I was planning on going to Velocity Bar near the High Court junction last night. I thought I’d have a couple of drinks and a bit of a snack before heading for home. But that plan had changed when Anil called me up in the evening and said that both he & Madhu would be free today and let’s meet up for some chatting and drinking. I was game.
We met at the Barista Cafe in Bay Pride Mall at around noon. They both had been there for a while and when I had arrived, they were settled in one of the couches in a relaxed state. I quickly ordered a frappe and joined them as we talked about stuff. Anil showed off his gorgeous 8GB ipod. I handed over a dvd of mp3s that I had promised to give him.
Soon we took off to Velocity Bar after initially thinking about going to Sea Shells instead. We sat near the large screen tv and ordered beer, peanuts, chilly fish, fried prawns, chilly gobi & a green salad. I had Foster’s (for the first time) and they had Kingfisher Premium.
They were playing a dvd of Michael Jackson videos on the large screen (since they don’t have cable) and we watched it as we discussed about life, marriage and other usual fare. After a beer, I did a moonwalk of my own (total rubbish, I can’t dance to save my fat ass) much to Anil’s & Madhu’s pleasure. The beer got to my head and I’m still having a pounding in my brain because of it.
For lunch we had chappathis, a little rice, chicken masala & fish masala. The food was good but 200 bucks for a fucking half plate of chilly fish? What is the fish, shark? We were there for a little over 4 hours and I was back home by 4 pm and sleeping off the beers.
Let’s take a look at how the Senators have been doing since my last update. First game was on the 9th of March against our hated rivals Toronto, who have had the better of us this season. But not on this night – Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley scored second-period goals, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night. Brian Elliott made 25 saves in his third straight start for Ottawa, which won all of those games.
Veteran Maple Leafs goalis Curtis Joseph, who stopped 24 shots, became the sixth goalie in league history to allow 2,500 goals on Alfredsson’s score, an unassisted effort in the second period that tied it at 1.
Two nights later the Sens beat the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning came in overtime thanks to Mike Fisher who scored off a rebound at 2:38 of overtime to give Ottawa its fourth straight win. Brian Elliott made 22 saves for his fourth victory in a row and Ryan Shannon and Chris Kelly scored in regulation. The Senators were 5-2-1 on the homestand.
The very next night, they travelled to Boston and lost 3-5 to the Bruins. Jason Spezza scored twice while Heatley and Alfredsson each assisted on both goals for the Senators. Christoph Schubert had the other goal for the Sens. And just last night the Senators visited Pittsburgh and won 4-3 after a shootout over the Penguins, with Mike Comrie scoring the shootout winner.. Chris Campoli, Nick Foligno and Chris Phillips scored in regulation for Ottawa, which trailed 3-1 with eight minutes left but improved to 11-6-3 under interim coach Cory Clouston.
Desperate for goals and a win in the Premier league. No club has gone 4 consecutive games without scoring a goal – will Arsenal be the first? Sorry people, we cannot help you there. Arsenal outclassed a gritty Blackburn and rode out a 4-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal had failed to score in their last three Premier League games at The Emirates, but it took them only 75 seconds against Rovers to end that barren run.
Newly recruited Russian Andriy Arshavin shined through scoring 2 goals, although the first one looked like he had pressured Andre Ooijer into putting through his own net. But what was surprising – nay astonishing – was that Emmanuel Eboue was cheered when he came on as substitute and then scored two goals, including a penalty, himself. And no, they weren’t own goals!
Even if it was a good performance by the Gunners, what I will most remember about this match is the hammed up acting by Blackburn’s Morten Gamst Pedersen. With the ball moving away from the goal but still in the penalty box, Pedersen took a dive and claimed a foul. Only thing is the refree did not fall for it and the replays showed how silly the thing was as the nearest player, Sagna, was no where near Pedersen’s legs. The bugger was lucky that the ref didn’t give him a card.