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Miss France election recap, year 3!   Leave a comment

Because I KNOW you’re dying for this, here’s my annual Miss France election recap. By the way, I just realized this is the third time I’m doing this, which means…. that this blog is now just over 2 years old! Yay!

Anyway yeah, so as I just said, this is a tradition, every year I watch  Miss France election night on tv with a dozen of friends and lots of alcohol, and we have a prediction contest. Of course, we also have a ridiculously kitschy trophy that the winner has to bring home, and showcase in his/her living room for the full year.

Unfortunately, I didn’t win. I did guess who would win the election, but the competition level was VERY high this year. The happy winner picked the 5 finalists in the correct order. This is going to be hard to top next year.

A lot of fun was had by everyone, but what you really need to know is this: our new Miss France is the lovely Laury Thilleman, and she’s from Brittany, my region!! Woohooooo!

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For reference, here are our recaps for Miss France 2009 and Miss France 2010. And just in case ANYONE actually thinks I’m taking this seriously: I fully realize how ridicule this is, but we’re just having fun with it because that’s one of the funniest things on tv (especially when alcohol is involved), and that’s a GREAT occasion to throw a party.

Posted December 6, 2010 by Grrrreg in Uncategorized

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Miss France election recap, year 2!   9 comments

To begin with, just a word about the centennial game. It’s too late to do a full recap, so I’ll keep it short. I was very impressed with the ceremonies before the game. Sure, it was long and sometimes a bit over the top (erm erm Viggo Mortensen), but seriously, it’s 100 freaking years of History. It’s tough not to make a big fuss out of this.

As many other Habs fans pointed out too, their was only one thing missing: Saku Koivu. I think the Habs could have found a way to include him in the ceremonies. There was no way for him to be in the building, since the Ducks were playing that night too. But a message on the scoreboard would have been nice. I know it sounds like I’m nitpicking here, but well, it’s a little sad to overlook someone who’s tied for the longest captaincy in club history, and who was literally the face of the franchise for the last decade.

But other than that, it was a wonderful ceremony. I’m really glad I was able to see it live. It was a very special event, and it’s a night I’ll remember for a looong time, escpecially thanks to the result of the game that concluded the night. It was special to see this, and it made me really feel like I was part of the habs community. I know it’s a bit artificial, but it was a great feeling.

Hopefully, the first game of the second habs century was an indication that the Canadiens intend to keep on doing what they’ve done for 100 years: beat the Bruins and win more and more cups.

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Here’s a little screencap from nhl.com, this morning:

Stay classy, Pittsburgh.

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Yesterday there was no Habs game, but it was an important night nevertheless. It’s time for my annual Miss France election recap!

You were maybe not reading this blog last year, so let me explain you why I’m doing this. For a few years now, with some of my friends we’re doing a little prediction contest about this election. It’s a great occasion to have fun, drink, eat together and make tons of tasteless jokes about the poor contestants. We even have a small trophy that the winner has to put on display at his (or her) place until the next contest. And of course, the show itself is pretty hilarious to follow. It’s extremely cheesy, and no matter what they do to ‘rejuvenate’ the contest, well of course the whole concept feels really outdated.

There are a few things that almost never change about the Miss France contest:

- one contestant will fall in the stairs (we were very disappointed this year, not a single Miss fell on her ass)

- the guy counting the votes (I spoke about him on my Miss France 2009 post) will say that it’s a historical night in terms of voting figures

- at least two of the contestants representing French overseas departments or territories (usually from Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyane, Tahiti or La Réunion) will make it to the final 12. (The producers want some exotism and diversity, and their presence will always boost the votes)

- Geneviève de Fontenay, the inimitable old lady that runs the Miss France organization will say she hopes the new Miss won’t appear in the tabloids during the year, and that she will stay elegant and classy. (This is because over the past few years, Geneviève has had to exclude some contestants whose old nude pictures resurfaced in magazines after the election)

Geneviève and Jean-Pierre Foucault, hosting the show

- one contestant will badly fail during the very short interview.

- one ugly Miss will somehow make it to the final 5.

Pretty much all of this happened last night. I wouldn’t miss this for anything.

Here is our newly elected Miss France 2010: Miss Normandy!

That’s it, see you next year for another Miss France recap…

Posted December 6, 2009 by Grrrreg in Uncategorized

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Montreal lost. I don’t care.   2 comments

Montreal lost in OT yesterday. I only watched the two last periods, and it wasn’t great. Especially in the third. 11 shots for the devils, 4 for the habs. At the end of regulation, I was actually relieved they managed to get a point out of this.

But anyway, I’m not gonna let this game depress me. There are things clearly more important than this loss:

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Miss France 2009 was elected last night, and I had a blast following it on tv. Of course, I know it’s a totally ridiculous show, but with some friends, pizza and alcohol, it always turns into an amazing night… So every year, we organize a little contest with some of my friends about this. We try to guess which one will fall in the stairs (Yesterday’s winner: Miss Guadeloupe). And of course, we try to guess the final rankings.

As always, one of the worst candidates somehow makes her way to the final 5. And as always, one of the highlights of the night is the guy who tries to motivate the viewers to vote, and appears before each advertising break. He’s a small bald guy with big glasses, he’s supposed to be in charge of the call center, and he’s invariably sweaty, very agitated, and amazed by the “historic” number of votes, and how tight the race is this year. I’m considering to launch a fan club on facebook.

