What a Run!

This morning I thought it would be a great idea to go for a run.  Dad left me home this morning when he went for the gym, usually this is our park time, so I was already ticked off at him.

When I heard his car coming into the driveway I knew it was time to put my plan into action.  I waited by the door and as soon as he opened it I bolted out, took a quick left and jumped off the deck.  I knew that if I slowed down Dad would catch me, so I kept on trucking right into the field next door, and hid under a giant spruce tree.  By the time Dad got around the corner I was completely incognito.  Somehow Dad knew where I was though, and I saw him bend down and pick something up.  He yelled “Heeere Winnie, look!”.  I tried so hard not to look, but he knew my weakness…what if he had a bone, or a giant six foot stick for me to grab?  I knew it might be a trick, but I couldn’t resist.  I figured if I ran up to him fast enough to see what he had that he would not be able to catch me, and I was right!

I did a quick pass one way and saw that it was indeed a stick that he had, not a six-footer, but it looked amazing!  I quickly whipped around and sat at Dad’s feet…he threw the stick in the air about four feet total, and quickly grabbed me..I had been outsmarted by my own curiosity…not the first or last time I am sure.

The run was just what I needed, but there was one thing I forgot to consider.  It is allergy season.  The field and I don’t really agree during allergy season, and Dad told me that my eyes were really red now.  I don’t see it, but here is a quick selfie I took after the run…was it worth it you ask?  Absolutely!

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Thoughts on Coach V Getting Canned

This evening around 6:00PM PEI time, I found out via Twitter that Alain Vigneault, the Vancouver Canucks’ head coach was fired.  Obviously it is a terrible thing for anyone to lose their job, however it seems to me that this might have been the time for coach AV to go.

Coach had an incredible run with the Canucks, and they had tremendous regular season success playing under him.  His issues always seemed to come during the playoffs.  Other than the Stanley Cup final run in 2011, the Canucks never made it past the second round with AV at the helm.  In his first year as coach, 2006 -2007,  they were ousted in the second round by Anaheim, who eventually went on to win the Stanley cup.  The following year they missed the playoffs, and the next two seasons, were eliminated in the second round by the Chicago Blackhawks.  Then came the cup run in 2011, where they ended up losing to Boston in seven games, despite taking a two games to zero lead heading into game three.

Then came the last two seasons.  The Canucks looked equipped for deep playoff runs both years, but were disappointingly eliminated in five games by the LA Kings last year, and swept in four games by the San Jose Sharks this year.

Perhaps AV’s biggest accomplishments also ended up being his downfall, as the regular season success that the Canucks had during his tenure was unprecedented.  Aside from the 2007-2008 year in which they missed the playoffs, AV guided the Canucks to Northwest Division titles in every other season he coached.  In 2007 he won the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL’s coach of the year, and prior to this season had guided the Canucks to two straight President’s Trophies as top team in the NHL regular season.   This unfortunately didn’t translate into the playoff success that fans and ownership were craving.

One interesting stat that I stumbled on when reviewing AV’s time with the Canucks, is that in ever playoff year besides 2009, when the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup, the Canucks lost to the evetual Stanley Cup winners (Anaheim 2007; Chicago 2010; Boston 2011; LA 2012).  This is not to say that the Canucks would have won the cup in any of these seasons if they had been able to get past theses teams, but it certainly makes one wonder.

I have always had a special place for AV, as he was the coach of the PEI Rocket of the Qubec Major Junior Hockey League when they first arrived on PEI from Montreal in 2003, before leaving in 2006 to coach the AHL affiliate of the Canucks at that time in Manitoba.

AV will be missed, but it certainly did appear to be time for some sort of change in Vancouver.

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All About Matt

My name is Matt, and as Winston pointed out in his intro post, I am his Dad, and we live in Prince Edward Island on Canada’s East coast.  I am 28 years old, and married to my best friend, my beautiful wife Daniele.  We were married two years ago in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

My portion of this blog will reflect some of my interests, including books, news, video games, woodworking, the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Blue Jays, and just life in general.

I hope you all enjoy both portions of the blog.

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Welcome to the World According to Winston

Welcome to the World According to me, Winston the English Bulldog.  This blog will feature commentary about virtually anything and everything in the world, through the eyes of both, me, as well as his owner Matt, who is a 28 year old husband, and is my Dad.

A bit about me.  Almost three years ago Matt and his soon to be wife were faced with the predicament of being evicted from their rental home due to the home being sold.  They decided that the time was right to expand their family.  They tell me that they had always wanted an English Bulldog because they had dog-sat a girl named Lina in the past, and had fallen in love with her charming personality.

As luck would have it, they searched and we able to find me, a short 5 hour drive from their home, in Nigadoo, New Brunswick.  When the first met me, I was just born 3 weeks ago, but my story is already very unique.  My Doggie Mom, although she loved me very much, was unable to properly care for me, as she had hurt some of my brothers and sisters in the past, entirely by accident.  As a result of this, I was placed with a surrogate Doggie Mom named Annie, and even though we were English Bulldogs and she was a Poodle, she took my brother and I in as her own with her litter of Labradoodles. When I turned 8 weeks old, Matt and my Mom came to pick me up, and the rest, as they say is history!

Some of the things I like to do now that I am grown up include going to the dog park here on PEI, going for car rides and taking in the sights with Matt, and maybe most of all eating and sleeping.

I can hardly wait to see what adventures me and Dad will post on this blog!

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