13 déc. 2019
VANCOUVER - Imagine Dragons banged a mighty big drum Sunday, rocking the Grey Cup halftime show to the sounds of their mega-hit Radioactive. Air Force 1 Mens Fake .After the teams exited the field with Calgary leading Hamilton 17-7, a stage was quickly assembled, complete with fans at the 55-yard line.Welcome to the new age, Canada. Here they are, Imagine Dragons, the PA announcer said by way of introduction.The stage was only visible to one side of the stadium, but the big screen above showed the rest what was going on.The Las Vegas-based Dragons opened with their new single I Bet My Life, with sparks flying above the boomerang-shaped stage.Hello Canada, said frontman Dan Reynolds, looking lithe in jeans and a black T-shirt.The band then launched into Demons.I know we are visitors to this county but Canada has always made us feel right at home .. .Thank you for having us, said Reynolds.The band then went Radioactive, hammering away at a drum the size of a kids wading pool during the middle percussive section. A smaller drum bit the dust in the finale.Country singer Dallas Smith kicked off the festivities, playing Tippin Point and Wastin Gas in the pre-game show.Smith has CFL connections. The native of Langley, B.C., is married to a former member of the Edmonton Eskimos dance team Montreals Nikki Yanofsky performed the national anthem.Imagine Dragons were fresh off their performance a week ago at the 2014 American Music Awards in Los Angeles where they won Favourite Alternative Artist and performed I Bet My Life for the first time live — complete with choir, lasers and pyrotechnics.Rolling Stone called the song, which it said evoked the Lumineers, Mumford & Sons and Coldplay, one of the best moments of the AMAs.In January, Imagine Dragons won the Grammy for Best Rock Performance for Radioactive and combined with Kendrick Lamar for a critically acclaimed Grammy mashup performance of their songs Radioactive, and m.A.A.d City.The band has been good at placing its music in spots with maximum exposure. I Bet My Life was featured in a Sprite ad focusing on LeBron James first game back as a Cleveland Cavalier, for example. And Radioactive was used in an ad for the video game Assassins Creed 3 and TV show Chicago Fire.Its Time, was used in a trailer for the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower.Imagine Dragons also features guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel Platzman.Hedley, from Abbotsford, B.C., played during halftime of the 2013 game in Regina. Saskatchewans Sheepdogs entertained before kickoff.The all-Canadian cast of Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianas Trench, and Gordon Lightfoot performed the halftime show of the 2012 championship game in Toronto.Some had wondered about why the league had chosen a non-Canadian act to take centre stage at Canadas football showcase.A look at Twitter offers an explanation.The Dragons have 1.83 million followers on Twitter. The CFL and its nine teams have a combined 614,600.___Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter Air Force 1 Blue Store . Replay backed him up. Adeiny Hechavarria immediately followed the ruling with a go-ahead sacrifice fly for the Miami Marlins, who held on to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Sunday completing a three-game sweep. Air Force 1 Red Store . The Red Sox maintained a share of the AL wild-card lead Tuesday night, using four home runs to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-7 and set up a dramatic conclusion to the regular season. The skidding Red Sox were 6-19 this month before rebounding to edge the last-place Orioles.TORONTO -- Ken Hitchcock has a theory on how to deal with his team not scoring a lot of goals. "Just not talk about it," he said. "Talk about something else." Thats the approach the Stanley Cup-winning coach is taking with his St. Louis Blues, who have gone through a mini scoring slump. Of course they still lead the Western Conference, which is based on large part on being one of the NHLs stingiest defensive teams. "Ive always believed, like a lot of coaches, if youre not scoring, talk about checking. If you check better, youre going to get more chances," Hitchcock said Monday at Air Canada Centre. "The structure of our game, were just going to weather the storm. The structure of our game has got to stay solid like it is right now, and then well weather it and well come out on the other side fine." An 82-game regular season is a totally different animal than the Olympics, but a similar philosophy guided Team Canada to gold. Worries about a lack of offence from star forwards -- at least externally -- lasted well into the playoff round, but those were quieted by dominant play on the puck. "Its about controlling the hockey game. And you dont control the hockey game with offence, you control it with checking," said Hitchcock, who was one of Mike Babcocks assistants in Sochi. "We were tied or leading by one goal -- we werent concerned with the way we were playing that we werent scoring. It doesnt matter if youre leading 5-4 going into the third period or 1-0 as long as you have the lead youre in good shape." Like with Canada, Hitchcock said he feels comfortable seeing the Blues checking well because it means theyre "committed to the right things." One of those things hes proud of is that for a couple of games in a row St. Louis has displayed a high work standard. To Hitchcock, thats a bigger deal -- the way the Blues play -- than having ann offence thats always rolling or a power play thats constantly clicking at a high rate. Air Force 1 Womens On Sale . As far as special teams go, hes more concerned about the penalty kill and what that could mean come playoff time. "Ive seen a lot of (teams) who have had bad power plays do really well in the playoffs, but Ive never seen any team play worth a damn if you cant kill penalties," Hitchcock said. "Its more on can you kill the penalty at the right time because you can live with poor power plays and still win hockey games. But you cant survive if you cant kill penalties because your whole game falls apart, youre nervous, youre uptight, you panic and weve got to be great killing penalties." That would also follow Canadas blueprint. The gold-medal-winning Canadians converted on just 16.67 per cent of their power plays in six games, middle of the pack in the tournament, yet led the Olympics with a 93.75 per cent penalty-killing rate, giving up one goal on 16 chances. Hitchcock, though, must guide the Blues through choppier waters than Canada endured at the Olympics. Sixteen playoff victories are required to win the Stanley Cup, and most of those wont be by large margins. Perhaps thats one way the Blues balance plays in their favour. The have no one player in the top 35 in the league in scoring, but 10 with at least 30 points, led by Alex Steen and T.J. Oshies 54. St. Louis isnt built on scoring, which means they could be built to withstand droughts like this. "Youre going to go through stages where youre not scoring, and youre still going to have to win hockey games," Hitchcock said. "If youve got to win for a week or 10 days, youve got to win 1-0, 2-1, youve got to do it until you get back engaged where youre going to score again." Until then, the Blues are happy to talk about -- and execute on -- checking well and frustrating opponents in the process. ' ' '