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Charlie Sheen: Bitchin’ Rockstar from Mars?

March 2, 2011

Wow this whole Charlie Sheen thing is insane.  Well actually, he’s insane.

If you’re reading this right now you probably already know what I’m talking about and you’ve also listened to the crazy radio interviews and watched the 20/20 special.

As I find myself following this train wreck, I’m really struggling between two things – finding it hilarious and also quite sad.  Whenever a celebrity (read: Lindsay Lohan) gets into drinking, drugs, and other life-destroying behaviours they tend to become a born-again  paparazzi-magnet.  Welcome Charlie to the show!  He’s done and said so many crazy things in the past few weeks (many of which are so absurd that you can’t help but laugh) that he’s become a source of entertainment for many.  His sudden popularity on Twitter (over 1 million followers) is proof enough, as is this article.

While its all quite funny, its also very sad.  He’s destroying his life and making a public mockery of himself.  Instead of shying away from the cameras and media like most try to do, he’s making daily appearances on nationwide television.  His interviews appear on the radio and his ex girlfriends/whores/drug buddies/”goddesses” are popping up everywhere.

Anyways, its all very fascinating no matter how you feel about it. Here’s some recent things I’ve dug up from around the internet for your enjoyment:

Epic Quotes (Courtesy of the National Post)

From Good Morning America:

On being on drugs:

I am on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen. It’s not available. If you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.

On how he reacted to the shutting down of Two and a Half Men:

I was disappointed. I think people misinterpret my passion for anger.

On suing CBS:

I don’t have a job. I’ve got a whole family to support and love. People a lot more important than me are relying on that money to fuel the magic.

On accusations of anti-Semitism (levelled against him after he called Chuck Lorre “Chaim Levine”):

There’s nothing about that in my history anywhere. I’m sorry if I offended you. I didn’t know you were so sensitive. I just thought that, after you wailing on me for eight years, I could take a couple shots back.

On whether he is a violent person:

When it’s needed to protect my family, absolutely. And it’s unlike anything you will ever see.

 

From The Today Show:

On curing himself of addiction:

I closed my eyes and made it so with the power of my mind, and unlearned 22 years of fiction … the fiction of AA. It’s a silly book written by a broken-down fool.

On why he turned to alcohol and drugs:

I did that because they work … change the way you see things and change the way you feel. And yeah, when you’re a little bit bored with the redundancy of certain aspects of your life, yeah, I think that’s why people do them.

On in-home rehab:

Well, we couldn’t really call it rehab because we didn’t have a license to operate one, so it was a crisis management centre that we labelled the Sober Valley Lodge. … its primary client achieved radical success.

On whether he will someday be embarrassed to have to explain his behaviour to his children:

God, no. Talk about an education. And then, like, this, and then that’s the guy, and that’s our dad and we can get all the answers and the truth? Wow, winning!

To Chuck Lorre:

Why is it, when I was ready to return to work, you told me there are no scripts ready to shoot? This obviously begs the second part of the question: What would we have shot had you not ordered the suits into my home to shut down my party? Clearly, he didn’t bring gum for everyone. And why is it you issued a decree informing me that the remaining eight shows of Season 8 had been reduced down to four, stating as well that Season 8 was suddenly to halt production two weeks earlier than scheduled? You’re the only man that can answer this. When you were told that the crew would suffer gravely as a result of your dictatorial laziness, would you please explain what you meant by your statement, quote, “They are not my problem?” end quote.

On how he avoids relapsing:

I just don’t do it. I will not believe that if I do something then I have to follow a certain path because it was written for normal people. People who aren’t special. People who don’t have tiger blood and Adonis DNA.

On life after Two and a Half Men:

Well, I mean, first of all come Wednesday morning they’re gonna rename it Charlie Bros. and not Warner Bros. Duh, winning! It’s, like, guys, IMDB right there, 62 movies and a ton of success. I mean, c’mon bro, I won best picture at 20. I wasn’t even trying. I wasn’t even warm.

