History was made when the top two teams in each conference, the Lightning and Flames, both lost their opening series, surprisingly without much of a fight. As to who's the odds on favourite now to win Lord Stanley's mug, well you might as well flip a coin or throw darts at the board, it's that wide open. But unfortunately we know all too well that it won't be the Jets as they succumbed to the Blues, greatly disappointing their many die-hard fans. Look for a major off season overhaul for this franchise.
There is no doubt that our society is concerned about our ever increasing polluted environment, so it's nice to see that the NHL is doing its part in the recycling program, involving their head coaches. Just look at what has transpired; Todd McLellan leaves Edmonton and signs with LA. Joel Quennville is out of the Windy City and goes to Florida. Bill Peters moves from Carolina to Calgary. Alain Vigneault from the Big Apple to Philly. Marc Crawford from Vancouver to Ottawa. Even after winning a Stanley Cup in Washington, Barry Trotz goes to my Islanders, who by the way steamrolled the Penguins in four-straight. Plan the parade Big Apple!
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson just became the highest paid player in the league when he inked a $140 million 4-year contract ($35 mil a season). Of that amount, $65 million was a signing bonus (Christmas came early) and $104 million was guaranteed, meaning he gets that no matter what happens to him. Threatening to walk away at the end of next season if no contract was signed, the Seattle brass wasn't going to take any chances and coughed up a lot of coin to keep him happy.
Canada's young golfing sensation, Brooke Henderson, continues to ascend to her rightful, some say preordained, position as this nation's greatest golfer ever. By winning her eighth LPGA event at 20 years of age, she ties fellow Canucks Sandra Post, Mike Meir and George Knudson for the most wins at this level. She also moves up 10 spots on this season's money list, to number four, and currently has almost $500,000 in her piggy bank.
The Prairie West High School Baseball League kicks off its season this Wednesday (May 1) with 15 teams divided into two divisions. The North will have teams from Birtle, Dauphin, Hamiota, Russell, Rivers, Shoal Lake and the newest addition from St. Rose while the South is made up of teams from Boissevain, Crocus, Deloraine/Hartney, Reston/Elkhorn, Souris, Vincent Massey, Wawanesa and of course, Da Bears (VCI).
The Bears' first game is in Elkhorn on Wednesday while their first home game isn't until May 8, when the VM Vikings play in the Bears' Den. Until next time....