Success of Women’s Pro Hockey Needs NHL

I read an article last week where National Hockey League (NHL) Commissioner Gary Bettman said that his league isn’t interested in the women’s game if a viable professional league exists.

I think Bettman and the NHL are passing up on a golden opportunity to build the foundation of a women’s league.

Yes, women do have a league with the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) but it isn’t a solid league. The league has lasted for the past five seasons. The NWHL currently has five teams:  Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters and Minnesota Whitecaps.

In October 2017, the New Jersey Devils partnered with the Riveter to become the first NHL team to partner with an NWHL team. The three-year partnership provides facilities for Riveters games and practices, and assists with sponsorships, marketing, and tickets. The team changed its name to the Metropolitan Riveters and adopted the colors of the Devils. Some Riveters games are broadcast on The One Jersey Network, the Devils’ digital radio station as well. As part of the new affiliation, the Riveters and Devils held a doubleheader at the Prudential Center for the Riveters’ 2017–18 season opener against the Boston Pride followed by the Devils’ game against the Arizona Coyotes.  On May 17, 2019, it was reported that the New Jersey Devils were ending their partnership with the Riveters. With the partnerships dissolved, both teams changed their home venues.

On December 21, 2017, the Buffalo Beauts were acquired by Pegula Sports and Entertainment, owners of the Buffalo Sabres, Rochester Americans, and the Beauts’ arena HarborCenter. The Beauts were the second team to become affiliated with an NHL franchise, following the Metropolitan Riveters and the New Jersey Devils partnership in October, the first NWHL franchise to not be owned by the league and the first team in professional women’s hockey to be owned by an NHL owner. On May 8, 2019, Pegula Sports and Entertainment, the owners of the Buffalo Beauts, relinquished ownership and operations of the team back to the NWHL, but continued to claim rights to the Beauts name as part of the turnover.

These partnerships are crucial to the development of a women’s professional league.  The NWHL is now facing a crisis as over 200 players announced their intent to not participate in any North American professional league due to the lack of health insurance or livable salaries.   These are things that the NHL could step in and subsidize to support the women players.

When the Canadian Women’s Hockey League discontinued operations in May,  the NWHL announced plans for two expansion franchises in Montreal and Toronto and official support from the National Hockey League that makes it one of the NWHL’s biggest financial sponsors. The league was in conversations with all of the current stakeholders and partners within Toronto and Montreal including Les Canadiennes and the Toronto Furies. However, in response to the folding of the CWHL, players from both leagues were dissatisfied in the operation of both the NWHL and CWHL in that neither league provided health insurance or a livable salary. Due to these conditions, over 200 players released a joint statement announcing their intent to not participate in any North American professional league for the 2019–20 season. The NWHL responded with that they are pursuing many more sponsors then in previous years and hoped to increase player salaries and agreed to give players a 50 percent split of revenue on league sponsorship and media deals. On May 20, 2019, the players formed a worker’s union called the Professional Women’s Hockey Player Association (PWHPA) to further push for their stated goals of a league that provides financial and infrastructure resources to players, health insurance, and support to training programs for young female players.

In a league update on May 30, 2019, the NWHL announced that due to no additional investors, the league would not be able to increase to full-time salaries or provide players with health insurance outside of the typical worker’s compensation for injuries, but had come to an agreement to a 50 percent revenue split on all league-wide sponsorship and media deals. In addition, the league also stated they would not be able to add Montreal and Toronto for the 2019–20 season. The league announced a longer 2019–20 season for the teams, going from 16 to 24 games.

The NWHL won’t survive unless the NHL invests in it. After the thrilling Gold Medal win for the USA hockey team in last year’s Olympics, the NHL had perfect timing to skate into support of a women’s pro league.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has subsidized the women’s game in basketball with the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) which is finishing their (number) season. Although it has lasted, it hasn’t been ideal and a lot of it has to do with the season being played in the summer. It is hard to maintain interest in a sport which is played outside of its normal season. The NHL should work with the NWHL and develop the league. The women’s game is fast and exciting just like the men’s game without the fighting.

