From Seminary President to NFL Head Coach

frank-reich4-300x200This fall, former Reformed Theological Seminary Charlotte campus president Frank Reich began his first season as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

Here’s a challenging question for you.
Could this be considered leaving ministry and back-tracking on one’s vocational calling? Or is coaching full-time still considered vocational ministry?
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My prediction tonight: Vancouver Canucks will hoist the Stanley Cup. I believe…

The series is now tied 3-to-3.  The last game tonight, Game 7 (5PM PST / 8PM EST), between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins, will be a “winner take all”. I can’t believe it!…but I still believe!

The historic Boston Bruins has not won the cup in 39 years, and the Vancouver Canucks has never won the cup in their 40 year history.  Both teams and their fans want to end their drought and win the cup badly, but I think Vancouver fans want it more.  As usual, the street parties will be crazier than what it was during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

No one thought it would come down to the last game for the Stanley Cup finals.  It has been a totally confusing series to predict because both teams won all their games on home ice, and lost all their games played away from home. I can’t predict which way it will go anymore because it has gone so differently from what we all expected–Boston fans included.

Bruins goalie, Tim Thomas, has been playing great in this series–better than Canucks goaltender, Roberto Luongo.  Canucks star players, the Sedin twins, have been shut down by Boston; so it’s come down to the other three lines to get the job done for the Canucks.  Personally, I like the passing-skating game but I think the Canucks must play a physical-hitting game like they did in games 1, 2, and 5 in order to defeat the Bruins.

As crazy Canucks fans, we’re really hoping for the Canucks to hoist the cup. Tonight, I believe Luongo will play well again at home…the Sedins will show what they can really do… The Canucks will refrain from taking dumb penalties, and take advantage of powerplays…and of course, Canucks fans will show our support for our team–from sea to sea, from Vancouver Island, Saskatchewan, Toronto, to the Atlantic provinces.

Do you believe?…

Canucks will win one in Boston

I’ve been here in the Atlantic east coast of Canada for a week doing a couple intensive courses in my D.Min. program and I’ve been feel blessed about it so far. One week left to go. I’m feeling elated that the Vancouver Canucks (my team since a teenager) are in the Stanley Cup Finals.  Last time I saw them in the finals were in 1982 and 1994. Now is the year to win it all–Lord Stanley’s Cup in 2011. Canucks fans can taste it now–O so close!

Time to brag a little…no I mean blog a little..about the Vancouver Canucks.  Vancouver has the best fans ever. Even though they’re playing Games 3 and 4 in Boston’s TD Gardens, Vancouver Canucks fans will be watching these games together at the sold-out Rogers Arena in Vancouver. What devotion!  And not the brag but just before the game started, a bunch of guys and I were together and I predicted a 3-2 Vancouver win over Boston– and I was right. Yeah I guess that’s bragging but how often do you get a chance to brag about getting it right on? Yep, not often.

If there are any Boston fans reading this blogpost, I’m sorry.  I think Vancouver has the better team so I predict they will win one of the next two games in Boston, then win the Stanley Cup in Game 6 in Vancouver.  GO CANUCKS GO!

Stanley Cup Finals: Canucks up 2 to 1 in series against Bruins

The Vancouver Canucks have been playing great hockey.  They managed to win two straight games on home ice against Boston.  That’s a good position to be in if you’re a Vancouver Canucks fan.  Now they’re only two games away from winning the Stanley Cup and they’re going into Boston to play for two “away games” in front of Boston fans.  Can the Canucks win the fourth game in Boston?  Will it be a 4-0 sweep?   Maybe, but I would also love to see the Canucks win the Cup on home ice too.

If the Canucks win the Stanley Cup, it will be their first time in their 40 years of franchise history.

Go Canucks Go!!

It’s Spain!!! 2010 FIFA World Cup Champions of football

I’ve been away for a whole week. Just got back from bible camp and then a church convention this week, then led Sunday service and then finally caught got a chance to watch an exciting final 33 minutes of this 2-hour game of the FIFA World Cup Final.

Congratulations to Spain, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Champions!!!  It was an exciting match at in extra time.  I’m glad they didn’t have to go into penalty kicks to decide the winner.  Either team could have won, but Spain was slightly the better team. But I’m glad for Spain and all their fans.

And, of course, congrats to South Africa and its people for hosting an awesome World Cup in 2010!!  I hope this coverage creates more interest in the U.S. and Canada for this great sport.

2010 World Cup: Team USA eliminated

The USA has just been eliminated from the 2010 World Cup in the round of 16.  Gyan of Ghana scored a beautiful goal against the USA.  Yes, the agony of defeat is hard to take but Team USA played a good game, created the chances to score but came up a little short. Still, Americans have nothing to be ashamed of because they worked hard and have come from behind to pull off wins in previous games.  Team USA has done well but Ghana is also a good team. South Korea has also just been eliminated from the last 16 teams in a very close match against Uruguay 2 -1.

Uruguay and Ghana now move into the quarter finals into the final eight teams.  I am looking forward to more exciting games. I predict Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Portugal, and Paraguay to also advance into the quarter finals.

2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa

The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa is now on and I’ll be following this. I won’t have a Team Canada to cheer for but with interest, I’ll be following a few football/soccer nations from each continent:

  • USA; Mexico: North America
  • Argentina; Uraguay: South America
  • South Korea: Asia
  • Nigeria: Africa
  • England; Germany; Slovenia: Europe

I”m not a huge soccer (football) fan but when something as big as this world event happens as occasionally as once every four years, I’ll be right into it. (I’ll be wearing my England and other soccer jerseys).  North America is one of the only few places in the world where people refer to football as “soccer”.  Why is this? I propose that we should rename our football leagues as “American rugby” instead in order to give the international sport of soccer its rightful name of “football”. Do you think that would fly with most Americans/Canadians?  And what teams will you be following or cheering for?

FIFA World Cup football is streaming online on-demand at ESPN3 and CBC.