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.

Why I believe in Canada

Here is a part of John Furlong’s Closing Ceremony Speech:

And to perhaps compare for a moment the Canada that was with the Canada that now is. I believe we Canadians tonight are stronger, more united, more in love with our country and more connected with each other than ever before. These Olympic Games have lifted us up.

If the Canada that came together on Opening night was a little mysterious to some it no longer is. Now you know us, eh! If we were once the few we are surely now the many.  That quiet, humble national pride we were sometimes reluctant to acknowledge seemed to take to the streets as the most beautiful kind of patriotism broke out all across our country. So many new and dazzling applications for the Maple Leaf – so many reasons to smile and be joyful.

I believe these games have united and lifted up Canada like never before. As a Canadian, I feel more passionate about being Canadian because our athletes’ accomplishments. Canada has won a record number of gold medals – more than any other country, in any other Winter Olympic Games.  However, I can only make this claim as a Canadian. The images on television captured by our CTV network have been predominantly Canadian. This has undoubtedly been a powerful medium for us.

Our Olympics theme song, “I believe” (version 1), really helped to foster an emotional side of believing in myself as a Canadian (or Olympic torch relay , ver. 2).  When I hear that song along with the image of Canada winning gold, it does something wonderful inside of me. I feel a sense of patriotism and tears of joy and national pride wells up inside of me. I believe that other Canadians have felt this way too.

Canadian patriotism and nationalism is at an all-time high in this country because I have never ever seen so much excitement and flag waving happening before. I don’t think the world, let alone even Canadians, have seen this kind of excitement from within before. I hope we can capture this in our hearts and minds because when we look back on these Olympic games in Vancouver, we can say with all honesty that these have been defining moments in our national psyche. Go Canada Go! I believe in Canada.

We did it!! Canada wins gold in men’s hockey

We did it. We finally did it.  Our Canadian men’s hockey team defeated Team USA 3 – 2 to win the gold medal at these Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.   We are singing “Oh Canada!” with a special swagger previously unseen.

Here’s my summary of how the game went.  Canada was up 2 – 1 near the end of the 3rd period.  With just 24 seconds left at the end of the 3rd period, Team USA scored and I thought I had better call an ambulance.  I could almost feel heart attack coming along. The game goes into overtime and Sidney Crosby scores the winning goal and Canadian fans erupt with wild and exuberant cheering at Canada Hockey Place.   I was cheering by myself in front of my television set but I wished I was there.  Millions of Canadian are in celebration all across the country tonight—in every city and town from sea to sea. Anyways, this was our miracle on ice. I have never been so proud of being Canadian as now.

Canadian gold rush at Vancouver 2010

It feels like Canada has hit gold rush fever in Vancouver Olympic Games.  So far, Canada has done very well and I am proud of our Canadian athletes.  After I got back home, I discovered Canada had another great day on Saturday winning three gold medals and one bronze.  Canada has won 13 gold medals to date.  If Canada wins one more gold medal, hopefully in men’s hockey game on Sunday, with 14 gold medals, Canada will set a new record for golds for any host country during the Winter Olympic Games.

Congratulations to our Canadian:

  • men’s curling team on winning gold.  You guys played awesome, even though I don’t understand the game at all.  Some really cool guys with a great sense of humor.
  • men’s team pursuit on winning gold. They didn’t win in individual events but won gold in this team event.
  • Jasey Jay Anderson on winning gold in the men’s snowboard parallel giant slalom. That was an amazing come-from-behind run to win the gold.
  • four-man bobsleigh team on winning bronze.  I am not sure why all the guys in the four-man bobsled event are all so big.  I imagine the heavier weight has something to do with the ability to gain higher speeds on the track?

This has been perhaps a pivotal Olympic games for the nation of Canada because our sense of national self-confidence has dramatically increased.  We feel more freedom to express our patriotism and nationalism as a country.  Previously, I think we felt inhibited from expressing our national pride but it feels like the atmosphere has changed since these Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Good luck to our Canadian men’s hockey team who will play against the U.S.A. this Sunday afternoon.  GOld Canada GOld!!!