Monday, February 22, 2010

A Fun Family Hockey Night


We had a great day celebrating Rob's birthday yesterday and to top it off the USA was playing gold-medal contenders, Canada in men's hockey. The only bad thing about this was that we do not get cable so we couldn't actually watch the game. Rob's sister contacted us to tell us that where she lives (Peterborough, Ontario) the game was on 15 different channels in five different languages. We were not so lucky. We figured we would have to suffer until his parents called us with a first intermission report.

Somehow in the process of me getting Faith's bath ready, Rob and his parents decided to hook up using Skype through the Internet. Rob then came up with the idea that the game would probably be on the radio. His mom found it and put it near the microphone so that we could hear it. His dad was watching it in their living room yelling out who scored, who got a penalty, and other interesting plays. He may have missed his calling (he's a retired priest) and should have been a sports announcer!

Rob's mom stayed in front of the computer almost the whole length of the game. Faith loved watching her cheer. Faith was cheering for both the USA and Canada - quite the little diplomat!

During the third period of the game, Rob was feeling a little anxious, especially when he heard his dad yell, "the U.S. scored in an empty net!" It was around this time that Rob's sister called again and we put her on speaker phone so that she too could talk to her parents via the Internet. The US ended up defeating Canada in a huge upset, 5-3. They did air the last couple of minutes of it on NBC so we did get to take in the last few exciting minutes as well as the deadly silence that had overcome those Canadians in attendance.

Needless to say, Rob was pretty disappointed and I was pretty excited and a little stunned at the outcome of the game. And Faith - she could have cared less about the hockey game, she loved being able to talk to and see her Canadian grandparents and talk to her auntie all at the same time even though they were nearly 2,000 miles away!

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