Squirl's Nest

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Sports don't always equal evil

Sports does not equal evil when it means that you get out of work. A couple of weeks ago we had a workteam get-together on work time. We decided to go to a hockey game. Since the arena is only a few blocks from my apartment I worked at home in the morning.

Around eleven I walked over and, eventually, met up with the other folks from my department. We grabbed food from the local vendors and sat down to enjoy the game. My food included a pint of beer so I really did enjoy the game. Never got too cold either even though we were just two rows up from the ice.

The Griffins ended up beating the Manitoba Moose. It went into sudden death overtime and then shoot-offs. I had to have this explained to me as it went along.

Here are the souvenirs I got:

Souvenirs

Here is the Griffins' mascot:

Griffins' Mascot


Here are a couple of shots that show just how close we were to the ice:

Players 1

Players 2

31 comments

Blogger eclectic said...

Atta girl, Squirl! See? Understanding breeds tolerance!! ;)

Wed Nov 30, 12:59:00 PM  
Blogger hellokittn said...

I love hockey. I love beer. Griff's are a good time! Glad you stayed warm and had fun!

Wed Nov 30, 01:03:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Well, you see, Eclectic, I still got home in time to see General Hospital so I was cool with the whole thing. :-)

Chia, it was a good time.

Wed Nov 30, 02:12:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

I keep tryin' to get a team-building exercise at work to go see an early matinee of Rent, but no takers yet. Well, no bosses, anyway.

Great seats for the game, though.

Wed Nov 30, 02:20:00 PM  
Blogger Effie said...

Ahh, against the Manitoba Moose, eh?! Woulda been a good game...I'm not a fan of hockey unless I'm actually at the arena or I know someone who's playing...hot chocolate always goes well for watching a game though!

Glad you had fun!

Wed Nov 30, 02:58:00 PM  
Blogger Effie said...

Oh, and not to be a pest, but shouldn't your title say "Sports do not always equal evil"? Teehee (smack me now, I know, what a little pest)

Wed Nov 30, 03:00:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Bucky, I think seeing Rent would be a great team-builder. What could be better than mooing together???

Effie, the beer was cold but it's a good attitude adjuster. And I just changed my title. :-)

hairj

Wed Nov 30, 03:06:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I have never been a great fan of ice hockey, but if it can get you out of work, I could become one.

Wed Nov 30, 03:23:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Nick, it's all in the perspective.

Wed Nov 30, 06:52:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Hockey is the MOST evil of all sports. I'm a little bitter here, but I live in a hockey town.
It's actually one of the few sports that I understand, but I won't admit that in public. ;)
Our work team has bonded by working together 260 days a year, for 25 years.

Wed Nov 30, 07:07:00 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

I think liking sports when you can get out of work is a good choice. I went to a hockey game once. I was cold and I don't like being cold. I had to have it explained to me too. :)

My word verification is dheuhua sounds exotic or just plain weird.

Wed Nov 30, 09:24:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

Your job sounds great to be arranging fun stuff like that.

Wed Nov 30, 11:30:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

tshsmom, restaurant work is very hard. I've done it and wouldn't choose it again unless I absolutely had to. Hockey doesn't affect me one way or another. Just another sport.

Nina, I dressed warmly when I went. I wasn't too worried about how much I understood. It's kinda like basketball to me in that there's a lot of constant action. Not sure about your WV. Mine is vygjovnd, no clue about that one. :-)

Kranki, you never know what they'll have money for one day, and then scream poverty over the next. I feel no guilt taking advantage of things like this when they come along, though.

Thu Dec 01, 09:37:00 AM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

You went to a hockey game on company time? With the company's blessing? That is AWESOME.

Thu Dec 01, 10:18:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Uh, yes the do.

Thu Dec 01, 10:22:00 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

I understand enough about all the major american sports to follow a game, but that said, if sporting events disappeared from the face of the earthy today, I can't say I'd miss a one of 'em.

Unless it would get me out of work.

Thu Dec 01, 11:42:00 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

The "earthy"? Yes, third rocky from the suny - planet earthy.

rbndig - ribbon dig? robin dig? Do you dig Robin Scorpio? Izzat it?

Thu Dec 01, 11:43:00 AM  
Blogger greatwhitebear said...

