Real McCoys clinch spot in semis

first_imgAfter losing their opening game to the South East Prairie Thunder, the Regals played an excellent first period, and also took advantage of their chances in the second, to post a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes, and a 3-1 lead after 40. “I’m excited to see what the future holds for us” said Dundas player of the game Ryan Kuwabara.  “We’ve got a really good goalie, we’ve got some good lines and good defence, it’s just a matter of time.”  Kuwabara kicked off the third period comeback when he neatly converted a nice saucer pass from Rob DeCiantis, and says his team is hungry for its first Allan Cup championship.   “You get some breaks here, and get some pucks to the net, and you never know what will happen.”Advertisement The Dundas Real McCoys did enough to qualify directly to the Allan Cup semi finals, with a 4-4 tie against the Powell River Regals on Wednesday afternoon.  Bobby Russell played his first game of the Allan Cup for the Regals, and had an immediate impact, scoring a pair of goals.  Cal Benazic also scored twice for Powell River. But, knowing a tie (or even a close game) would be enough, the Real McCoys battled back in the third, taking the play to the Regals, and ratcheting up their physical intensity.  With six minutes remaining, and trailing by one, Dan Pitre picked off a pass at the blue line, and sent a long shot in on Chad Vizzutti.  The shot was deflected by a Regal defenceman, and fooled Vizzutti, to tie the game, and send the Real McCoys into the semi finals.  – Advertisement -By Jon Zacks Also scoring for the Real McCoys was Dan Pitre (2), and Justin Davis.  Photo:  Powell River Regals Tyler Gow takes it to Frank Grandits of the Dundas Real McCoys – MT Actions Photography So, the Real McCoys will have Thursday off, while awaiting their opponent in the semi finals.  The Regals will play a quarterfinal on Thursday, against the winner of Wednesday night’s Clarenville / Bentley game.last_img read more

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A matter of size and whispers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As Christmas approaches, the pressure to find just the right gifts also builds – a far greater problem for men than for women. When it comes to women’s clothing, not only doesn’t one size fit all, but as far as men can tell, even the “right” size usually doesn’t fit. Once a man’s significant other has hinted frequently enough about what she would like for Christmas that he actually takes notice, he then must face the size problem. Women’s sizes vary widely across makers and stores, and they have grown more accommodating over time. Given the desire to feel thinner, this can give an ego boost to someone who can thus resize herself down. But the size challenge leaves a man at a loss, stuck between the implications the woman of his dreams will draw if he picks either a size too large or if the “right” size turns out to be too small. While considering this problem, it occurred to me that intentional mis-measurement is not limited to just to clothes. We systematically abuse numbers to distort reality. For instance, unlike adults, who want to feel thinner, parents want their small children to be “ahead of the curve.” In response, many firms cut infant sizes smaller, so everybody can have children who are advanced for their age. For older children, grade inflation gets added to how we use numbers to intentionally fool ourselves. Student desires for higher grades have been accommodated to the point that the median GPA of graduating seniors has risen about a full grade point since in 1965. At some schools, who is valedictorian has become a question of how many 4.0 students will share that title. And many schools have gone further, making it possible to far exceed a 4.0, through Advanced Placement and community college courses. Inflation also boosts egos by manipulating comparison numbers. If I wish to believe I make more than my father ever did, the effects of inflation can overwhelm every other difference and make it so. Competitive inflation also occurs with percentages and statistics. “Giving it 100 percent,” once a phrase for going all out, has been replaced with “giving it” 150 percent, 200 percent, even 1,000 percent. Similarly, statistics are routinely manipulated to make insignificant changes look significant, as when reports scream that a drug doubles the probability of some form of cancer, when the odds go from one in 10 billion to one in five billion. Everywhere you turn, people “cheat” on measurements to make things look better than they really are. John Adams once said, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” But we seem determined to prove him wrong. Recognizing the depth of our commitment to “improving” reality through number manipulation rather than facing it puts the problem in perspective. Unfortunately, that broader problem and its consequences will remain even after all the wrong-size gifts have been returned to the mall. Gary M. Galles is a professor of economics at Pepperdine University. Write to him in care of Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA 90263.last_img read more

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