3. Best game I’ve ever been to: Blues 09 playoff clincher or the Winter Classic at Wrigley, because that atmosphere was AWESOME
4. Three teams I don’t care for: Blackhawks, Blackhawks, and the Blackhawks
5. If my team doesn’t hoist the Cup this year, I hope it goes to: Tampa(not happening though) Maybe Boston as a more realistic choice
6. First favourite player: Brett Hull
7. Why am I a hockey fan: Best sport I play it and can’t watch enough of it. That guy named Brett Hull has to do a it with i.
8. Team Crosby or Team Ovi: neither
9. Second favourite team: Tampa Bay Lightning
10. Favourite Russian player: Evgeni Malkin
11. Favourite Swedish player: Alex Steen
12. Favourite American player: David Backes
13. Favourite Canadian player: Marty St. Louis
14. Staals or Sedins: Staals
15. Player I like on a team I don’t like: Pavol Datsyuk, so much skill
16. Craziest thing I’ve done for my team: Wore my Blues jersey to the Winter Classic in Chicago for Hawks vs Wings
17. First player I met:Al Macinnis
18. Team I’ll support in Sochi 2014: Team USA all the way!
19. Arena I’d kill to watch a game in: Shark Tank and Bell Centre
20. Player currently on my team who deserves to have his number retired: Based on accomplishments to this point as a Blue Jackman would be the only option though a couple of players could prove to warrant it
Today is definitely off to a better start. If there is one thing that I’ve learned over the years from everything I’ve been through, is that each day is what you make of it. Your attitude, body demeanor, and other things will all influence how your day will go. Not the person trying to bring you down, the teacher in a class making it difficult to succeed, or just the random idiot you might run into. It is all about you and handle adversity. It is definitely something I haven’t been good at handling over the years, but I’m improving. Life is full of challenges and obstacles that you must find a way to get around. You must continue to fight through through it all if you want to succeed and achieve your goals. Nothing is ever easy but don’t let something or someone change your mind on what you want to get out of your life. Besides life would be boring without a little adversity. It also brings me to one of my favorite sayings, “What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.”
So what I’m saying to any of you who actually read through this and to myself, keep your head up and fight through things that life throws in front of you. Nothing good comes from letting things stay with you.
I’ve had a bad day today. Seems like anything I do, isn’t ever enough. Just feel unsure about some things too. I don’t even know anymore. At least the Blues won! Who knows though, tomorrow is another day with new opportunities. Maybe…
Well this weekend I traveled down to Mobile, Alabama to see my school play in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. This was definitely one of the all around best Bowl trips or even road trips I’ve been on. From my Dad making sure that I had a good time, to the southern hospitality, it was hard to not have a great time!
The drive to and from Mobile was a little rough, but I expected that since I’m only a few weeks out of surgery. We basically relaxed Friday night before having a blast the rest of the weekend.
Saturday we started the day off by taking a tour of the USS Alabama. It was amazing to see how many places there were to explore on the ship. We spent well over 2 hours and probably didn’t even make it to half of the ship. It got hard to move around because the Arkansas State players showed up and were running everywhere. Would have really loved to have spent more time there but with my shoulder, the tight spaces, and the large football players running everywhere it was better to leave at that point.
For the rest of the day we chilled with some of my friends on Dauphin Street in Mobile. This was until the Mardi Gras Parade, which was awesome. All of us had so many beads and moon pies of all things lol!
Following the parade was the only thing that was done poorly by the GoDaddy Bowl. There was supposed to be a big pep rally featuring the bands and teams that ended up being an Arkansas State gathering and the Huskie Marching Band being shoved into some tiny space around the corner to be played. I think maybe only ten NIU fans found their way there which was very lame. The night did end with a cool fireworks show though…
Sunday was game day which turned out to be a fun, awesome, and painful day for me. Dad and I spent the morning driving out to Dauphin Island to go see the Gulf Coast and do some exploring. Overall we weren’t very impressed with the area, seemed a little run down. It was different to say the least. We did get to go see a Civil War fort which was pretty cool.
