Sunday, February 18, 2024

I'm back (for good this time).

I know that I have said this before, multiple times over the past few years. There have been things that have happened in my life that were indeed life-altering as I posted a few months ago. I have lost both my parents within two years of each other and now I'm basically alone in my thoughts. My dog Brix keeps me entertained and is the best thing happening in my life right now. She's a bit hard to talk to as she doesn't say much (her story comes later in the post).

Brix is "helping" me update some game notes for Pats' play-by-play announcer Dante De Caria

I've realized that over the last couple of years, the Pats are getting less and less coverage by the local media outlets. Well, last year was a bit different as the media literally just came to see Connor Bedard before he was gone. This year many post-game scrums win or lose have just been a couple of media until recently when the other consistent person in the press box was let go from his radio station gig. Many nights my podcast co-host Chris Clark was the ONLY media there. The press box has been like a ghost town on many nights. Times are changing.

Other than some game recaps, there has been almost zero coverage outside of a few stories here and there. So, I decided it was time to get theblueliner.com going again. I know that I'm no professionally trained "journalist", but I will do my best and try to cover the Pats in the only way I know how... With Pats' coloured glasses. Haha, just kidding. I will be doing my best to keep things as positive as possible and try to get this blog/site to be a thing again. The season has not been the greatest on record but it is by far not the worst. This is my 44th season watching the Pats, so I've seen just as many ups as downs and I'm still sticking with them. The players and coaches deserve some coverage, respect, and all that good stuff.

I know this is just a blog, but it's something. Even if I only get one or two or three readers, I will do my best to give you my best. You can expect stories, opinions, and thoughts amongst other things. I respect that everyone has an opinion, and we may not agree but that's how life is, if everyone agreed with each other, life would get pretty boring.

My dog Brix

Funny story about how I came up with my dog's name. A few years ago, when we still had our previous dog (Pebbles) I was doing Pats' research and ran across a name: J.B. "Brix" Peebles, he was the vice-president of the 1930 Memorial Cup-winning Regina Pats (the team was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1967). As soon as I saw the name, I knew my next dog would be called Brix. My last three dogs have all been "rock" themed as we went from Nugget to Pebbles to Brix (all 12-ish pound poodles or poodle mixes). Pebbles is close to Peebles, so it just fits.

Anyway, I'm excited for whats to come. 

I'm back!

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