Saturday, June 05, 2010
lassicAuctions.net have an all new and always fascinating auction running now through June 22nd, 2010: The actual jersey Paul Henderson wore in game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series.
Described as "the most significant artifact in the history of the game of hockey," this is of course the jersey Henderson scored arguably the most goal in the game's glorious history - the goal that won the 1972 Summit Series with just 34 seconds left.
Bidding for the jersey has just started, opening at $10,000. It is currently at $232,323. Henderson apparently gifted the jersey to Team Canada trainer Joe Sgro. He sold it to one collector, who in turned sold it to another who is now offering it up for auction. No price history is publicly available on the jersey. The previous highest game worn jersey sale of $191,000 for a Bobby Orr rookie jersey.
The Department of Canadian Heritage may have an interest in acquiring Paul Henderson's jersey. Funds are available to assist with the purchase of important cultural property threatened with export or to purchase cultural property that has been lost to Canada. This wing of the Canadian government has spent large sums of money to acquire items, often war related, for Canadian museums.
Michael Badad of the Globe and Mail says department store giant Canadian Tire is about to make a big opening bid for Paul Henderson's 1972 Summit Series jersey.
Henderson wants to see the jersey returned to Canada, and not in a private collection. He wants it accessible for all hockey fans to enjoy. If their bid is successful, the jersey will go on tour in every corner of the country, visiting each of the 480 Canadian Tire stores in the country, giving the Canadian public a chance to see the jersey. Then Canadian Tire would lend the jersey to sports and hockey museums including the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and the Hockey Hall of Fame for the benefit of all Canadians.
Friday, June 04, 2010
So bombs away Jose!
|Jose Bautista||Alex Rodriguez|
|Salary||$2.4 million||$33 million|
A woman hit a concrete barrier at a Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport toll booth, sending her vehicle flying into the air and over another car, bursting into flames.
According to investigators, Yasmine Villasana had just dropped off a passenger and was leaving the airport when the incident happened.
Villasana -- who suffered a broken wrist in the accident -- insists the crash wasn't her fault.
When asked if she had been drinking, Villasana reportedly "stated she had one cranberry and vodka last night."
They charged her with driving while intoxicated.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Village Voice has the story of Debbie Lorenzana, a 33-year old single mom, who was fired last summer from her job as a banker at a Citbank branch in Midtown Manhattan. Her bosses cited her work performance. She sued Citigroup, claiming that she was fired solely because her bosses thought she was too hot.
She claims her bosses told her they couldn't concentrate on their work because her appearance was too distracting. They ordered her to stop wearing turtlenecks. She was also forbidden to wear pencil skirts, three-inch heels, or fitted business suits.
Waitresses who hope good service with a smile will get them bigger tips will be disappointed to learn that what they really need is ... blonde hair and big breasts. Men tend to be more generous to slender girls with large chests than their lesser-endowed colleagues.
‘Waitresses’ tips increased with breast size,’ said Dr Michael Lynn, who asked 374 waitresses their breast size, age, hair colour, attractiveness and hip-to-waist ratio – apparently without getting slapped.
Women who wore DD or larger cup size received a larger percentage of the total bill, he added. One theory is that a bigger bust may make women more confident in their own appearance and that this, in turn, makes them more outgoing with customers.
And, while it’s always been said that blondes have more fun, the study found tips also increased when waitresses had light hair. Curiously, slightly older women were given more money than their younger colleagues, showed the research by Cornell University in New York.
Those in their 30s and those with large breasts, blonde hair and slender bodies received larger average tips than colleagues without these characteristics, found Dr Lynn. And the dutiful professor of consumer behaviour and marketing has an – ever so slightly sleazy – explanation for this.
‘Perhaps the male restaurant customers were most attracted to the waitresses in their late teens and early 20s as expected,’ he said. But they tipped the waitresses in their 30s more because they thought they had ‘a better chance’ of picking them up, added Dr Lynn.
Marina Abramovic sat for seven hours a day, six days a week, on a chair for her installation, entitled The Artist Is Present at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Visitors were invited to sit in a chair facing her and simply return her silent gaze.
