Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Canadian conspiracy -- sort of

After three days of canceled flights and bad weather, I finally took off Saturday morning en route to Vancouver. It was a wonderful takeoff... And then the geese hit.

A Canadian conspiracy -- sort of


VANCOUVER -- Next time Canadian geese waddle across the road in front of my car I’m gunning the gas.
The way I figure, it’s kill or be killed.
Let me explain.
After three days of canceled flights and bad weather, I finally took off Saturday morning en route to Vancouver. It was a wonderful takeoff. The captain has just extinguished the seat belt sign indicating that it is safe to get up and move about the cabin.
And then the geese hit. A whole flock of them, blood everywhere, our wings resembling the St. Joe’s Hawk.
I swear I’m not making this up.
You can guess the rest. The plane has to return to Philadelphia, geese blood and guts all over the place. After a safe landing and mechanical check, it is deemed unworthy to fly. I can’t make any connections, I’m re-routed via Chicago to Vancouver, my bags go somewhere else, a day that began with a 7 a.m. wakeup call ends 19 hours later.
Honestly, it was easier getting to Beijing two summers ago.
Or Sydney, four years before that.
Of course there were less Canadian geese around in those days.
So once I get back home, it’s war. I may go looking for them even. That way, if I ever meet my demise because of what happened Saturday, or take the kind of cold plunge those poor souls did in the Hudson 13 months ago after a similar geese crash, I’ll know I took a few of them out before they got me.
I’m still in the same clothes, by the way. But I bought a toothbrush.

Mikeal Renberg is here, broadcasting for a Swedish network. He's one of the few who believe the US men's team will surprise, because of their youth.

Vice President Joe Biden took in the women's 12-1 victory over China. Mike Erizione, captain of the 1980 U.S. Men's gold-medal team and teammate of women's coach Mark Johnson, was there too. ``You look in the stands and see those two faces, you know you've got to perform,'' said U.S.goalie Molly Schaus. ``You can't let them down.''

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SAM DONNELLON's career began in Biddeford, Me., in 1981, and has included stops in Wilkes-Barre, Norfolk, and New York, where he worked as a national writer for the short-lived but highly acclaimed National Sports Daily. He has received state and national awards at each stop and since joining the Daily News in 1992 has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Associated Press Managing Editors of Pennsylvania and the Keystone Awards. He and his wife have raised three fine children, none of whom are even the least bit impressed with the above. Sam is veteran of Olympics coverage for the Daily News, including the Games in Sydney and Turin, among others.

MARCUS HAYES grew up on a small farm outside of Hermon, NY., a small town near the Canadian border about the size of Reading Terminal Market. In high school he played three varsity sports and aspired to be faster, or more skilled, or taller. Having failed in those aspirations and seeking a warmer climate, Marcus attended Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and eventually graduated with a degree in Magazine Writing. He also earned a degree in English from the College of Arts and Sciences. To date he has written for no magazines. His English is spotty at best. Upon graduation in 1990, with Jim Boeheim's talent-leaden SU basketball teams having won no titles, Marcus spent 4½ years working for the now-absorbed Syracuse Herald-Journal covering high school sports, local small college sports and non-revenue sports at SU. Marcus joined the Daily News as a feature story writer in 1995. Among other assignments he has covered the Eagles and Phillies beats for most of his tenure. Still, the paper soldiers on.

Sam Donnellon and Marcus Hayes
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