Jay Smith Episode/Boston

Follow up to the last post, the benefit concerts for Jay Smith’s family raised over $140,000. This was the episode on Friday before that weekend’s events.

http://archive.org/details/SWM2013April5


Open the show with Gianna Lauren who was playing Kingston that weekend.

After I play Jay Smith’s solo CD in its entirety. He passed away after a gig in Edmonton in March and a benefit concert for Jay’s children was held in Nova Scotia the weekend this episode aired. You can also donate online.

Thanks to Stephanie Beaumont and her website ‘Sea and Be Scene’ for keeping up to date with the info on the concerts. Used her blog during the show to read from.

To conclude the show another song from Gianna and 2 songs from Don Brownrigg. Found out on Twitter before the show began they were roommates at one time. Complete luck I grabbed those discs for the show that night.

Should touch on the bombing in Boston.

The world is a dangerous place. The good people outnumber the bad, however the dark side can pop up anywhere. Even next door.

Years ago I was living in another part of Kingston and there was an attempted murder next door in the front yard. The neighbour’s boyfriend must have gotten involved with some nasty people.  Saw the story in the paper a couple of days later.

Two guys beat up the boyfriend in the yard, stabbed him and put their attack dog on him. They ran into their car as he crawled back into her house bleeding all over the ground. Thankfully he lived and the police caught those men within 3 days.  Sounded like a drug deal gone bad.

Where was I when that happened? In bed. I did hear a commotion outside but I was on the opposite side of the building and went back to sleep. Next morning was a Sunday and I see police tape outside and blood stained grass. Realized that going to bed early that Saturday was a lucky decision.

Does show how you never know where something bad can happen.

With my Dad being in the Army 23 years I always watched news from an early age.  Felt like I should keep tabs on the world since he might get sent somewhere.  Since he ended up doing 3 peacekeeping tours of Bosnia I was right on that front.  So in the 1980’s I recall seeing reports of the IRA bombings in London.  Then I was watching Yugoslavia in a civil war, a country that held a Winter Olympics in 1984 and 7 years later was killing each other in the streets.  Not many people in high school was reading a book on the Yugoslav Wars like I was.

The town near the base was deserted after the war.  I remember seeing a home movie one of the guys my Dad was working with shot of them driving around a town.  It looked like a small town in Canada except every house looked like swiss cheese from the mortars and bullets.  Ended up being a drought in the area.  Luckily they didn’t shoot footage of the river. A river started drying up which usually isn’t newsworthy.  Except at the bottom of the river were countless bodies that had been killed and tossed in during the civil war.

Side effect for me is “evil” acts don’t shock me as most people.  Whether that’s good or bad?  Depends on your point of view.

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Jay Smith Memorial Benefit Concert

Been couple of months since a blog post, sad news to pass along but musician Jay Smith passed away recently. Jay was a guitarist for the Matt Mays band and also put out his own self titled CD in 2011. Which I had played on the show a number of times since then.

There is a memorial concert being held this Sunday with benefits going towards Jay’s two young children. Stephanie Beaumont has more details on the concert on her blog ‘Sea and Be Scene’

http://seaandbescene.com/2013/04/jay-smith-memorial-benefit-concert/

This Friday on the show in Jay’s memory I’ll be playing his album in its entirety. Donations are also being taken online. Visit the Matt Mays website and click on the DONATE button.

http://www.mattmays.com/

Following was from Matt’s website after Jay’s death.

Jay Smith – 1978-2013
Posted on March 28, 2013

Folks,

Our guitar player and dear friend Jay Smith passed away yesterday morning in Edmonton. As you can all imagine, we are completely devastated. However, in our heart of hearts we know that we need to Play on. Jay’s family as well as the band know he would have wanted it that way. All the proceeds from the remaining shows will be put into a trust for his two beautiful children. Please click here [http://www.mattmays.com/] if you would like to make a donation.

Jay’s wit, charm, and unparalleled love of music will never be forgotten. He was our brother and he will live in our hearts and song forever.

Matt, Serge, Damien, Adam and Matt

Carnell Knowledge : Super Bowl 47 Edition

Another year of a blog on Super Bowl Sunday with myself and others doing picks.

But first up, somehow on January 16th, 2012 I predicted the media coverage of this year’s game.
I decided before the 2012 AFC/NFC Championship games to write on what the possible Super Bowl
storylines could be. Since Baltimore-San Francisco was an option last season this was what I
thought might happen.

https://saltwatermusic.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/early-superbowl-storylines/

“49ers-Ravens. By far, the one the media would have the easiest time with. John Harbaugh, coach
of the Ravens. Jim Harbaugh, coach of the 49ers. 2 brothers against each other. They played each
other this season on Thanksgiving Night, so they can grab the videos done for that week and
recycle them quite easily. Piece of cake.”

