Saturday, 13 January 2018

Monster Jam Toronto 2018

Tonight Teena and I went to see Monster Jam at the Rogers Centre. This is our third year going and it's always fun. There are three events that determine in the end an overall winner for the night.

Racing (Head -to-Head) - Competitors report to a starting line. On a green signal, the trucks head along a prescribed course to a finish line with first to legally complete the course advancing in competition. Winners will advance until two trucks remain with the finals determining the racing champion. Racing may be preceded by qualifying to establish brackets.

Two-Wheel Skills Challenge – Monster Jam drivers will have multiple opportunities to perform the best stunt, bringing at least two wheels into the air. This is a judged competition.

Freestyle – Competitors perform tricks and stunts throughout the floor area in a designated time. This is a judged competition.

First up was the racing.

And the winner was Son Uva Digger driven by Ryan Anderson.

Next up was the Two Wheel Challenge. Sometimes things go well, and then sometimes they don't.

More pictures from that event.

And the winner was Mad Scientist driven by Lee O'Donnell

The final and most fun event is the freestyle.

Many trucks broke including this one. Look at the front right wheel while in the air. it wasn't going to end well.

More shots of the event.

An attempted back flip that just didn't work out.

Three cars attempted the back flip. Two were successful including the winner Overkill Evolution driven by Mike Vaters  II.

And the overall champion of the night? Gas Monkey garage driven by B.J. Johnson.

It's was a another fun show and Teena and I will be sure to be back for next years show.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Rock Shoot-down Knighthawks

Tonight Teena and I were at the ACC to see the 2-2 Toronto Rock take on the first place Rochester Knighthawks. The Rock came in riding a two game winning streak which the hoped to extend.

 As usual, Scotty Newlands sang the national anthems.

Pregame huddle.

Then the opening face-off.

Here are some action shots from the first half.

The Rock ended the 1st quarter leading 5-2 and early in the 2nd extended that to a 7-2 lead. The Knighthawks responded with 3 straight to narrow the gap, and us fans were getting a little nervous but apparently for no reason. That would be as close as they got for the rest of the game. The Rock went to the dressing room with a 9-5 lead at the half.

Here are Teena and I rocking our new caps. Two weeks ago it was party like the 90's night and these hats were being sold at 90's prices to those who had bought ticket packages. Teena and I didn't qualify as we didn't buy a package as we don't need one due to being season ticket holders. (4th year).

Teena contacted the Rock sales exec, Ryan, to see if there were any extra he could sell us. There were so he who hooked us up with a couple. He delivered them to our seats and we had a couple of minutes to chat. Great hats! Great price! Nice guy!

The Toronto Rock Cheerleaders came out a few times for a performance.

The always popular Iggy was his usual self working the crowd.

No we didn't win the 50/50. Our day will come I'm sure.

2nd half action. The game was never in doubt with the Rock extending their lead to 14-7 at the end of the 3rd quarter, then cruising through to victory in the 4th.

 A victory lap after a 17-9 win. The Rock dominated the shots on goal too as they out shot the Knighthawks 67-47. Adam Jones, my favorite player, had a hat trick and 5 assists in the game which tied Tom Schreiber performance of 4 goals and 4 assists.

Toronto gets a weekend off to rest next week and are back at the ACC on Saturday January 27 to take on the New England Blackwolves. Yes, Teena and I will be there!.