Cold Fx

Cold Fx is the main sponsor for the NHL All star game and is actually widely used by many players throughout the league. In fact, one of Cold Fx’s main promoters is Marc Messier, a recently retired legendary hockey player. He claims to have taken Cold Fx everyday, especially during the later stages of his career, in order to avoid getting sick or injured.

For those of you who don’t know, Cold Fx is a natural product that strengthens a person’s immune system and helps prevent or cure cold and flu viruses in the body. I have taken it on occasion (usually when I feel like I’m getting sick but just can’t afford to be) and have been very pleased with the results…which is usually me getting over a cold or flu virus in 2 to 3 days rather than 2 to 3 weeks. I highly recommend it for anybody who hates being sick!

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The “Vote For Rory” Campaign

I have already written a post on this and you can find it in the NHL category so there isn’t really much more to say about it. The campaign supports the idea of voting a defenseman named Rory Fitzpatrick into the NHL All Star game as a starting defenseman. You can find more information or cast your vote at:

Official “Vote For Rory” Website

Cast your vote for Rory Here


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EA Sports vs. 2K Sports

The makings of the war for complete sports video game supremacy has been in the works for a long time. EA has had a serious stranglehold over the market for a very long time but with the rise of 2K and the slow but obvious decline of EA, the war is finally here. 2K seems to have finally ammassed a large enough market share of the sports video game industry to make their first real push into EA’s territory. So the question is, who will win?

EA has been here for far too long to be pushed out in one single blow. They own way too much of the market and have too devoted and loyal a fan base to be seriously hurt by 2K or anyone for that matter. Described as “the evil empire”, Electronics Arts has dominated the sports video game industry with titles in every sport including Madden, NBA Live, NHL and many others. They spend more money than anyone to develop and fine tune their games in order to ensure that their titles are the best available however, recent titles from EA have been less than perfect and have raised many questions concerning EA’s attention to detail. A number of bugs as well as a lack of original and innovative ideas have left their games open to a number of bad reviews. EA has avoided criticism for many years thanks in part to great game development but also thanks to a lack of competition. 2K’s arrival to the forefront of the sports video game industry has given EA’s games something to be compared to and the comaprisons have drawn mixed reviews. While some feel that the combined effect of EA’s loyal following and their practically unlimited supply of money is just too big a hump for 2K to overcome, others feel that 2K’s innovative ideas and different approach to the sports simulation concept (they are much more of a simulation while EA is more arcade) has already brought them this far and can only bring them further. EA released NBA Live 07 way before it was ready and was criticized for the many bugs and lagy online gameplay that plagues the game while NBA 2K7, although suffering from poorer graphics, benefits from its many different gameplay modes (including Street Mode) and all around better performance and was rewarded with better reviews. 2K’s games have begun to outperform EA’s and that is a serious threat to EA’s “monopoly”.

So the question is clear…which company will prevail?
Not really a fair question since chances are both will survive and most likely thrive in this lucrative industry.

So the real question is…where does your loyalty lie, EA or 2K?


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Wanna Screw Gary…Vote for Rory!

The new story spreading throughout the internet like wildfire is the “Vote For Rory” campaign. The campaign supports the idea of rewarding players who work very hard “behind the scenes” with a trip to the all star game and believe that the perfect representative for this message is Rory Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick is a defenseman on the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL and to be frank, isn’t the greatest defenseman there is. In fact, his statistics definately do not merit a trip to the all star game however that is not what the campaign is all about. Anyone voting for Rory to start in the all star game believes in one of three things (and in some cases all three):

[1] That hard working nice guys deserve a break sometimes and that talent and statistics isn’t all that counts.

[2] That the NHL should abolish the all star voting system in favor of a more prestigious and accurate system similiar to that of the awards.

[3] You absolutely hate Gary Bettman and would love to see him and his new MY NHL embarrased by having such an undeserving no talent (but really nice) guy start at the all star game over superstars like Lidstrom, Pronger and Niedermayer.

Personally I’m in favor of all three and you can be sure that I’ll definately be casting my vote for Rory several times over the next couple of weeks. Good guys deserve to finish first once in a while…don’t you think?

By the way, you need to select Rory Fitzpatrick as the write in for the Western Conference and also make sure not to vote for Niklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger or Scott Niedermayer to ensure that Rory has a chance of making it. Happy voting and good luck Rory…you’re gonna need it!

Official “Vote For Rory” Website

Cast your vote For Rory Here


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A little something to sway your vote…lol just kidding.