A women’s league backed by the NHL should start out with teams in the NHL’s eight strongest cities. They could play some double-headers with the men’s teams. I would also keep the same team name’s as their male counterparts.   Both men and women grow up being a Bruins or Rangers fan.  They could play a 30-36 game schedule and postseason about a month before the men’s playoffs begin.

Now is the time for the NHL to step in during this crucial stage of professional women’s hockey.  If they ice the puck on the women’s game, the future of a women’s professional league could melt.

Boot Scooters Finalize Roster

The Nashville Boot Scooters have a place to play and now they have filled their rosters of players that will roll into action for the teams’ inaugural X-treme Scooter Quidditch League (XSQL) season which begins in less than two weeks.

“I think we have some of the best mixture of quidditch players and scooter riders for our team,” said Head Coach Kevin Henning. “This is an entirely new sport which will call upon some radical skills to be successful on the field.”

The Boot Scooters has narrow down the field from over 200 players to their final roster of 25 players.

The game features seven players on the field consisting of three chasers, two beaters, the keeper and the seeker. Teams are also allowed to carry utility players on their roster who can play in any position or fill in for injured players.

Here is the roster of players by positions:

  • Keepers
    • Jayke Archibald
    • Augustine Monroe
    • Tyler Trudeau
  • Chasers
    • Andrew Axtell
    • Julia Baer
    • Justin Cole
    • Kaci Erwin
    • Samuel Haimowitz
    • Rachel Heald
    • Quincy Hildreth
    • Luke Langlinais
    • Lindsay Marella
    • Nicholas Marino
    • Mercedes Natali
    • Simón Van der veen Quant Arends Jr.
  • Beaters
    • Bailee Fields
    • Max Havlin
    • Jackson Johnson
    • Hallie Pace
    • Vicky Sanford
    • Cole Travis
    • Tyler Walker
    • Lulu Xu
  • Utility
    • Joshua Andrews
    • Harry Greenhouse

Archibald and Cole were teammates with the Boston Night Riders of the Major League Quidditch (MLQ) where they won the league title.  They also played on the United States National Team along with Trudeau and Fields.  The two utility players, Andrews and Greenhouse, are local players who survived the open try-outs to secure spots on the roster.

The front office has been working hard to finalize sponsors and ticket requests in preparation for the season.

“We are getting more interest the closer it gets to the first game,” said Team Manager Ryan Cooper. “We are competing with high school, college and the Predators so it is going to be a challenge to stay in the conversation.”

Justin Cole thinks there is room for his team in Music City.

“Have you seen the scooters out there? This game is going to be their sport and I know they are excited about it.”

The Boot Scooters will open the season on September 26th against the San Francisco Muggles.  The team will play seven home and seven away games.

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You Are Not A Nobody

It’s easy to get lost in a world of billions of people.

One person.That’s all you and I can be.

There are celebrities and professional athletes that standout in the crowd in our world. Most of us don’t. We are the ones who seem invisible to the world around us. We work our jobs and live our lives hoping we have enough paycheck to pay our bills. It’s a routine that I often get tired of doing.

You and I may have times that we feel that we are nobodies. We aren’t rich and we aren’t famous for anything. Honestly I wonder sometimes how some celebrities became famous.

The good news is that our creator says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) That sounds pretty awesome but what does that mean to us? It means that God knows us intimately and personally. There is nothing about us that He doesn’t know. He even knows how many hairs we have on our head. (Luke 12:7) That can sound pretty unsettling that someone can know us that well.

it’s nice to know weren’t aren’t a nobody. He’s even interested in us talking to Him too. I know there are times when my voice either isn’t heard, not important or drowned out by others but God hears us and He’s interested in the details of our lives.

If you aren’t into God or the Bible, you still aren’t a nobody. Who you are is important. We all have the ability to make the world around us a better place. You don’t have to be the worlds’ definition of being a somebody. We can all make or break someone’s day. Being nice isn’t that difficult but it seems to be in short supply.

We may feel lost at times but we can find our direction. Sometimes we have to find our purpose. We all have a purpose for being here. We don’t have to be a nobody. We can be somebody with a purpose.

