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Feb 10 14

First Thoughts on Sochi Olympics


The Winter Olympics in Sochi are officially underway and here are my first thoughts. To start off, there was a ton of controversy before the games even began due to the state of affairs in Sochi. Although the Olympic Village was in good shape, hotels were unprepared and conditions for fans and journalists traveling to the games were terrible. I’m glad I get to watch from the comfort of my living room!

The opening ceremonies were beautiful, but were also marked with a glitch. One of the Olympic Rings failed to light up completely. The big controversy there was that on Russian TV, they cut away to rehearsal coverage so that many viewers were unaware. But here in the United States, we saw what really happened. Take a peek:

Early news from the events is following most predictions. Norway is leading the medal count with 7 total after the first two days. The United States, Russian Federation, Canada and the Netherlands are all right behind with 4 medals apiece. For the US, Jamie Anderson took gold in the women’s Slopestyle event. Personally, I’m looking forward to hockey, which gets underway on  February 12. The favorites this time are Canada, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. It would be great to see Russia take on the USA. It would be a nice throwback to the famous Miracle on Ice game from the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. We’ll just have to wait and see how it all plays out.

Jan 11 14

College Football Championship System

Michigan Wolverines

I think the college football championship system is going to improve now that the BCS is a thing of the past. A fan of the Boise State Broncos is surely tired of the idea of doing very well in the regular season and never really be considered for the national championship. I can just imagine seeing Broncos fans having their hearts broken every year by the fact that their team never gets a shot at the big enchilada.

I can’t really speak about my team being cost the national championship because of the BCS. I can speak about having my heart broken by the fact that the Iowa Hawkeyes were not given a bid to the NCAA Tournament in college basketball. The team was somewhat deserving of making the tournament in 1998, but they fell short because of the selection committee. The Boise State Broncos or the Fresno State Bulldogs surely feel the same way about their college football chances. I think major college sports can be a bit of a release for someone that is having a hard time in their life. I would love to see the Iowa Hawkeyes win a college football championship.

Ohio State Buckeyes Stadium

Will the championship come to Ohio State?

I would guess that the staff members that are involved with the recruiting process do not necessarily promise national championships when they are talking about the University of Iowa, but I know the football program does mention how many ex-players ended up making it to the NFL. It makes sense to hire the right staff members if you are trying to win a college football championship. The staff members have to be able to develop a plan in order to make sure that the entire football roster can buy into. Hayden Frye’s teams that won the Rose Bowl believed in that entire team concept.

I think teams will realize that they now have more of a chance to win a championship. Teams may put more pressure on their teams in order to win right away because of the increased odds of winning a title. We are all aware of how much money is spent within the world of college football. We have seen coaches like Bear Bryant win a number of college football championships. Bear Bryant would make sure that people show a certain amount of dedication, that was how we began to see Bear Bryant build up his legendary status. Bear Bryant had a number of assistants that went on to be successful college head coaches in the future.

Jan 3 14

My Yoga Resolution


I have avoided Yoga for years, even though most of my friends attend classes with near-religious fervor and constantly talk about the benefits. Other than surrounding yourself with incredibly beautiful in-shape benefits, I’ve always been a little suspect of sitting and sweating in a room full of total strangers. I kind of prefer exercising outdoors. But in the spirit of setting some New Year’s resolutions, this year I’m going to sign up for a yoga class and see if I can stick with it.

I was browsing some of the types of yoga on yoga simple and I think I’ll start with Hatha yoga. Bikram just seems too extreme, at least for now. Although I like the idea of having an amazing Bikram body, even if those people are a little bit like a cult.

First class is tomorrow. I’ve got my mat and my yoga pants ready to go. Let’s see how long I last.

Dec 31 13

Take the Shot


Wayne Gretzky was an amazing hockey player and an equally impressive ambassador for his sport. This is one of my favorite quotes, courtesy of Inspiratopia.

You Miss the Shots You Don't Take

Apr 13 12

Henry Aaron – The Forgotten Home Run Champion


I kind of feel bad for Henry Aaron. He was an incredible home-run hitter in his time and for decades held the home run record with 755 career home runs. He passed Babe Ruth’s record on April 8, 1974 when he hit his 715th home run at home in Atlanta. He went on to hit several more in the next two (and final) years of his career and his record stood long past his retirement until Barry Bonds broke it three decades later in 2007. Some baseball purists don’t believe Barry actually broke the record because of his alleged steroid use, but that’s another matter entirely.

