Wednesday, August 29, 2007

fa·nat·ic

Websters Dictionary describes fa·nat·ic as marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion. This would be a good description of me and I, when it comes to my love for the Russian Hockey. Specifically Russian National Team. I have spouted stats, records, hearsay, in defense of this hockey decorated nation. I have diligently followed its play in Euro-tours, Canada cups, world juniors, world cups and Olympics , I have rejoiced in its many wins and defended losses and came up with excuses to make sense of a loss. I have lost sleep before and after games being to nervous or excited or too mad about them playing or about their play(I know thats sick, but its true). Now why am I saying all this?

Well this morning I was so embarrassed and ashamed to call my self a Fan of Russian hockey. Yes its just one tournament and probably one that not many people know about and yes Russia has won other games and tournaments that others don't know about like the U18 this spring and yes their loss was to Canada in which there shouldn't be much shame since Canada is its only rival....BUT....I have never seen a Russian team, that has had no desire to compete, play or DO ANYTHING...it was absolutely sad...usually Canada is very strong especially against Russia, they are usually strong on the boards, have lots of tempo, lots of emotion and hitting, combined with skill and scoring. Russians usually counter this with speed, great transition, and neutral zone plays that result in odd man attacks in their favor, but what I saw this morning was complete utter lack of anything! This is easily the worst Russian team I have ever seen. They were terribly coached lacking any kind of imagination or even idea of how to match lines, there was no imagination in attack unless you consider a shot from the blue line creative, there was no breakouts, no movement or speed it was literally like watching kids playing men. I was incredibly embarrassed. So there you have it, I have defended and stood strong with this national program in times that I shouldn't have but today I confess Canadians were simply better in EVERY area of the game then Russians, The Russian national team was simply outclassed!!!!!!

Specific points: Nemchinov the ex NHLer and Soviet National team Alumni, showed that he is not the man for the job of coaching the Russian team, he was weak, showed no character on the bench and did nothing to help spark the team that was miraculously still in the game at the end of the second period was down only 1-0 but was being out shot and outplayed in every category, he did nothing. Next is the play of Charipanov all the talk prior to the tournament was that this is the best thing outside of North America, the next great Russian Hockey player. He has been asked to lead this team, and has done nothing but embarrass the jersey and himself, it took serious CSI work to find him on the ice at either game, and the only time he was noticed was being absolutely ROCKED by Sutter, to which I cheered with complete joy, since he is the most useless player. I am not even expecting him to score, Canada was/is better period, so I don't expect him to put up numbers but something, some kind of effort, hit, skating emotion ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nope nothing, just disappeared and was not around, my move if I was coaching these plugs, would be to not even dress him for the next game, which happens to be his home town and the super league team he plays for Omsk. Just put him in the press box and let him watch there, since all he has done so far has been watching, they want to embarrass the jersey embarrass him!!!!

There are so many more things I want to say but I think thats enough, I am considering not going to this series game in Saskatoon, to which I bought tickets too on the day they were available since I am always pumped and have been a fan (fanatic), its not even the loss its how they lost, that is what makes me so embarrassed of this team! Shame! So today I brake the Websters Definition of, intense uncritical devotion, and criticize this embarrassment.

And to top it all of Canucks changed their jerseys to a nightmare that you can see here, my world is falling apart...I need a hug, anyone??

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Youth Lake Day 2007...

Lake day was a blast we had a lots of boats, lots of toys, not the best weather but a lot of fun, here are some pictures and video's of the day, special thanks to Stu, Neil and Ian for bringing boats and driving, Devin for helping out with rides and Bushman's and Bodlt's for the use of their vehicles for the trip, and my parents in law for their cabin it was a blast!

Ryan and Curtis trying to hang on...

David, Ryan, Sasha and CJ

Some of the youth on the beach waiting a turn and trying to be warm, and Neil in his space age life jacket.

Jesse and Logan about to go...

Austin and Caleb

Erin Chantel and KatieMichelle and Katie

It was a fun day, for more pictures you can check the youth pictures flickr on the side of this blog...

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Reflection...

