Month: March 2017

Sabres at Red Wings – 3/20/2017

Sabres at Red Wings – 3/20/2017

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Hard to believe that there are only seven games left at the Joe. My pops is a Wing’s fan, so I’ve watched plenty of games on the television from that stadium. I’ve always loved Hockeytown, even as I became a Hawks fan. I always hate when they close old stadiums. Tonight’s match brings about two hockey teams that are on a down year, Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres.

This is my first Buffalo game of the year. No idea what to expect other than Jake Eichel is high on the points list, and is a former 2nd overall draft pick. Thanks to injuries, Brady Austin gets his first NHL start after having most recently played in Rochester Americans in the AHL. Good for him getting what is sure to be the first of many. If you have to get your first career start on the road, I can think of no better place that to start at the Joe.

Robin Lehner draws the start for Buffalo, and Petr Mrazek takes his turn as the Detroit Netminder.

First Period

Austin has a great hit on Abdelkader right off the bat. Welcome to the NHL kid, good hit. Hopefully, mom and sisters are in the stands to see that hit on one of the hardest hitters in the league.

Dylan Larkin deserves an Emmy for drawing a high stick penalty. Jake Eichel will serve the penalty, for the “high stick” against his World Juniors teammate. Red Wings power play seemed lame and could not manage a single shot on the power play.

Detroit defenseman Mike Green drew the penalty for hooking Eichel. Sabres ranked 2nd in the league on the Power play. Ristolainen slotted an excellent pass to O’Reilly, who is able to set up Jake Eichel at the left circle. Goal scored at 10:50. Ristolainen now leads the league in Power Play Assists.

At 1930, the Wings have a great opportunity. However, phenomenal work by Robin Lehner keeps the sheet clean.

Second Period

Tater to the box for 2 minutes for tripping O’Reilly. Sabres power play doesn’t miss a beat from last time. Fifteen seconds into the power play, Molson scored at 8:59. Mrazek gives up the close range five hole. Teammates Ennis and McCabe with the assists.

Abdelkader has a great chance at 938. Lehnrer gets a hellovasave. Jake McCabe drew penalty for hooking. Wings get their 1st shot on goal on the PP, saved by Lehner. No shots on the first power play. Wings PP is so bad, I’d almost rather have a NCAA power play out there. Can’t maintain possession in the zone.

Finally, at 12:57 the Red Wings get on the board with a goal by Tomas Tatar. Tatar found himself in the right place at the right time to slot the biscuit on the back post. With assists to Green and Zetterburg .

Third Period

in the first minute, a Josh Georges skated off the ice with assistance. From an uncalled elbow from Tatar. It looked similar to the elbow that the  disciplinary committee reviewed by Matthew Tkachuk in the Calgary/LA game. Tkachuk gets a 2 game ban, so interesting to see if Tatar will get the same. Georges may have missed one shift.

The third period was 20 minutes of boring hockey. At 4:45, Georges sets a two minute minor for hooking. Later, Brady Austin is whistled his first minutes in the sin bin for his NHL career for hooking. The Red Wings’ powerplay again leaves something to be desired. The Sabres’ kill was on fire tonight, and ensured that the Wings couldn’t get it done.

Mzarek to the bench for the last two minutes of the game. Wings couldn’t do anything with the man advantage on the power play, and couldn’t do anything with the empty net. Disappointed with the Red Wing’s performance.

Take Away

Buffalo doesn’t suck. Eichel missing 21 games at the start hurt them. I look for the Sabres to be in serious contention by this time next year. Detroit played uninspired. Not what I would expect from a team that was closing out a historic stadium like the Joe. Hopefully they give their fans a better show with their six remaining games.

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Jesus only loved Christians? Yeah that’s bull.

Jesus only loved Christians? Yeah that’s bull.

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Something has bothered me since I first saw Erik Erikson‘s tweet this weekend. It’s been a slow burn that started on Saturday, and continued as I worked on a weaving project all weekend. Not even the sports that I watched could distract me from the gnawing problem with the logic behind the main tenet of his argument.

We have to pause for a moment to forgive the postulation that Jesus was a Christian: anyone with half a wit of sense would realize that Jesus didn’t worship himself. Jesus spoke to a Jewish audience, and Jesus saw himself as a Jew. His disciples called him Rabbi – a Jewish teacher.

But ignoring that, we find ourselves in a quandary, in my mind. How do we ensure that the person whom we are treating is a Christian, under Mr. Erikson’s view? And, if we believe that people should witness to those who are non-Christian, are we doing them justice? By not offering a hand up, or an open door or a sip of water or a loaf of bread, are we showing non-Christians how Christians behave? Obviously, if you tell me that you cannot help me because I don’t believe the same as you, I probably don’t want anything to do with your religion.

Bigotry and ignorance are born from closed systems. A closed system that is not welcoming is not a Christian, nor a Christlike, behavior. Remember, as Paul states in Romans 13:10, a verse that find myself citing more and more these days, that “Love does no harm to your neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

It amazes me that calling on Christians to love people who are not Christian or helping those in need, regardless of their faith, creed, race, sexuality, or anything else is a statement which is contentious these days. I challenge everyone who reads this, regardless of your faith, to help a stranger today, and even better, make no mention of religion (yours, nor theirs) as it does not matter. All that matters is that we are in this world together, and not reaching across the lines only serves to further divide us.

Godspeed, God Bless, and Good hunting,

Dave, Kentucky.