Don’t know what your purpose is? There is no need to stress out about it. It will find you. Don’t force it or allow someone to tell you what you should do. I was a bit anxious when I was growing up that I had to be a preacher since my father and grandfather were both preachers in the family. I was even named after my grandfather. I tried it but it didn’t feel right. It wasn’t me. Then I realized that the calling to be a preacher wasn’t something that was hereditary. Believe me – it takes a special type of personality to be a preacher. I realized that I did not possess that personality and did not have that calling. I had to be me. I couldn’t be another Milton Sweat or Billy Hooper.

Don’t let people make you feel like a nobody. People are quick to judge and classify you based on outward things such as your job, money, looks, etc. People can only make you feel like a nobody if you let them. Don’t give them the power to do that. You know you. If they really care about you, they would treat you right. Always remember that people’s opinion of you doesn’t mean they are right.

Let people think what they want. Let them underestimate you. Just be you. You can’t be anybody else. Something you say or do can change make an impact on someone’s life. Look for opportunities to do that today.

Good News Wednesday (9/11/19)

9/11 isn’t always a reminder of bad news.  Here are a few stories that will warm your heart…

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Anonymous Man Spends Almost $50,000 On Generators And Food For Hurricane Victims In Bahamas (from truththeory.com)

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Country band Florida Georgia Line donates new K-9 to Indianapolis police (from cnn.com)

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Local man saves 5-year-old boy who nearly drowned in Corpus Christi (from kwtx.com)

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New Jersey automotive service center donates car to woman in need (from newjersey.news12.com)

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Pay it Forward recognizes Maquoketa man bringing the community together (from wqad.com)

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South Carolina Boy Saving up for Disney World Trip Donates Money to Hurricane Dorian Evacuees Instead (from ktla.com)

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They’re alive! Rescuers free all 4 crew members from capsized cargo ship off Georgia (from usatoday.com)

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I’m Not A Christian…I’m A Believer

believerYes, there is a difference.

I was raised in a church/religious home and was told that we were “Christians”.  Tell someone you are a christian and see what kind of reaction you get.  It isn’t a positive response, especially today.

Many years ago when I went with a fanatical group on an Israel tour of the Holyland, our guide told us that people who believe in Jesus over there don’t referred to themselves as “christians” but “believers” because there is a history of bad things with Christians such as the crusades.   He said they were called believers.  I liked that and I have adopted that change in terminology since then.

Honestly Christians have really given God a serious public relations headache.  My wife and I passed a guy recently who was preaching and condemning anyone who walked by.  Yeah, that’s really getting the job done.  I’m really sick of Christian people embarrassing God and making things more difficult for the rest of us who aren’t the weird, radical fringe.

It’s not about a church either.  Been there done that and had the church flag to prove it.

It’s about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  That’s it.  Either you believe in Him or you don’t.  I’m not going to get in your face and yell at you.  I’m not even going to debate you.  If your mind is set against it then what words could I possibly use to convince you?  Really, unless you have a relationship with Christ, how can you possibly know?  This is something you have to experience.  I can’t open my Bible app and read you the thees and thous and hope that some spooky magical spiritual spell will cause you to turn from your heathen ways.

I was in the weirdness of a church for way too many years.  It wasn’t until I left that I was able to remove all the clutter that separated me from a true personal relationship with God.  It wasn’t in the yelling, tongue-speaking or Bible quoting but in the stillness of God’s presence.  It isn’t some Eastern meditation crap either.  It’s discipline to sit still and actually listen to God.  It’s not about asking a bunch of stuff for Him to do either.  I had to unlearn a lot of things I was taught and a lot of things I thought I knew about God to finally find who He is to me.

I’m a believer.  Pure and simple.  If you don’t like it I’m not going to hate you for it.  This is me and who I am.

Church.  I don’t need it.  Shocking I know.  I spent many years doing the church thing and feeling worse when I left then when I walked in.  I’m done with that feeling and not going back to that.  I’m not saying church isn’t important.  Some people need it.  Whatever folks need to survive I am not going to judge.  Some people need a preacher to stand up behind a pulpit to give their interpretation of the Bible.  I have learned that people will slant it the way they want.  That’s human nature.

I believe that God loved this world so much that He sent His son to die for my sins.  Now I can’t explain everything about God.  How can God have a “son” and how the Holy Ghost is a part of this trinity?  Sometimes you just can’t explain everything.  I save the theological debates for people who are into that kind of thing.   I don’t have a doctorate degree in theology.  My only experience is my own and real life.

