Halloween is back

As a fan of horror / slasher movies, I am excited to know about the new version of Halloween that is due to be released on August 31st. The 2007 ‘re-imagining’ of a cult classic is directed by Rob Zombie himself (scream ‘yeah’ and will star former WCW wrestler Tyler Mane as the re-invented character of Michael Myers, who goes on a killing spree during Halloween. Tyler Mane also appeared as ‘Sabretooth’ in the X-Men movies and also in The Scorpion King. Zombie’s wife, actress Sheri Moon Zombie, plays Myer’s mother. Malcolm McDowell plays the part of ‘Dr.Sam Loomis’ who treats Myers for 17 years. Any fan of Zombie’s music or his movies will be waiting in anticipation for this one’s release.

Sens sign two more

Oops, I seem to have missed out these signing on news about the Ottawa Senators. The Sens have signed center Justin Mapletoft on a one year deal. Mapletoft, 26, spent five seasons with the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels. In his final season, he led the Rebels to the 2001 WHL title and 2001 Memorial Cup championship. He was also named WHL player of the year in 2001. The Lloydminster, Sask., native also won the WHL’s scoring title with 43 goals, 77 assists and 120 points before joining the New York Islanders American Hockey League affiliate in Bridgeport,Conn. the following year. The Islanders’ fifth-round pick, 130th overall, in the 1999 NHL entry draft spent four seasons in their organization from 2001 to 2005. He played 38 NHL games, recording nine points (3-6) and eight penalty minutes. With the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Mapletoft had 47 goals, 83 assists and 217 penalty minutes in 240 regular-season games. Mapletoft spent the last two seasons in Europe, playing in Finland, Sweden and most recently Germany. He recorded two goals and five assists in 10 games with Nurnberg’s Sinupret Ice Tigers of the Germany Elite Hockey League (DEL).

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today that the club has signed centre Jim O’Brien to an entry-level contract. He will be at the Senators training camp, starting on Sept. 13. The club has also signed centre Ilja Zubov to an entry-level contract. Zubov, 20, was Ottawa’s second fourth-round pick (98th overall) in the 2005 entry draft.

Arsenal 2 Fulham 1

This is the first English Premier League football season since 1998-99, that I have failed to catch the opening day fever. Granted that I also am a fan of the Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Portuguese and other European leagues but the EPL is the yardstick with which others are measured. Plus they have the widest coverage and the easiest names to pronounce for the majority of Asian fans! No, there are strictly footballing reasons for the EPL to be the most popular and I missed the opening day. I have lost a little bit of interest in football but not so much. Plus I don’t really watch a lot of tv these days so I guess I will follow my fav team Arsenal FC & other teams online much more from this year onwards. I hope to catch more games live on tv if I can, but I hardly see me doing that.

Anyway, I did get to see most of Arsenal vs Fullham, their first game of the season, as a repeat this morning while I had my coffee and had breakfast. Arsenal gave up a very early goal but came back late to win the match. An 83rd minute equalizer from Robin Van Persie was followed by the 90th minute winner by Austrian defender Alexander Hleb. Now that we have the season opener in our back pocket, it’s time to quietly make our way back to the top of the league.

Song for the day – “Hey Dude” – KULA SHAKER