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My Predictions for the 2012 First Round NHL Playoffs: A Look Back

April 30th, 2012

The first round of the NHL playoffs this year has come to a close and there was no shortage of surprises. I originally predicted that the Canucks would have a rematch with the Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals, but I changed that to a Canucks-Pens final just before the playoffs started. Well, neither one […]

Don’t Stop Playing Until You Hear the Whistle

September 20th, 2011

This comes from the context of watching sports, but you also have to realize that the analogy also applies to so many other areas of our lives. You need to keep playing until you hear the whistle, because nothing is absolutely certain until the play is blown dead. Let me explain. I was watching (American) […]

You Don’t Have to Be Good to Enjoy Playing

August 5th, 2011

When I wrote that blog post saying that you don’t have to play to watch a certain sport, I didn’t really expect that post to somehow spawn a series. But that’s what happened. Since then, I’ve also stated that you don’t have to play to critique a player’s performance either, whether this be related to […]

Giro di Burnaby 2011 Road Bicycle Race

July 15th, 2011

In addition to our wealth of cultural festivals, Vancouver is also home to a lot of sporting competitions. Since I happened to be in the neighborhood last night, I took the time to check out a local bike race. The Giro di Burnaby is an annual road bicycle race that pays tribute to “our colorful […]

What’s Up Wednesdays: Riot Retrospective

June 22nd, 2011

It’s been exactly one week since the Vancouver Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s been exactly one week since downtown Vancouver was brought to ruins. Now, we can look back at the riot with sober eyes and give it the proper retrospective. Normally, I only offer […]

You Don’t Have to Play to Critique

May 19th, 2011

If you follow me on Twitter or you’re a friend of mine on Facebook, then you might remember a conversation I had with a professional sports commentator a few weeks ago. I’m not going to re-open that conversation, lest I get accused of being an e-bully again, but I’d like to bring up one of […]

Rebranding Your Company for the Home Team

May 10th, 2011

As you may have heard, the Vancouver Canucks won last night. That brings them to the Western Conference finals for the first time since the storied 1994 Stanley Cup playoff run and this city is positively electric as a result. This got me thinking, though, about something from a marketing and branding perspective. A trend […]

Win Vancouver Canucks Playoff Tickets

April 1st, 2011

Last night was a great night for Vancouver Canucks fans. Our hometown hockey team had already clinched the Northwest Division, as well as the Western Conference, but it was with last night’s win over the Los Angeles Kings that the Canucks clinched the Presidents’ Trophy. That’s the award given by the NHL to the team […]