Happy Mother’s Day

It’s 9:15 and my daughter is still in bed. My son got up awhile ago and gave his Mother her card (that I picked out) and wrote “Let my ranting forever be loved as much as thou loves me lol.” Last year he came out of his room at about 9:15 wearing only underwear, scratched himself ala Reggie Jackson in the batter’s box, muttered “Happy Mother’s Day” and proceeded into the kitchen where he spilled chocolate milk in the fridge before stumbling back to bed.

She doesn’t do it for the wages and she doesn’t do it for the fringe benefits and God knows she doesn’t do it because she gets to sleep with me.

I think I married better than she did. Happy Mother’s Day.

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16 Responses to "Happy Mother’s Day"

  1. CM says:

    Amen Lowetide

  2. Black Dog says:

    God knows she doesn’t do it because she gets to sleep with me.

    Don’t sell yourself short big guy.

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies.

  3. doritogrande says:

    Problem is, there’s maybe one mommie that reads this blog. I doubt we’re really getting to the “target audience” of this post.

    That being said, Happy Mothers Day to my Mom, who’s currently washing my clothes because well, it’s what she likes to do. And far be it from me to take away her fun on this of all days.

  4. She says:

    I read this blog, and thanks for the sentiments, fellow commenters. And thanks to Lowetide for the eloquence.

    (My nine-year old made a card for me with a carefully rendered sketch of Ales Hemsky. Atta boy.)

  5. DBO says:

    Anyone watching the world championships lately? Is the Mikko Luoma on Finland the one the Oil drafted? He looks really good, and I wonder if we still hold his rights. if we do, there’s your Hejda part 2, with more offense. he plays top minutes for Finland, and could be a fit for a veteran type for cheap.

  6. Bruce says:

    Anyone watching the world championships lately?

    Apparently not. I’m surprised and frankly disappointed with how little commentary there’s been on the Oilogosphere in general (not meaning to single you out, LT!). It’s the first Canadian-hosted Worlds, it’s always a great tournament, there’s Oilers playing, and I even heard tell there might be a Canadian team still alive …

    Maybe with the medal round around the corner there’ll be a little more discussion.

  7. IceDragoon says:

    Good day.

    A day late… but I was busy having a marvelous mothers’ day.

    Lain, I’ve met your wife. Nothing against you, but you did ‘marry up’… as my crazy aunt would say, and many times did say… to my husband, who adored her.
    ;-D

    Since I couldn’t find time to comment while your topics were fresh…

    A big NO to Redden. I’d consider him to be in Brewer’s class during the regular season, but would take Brewer in a heartbeat over Redden in the play-offs. When the tough get’s going Brew shows ‘calm feet’… Redden panics. fwiw – Gilbert shows ‘calm feet’ too.

    Someone commented in your “Starboard” post about the possibility of MacTavish playing Gagner at LW with Horcoff and Hemsky. I can’t see MacT trying this again, altho the kid has improved substantially since MacT first sent 10-89-83 out for some twirls last December.

    If Nilsson comes to camp loaded for bear, tho, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him get a shot with 10 & 83.

    L8r
    Louise

  8. Bruce says:

    A big NO to Redden. I’d consider him to be in Brewer’s class during the regular season, but would take Brewer in a heartbeat over Redden in the play-offs. When the tough get’s going Brew shows ‘calm feet’… Redden panics.

    Hear, hear Louise. I still remember Redden bungling a simple two-on-two with three minutes left in Game 7 against New Jersey in 2003. Came over to “help” his partner, Karel Rachunek, on the puck carrier, who quickly became the former puck carrier as Redden’s man buried one from the goal mouth. And that was the whole series right there.

    Interesting comparison with Brewer, who has shared ice time and opportunity with Redden on various Teams Canada. With five gold medals in seven opportunities as a pro Brewer has a vastly superior international record to Redden, who has had five such chances and was firmly ensconced in the press box when he won his only gold in the 2004 World Cup. Maybe that’s irrelevant, but let’s just say Redden’s C.V. hardly screams “winner!”

    If Nilsson comes to camp loaded for bear, tho, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him get a shot with 10 & 83.

    Maybe. I agree it won’t be Gagner; on Hemsky’s line we want a guy who is good without the puck, preferably two-way good. As for Row-bear, I remember how his dad adapted to not being the primary puck-carrier on his line during his brief but dazzling cameo with the ’87 Oilers. Kenta turned out to be pretty effective at dishing the puck to Messier and Anderson with room to move it, then showing up a few seconds later in the scoring area. But in some ways it wasn’t a perfect match, just like Samsonov with Hemsky wasn’t. I think Penner is still the default first choice.

