Friday evening Ty and I headed out to watch the Hockey matchup between Canada and Slovakia. Our first thought was the Hennessey Irish Pub next to the Ramada Inn on Granville but they already had a full house, as did the next three places we tried to get into. Finally, after a brief stop at the crepe place down the street, we were heading back to Granville when we thought, “Hey, what about the Yale?”. A blues bar on the corner of Granville and Drake, this place has been a staple on the Vancouver night scene for at least 40 years and this day was packed with sports fans. There was room at the inn but initially it did not seem as though we’d be able to get a seat. Ty finally found us a tiny table against the wall next to the cash machine – the last free table in the house – yippee! – with a great view of the gigantic screen and two smaller ones right in front of us.
Since the Yale wasn’t serving food, after the first period Ty headed out to grab something from the White Spot across the street but they were too slow. So, we waited one more period, and then I ran out down to Bella Pizza three blocks away for a pepperoni pick-up, and we watched the final cliff-hanger while munching on that.
The last few minutes of the game were tight and the crowd in the Yale was raucous. As the last 20 seconds counted down and the Canadians seemed barely able to hang onto their 1 point lead, the crowd went crazy. When the clock ran out and the game was won, the roar was literally deafening. I have never heard a cheer so loud and long – everyone was on their feet and the noise was rolling through the room and bouncing off the walls as the patrons screamed, shouted, pounded tables, and pumped their fists in the air. Coming from the outside we could hear the car horns honking, people screaming, noise-makers noise-making – yes, Canada is in the gold medal final on Sunday.
Today was another golden day, this time for the Canadian boys: gold in men’s curling for the Martin rink, gold in men’s snowboard parallel giant slalom from Jasey-Jay Anderson, and gold for the men’s long-track team pursuit in the 5,000. In bobsleigh Canada 1 took bronze, missing silver by the slimmest of margins at .01 of a second to the Germans.
Below, Canada’s Charles Hamelin (L) celebrates his gold medal with bronze medallist Canada’s Francois-Louis Tremblay after the men’s 500 metres short track speed skating final at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 26, 2010.
Today the animals were out in force downtown, along with the Silver Elvis, the mostly-naked underwear dude Spandex Andy, and cardboard Don Cherry.
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