This brings us to the game and what a great game it turned out to be! We had great seats pretty much at midfield on the NIU side of the stadium. The stadium was perfect size too for both schools as it was a near sellout crowd! The Huskies started out real slow getting down 13-0 ear before taking the game over with great defense and big plays from the offense, scoring 31 unanswered points! Final score was 38-20 and it was great getting to see NIU finally win a Bowl game in person(they lost the previous 2 that I had attended). Even better was the awesomeness of getting to run onto the field with the team and see that raw emotion as we all celebrated the greatest season in NIU football history!
I would have loved to have been able to stay on the field longer and meet up with some of the players that I know but I was in a lot of pain from the day. We left after they awarded the trophies because my entire upper body was in so much pain thanks to my sling.
All in all like I said a great experience with great people! Definitely is something that I will never forget and tell everyone about for years to come.
Wow….that’s all that first comes to mind after letting the emotions from this game calm down a bit. What an interesting game this was to say the least, it had it all. The officiating, which I’m sure many of you already know, was atrocious! I seriously can’t remember ever seeing bad call after bad call like that, and that’s saying a lot because I watch a ton of hockey. The Roman penalty…..I don’t even want to go there.
What I really want to talk about is how this team managed to keep it all together. Any one of the Blues teams of the past few years would have not been able to keep their composure in this situation. That says a lot about the leadership in the team, as well as Hitch & the entire coaching staff. Coming out and getting the PP goal 20 seconds into the 3rd put no doubt in my mind about winning this game. It was a great feeling to have and it just wants to tell me that there maybe something about this team. I am just going to leave you all with a question that pretty much sums up what I am thinking right now. Are we going to be able to look back at this game as a game that really erased any doubt in believing in this team? Will this be a game that really defines how the rest of the season will go(Boston game 09)? Who knows time will tell.
Alright well no more posts from me till probably Tuesday. Off to Sweet Home Alabama! LET’S GO HUSKIES and LET’S GO BLUES!!!
Tomorrow morning will be the start of my first trip of 2012. Dad and I are driving down to Mobile, Alabama to see my school, the 2011 MAC Champion NIU Huskies, play in the GoDaddy Bowl Sunday night! Should be a lot of fun with things that are scheduled. There’s going to be a Mardi Gras themed parade, pep rally, and fireworks on the gulf coast! Not to mention getting to see all of my fellow Huskie fans and friends while enjoying 70 degree weather! It’s going to be a blast and hopefully will have some decent pictures to show off despite my terrible camera. It all starts tomorrow at 6 am with 12 hour drive, now on to packing and LET’S GO HUSKIES!!!!
Can’t forget to cheer on the Blues this weekend either, guess I’ll just have to watch them on my phone Saturday night! LET’S GO BLUES!!!
Ok, the first thing I am going to start out by saying is that I do believe the 3 game suspension was very harsh for a first time offender with no history of being reckless in the past. Now that you understand that, you might not like what I am going to say next…
In my opinion, I did think that Ian’s arm came up at the end of the hit. Initial reaction was telling me that he definitely was going to get a call from Shanaban. It definitely had the feel of a lot of the blindside hits that I have seen in the past, altough not to the severity of those hits. I do think that Abdelkader needs to not be an idiot there skating with his head down the whole way into the zone. That happens time and time again though, and theres not a lot you can do about that. I was expecting a fine and at most 1 game for that hit, because at the end of the day it still was a hit to the head. If it would have been at most one game, I honestly wouldn’t have been angry at all about it. Well, that’s my 2 cents on that.
I think one thing that we all agree that sucks about this is the lack of consistency in all of these ruling, but that’s another rant for another time…
Figured I’d give this a try and see what this is all about. Hopefully not all of my posts will be as lame as this one but no promises on that. I’m just sitting here in my basement recovering from shoulder surgery, looking for something to occupy time.
My plan from this is to give you my opinions on random hockey topics, tell you about exciting things happening in my life, and hopefully a lot about the weather as well! So we’ll see how this goes!