How can churches help their young people learn that they don't need (as their boomer parents seem to) a spectacular religion, an angel awakening, some sort of exotic experience that will last them for the next thirty years to convince them that they have faith. Can we instead learn together to recognize God in small things, the supposed "coincidences" of daily life, the gifts of all creation, especially the Word? (p.95)


How do we reconcile the spectacle of media presentations, for example, with the character of the God we are worshiping - an unpretentious Jesus who eschewed the temptation to indulge in spectacle for the sake of winning the crowds (Matt 2:5-7), a Christ of poverty who "emptied himself, taking the form of a slave,... [and] humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death-even death on the cross"(Phil. 2:7-8)? How do we teach worshipers to follow the steps of the Trinity manifested in Jesus if our medium doesn't match the message? Can't we serve the poor of our world best if we humble and empty ourselves, too? (96)

- Marva J. Dawn (unfettered hope, A Call to Faithful Living in an Affluent Society)

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

My personality...

Click to view my Personality Profile page

Well this is my personality apparently according to the internet and internet does not lie so it must be true. Famous people that are like me again according to the internet are:


Apparently my description is: "ENFPs are warm, enthusiastic people, typically very bright and full of potential. They live in the world of possibilities, and can become very passionate and excited about things. Their enthusiasm lends them the ability to inspire and motivate others, more so than we see in other types. They can talk their way in or out of anything. They love life, seeing it as a special gift, and strive to make the most out of it."

My ideal jobs are (get this): Church worker!!! and a lot more here are few -
  • Psychologist/Counselor
  • Public Relation
  • Researcher
  • Scientist
  • Senior Manager
  • Social Scientist
  • Social Worker
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Technical Specialist
  • Trainer
  • Writer

  • Personally Scientist fits me...stop laughing!! :)

    Monday, August 13, 2007

    BACK at WORK...but probably not at the office!

    Hey I am back...email me, call me lets get an ice cap and hang! This week visiting: Redberry Bible Camp, Youth Farm Bible camp, Saskatoon Youth, Western Grocer Youth and more...call me email me, text me, leave a comment or facebook me... :) Reminder Lake day this saturday meet at church at 10 am...let me know if your going!

    Thursday, August 09, 2007

    Canucks...

    I guess NHL is "close" to starting...or maybe I just can't wait, but here are some news that got me all excited about my mighty Nucks...well according to HockeyBuzz, the rumour for trades that are in the works for Nucks who so desperately need to address the scoring depth, since after Sedins, and Naslund who did not live up to his usual game last year, it dries up quickly so the rumors in trades are: Hossa, (which I cant see since Atlanta announced that he would be a priority to sign), Elias (which would be awesome, although Ohlund is part of that trade, and in my mind has always shown great dependability in the back end, but with the depth of D that Canucks have, Elias would be worth it big time.), and the third not trade mind you but unrestricted free agent is Forsberg. Although two not so great rumors are that Lindros and Allison are also being considered by the Canucks, which in my mind seems like an experiment waiting to fail...anyways time will tell.

    Another news is that the Canucks are going to change the look and style of their logo and jerseys which to me seems ridiculous...is this too much NHL thinking for August, I don't know...

    Also with the scoring punch that Nucks are in need of I personally think that Morozov would be a steal from Russian Super league who had a great article about him at Russian Hockey Digest, he has really come into his own since being picked 24th over all in 95, he has been given a chance to play more and develop in Russia, and "During the IIHF European Championship Cup (ECC) in January 2007, Morozov earned the titles of best forward and MVP as he led Ak-Bars to the championship, reaffirming Russian dominance at the tournament. When the regular season ended, Morozov lead the league and established new Super League record in points (83) as Ak-Bars Kazan had a league leading 119 points and well on the way to an unprecedented second straight championship. He became the first player in the history of the RSL to top the eighty points in a season and his 83 points broke the old record of 79 held by Sergei Makarov. "(source)

    He also lead all scoring in World Championships, scoring 8 goals and 5 assists in 7 games, and has been argued that is now the best player outside of NHL, rumors are that he is in negotiations with few NHL teams, but being only 30 I think he would be a great gamble, even before the last two years of developing in Russia his last season with Pittsburgh he recorded 50 points in 75 games, 16g and 34 assists, not great but not bad either. Since then he has been given more playing time and time to develop and broaden his skills and opportunities to play big minutes in club and national jersey to which he has not disappointed. I really would like Canucks to take a gamble on this guy seeing how many of the desired UFA's are now gone. Would also be the needed creative player to play along with Naslund, since Bulis and Smolinski were both a bust...for that matter Morrison has not shown anything since representing Canada in Olympics 2002...well here's hoping!

    Sunday, August 05, 2007

    Morgun Family as Simpsons

    Well you can go on the Simpsons new movie website and upload your picture and the website will "Simpsonize" you and you can see what you would look like if you were a Simpsons character, so here without further ado are the Morguns:
    Noah
    Sasha
    Jessica
    Paul