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Covid Update & More December 2020

Note: Our 800# is experiencing technical difficulties at this time! See below for more info!

Hi Folks

Well, what a year it has been - and it's not quite over yet! Most of you have been affected in some way by this pandemic, including some of us losing a long time friend or two. 

We remind everyone that even though there are a couple of vaccines that have been introduced, with one in use already, we must all be diligent in practising good pandemic protocols of:
• Wear a Mask
• Safe Distance
• Stay at Home if you are exhibiting any Covid symptoms
• Wash Your Hands Often
• Respect Others
By adhereing to these protocols we'll surely reach the end of this horrible time sooner than later.

At MVP Sports we decided very early on that we would only operate by postal delivery or by pre-arranged curbside pickup this year. We appreciate all of our customers, past, present and future who have agreed with us and encouraged us to maintain our protocols.

As such we will be maintaining these protocols for the foreseeable future, or at least until enough people have had the vaccine and it is safe to get back to whatever the new normal holds in store for us in 2021.

So, 2020 being what it is, we also experienced a rash of email issues, such that some have had some difficulty getting hold of us. We can happily say that as of Monday the 14th of December we believe our email issues are behind us! That was a big Phew!

We are also pleased to announce that relatively decent hispeed has finally reached the boonies here in Cobourg! We will be revising our website over the winter and adding some new features that we think you will enjoy. Stay tuned!

Finally, some of you have been trying to reach us by our 800# these past few weeks. Unfortunately, when we got our new hispeed, it somehow triggered a reaction that, for the second time in a year, took our 800# off line. I have spent untold hours speaking with Bell reps trying to get our Toll Free number back in service to no avail. At 9 different technicians I am still well shy of the number it took last last year to have a working 800# again. I am hoping to shatter that record and get up and running before I reach the current 19 techie record.

In the meantime we would ask all of our customers to reach out to us via our email should you have any questions - especially now that we have working email!

Brenda and I wish each and every one of you a Happy and Safe Holiday, and all the best for the coming year!

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Covid Update August 2020

Back in Business - Sort of!

Well, here we are, mid August and there still doesn't seem to be an end in sight for this horrible virus. Some clubs in Canada have been able to get back up and running according to their provincial protocols. Kudos to those provinces for dealing with the pandemic in a timely and judicious manner. Some may have rushed their various along a little too quickly.

We are not out of the woods yet, and Brenda and I would like to encourage all Lawn Bowlers to take care when starting up their bowls activities again. The protocols of safe distancing, wearing a mask when distancing is not possible, and keeping your bowls and hands sanitary should be adhered to at all times. Covid19 does not take a vacation, even for a minute!

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You get what you get for a reason!

Boxes are for bowls and bags are for towels!

You get what you get for a reason.

Dunno if it's just me but I din't think so... Technology is a wonderful thing... but it has its limitations. There is no one form of media or social media that can do everything. Norm had a good point in TBiC when he thought his post had been deleted as some posts are in some FB Groups (not naming names)... but in fact his post had not been removed as Michael pointed out. The problem is in the interface. Different product needs different packaging. I don't sell bowls in plastic bags just like I don't sell towels in a box. The internet is no different.


Categories: Just Stuff, Coaching, Curling, Bowls


Covid Statement - April 2020

Staying Safe & Staying Healthy

Brenda and I would like to wish everyone the best of health and safety during this very stressful timein Canada’s and the world’s history. We trust that everyone is doing their part, as are we, to battle this deadly virus. We are both well, and strictly practicing the mandates as prescribed by our national government.

For us, that means Stay Home… and yes we have done that. It means Physical Distancing for the infrequent trip to the grocery store… and we are going beyond physical distancing. Anything we can do to protect ourselves and those around us… we are doing. 

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It's all about not giving up!

this is about not tossing in the towel...

yesterday I was playing a miserable round of golf on my home course... ended up shooting 45 on the front nine which is 9 over par for that nine... I then ran off 8 pars and a birdie on the back nine to shoot 32... first time I've gone one under all year on either of the nines... total score of 77 which is about average for me this year on that course...

it wasn't so much the 32 that got me excited cuz I never sank a first putt and there were at least 6 golden opportunities for birdies under 10'... it was the differential between the 45 and the 32 --- 13 shots for those a little slower at math this morning :) that got me going!... at the end of 9 holes i set myself a goal of trying to break 80 which would meant a 34 and still a noble thought considering how I was playing... I put away my driver and played the rest of the tee shots with my 3 wood... I chose locations for the landing of my shots instead of just flailing away... and I focussed on where my putts would be rolling (not entirely successful except there were no three putts!)

so... let's compare this to bowls and curling... 

Categories: Just Stuff, Coaching, Golf, Curling, Bowls


Is it time to change the Ontario Championships format?

Ontario Championships - Moving Forward!

I haven't played much in the Ontario Championships since the early 90's. there are a few reasons but I think the biggest one was the total time commitment it took in our already short season. For me, this meant altogether too much time away from my young family. I know others feel the same way, or at least must be! This year I entered the District singles and was dismayed to see only 4 entries. I remember when we had over 20 entries in our district alone! Where have they all gone? Is it because every district seems to have their own way of running the event? Is it because of the poor quality of the greens in most places? It can't all be because of the cost of gas!

I think it's time to rework the way we run the championships... and I invite you to read further to see what I would suggest is a framework for moving forward.

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