July 13th, 2009


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Let's see, what's in the news...

I can't believe Joe Sakic retired. I mean I knew it wasn't far away, but we were only a few months away from the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Sure he missed most of last season with injuries, but he would have been better rested for one more year.

So many athletes today transfer from one club to many others throughout their career, without any sense of loyalty. Moreover, many top prospects refuse to play for teams that draft them and demand to be traded. Super Joe was different. Even though the Quebec Nordiques must have been the least desirable team to play for, Sakic gave his whole career to them. He always put the team ahead of himself.

Later on, he led Team Canada to the gold medal at the '02 Olympics. That was the greatest collection of talent ever assembled(You can make an argument for the 1992 USA basketball team, or the 1970 Brazil football team, but without question they were the best hockey team). I'm sure Team Canada will win without him, but he will be sorely missed.

Anyways, I never really cared about the Tour de France before, but now I'm really into it. I find myself watching more and more everyday. Lots of people have run marathons. If you thinking running 26 miles is hard, trying cycling 2000.

There's so much about the sport of cycling that I've learned in the past few days. I didn't know there were different teams, I thought it was all individuals competing against each other. I of course am pulling for Astana. If not them, I want the Anglophone Garmin-Slipstream to win.

A couple years ago, Swissport took Lufthansa from us. That was big. This summer they have Finnair. Now there are rumours that they won Alitalia, much to the consternation of Tony Chiodi. I've heard conflicting reports, but right now, it's not looking good. I also heard that if they take Alitalia, they may become emboldened and make a play for Air France and/or Virgin Atlantic. In either case, my tour of duty in the Servisair is probably close to its end :(