Kudos to Ferris State

Today was a day of rest. I was planning on cleaning the house and covering Ferris if I was feeling well. It wasn’t that way though. I didn’t go to cover Ferris State tonight, and after reading the box score I wished I could have been there. Big congrats to Ferris State for the Friday tie and the Saturday victory.

I hope I feel 100% tomorrow.

Reporting Live!

After a rough afternoon where I just didn’t feel well at all, after some rest I felt a lot better. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to come to the Ferris State hockey game tonight. Now, I am here…but a little tired.

Happy belated Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was as busy as usual. I spent the day driving to my relatives house on my wife’s side of the family, eating, and then coming home. By the time I got home last night, I was pretty much wiped out. I watched a little TV, played a little Max Payne 2, and then got some sleep.

Speaking of Max Payne 2, it is awesome. I am almost 2/3 of the way through the game already, and I have only been playing it a week. It was well worth the price I paid though. It plays out like a movie, and the bullet time is just like that in the Matrix movies.

I am not going to step into one store today. It is the busiest shopping day of the year, and it is going to be one big cogulated piece of buffoonary out there. I won’t fight the crowds and instead I will shop online like I have the last 4-5 years in a row.

Today is going to be a pretty busy day as well. I have some cleaning to do as well as going up to Ferris State to do some hockey coverage tonight. It will be pretty quiet up there that is for sure. All the students are gone for Thanksgiving break. I haven’t done one piece of cleaning yet, so I better get started.

Oh, and I can’t wait for hockey to start up again. Monday will be my first game in over a week and a half. For now though, I am going to enjoy the downtime.

Ugh!

I really can’t say I am tired because it goes far beyond that. I really didn’t have a rough night last night. I got plenty of sleep. However, ever since I woke up this morning I have just been out of it. I have been walking around like a zombie most of the day today. It hasn’t been slow at work either. I have a variety of projects I am trying to get done before I leave tomorrow.

My White Tigers team lost 6-2 last night. I haven’t talked to the goalie who subbed for me yet, but I assume my team played well but just couldn’t find the back of the net again. That is the problem with the White Tigers so far this season. They are next to last in goals for. The good thing is we are hanging in there in goals against. Next week, we have the Fury which is the Stick Heads minus me and a few other players. That still chaps my ass by the way. Win or lose my feelings will stay the same.

The rest of my hockey teams have the week off. That is a good thing I suppose, because I will come back next week fully healed and ready to rock and roll hopefully. I am already looking forward to next week Monday and getting back in the saddle again.

I completed a lot of updates to my Freelance Photography Section on my website a couple evenings ago. I am pretty pleased with those pictures and I will have more coming as the season goes on.

More later!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

First snow storm of the new season and it is coming down fast right now. Although, my trusty 4 wheel drive Aztek doesn’t notice it at all. I remember last year in late March when we got a pretty good sized ice storm. I drove about an hour in it and didn’t notice any slipping or sliding. I love that 4 wheel drive.

Since I pulled that left thigh/groin muscle last week Thursday, I decided to not play tonight and rest up. That really annoys me to be honest with you. By the time I play again next week, I will have a full week and a half off. I really wanted to play tonight, and I could have chanced it. It just isn’t worth it though. Starting next week, I will be playing 3-4 nights a week again as I start playing for a team that needs some goaltending and defensive help in the Brass division, the X-Men.

The rest of this week though, I have off now….for better or worse.

Still a fan

I have never been someone to lose faith in the teams I support. I never really was a fan of organized sports in the first place to be honest with you. It wasn’t until I went to college and fell in love with hockey that I became a true fan. The first team I truely supported was Ferris State hockey. Even today, I support that team with my time involved in writing and photographing the team in action. I submit my work to a variety of different publications both on the web and in print.

I started doing this work back in 1998 for a web startup called US College Hockey. Now, they are the leading provider of college hockey information, news, scores, and so on. Ferris State was never the dominating program when it came to hockey. If they finished middle of the pack, I was content. Last year was a huge suprise to say the least as they captured the CCHA champion crown and made it to the final eight teams in the national championship tournament.

This year, it is a different story. I know I expected a good season. Heck, everyone did for that matter. Through the first 10 games or so, they have only won 3 games. Friends I know who supported the team last year are losing their faith in the team. Even when I talk to them about it, I stay positive. Maybe it is because I have been a fan for so long and have seen how this team has performed in the past. Even when struggling or a bottom rung team, I am going to stay supportive. I just hope other people do the same thing. However, I can’t change other people’s attitudes or thoughts on the team. I can only control my own.

Desperation

Sometimes, it is the little things that matter. Especially in the game of hockey. Ferris State looked like it was trying to make something happen. In the process, Nebraska capitalized on its chances to win the game. On one occassion, FSU made a bad clearing attempt right up the middle while on the penalty kill. Another issue popped up when they tried to pinch in on the D and gave up a breakaway.

These are lessons I try to teach the hockey teams I play on. I have had varying degrees of success. Why am I posting this? More of just reminding myself to not stop communicating to my team the importance of patience and making good decisions.

Healing nicely

Well, it has been less than 12 hours since I strained that muscle and it does feel stiff this morning. However, it isn’t as bad as it was last night. Well, I am also not moving around like I would be if I was goaltending either.

Friday and Saturday I will be at Ferris State covering hockey. Maybe I will actually get those Michigan and Michigan State hockey pictures finished finally. Yes, I have been slacking.

Ouch!

11/20/03 – Windmeuller Electric vrs Nederveld

Another strong game for myself, but I did make a couple mistakes. One of them resulted in a goal. Still, it was a hard fought 4-2 victory for my team.

1 – A clean cut breakaway opportunity. He deked right and then wristed the shot to the left. It was a good shot as it went between my leg and arm when I performed a kick save and stretched to make the save.

2 – Powerplay goal. I stopped the shot from the point and the rebound kicked out to a wide open forward who flipped the puck over me when I dove across to make the save. The thing I was upset about in this goal was the fact that I didn’t control the rebound.

Rebound control is something I have to work on. I am giving up too many extra chances lately.

In the first period, when I made a kick save off a shot from the point, I felt my right inner thigh muscle give away. It hurt at the time and while I could still do a butterfly, I couldn’t move around like I am used to. It was also a pain to get up using my right leg. Only time will tell how this is going to feel. I don’t think this is a groin muscle, but once again we will see in the morning.

*sigh*

Well, game one on Thursday is done.

11/20/03 – Smith-Diamond Reality vrs Vintage Painting

Here was a game that was pretty even all the way down to the wire. The goals I gave up in this game were good shots or bad bounces in a 3-2 loss. Not really much I could do on them…or could I? After thinking about them, I have my doubts.

1 – Good first goal by the other team. It was a giveaway in our defensive zone and the shooter came in on a breakaway. It was a good shot that beat me along the ice I believe.

2 – Defenseman shot it in from the top of the faceoff circle and it hit my own man and dropped into the net. I just lost it after it hit my own man.

3 – Another good goal but I think I may have been able to stop it. Shot from the point that I stopped but the rebound came out to a open forward who put it in the net.

I am moderatly concerned about our last two losses in this league. I have been playing pretty decently, but the chemistry this team has had is disrupted a little. We can’t control the bouncing pucks like we used to. The other teams we are playing are taking control of those pucks and getting chances.

It is a beginner team after all. Maybe I shouldn’t put so much on the team. I am going to keep working on my technique and making good decisions with the puck. I think I am also going to work on covering that puck and controlling those rebounds. That is what killed me on that third goal after all.

Got another game here in a couple hours. I am going to enjoy some of my NHL Center Ice package in the meantime. 🙂