My mother told me that my father had once told her that we are all late bloomers in our family, including our extended family. This may be true. I certainly believe this of myself. Even the things I am good at now did not come naturally. It took a little more work and time to improve.
If this was indeed the last time Yuna Kim puts on a pair of skates for a competition, she goes out as still the reigning ‘Queen of Ice’ in spite of her disappointing and shocking second place finish in Sochi to Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova last night. With the pressure of being the last skater to perform in the free skate, Kim again performed near flawlessly in the biggest stage as she did when she won Olympic gold four years ago in Vancouver. It was an artistically beautiful program that many felt was enough to earn her a back-to-back gold. Although she fell short this evening, she performed like the great champion she is.
After the award ceremony, a tearful but respectful Yuna Kim said “this is my last competition.” It was a stellar figure skating career and she will forever remain the pride of South Korea. Thank you for all the wonderful memories.
This Winter Olympics is suppose to showcase the grace and beauty of the games’ new media darling, Gracie Gold. Gold certainly has the looks, personality and the name to turn heads and become the American Sweetheart of these Olympics. She skated brilliantly last night as part of the newly created team competition in figure skating. Her personal best performance helped Team U.S.A. capture a bronze medal in this inaugural event.
The world was also introduced to the 15-year old Russian phenom, Julia Lipnitskaia. With the maturity, poise and elegance beyond her years, Lipnitskaia electrified the crowd with a stellar performance that blew away Gold’s individual score and completely stole the show at the competition.
The young prodigy is now the talk of the games and some are predicting Lipnitskaia will have a solid chance to medal in the women’s individual competition that is just 10 days away.
She will have her work cut out for her, however, as she will be competing against the likes of reigning 2010 Olympic champion Yuna Kim from South Korea, and two-time world champion Mao Asada from Japan. It will be fun to watch. The ice is about to heat up!
So, I must admit to having a new crush at work. I have been at my current job for nearly seven years and this would be my first there. I believe I have had one at nearly every job I’ve had the past 10 or more years. Actually, it is more like the past 14 years. But this is all it is. Harmless because it will not go any further nor will there be any foolish intent by me. She is spoken for. I have also paid dearly in the past for my attempt at an office romance. I have failed miserably. I hope I have not made it too obvious to her. End of topic.
Seattle Seahawks’ suffocating, relentlessness defense overwhelmed the slight favorites Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII 43 to 8, earning their first NFL Championship victory in franchise history.
Dare I say, ‘I told you so’ with my early preseason prediction where I predicted these two very teams would meet up in the Super Bowl and culminate with a Seahawks victory. No one, however, could have predicted such a rout.
I feel bad for Peyton Manning and I was certainly rooting for him to win his second Super Bowl. But I am also a fan of Seattle’s coach Pete Carroll and their QB Russell Wilson
They are the Super Bowl XLVIII champions and as Russell Wilson’s dad used to say to him when others thought he was too short and had a weak arm, “why not you?” Well done.
The Big Game - NFL Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks - is now less than a week away. I do not want to say I told you so, but I had predicted these two very teams would meet up in the Super Bowl before the 2013-14 NFL season had started. As customary of my predictions, I also pick the score and the winner. I had the Seahawks winning by 11 points, 37-26.
I hope I am wrong because I am a real fan of Peyton Manning and would like to see this future hall-of-famer win his second Super Bowl ring. If they did lose, I would not be too disappointed because I am also a passive fan of certain great coaches and I would love to see Pete Carroll, the head coach of the Seahawks, get his first Super Bowl victory. It would be nice vindication for him after all the controversy that shrouded him after USC broke NCAA violations during his tenure.