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Food Plan 3/19 – 3/25

Food Plan 3/19 – 3/25

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Sunday, Tuesday:
Breakfast:
Cafe Mocha Protein Shake (6 ounces chilled coffee, scoop of protein powder, 6 ice cupes)
Toasted english muffin with light butter

Snack 1:
1 Hard boiled egg

Lunch:
Roast beef on Wheat (1 slice of bread, 1/2 tomato, 1 lettuce leaf, 1 Tbsp of Mayo)
Tangerine
4 ounces of OJ or Apple Juice

Snack 2:
2 cheese sticks.

Dinner:
Herb Roasted Chicken and Vegetables
Honeydew,. Cantalope, Other Mellon (3/4 cup)

Meatless Monday and Friday (lenten fast)
Breakfast
Chocolate Banana Protein Shake
1 banana, medium
1 1/2 servings chocolate protein powder
8 fluid ounces soy milk, plain, non fat
6 Ice Cubes
Blend.

Snack 1
Bell Pepper and Baby carrots with Hummus
1 red bell pepper, medium (cored and sliced)
4 baby carrots
2 tablespoons hummus (purchased or fresh)

Lunch
Goat Cheese Salad
2 cups mixed salad greens
4 cherry tomatoes
1 ounce soft goat cheese
1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
3 whole wheat crackers
1 ounce dried apricot halves

Mix, add vinegar and toss. Crackers on the side for crunch

Snack 2
1/2 cup of canned fruit cocktail (in juice not syrup)
1/4 cup of cottage cheese

Dinner

Eggplant Parmesan
Steamed Broccoli
Spaghetti (or spaghetti squash) with Tomato Sauce

Wednesday Thursday:
Breakfast
Strawberry Chocolate Protein Shake (1 cup strawberry, 1.5 scoops protien powder, 1 cup of soy milk, 8 ice cubes)

Snack 1:
1 Hard boiled egg

Lunch:
Roast beef on Wheat (1 slice of bread, 1/2 tomato, 1 lettuce leaf, 1 Tbsp of Mayo)
Tangerine
4 ounces of OJ or Apple Juice

Snack 2:
2 cheese sticks.

Dinner:
Szechwan Chicken Stir-Fry
White Rice
1/2 cup pineapple chunks

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World Baseball Classic – Canada vs Dominican Republic

World Baseball Classic – Canada vs Dominican Republic

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I can’t stay up to watch baseball games that start at 10:00 PM local time. I am also unable to get up at 430 AM local most days. So, I haven’t seen but a few moments of the World Baseball Classic 2017 pools A (Seoul) and B (Tokyo). Thus, last night’s Pool C match between Canada and the Dominican Republic was the first game for me to see. It appeared a warm and humid night in Miami’s Marlins Park. The first pitch hurled into the night at 6:10 PM local time. Dominican Republic supporters filled the stadium, with very few Canadians in attendance.

Canada is not a team that I think of when it comes to baseball, and they drew possibly the most loaded team in the world. How loaded is the DR, you ask? To the point five time Gold Glove winner Adrián Beltré is batting as Designated Hitter.

Canada’s Jonathan Malo scored both of Canada’s runs. The first came on a balk after having reached on an error by Shortstop Jose Reyes in the third. The second after reaching on a fielder’s choice and driven home by a double by Dalton Pomey in the fifth. Freddie Freeman did not reach base safely. He did show excellent contact in his first at-bat, but a tremendous diving stop by Third Baseman Manny Machado gobbled up what would have been at least a double.

Ryan Dempster made his first appearance on the mound since the 2013 World Series, and threw 49 pitches over two innings.  The Canucks scattered 6 hits over the course of the game, and committed one error, a throwing error by 2nd Baseman Pete Orr.

The Dominican Republic came loaded for bear. The team made solid contact 16 Hits for 9 runs and committed one error. Wellington Castillo hit a 2 run shot in the second off of Ryan Dempster that barely cleared the right field wall. José Bautista drilled a 3-run homer in the sixth off of Dustin Molleken. I would estimate the Bautista homer at approximately 450 feet. Nelson Cruz, Jose Reyes, and Carlos Santana all hit doubles.

The Dominican pitching excelled, as they pitched by committee. Carlos Martinez probably could have pitched a fifth inning, but WBC rules have mandatory pitch count maximums designed to protect the players. Robles, Abad, Colome, Betances, Rodney and Familia all made relief appearances. Familia played to get the final out of the game. For the Canadians, Dempster threw 2, and Albers, Henderson, Chapman, Mollekin, Mathieson and Wick appeared in relief.

The game was closer than I thought it would be. Had Dempster been able to get out of the dumpster fire that was the 2nd, this game could have gone either way.

Man of the Match

Carlos Martinez deserves my man of the match honors. The Cardinals Ace gave up 3 hits and 1 run in 4 innings pitched. The balk call was questionable at best. Both TV announcers and myself thought that he used a proper stretch mechanic. But in Baseball, the only opinion that truly matters is the crew chiefs.

 

 

Take Away

Unless something like the flu were to go through the Dominican Republic clubhouse, I do not see how they won’t win this tournament again. Japan and USA could offer a challenge. And with the Mensch on the Bench, who knows what will happen when the Israeli team takes the field in the Quarters this week in Tokyo.

Scorecard

The thumbnail takes you to my scorecard of the match. Pencil didn’t scan overly well, but I think it gets the majority of the point across. Sorry for misspellings. The TV people don’t leave the lineup cards on the screen long enough for those of us scoring at home anymore.

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