The Great Debate

Last night, as I was watching sportscentre (as I’m sure most of us do on a nightly basis), I caught something one of the sportscentre news anchors said about Sidney Crosby. It was immediately after reporting on the highlights of the Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators game (which clearly had nothing to do with Sidney Crosby) where Alexander “The Great” Ovechkin had 3 assists and 10 shots in a game that he and the Capitals totally dominated. He said that its too bad Crosby doesn’t have the same kind of help in Pittsburgh that Ovechkin has in Washington because then we would really be able to see what Crosby can do.

Are you serious?

Just for the record, I am definately not a Crosby hater but at some point you have to realise that concerning the Ovechkin-Crosby debate, the lines have been drawn and the sides have been taken (the anchor is clearly a Crosby fan)…so i guess its time to follow suite. I have officially crossed the line and joined the many NHL fans in support of Alexander Ovechkin.

Crosby’s hockey career has been one of the earliest and most closely followed careers in sports history. Ever since he made his debut with the Rimouski Oceanic in the QMJHL, it seemed as though the NHL was just waiting to hand the reigns over to him and bring about the new MY NHL with Crosby as its centerfold. On and off the ice, Crosby was going to be the NHL’s embassador, a position that had yet to be filled since The Great One’s retirement. The NHL even got lucky(?) enough to have a league wide draft the year Crosby was entering the NHL which gave every team and consequently every fan, although some more than others, a glimmer of hope that the next “Great One” could end up on their roster. The Draft was advertised as “The Crosby Draft” with every pick after the first selection being relatively meaningless. He was supposed to single handedly bring about the next generation of hockey and with a new salary cap and a couple of rule changes, potentially save the sport from potential extinction.

Then there was Ovechkin, a name few had even heard of coming into the 05-06 season despite him being the number one draft pick the previous year. A russian born winger with the all the skills needed to compete in the NHL but none of those physical skills even come close to why he has been so successful thus far. Ovechkin has a passion for the game reminiscent of Maurice Richard and Mario Lemieaux and puts it all out there day in and day out. He puts his body on the line everyday and leaves absolutely nothing to be desired in his game, just ask his coach who lets him take it easy during practice (Alex doesnt like practice lol) because of the effort he puts into games. He hits, he passes, he plays defense and he makes ridiculously spectacular goals look tremendously easy (goal against Phoenix!). He doesn’t whine, yell or complain to referees and his broken english is good enough to understand how much he really loves this game.

At the start of last season, noone thought that Sidney Crosby was going to lose the Calder (Rookie of the Year) to anyone never mind Alexander Ovechkin. Crosby was supposed to be the future of the NHL. Instead, the future of the NHL will be in the hands of both Ovechkin and Crosby (in that order) and personally, I dont think the NHL could be happier.

They prayed for one miracle and they were given two.


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I have to apologize…

It has been 4 days since I started this blog and as a Canadian i feel almost embarrased to admit that I havent discussed the NHL yet. Although I am a little ashamed to admit it, I think I understand why.

For those of you who dont know, the NHL experienced a lockout just two years ago in which the entire season was lost in order to establish a salary cap and and a new set of rule changes. The salary cap was supposed to create parody throughout a league that had quickly become a dynasties league. Big market teams were able to become the class of the league by throwing more money at great players than small market teams had to spend on their entire roster. The salary cap was implemented immediately after the lockout and it did its job exactly as expected. Thanks to the salary cap, small market teams are able to compete for the services of superstar players like Chris Pronger and Joe Thornton thereby transforming their teams from relative obscurity to real Stanley Cup contenders. The new rule changes also did their job well. They increased offensive performance in every way including average goals per game and individual scoring creating a more dynamic and high octane game…Basically, the game became funner to watch, which is all that counts.

So why haven’t I spoken about this exciting new MY NHL yet? It’s actually very simple. The NHL was and still is, as sad as it is for me to say it, a dying sport. Scoring is up but ratings are still down and they continue to decline despite the NHL’s efforts to “reinvent” the game. Very recently, Hockey Night in Canada (as Canadian a tradition there is) admitted that their ratings are down yet again but not only are they down, they are down 18 percent from the year before the lockout! The NHL is on its last legs and it seems like despite their efforts, nothing will be able to save it…although they certainly will try. Gary Bettman, the NHL’s Commissioner, is going to try literally everything and anything to “reinvent” the game and prevent it from reaching complete obscurity…and I sincerely hope he succeeds.

Hockey has been around for almost a century and has provided us with some of our greatest and most cherished memories, from The Summit Series to The Miracle. Let’s not turn our backs on it now.


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