Canadian Senior Men’s National Basketball Practice Session – Behind-the-Scene

The Canadian Senior Men’s National Basketball Team began its summer program practice session at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday. They were preparing for a tight packed four weeks of practices and games against top teams in Europe.  First off, Team Canada will have three days of practice in Toronto, then they will fly in Venice on Wednesday to begin a tour of friendly exhibition games against teams from Italy, Spain, Turkey, Slovenia, Georgia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Ukraine and Angola before returning to Toronto on August 13. Although the young exciting NBA players such as Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Tristan Thompson weren’t available at the practice session, other guys such as Andrew Nicholson, Kevin Olynyk, Corey Joseph, and among others  attended the practice session. GM of Team Canada Steve Nash, Team Canada Coach Jay Triano and Corey Joseph addressed to the media about their goals and objectives with the practice sessions and the this Euro tour.

Here are some of the actions taken at the practice session at the Air Canada Centre, Raptors Practice Court, courtesy by photographer, Marcena Lau.

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Fashion at the Sochi Opening Ceremony

New York Fashion Week is happening this week and next week. And….Sochi Winter Olympics is taking off as well. The opening ceremony just happened today in Russia and all countries wear various winter outfits to showcase their country colours, traditions and their historical heritage. It’s a great event to check out what each country has in store regarding their fashion.

Here are some of my choices for the best fashion at the 2014 Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony. I would like to dissect them into a few categories: 1) Best Fashion; 2) Not necessary stylish or fashionable but definitely makes a statement by standing out from the crowd & 3) Epic Fail:

Category A:) Best Fashion

1) Canada

Love the red pea-coat!

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2) France

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3) Netherland

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Category B:) Not Necessary the best fashion but surely stands out and make a statement

1) USA

I don’t really like the design, it’s too busy and just feels like all logos are being brought by sponsors. Too many stars make me dizzy. However, I do like the material and the cardigan design. Honestly, if the design is more simple and less logos and less stars, I would really love this outfit.

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2) Germany

What was the German thinking? These colours don’t reflect them but it does stand out.

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3) Ukraine

I like the abstract patterns on the jacket.

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Category C: Epic Fail (simply epic fail)

1) Ireland

They look like they are military. With all the terrorist threats against the Sochi Olympics, these are the last uniforms we want to see at a joyful game.

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2) Bermuda

No excuse, it’s winter Olympics! Short pants? If some of these athletes really competing the winter sports with these short pants, I will let it slide, but no winter sports will allow you to wear short pants. Put it back in the closet and wait for the next Summer Olympics.

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Baseball Canada Fundraiser Banquet

 

Team Canada Baseball has been on the rise in recent years, developing great baseball players along the system and that’s because of great management staff and increase funding to help build more clinics, baseball facilities and enhancing the development program for the young generation.

Yesterday, I was invited to cover the Baseball Canada Fundraiser Banquet Press Conference. Past & current players were on hand to show their support and to receive awards to recognize their achievements and recognition their hard work in various baseball levels.

The Toronto Blue Jays presented a cheque to support Baseball Canada program. RBC Wealth Management was on hand to present a cheque to support Baseball Canada program as well.

Silent auction was setup for the evening so attendees can bid for signed items that were signed by great baseball players such as Roberto Alomar, Brett Lawrie, Joey Votto, Jason Bay, Michael Saunders, etc.

During the 40 mins of Press Conference, I was able to interview a number of awesome baseball players such as Roberto Alomar, Brett Lawrie, Jason Bay, Jeff Francis, Phillippe Amount and Andrew Alberts. Stay tuned for my MoVernie videos!

For more information about Baseball Canada, click here.

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Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics – Are you ready?

Time flies! 4 years ago, I was in Vancouver watching some of the Olympics in person and partying on the streets in person.

Now, Sochi 2014 is just a month away! Team Canada Men’s Hockey announced today!

Winter Olympics in Russia, are you ready?

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Team Canada Men’s Hockey Announced Today

 

Today, Team Canada Men’s Hockey Olympics Committee announced its 25-man roster!

Flashback 4 years ago when I was in Vancouver to party and also witness some of these amazing Olympics games in person was a great memory of my lifetime!

Sochi 2014 is just around the corner, time flies! Are you ready Canadian fans?

Click here to check out the entire 25-man Team Canada roster.

Below are some of the returnees of 2010 Vancouver Olympics, they are back to the roster going for more medals!

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Andrew Wiggins Spotted at Team Canada vs Team Jamaica – Game 1

As I was covering the first game of the series between Team Canada vs Team Jamaica basketball game, I saw a familiar face in attendance at the game as spectator!

Future college, NBA and Team Canada star, Andrew Wiggins, elected not to participate on the roster this summer so that he can spend more time preparing for his freshman season with University of Kansas, but he was on hand with his family to show his support and observe the team’s style of play.

Honestly, not many people recognize his presence as he is still a new face for many fans, but soon, when he becomes famous, I am sure he will be a household name. So, I spotted him right away as he was walking towards his seats. He wore a long sleeve greenish sweater, along with a Chicago White Sox baseball cap. He came along with his family and friends, total of 6 of them.

As he walked by the aisle, I said “Andrew, best of luck to your school and basketball.” Andrew replied “Thanks man! I appreciate this”. Then, I offered to high five him and he had a smile on his face. He seemed like a calm, down-to-earth kid, just like any normal teenager, just enjoying the quality time with his family and watching a game of basketball.

One funny note, as his family found their seats underneath the basketball net, a few minutes later, 2 little kids, aged around 6-8, tapped Andrew’s shoulders and showed them their tickets. Apparently, Andrew and Co. sat at the wrong seats! So, even if he is a future nba star, there is no mercy. I like the guts of the innocent of the kids, as usual, will not shy away and get what they wanted. I got to give props for Andrew Wiggins, who didn’t throw a “Do you know who I am?” card. Instead, the whole family moved to another spot to watch the game.

Another funny moment came when Andrew and his friends decided to grab a bite. Just like anyone else, he walked up to the second level and lined up to order hotdogs and nachos. He was surrounded by the crowd, but the crowd gave Andrew his own space. Some shook his hand and chatted him up abit, but otherwise, they let Andrew enjoy his time with his friends.

Honestly, how often you got to see a star getting into the normal crowd, waiting in line and ordering their own food? This was a rare moment and when he becomes a superstar, he will not need to lineup to get his own food. There will be VIP rooms and special servers, so being able to see him up close was precious. LOL

Here are some photos of Andrew Wiggins that I took at the game. Best of luck to Andrew Wiggins.

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