Final thoughts on CBS:

Everybody thinks I should be begging for my job back, and I’m just gonna forewarn them, it’s everybody else who’s gonna be begging me for their job back. … If people think I’m insane or they don’t think that what I’m saying is  true, I have no interest in their retarded opinions. I’m gonna live my life the way I want, I’m gonna win inside every moment, and they can just find the most comfortable chair in their small house and sit back and enjoy the show.

And finally, on himself:

I’m tired of pretending I’m not a total bitchin’ rock star from Mars.

 

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NHL Trade Deadline-Eve Rumor-go-Round

February 27, 2011

Tomorrow is the NHL’s equivalent of Christmas –  trade deadline day. Teams will have until 3:00 pm tomorrow afternoon to make any final moves before the playoffs. Every year I wait for this day, as it is something special hockey has to offer that other sports do not. You can follow TSN and Sportsnet all day tomorrow for day-long deadline coverage hosted by analysts and insiders. Online, there are a plethora of sites and sources you can spend your day checking for all sorts of rumors and breaking news.

In my opinion, the best of the best are:

http://www.tsn.ca | http://www.sportsnet.ca | http://www.spectorshockey.net | http://www.hockeybuzz.com

And on twitter:

@darrendreger | @eklund | @Real_ESPNLebrun | @spectorshockey | @realkyper | @TSNBobMckenzie

With that being said, I have a few thoughts to offer you, the reader, in regards to our Toronto Maple Leafs. I’ve read all types of reports and blogs leading up to today, and based on this research I’ve drawn a few conclusions. I don’t necessarily believe in ALL of the rumors out there, but some of them definitely do have legs. Here is one trade rumor that might just come to fruition by 3pm tomorrow:

EDMONTON OILERS – RW – DUSTIN PENNER

Dustin Penner is a sizable, physical scoring right winger currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers and also leading the team in goals. There are a few reasons this deal could go down by tomorrow. One, Penner is a “Brian Burke” type player – in fact Burke HAD Penner back in Anaheim a few years ago (and Brian Burke loves to bring back his former players)  – meaning that he plays physical and can put the puck in the net. Penner also has another year remaining on his current contract, which means he’ll be around to help the team next year. He could be considered overpriced at $4+ million annually, but considering how much available cap space Toronto has due to their recent wheeling and dealing, it shouldn’t be an issue. Going the other way? Most likely one of the Maple Leafs’ two recently acquired first round drat picks.

Bottom Line: If the price is right (and I believe a first round draft pick is fair value for a big scoring winger in his prime) this deal could very well go down tomorrow. If the Oilers expect more than a first round draft pick in return for Penner, odds are this deal doesn’t happen. The Leafs are building for the future; trading away draft picks and prospects doesn’t help that cause and Brian Burke knows that.

The Leafs are also supposedly in hot pursuit of adding an offensive defenceman to fill the shoes of recently departed rearguard Tomas Kaberle, some claiming John-Michael Liles from Colorado or Denis Wideman from Florida. If a deal for either of these players is going to take more than a third round draft pick, I would not pull the trigger. With Dion Phaneuf, Mike Komisarek, Luke Schenn, Keith Aulie, Carl Gunnarson and Brett Lebda (as well as Jake Gardiner and Jesse Blacker currently working their way up the depth chart as prospects in the American Hockey League) defense isn’t really a weakness.

I guess we’ll see what happens!

 

Do YOU Be-Leaf???

February 26, 2011

probably not, and I don’t blame you. I’m not sure if I do, either. But regardless, as of this writing my beloved Toronto Maple Leafs are 6 points out of the playoffs (it was 4 points until yesterday, but unfortunately Carolina won last night)

It’s been a crazy few weeks here. In all my time following and supporting this team, I don’t think I’ve ever seen as many big name trades all at once. Sure, some moves here and there every year, but Brian Burke has done a masterful job in retooling this team for the future in the past month. He traded Francois Beauchemin for Joffrey Lupul, awesome prospect defenceman Jake Gardiner, and a fourth round draft pick. He traded Kris Versteeg for a first round draft pick and a third draft round pick from the Philadelphia Flyers. Finally, he mercifully traded (I say mercifully because I don’t think I could POSSIBLY handle another season of trade rumours) longtime Leaf Tomas Kaberle to the Boston Bruins in exchange for A first round draft pick, a third round draft pick, a conditional second round draft pick if Kaberle resigns with Boston in the off-season, and awesome prospect Joe Colborne.

