Watch Vancouver Canucks Playoffs from the Metropolis Hot Seats!

The Vancouver Canucks regular season is now over…the best in the league team is coming home to start the playoff run for the Stanley Cup.
Metropolis at Metrotown has some of the best seats in the house! I recently caught a game from the Metropolis Hot Seats…it’s an awesome experience! From the 5th level suite at Rogers Arena you get an amazing view of all the action.
How would you like to win your own experience in the Metropolis Hot Seats for a Canucks playoff game!? I know I’m entering!  It’s easy!

Just stop by any of the electronic kiosks at Metropolis at Metrotown, you can enter EVERY DAY!

Also until April 15th visit Facebook at access the Metropolis at Metrotown arcade to play to win some great prize packs from Metropolis at Metrotown and Vancouver Canucks including tickets to the Metropolis Hot Seats during a playoff game! There’s only a few days left so play now!

Top 10 Do’s & Don’ts at the Gym

Since this week marked one year of me working out at Steve Nash Sports Club I thought what better time to pass on some of the observations I’ve learned or had pointed out to me that incorporate good gym etiquette.

1. DO wear proper gym attire; flipflops, jeans, cut-offs, sports bras, street shoes do not make for proper (or comfortable) gym attire.
2. DON’T hog the equipment, sometimes the gym can be busy and multiple people will want the same equipment…share it!
3. DO wipe down equipment after yourself…no one wants to sit down at a machine to find it a sweaty mess from the previous user.
4. DON’T forget to wear deodorant…only you think your musk is charming and sexy!
5. DO put the weights away, you were able to get them off the rack to start your exercise so you can put them back (in the correct place) when you’re done.
6. DON’T walk in-front of the mirror or crowd into someone else’s workout space it’s distracting and disrespectful of their space.
7. DO control your volume, both on your personal music player and your own voice, if you need to talk with your work out partner keep it to a minimum volume, the rest of the gym doesn’t need to hear your conversation nor do they need to hear you grunting…this isn’t a porn set!
8. DON’T stand around or hang on equipment socializing on the workout floor.  It’s ok to say a quick hello to a friend but catching up on what’s been happening over the last week can wait until you’re finished.
9. DO line up patiently and orderly for classes, showers and equipment if a line forms.
10. DON’T be creepy, it’s alright to make eye contact and say hello to people you see regularly at the gym but don’t leer and linger over them like meat!

Canucks from the #MetropolisHotSeats!

Vancouver Canucks vs Minnesota Wild – Roger’s Arena – April 7, 2011

The final home game of the regular season is always a special one.  Sometimes it’s bittersweet if the team hasn’t made the playoffs, other times there’s excitement in anticipation of a playoff run to come.  This night was the later…the Canucks are best team in the league, having earned the President’s Trophy for the first time in club history.  The final also is the occasion to announce the Canucks Team Awards.  Members of the 82-83 Canucks team, who made it to the Stanley Cup final, were on hand to help present the following Canuck team awards to this seasons players.

Canucks Awards

Cyclone Taylor – “Most Valuable Player”: Daniel Sedin
Walter (Babe) Pratt – “Best Defenceman”: Christian Ehrhoff
Most Exciting Player: Ryan Kesler
Fred J. Hume – “Unsung Hero “: Jannik Hansen
Molson Cup Trophy: “Most Molson Cup Selections” Roberto Luongo
Cyrus McLean – “Leading Scorer “: Daniel Sedin

A huge round of applause came about when fan-favourite, and fresh from eye surgery, Manny Malhotra came out to help recognize the President’s Trophy win.

After a couple of lackluster losses against the lowly Edmonton Oilers everyone was hoping The Canucks would bounce back and put on a good game for the home fans (one of the most devoted fan bases in the NHL).  Indeed the team did not disappoint…cruising to a 5-0 win over the Wild.

