I've skied since I was a teenager and I still suck.
The problem is that you can't get any better when you only ski once a year.
Case in point was last weekend at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, New York.
I try to get out with my buddies once a year to go skiing. So this year, I tried to prepare myself by going to Brimacombe, a local ski hill with smaller hills. My plan was to ease myself into the longer runs at Holiday Valley Resort.
I chose a weekday, so there would be fewer skiers to a) laugh at me b) run into.
Unfortunately, mother nature wasn't playing nice that day and the -20C temperature was simply too cold for my aging body. Oh, and another reason was that helmets are mandatory. Well, kind of mandatory. The safety rules suggest a mandatory policy, and yet (more…)
For anyone who knows me, I have been a Seattle Seahawks fan for 40 years. Even though I'm Toronto-raised, I spent three years in Victoria, B.C. and that's when my love affair with the Seahawks began.
Well, even earlier. I first became aware of the Seattle Seahawks when I was living in Thunder Bay and I heard of a wide receiver named Steve Largent. He spent 13 years with the Seahawks, was selected to the Pro-Bowl seven times and held all major NFL receiving records when he retired and was also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
But, no Super Bowl for the Seahawks. They've only made two appearances in the Super Bowl - losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-10 in 2006. That hurt.
But even more painful was last year's playoff defeat to the Atlanta Falcons. During the 2012 season, the Seahawks defeated the Washington Redskins in the Wild Card round (more…)