Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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Football is a cruel, unfair business that often makes us recoil in shock at what we see in front of our eyes.That was not exactly the opening sentence you were expecting to read, was it? On the flip side the game gives us so many unbelievable moments.Taj Smith racing 65 yards downfield for the game-tying score after Darian Durant executed the best pump fake of the season, freezing half the Alouettes secondary rates a 10 out of 10 on the Sports-Fun-O-Metre.How about the zig zagging Tim Brown? His 77-yard kickoff return touchdown was not only breath-taking but also reinforced the very accurate stereotype that kickers (with the exception of Noel Prefontaine) can't tackle. Rene Parades hang your head in shame. Week 8 accurately illustrated the kind of emotional roller coaster that football is.Back to the "cruel" part of this column.Calvillo SidelinedWith Anthony Calvillo sidelined with a concussion, the Montreal Alouettes will turn to Josh Neiswander to lead them against the Lions on Thursday night in a crucial home game.» Read MoreAfter watching this weekend's game,Arizona Cardinals Jersey, how could I not write about all the injuries we saw on the field? Let's start with the Montreal vs. Saskatchewan game that resembled an episode of 'Mash'.My initial reaction upon seeing Anthony Calvillo lying on the ground after being taking down hard by Ricky Foley was not shock. This isn't to say I was not concerned for Calvillo, because I was. In this day in age any head injury is taken far more seriously than it was even five years ago.Rather, that moment filled me with a horrible sense of the inevitable. Calvillo's play has started to decline and the biggest factor for this downward trend is the number of hits he has sustained over the past two seasons.The second biggest factor is of course age, he'll be 41 by the end of the summer. Watching him on the sidelines discussing strategy with a bunch of unknown backups, I was left wondering is this the last time we'll see Calvillo on the field?Of course if I had to bet, I'd wager my mortgage that he'll return and that his play will improve from what we have seen in the first half of the season. But I am starting to wonder if I really want to see that again. Calvillo isn't at that Buck Pierce, "please stop playing level" but he's getting there.The thing about football is rarely do we get to witness a gradual decline in play. The physical nature of the game dictates that one day you are top and the next your fighting to stay on the field. Football players rarely get the option to age gracefully.They are allowed a relatively short period of glory only to be shuffled out of the league before they know it while the fans have already moved on to the next star. I hated seeing Calvillo on the bench.Not just because I was concerned about his health but also because of the realization that very soon I will never again get to see him fool a cornerback, fluster a defensive end or lead his team on yet another complicated touchdown drive.On the other end of the spectrum is Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Rob Bagg. He's the exact opposite of Calvillo. His career has been drenched by injury the past couple of seasons, as he's gone from being a part of the "Canadian Air Force" to being outside of the spotlight, quietly rehabbing his left knee.I'm betting his injury, on a routine play no less, made you sick to your stomach the moment it happened. Bagg is a guy that we all root for. He missed the entire 2011 season and most of 2012 with a torn ACL injury to his left knee. 2013 was supposed to be a new chapter for Bagg.He had a great game against Hamilton for 125 yards and two touchdowns in Week 4. I even cheered (sort of) when he scored against my Argonauts in Week 3. So watching him in tears walking off the field after re-injuring that same knee while blocking down field was just so emotionally jarring to witness.This was the equivalent of watching David injure himself in his sling shot arm right before he took on Goliath.This injury was even more chilling because of Nik Lewis' tweet soon after the incident:4 someone to go thru what Rob Bagg has been thru and to keep coming back is amazing. #GreatTalent. PRAYERS GOING OUT 4 U.— Nik Lewis (@nikel18) August 17, 2013Foreshadowing alert, more on that later.Clearly Bagg was a guy that was well liked throughout the league. Bagg's 2013 season had all the makings of one of those feel good comeback stories where the protagonist overcomes major obstacles to once again succeed. In Hollywood it always works out; usually with several montage scenes, some uplifting music and Mark Wahlberg topless.Tough blow for LewisAfter leaving last week's game against the Lions prior to the half, the Stampeders confirmed that Nik Lewis will miss at least 6 weeks with a fractured fibula.» Read MoreBut in real life, in the harsh reality that is football the final act is rarely as uplifting. Seeing him limp off the field, just like with Calvillo, I couldn't help but wonder if this was the last time we would see Bagg catching passes. The difference is that Calvillo has reached the pinnacle of his career arch; Bagg was just starting his journey back.Let's conclude this trilogy of woe with the injury that will have the greatest impact in regards to playoff posturing, Lewis' broken fibula.The conventional wisdom is that a quarterback injury is more devastating to a team than any other position. And 99.9 per cent of the time I would agree. But let's face it, even with Calvillo in the lineup the Alouettes offence has fluctuated from inconsistent to far less so.We saw that on Saturday with the team unable to execute in the red zone. Calgary though, was starting to look like the best team in the West. A Grey Cup finalist last season they had dominated the BC Lions to start the season and had knocked off the previously unbeaten Roughriders.Jon Cornish is the best player on Calgary's offence but when the Stampeders need a big play the first option is usually Lewis. That's the football side to this injury. Then their is the emotional aspect.Calvillo's injury felt predictable,Wholesale NFL Jerseys, Bagg's was