The Hockey Club. This game was tough as there was some chippiness on both sides. At one point I had to blow the whistle. But the awesome part was that both captains apologized to one another, kicked out some of the rough players and wanted to play on. We continued to play and it turned out good.
Everyone at the office is a pretty big fan of American Idol. I put my support behind Chris Sligh but I have to change it to Sanjaya. This guy cannot sing, period. But he is so funny and enthusiastic. 2 nights ago he made a girl cry. Seriously, a girl cried over a mediocre singer. Can you imagine this girl 20 years from now. She will be forever known as the "girl who cried over that kid on idol who couldn't sing". Click here to watch the clip. Some people are not impressed that Sanjaya has made it this far. This girl has declared a hunger strike.
I am a big fan of 80's and 90's references. In a sense I consider myself old school. Check out this hilarious clip. This guy is definitely old school.
Friday, March 16, 2007
The first game featured Bent Like Beckham vs Cleet Seeking Missiles. BLB is an awesome team who have amazing uniforms and the best spirit. They cheer, laugh and even have a cheerleader with pom poms. They played hard but the Cleet Seeking Missiles took it down 5-3. Afterwards the team playing in the 2nd game asked "Hey did Bent Like Beckham win?". I replied "no" and he said "damn, I really wanted them to have that one, they are such an amazing time. I wouldn't mind losing so that we could play them again." That is a great comment and I would rather be the fun team before being the "takes this to too serious" team.
The second game featured The Gargoyles and Warm Milk. The Gargoyles had only 4 players and stayed in the entire game. They were down 3-2 when their sub showed up. Sadly they lost the game. The finny part was that they started to give their late player a hard time and claimed they only started losing when this player decided to show up late. Funny stuff!
Finally we had My Hammy Vice vs The Jedi Knights. The Knights were short players but made up for it with heart. They busted their butts but couldn't overcome being short handed. They lost by a score of 4-1.
I later learned that Bent Like Beckham has a website. Click here to check it out. They have recaps of their every game and this site details their many seasons with the CSSC. The best part is their game re-caps.
It's official, 12 year old's can now work in AB restaurants that do not serve alcohol. Due to staffing shortages we must now employ 12 year old's. The news report even quotes, "...and will not be allowed to work in strip clubs." Seriously, they had to make that clear. Can you imagine a 12 year old rolling into his grade 6 class and saying "man, last night was rough". Now I remember having a paper route when I was 12 but working at a restaurant? How is that different from child labor? It's just my opinion.
Finally, if you don't have plans this weekend make sure you check out the 10:32 show at the Loose Moose. It's a new style of improv and will feature some awesome improvisers. The format is raw and I would keep the kiddies away. Click here for more info.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
This past weekend was the Curling Funspeil. I didn't think it was possible to have that much fun getting exercise. The theme of the tournament was Vegas Baby Vegas! There were some awesome costumes, my favorites were Sigfried and Roy (with the tigers), The Las Vegas Showgirls with Blue Man Group, and CSI Teams. I played Blue Man Group in my last game and it was very Erie only being able to see someones teeth at the other end of the rink. A great effort was made by all the teams. The costumes are half the fun of the tournament.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Last Thursday I (Andrew) was at Forest Lawn and checked out three awesome games. The first match up featured Robots in Disguise vs Level 7 Wizards. The Robots are a really fun team made up of mainly family members. This game went back and forth. There were some pretty nice goals scored. There is a player on Level 7 Wizards who is a suave looking guy. His players often make fun of the fact that he looks too smooth while playing soccer.
The second game featured Warm Milk vs Kicking and Screaming. Warm Milk was down 4 or 5 players. They played short handed the whole game but totally hung in there. During the game players from Warm Milk accidentally knocked in two goals into their own net. They lost by a score of 5-4 and were laughing at how they lost because they scored on themselves. Everyone was having a great time at this game. Great hustle!
The last game featured the ToeJammes vs FIGJAM. Both teams had a great time. FIGJAM has an awesome coach who doesn't play. Instead she baby sits the players kids and keeps the players calm during the game. Now that's an awesome coach.
On Saturday the CSSC Team partied and Curled at our annual curling tournament. Stacey will have an update with a full re-cap in tomorrows blog.
Sunday is known as Hockey Day In Calgary for CSSC members. Some players play up to 3 games per Sunday. I was checking some games at the HCA and the first game was a dozy. We had The Unit vs Monks on the Mount. These teams were ranks 1st and 2nd. Also, these teams were previous league champions.
Both teams came out hard on Sunday. The game was intense but clean. There were a couple of dicey plays but everyone was really sportsmanlike. Monks on the Mount had a strong offence while The Unit put forth a strong defence. When the dust cleared the Monks on the Mount took it down but the Unit stayed in the whole game. This is a possible playoff game so I will keep my eyes peeled for their next match up.