Squirl - The Bear and his Cubs are going to be at the Grif's New Years Eve game (tickets arrived today). We are planning to eat at that three story bar/restaurant across from the arena before the game, and celebrate New Years Eve there afterwards. Come on down.. I'll buy you and Ichabod the first round! Maybe even the second!

Thu Dec 01, 11:47:00 AM  
Blogger greatwhitebear said...

tshsmom - this SO explains why you never post comments on HOCKEY FRIDAY! But isn't it kinda unpatriotic to be from the so called State of Hockey and admit to hating it? Even if I hated hockey, i would never go back to Hockeytown and admit that!

Thu Dec 01, 11:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

Sports in person are a whole different kettle of fish than sports on TV.

And hockey and basketball (i.e. fast paced team sports) are more entertaining to me than any others.

Although really close seats at slow sports (baseball, football, golf) can make up for the lack of excitement.

Oh wait, I just remembered, I can watch figure skating on TV quite happily. Some might say it is not so much a sport though.... so, maybe that is why I like it - music and costumes and pretty dance-like moves combined with amazing athleticism.

Oh, and I can watch Olympic gymnastics, swimming, diving, and volleyball on TV. But don't the Olympics kinda make them different?

or perhaps I'm a bigger contradiction when it comes to sports than I realized.

Thu Dec 01, 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Ladybug, you bet! They try to do stuff like that off and on. Our Christmas party has no company money involved, though. We're going to the boss's house and bringing appetizer-type food.

Mr B, well BEFORE they're cold. Oh, wait, that was the last post...

Bucky, sports can get pretty earthy sometimes. ;-) I wouldn't miss 'em either if they were gone.

GreatWhite, you're coming to the B.O.B.? Cool, which restaurant? There are four. I'll have to tell Ichabod. Sounds like fun! And tshsmom must be pretty brave, huh?

Danielle, I think a lot of people would argue that figure skating isn't really a sport. As far as I'm concerned it's kinda like the "is a tomato a fruit or vegetable" argument. It's there, why worry about its pigeonhole? I can even handle watching baseball. But football has sooooo much downtime and it's usually outside in cold weather, not my favorite. :-)

xwfbzeuy Except for v it almost got the full tail-end of the alphabet.

Thu Dec 01, 01:16:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

During the holiday season, maybe it should be "I love the bread!"

Thu Dec 01, 01:50:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Pssst? Hey Squirl, don't look now, but M_D has posted a sunrise pic at her place. I know how you love sunrise photos, so I thought I'd let you know.

Thu Dec 01, 04:52:00 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Good warm-up beverage: Hot Chocolate liberally spiked with Peppermint Schnapps (sp?)!

Thu Dec 01, 06:37:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, yes, absolutely right about that one. :-)

Thanks, EclecticM! That is a beautiful picture. August95 has some good ones up, too.

Sierrabella, sounds like very good (as in tasty) advice to me.

Thu Dec 01, 07:45:00 PM  
Blogger greatwhitebear said...

B.O.B.? Is that anything like Van Andel arena?

Thu Dec 01, 07:56:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

The Big Old Building across the street from the Van Andel. Isn't that where you were talking about?

Thu Dec 01, 08:22:00 PM  
Blogger greatwhitebear said...

Thats the one. I think. It is right up the block from a really nice coffee place.

Thu Dec 01, 09:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Amber said...

Those are all very neat shots. I've never been to a hockey game in my life, but I have played hockey once or twice before. Always some fun stuff.

Sports aren't always evil.

And somehow people always say things are better with a pint of beer. ;)

enhvapi

En, Have a pie.

-Amber <><

Thu Dec 01, 11:04:00 PM  
Blogger JD's Rose said...

I love ice hockey. It is quite possibly the most dangerous sport that we have at home. But, we only have one noticable ice rink. It may have something to do with the weather.

Fri Dec 02, 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Greatwhite, yeah, I'm sure that's the one. Do you have reservations? Everything downtown is packed on New Year's Eve.

Amber, you've played hockey, huh? Not me, not me at all. Of course things are better with a pint of beer. And pie. :-)

Kylz, I think hockey looks pretty dangerous. I see you're from Australia. What kind of weather do you have there?

Fri Dec 02, 12:14:00 PM  

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