tragic. Lewis' injury left me feeling confused and with a profound sense of loss. How the heck could Nik Lewis get hurt? This guy is a machine, he never gets injured.He takes more abuse than any receiver in the league, he delivers more punishment than any wide receiver in the league, no way could anyone hurt him. But there he was being helped off the field. Seeing him on the golf cart, in obvious pain, doing everything he could to keep himself together was jarring for any football fan.I'll be honest the entire league suffers when Lewis is not on the field. I have written about him more than just about any other player, and there is a reason why.Because he dominates in such a unique way. Receivers are not supposed to be categorized as "bowling balls", that is a term we save for fullbacks, yet that is the best analogy I could think of whenever describing the havoc he would wreck on opposing secondaries.I think Chad Owens' tweet sums up best what most of us are thinking about this injury:Lord please be w @nikel18 right now! Man! Get well soon bro! Praying for you!— Chad Owens (@ChadOwens2) August 18, 2013Ugh. It was such a lousy weekend for the league in regards to players going down I didn't even have time to mention Kyries Hebert, Brandon London or Josh Bourke who all suffered significant injuries as well.Now I don't want to finish this column on a down note so I'll conclude on a not so quick note about Henry Burris. Right now there is no more consistent fantasy quarterback in the league than Burris.Burris is a sure bet for a 300-yard passing game. He has four through seven games including his 333-yard passing outing on Friday. What makes his production more remarkable is the lack of that legitimate #1 target. Andy Fantuz should be that guy but injuries has limited to him throughout the season. Consider through seven games Hamilton has had five different receivers lead the team in yardage.It's a testament to Kent Austin's schemes and Burris' ability that he can put up these numbers. Now I could mention that a lack of running game could have something to do with it as well, but I shall not.After so much depressing news I wanted to leave you on a high note. Now if you'll excuse me I need to go back and watch the Taj Smith touchdown catch or Charleston Hughes picking off Travis Lulay, I just need to cleanse the images of fallen football stars with some of the great moments from this past weekend. Here's hoping for a healthier Week Nine.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Steinberg's MMQB: As unpredictable as ever
You just never want to change the channel or leave early in this league. That was the case once again on Thursday night, as Montreal and BC gave us one for the ages to kick off Week 9 of the 2013 season. Between that thriller and the tight affair between the Riders and Eskimos that closed the week, we had two teams show us some good signs. All in all, I think that’s a pretty good way to close out the first half of 2013.No rhyme or reasonRelated: Week 9 ActionMontreal vs. BC» Recap: Marsh leads Als past Lions» Video: BC at Montreal Recap» View Game Stats» Images: BC at MTL» Lions, Als impressed with young QBCalgary vs. Toronto» Recap: Stamps win Grey Cup rematch» Video: Calgary at Toronto Recap» View game stats» Images: Calgary at Toronto» Stephen: Injuries not a concern for StampsHamilton vs. Winnipeg» Recap: Ticats win third-straight» Video: Winnipeg at Hamilton Recap» View game stats» Images: Winnipeg at Hamilton» Dunk: Ticats earning their stripesSaskatchewan vs. Edmonton» Recap: Sheets powers Riders to victory» Video: Saskatchewan at Edmonton Recap» View game stats» Images: SSK at EDM» Stamps: 'We feel like we're so close'I’m still not quite sure how the Montreal Alouettes managed to pull off their 39-38 victory over the Lions to start the week. I’m also still not sure how they lost their Week 8 game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. I saw both of them start to finish as they happened, and yet I’m still shaking my head. If your kids ever get the test question 20 years from now about how a team turns the football over six times and wins, all you have to do is write down “August 22nd, 2013”. So how does a team survive all that mismanagement? On this night, it was special teams, defence, and an incredible catch in the waning seconds that allowed Montreal to accomplish that feat. And hey, they should be proud of it, because it exemplified what we hear all the time about this great sport: play to the whistle. I know they allowed 38 points, but this Montreal defensive group deserves a huge tip of the hat. It’s not like this is the first time they’ve deserved it, either. Entering Week 9, the Als were top four in almost every important defensive category. We understand Montreal has struggled with consistency and health on the offensive side of the football, but this group has straight up brought it defensively. There is one defensive category where the Als are dead last, but don’t let that fool you, because it was a huge reason why they were able to triumph over BC. Montreal has now allowed a league-worst 25 field goals against, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Just like they did on Thursday night, the Alouettes have been able to limit damage on a consistent basis all year long. Thanks to turnovers and poor offensive execution, Montreal’s D has had bad field position on far too many occasions this year. They allowed five Paul McCallum field goals on Thursday, mainly because they did a good job of clamping down as soon as the ball crossed mid field. The Als forced Travis Lulay overthrows and dropped balls as the field got shorter, and they deserve a lot of credit for that. The Lions could have done a whole lot more damage otherwise with the amount of times they could have pounced…excuse the pun On special teams, Sean Whyte was able to do the job when called upon, hitting four of five field goal attempts. He averaged almost 44 yards a punt on top of that and was a big reason why the Als were able to hang around. And of course we can’t forget Tyron Carrier’s 90-yard kickoff return touchdown in the fourth quarter, a play that really swung momentum back Montreal’s way. So, once again, how do you win a football