Let me break down the significance of those moves. The Leafs moved out three veteran players, each making $3+ million per season, for a collection of premium draft picks and young prospects. In previous years, the Maple Leafs of old would have done the opposite; trading prospects and draft picks for aging former stars hoping to squeeze out one last bit of magic from these players in an attempt to make a run at Lord Stanley’s Cup. This is an extremely positive sign that this team will be successful in the not too distant future. It’s a fact of life, teams need to draft and develop their own players to be truly successful. Look at teams like Washington, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. These teams lived in the basement of the standings for years while continuing to make high draft choices as a result. And now? Two of these teams have won a Stanley Cup, while the other is not far off.

The bottom line here is that this team is finally starting to do things the right way. A core of young skilled players that includes goal scorer Phil Kessel, captain Dion Phaneuf, Luke Schenn, Keith Aulie, rookie phenom goaltender James Reimer, Mikhail Grabovski, Nicolai Kulemin, and top point scorer Clarke MacArthur are the present and near future of this team. Players like Nazem Kadri, Joe Colborne, Jake Gardiner, Jerry D’amigo and Greg McKegg represent the long term future of this team. Top draft choices like the ones general manager Brian Burke has acquired this past month will continue to allow the Maple Leafs to draft these types of blue chip prospects.

The odd twist in this story, is that in the cases of teams like Pittsburgh, Washington, and Chicago, rebuilding squads tend to be bottom dwellers for multiple seasons while their young talent develops. This team is different, however. A win tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins puts the Leafs in striking distance – four points – of making the playoffs for the first time since the lockout season of 2004. There are a few key factors responsible for this current playoff push. Phil Kessel is starting to score more frequently, thankfully. He could hit 35 this year. The Clarke MacArthur – Mikhail Grabovski – Nicolai Kulemin line has been solid all season long and continues to produce on a nightly basis. Captain Dion Phaneuf, while his offensive numbers and goals specifically still aren’t at the level they have been in the past, has taken his defensive and physical play to another level and is re-establishing himself as a force in the league. Defenceman Luke Schenn has recovered from his mediocre sophomore season and is playing far beyond his three years in the league. Schenn leads the league in hits by defenceman and is also becoming more comfortable with the puck. Towering defenceman Keith Aulie represents perhaps the biggest blunder of the Toronto-Calgary trade which brough Dion Phaneuf to the blue and white over a year ago. The 6’7 defenceman plays a responsible, quiet and physical game and may well develop into a Chris Pronger-esque type d-man one day. Calgary likely wouldn’t have made that same trade twice.

Rookie goaltending sensation James Reimer – AKA Optimus Reim – has provided the Maple Leafs with their best young goaltender since the days of Felix Potvin. Reimer, a former Toronto draft pick, has filled in admirably for injured Toronto goaltender J.S Giguere. Reimer has consistently provided the Leafs with a chance to win since he took over the lead role in net . His stats thus far have been excellent, and you have to wonder two things in regards to James Reimer: 1) would he have won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year if he had played an entire season? And moreover 2) would the Maple Leafs even be struggling to make the playoffs if Reimer had played the entire season? I guess we’ll never know.

So will the Leafs make the playoffs this year? They’ve been on fire since the all-star break. The key word here is consistency. If this team can manage to win consistently in the twenty games remaining, they will surely make the playoffs. However, with several teams battling for the eighth and final playoff spot, Toronto can’t afford to lose many games down the stretch. They must play hard every night. The young core must perform at the level they are capable of the and the level they have shown in past weeks. Reimer must continue his strong play to ensure the Maple Leafs have a chance to win every game.

