Friday, February 19, 2010

Oh, Canada

With the Winter Olympics being held in Vancouver, I thought I'd take a moment and recognize my favorite Canadians.  Often, our neighbors to the north are a forgotten sibling, but I thought it would be nice to shine a light on Canadians who have made an impact in my life in one way or another.

Georges St.Pierre -- The best pound for pound fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (and my second favorite French-Canadian).
Wayne Gretsky -- The Great One.
Patrick Roy -- The goalie for Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche.  He is my favorite French-Canadian on the list, and the only person on this list that I've seen shopping in a Denver Golfsmith (he's shorter than I would have guessed).
James Naismith -- Inventor of basketball.
Steve Nash -- A great basketball player.

Martin Short -- I love him in the Three Amigos.
Jim Carrey -- The movies Dumb & Dumber and Ace Ventura helped me become the person I am today.
Phil Hartman -- Best straight-man to ever be on SNL.
Leslie Nielson -- The Naked Gun series is one of the most underrated comedies of the 1990s.
Harland Williams -- If you don't know who Harland is, rent the movie "Rocketman".  You're welcome in advance.

Bryan Adams -- I love his album "Reckless". 
Celine Dion -- My heart will go on.
Shania Twain -- The sexiest woman in country music history.
Gordon Lightfoot -- When media outlets and Twitter announce your death (even though you're still alive), you know you've reached the "Big Time".
Geddy Lee and Neil Peart of the band Rush -- Their cameo in the movie "I Love You, Man" was Oscar worthy.

Rachel McAdams -- Sexy, funny, and half of the reason I've watched The Notebook more than once.
John Candy -- Uncle Buck.
Dan Aykroyd -- Was one of the most important comedic actors of the 80s.
Micheal J. Fox -- He will always be my Teen Wolf.
Mike Myers -- The first Austin Powers movie is one of the funniest movies ever.

John Molson -- founder of the Molson Beer company.
Joseph-Armand Bombardier -- Inventor of the snowmobile.
Peter Jennings -- Probably the best news anchor of my lifetime (so far).
Lorne Michaels -- the creator of the most important television show of my lifetime (so far, but it's going to hard for any show to catch up with SNL's current lead).
Alex Trebek -- One of the saddest moments in my television viewing life was the death of Alex's mustache.

Favorite song on the iPod Shuffle: "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra
Looking forward to:  I've been watching the Top 100 UFC Fights through Netflix.  I'm half way through the series, and I can't wait to see the top 50 fights, because, so far, the bottom of the list has been outstanding.  If someone wants to find out what the UFC is about, this DVD series is the perfect introduction.
Thinking back on:  the two hours I lost tonight when the wife and I meet some of her law school friends at the movie theater to watch "Valentine's Day".  While it was amusing at times, the story was severely lacking.  It was so cliched that the wife was predicting "plot twists" well ahead of the story line.  They used every romantic comedy trick in the book.  But, a bad movie with the wife is better than a good day at work.

1 comment:

  1. I didn't realize how many of our favorite celebrities are Canadian. If it served no other purpose, this list sure did open my eyes to all the Canadians in our country. They will just give anyone a Green Card, won't they. :) -Rach