game when you turn the ball over six times? You rely on your outstanding defensive group to do what they do, you get your special teams to bail you out time and again, and you cross your fingers and pray really hard.Nothing newThe Calgary Stampeders had to deal with more than their fair share of injuries en-route to a West Division title last season. Apparently that spate of bad/good luck isn’t over, because the injury bug keeps buzzing in Cowtown. Just as Als fans should be proud of their team’s win with all kinds of injury issues, so should Stamps fans after their team took an impressive 35-14 win in Friday night’s 100th Grey Cup rematch. Calgary’s 21 point victory in Toronto happened without two of their most vital offensive pieces: Jon Cornish and Nik Lewis. Cornish, the reigning Most Outstanding Canadian in the CFL, missed out with a thigh injury and left the Stamps without a running back averaging more than 100 yards a game. Video MUST WATCH: QB LeFevour Catches a Pass & Scores for Ticats Lewis, on the other hand, is out long term nursing a surgically repaired fibula that was busted up last weekend against the Lions. Lewis has been one of the most durable players in this league for years, and is so often the straw that stirs Calgary’s drink. So, what did the Stamps do against the Argos? They fell back on the old “next man up” line of thinking, and made it work to perfection. Running behind an outstanding offensive line, Jonathan Williams and Matt Walter combined for 138 yards on the ground, making up for the loss of Cornish and his usual century mark of rushing yards. At receiver, Calgary used an old favorite of Kevin Glenn to do most of their damage, while spreading the ball around effectively the rest of the way. Glenn and Marquay McDaniel spent a good chunk of time together in Hamilton, and Glenn was a huge part of McDaniel’s career 2010 season. That year, McDaniel totaled almost 1,000 yards receiving. He’s not on pace for quite that much this year (currently McDaniel is on pace for 838 yards), but who knows how that could change. Without Lewis for the foreseeable future, McDaniel becomes the main inside target for Glenn, if the quarterback can stay healthy. The team boasts big targets like Jabari Arthur and Greg Carr in the slot, but it’s McDaniel who has the most proven track record, and it’s McDaniel who knows the quarterback extremely well. He could be a hugely important piece for the Stamps in the second half of the season.Under the radar…kind ofRider fans can skip over this section, because nothing I write here will be anything new to them. But it might be for anyone who doesn’t bleed green. The most intense spotlight in Regina has been on Kory Sheets during 2013, and so it should be. The guy remains on record pace and put together another physics-defying performance against the Eskimos on Saturday afternoon (for the record, Sheets is now on pace for 2380 yards in 2013). Flying somewhat under the radar, however, is the other huge name involved in that Saskatchewan attack: Darian Durant. The Riders quarterback is quietly putting together the best season of his career, and shows no signs of slowing down midway through the year. Durant has been a viable CFL starter since he burst onto the scene in 2008, and he’s given Rider Nation plenty of memorable moments. Unfortunately, a few of those moments have been memorable for the wrong reasons. As well as we’ve seen Durant play at times during his six season run as Saskatchewan’s starter, we’ve also seen him prone to questionable decisions and key moments. That hasn’t been the case this year. Through eight games and 201 passing attempts, Durant has yet to be picked off, a season-starting run we’ve never seen from him before. This isn’t altogether shocking, mind you, as Durant has seen his interception total drop each of the last three seasons. In 2010, he was picked off a career high 22 times, a number that dropped to a career low 12 last year. You can see this trend is not a coincidence, as Durant has become a much better decision maker as he becomes more and more a CFL veteran. Video MUST WATCH: Clutch Catch by Deslauriers Sets Up Winning FG Just as his mistakes have decreased, there’s clearly an instant correlation to an increase in efficiency. Durant was a career best 64.4 per cent passer last season,Cheap NFL Jerseys, and he’s upped that by more than three full percentage points in 2013, clicking with receivers at a 67.7 per cent clip halfway through. Plain and simple, Durant is seeing the field better, being more patient in the pocket. Sheets confirmed to the MMQB on Twitter a few weeks back that he is indeed not from this planet (he says he’s from Mars). Saskatchewan’s running back is a massive reason why that team continues to pace the league at 7-1. Make no mistake about it, though: Durant’s career best start and one of the best green starts in history go hand in hand.This and thatI wonder what Jim Popp is thinking when it comes to his quarterback situation going forward. I know that Tanner Marsh completed a huge pass late in Montreal’s win over BC to set up a winning field goal, but his success was certainly fleeting. Marsh was throwing up prayers all night, was picked off four times, and had ball security issues to go along with that. Yes it was raining, and yes he was thrust into action on short notice, so some benefit of the doubt comes into play here. But the comfort level can’t be high right now, and it clearly wasn’t high as it relates to Josh Neiswander, who got just one quarter on Thursday night. Do we see Troy Smith anytime soon? Montreal has been using a revolving door at the position the last three weeks anyway, so why not?I don’t think anyone is surprised to see Hamilton where they are. Now at 4-4 and second in the East, the Tiger Cats won back-to-back games against the Bombers, as they were expected to do. This team looks a whole lot better as they become healthier, but now have a true test in the offing. Hamilton will play two straight against the Lions and then travel to Calgary for a date with the Stamps. We’ll get a much better idea as to where this group is once Week 12 is in the books.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Saki anime supposedly in the works