You can think what you will about all of this but you haven’t walked in my shoes.  No, I’m not perfect and I have sinned.  We all have.  I have done the stone casting before the stones fell back on me.  Christians have a difficult time admitting that they are wrong.

Maybe I’m splitting hairs here with the definitions of Christian and Believer.  To me there is a difference.   When I Google “Christian vs. Believers” there are a lot of folks out there who score the term “Christians” higher on God’s food chain than “Believers”.  I know the difference.  I have lived it.  I want no part of Christian.

Sorry if I rocked your boat about this.  That’s okay, I believe that Jesus can walk on water to pull you back into the boat.

 

What The Hell Is That Smell?

smellMy mother’s ultra-sensitivity to smells drove me batty growing up.  If I had the wrong hint of cologne on me she could whiff it out and suddenly it would trigger a migraine  – or so she would claim.  Yeah, she was never a fan of my English Leather.

Karma has hit me as today I am pretty sensitive to smells.   I am a bit different though.  It seems that overpowering smells find a way to my nostrils.  Perfumes, colognes, cigarette or just plain stink will seek me out.  I was reminded of that today during my lunch break.

Today I decided to venture away from the office building for lunch outside.  First, it was the “homeless” guy who brings his kid around asking for money.   I put homeless in quotes because this guy has done the same thing for the past two years and even changes out kids.  He preys upon unsuspecting tourists.  Well, he has the stink smell going for him.  I got a whiff of him long before he approached me.

Then I’m walking the sidewalk downwind from the “aqua velva man”.  You know the one.  He’s the guy that bathes himself in his aftershave lotion before he goes out into the world.

I had to literally hold my nose.

I got my lunch and enjoyed the outdoor air – until – some guy comes outside and lights up his cigarette.  Yes, you guess it, the smoke found the exact wind currents to my nose.  Outdoor time is over.  I exchanged a quick, “thank you for ending my outdoor time” glance with him before giving up and returning to the office building.

I wasn’t safe from the scent assault.  I got on the elevator and the woman that enters with me is totally engulfed in perfume that aggravates every nasal cell in my nostrils.  I had to forcefully breathe through my mouth.

Thanks mom.

Now I have you recognizing the smells around you the rest of the day.

If you miss it I suggest you go to the movies.  There is a good chance someone will forget they are going in public and overdo it with their perfume or cologne.

You know, soap and water do a great job.  More people should focus on that part.

I have come to the conclusion that people choose to be oblivious to how their smell might impact others.  I know cigarette smokers do that – and don’t get me started on nasty cigars.  I won’t lump you all into the same category but I have seen that most do not care who is around.

Fortunately these smells have not triggered a migraine headache for me – yet.  I swear i need to wear one of those masks when I got out in public – or maybe I should never venture out in public.

What smells good to you might stink to someone else.  Does your scent enter the room before you do?

A recent study found that 31% of the general population is irritated by the scented products that other people wear and 19% experience negative health effects from air fresheners.

What are the most common irritants?

  • Perfume or cologne
  • hairspray
  • body odor
  • cigarette smoke

Humans (that’s most of you reading this blog) can detect an estimated 1 trillion odors.  Many odors are detected through nerve endings that are associated with pain and temperature sensation rather than smell.

I don’t know about all that but I know that my sensitivity to smells has gotten worse as I get older.  Lucky me.  They say that our sense of smell changes throughout life.

I guess it could be worse.  I should be thankful I don’t clean out sewers or work in health care.  I don’t know how those folks deal with the smells.  I goggled the top worst smells and they were things like:  decomposing bodies, vomit, raw sewage, skunks and rotten eggs.  Yeah, I guess I need to stay inside in my conditioned air.

On a positive note, they say that smells help us remember things better.  Immediately I can remember carnivals and fairs.  There is no mistake to those smells.  High school football games.  Freshly cut grass.  Perfumes (yes, there are some that aren’t bad).  Puppies.

So, do you get a headache from the smells around you?  You’re not alone.

