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Sens Talk / Re: We Get Phaneuf?
« on: February 09, 2016, 12:23:06 PM »
I feel dirty.

GAMEDAY FORUM / Re: Gamday Thread 2015/2016
« on: December 22, 2015, 12:29:24 PM »
I have always been a believer that the refs need to start calling the dive alone, as it becomes difficult to determine if the player actually would have fallen or been impeded by a trip or hook if he tried to play through it.

Call the dive, send a message.

GAMEDAY FORUM / Re: Gamday Thread 2015/2016
« on: November 30, 2015, 07:40:38 PM »
Last night's game against the coyotes was brutal... Such a boring game to watch. Sens barely made it past the neutral zone..

We're we watching the same game?  Aside from the late start to the 2nd period (which cost them the game), the Sens had much of the play in the Coyotes end.  Dominating in the first period, finally showing up in the second, and pretty even for most of the third with Ottawa putting in the pressure in the later portion.

All in all, 4 of 6 points on the 3 game road trip.  Not bad.

GAMEDAY FORUM / Re: Gamday Thread 2015/2016
« on: November 26, 2015, 06:49:02 AM »
Then last night in Colorado they started off strong and faded in the 3rd.  Normally I would think its them losing their legs playing back to back and the change in altitude, but we have seen way to many times the Sens lose their lead in the 3rd.

Stop playing to protect the lead, you suck at it!

GAMEDAY FORUM / Re: Gamday Thread 2015/2016
« on: November 25, 2015, 12:16:20 PM »
So how in gods name did we win that one against Dallas?  Other than Niemi sucking the big one!  40% scoring percentage at one point!

Feedback/Wishlist/Issues / Re: New Banner Please
« on: November 25, 2015, 12:15:27 PM »
Naw man, you did it, looks great. 

GAMEDAY FORUM / Re: Gamday Thread 2015/2016
« on: November 16, 2015, 12:40:08 PM »
I didn't like it, but many players do it.  I am sure there will be a few calls now that won't go his way as the refs may be less inclined to give him the benefit of the debt.

Not much different than the players with the magic chicken wing that clutches onto any stick that taps them on their side.    I'd like to see the refs make more "holding the stick" calls in these circumstances.  How many times do we see a player drop his end of the stick only to see it hang from the blade that is "hooked" into the armpit of the other player?  Yet the refs only call the hook, and not the holding the stick/unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Feedback/Wishlist/Issues / Re: New Banner Please
« on: November 16, 2015, 12:36:28 PM »
Sorry, I got sick the weekend I was planning to do it, and then life happened.

Feedback/Wishlist/Issues / Re: New Banner Please
« on: October 22, 2015, 02:09:18 PM »
I'll try my hand at it this weekend.

GAMEDAY FORUM / Re: Gamday Thread 2015/2016
« on: October 22, 2015, 01:02:58 PM »
I had a bad feeling about the team not making ANY changes this year.  Didn't bring in a single player!  The miracle last year to make the playoffs was just that, it came down to Game 82 + other game outcomes.

Here's hoping Murray & Co see the issues and try to address it quickly.

GAMEDAY FORUM / Re: Gamday Thread 2015/2016
« on: October 20, 2015, 12:33:46 PM »
I'm having flashes of the past 2 years!  Poor defensive abilities, too many times are the Sens getting caught skating in circums in their own blue line.

Anything But Hockey / Re: Looking at a new car...
« on: August 05, 2015, 08:22:47 AM »
After the run around I had no real interest in dealing with Orleans Toyota unless they were able to beat $28,000.  I had told them they needed to beat that amount for me to consider purchasing the vehicle they had on their lot (black one) vs. having them run around trying to get me a preferred colour choice (red or blue).  Brockville dealer does have a $400 admin fee, which Orleans Toyota does not, which they won't budge on.  I am satisfied in paying it in this case as they have had to absorb the expense of swapping cars with another dealership, which either would be in Cornwall or Kingston.

Orleans Toyota would have only gotten my business had the actually beat $28,000 and didn't play games with the Toyota manufacturer rebate.

Anything But Hockey / Re: Looking at a new car...
« on: July 31, 2015, 03:51:15 PM »
I decided to go with the fully loaded Corolla S.  I tried dealing with Orleans Toyota but they weren't willing to negotiate on anything below MSRP of $29,900.  My wife and my in-laws were so kind to remind me that my in-laws season tickets are beside the owner of the Toyota dealership in Brockville and they offered me $28,300.  After informing Orleans Toyota of the offer, suddenly they were able to offer me $28,200, but I couldn't have the manufacturer finance assist rebate of $500.  Well the Brockville Toyota wouldn't stop me from using it as it is a manufacturer rebate, not a dealer discount, no skin off their back.  They are also offering me $300 more on my trade-in, sight unseen, and committed in writing on the price.

I should have the Corolla on Thursday... I won't be missing my Dodge Caliber!

Anything But Hockey / Re: Looking at a new car...
« on: June 09, 2015, 08:54:29 AM »
Yes, in reviewing many sites, included Consumer Reports, the reliability rankings for each brand is as follows.

Toyota, Mazda, Kia, and then Hyundai, all of which are in the top end of brand reliability.