@jminter @br_webb

 

 

As if a great game shared with a great friend, Brian Webb, wasn’t enough we had the added bonus of being invited up to watch from the Metropolis Hot Seats box by our friends at Metropolis at Metrotown. The Metropolis Hot Seats have an amazing from the 5th level, you get to see everything (and everyone), with a great spread of food and soft drinks and of course good company.  It was nice to catch up some old and meet some new Tweeps; in addition to @MetropolisatMet in attendance was @maryinvancity @swong16 @Miss604 @johnbollwitt @amienguyen @MissAboutTown @HeadtotheNet @gutsmctavish24

Fin!

Even Canuck mascot FIN stopped by to help us cheer on the team!

How would you like to win your own experience in the Metropolis Hot Seats for a Canucks playoff game!? I know I’m entering!  It’s easy

Just stop by any of the electronic kiosks at Metropolis at Metrotown, you can enter EVERY DAY!

Amazing views from the Metropolis Hot Seats

Also until April 15th visit Facebook at access the Metropolis at Metrotown arcade to play to win some great prize packs from

Metropolis at Metrotown and Vancouver Canucks including tickets to the Metropolis Hot Seats during a playoff game! There’s only a few days left so play now!

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Who referees the referee?

Whitecaps FC vs New England Revolution – Empire Field – April 6, 2011

The Dictionary defines a referee as:

referee n 1. (in some sports) an official who watches a game or match closely to enforce the rules and arbitrate on matters arising from the play.

The FIFA rules of football (soccer) state: “Laws of the Game give “full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game in connection with the match to which he has been appointed” (Law 5)”

No where do I see “influence the outcome of a match”…is it somewhere else in the CONCACAF rule book that this regions football referees need to be so controversial?
Any adjudicated sport or event is open for some controversy due to the fact that it is relying on a matter of opinion. However, it seems like every time a referee steps on the pitch for a North, Central American or Caribbean match there is huge debate over the standard of our referees.

The April 6th match between Whitecaps FC and New England Revolution was no exception. The match saw 8 yellow cards/3 red, in this referee’s 109 match career he’s now handed out 45 red cards, a huge amount for a game that maybe should be one or two yellow’s per match. It was a hard fought battle for 20 minutes as the teams played 10 men (New England) vs 9 men (Whitecaps) with the Whitecaps fighting to hold on to their 1-0 lead only to have it snatched away in added time for a 1-1 final score.

Nine Whitecaps fighting hard to retain their lead

At Empire Field the fervour of the crowd and adrenaline of the game get you going that of course any call against your team is going to be fraught with negativity but after discussing with a friend who watch the telecast I realize it wasn’t all mod mentality going against the ref.  He made some valid calls but made many incorrect calls; carding a player for diving when he was tripped, then giving a card to the opposing player when the same player actually took a dive, giving cards for rough plays that were ‘face to elbow’ not ‘elbow to face’.

Should the players have been more aware of who their ref was going to be and been attuned to the fact he was ‘card happy’ or is the ref out of control with power.

Is the level of play in this region so poor that it makes the ref’s need to aggressively control the rules of play?
Or do our ref’s need to continue their education to learn how to control a match without influencing the outcome?

Which ever the case it certainly ruins the run of the match and for the casual spectator it does nothing to make them ‘fans’.

Applauding the fans for sticking with them

Whitecaps FC vs Sporting Kansas City

Whitecaps FC vs Sporting Kansas City – Empire Field – April 2, 2011

Whitecaps Fans with mascot "Spike"

The sun held the dark clouds at bay while 20,518 Whitecaps fans filled Empire Field for the season’s second home match.

It was nearly a perfect day…if only the ball had gotten past Kansas City’s ‘keeper Jimmy Nielsen , it would’ve been perfect!

