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Hey Vancouver! How you Doan?

Now that free-agent frenzy has become a bit , well, less frenzied, and now that the Canucks’ signing of Jason Garrison has been digested, dissected, and discussed ad infinitum by the local hockey fans, and now that the Luongo trade rumours seem to have leveled off, at least while he was in Vegas for a poker tournament, the big news in Canuck land is the possible signing of one Shane Doan.

Yes, the local hockey world has turned its focus on acquiring Shane Doan, with Canucks fans getting a collective “Doaner Boner”.  This time last week one barely heard anyone mentioning  the possibility of the Canucks’ interest in Shane Doan, but after his agent’s interview on a local radio station and his stating that Vancouver is ‘definitely in the mix’, that seems to be all anyone wants to talk about.

It would appear that Doan and his agent haven’t completely turned out the lights on a return to Phoenix, but the mere fact that they are openly shopping his services around the NHL is telling.  It is my opinion that the Canucks will be on the outside looking in once Doan signs, but I think they will be seriously considered for a number of reasons.  I just don’t think Mike Gillis will be willing to offer more than 2, maybe 3, years while other teams will be.

Wherever he does end up, it will be big news, and I expect a flurry of signings by the other teams on his list once he does sign.

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we now resume our regularly scheduled sports blog

Hello readers.  After a brief (over 2 years!), and productive hiatus, your humble blogger has returned to continue posting quality entertaining and topical bloggery.

It would seem I have a little catching up to do.

Since my last post, the Vancouvr Canucks have gone to the Stanley Cup final and took the Boston Bruins to Game 7 before losing in spectacular fashion 4-0 on home ice sparking the City of Vancouver’s SECOND “Stanley Cup Riot” in less than 20 years.

The Vancouver WhitecapsFC gained entry into and are competing in the MLS.  Having been to a couple of games, I am pleasantly impressed with both the entertainment value and the competitiveness of the club.

The BC Lions, after starting the season 0-5 are the defending Grey Cup Champions beating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on their home field under the new BCPlace retractable roof.

2 years of blogging to make up for.  Your humble blogger will be looking to comment on several topics in days to come.  Thanks for reading and stay tuned.

‘Squeaky wheel’ to prevent UFC events in Vancouver?

Here we go again.  Once again our beloved city of Vancouver is being held hostage by the vocal minority.  It seems that democracy always takes a back seat to small, special interest groups presenting local governments with ‘squeaky wheel’ dilemmas.

UFC has time and time again expressed an interest in bringing its popular and successful brand of entertainment here to Van-City.  Of course the UFC has been banned as a ‘bloodsport’ in our city since its inception.  In recent years, however, there has been a call for city hall to soften its stance because of its popularity.  Of course, there is no good reason to keep this event out of our city.  While there are many good reasons to bring it here, not the least of which is that it will bring a much needed boost to our local economy at a time where there are not many positives in that respect.

Proponents will tell you that it is a bloodsport, it is obscene and it will cause plenty of fights in the crowd, promote violence, and attract ‘gang-member types’ to  our city.  If you ask security at almost any local event at GM Place or BC Place, they will tell you there are always problems at any event be it a Canucks game or  Lions game or a concert.   Apparently some ‘gang-member types’ like hockey, football, and, believe it or not, music too.

The logic behind the argument to keep this event away is very weak, non-existant really.  By this reasoning we must close down GM Place, BC Place, and any and all bars that show UFC events or Canucks and Lions games for that matter.

What is really happening here is the same thing that has been plaguing Vancouver for years and years.  Its always the vocal minority that wins the day by complaining about every initiative or event that wants to get started in this town.  I think its time to stop greasing the squeaky wheel and get moving forward.