Hockey 101

Amanda and I hope you are enjoying our Sports 101 series so far, next up is hockey! Depending on where you live, this may or may not be a big sport in your area but with the Stanley Cup (more on that later) going on, we thought we’d talk about it. Well, Amanda thought the Canadian (*cough*me*cough*), should talk about it.

We’re going to go ahead and assume that you know this game is played on ice and that the object of the game is to get the puck into the opposing team’s net or goal. Going off that, hockey teams have 6 players on the ice at all times, each with a specific position and job; center, left wing, right wing, 2 defense-men, and a goalie. They do exactly what you think.

A center is similar to a quarterback in football, he makes the plays happen and passes the puck. A right wing works the right side of the rink, the left wing on the left side, both able to shoot and battle for the puck from their respective sides. The defensemen are the backups to the those positions, freeing them up to make shots and often get very physical with the other team’s players. Lastly, a goalie does what you think – defends his goal from any pucks from the opposing team.

The game is played in three 20-minute periods. The rink is divided into zones by a red line at center ice, and two blue lines. The area between the 2 blue lines is called the “neutral zone”, the area behind the blue line by the opposing team’s net is called the “offensive/attacking zone”, the area behind the blue line at your goal is called the “defending zone”.

I’m sure you’re wondering when I’m going to get to the fighting, something hockey is infamous for. While body checking (using a shoulder, hip or torso to stop your opponent) is legal when the opposing player has the puck, targeting the head, or the back of a boxed in player is not. There are also two kinds of penalities, minor and major. 

Minor penalties include; obstructing an opponent, dangerous use of the stick, dangerous physical fouls. These infractions result in player committing these penalties to be taken off the ice for 2 minutes, with no substitution made – meaning now his team is playing a man down.

The most common major penalty is fighting. While fighting is allowed, a referee will intervene once one the players involved hits the ice. Surprisingly, they don’t stop the fight even if a player’s helmet comes off before then. A major penalty can result in at least 1 if not both players sent off the ice into the Penalty Box for 5 minutes. If both are off the ice, substitutions can be made.

The 2012 Stanley Cup finals are underway, with the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils playing for the Championship title.

I hope this has helped your understanding of hockey just a little bit! Are you or a loved one a hockey fan?

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Beach Wedding Attire

As a girl who grew up in a beach town, I have seen my share of beach weddings. And while a wedding should be exactly how the bride envisions it, there are some “rules” to keep in mind when it comes to beach wedding attire.

Beach weddings are inherently more casual than church weddings… so if your dream dress is a heavy Cinderella ball gown, this venue may not be the one for you. Another things to consider is the temperature… sea breeze or no sea breeze, a beach wedding is likely going to be on the warm side. Take pity on your groom – and yourself! – when choosing the attire for your special day!

For her: Consider a short dress or something with some flow and movement… but going barefoot is a must!

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For him: Light colors (khakis and white) are a good way to go. To keep things breathable, try a linen fabric. No jackets necessary!

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How do you envision your dream wedding?

Toronto Getaway

Recently I took a trip to Toronto and loved it! Granted I’m a bit biased as a Canadian citizen who has loads of family in Toronto, but nevertheless it was a fantastic trip.

My favorite area is Downtown Toronto and these are my top locations:

  • Eaton Centre: Located in the heart of Downtown Toronto, the four-story, glass-domed Eaton Centre is a shopping mall for the budget conscious and big spenders alike. It now even boasts a restaurant quality “eatery”, unlike any mall food court you’ve ever been too!
  • CN Tower: As a Toronto landmark, it is impossible to visit this city and skip a trip to the CN Tower. At 1,815 feet tall, the CN Tower offers an amazing view of the city from the Observation Deck, or if you’d prefer to take in the scenery from a dinner table – the 360 Restaurant.
  • Harbourfront Centre: Located along Toronto’s waterfront on Lake Ontario, Harbourfront offers a variety of ways to spend your day outside, enjoying the weather. You can rent boats, kayaks, or just picnic along the water. There are usually tons of events going on there as well.
  • Chinatown: Toronto’s Chinatown is the 2nd largest in North America, losing the #1 spot to New York. This is your one-stop shop for authentic Asian fare and culture. Not to mention the shopping opportunities!

As you can tell, Toronto is one of my favorite places to visit- have you been?

Summer Vacation Packing Tips

Hopefully you caught our recent post on how to plan the perfect trip. One of the steps of trip planning that we covered was creating a packing list. In this post, I’ll give you a list of items that you should remember to bring on your summer vacation.

  • Clothes: This is obvious, of course, but we’re including it on this list anyway. Seriously, though, make sure you pack enough for your whole trip… then throw in at least 1 more outfit. Because if you’re like me, you’ll inevitably decide you hate something that you packed.
  • Makeup & Beauty Products: Depending on your destination, you may not want/need to wear a ton of makeup, but at least remember the basics – powder, blush, and mascara. Also, don’t forget your face wash! Most hotels won’t provide it and we really don’t want you to have to use hand soap…
  • Toiletries: You can get by with hotel shampoo but you’ll be really sad if you forget your toothbrush and toothpaste!
  • Sunscreen: It doesn’t matter if your vacation isn’t to a tropical island… if you’ll be spending any time outside, you better bring and wear sunscreen!
  • Bathing Suit: Whether you expect to need this or not – pack it! It won’t take up much space in your suitcase and it’ll be better than having to run out to a store and attempt to find a suit that you love.

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What item would you hate to forget to bring on vacation with you?

Memorial Day BBQ Beer Brats

modern girl's martha miss delisWith Memorial Day right around the corner, we thought it would be good to share an easy – and tasty! – recipe for your get-together! This recipe combines 2 of the most popular things at a BBQ – beer and bratwursts! Moral of the story? Make this and get voted best BBQ’er of the year.

Ingredients:

  • bratwursts (qty: 10)
  • 4 cans of beer
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (if you want to add a little zip!)

Combine beer, onions, and garlic in a pot and bring to a boil. Add bratwursts, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes; reduce to simmer and cook for 10-12 minutes. Remove the bratwursts and finish on the grill for 5-10 minutes (until they are browned to your liking)… it’s as simple as that!

What’s your favorite way to celebrate Memorial Day?

Baseball 101

modern girl's martha miss sporty baseballI hope that you caught our recent post on Basketball 101 where Nadia shared the basics on the sport of basketball. But what if your husband, boyfriend, friends, etc. are more interested in baseball? I mean, it is America’s pastime, right? Then this is the post for you!

This game is played between 2 teams, each with 9 players, for 9 innings. During an inning, each team gets a turn at bat. You’ll hear people refer to the “top” or “bottom” of the inning – that just means the first or second half of the inning. The visiting team will be at bat during the “top” (first half) of the inning and the home team will be at bat in the “bottom” (second half).

Each player bats at the home plate then (hopefully!) runs to first base (a “single”), second base (a “double”), third base (a “triple”), or back to home plate (a “home run”). As with many other sports and games, the goal of the game is the score more points (runs) than the other team. A team scores a run when their player makes it around the bases and back to home plate.

The team in the field is on defense so they are trying to prevent the batting team from scoring by getting “outs”. In general, they can get outs by catching a ball before it hits the ground, tagging a player while they are running to a base, or catching the ball and touching the base before the player gets there. And, of course, the pitcher can throw 3 strikes at the batter to get an out. After 3 outs, the batting team is done for that inning and they go out to the field to be on defense.

The season is currently underway so get out there and wow some people with your new-found baseball knowledge!

What team will you be rooting for this season?

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