The reason I feel sorry for Hammerin’ Hank Aaron is that despite his incredible achievement, he never really got the attention he deserved. For many, Babe Ruth was a revered player and the mere notion that someone would beat his long-standing home run record was inconceivable. There was a lot of hatred towards Aaron when he chased the record, and unfortunately a lot of it was because he was an African American.

One of my favorite stories about Hank Aaron took place during the 1957 World Series. Yogi Berra, the catcher for the New York Yankees, noticed that Hank Aaron was holding the bat the wrong way. “Turn it around,” he told him, “so you can see the trademark.” But Hank ignored him, keeping his eye on the pitcher’s mound. “Didn’t come up here to read. Came up here to hit.” was his reply.

Feb 29 12

SuperBowl Thoughts


Did you watch this SuperBowl this year? Who didn’t really? I was rooting for the NY Giants to win and it was wonderful to see Eli Manning really come into his own. I think he proved once and for all that he is an elite quarterback. It was such a nice touch that he played a great game in the same stadium that really belongs to his big brother.

I thought Tom Brady also played well, but the Patriots were simply outmatched by the Giants. Again. It’s gotta be frustrating to be a New England Patriots fan. First because they keep losing to the same team. But second because it’s New York.

I’m also not usually one for halftime shows but I thought Madonna rocked. She’s getting older but she still knows how to put on a show. I was able to convince my little brother to tear his eyes away from Poptropica long enough to check her performance out. He has no appreciation for the standout singing and dancing skills of the original Material Girl, but I think he still liked the show.

Oct 27 11

Texas Rangers One Victory Away


I’m pretty jazzed up about the next game in the World Series. I am a bit of a Texas Rangers fan and they’re leading the series 3-2. I don’t want to jinx things because I often do that. I get pretty excited about a team or a game and then they go and lose it! But the game will be played tonight after last night’s rainout and we’ll see Lewis pitching against Garcia. It’s been a close series and the pitching tonight will be good. So I think it comes down to which team will capitalize best on the opportunities they get. Isn’t that always the way it goes in games like this?

In the meantime, since the game got rained out, I spent my time last night checking out a new game on Facebook called CastleVille. It looks pretty good. It’s going to be just like CityVille and FarmVille but in a fantasy castle setting. With princesses and stuff. Normally that’s not my style, but the game looks like a lot of fun and I’ll check it out when it is released.

Sep 4 11

College Football is Underway


So glad to see that the college football season is finally underway. This off-season has been filled with so much scandal and bad news that it’s been sickening. Some of it was overblown, but there are definitely problems at the schools that need to be addressed. We’ve got to remember that college football is supposed to be about the game and not the freak sideshow of the money. But that might just be wishful thinking. Anyway, it’s nice to turn on ESPN this weekend and just see the games being played and not endless spin and news from the ADs at the schools or the analysis of all that’s bad in the sport. Finally we can just watch some football and (hopefully) move on!

Oct 29 10

Baseball and the World Series


I have to admit I’m not really a huge baseball fan anymore. I used to be but I think the whole steroids scandal turned me off completely. But I am getting back into it because the players are clean now and the game is getting fun to watch. I’m really excited about this year’s World Series because it features two teams that haven’t won in a very long time. In the case of the Texas Rangers, they’ve never won and the San Francisco Giants may have won as a franchise, but they’ve never delivered a championship to their beautiful city by the baby. So no matter what happens this year, a whole bunch of fans are really going to be happy. It’s been a great year for baseball, that’s for sure.

Sep 26 10

Hello world!


Hi and welcome to my personal blog about sports, competition and the drive to be a champion. I’ll be filling it with stories about sports, both personal and inspirational. Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy it!

When I’m not blogging about sports, I’m usually playing them. I love all kinds of team sports, especially volleyball and soccer. I’ll also play flag football from time to time. I also like to chill out with some individual sports like long-distance running. Even though I’m pretty athletic and outgoing, I’m also a bit of a nerd and love to work on the computer. I can’t program but I do like to write and I have a thing for computer games, especially the Facebook games because they don’t eat up a lot of time.

I’m also a bit of a nutrition freak and try to eat healthy whenever I can. Lately I’ve been following the 4-Hour Body diet for fat loss, which revolves around a slow carb diet. It’s pretty good and keeps me feeling energetic. But I do slip up from time to time. My weakness is fondue.