Friday, February 12, 2010

Sports For Chicks: VaVaVaVancouver!

What is the best way to get over the end of the NFL Season blues?  The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver Cananda...that's what!

Tonight kicks off the opening ceremonies--and I can't wait to see what they are going to do, who is going to perform, will they out do China's Opening Ceremonies two years ago?  For those not in the know, Opening Ceremonies have no sports at all (the way some, believe it or not, like it!).

It is a grand production of music and spectacle years in the making.  It's kind of a cross between the Rose Bowl Parade, Circque de Soleil,  and a U2 concert.  It's loud, emotional, and will undoubtedly have some kind of fireworks.  Then of course, we get about two hours of athlete introductions as each country marches in wearing their colors, soaring their flags. 

Then, the final question of the night is how will they light the torch? We've seen switches flicked, flaming arrows arched, our heroes with torch in hand.  What will they do tonight?  Can't wait.

One other thing we will surely witness tonight...a moment of silence for the luger from the country of Georgia,
Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died during a training-run crash, before the Olympics even began.  Our hearts weep for his family, his teammates, his country.  We can only imagine how the pursuit of a dream, four years in the making, and it's tragic ending would effect us in the U.S.  I don't know about you, but there will be times when I'll be rooting for Georgia over athe next two weeks, as well as our own.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sports For Chicks: Nostalgia, Romance, Drama at today's Big Bowl

...and I'm not talkin' cereal.  I don't know whether to be so excited that the Super Bowl is upon us, or a kind of pre-depressed because after today, the football season is officially over. 

I didn't get my Lions anywhere near the playoffs--but thats okay because they are still improving.  I didn't get my Brett Favre in the Super Bowl--but thats okay because he proved this season how awesome he still is as a player and team leader at the succulant age of 40-something.  I did have to get over the Vikings losing to the Saints in order to root for them today.

For all of you ladies that dig drama, romance or should be watching the Super Bowl today, whether you dig football or not.  the Saints are the underdog team, haven't seen a bowl game in like, forever.  They are the comeback team after Hurricane Katrina.  The pictures we have from inside that Super Dome during the hurricane are nothing short of a nightmare, and the symbolism of the Saints bringing home a National Championship from Miami, to their home field, is jarring to say the least.

And now for the drama of today's game... Imagine how some of the longtime Saints' fans feel knowing their team is up against Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis case this isn't connecting...the Mannings are from New Orleans!  Not only are Peyton and Eli (NY Giants) beloved sons of Louisiana, their dad was a favorite player for the ---you guessed it---SAINTS, back in the day!   The Mannings even have to be torn with nostalgia vs. Peyton today!  You can guess the camera is going to take at least one shot of the Manning family up in the stands while they nailbite through today's game.

I do think its going to be a nailbiter.  I think thrity-something to thirty-something.  That's my call. 

So, enjoy the game everyone, if the Saints pull it off its going to be an emotional win for New Orleans.  If you are a lover of romance and nostalgia...have your tissues ready.