Stoney Point - November 6, 2012 - Some random thoughts on politics, sports and men’s health to share with you on Election Day in the United States.
Obama will spend another four years in the White House
Today, millions of Americans will head to the polls to pick their President for the next four years. Many pundits are suggesting that the race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will result in the closest election in the history of the United States of America. It is hard to imagine a race any closer than the George Bush - Al Gore race in 2000, an election that took weeks to determine the outcome.
My sense is that there will be a wider margin of victory for Obama than what Bush won with in 2000. I will go out on a limb and predict that Obama will win 299 Electoral College votes to 239 for Romney. Keep in mind that the last time I predicted the outcome of an election, I said Tim Hudak would be the next Premier of Ontario.
Chicago Bears off to a great start
As a long time Chicago Bears fan it is great to see Lovie Smith and the boys jump out to a 7-1 start. The Bears defence has been very impressive and are drawing lots of comparison to the 1985 Super Bowl team. I have heard many people try to diminish Chicago’s strong record suggesting that their defence has carried the team or that they have only played weak opponents.
Outside of the Green Bay game, the Bears have looked good and no matter how you cut it – a 7-1 start is pretty impressive. No doubt the back half of the season will be more difficult and the Bears toughest test will come Sunday night when they host the Houston Texans. It has often been said that defence wins Championships, but for now let’s look one week at a time. Bear Down!
Battalion moving to North Bay
The City of North Bay on Monday night approved an agreement-in-principle designed to result in the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League relocating to North Bay for the 2013-14 season and also approved a $12-million capital improvement budget to renovate and expand Memorial Gardens.
Congratulations to the City of North Bay who have been calling for the return of the OHL since the Centennials departed years ago. While I am happy for North Bay, I am disappointed that Cornwall wasn’t on the radar for a return of the Royals. That being said, it is nice to see the early success at the box office for the Cornwall River Kings
Movember - 6 days into My Mo!
Well it certainly won’t be pretty, but it is all for a good cause. Today, is day 6 of my 30 day journey to grow a Mo as part of Movember. I am proud to be a member of the Devonshire Mall team, as we will try to do our part in the annual fundraising event that raises much needed funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives.
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world. You can support me and track my progress by following this link!
It appears that there seems to be at least at little bit of hope again in the talks to end the current NHL lockout. It really is disappointing that there is no NHL hockey so far this season. Interest in hockey appeared to be at an all-time, much sought-after TV deals had become plentiful and attendance had continued to improve. While the game is not perfect, the biggest problem appears to be that the billionaire owners and millionaire players cant figure out how to split up all the revenue. Hard to feel sorry for them.
Who I do feel sorry for, is all the people who rely on NHL games to pay their bills. Arena workers, ticket and souvenir sellers, beer vendors, parking attendants, security guards and others no longer make their way to an NHL rink three to four times a night. Restaurants and bars, servers and bartenders are feeling the pinch of no NHL games in their establishments. Members of the media, suppliers of product, hotels and cabbies also hurt as a result of the lockout. Further, the Detroit-Windsor economy took another big hit with the cancellation of the Winter Classic.
Lastly, the fans miss out on a Canadian tradition of watching our beloved game and supporting our favourite team. It is time that the NHL and the NHLPA get this sorted out.