From devestating loss to a exhilatating draw in stopped time

Having been held to just one goal by some near misses and brilliant goalkeeping by Nielsen the Whitecaps fans were facing a 3-1 first home loss but just as the sun held out so did theplayers.
With an ample 5 minutes of stoppage time in the second half the Whitecaps lit up the stadium coming back to put the ball in the net twice more to earn a draw and maintain a loss-less home record. Read the full match report on WhitecapsFC.com
If the ‘Caps keep providing excitement it’s only a matter of time before the stands are sold out all season long! Get a ticket and join the White & Blue for a good time!
Next home match at Empire Field is Wednesday April 6, 2011

Top 10 Sporting Event Etiquette Do’s & Don’ts

Of all public spectator events this is the one time you’re invited to be boisterous and loud but still there are ways to make it fun to have fun!

1. DO arrive early…the beer line-ups are long and you don’t want to miss the start of the game.
2. DON’T arrive drunk. It’s great to have a few pre-drinks but remember it takes a while to settle into your system. Timing is everything.
3. DO wear your team’s colours and cheer them on!
4. DON’T disgrace your team’s colours/jerseys by committing a felony when wearing them.  I’m sure they they can do without you being branded as a “TeamX Fan” when you’re arrested.
5. DO engage in a some light hearted ‘trash-talk’ with rival fans.
6. DON’T turn the trash-talk into an all out brawl…a la European soccer hooligans
7. DO sit in the non-alcohol seats if you bring your kids and are looking for a ‘family’ experience.
8. DON’T throw things onto the field of play (except for special occasions…hattricks etc) it just delays the game.
9. DO streak if you really feel the need and if you’re willing to be publicly ridiculed and ejected from the venue. See #2
10. DON’T commentate or coach from your seat. We can all see what’s happening, if we wanted a play-by-play we’d have stayed home.

Whitecaps FC – MLS Kickoff!

It seems even mother nature is a Whitecaps FC fan! The sun and 22,000 fans came out to Empire Field on a bright Saturday afternoon to witness the debut of MLS soccer in Vancouver.

Kick off Celebrations

The storied Vancouver Whitecaps franchise has moved into the ‘big leagues’ and from the showing they displayed, they deserve to be there! Granted it was a match against Canadian rivals Toronto FC, who are perpetual bottom dwellers in the MLS table, but the enthusiasm and skills of the Vancouver side overcame the experienced eastern team.
An ocean of white erupted as designated player Eric Hassli opened the Whitecaps account with a lovely goal in the first half and three more Vancouver goals followed (along with two Toronto ones, but we’ll gloss over those)

All eyes on the ball!

After the first goal broke the ice, the crowd really let lose, the casual fans being carried away by the spirited die-hards who’ve been longing for Whitecaps FC to take its rightful  place among the top tier.  When local boy, Terry Dunfield scored the volume rose even higher as Whitecaps drums were pounded and scarves where thrust into the sky.

The organization did a brilliant job of encouraging but also allowing the spirit and enthusiasm for the team grow organically.  With a countdown to the big match ad campaign nudging this home opener to the top of city’s conscientiousness the rest happened on it’s own.  At game day the crowds were early and ready for the action and the team didn’t disappoint, with a kick off celebration that included new BC Premier Christie Clark and NBA (and part-owner) Steve Nash beating the drums to welcome the players onto the pitch. A multi-cultural drum line was in the upper levels of the stands to help ‘drum’ up support but even without them I think this opening match would have ‘beat’ any other sporting event in the city for atmosphere. Mascot Winger was always a huge part of generating the cheers and noise around the games at Swangard Stadium but here in the large venue it’s harder for a little bird to make his rounds. It didn’t matter, the crowd shouted their own cheers (and jeers to the TFC fans) without any prompting from the winged mascot. With each goal the joy grew and grew until the closing whistle and it spilled out into the street around Empire Field and the party moved on.

Scarves Up!!

A solid season ticket base, an enthusiastic supporters club in the Southsiders leading the cheers, and a talent team on and off the pitch all combine to elevate the team to a major force of spirit.  The word of mouth from this display of Whitecaps fever will definitely spread through the city ensuring all games will have this amazing feeling (hopefully mother nature feels the same way and keeps us dry)