Take 5…LeBron James, Oilers Moving, Canucks Losing, Qatar World Cup, Duckworth Challenge, and Derek Anderson

Here on Take 5… we’re going to give you a quick run down on the 5 most interesting sports stories (according to us) of the previous week along with our takes on each story. 

Cleveland Cavalier fans welcome LeBron James back to Cleveland

LeBron James brought his talents back to Cleveland on Thursday where he and the rest of the Miami Heat took on the Cleveland Cavaliers.  This was the first game between the Heat and Cavs since LeBron abandoned Cleveland and opted to sign with the Heat last summer.  LeBron dominated the game and had his best offensive showing of the season as the Heat rolled over the Cavs by a score of 118-90.  It seems as though everybody wanted to see justice served in the form of a Cavs win but since we didn’t get that, how should justice be served?

Singer: Justice was served when LeBron put up 38. Cleveland called him out, and LeBron answered.
Dallas:  I’m not going to wish any injuries on anybody but I sure do wish a missed playoffs on those Heat.  This team really rubs me the wrong way and I would love nothing more than to see this team miss the playoffs.  At the very least, get bounced in the first round.
Ryan: Cleveland, get over it! You had 7 years to find LeBron his version of Scottie Pippen and the best you could do was Antwaan Jamison! Yea I’d leave too!
Henry: I don’t hope or pray but man did I want to see Labron get smacked in the face with a whip cream pie from a fan just as he threw the chalk up in the air for the first time back in Cleveland.  Alas, it will be but a fond imagined youtube video in my head.

FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.  Although Qatar has unlimited financial resources (due to oil and natural gas exports), the entire country is half the size of Lake Winnipeg and has a population of less than 2 million people.  Also, the average temperature in Qatar during summer months is about 35oC!  World Cup organizers vow to control the climate by air conditioning stadiums.  How would you control the climate if you were hosting the World Cup?

Dallas:  I would line the playing field with refrigerators and open all the doors during games.  Seriously though, the 2022 World Cup is going to be extravagant and over-the-top beyond belief.  One thing it won’t be is environmentally friendly.
Ryan: They are using solar powered stadiums to provide air conditioning at a cost of $4 Billion. They plan to take down the 12 stadiums after and use the materials to build stadiums in other developing countries. Qatar plans to spend $54 Billion in all on the games!
Henry: If Qatar keeps up its world leading CO2 emissions, by 2022 the average temp. may be over 40C.  Count me out for those games unless the al-Thani family can lend the stadiums their fan boys to cool everyone with a nice breeze.  It may be hard to see around the leaves though.
Singer: They could save themselves $4 billion and just play at night. Just a thought.

The 20th Annual Duckworth Challenge is being held at the Duckworth Centre (University of Winnipeg campus).  The University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg will square off in mens and womens basketball and volleyball.  The Bisons lead the annual series with a 9-5-5 record through 19 years of the Challenge.  Who are you taking this weekend?

Ryan: I’m a homer and as long as that Bison tattoo is on my body, it’ll be hard to take any other school in any sport against my Bisons.
Henry:  I know how these other homers will vote and since I like to be difficult I will take the road less traveled.  Also, through a family reunion of sorts, I just learned that I have family on the Wesmen Volleyball team.  Go Devin Schmidt!
Singer: Im predicting a Bison sweep the same way i do every year.
Dallas:  These two schools are pretty competitive on the varsity level.  Whenever it’s this difficult to call a winner, you gotta go outside the lines and take a look at mascots:  Billy the Bison vs. Wesley Coyote.  Billy’s got a pretty big head.  I’ll take the Bisons.

Update:  The Bisons improved their Duckworth Challenge record to 10-5-5 by defeating Winnipeg 3-1. 

Is Oilers owner Daryl Katz trying to move the team to Quebec?

Daryl Katz, owner of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, reportedly met with several officials representing Quebec City, including Mayor Regis Lebeaume.  Is Katz considering moving the Oilers to Quebec City?

Henry:  Katz wants a new arena.  Quebec City already has their provincial government on board to build a new $400 million arena to attract an NHL hockey club.  I have this saying.  If it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck, its probably a french city trying to steal your hockey team.
Singer: Gary Bettman considers any form of relocation a failure and so will never allow it (unless the Oilers wanted to move to hockey crazy Jacksonville Fla. Now there is a hockey Market!).
Dallas:  No.  Daryl Katz is trying to build a new arena in Edmonton and Quebec City is trying to build a new arena with hopes of landing an NHL team.  I’m sure they had a lot of interesting things to discuss, moving the Oilers to Quebec was not one of them.
Ryan: I think it started as Katz trying to use this as leverage over the City of Edmonton but he may have discovered there is some potential in moving to Quebec City. The fans in Edmonton should be more alarmed than they seem to be.


Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault doesn't like it when his opponents run up the score.

In NHL action earlier in the week, the Chicago Blackhawks roughed up the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 7-1.  Canucks coach Alain Vigneault was not impressed with the Blackhawks starting their first power play unit in the third period while holding a 6-0 lead and accused the Hawks of “…rub(bing) it in our face.”  Running up the score in pro sports – fair or foul?

Ryan: Fair, they are professionals and as such you, will be on both ends of those type of games and you have to enjoy whilst you can because others teams will when they are up on you by the same score.
Henry:  I love running up the score.  Nothing can be better for a player who is at the top of their game to be embarrassed or taught a lesson.  If your fans can’t watch you play your best, why not let them enjoy the other team pack in highlight reel score after confidence crushing score.
Singer: If you don’t like the score then do something on the ice to change it, don’t go cry to the media.
Dallas:  There is no such thing as running up the score in pro sports (in youth and rec sports, there definitely is).  If you can’t round up a group of 20 professional hockey players capable of stopping another team, you deserve to be humiliated.

Derek Anderson became a You Tube sensation for his rant after the Monday Nighter

Derek Anderson, quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, had a pretty nice meltdown during a post-game press conference after a beat-down at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers.  Check out the You Tube video here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jErsW7rgHBs.  The rant was capped off by Anderson stating that, “…nothing’s funny to me.”  Was there something funny to you about this rant?

Henry:  It reminded me of the Simpsons where Lisa shoots down Ralph Wiggum’s dreams on TV and Bart keeps rewinding it over and over again to pinpoint the exact moment when Ralph’s heart is broken.  Try it for this video and see if you can find where Derek is caught in a lose-lose.
Singer: He could have just admitted to laughing and defused the situation. Instead he tried to out wit the video footage and it worked out hilariously. No wonder the Cards are so good.
Dallas:  Poor Derek Anderson.  Everybody in the stadium was laughing so he just gave a couple harmless chuckles to fit in.  Anderson didn’t realize that everybody was laughing at him and his football team.
Ryan: What happened was Deuce Lutui told Anderson, “Man, this wouldn’t have happened if Matt Leinart was our quarterback,” sending Derek into a whimsy of laughter. I for one would have to agree with Deuce. Todd Haley may lose his job over the decision made in training camp to cut Leinart.

Be sure to tune into the show this week to catch the full takes!
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