Got that one correct. I’ve seen those Thanksgiving clips so much during the last 2 weeks it’s
crazy. John and Jim before the game, the brothers with their parents after the game, etc. It
took 12 months but that paragraph came true.

I’ve gone back and forth on who might win. First other people and their choices.

One of the many Queen’s Alumni that are around, Andrew Bucholtz. Who runs the Yahoo! Canada
“55 Yard Line” blog.

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/cfl-55-yard-line/

https://twitter.com/AndrewBucholtz

“I’ll go San Fran 28, Baltimore 24. Kaepernick and Gore too tough for Ravens to stop, in my
opinion.”

Matthew Bisson, who I used to work with at the CFRC Sports department. Now a News Editor at 1310
News in Ottawa.

http://www.1310news.com/

https://twitter.com/Matt_Bisson

“Cheering for the 49ers, but expecting a Ravens win. Just seems to be their year. Hope I’m
wrong!#anyonebutbaltimore”

Another Queen’s/CFRC Alumni, Julie Stewart-Binks. Sports Anchor on CTV Regina and also
involved in hockey scouting.

My Scouting Geekery: A Brief History
http://www.juliesb.com/?p=235

https://twitter.com/JSB_CTV

Julie went with the 49ers as did Jody Vance who is now at Breakfast Television at City in
Vancouver.

Formerly known as CityTV. They all dropped the “TV” part of the station name this month. Just
“City” now. One of those random little tweaks a company will do.

https://twitter.com/jodyvance

Up next a pick from Natalie Thomas, who is on maternity leave from The Weather Network. Someone
who defeated me in 2011 doing NHL playoff picks on this blog. You can look that up and see.
She had it clinched before the finals. We both picked Boston over Vancouver since obviously
that was the only choice.

https://twitter.com/NatalieTWN

“Hmmmm. I’m out of the loop…but I’ll take Baltimore. :)”

Since Natalie just had a baby girl in January that explains her being out of the loop. Finally BJ Stewart,
Weather Network Morning Show Producer

https://www.facebook.com/TWNAMSHOW
https://twitter.com/TWN_AM_SHOW

“Geography says I should go with the Ravens…but I kinda like the 49ers grit. Think I’ll go with SF”

I’m picking Baltimore to win, 24-13.  I can see 49ers winning but after the Ravens knocked off Manning
and Brady in back to back weeks they are on a roll.  Also the 49ers defense hasn’t been great lately.
I’ll be rooting for the Niners since Ray Lewis is unbearably annoying at this point.

Since I predicted the media coverage a year ago, I will predict the shot from this game that will be
run for years to come.  The handshake or hug at the end of the game between the coaches.  Easy
prediction of course.  One brother just won the biggest game of his life, and the other one
just lost it.  You never see the coach’s handshake in the highlight package but every channel
will be showing that on Monday morning.

Carnell Knowledge 2013 : Championship Weekend

NFC/AFC Championship today.  3 out of the 4 teams were all in the same place last season.  For all the talk of “parity” we get a rematch of Patriots/Ravens and the 49ers are back again after losing to the Giants a year ago.  Both games are tough to call, so I could 2-0 or 0-2 pretty easily.

Ravens at Patriots
PATRIOTS

Baltimore always plays well against New England.  Steam rolled them in the playoffs 4 years ago.  Almost beat them a year ago to make the Super Bowl.  The Week 3 game where Baltimore won in Foxboro was one of the ‘replacement ref’ games.  Which I haven’t heard one person mention this week.  A win is a win, but that game was one of the worst games when it cames to the officials.  The game dragged, it was on national TV Sunday Night with the announcers pointing out the bad calls.  And at one point the crowd started a “BULLSH*T” chant after a call.  What crowd gets that riled up about Week 3?  And Bill Belichick grabbed an official after the game.  It was that bad.

Saying that, I am picking New England.  Pats easily beat Houston last week.  And they had a first round bye.  Usually that can help a team, but Baltimore is also coming off a Double Overtime game.  A game where running back Ray Rice said it was one of the toughest games he’d ever been in with the cold conditions.  I see their run of playoff wins coming to an end.

49ers at Falcons
49ERS
Last week I just said after picking Seattle “it’s the Atlanta Falcons and Matt Ryan, nuff said”.  I was almost proven right.  Now do you look at the Atlanta team that went up in the first half against the Seahawks or the one that choked away a lead and barely won?  I go for the latter.  Also lost in the Atlanta/Seattle game was after the field goal there was time left on the clock.  Falcons did an onside kick?
After Matt Bryant made a 49-yard field goal to put the Falcons ahead for good with eight seconds remaining, Atlanta attempted what looked like an onside kick. Matt Bosher kicked short and Seattle’s Heath Farwell quickly covered the ball at Seattle’s 46-yard line. What were the Falcons doing by attempting an onside kick when they already had the lead? Well, it wasn’t supposed to be an onside kick.
“We did not execute exactly how we wanted to,’’ coach Mike Smith said. “These things happen in a ballgame. We were able to go out there those last two plays and get the win.’’
Smith wouldn’t go into much more detail about how the Falcons ended up handing the Seahawks decent field position. He implied that the play was supposed to be a squib kick. But he wouldn’t say if Bosher didn’t get the message or if the play just wasn’t executed properly.

