Posts Tagged ‘ Montreal ’

Sounders-Montreal

March 4, 2013
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Sounders-Montreal

It took a great goal from Davy Arnaud to mark what was otherwise a very forgettable game. However the season has started and an evening watching football, and enjoying good beer with friends will always time well spent.  

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O is for Olympics

April 17, 2012
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O is for Olympics

This summer the Olympics are in London, and it should be quite the event. 36 years ago Montreal was the host and this is about my earliest sporting memory. I remember watching parts of it with dad and my grandfather at my grandparents house in Scotland. I knew nothing of cost over runs, boycotts or for that matter records and gold medals. I just knew this was cool and the grown-ups were getting excited. I wanted to be part of it. My clearest memory is the stadium itself, looking like a giant flying saucer to this 7 year old. I’ve visited the Montreal Olympic Stadium a couple of times over the year and had a great night watching the Expos play baseball and Youppi jumping around on top of the visitors dug out. Tweet

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Big changes at the back…

November 23, 2011
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Big changes at the back…

Today was expansion draft day. Montreal got to pick 10 players from the rest of the clubs around the league. First pick was Brian Ching (former USL sounder), who said he’d retire rather than play for Montreal. We’ll see where that goes. We lost James Riles in the draft proper, then a few minutes later Tyson Wahl was sold to Montreal (MLS calls it “allocation money“, but it’s the same thing). Riley was then traded to Chivas for Justin Braun and Gerson Mayen. Braun is the big pick up there for Montreal, a very good looking forward on the fringe of the US national team. OK, Riley was unprotected, that was just a numbers game as the Sounders could not protect everyone. Wahl on the other hand was a trade that happened after the team knew about Riley leaving, and indicates they have plans underway for those positions. On the bright side hey cleared over $150K in cap space, but they lost both outside backs. With a new keeper and both outside backs potentially being new (Evans as right back maybe?) it’s going to be a very different looking defense next year. I think that might be good as...

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Expansion draft time again…

November 16, 2011
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Expansion draft time again…

For the second year running we are approaching the expansion draft. Next week Montreal get to pick 10 players for their new MLS squad. Each existing team get to protect 11 players; those left off the list are fair game for selection. Teams can only loose one player to the expansion draft, last year they could loose two. As before Generation Adidas and home grown players don’t count against the 11. For Seattle only Michael Tetteh is automatically protected. So the big question is who do the Sounders protect? There are a numbers of things that have to be taken into account when creating this list. Where the Sounders have depth (midfield) Is anyone going to be lost to free agency/transfer (Alonso? Montero?) Who do we have coming in during the transfer window (goalkeeper) What do Montreal need/want Is there anyone Montreal does not want So it’s time for the list and my reasons. There the people I think are the automatics: Alonso Rosales Fernandez Montero. Rosales is out of contract, but both sides are making noises that it’s a done deal so he stays on the automatic list for me. Zakuani Coming back from a massive injury, but...

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And it’s all over now… The illustrated version

October 12, 2011
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And it’s all over now… The illustrated version

Here are a couple of photos of the world champion from a wonderful weekend in Montreal.

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A man walks into a doctor’s office…

June 15, 2011
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A man walks into a doctor’s office…

A man walks into a doctor’s office. He has a cucumber up his nose, a carrot in his left ear and a banana in his right ear. “What’s the matter with me?” he asks the doctor. The doctor replies, “You’re not eating properly.” What a day, a lot to think about and not much to say right now. The problems with the tumour are more significant than we hoped for, so round one of surgery has been brought forward 5 weeks to next week. Finish the current round of chemo and then it’s time to open me up and start trimming pieces out. There are a couple of big issues, but the biggest is the tumour putting pressure on the jugular. This is increasing the blood pressure in my brain and it needs to be taken care of quickly. Out of everything we talked about, looked at, poked and prodded at for four hours today with the surgeon and oncologist, taking a scalpel to something around my jugular scares me the most. And I think that’s a reasonable thing to be scared at. I’m so touched by the support and calls I’ve received over the last few days. Friends...