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So as usual, we weren’t disappointed last night. It was a solid show, with a great performance by the vote guy.

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Another reason to feel good today: my soccer team, le FC Nantes, beat Lyon yesterday night. To  those of you who don’t care or know much about soccer (let alone french soccer), let me just say that I truly despise Lyon. They’ve won 7 championships in a row now, and I just can’t stand them. It’s the richest club in the league, and they win year after year, it’s an abomination.

As opposed to Lyon, Nantes is the loveliest club you could find. They’ve got a rich history, they have bright and unusual colors (yellow and green), a cute nickname (the canaries), and the tradition of the club was to play a fast paced, offensive and creative game, with lots of youngsters.

This is Nantes

But for the last few years, Nantes has been awful. They forgot everything that made them special. They were demoted two seasons ago. They climbed back to the first league last season, but they’re really struggling this year.

So when they win a game versus Lyon, nothing could depress me, really.

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Posted December 7, 2008 by Grrrreg in Uncategorized

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Mysogi… Misogynie, j’écris ton nom   3 comments

Je suis un peu en retard, mais le dernier match des Canadiens, contre les Rangers, a été très bon. Une victoire nette et sans bavure, des buts marqués par toutes les lignes. La confiance est de retour, comme l’a montré le sérieux de l’équipe en 3ème période, après que les Rangers aient amorcé une remontée en fin de 2ème. Les Habs n’ont pas paniqué, ils ont géré tranquillement, ajoutant deux buts au passage.

Le même soir, les Canadiens célébraient leur anniversaire en arborant un magnifique maillot, porté par le club lors de la saison 1915-16.

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La super classe.

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Ces maillots sont vraiment super réussis. Le rouge est un peu plus sombre que les maillots habituels, ils portaient tous des gants, des culottes et des casques d’un bleu légèrement plus foncé, et ils ont tous utilisé de l’adhésif noir pour leurs bas. C’est vraiment sympa qu’ils aient pensé à tous ces détails. Et j’adore complètement l’équipement de gardiens imitation cuir, à l’ancienne, que portait Price. C’est vraiment plus beau que les jambières blanches que tout le monde porte dans la ligue.

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Après ces considérations esthétiques, revenons au hockey.  Cette semaine, vous le savez, Avery a été suspendu pour 6 matches pour ses commentaires particulièrement fins sur Phaneuf et son ex. Je trouve toute cette histoire franchement ridicule, et la réaction de la ligue extrêmement exagérée. Quoi qu’il en soit, l’épisode a provoqué un déferlement de messages sur la blogosphère, et de très nombreux débats sur la question de savoir si la suspension était méritée ou pas. Et un des sujets les plus surprenants à émerger a été le thème de la misogynie dans le hockey, et sur la blogosphère. Est-ce que les commentaires d’Avery étaient misogynes? Est-ce que la ligue a réagi pour ça? Est-ce qu’elle serait pas un poil hypocrite de condamner des propos (peut-être) misogynes tout en laissant les Ice Girls se trémousser sur de nombreuses patinoires? Faut-il s’offusquer de tout ça, ou juste prendre un verre et se calmer un coup? Vous pouvez lire de très bons points de vue sur la question chez Puck Daddy.

Ma position est claire et sans ambiguïté. La ligue a vraiment fait  n’importe quoi. Il est donc de mon devoir de réagir, et de défendre le nom de Sean Avery. En son honneur donc, le reste de ce message sera misogyne.

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Le match de ce soir oppose Montréal aux Devils.

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(homage to Four Habs Fans, who wrote their 1000th post this week. Bravo!)

Normalement, et jusqu’à la saison dernière, New Jersey était la bête noire de Montréal, et Brodeur se faisait un malin plaisir à tout arrêter quand il jouait contre les habs. L’an dernier, Montréal a bien mieux joué que d’habitude contre les devils, et a obtenu quelques succès importants, que ce soit au centre bell ou à Newark. Cette année, c’est encore un peu l’inconnue. Les devils doivent se passer de Brodeur, mais après avoir logiquement subi le contrecoup de cette absence, ils retrouvent de meilleurs résultats. Zach Parise fait une saison très impressionnante jusqu’ici.

Montréal va mieux, je l’ai dit. Les 3 succès à domicile ont fait du bien. Et Carbo a décidé de maintenir ses trios inchangés. Ce qui signifie que Lats, O’Byrne et Kostitsyn junior vont encore se retrouver dans la gallerie de presse. Price sera encore devant le filet.

Pour voir ce qui se dit du côté des devils, précipitez vous chez Pookie et Schnookie, d’Interchangeable Parts, un des blogs les plus drôles et les plus agréables que je connaisse (malheureusement écrit par des femmes, cependant…)

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Pour rester dans le thème de la misogynie, ce soir, c’est l’élection de Miss France. Sans doute la soirée la plus sympa de l’année. Un canapé, une télé, des amis, beaucoup d’alcool, du papier et des stylos pour faire les pronostics, et c’est parti pour une soirée toute remplie d’un humour raffiné, spirituel de bon goût.  D’après ce que j’ai vu sur internet, Miss Tahiti a de bonnes chances d’aller loin cette année.

Bon, je vous laisse, là il faut que j’aille acheter des pizzas.

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