Sneak Peek

Three guesses as to what the cover story of our next issue which hits the streets July 2 is about.

Brutally Overpriced NHL Preseason Game Coming to Regina

Photo by Whitworth, taken in Pittsburgh in February 2008.

Did I say brutally overpriced? I did! Know what? It is! Don't care! Still excited! Here's the press release, which just arrived in my in-box:


June 29, 2009
For immediate release:
Regina, SK - Evraz Place is pleased to once again welcome the National Hockey League back to Regina for a pre-season game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators on Monday, September 21st, 2009. Game time will be 7:00 p.m.

The last time an NHL game was played in Regina was almost three decades ago on September 28, 1990, when the Winnipeg Jets defeated the St. Louis Blues 7-6 at the Brandt Centre - which was then called the Agridome.

"The Tampa Bay Lightning are excited about the opportunity to play an exhibition game in Regina - one of Canada's true hockey communities" said Executive Vice - President and General Manager Brian Lawton. "Our players love playing in Canada"

The Lightning feature a mix of young and veteran talent, including 2009 second overall pick Victor Hedman along with first round pick Carter Ashton from Saskatoon and 2008 first overall pick Steven Stamkos, 1998 first overall pick Vincent Lecavalier, and 2004 Hart Trophy winner Martin St. Louis. The Senators counter with a strong lineup Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, and Dany Heatlley along with ninth overall pick Jared Cowan of Allan, Saskatchewan. Final rosters are subject to change and will be finalized on September 21st.

Regina Pats season ticket holders and 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship package holders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets prior to the Friday, July 3rd general pubic on-sale. Ticket prices are $79.50 to $109.50 plus applicable service charges and are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, on-line at Ticketmaster.ca, by calling 543-7800 or 1-800-970-7328.


Should be fun! Looking forward to seeing Stamkos and Hedman and maybe (if he hasn't been traded to Montreal) Vincent LeCavalier. Not the best year to see Ottawa probably but whatchagonnado? Funny how whoever wrote this misspelled "Heatley", who is virtually guaranteed to not be playing in this after his recent demand to be traded.

UPDATE (4:26 p.m.): Friend O' The 'Blog Tammi points out another, very funny typo: "Regina Pats season ticket holders and 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship package holders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets prior to the Friday, July 3rd general pubic on-sale."

"No wonder tickets are so expensive," she says.

Six (More) In The Morning

Because Rosie didn't tell me he was doing one...sigh. Funny how our lists are completely different though. I like his better. Anywayyyyyyyy:

1 A VERY, VERY LONG WEEKEND WITH BERNIE The crook who defrauded investors of a Carl Saganian billyons and billyons of dollars is sentenced to 150 years in jail. Bernie Madoff is expected to instruct his lawyers to be total dicks about this, though, launching appeals and filings and all manner of legal horseshit to minimize his time and prison. Who's paying for these lawyers, again? (L.A. Times)

2 HONDURAS PRESIDENT OUSTED What does Honduras need an army for, anyway? Oh right, military coups. Well done. As you were. (New York Times)

3 IRAN INVESTIGATES DEATH The Iranian government is looking into the murder of 26-year-old Neda Agha Soltan, who was shot during riots after the country's recent election which is widely regarded as as phonier than meatless baloney. Neda's awful, awful death was filmed and broadcast around the world, painting the Iranian regime in a somewhat unflattering light. (Although in the story I linked to, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the media is using the death "to distort the pure and clean image of the Islamic Republic in the world". Uh huh.) Anyway, the quite possibly bogus, election-stealing Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the death "suspicious". (Guardian)

4 SASK. WOMAN WITH SWINE FLU DIES Story here. Our sympathies to her family. (Leader-Post)

5 ONTARIO SUSPENDS NUCLEAR REACTOR PLANS The province's Liberal government is worried about cost overruns, especially since the Conservative federal government's spring announcement that Atomic Energy Of Canada Ltd. will be privatized. (Globe And Mail)

6 CANADIAN MIGHT NOT BE BEHEADED AFTER ALL Care to take a guess which oil-rich, medieval backwater this story is happening in? If you said Saudia Arabia, you are correct. Ding!(StarPhoenix)

Rosie's Surprise Top Six

1 THE DEFINITION OF IRONY a comic book ilustrator and writer in the U.S. was detained for comics he had drawn and narrated .. about a comic book writer under suspicion at a time when the United States was becoming a police state. (Boing Boing)

2 DEADLY SURPRISE Guess what? Canada now supports the death penalty! No, I didn't know that either. (Impolitical)

3 SHORTER JEFFREY SIMPSON Given that Stephen Harper still gets his way with the Liberal Party, it's time to start wondering when the Dion-ification of Iggy will end, if it ever will. (Globe and Mail)

4 BRAIN DEAD Kate McMillian's smalldeadanimals blog is used as a wellspring of information for John Gormly's lazy producers and right-wing nutjobs who are incapable of thinking for themselves. Ottawa Watch, in examples here and here, illustrates why we should live in fear of the people who read her blog and take her seriously--and who live amongst us. (Ottawa Watch)

5 PHASE ONE: COLLECT UNDERPANTS The Jurist is a blogger who, when the big whistle blows, will support whatever the NDP does, whether it's defending medicare or electing Dwain Lingenfelter, Saskatchewan's version of Micheal Ignatieff, as its leader. But that doesn't mean his analysis of Enterprise Saskatchewan's Underpants Gnome School of Finance isn't credible. In fact, it just may be the best thing ever written about this program which is looking more and more like a boondoggle every day. (Accidental Deliberations)

6 A PERSONAL NOTE On Sunday I bought a pack of four iTunes cards from Costco. Apples on-line iTunes store will not let me redeem two of them. E-mails to Apple's customer service have gotten me exactly nowhere. Yeah, I'm mad.

This Week At City Hall

Must be holiday time for folk at city hall because, unless something is coming up later in the week that isn't on the city's website yet, there's nothing scheduled this week.