It’s time to make the world a better smelling place.  Go light on the perfume/cologne and be mindful of wind direction when you go outside for a smoke.  Can we all smell along?

Hopefully this blog doesn’t stink.

 

 

 

 

Good News Wednesday (9/4/19)

We could all use a little good news to brighten our day.  Here are a few stories that are positive and uplifting that you might not see on your local news.

GNW_090419_01Homeless man given shoes by jogger in NYC now has job offer
(from abc7ny.com)

In an act of kindness that went viral, a jogger gave a homeless man the shoes off his feet last week.

That homeless man expressed his gratitude in an exclusive interview, and promised that if anyone had a job, he would work hard and prove his worth.

Now, in another Eyewitness News exclusive, it turns out someone was listening.

In the viral video, 30-year-old Joe Arroyo was seen sitting on a street in Lower Manhattan. A woman stopped in a taxi at a red light looked over, saw something spectacular and started recording.

A stranger who was jogging stopped and noticed Joe had holes in his sneakers. The man was so moved, he took off his socks and shoes and gave them to Joe.

Arroyo said he was ready to turn his life around and was willing to work.

Andrew Zurica, a successful entrepreneur, saw our story and wanted to help. On Thursday the two men met for the first time and Zurica offered Arroyo a job.

Andrew connected with Joe on many levels. Both have lived hard lives and had run-ins with the law.

When Andrew was just 13-years-old, after his father was locked up, he began hustling on the streets. In the 1990’s Zurica went to prison for four years after being arrested for international drug trafficking.

When he got out, he was determined to turn his life around and started from scratch. He started his own company, Hard Times Sundaes. He began with a food truck and the first year pulled in only $40,000. Now he owns three more eateries and is looking to expand.

Last year he made $2.9 million. Andrew is dedicated to giving back and told Joe he would be happy to have him work in one of his restaurants. Arroyo was floored by yet another kind gesture.

“I was in a hole,” he said. “I didn’t want anyone to pick me up out of the hole. I needed someone to throw me a ladder and I’d climb out myself. This is a ladder”.

“The one thing that makes me happy is to be in a position to give back and help people in some way,” said Andrew.

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(from washingtonpost.com)

Jon Potter was filling up his car at a Pittsburgh gas station when a woman approached and asked for a ride to a battered-women’s shelter. He said no.

She walked away, and he quickly felt a wave of regret. He got out of his car to look for her, but she was gone. Feeling terrible, he vowed to be kinder next time a stranger needed help.

A few weeks later, in the spring of 2015, he saw his opportunity when someone on a Pittsburgh Reddit group needed a hand installing a television antenna. Potter, who is handy, did it for no charge and felt great about it. Then someone on the same Reddit group asked for a cat sitter, and he jumped at the chance.

“It snowballed from there,” said Potter, 29. “I decided that for the next year, if anyone asks me for help, as long as it’s legal and as long as it won’t harm anyone else, I’d do it. It sounds ridiculous, but I did it.”

Soon, he was committing near-daily acts of kindness in the Pittsburgh community: helping someone repair vinyl siding, moving furniture, fixing a leaky roof, changing a grandmother’s tire on the side of the road. All for free. He even raised $700 for a teen in his community who was injured while stopping a hate crime.

His one year of goodness was so fulfilling that he has turned it into a four-year stretch of saying “yes” to random requests from strangers, gaining Potter fame in Pittsburgh for his hundreds — perhaps thousands — of kind acts, winning him awards, and making him the subject of local media attention.

“There is this Reddit lore of him,” said his friend Johann Guldenschuh, who met Potter when Potter agreed to help Guldenschuh and his wife move to the Pittsburgh area in 2017. “There are all these legends of these cool things he’s done, and they’re true.”

Before Potter’s do-gooder lifestyle began four years ago, he was a paragliding flight instructor, and most of his work hours fell on weekends. He was generally free on weekdays and had what he described as a bare-bones lifestyle. Instead of trying to earn more money during the week, he made the decision to dedicate himself to helping others.

It has had a profound effect on Potter, who says he has struggled with depression and anxiety since he was 8 years old. Last year, he was diagnosed with high-functioning autism and said the realization was a “huge puzzle piece” in his life. He said that pushing himself to interact with people by helping them has given him new appreciation for others.

