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Scored my first goal of the season skating out last night! It was practically given to me as the goalie came out to play the puck and misplayed it. I just shot the puck into the open net for the goal! I was pretty happy to finally get one. Otherwise, I made some good passes and plays around the net through the game. Skating out on Thursday does have its advantages as it is a way for me to relax a bit and have fun. 🙂

I have a key game tonight as my Brass team looks to keep their 1 game lead in the division. I am going to come out and take the shot much more aggressively than I have in the past. I have been slinking too deep in my net and it has cost me. Not anymore!

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I have always considered myself to be a gamer. I play a lot of different games in my free time. Being as that my wife and I are DINKs (dual income no kids), I have a lot more time to put into games than other couples with kids and other responsibilities. My wife likes to put time into gaming as well as the internet and the forums she frequents. With both of us being low maintenance, we get along well relaxing on our own doing our own thing.

Recently I stumbled upon an area where wives and girlfriends are pissed off about their husbands playing WoW so much. Obviously, most of these women blame the game, not their significant others. That suprises me because how can so many people be playing and not be addicted? If it was the game, a significant majority would be unable to stop playing and hopelessly addicted. Same goes for people who gamble. The people who are subject to losing everything they own in a casino are at fault, not the casino for opening their doors. Of course, that isn’t what the people affected don’t want to hear. They want to hear they were exploited by the evil casino or game maker.

It just suprises me how many people take this stance. Am I an addict? Well, I certainly don’t play in 12 hour sessions, but I do try to play a little bit every day or so if possible. I have a job that keeps me busy from 8-5 or more, hockey to play, friends to spend time with, a house to upkeep, and a wife to consider when making decisions on what time to spend and where.

Oh well, just my rant.

Big blah to MSU

Ok, lets make one thing clear before I start my rant, I am a Big Ten football fan. I like to see any school in the Big Ten do well. When it comes to the bowl games, I cheer for the Big Ten teams and I enjoy watching them. That said, MSU was up by 17 points and found a way to lose the game. Three turnovers in the last quarter of the game? Coach John L. Smith is going to get a lot of flak for this loss, and I don’t think he deserves it. Good players make a good coach. It was obvious his players just couldn’t close the door on Notre Dame. When you keep a great team like that in the game and make mistakes, they are going to kill you and it did just that to MSU.

I guess I am very disappointed. I can only imagine how the true MSU fans feel right now. 🙁

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I skated out last night and my legs feel like rubber today. I was hurting walking up the stairs and work and it was definetly a different feeling. I think the fact that I played on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday had something to do with it. In addition, I am playing tonight so I hope I have a little energy left. Normally, after a hard game or a hard skate like I had last night, my legs don’t feel this bad. Today is different for some strange reason.

I only worked 4 days this week due to a vacation I took last weekend, and I am looking forward to the weekend.

Here is to hoping I kick it in the ass tonight. I need a solid game on my Friday night team. We are playing the first place team and I really need to play solid unlike last time I played this team.

Shelled

Last night was my first game with my new ice hockey team and we got off to a rocky start. The other team had been playing together for a long time and it showed as they cruised to a 8-0 win. The other goalie had about 3 shots on him while I faced well over 30. First off, I am not upset with my team. I am more upset with my performance. In the past, I haven’t played the puck due to the fact that I didn’t want to make a mistake. Well, I played the puck more in this game than I have in a while. I am going to have to take some chances and play the puck every now and then. A majority of the goals they scored on me were screened shots and rebounds. They got one from the top of the left circle that I just plain missed. I could go on and on, but the point was that I was under siege for most of the game.

This season is going to be a good time for me to work on my technique. I have to cover the puck more than I have in the past. No more uncontrolled rebounds. I also have to realize that playing mistake free is going to be impossible. I can’t get into the frame of mind where I deflate myself if I make a mistake. This team is going to rely upon me to play solid and I am going to deliver.

A trip down memory lane

Not long ago, I started thinking about all the gaming I did in the past.  My first real internet game I started playing was Descent 2 and that was over Kali and Kahn, which were IPX/SPX to TCP/IP conversion software utilities.  I had a blast playing these games.  When I started playing Descent 2, I played with a person by the name of Aaronb, who happened to be probably the best player I have ever played against.  Others such as Scoundrl, Ender, Karash, Pooterman, and the list goes on and on were great people to play against.  I was Nightfall but I doubt anyone really remembers me.  These players were in the top 25 of the official descent ladder.  The highest I ever made it was 26 I believe.  I wasn’t good enough to beat the best, but it was still fun to play with all these great players.  Every other day, Aaronb would get a group together to play and it would involve just all of us dukeing it out for fun.

I have a lot of fond memories of these games so I sometimes wonder what happened to these players.  They were great people to play against and it was a great ladder to be a member of.  I had so much fun.

Times change though and so do priorities I suppose.  I can still miss it though.  🙂

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There are many things that strike fear into the hearts of people.  One of them is cancer.  The last time I had a teammate that told us that he had cancer
, it was my first season ever with the Stick Heads.  He played half the season and then the chemo took over and he couldn’t play anymore.  We won the championship that season and gave him the trophy while he was in the hospital.  I haven’t seen him since.  I know he lived through everything, but he has since moved on and away from the game of hockey.

On Thursday last week, I found out a teammate of mine has cancer.  Its still to early to tell what the prognosis is as he is going in for surgery and more tests.  Still, its scary.  I try to be as supportive as possible which is the best I can do.

Heading into this week, I still wonder how he is doing and will probably place a call or two before my game on Thursday.  I hope he is doing well.

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I took a nice break for the labor day weekend. As usual, it went way too fast. Now, here it is on Tuesday night and I am already looking forward to my next game in net which isn’t until Friday. On Thursday I get to work my skating legs a little bit, which is a good thing considering all I have done is play computer games and relax around the house for the most part.

Don’t get me wrong, I like World of Warcraft and Battlefield 2, but after you play those games for an extended period of time, my body starts to cry out wanting to be active again. Next week ice hockey starts up for me. I will be busy as hell for 4 out of the 5 days of the week when that happens. Exercising 4 days out of 7 isn’t a bad thing as the more exercise I get, the better. Its just that there will be no breaks for me when that starts up. When I was unemployed, a friend told me to enjoy my time off because it doesn’t come around very often. It will be over before I know it and then I will want more time off. He was right on that one.