Arriving at a friendly North Vancouver brew pub during the second period of the Canucks-Senators game on Saturday, Mr E Man and I were invited to draw a name of a Canucks player out of a hat. We were informed that if the player on the slip scored the next goal, we would get a free drink. We drew again at the start of the third period.
Now, I've done well at a similar game before, at a different pub, where you pay a toonie to enter but get to choose the name of the player. I once chose all four scorers in a single game (no-one else chose the same players, meaning that I got the full pot each time), and paid for our entire dinner and drinks bill, including tip, with my winnings. Thank you Ruutu (twice), Cooke, and Salo!
However, my luck at random draws really sucks. While Mr E Man pulled the names of two of our hottest players and got two free drinks,
I chose this very junior, low scoring guy...
...and he wasn't even playing that night.
You'll notice that I crumpled the second slip up as soon as I saw it.
Anyway, I checked my performance in the hockey pool on Saturday before the game, and at that time my luck in the pool was mirroring my luck in random player name draws. But when I checked again this morning, I realised that the Canucks' back-to-back victories had propelled me to the top of the pile!
Not that it really helps that much in the grand scheme of things, as That Damn Alyssa is still kicking ass:
Ah well, the Canucks' epic road trip (the longest in NHL history) is now over, and hopefully a string of home wins will help me repeat the success of that one glorious night when I picked every single goal scorer and became a (very) temporary (very) local celebrity.
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