“I trust a lot more now than I did in the past,” he said. “I trust people’s intentions more.”

Two years ago, he formalized what he does by creating the website Pittsburgh Good Deeds, where people can ask for help and also volunteer their services. Potter now works as a handyman, and when he quotes his clients a price, he tells them to pay what they can. He said enough people pay the full price to keep him afloat.

“I get what I need,” he said. “I’m not very religious, but at this point I definitely believe there’s an order to my life and there’s an order to the universe, and I believe the order is good.”

GNW_090419_03Jonas Brothers surprise fan at hospital after she had to miss concert for chemotherapy treatment
(from cbsnews.com)

Teenager Lily Jordan was supposed to be rocking out at a Jonas Brothers concert this past weekend, but instead she had to undergo chemotherapy treatment. So, the famous family stopped by her hospital room to pay her a very special surprise visit before the show.
Late last week 16-year-old Jordan posted a screenshot of an Instagram story, letting her followers know that she couldn’t make the Jonas Brothers’ Hershey, Pennsylvania, concert on Saturday due to chemotherapy.

“I was supposed to be at your Hershey concert tomorrow but instead I’m across the street doing chemo,” Lily wrote on Instagram. “If y’all wanted to pop in I’ll give you my room number.”

She also asked her followers to tag the band or put her post in their stories in hopes of getting their attention. And her post did just that.

The hashtag she used, #LilySeesTheJonasBrothersChallenge2019, went viral — even Pennsylvania Representative Scott Perry shared her post.

“Our good friend Lily is fighting for her life in Hershey tonight and so badly wanted to see the Jonas Brothers tomorrow night at Hersheypark, but can’t because of her urgent treatment,” he wrote on Facebook Friday. “If there is anyway for them to visit her, we are lifting up her hopes and our prayers for help.”

The Jonas Brothers saw the posts and couldn’t help but stop in to visit Jordan at Penn State Children’s Hospital before their concert.

The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center posted a sweet video of the famous trio walking into the teen’s room. “We saw your messages, we had to come over,” said Joe, to the smiling Jordan. “It went everywhere, my entire feed was filled,” added Kevin.

Even Nick’s wife, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, tagged along for the visit and met Jordan. After chatting for a bit, Nick asked Jordan if she had a favorite song they could dedicate to her during their concert that night. While Jordan was a bit flustered, she said their 2007 hit “S.O.S” was her pick — to which Kevin answered, “Done.”

The brothers also signed autographs and snapped pictures with the teen.

Jordan later posted photos from the visit on Instagram. “Wow. The power of social media you guys,” she wrote in the caption. “YOU did this. YOU made my crappy chemo session into something incredibly special and unforgettable. Thank you thank you thank you @jonasbrothers for taking time out of your day to come pay me a visit. Literally made my life.”

The Jonas Brothers are in the midst of their “Happiness Begins” tour for their recently released comeback album of the same name.

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Staying Calm in the Fire

I had a bad week at work last week. Issues came out me from every direction. It was a difficult week. It wasn’t the first time I have had a week like this but I found myself putting out fires.

Throughout the week I thought of the story of the three Hebrew dudes in the Book of Daniel. These guys were throw into a fiery furnace when the king got pissed off that they refused to worship him. When he ordered them to be throw into the fire, after he did, he saw a fourth man in the flames with them. The flames did not burn these guys who feared God more than the king.

Although I wasn’t in a physical fire last week, I was definitely in the flames of stress and frustration. I did my best to remind myself that God was with me in it. What’s interesting to remember and the story of the Hebrew guys in the furnace is that God didn’t deliver them FROM the fire but kept them while they were IN the flames. That’s a good thing to keep in mind because although God could keep us from difficult situations, He will sometimes allow it but He’s still with us.

That’s nice isn’t it? But it doesn’t always help to only KNOW this. I can tell you that I did everything to remember that God was with me in my “fire” last week but I didn’t exactly handle it gracefully. I complained often and let it get to me at times. I never read where the Hebrews complained or were even stressed about their situation. I wouldn’t have been a good Hebrew guy in the fiery furnace.