No way I’m picking a team that messed up like that.  Atlanta was up by 2 so a long Seattle field goal would’ve won it for the Seahawks. 49ers are better coached than that.

Carnell Knowledge 2013 : Divisional Weekend

Divisional Weekend, which doesn’t have the same ring as ‘Wild Card’ Weekend.  We’re stuck with the name though.

Baltimore at Denver
RAVENS

Peyton Manning’s playoff record, 9-10. Cold weather playoff games where the temperature is below 40F, 0-3. Amount of times he’s been ‘one and done’ in the post season, SEVEN. That`s a lot for one of the so-called greatest quarterbacks of all time. Heck, Eli has twice as many Super Bowl rings as him.

Denver is on an 11 game winning streak, however how many of those wins against winning teams? Two. And by the end of the year the Broncos had the 2nd easiest strength of schedule in the NFL. Colts last week came in with 11 wins, and Baltimore beat them pretty soundly.

Houston at New England
PATRIOTS

No chance I`d put money down on Houston after not showing up earlier in the season against the Pats. And barely beating the Bengals last week. Not much else to add.

Seattle at Atlanta
SEAHAWKS

It`s Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons.  If you’ve read the blog during the season you know I’m no fan of them.  Seattle playing great and this is a road game in a dome.  Which negates a lot of home field.  Falcons had Green Bay at home couple seasons ago, didn’t help them any.

Green Bay at San Francisco
PACKERS

Aaron Rodgers against the team he grew up rooting for, and who ended up drafting Alex Smith over him. Smith is on the bench right now by the way. Rodgers is a guy who holds a grudge very easily as the 60 Minutes piece on him showed. So now he gets one of his BIGGEST grudges in the playoffs.  Not a recipe for good things.

Also San Fran’s defense hasn’t been that good lately. Giving up 34 points to New England, then 42 points against Seattle. Ended the season with a 27-13 win over Arizona, a team whose coach and GM were fired the following day so not exactly a good team. A shootout with Green Bay is not a good idea.

Carnell Knowledge 2013 : Wild Card Weekend

Almost typed 2012 in the title. Back to picking NFL games after a 2 week absence.

Bengals at Texans
BENGALS

After all these years it is time to pull out a saying. Houston, we have a problem.  Had a chance for a bye and lost to the Colts last week.  Had a chance to be 1st seed in the AFC and pissed that away over the course of December.  Had a chance to prove critics wrong against the Patriots on national TV, lost 42-14.  I can’t pick Houston against the Bengals.

Vikings at Packers
PACKERS

Minnesota beating Green Bay 2 weeks in a row? Their quarterback Christian Ponder did play well last Sunday.  Odds of that happening a week later I’d say is slim.

Colts at Ravens
RAVENS

Former Baltimore Colts vs Baltimore’s current team.  Head coach of Indy, Chuck Pagano vs the team he was a coach with the previous 4 seasons.  Neither team I believe in.  Ravens do have a lot more playoff experience so I’ll pick them.

Seahawks at Redskins
REDSKINS

Which team on a streak do I go with?  Washington, just because they are home. Seattle 2-5 on the road, I don’t count the Toronto win against the Bills as a road game.  That was neutral site as anyone here in Ontario would tell you.  It was a game they were trying to sell tickets to by the fact a one hit wonder was playing halftime.

And I’m not picking against Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris.  Seattle can win, however that road record is just not good enough for me to pick them.

End of 2012

Funny thing happened as 2012 wrapped up, missed blogging about the last 2 NFL weekends. Funny because last Sunday’s blog was done and written. Somehow got home Sunday morning and forgot to post it. Time I realized that was Sunday night so too late to post.

Last week of the season didn’t have much intrigue as usual. AFC playoff teams were all set in stone, just playing for seeding. Redskins/Cowboys was the marquee match, and that wasn’t till Sunday night. Thought about doing Week 17 and with me working over the holidays decided to take a break. I worked December 21st through 25th, so got done with work Boxing Day around 7am. Christmas flies by when that happens.

Happy to say my Redskins won, and a season I had written off in the pre-season as “this will be a season for Robert Griffin III to learn”. Playoffs weren’t on my mind. First NFC east title since 1999? A pleasant surprise over the holidays.

2012 was the year I returned to the east coast.  Hit Moncton for ECMA 2012.  I still didn’t write a blog post about it.  Finally getting the pics together from the trip. Might just post the pictures as a blog post.  Trying to write about a trip that involved me riding a train from Kingston to Moncton and back along with ECMA week would be a long story.  Just pictures might work better.

Happy New Year to everyone. Lucky ’13.