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More Airplanes…

June 13, 2011
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More Airplanes…

A great weekend and the decision to make my travel days a little more relaxed was awesome. No red eye flight after the race, just time for a relaxed drive to Burlington and a lunchtime flight home. All very relaxed and civilized. I got back to the hotel about 6 last night, dried off and grabbed something light to eat. No post-race party, it was back to the hotel, start the next round of drugs and headed to bed by 7:30 last night. No my ideal post-race celebration, especially after such an incident filled race. The drive through Southern Quebec to Burlington was wonderful, it’s a very pretty part of the world. It gets rural rather quickly after leaving Monteal, as the city gives way to a series of rolling hills and small farms. This afternoon I had a short layover in Detroit (thankfully this is the time I get to say that for a while) and got a message from my doctor, not good news and something else to heap onto the plate. I was booked for a scan and another visit with him tomorrow anyway, but now we have more to talk about. Now if there is...

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Montreal GP – Race Day

June 12, 2011
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Montreal GP – Race Day

So we made it through to race day and the weather was per forecast – wet. Personally, I like watching wet races, it adds a lot of unknowns to the equation. One of the big unknowns was how the cars will work on the Pirelli wets and intermediate tires as the teams have done little or no testing on them. And today delivered, I’ve no idea when there was a race as full as this one. Today was why racing can be so special. It was a absolute top drawer drive from Jenson Button, 21st and dead last to top step of the podium. Being in the wonderful position of having no real skin in the game I was able to sit back and enjoy the spectacle that unfolded in front of me. This has been a great Grand Prix weekend, Montreal is a city that totally embraces this race, and downtown hums every evening over the weekend. I was lucky I had invites to a couple of events, but even without that there is so much going on. Boredom is never an option in this city. ”’i just wish I’d had the energy to keep up with the...

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Dinner and a movie, F1 style!

June 12, 2011
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Dinner and a movie, F1 style!

We met for dinner in Vieux Montreal, the old part of town, before heading off to a quiet party. Montreal has a well-deserved reputation for being very “European”, and in large part that’s because of Vieux Montreal. It’s been maybe 15 years since I last spent a night out here it’s full of great restaurants and a party we had secured invites too. There was no getting away from the master here, he won at Circuit Giles Villeneuve twice (88 and 90) and tonight there was a reception and a showing of the Senna movie for those who were interested. Lets face it, for this crowd it was an easy sell, there were not many who passed up the opportunity. To do the while “full circle” thing, it was a Lotus-Renault (in black and gold no less) that Ayrton Senna had his first win in. Early in his career James Hunt called him a “staggering talent”. I was lucky enough to meet him briefly on a couple of occasions and was there to witness his incredible drive at the European GP in ‘93. The best drive certainly I’ve ever seen and I don’t think its hyperbole to call it...

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Montreal GP – Qualifying

June 11, 2011
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Montreal GP – Qualifying

So today was final practice followed a couple of hours later by qualifying. A very interesting day at the track. Vettel looked good, easily leading the practice session and took a fairly comfortable pole by almost two-tenths of a second. Ferrari (and their thousands of supporters) must be content with their speed this weekend. A little distance behind Vettel, but clear of everyone else. The practice session ended early when Sauber driver Pedro de la Rosa (who will be buying a lot of mechanics dinner tonight) brought out the red flag right at the end after damaging both the front and the back of his Sauber exiting Turn Four. It was clear early that the McLarens were off the pace this morning, taking fifth and sixth, and well over a second off the pace. One note, Mark Webber never took part in the morning session after problems with the car. Then to qualifying and times were not for credit. The Q1 session (to get the top 17) threw up a couple of surprises, the HRT have been (relatively) quick this weekend, both drivers qualified comfortably and for once was not bottom of the timesheets, that honour went to Jerome...

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