I did all the things that I thought would work. I prayed. I had quiet time with God. I read the Bible and listened to uplifting music but the week got the best of me. Although I did the right things I didn’t put enough effort in them to allow it to bring me peace. Instead, my mind was racing around to what I HAD to get done next. I was waiting for my time to be done with God so I could move on. I put my time in with God thinking that was enough. It wasn’t.

We can’t simply punch our time card with God without committing ourselves in spending time with Him and allowing Him to be with us. I need to do better about this next time when I am not liking my job.

Let’s not get so distracted at the flames that we forget about who’s with us in the flames.

Resources for Georgia High School Football fans

GHSFIf you’re like me and you are a fan of Georgia High School Football, you will need to arm yourself with the necessary tools to obtain information throughout the season.  I remember the days when my ONLY source of high school football news was the local newspaper or the radio.  Today there are many resources out there you can access to keep your updated on your favorite team – even if you live in another state like me.

Let me start off by saying that I was disappointed that there was no quality preview magazine this year.  In past seasons, we had Friday Night Football publishing the previews but this year they decided not to publish.  There is another preview magazine that has apparently been around for many years but I wouldn’t recommend it.  In fact, their magazine is still yet to come out and we are already into week 2 of the season.  Even without the preview magazines, there are plenty of places you can get information.

Subscribe to Georgia High School Football Daily. This is a free e-mail newsletter produced by Todd Holcomb and Chip Saye. Holcomb is a former lead high school football writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and co-founder and primary researcher behind the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. Saye is a 25-year veteran of the newspaper industry who has covered high school sports for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Athens Banner-Herald, Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail and Gwinnett Daily News.   The newsletter features region standings, schedules, interviews, stats and just about everything you need to know.  Click here to subscribe.

If you want historical stats and records or anything about Georgia High School Football, you need to bookmark the Georgia High School Football Historians Association website.  It is simply amazing.  I could get lost on this website for hours looking up past results and historical information.  These guys have done a fantastic job.

As the scores come rolling in on Friday nights, one of my go-to places is Scoreatl.com which will keep you updated on scores.  They also have game stories and other features you will want to read.  They also have an app for your phone called GA HS Scores so you can keep track of scores while you are out.

If you want to watch the game-of-the-week, Georgia Public Broadcasting will show these on their website or on their GPB Sports app.   They also have a scoreboard and feature stories that you might enjoy watching.  They also do a great job with broadcasting the state championship games.

If you live in the Middle Georgia area and want to keep up with the teams there, you can watch the highlight clips from Football Friday Night on Saturday morning at 13WMAZ.com.  Watching Football Friday Night used to be my routine when I lived there.

I also still follow Warner Robins’ teams and the best app to do that is the SportsMic app.  They broadcast the games of Houston County teams as well as feature stories.  Since moving away from there I will listen to Warner Robins’ games through this app.

Another good source of information is the Palmer Media Group.  Tommy Palmer, who I call THE voice of Georgia High School Football, does the Georgia High School Football Scoreboard Show from 10pm-12midnight on Friday Nights.   He also does podcasts of “This Week’s Top Games” and “This Week’s Top 10 Teams”.   He also host “Countdown to Kickoff”.

Sometimes I will peak at the national rankings of high school teams.  The best source I have used is the USA Today Super 25.

I have also found that you can go to the websites or Roku channels for local television stations in Atlanta, Savannah, Albany, Columbus, Augusta and others to get more coverage.

It’s a lot different today than it was back in my days in high school.  When I moved from Villa Rica High School to Tompkins High School in Savannah, Georgia after my sophomore year, the only way I could keep track of Villa Rica football results was to go to the school library and get the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.  We’ve come a long way.

 

 

 

Good News Wednesday (8/28/19)

I sure could use some good news couldn’t you?  Here are a few that will make you feel good about the world again…

GNW_082819_01After Spending Life in Cage, Rescue Dog is Adopted By Senior Care Home the Day Before She Was to Be Euthanized
(from goodnewsnetwork.org)

This rescue pup has been given a whole new leash on life after she was adopted as an official “house dog” at a senior living home—just in the nick of time.

6-year-old Journey had lived in a cage in rural Virginia for most of her life. After her owner died, she was sent to an overcrowded shelter where she was scheduled for euthanasia the very next day.