And yes, these cars are all over the place.  But my impressions are this.  A huge portion of the Hyundai Elantra's I see are of the current design (2013-2015), the majority of Mazda3's are pre 2014 design (2007-2013 I believe), and I haven't spotted any current designs of the Toyota Corolla.

When I purchased my Dodge Caliber I was drawn to it for one main reason, the design, it stood out from the rest.  All other hatchbacks in 2007 looked like jelly-beans on wheels and the Caliber actually had an aggressive design like it could, potentially kick some ass on the road, which was likely achieved by the SRT version of the Caliber.

I like the Mazda3 because of its design and the positive reviews it gets in comparison to other brands.  It has style and good handling making it fun to drive while being fuel efficient.  The knock on all other brands is that it misses out on the "fun to drive" aspect.  For me personally, it is also a cost issue.  All my needs, wants, and fancy desires can be achieved with the Mazda3, but at a price.  I'd have to cut out half of these aspects to get a model that is more competitive in terms of pricing with the other brands.

Right now I am trying to decide between the Toyota Corolla and Kia Forte.  The Mazda is simply on the bubble as I like it, but it comes down to value as well.

I obtained invoice reports from Car Cost Canada for each vehicle which has put me in contact with large dealers closer to the West end of Ottawa.  Mazda is the only local dealer that is referred through CCC, which happens to be the dealer I visited when looking at the cars.

I'd like to buy "local" vs just going to these mass volume dealers, so I will be taking the numbers/offerings from these big dealers to my local dealer to give them a chance to beat it, or at least match and toss in some free winter tires.

Anything But Hockey / Re: Looking at a new car...
« on: June 08, 2015, 01:12:43 PM »
On saturday I went out and test drove the Subaru Impreza, Nissan Senata, Kia Forte, and Toyota Corolla.

The Impreza is a nice car, and the salesman was great (as we were test driving their service vehicle vs. a new one) in that he encouraged me to test the AWD by pulling off onto the gravel shoulder and accelerating to feel that the car doesn't want to pull you into the ditch like FWD cars do.  The only drawback I have on the car is that it lacks "value" in terms that you have to go to a pretty high price point to get 95% of the features I am looking for, and the trim line that addresses just my "needs" as oppose to "bonus wants" is only slightly cheaper than other vehicles that give offer me 100% needs and wants.

The Nissan Sentra was a nice drive, but I found the interior to be surprisingly "cheap" looking compared to other manufacturers with comparable models.

The Kia Forte is a nice car and has made my short list. One surprising yet very "cool" feature was the cooled front seats.  Not only do you have a heater for the winter months, but you can turn on the seat coolers which essentially gives you AC on your butt/lower back.  A very pleasant experience when I got into the car with black leather seats on the sunny day.  The Forte also includes air vents at the back side of the center console for the rear passengers.

Toyota Corolla S has also made my short list.  Pleasant drive, nice body design and well finished interior.  The only "knock" on it in comparison to the Forte was the lack of cooled seats and the rear air vents.  Though at the same time, no other car but the Kia Forte offered both of these.

So out of all the cars I have test driven, I have made a short list in no particular order.

Toyota Corolla
Kia Forte
Hyundai Elantra

And on the bubble is the Mazda3 and Subaru Impreza due to pricing/value.  To achieve 95/100% of my needs/wants I am looking at a +$30,000 car after taxes and negotiating discounts.

As dumb as it may seem, the Hynundai Elantra is nearly "off" the list simply because everybody has these cars.  Given the fact that it is essentially the same vehicle as the Kia Forte, you don't see as many Forte's out there as you do Elantra's.

Anything But Hockey / Re: Looking at a new car...
« on: May 27, 2015, 12:22:52 PM »
Yeah I said that wrong.. I mean the cars are basically the same with a different skin.
Tech and all that are the same on many models, I think there are only a few that are unique to each brand.

I get what you mean now, similarly how the Ford Focus and Mazda3 used to be the same car until Ford pulled out of Mazda ownership.

Anything But Hockey / Re: Looking at a new car...
« on: May 26, 2015, 12:35:27 PM »
Kia and Hyundai are the same company are they not?

A quick google search tells me that Hyundai owns approximately 30-35% of the shares of Kia, but does not control the company.   

Anything But Hockey / Re: Looking at a new car...
« on: May 26, 2015, 09:52:48 AM »
Good to know.

Since I am in no particular rush to buy a car,I plan to look are the Kia Forte, Toyota Corolla, Subaru Impreza, and Nissan Sentra.

I know Toyota and Nissan are reliable brands, it is the Subaru and Kia I know nothing about.

Anything But Hockey / Re: Looking at a new car...
« on: May 25, 2015, 10:52:41 AM »
My son has a 2014 Elantra and my wife has a 2013 Tucson and both really enjoy them

BD, any chance your son has kids of his own?  I only ask as I would like to know how everything "fits" with young kids, boosters, car seats, etc.  It seems the Elantra is the most spacious of all cars I have checked out.

Anything But Hockey / Re: Looking at a new car...
« on: May 25, 2015, 08:07:58 AM »
I can mainly go without AC as well as the morning commute is cool, and it is the odd day which the afternoon commute is unbearable.  However, there are times which I take the kids with me to places and have recently elected to take the van rather than my car due to the lack of AC.  3 and 6 year olds don't particularly enjoy the wind blasting their faces while I drive 80km/h+ with the windows down and sunroof open.

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