The next game featured Shake and Bake vs Gerbil Sox. Gerbil Sox has this female player who is like a hawk on defence. She is always on the ball and won't give anyone an easy shot. Gerbil Sox took an early lead but Shake and Bake took the game down.
During this game I thought a player on Shake and Bake was named "Theo". I started calling her that and her teammates told me her name was "TL". We all thought Theo was a better name so she has been nicknamed Theo...as in Theo Huxtable. Hopefully this team plays as the Huxtables for next season. I would love to see the game featuring the Huxtables vs the Winslows.
Finally we had RJ's Hedgehogs vs Bibiosteakasaurus. This was a really fun game overall. One player on Steak had to wear a hot pink shirt because it was the only dark shirt anyone had. He was a great sport about it.
Watch out for tomorrows Curling Tournament Update!
Friday, March 9, 2007
"Dodgeball players are weird. But it was a lot of fun. The Ball Pirates had players that would play leap frog or something. I didn't get the point of it, but it was funny to watch.
Durring the Gators vs the Juggling Ass Clowns, a ball burst open. A player walked up to me and asked me if I wanted it. Duh, no. What am I going to do with a broken ball? So he ripped it open and put it on his head and continued to play with it on... it was hot!
The last game (Sound n' Sane and the C-Cups) ended up being a mercy, but it was probably the best game of the night. What a difference just "playing for fun" makes!" ~Nicole
And now an update from Stacey's game from Monday (yeah, she's a little behind...)
"Well, it pays to have some smart guys on my team. Walking into this past weeks game, our team was fully aware that if we didn't win this game, we wouldn't have a chance to slide into 4th place. The game was very intense. We played like it was the last dodgeball game ever. A special shout-out goes to Dan, who when the chips were down, single-handedly brought our team back from near annihalation. Unfortunately with his beautiful catch he brough Ziggy back from the bench only for Ziggy to last a mere 20 seconds in the game. (He's not a bad player, it was just a case of bad luck... right...) Unfortunately as goopd as Dan is, he can hold up the team for so long, and with his out, it brought upon a slippery slope of losing. And, long story short, we lost our match and the hope of dodgeball glory.
For the last few weeks we have had an Aussie playing with us. The very dirst time she came to dodgeball, she thought there was something wrong with us. Why were we doing this? But near the end, she was sad to see us go. I think we converted an Aussie to dodgeball" ~Stacey
Speaking of Aussies and dodgeball, funny story:
We received an email from a guy in Australia who somehow got on our mailing list and recieved an email regarding a dodgeball tournament. He was quite pleasant in the email he sent ack, and was quite qurious about this game we call dodgeball. Aparently it's not quite the sport ofver there like it is here. After asking to be removed from the mailing list. Who knows, maybe we can start up an International Dodgeball League (IDL).. Yes, I do dream big...
Well, thats about it for me. Three minutes until I get to go home for the weekend.. well, not home, to bowling. Then all day tomorrow I'm playing in the curling funspiel. Look out guys, I'm there for the sirts!
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
On Tuesday I checked out Indoor Soccer at Forest Lawn. The First game featured Canadian Bacon and Comic Relief. Both of these teams were pretty fun teams. There is a girl on Comic Relief who plays some tight D. The second game featured The Silver Spring Strikers vs. The Green Machine. The Silver Spring Strikers are a family and friends team. It's pretty cool to hear a player say "Hey Dad, good play!". Green Machine had a player who kicked a ball and made a three point shot. Sadly, it didn't count toward the final score.
Towards the end of the game they Green Machine got a penalty shot on the net. The gym was filled with excitement and the players didn't know what to do. In the end the Silver Spring Strikers took this one down.
The Third game featured The Grasshoppers vs. Just 4 Kicks. The team captains of the Grasshoppers, Jonathan has the greatest ninja stance while playing the net. He sprawls down like he is about to take down Mr Myagi. The rest of the players are awesome as well. They are constantly cheering and helping out players who fall. Just 4 Kicks pushed for a late comeback but fell short. A player on Just 4 Kicks warned the other team that a comeback was in order as soon as his dinner was digested. It didn't digest.
On Tuesday Night I checked out some Floor Hockey games at South Fish Creek. I really enjoy this gym because the facility as a whole is really nice. There is tons of parking and it is always clean. The downside is that it is so far south which isn't the best for a downtown dweller like myself. But, there are tons of players who love its location.
The first game featured Going for the Shirts vs. There is no crying in hockey. Going for the Shirts has been playing with us for years and they always play a clean game. There is no crying in hockey had a couple of really fast and strong players. In the end There is no crying in hockey took this one down. They are ranked 3rd and 4th in their division. This could be a potential playoff game.
