sports

Why I’m Joining The Atheltic Kelowna

I kept reading all of the announcements wondering when I’d receive an invite to the prestigious Athletic and then it happened: I stopped waiting. With zero journalism degrees to my name, no official representation in the real world and being turned down a number of times for a local WHL franchise media pass, I took matters into my own hands and did what many could only dream of…

I created the Athletic Kelowna (which is in no way shape or form related to The Athletic).

As you probably can tell, I spelled the headline wrong and because I am a parent of two young children I don’t have any time for your criticism on a simple spelling error. Maybe that’s why the REAL Athletic wasn’t looking for local representation outside of credentialled writers. It makes sense.

Growing up in the Okanagan, I used to read the Daily Courier (local paper), The Province and even the Vancouver Sun on the weekend. I tracked box scores, signed up for hockey pools and clipped out the Family Circus in the funnies (Love that Jeffy and Billy). Those were simpler times. When the Internet was introduced those papers were still around but the years went on and the online offering for news grew more and more.

The introduction of Facebook and eventually Twitter gave so many ACTUAL writers a wider reach to readers like myself and instant access to archives that only the public library would have. I don’t even have a library card. Come to think of it, I’ve only really ever parked there. I have some soul searching to do apparently.

OK, back to my decision. Lebron got one and I hold myself to at least 1/100th of his talent but as a blogger. No one is broadcasting this, it’s on me. Starting on my own and being invited to write for the prestigious Canucks Army has been a wild ride and what better way to step it up a notch than to join a fictional, parody pay to read subscription based website?

Coming up with a platform was tough. What would The Athletic Kelowna be about? Well, the real one is about real sports, real sports stories and the athletes they cover. This was going to be about how I hate bike lanes, how people don’t respect Nickelback and how blogging has evolved to the living room that only gets used for special occasions now that most moms rent out their basements now or even AirBnB. What a concept THAT is!

There was also a few other names I spitballed: The Dad Bod Kelowna (somewhat similar to athletic), The AK (too gun-like), The White Sunglasses Roidrage Review, and The Ogopolo. The last one confused me too much and I’m not much for croquet on a horse or horses for that matter in general.

Sports are my life and unfortunately, I couldn’t make this all work while I lived in the Lower Mainland as I’m sure things potentially could have gone differently. This new venture will elevate local blogger(s) to the secondary news level which is just below real news but not quite unpaid guest work for sites you can create on your lunch break.

But I’m in Kelowna again, putting my spin on the Kelowna Rockets, writing about the Canucks from just up the Coquihalla and enjoying raising my girls in Canada’s best playground: the Okanagan.

The Athletic Kelowna never really was created; I barely get 100 views per article when I DO write, the site would shut down in a week.

I will say that I am disappointed The Athletic doesn’t see me as the future of sports media but my demands are pretty high and I doubt they have a budget for Frappuccinos and Baconators.

For now, just read Always90four and Canucks Army.

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When Fantasy becomes Reality

how many times do you have to fail before you succeed?

Fantasy Football season is upon us. I have already finished one draft which took 4 days to complete but should be a lot of fun. I have 2 more this week and one with the man himself, @strombone1 aka roberto Luongo. Its been a good week.

The fun thing about fantasy football is that its always a work in progress. You get to be an allstar GM and decide who you believe should be the best starters come sunday. Its part video game, part reality. The beauty of it all is in this age of technology, you have hundreds of other GMs and sources who can help you win your way to that glorious fake trophy.

ultimate-trophy

I can tell you what to do, but if you look at my track record, I haven't won yet, big problem. I feel like the Browns. But thats ok. Im going to hopefully give you a week by week detail of how to or how not to play this game.

If I have it my way, which in this case I do, this should be a smashing success.

Wish me luck!

Swagga Like Us

You can pay for school but you can’t buy class. In Tiger’s case, very true. He hasn’t had a bulletproof career drawing hate from the people that think he hurts golf because its all about Tiger, and well, everyone that thinks he’s a sleezeball.

Sure, Tiger can be both those things, but he doesn’t come out and address it.

Tiger Woods is going for Major # 15 this weekend and win # 80. If you are keeping score like Im sure he is, he would be 3 wins away from being the all time leader and 4 Majors away from being all time in that category.

Tiger has been making a charge this year and has contended in many tournaments and already won 5. Look for him to once again be the favorite when the trophy is handed out on sunday.

He has learned how to get back to being, well, Tiger. That scares everyone when he is on his game because they all know they are playing for second place at that point.

His personal life seems to be private again, he is back to being cocky I feel I should win every weekend Tiger and quite frankly, he should win every weekend. I hope he does win. I think golf is better when Elderick is leading.

The clip above proves why Tiger is above and beyond every golfer that ever played. His skill set is the stuff of legends. He zones in and lets loose, Ford has nothing on his Focus, but they sure wish their cars drove like he does.

Tiger is back, golf likes it and come sunday, i see myself watching Tiger dominating Oak Hill.

Tiga Tiga Woods Y’all. He’s back

What is in your music machine?

I have my music surrounding me everywhere whether I’m writing this, drafting my fantasy team, driving to work, or playing some madden. I really don’t have a set list of what gets me going but i like to make sure I’m not bored.

I find if I’m playing football, i like to have an album go front to back, driving i need something loud and sing a longful? When i write i like to have hip hop going. It just keeps my head bobbin and the ideas flowing. Listening to jay z and Kanye gets my blood going and i usually get a good sports ref from them.

What do you have that moves you? Music is key in sports, you really don’t realize it until you think about it. Last 30 seconds of a penalty kill, a missed shot, touchdown, goal, huge dunk, or a great play to end an inning. Every song shapes the game you watch. Every time i hear chelsea dagger, i know its bad, but when i hear BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM, i know we are in the game.

Im always a huge fan of warmups too! Teams that take their warmup music seriously, get the nod. Hockey usually gets it right. My hometown Kelowna rockets know how to get the younger generation engaged, the Canucks got it down to a science, until puck drop anyways. The Seahawks have a great opening and you have to give the nod to the Yankees. When Jeter came out to empire state of mind, you knew that he just owned the place.

I think back to the good ol days when you had your ghetto blaster outside playing street hockey and you had dance mix 93 or jock jams or contact. It just made your fun that much better.

Music and sports are a marriage that will never break up, its here for the long run.