I have been pretty lucky with many of my preseason predictions in NFL football and NBA basketball. Now, I do not always make predictions. But when I do, I will predict the teams and the final results. Listed are a chronology of my big, bold predictions vs the end results since I have been making preseason predictions:
2002 NBA Finals:
Sacramento 4 New Jersey 1 (prediction)
Los Angeles Lakers 4 New Jersey 0 (result)
2007 Super Bowl:
Indianapolis over Chicago (prediction with no score)
Indianapolis 29 Chicago 17 (result)
2008 NBA Finals:
Boston 4 San Antonio 3 (prediction)
Boston 4 Los Angeles Lakers 2 (result)
2008 Super Bowl:
New England over Chicago (prediction with no score)
New York Giants 17 New England 14 (result)
2009 NBA Finals:
Los Angeles Lakers 4 Boston 2 (prediction)
Los Angeles Lakers 4 Orlando 1 (result)
2010 NBA Finals:
Boston 4 Los Angeles Lakers 3 (prediction)
Los Angeles Lakers 4 Boston 3 (result)
2010 Super Bowl:
Indianapolis 31 New Orleans 28 (prediction)
New Orleans 31 Indianapolis 17 (result)
2012 Super Bowl:
New York Giants 31 New England 28 (prediction)
New York Giants 21 New England 17 (result)
2014 Super Bowl:
Seattle 37 Denver 26 (prediction)
As you can see, I am pretty good with my predictions. If I was a betting man, and I’m not, I think I could have won a lot of money on sports betting when it comes to football and basketball. I did not make preseason predictions during the years not listed for a number of reasons (disinterest, life issues and priorities). We will see about my Super Bowl prediction this year. I was not exactly going out on a limb predicting these two teams to make it. I feel the Seahawks defense will force the Broncos to make a costly turnover with the run and when Denver is forced to make a play on 3rd down and long. And the cold, inclement weather in New Jersey, where the Super Bowl is being played, will thwart Denver’s throwing game and favors Seattle’s defense. This is the one time I truly hope I am wrong. I would love to see Peyton Manning hoist another Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Lord, I just want to be aligned with Your will for me. So when I come across another snag in an important step in my life, I wonder if there will ever be that breakthrough or if I have missed my window of opportunity. How do I purge what I lack or hinders me? How many more that come after me move ahead? I look to You, as always, for grace and direction. Please let me know if the answer is No or Not Now.
My father would have turned 81 years old today. I suppose my family and I will now will always quietly observe January 17th as dad’s birthday and honor his life by taking this day to reflect on the deep imprints he made in our lives and to thank him for the immeasurable ways he gave to us. His love and sacrifice for us will be his lasting legacy. I will not let this fade from my memory and get lost with our future generation.
The day started very typical of my time with my family, especially my mom. There is no point harping on things that frustrate me about them. I can only focus on things I know that I can change, and that is me. I am looking forward to a fresh change and a brand new year. Graduate school, a new job, a new car and finding my love. I am hopeful. It has been a long time since I could feel this way to begin the year.
Nelson Mandela dead: World mourns loss of 'Madiba'
The world lost one of its great men today. Nelson Mandela will forever be remembered for his ability to unite and mend old, deep wounds. Even after 27 years of imprisonment, he came out a compassionate but gentle soul. His ability to forgive and build relationships were inspirational and powerful. President Barack Obama very eloquently said today that Madiba now “…no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages.” May you rest forever in peace.
Tribune staff and wire services
10:00 p.m. CST, December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela, who guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy and became an international icon of peace and reconciliation, died Thursday at age 95.
Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela emerged determined to use his prestige and charisma to bring down apartheid while avoiding a civil war.
"The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come," Mandela said in his acceptance speech on becoming South Africa’s first black president in 1994.
"We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation."
President Barack Obama hailed Mandela as a leader who left his country with a legacy of freedom and peace with the world.
"He achieved more than could be expected of any man," Obama said at the White House shortly after the announcement of Mandela’s death.
"Today he’s gone home, and we’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth," Obama said.
President Jacob Zuma’s announcement of the death late on Thursday shook South Africa. The streets of the capital Pretoria and of Johannesburg were hushed, and in bars and nightclubs, music was turned off as people gathered to quietly talk about the news.
A sombre Zuma told the nation in a televised address that Mandela “passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20h50 on the 5th of December 2013”.
"He is now resting. He is now at peace," Zuma said.
It is hard to believe a year as now passed since the Lord has called you home. Another solemn reminder that the days are fleeting and our time here is short. That day was the saddest, most heartbreaking moment of our (the family) lives. But certainly no one felt the pain more deeply…
Watching re-runs of some of my all-time favorite shows* like Seinfeld and Star Trek: The Next Generation brings back some wonderful memories. I did catch the tail-end of classic dramas and sitcoms like All in the Family, M.A.S.H., The Mary Tyler Moore Show and countless others before they concluded. But it’s the ten classic series here, already gone to syndication and aired as re-runs, that I watched growing up and enjoyed the most.
Here are my all time favorite re-runs and also my particular favorite episode from each series. See if you agree.