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Hockey Night in Canada

I get to go to some interesting and exotic places. Toronto is interesting enough I guess, but it is about as exotic as Baltimore - only it doesn’t smell as bad and most people here have teeth.

Before I left DC I got a ticket to last night’s Maple Leafs game against the Penguin Scum. Yesterday morning I was surfing around and I found out that the Marlies - the Leafs’ minor league affiliate - had a 3 pm game. TWO HOCKEY GAMES IN ONE DAY!!! I must have died and gone to Canada!

I walked down past the CN Tower and the baseball stadium
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and took the 509 tram to historic Ricoh Coliseum
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I got a center ice ticket for $15, and went next door to play with the kitties for a half hour or so
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There was a Toronto FC match at the same time across the parking lot
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...but give me a choice between futbol and hockey, I’ll take hockey every time.

A combination of other events and the Thanksgiving weekend made for a pretty sparse crowd. Probably less than 1000 people there to watch the Marlies take on the Grand Rapids Griffins
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Awesome game. The Marlies fell behind 2-0, but won 3-2. Then I went out and waited for the 509 to take me to the Air Canada Centre
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Quite a different atmosphere
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The Leafs suck, so they gooned it up. I was hoping they would cripple a couple of Penguins, but no such luck. A little too much fighting, and not enough cheap, dirty, career-ending hits
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The Leafs lost, of course. I was sitting between two Pittsburgh fans, so I had to use small words when I talked so they could understand me. Neanderthals.

Don Cherry - a vision in purple
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The Marlies are playing the Rockford Ice Hogs today at 4. I think I might go, it gives me an excuse to play with the kitties again.



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