If you’ve never been to Minnesota you probably share the common perception that it’s a dull, dreary, frozen Siberian wasteland. Well it is frozen much of the year, but we know how turn that into fun (and fitness). I could have held our team meeting almost anywhere, but I wanted my team to experience a Minnesota winter.
We had hoped to go snowmobiling and ice fishing, but global warming foiled our plans - no snow and temps in the 40′s. So we compromised and went curling instead. We’d all seen curling in the Olympics, but none had actually done it. After an hour of instruction we spent an hour curling. As you might expect, it was more difficult than it looks. It was really hard to ‘curl’ with just enough force to leave the stone in the ‘house’ (the colored target).
The Chaska curling center is beautiful building. After we finished curling we ate lunch in the restaurant overlooking the ice. I don’t think I’m ready to join a curling league, but it was definitely a fun group activity.
Friday, February 24, 2017 Canadian TV Listings (Times Eastern)
WHERE CAN I FIND THOSE PREMIERES?: VICE (HBO CANADA) 11:00pm
NEW TO CRAVE/NETFLIX CANADA: LEGEND QUEST (SEASON 1) (NETFLIX CANADA) THE SOUND OF YOUR HEART (SEASON 1) (NETFLIX CANADA) ULTIMATE BEASTMASTER (SEASON 1) (NETFLIX CANADA) VEGGIETALES IN THE CITY (SEASON 1) (NETFLIX CANADA) CHILDRENS HOSPITAL (SEASON 6) (CRAVE TV) TOGETHERNESS (SEASON 1-2) (CRAVE TV)
CURLING (TSN/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5) 9:30am: 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts: Draw #17 (TSN/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5) 2:30pm: 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts: Tiebreaker (TSN/TSN3/TSN4) 7:30pm: 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts: Page Playoff
NHL HOCKEY (SN360/SN) 7:00pm: Oilers at Capitals (TSN5) 7:30pm: Sens at Hurricanes (SNWEST) 8:00pm: Flames at Panthers
NBA BASKETBALL (SN1) 8:00pm: Celtics at Raptors
NCAA HOCKEY (TSN2) 8:30pm: U Mass Lowell vs. Boston College
marketplace (CBC) 8:00pm: Testing grilled chicken from top fast-food restaurants.
TRUE NORTH CALLING (CBC) 8:30pm: A fisherman passes on traditions on Great Slave Lake; two organic farmers live off the grid.
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC (TMN) 9:00pm:
In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.
THE FIFTH ESTATE (CBC) 9:00pm: An investigation into the alleged drug smuggling activity by the Mennonite Community. As Seen on “Pure!”
PRISON FIGHTERS (TMN) 9:30pm: A documentary examination the controversial practice in Thailand’s criminal justice system whereby inmates can earn their freedom by winning a series of Muay Thai fights.
WHL HOCKEY (SN) 10:30pm: Victoria Royals at Vancouver Giants
CBC MUSIC BACKSTAGE PASS (CBC) 12:00am: Soul singer Bobby Bazini performs.
Sunday, February 26, 2017 Canadian TV Listings (Times Eastern)
WHERE CAN I FIND THOSE PREMIERES?: THE OSCARS (CTV) 8:30pm
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND: DIGGING DEEPER MARATHON (HISTORY CANADA) 10:00am - 10:00pm
PRE-SEASON MLB BASEBALL (SN/SN1) 1:00pm: Phillies at Jays
OHL HOCKEY (SN360) 2:00pm: Sudbury Wolves at Mississauga Steelheads
NHL HOCKEY (SNWEST) 3:00pm: Flames at Hurricanes (SN/SN360) 5:00pm: Oilers at Predators (SN1/SN360) 7:00pm: Sens at Panthers
EXHIBITIONISTS (CBC) 4:30pm: An art project devoted to actor Leonardo DiCaprio; actress Catherine Reitman discusses the song that changed her life.
NBA BASKETBALL (SN1) 6:00pm: Trail Blazers at Raptors
CURLING (TSN/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5) 7:30pm: 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts: Final
INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM (CBC) 9:00pm: Despite the opening of the island, artists in Havana struggle to get their work out.
THE MOONSTONE (BBC CANADA) 9:00pm: Franklin returns to the Verinder house to seek answers.
NORTHMEN: A VIKING SAGA (SUPER CHANNEL 02) 9:00pm: A band of Vikings are stranded behind enemy lines on the coast of Alba as their longboat goes down in a dreadful storm. Their only chance of survival is to find a path to the Viking settlement, Danelagh, traversing an unfamiliar and hostile land they have never known.
CRASH GALLERY (CBC) 9:30pm: Three artists compete in a street art challenge and the top two artists paint while on their backs and spinning.
FATHER BROWN (BBC CANADA) 10:00pm: When a local writer is murdered, Father Brown must delve into her infamous novel Lulu and Lucia for inspiration.
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND (HISTORY CANADA) 10:00pm (SEASON FINALE): The Laginas and their team make what could be the most important discovery in the history of Oak Island.
THE PASSIONATE EYE (CBC NEWS) 10:00pm: <i>Presenting Princess Shaw</I>: A digital music expert unexpectedly turns an aspiring singer from New Orleans into an internet sensation.
THE CORONER (BBC CANADA) 11:00pm: When Mick’s rival landlord is found dead on the beach, Jane is forced to try and clear his name before he’s charged with murder.
350 Days until the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea!
Medal Prediction Update 4
United States: In 2010, the United States set a record for most medals won at a Winter Olympic Games. The US again is expecting to have success at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Alpine Skiing is expecting to produce 3 gold medals for the country, while snowboarding is expecting 2 golds and 8 medals total. Some sports, however; are lacking success compared to the past. Freestyle Skiing, Figure Skating, and Skeleton are not expecting as many medals as usual. The US is also currently ranked above their neighbors to the north.
Australia: The nation down under is expecting their best Winter Olympic medal total and second best ranking after 2010. With two golds, two silvers, and 1 bronze; the Aussie’s are slowly becoming a Winter Olympic threat. Britney Cox is now expecting gold in moguls after dominating this season, while Scotty James is expecting snowboard half-pipe gold after winning both X Games 2017 and the Winter Olympic test event. Two additional medals will come from freestyle skiing, while another from snowboarding for Australia.
Most Decorated Athlete: Laura Dahlmeier, Germany, Biathlon. 5 Gold; 0 Silver; 1 Bronze = 6 total.