I’m not entirely sure if they have it in them. It’s a long season, and they will eventually slow down. Next year certainly looks hopeful, but it would certainly make a big statement if a rebuilding team managed to make the playoffs so early in the rebuild process. There is a lot of hype right now around this playoff push. All that I can guarantee is that it will be an exciting finish to the season. Either way, it will end in glory or it will end in heartbreak. Enjoy the ride, remain hopeful, but remain realistic as well. It will help soften the blow if they don’t make it.

Trade deadline is Monday. Check back tomorrow for a special Maple Leafs Trade Rumours blog post.

 

Optimus Reim’s awesome mask… Can’t go wrong with Grapes on your helmet!

Family Day is Slack Day… but I’m not complaining!

February 21, 2011

Dear Blog Followers:

Please forgive our lack of posting lately.  I am eternally sorry and will try harder to please you by being more consistent. You can blame my husband for his lack of posts too.  We’re married, so what’s my problem is also his.  My best excuse right now is that I’ve recently started my own business (shameless plug! http://www.sparkevents.ca) so my attention has been somewhat diverted lately.  Anyways, please forgive us.

Yours truly,

Kirsten

 

Okay, now that I’ve got that out of my system I must switch my focus to the topic of Family Day.  Now this holiday has only been around for a few years, but it’s certainly a welcome long-weekend in the dead of winter.  The thing I’m wondering however, is whether people have actually been taking advantage of what its meant for – spending time with their families.  Now I suppose that if most workplaces are closed, the majority of people are forced to spend time with their families whether they want to or not.  But its the types of activities you choose to participate in that define whether or not its truly a family day.

Rich and I spent the day together with our puppy which essentially makes up our little family.  We slept in, baked, cooked a nice dinner, and just relaxed.  We also visited his mom.  And we live in my parents’ house so that automatically means we spent time with them.

I really just think that Family Day is an extra day off work for many people, so thank you Dalton McGuinty (or whoever made this magic happen).  And even if you spent the day alone watching re-runs on the Deja Vu channel, for goodness sake, at least call your mother!

A well-deserved Grammy win – congrats to The Arcade Fire

February 14, 2011

Three posts in one day? YES!  In honour of one of our favourite bands, The Arcade Fire, winning the big Grammy last night, I HAD to post this.

We had the honour of attending their EPIC concert on Toronto Island this past August.  It was honestly the best concert I’ve ever attended.  And I’m not the only one who thought they were great – here’s an all-inclusive review and some rad photos.

Check out one of my fav songs, Rococo at 2:46 and the classic Keep the Car Running at 8:25.

The Santa Sessions

February 14, 2011

Wrong holiday, but I came across this at work today and thought it was funny.  The damage that too much feedback can do…

Valentine’s Day should be everyday!

February 14, 2011

So as we celebrate our first official Valentine’s Day as husband and wife, I find myself reflecting on the “holiday” (see: overpriced flowers and chocolate day) that brings us so much pink and red hearts.  We had quite a lovely V-Day celebration – went out for a nice dinner on Saturday night and exchanged some gifts (chocolate and lingerie, of course).  We spent the weekend together as well, and tonight.  I also got some beautiful flowers from my hubby!

Now we’ve never really been huge on Valentine’s Day – from our first one together to today.  It’s a nice holiday and a lovely reason to do extra sweet romantic gestures for each other, but I really don’t see all the hype.  Really its just a lot of pressure – pressure to buy over-priced gifts and pressure to not forget the holiday in general.  So that’s why I don’t really get it.  I enjoy it, but if it didn’t exist, I probably wouldn’t miss it.

Also it makes single people sad.  Now most pretend that they don’t like the holiday but that’s because they don’t have anyone to celebrate with – and that’s okay.  Call it “Single’s Liberation Day” if you want.  I’ll admit, that when I was single, it made me depressed too.

Now where was I going with all of this?  Oh yeah, romantic gestures.  This may be the newlywed in me talking, and please forget the cynicism above, but why can’t we just have Valentine’s Day everyday.  No, really!  We are nice and cute and lovey with each other most of the time.  Not the “ew, too much PDA, I just puked a little in my mouth” kind, but the do-nice-things-for-each-other kind.  So in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I say, let’s be little cupids all year ’round.  Be nice to your sweetie tomorrow too!