Celebrities including Bjork, Lou Reed, Marisa Tomei and Isabella Rossellini were among the 1,400 people who came and sat opposite the artist, who always dressed in a long cassock.
Some spent an entire day sitting opposite Abramovic while others managed just a couple of minutes.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
A 32-year-old Pasco County man who called 911 to complain about his mother is facing criminal charges.
According to a sheriff's office arrest report, Charles Dennison told a deputy that his mother took his beer and he wanted her arrested. Dennison was reportedly "very intoxicated" when the deputy arrived at the New Port Richey home.
Dennison told the deputy that he would keep calling emergency responders if his mother wasn't charged. He has been charged with making false 911 calls and was jailed on $150 bond.
As a Diaspora Jew I support Israel. But many of us are becoming increasingly frustrated with an ongoing series of political and military misadventures in dealing with the Palestinian issue.
The situation there is terrible and Israeli frustration has taken a toll. Gaza is ruled by a terror organization sworn on Israel's destruction, that is holding an Israeli soldier captive in contravention of all international treaties, and that oppresses its own population.
However, they continually put themselves in the position where their soldiers are ambushed by supposed "civilians" and react with deadly force that brings about universal condemnation. The Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon, the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank, the misguided 2006 Lebanese War, the 2008 Gaza War and now the "Freedom Flotilla". Once again the terrorist become the victims. It is a violent game of cat and mouse that can't be won.
The outcome is only bad. It will make the blockade of Gaza more difficult to maintain which means more rockets fired at Israel. It also distracts Europe and the U.S. away from Iran which can only be bad for Israel.
A little bit of baseball trivia. Name the first player to DH for a home team in a National League park? If your answer is no one, you are correct. But that will change on June 25 when the Blue Jays play a home series against the Phillies in Philadelphia thanks to the G20 Summit. So if Adam Lind is healthy he will be in the starting lineup for the home team in a National League park.
A French video game fanatic hunted down and stabbed a rival player who had killed his character in an online war game. Julien Barreaux, 20, told police he wanted to see his rival player "wiped out" after his character in the game Counter-Strike died in a virtual knife fight.
A court in Cambrai, northern France, heard how Barreaux plotted revenge for seven months after the online "killing" last November. He then located the victim, named only as Mikhael, several miles from his home.
When the man answered the door, he plunged a kitchen knife into his chest, missing his heart by less than an inch, a police officer told the court. He added: "Barreaux was arrested within the hour and told us he had wanted to see his rival wiped out for killing off his character."
Barreaux was jailed for two years for causing grievous bodily harm, and ordered to undergo psychiatric tests and anger management therapy. Judge Alexiane Potel told him: "You are a menace to society. I am frankly terrified of the disproportionate reaction you could have if someone looked at you the wrong way in the street."
Monday, May 31, 2010
So bring in a bunch of foreign leaders, each with dozens and dozens of hanger ons. Add several thousand hippy protesters, anti-globalization anarchists, tree-hugging environmentalists, hookers, criminals, street vendors and every cop in Eastern Canada. What do you got? A week from hell for the very reasonable price of $1 billion.
If you happen to live in or anywhere near Ground Zero which will be equipped with security fences, metal detectors, strip searches, iris scans, and manned by surly TTC staff, then you might as well move out of town.
So why are we having the G20 Summit here? Well because Prime Minister Steven Harper wants
So I was looking around for an alternative site. I came up with North Bay. It's a relaxing 3 hour drive from Ottawa's airport to North Bay. The Summit guests can stay at the lovely Sunset Inn Hotel on on beautiful Lake Nipissing.
However my recommendation is that the Summit guests use the extensive conference facilities at Nipissing University. In fact, the university will have 800 beds available so everyone can stay there. There are some lovely attractions in North Bay including the world famous Dionne Quints Museum. The Dionne Quints Museum, housed in the original Dionne Homestead, contains many artifacts from the Quints' early years.
Then there is the Fur Harvesters Auction. Visit a computerized fur auction house where over 15 million dollars worth of wild fur are exported to countries around the world. Embrace the opportunity to learn about the harvesting and selling of animal pelts. See how pelts are graded and learn why animal populations are managed.