  9. Dennis says:

    Bruce: I was gonna ask if anyone had been watching much of the action and how guys like Grebs-Smid-Nilsson were looking; along with Greene and Gilbert of course.

    Personally, I thought I would be totally into the tournament but if not for the Wings/Stars series, I’d still be firmly in NHL mode. That face-off’s choking the life out of me but at least the ECF is still worth watching.

    Anyway, looks like the malaise exists beyond the sphere as well. One of my good buds took a job in Hali last fall and has caught a tonne of the games and he said there’s not a whole lot of buzz in the city and it’s easy to find a ticket.

  10. Bruce says:

    Dennis: I’ve been watching quite a bit of the action. Haven’t seen much of Row-bear cuz he’s been playing in Quebec City while Gord & Pierre & the boys have been holed up in Halifax. The three defencemen haven’t been burning up the tournament to put it kindly.

    Medal round starts today (Weds). Maybe some fine blog like Lowetide will start up a gameday thread.

  11. IceDragoon says:

    I think Penner is still the default first choice.

    Of course, Bruce. But… with many smart, versatile, forwards at his disposal, MacT will try to develop a number of plug-and-play ‘curve balls’ to throw at the opposition. And, if you recall, he had some high praise for #12.

    Row-bear may be a highly skilled character who needs many carrots & prods, but he is not his father. Nilsson-the-younger is coachable, and he can [and does] battle on the boards.

    Having smart, young, teammates who are ‘nutbars-in-the-gym’ helped to get him on track last year, so I expect more of the same. He’ll always be susceptible to ‘shiny object’ distractions, tho.
    ;-)

    btw – I’m a Brewer fan. :-) His ‘calm feet’ in the ’01 play-offs won me over. This guy does his best work when the heat is turned up.

    I’m sure Lain remembers that I wasn’t thrilled with the CFP trade. Sure… gap-tooth-****-face oozes 6’6″ of superior D talent, but a team is more than the sum of its players.

    fwiw – I wasn’t thrilled with the FCP trade either, but at least the ******* [who's wife keeps his manhood in her purse - thanx, Digger ;-)] is no longer on MY team.

    For the most part I’ve liked Gilbert’s play in the three games I’ve seen on TV. USA is quite a young team, so growing pains should be expected.

    Matt Greene??? He can execute a brilliantly simple play under pressure, and then turn around and make a bonehead play (often taking a penalty) on the same shift. *sigh*

    L8r

  12. Bruce says:

    Louise: I have to agree with you (as usual; you are one astute observer of the game, IceDragoon).

    he is not his father. Nilsson-the-younger is coachable, and he can [and does] battle on the boards.

    Of course you are right, Row-bear is not his dad, although there has to be a fair amount of Kenta in his nature and his nurture. Looking for similarities is a default position for me — are they not the first father/son combo to both play for the Oilers? — but you’re right, Robert is much more the board battler, and certainly he is coachable, as demonstrated by the leaps and bounds taken during his first year under MacT.

    Matt Greene??? He can execute a brilliantly simple play under pressure, and then turn around and make a bonehead play (often taking a penalty) on the same shift. *sigh*

    I thought Greene had a pretty darn good game against Canada, but the Finland game was a disaster with three penalties and the winning goal appearing to bounce in off of him somehow. The whole American team got flustered in that one, especially after the bogus goal call. Furthermore, the referees were not only calling everything — and there was a lot going on in that game which got downright vicious at times — but making up shit like Mick McGeough at his creative peak. A whistle-happy pair of zebras and Matt Greene go together like hydrogen and oxygen.

    In the Norway game Greene was sitting in the box when Norway broke the goose egg, but I frankly loved the penalty. Some Norwegian guy had run one of Greene’s teammates in the corner, and was pursuing him up ice away from the puck and harrassing him a bit and probably beaking him, and Matt just skated in and picked the guy off, wham! dropped him in his tracks. Score was 7- or 8-cob at the time — why was I watching? you ask, but this is why — so standing up for a teammate meant far more than the powerplay or even the shutout. For sure Greene is there to compete no matter what the score is, a very endearing quality IMO.

    Like many an emerging young player, Greene is learning what he can get away with at the NHL level.
    He’s definitely not getting away with it in Halifax, judging from those 36 PiM. And Pierre McGuire keeps mentioning with near-admiration that Greene took 12 minors and 34 PiM in 7 games in his WJC experience.

