November 11 2015 11:00AM
*The title for this article is taken from Rainer Maria Rilke's poem "Death"
*The above video is an excellent source of information on the daily lives of soldiers on the Western Front during the First World War. If you cannot read this article, I implore you to watch this video.
Today is Remembrance Day, and in the past I have written of sports figures who had forgone prestigious or rewarding sports careers to serve in the military during times of war, the impact of past post-war treaty negotiations upon the modern world, and unlikely truces.
Today I’ll be writing on the personal experience of war, from ancient times to the present. Soldiers, both fallen and the wounded, as well as civilians caught up in conflagrations have all left behind fragments of the lives destroyed by war.
November 11 2015 08:00AM
I don't know what it was - whether it was an earlier game than normal, the general lacking atmosphere in Florida, or the fact it was a game between two bad teams - but last night's game was kind of a dud overall. The Flames lost a game they could have won, and that was that.
November 10 2015 08:47PM
The Calgary Flames had a golden opportunity tonight, facing a team that had lost their last five games and heading into this game with wins in three of their last four games themselves.
But rather than assert themselves and take control of the game, the Flames were instead pulled into the muck by the Florida Panthers and due to some iffy defensive play in their own end at a key time, lost tonight by a 4-3 score.
The good news? At least they kept it close and didn't give up an empty-netter late. The bad news? They let a chance to close the gap in the Western Conference playoff race slip through their fingers.
November 10 2015 02:00PM
Dougie Hamilton must love T.J. Brodie right about now.
Before Brodie came back from injury, the focus for fans of the Calgary Flames was Dougie Hamilton as he took Brodie's spot on the right side of the top defensive pairing. Why wasn't Hamilton performing well yet? Why hadn't Hamilton and Mark Giordano "clicked" perfectly as a tandem yet, despite being seemingly well-suited for one another? Had the Flames made a big mistake giving up three top-60 picks for this guy?
But T.J. Brodie's return took the spotlight away from Hamilton, and soon thereafter Hamilton seemed to find a comfort zone. I had the chance last weekend to ask around the rink about Hamilton's adjustments since he's joined the Calgary Flames.
November 10 2015 12:00PM
After racking up a pair of pretty decent wins at home last week, the Calgary Flames hit the road this week for a four-game, eight-day road trip with visions of getting back to .500 tumbling around the back of their minds. The first step in the "Back To Respectability Tour" goes tonight in Sunrise, Florida, as they visit the Panthers.
The Flames (5-9-1) have quietly been playing some good hockey of late, and have been rewarded with wins in three of their last four games and points in four of their last six. They hope to build upon their modest success tonight against the Panthers (5-6-3), who have gotten very good goaltending but just have a knack for not getting the right goal at the right moment (and giving up the wrong goal at the wrong moment).
The Flames hope that knack continues for at least one more game.
The puck drops after 5:30pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.