Thankfully, Amy Creel of the Knine Rescue crew in Ashton, Maryland heard about the pup’s plight and jumped into action.

She and the animal welfare team arranged for Journey to be transported from the Virginia shelter to the neighboring state of Maryland. Several community volunteers helped out by taking turns driving the rescue dog for different legs of the journey until she finally arrived in Ashton.

Coincidentally, the rescue group was actually hosting an adoption event at Sunrise Senior Living Center the day after Journey arrived.

Not only was Journey the featured guest at the adoption event, she made quite an impression on everyone there. Throughout the day, she said hello to strangers, rolled over for belly rubs, and charmed all the seniors at the facility.

The elderly residents ended up being so taken with Journey that the senior center staffers adopted the pup as a “house dog” for the facility.

Journey now spends her days comforting residents, joining them for walks, welcoming visitors, and bringing joy to everyone at the senior center.

“To think that this dog who never had anyone care for her, now has a community of folks looking after her is nothing short of amazing,” Creel told Southern Living. “We are so happy for her.”

GNW_082819_02Customer service rep more than 800 miles away saves man having stroke on phone call
(from boston25news.com)

A Michigan man has a customer service representative to thank for potentially saving his life.

MLive reported Dan Magennis was at his Walker, Michigan, home when he called Comcast about an issue with his cable. He put his phone on speaker and had a pad and pen out to take notes.

Hundreds of miles away, Kimberley Williams answered the phone in Jackson, Mississippi.

“He said his name really clear, Daniel, and then he just got quiet,” Williams, 32, told The Clarion-Ledger.

Magennis, 65, told MLive he tried to speak, but couldn’t. His wife was away, and he was at the house alone without any neighbors nearby, according to The Clarion-Ledger.

“I started to panic,” he said. “I would try to say something, and I just couldn’t. I couldn’t move. Within 20-30 seconds, I started to think maybe it was a stroke, but I wasn’t able to tell the representative that.”

“He was talking to me but I could not understand him,” Williams said. “Then, his words got slurred.”

Williams said the way he sounded reminded her of when she, at age 14, saw her grandmother have a stroke. She stayed on the line with Magennis and contacted her supervisor, Jennifer Clark. After making some calls to police departments in the Grand Rapids area, Williams got in contact with the Grand Rapids Fire Department.

Officials were able to get Magennis and take him to the hospital, where he underwent an hourlong surgery to unclog a blocked artery, The Clarion-Ledger reported. Today reported Dr. Justin Singer, a neurosurgeon at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, treated Magennis, who has since been released from the hospital and is recovering.

“He has almost no discernible signs of having a stroke (now), and that’s what we want to see,” Singer told WZZM.

“Kim is absolutely a hero,” Singer told Today. “You can envision working in a busy call center and knowing that people get interrupted during their phone calls. It would be so easy for her to dismiss it.”

“Each day, our Customer Experience Associates in Jackson, Mississippi, and across the nation go above and beyond the call of duty to take care of our customers,” Alex Horwitz, a vice president of public relations for Comcast, said in a statement to People. “In this case, Ms. Kimberly Williams took the extra steps to help save a customer’s life. We are incredibly proud of her quick thinking and dedication.”

GNW_082819_03Oklahoma deputy notices new mom out of gas on road, pays for her fuel
(from kfor.com)

A deputy went beyond his call of duty after noticing a new mom and her infant out of gas on a road in northeastern Oklahoma.

On August 14, Wagoner County K-9 Deputy D. Watkins was patrolling near U.S. Highway 69 and East 690 Road when he found a disabled vehicle.

Watkins stopped to check on the driver and discovered it was a new mom with her baby who had run out of gas.

Watkins told the mom to wait and that he would be back shortly.

During that time, he drove to a gas station and purchased enough fuel for her vehicle to make it to a nearby station.

Then, he followed her to the gas station to make sure she and her child made it safely.

When they arrived at the gas station, Watkins told the mom to park by the pumps and wait.

He went inside and paid for $10 in fuel for the mom to make it back home, the sheriff’s office says.

Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott says Watkins went “above and beyond” to help a mother out and is proud of his kind act.

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