    Which even if I hadn’t seen the games would suggest to me that Greene is doing what he always does, which is battle and battle hard to the very edges of the law. But the, uh, “different” rules interpretations have him on the wrong side of that edge often as not.

    I love Greene’s battling instinct, and I don’t care how many times Team USA is shorthanded as a result. :) The only penalties that hurt me are the ones he takes as an Oiler. And those, slowly but surely, are coming down.

    Matt Greene PiM/GP:

    2005-06 1.71 (45 GP inc playoffs)
    2006-07 1.40 (78 GP)
    2007-08 1.15 (46 GP)

  13. IceDragoon says:

    Isn’t it funny how astute those we agree with are?
    ;-D

    Studying/observing the ‘human animal’ is my life-long quest. The game of hockey has been a passionate complement for the past four decades of the journey.

    On Matt Greene…

    I was being glib.

    I understand that he’s a young Dman, and know that he is ahead of the learning curve. It’s not his fault that we’ve needed him to be another two years ahead of that curve.

    and…

    The game v Finland was a disaster. The rematch wasn’t available on TV, so I wouldn’t know why they lost that one. They did score two late goals to force OT, tho. There is a lot of good to build on with that young team, imho.

    I smiled, for all the reasons you mentioned, when Matt took that 3 on 5 causing penalty. I’d be willing to bet that Tortorella smiled too… later… behind closed doors…
    ;-D

    L8r

  14. Bruce says:

    Louise: I have to agree with you (as usual; you are one astute observer of the game, IceDragoon).

    Isn’t it funny how astute those we agree with are?

    Yes and know. :)

    While I aim for “astutehood” myself, and am always reassured when I find myself on the same philosophical page as you, I meant that comment more in the vein that when you say things I haven’t even begun to think of, I still tend to agree with you.

    Studying/observing the ‘human animal’ is my life-long quest. The game of hockey has been a passionate complement for the past four decades of the journey.

    If I may offer a dispassionate compliment :), you’re good at it. You have a real knack for distilling the game and the characters within it.

    I read the blogs to learn and to participate. But learning comes first. Sometimes I even learn unexpected, even profound things, like the fine distinction between the CFP trade and the FCP trade. :D

  15. IceDragoon says:

    While I aim for “astutehood” myself,

    From my vantage point in this “crazy-old-hood”… You certainly do.
    :-)

    and am always reassured when I find myself on the same philosophical page as you,



    this could be heaven or this could be hell…

    welcome…
    such a lovely place…

    “A little crazy keeps the insanity away.”
    (advice from my aunt)

    I read the blogs to learn and to participate. But learning comes first.

    amen

    Sometimes I even learn unexpected, even profound things, like the fine distinction between the CFP trade and the FCP trade. :D

    LOL

    Chris “FREAKING” Pronger!!!

    Less than a year later the lying coward showed his true colours. His wife may be orange but he’s all yellow belly.

    ****ing Chris Pronger!

    btw – He’s not nearly as smart as he thinks he is.

    Notice all the deleted posts? ^^^

    Well, I’ve been trying to describe how someone, in this case me, could develop an instinctive knowledge base in much the same way someone would develop a linear knowledge base… with play, at a very young age.

    I’m getting old and I’m losing too much in the translation.

    I will try again later, but I’ll start you off with a relevant nugget.

    Studies in brain development have shown that cerebral neuropath development is extremely rapid during the first couple of years of life. It starts slowing down before we can talk and by the time we are six, the cerebral cortex is about 98% done, with the only new growth happening in the frontal lobes.

    The brain stops emitting the neuro transmitters that signal new growth once the body is finished maturing, unless there is a brain trauma. The existing neuropathways can reshape with new knowledge. And in REM sleep the braim emits “heal” transmitters that replace damaged cells. But, that’s it. Just like our bodies, our brain stops “growing”.

    One other interesting tidbit…

    Neuropathways we built when we were wee, that we haven’t woven in to our logic bases, will eventually disappear. Somewhere between 8 and 10 the brain starts to tidy up. It gets a little carried away with the surging hormones of puberty. – teenagers really are braindead ;-)

    The “dusting” neuro transmitters are with us always, so that old axiom, “USE IT OR LOSE IT” is especially relevant when it comes to gray matter.

    Learning the above adjusted my hindsight.
    ;-D

    L8r

  16. Bruce says:

    Thanks for your reply, Louise, glad I remembered to come back for a look.

    “A little crazy keeps the insanity away.”

    Too true. ;-)

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