Monday, February 06, 2006

60 Hours

It wasn't until we touched down at YVR at about 6:30 PM last night that I realized that we were away for just under 60 hours. Amazing what can transpire in that time - two cities, two hockey games, one win, one documentary, lots of alcohol, plenty of friends, plenty of new friends, and a lot of unforgetable memories. Plus a lot of ones we can't remember due to the consumption of aforementioned alcohol.

Here are some final thoughts on the road trip.

The games:

If there was one game I was hoping the Canucks would win, it was the one against Calgary. First place in the division was on the line and it was good to see the 'Nucks pull through.

The fans:

We had a great time with the local fans we met along the way. A few jackasses in Calgary told us to F-off but most were definitely fun, friendly and very accommodating.

The CBC thing:

That was just an unbelievable thing to be a part of - props to Fish, the "star" of the documentary - and I can't wait to see the final product.


Just as advertised. Lots of fun and the Miss Hawaiian Tropic contest going on the same night certainly didn't hurt. Who knew I could two-step?

Mike Morrison:

Despite our constant taunts of "Let's Go Yankees" and "Morrison, we've got a school bus to take you back to the 'E'", he was a sport and taunted back whenever the Oilers scored. He instantly becomes one of my favorite players.

The jumbotron:

We got on the jumbotron in both arenas. In Calgary, it was my "Bert + Iggy = Gold" sign and Fish's "Otto Kicked It In" one. In Edmonton, we got on the jumbotron before we got "spraypainted" off by the mascot. Funny stuff.

The Oilers' intro video:

Excellent. I loved the theme on character and desire. I also liked the focus on the kids and their roles in the future of hockey. I wonder if they came up with this idea when they were developing - and then losing - Doug Weight, Mike Comrie and others.

The front desk staff at the Executive Royal Inn in Edmonton:

Two words - customer service. Learn them. This doesn't mean being rude at check-in. This doesn't mean holding conversations on your phones (three times) while we're talking to you. This doesn't mean telling us to call for cabs ourselves when we ask you to do so. Thanks for letting us stay this weekend, but we'll most likely be staying somewhere else in the future.
posted by J.J. Guerrero, 10:34 AM


At February 06, 2006 10:50 AM, Blogger Bag said...

I just wanted to say that you have a good blog and I enjoyed reading it. I am from Colorado and a huge Avalanche fan, so the Canucks aren't exactly my favorite team. I admire your enthusiasm for the game however and hopefully the battle for the Northwest will be well fought and close.

At February 06, 2006 1:13 PM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

Thank you very much. Really appreciate it. :)

3 points separating 1st and 4th in the NW division. Even 5th place Minny isn't that far out. Should be a good sprint to the finish.


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