Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Vote For Running

I don't know which sports you may be interested in but I figure if you are reading this you know how I have a love for running. One of the people who have inspired my running to a new level is Dean Karnazes. I've mentioned Dean before on here. I posted about his book Ultra Marathon Man back in October 2006 and I posted how a phrase from his book helped me out in the Nashville Marathon this past April. Actually, the last thing I read the night before the marathon was about Dean running 100 miles to a marathon then ran the marathon in 3:15!!! Now that's a way to get perspective.

Recently I received a hydration backpack for my long runs. Check it out here. (Thanks for the birthday gift Sherri!) I made sure I got the one Dean uses made by The North Face. I figure if he can run a hundred or two miles with it on it should be good for my short 12-20 mile runs.

I believe there is WAY more to running than just getting in shape or beating your best time. The people I know that have started running seem to have changed more than just their physical health. But that is another blog post that I'll have to explore another day.

Anyway, Dean is nominated for an ESPY (ESPN sports awards) in the category of "Best Outdoor Athlete". I think it would be a great boost to the running community if a runner could win this award. Running is so often forgotten and so many people take part in it. Strange.

So please, even if you are not a runner, take the 30-60 seconds to follow THIS LINK and vote for Dean. Just scroll down to "Best Outdoor Athlete" select Dean and choose vote! And hey, if you are a blogger and a runner, and I know some of you are, please post about this too and let's get an ESPY for Dean!

To visit Dean’s blog go here.



Monday, June 11, 2007

Birthday Thank You's

So it seems Facebook now makes it possible for us all to remember birthdays. That's pretty sweet. I don't think I've ever received so many birthday greetings ever. Oh, there's another one just arrived in my email. One sec . . . Thanks cousin Joel!! Now, there are way too many to respond to. I seriously feel overwhelmed. So if you sent me a "Happy B-Day" or "HaPpY bIrThDaY!!" or anything else aloing those lines, please accept a big thank you. You were all very kind to take the time to do that.

I do need to highlight one birthday greeting in particular though seeing as it may be the best one I've ever received in my whole life. If you are at all offended by certain words you may not like it but if you find the word "Frig" at least slightly humorous you are in for a treat. Behold!

My sister told me she's had this one in her 'back pocket' for a few months now. Nice find!!!

And yes 31 is wonderful. I feel truly blessed by Jesus whom I strive to serve as best I can daily. I have an amazing wife, a bright healthy little boy, a family that loves me very much and friends all over the world who care for me. What else do I really need?



Saturday, June 09, 2007

Congrats Canada's Anaheim Ducks

". . . for the most part, this is a Canadian team and that's not an accident. Bryan Murray, who built most of this squad, freely admits that when drafting, he sought out large Canadian youngsters." read full article here

I must congratulate the most Canadian team in the NHL, the Anaheim Ducks, on winning the Stanley Cup. Way to go boys! We're all proud of you up here and glad you beat the bad guys from Ontario. Gotta give props to the Anaheim fans too. Way to go on supporting your team and hanging in there.

So now it's over, for a few months anyway the best sport in the world will be taking a break. The best sport with the smartest and most affluent fans apparently. Check this out.

"Hockey is by far the smallest of the big four sports in terms of total fan base, television dollars, and sponsorship. However, the NHL fan base is the most affluent and well educated of the four." read full article here

There ya go folks. So statistics say that I'm better educated and more affluent than NFL fans or NBA fans or MLB fans or NASCAR . . . wait a second that's not a sport. I guess stats can't always be right.


Thanks Fred for the heads up on Anaheim's Canadian-ness.


Monday, June 04, 2007

The Cambridge Predators

Are the Nashville Predators moving home base to my hometown, Cambridge Ontario? Looks like some people think so. Let’s take a look at some of the info.

Canadian entrepreneur Jim Balsillie has entered into a letter of agreement to buy the NHL's Nashville Predators for US$220 million Balsillie is co-CEO of Waterloo-based Research In Motion (RIM), the company that makes BlackBerry hand-held devices. Think about this. In February, RIM purchased a large plot of land -- 26 acres in Cambridge off Can-Amera Parkway, between Lingard and Townline roads. Picked it up from a home builder. Paid about $3.8 million. Might be a simple plot on which to build grand new digs for bursting-at-the-seams RIM, now occupying 21 buildings in Waterloo. Or the site could land in Balsillie's hands and become a perfect place to erect a big rink for a big-time team. Close to the 401. Close to the Breslau airport, where international flights are welcome. Most importantly, it appears to sit about 82 km from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. You see, the Toronto Maple Leafs hold a veto power over any plans to drop another NHL club within 80 km of their ice palace.
- Aaron Fisher

Everyone talks about Hamilton as being the place Balsillie would move the team but Hamilton is within Buffalo and Toronto’s territory and it would cost the Predators too much to stay there. It appears that Hamilton is just a contingency plan in case the team HAS to move.

Don't get me wrong, I really hope that the predators stay in Nashville unless of course they move to Cambridge. That would be my one exception.

Anyway, interesting stuff! Or at least entertaining.



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