Saki anime supposedly in the works

According to the AnimeNation New Blog:

"The Moon Phase diary reports that Gonzo is tentatively planned to develop an anime adaptation of Ritz Kobayashi's manga series Saki, the story of a high school girl with a unique talent for playing mahjong. If anything, though, this show would be an excellent test to see if anything done by Gonzo is "gold" over here.

I haven't read any of Saki, but I do have a couple of chapters that are out, so I'll probably try it oyut and see how it is.

I didn't say it was. It's just that I think that people who are going to watch Saki for the fanservice would stop watching because of all the "indecipherable mahong stuff" (or whatever people could say) getting in the way. Kendo is an easy sport to pick up and understand and watch. Mahjong isn't, and could be more of a detractor for people who don't want to bother understanding even the basics.

As for your avatar/Shion no Ou, from what I saw I honestly didn't see any real fanservice. Of course, I didn't see much, but I still didn't get any real feeling that fanservice would be a big focus. Shion no Ou is part mystery story, part shogi anime, which is how I viewed the show.

Really, the whole focus I put on mahjong was in relation to Saki's chances at getting licensed, anyway, and not what the the show's focus is. I just can't see how any R1 company could successfully release this anime without focusing any bit on the mahjong, which would honestly detract more people than attract.

Friday, November 8, 2013

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hawaii Boat Tours

Hawaii Boat Tours

Hawaii boat tours are among the best ways to facilitate vacation water sports. Whether you favor snorkeling, scuba diving, or whale watching (yes, we'll call that a sport), a boat tour is likely to be your best bet for ensuring a quality experience. Moreover, increasingly affordable vacation packages mean that there is no excuse not to consider spending a day at sea.

Most people who visit Hawaii are drawn to its beaches and their inviting activities. There are, of course, some traditional favorites like snorkeling that are simply not to be missed. However, the waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands are rich in opportunity, and it pays to spend a little time thinking about the full spectrum of alternatives.

The best thing about Hawaii boat tours is that they open up access to an array of activities. Clearly, they are among the only choices when it comes to things like whale watching. However, good boat tours can take visitors to remote corners of an island that would otherwise be inaccessible. In addition, they can guide people to prime spots for fishing and scuba diving.

Given that Hawaii boat tours can fill so many roles, it is important to think carefully about your goals at the outset. You must choose your package with care so that it fits with what you hope to get from the expedition. As always, it is advisable to speak with a travel agent or with other travelers to get their input beforehand.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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Monday, November 4, 2013

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