The final game was amazing! The Struggling Slapshots took on Jet Blast. Both teams were really fun and played a clean game. I have probably seen 40-50 different hockey teams play and I truly believe that The Struggling Slapshots have one of the best female lines I have ever seen. The girls on this team score more than the guys do. Usually girls play defence but on this team the girls play everything. It is awesome to see teams that have female players play all positions. Great job ladies!
Also on the Struggling Slapshots in Wayne. He is a long time player in this league and he is a pretty solid guy. He's about 6'2 so watching him play net is pretty fun to watch. The best visual was when he dropped the splits and had to get himself back up. He was a trooper and saved his team with some pretty great saves.
Well our Curling Funspeil is on Saturday. Everyone from the office has a team and there is alot of trash talking going on. Stacey believes her team will take it down but my team of 8, yes count it 8 players will come together to win it. I've been working with Stacey on her costume and it should be pretty funny...and even a little dirty.
Every now and than I will check out Ebay for their auctions. Today I came across this awesome auction. It is of a guy who will do anything on camera for $2.99. Yes, for $2.99 you can get this guy to take a picture of himself in whacky posses, holding signs, or even dancing to Popozao by Kevin Federline. He will not do anything obscene, Stacey already checked.
That's all for today. Check back tomorrow for Stacey's dodgeball update.
Friday, March 2, 2007
The second game featured the Flying Buttresses vs The Happy Clampers. I've seen the Flying Buttresses play in the past and they have gotten really good as a team. This was a fun game and the Happy Clampers took it down. When I GC I like to switch it up at the end. I usually have a couple games of all in dodgeball but the girls switch sides. It's fun for all of the teams.
During the game a player on the Flying Buttresses yelled "hey this GC is on the ball". A teammate then shushed the player and said "it's GC dude". I'm glad to hear that some players use the term GC instead of Ref.
So I (Andrew) was reading some news articles today and came across some funny ones. The first one involves a man trying to cash a $50,000 check from god. The second one involves a man who was arrested by the cops for robbing a bank. When he attempted to show money he had stolen he found out he had been robbed. Hmm, the world works in funny ways.
Also, the guy from the Sopranos has quit Dancing with the Stars but he has been replaced with Cliff from Cheers. This so is kind of fun to watch but bringing Cliff from Cheers is digging the bottom of the barrel. Next thing you know they are going to bring in the guy that played Eddie Winslow on Family Matters. Or better yet the kid who played Stephanie's Tanners friend Harry on Full House. Ca mon, you remember Harry, right?
If you don't have plans for the weekend you should check out Friday Night Late. This is a show at the Loose Moose Theatre and is put on by Rob Mitchelson and AJ Demers. It is a variety talk show which is really funny and insightful. Here is a description of tonight's show:
- "It's like Steve Allen meets the Daily show in your Pants"
- Another Friday Night Late!!! March 2nd at 10:30 p.m @ the Loose Moose Theatre at the Crossroads Market. This Months guests - Local celebrity and Food guru John Gilchrist, from his show This Is Cancer! at the Enbridge Playrites Festival, creator and performer, Bruce Horak and singer / songwriter, the gorgeous, Amy Thiessen. Plus The Ricky Ambrose Orchestra, What's in the Window, Dasani Psychic and More
- Come on out because every Friday is a good Friday when it is Friday Night Late.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
The reporter from the Calgary Herald wrote: "thankfully, the 61-year-old Irishman put on a show that would only disappoint those fans who had never listened beyond the singer's radio hits." The thing I most disappointed with is, the person that went with me (Dan, my "man friend") HATES Van Morrison. I was hoping he would really enjoy the show and share my appreciation (aka- let me play the CD's anytime) he now dislikes him more.
Speaking of expensive concert tickets.......Andrew and I (Stacey) were talking about going to The Police concert. This morning Best Buy had sent Andrew a presell link for the tickets. Long story short Andrew got 17th row center on the floor for the show. The tickets came to the low low price of $482.00 (for 2) . I remember the good ol' days when that price would get you some sweet front row floor seats from a scalper. I wonder what kind of price we will see in 20 years. Only time will tell.
Still on the subject of Police (not the Sting kind!) Andrew came across this news story on the net today at lunch............"BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania (AP) -- A middle school principal was charged with dealing crystal methamphetamine after police found the drug in his school office.
John Acerra, 50, of Allentown, was arrested Tuesday in his office at Nitschmann Middle School in Bethlehem, where police said they found meth on his desk.
Police said they began investigating Acerra in early February after an informant told them that the principal was using and distributing the drug, The Morning Call newspaper reported Wednesday. Acerra was arrested in his office after allegedly selling drugs to the informant, authorities said.
There was no indication that Acerra sold the drug to students, but Acerra did allegedly sell the drug from his school office after hours and on weekends, said Dennis Mihalopoulos, an agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency.".........Remember the simpler times when only the kid dealing drugs at school was that 30 year old dude still in grade 12, with 4 kids! It's sad when his competition is the principal.
I've got to get back to the grind!