Monday, September 22, 2008
This past weekend is a very special one for my family. It is special for 1 reason and that is the Ryder Cup. Since I have been 10 years old my dad and I have played numerous rounds of golf. As time has past I have gotten much better and have very close matches with my dad. These rounds of golf means nothing compared to the competition of the Ryder Cup. For the last 6 years i have watched the Ryder Cup with my dad on both Saturday and Sunday. My dad is a huge golf junkie and when Ryder Cup season rolls around he goes into his own world. This weekend i watched the heavy underdogs, the United States of America, shock the world with their upset against Europe. With Tiger Woods injured it seemed that there was no chance of US victory. Paul Azinger (man holding cup at top of screen), the US captain, had complete confidence in his players and never doubted them one bit. This US team was filled with 6 rookies to the Ryder Cup. On this team there was no standout MVP, but in reality it was the quintessential team effort. Winless since 1999 the US was desperate for a "W". As the weekend progressed the thought of the US winning became greater and greater. On the final sunday as all the matches were in progress the score was almost even and fluctuating constantly. It wasn't over until the very end when I knew the US would hoist the cup for the 1st time in 9 years.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
It was a Tuesday morning and I was sitting in Ms. Curran's 4th grade class. I remember I was sitting next to one of my best friends from Sunset Ridge Trey Surpless. It was a normal morning, since it was only 4th grade not too much was going on. Then all of the sudden my Principal came onto the intercom. I remember it him saying, "Hello this is Dr. B and I have some horrific news. Today around 8 am New York time, an airplane flew into the side of one of the World Trade Center towers. Only fifteen minutes later another plane flew into the other tower. I will keep updating you all throughout the course of the day." granted it was 7 years ago some of this could be a little off. After I heard my Principal say this i wasn't really sure to think because i had no idea what the World Trade Center was or the significance it had on our nation. My 4th grade as a hole didn't have a real knowledge of the situation so the day was all in a blur. When I got home from school that day I saw my dad sitting in front of my television. This was very confusing to me because it was much too early for him to be home. My dad and I talked about what had happened for a little. I was most frightened when my dad told me that Chicago was theorized to be a potential target. My dad, at the time, worked in the 3rd tallest building in Chicago. He said told me all of Chicago had been evacuated for every one's safety. Just the mere thought of my dad being in danger scared me. I was just happy to see him home. That's the most of what I remember of this historic day. What really got me today was when I was on my way home from school today I passed the Northfield Fire station. They had the ladder one of their fire trucks stretched out with a big American flag attached on the end.
The flag waved in the wind right over the road. While I drove under the flag goose bumps appeared on my arm. At that moment I really felt like I understood the patriotism and pride in our great nation. The anguish and horror America felt 7 years ago finally set in to me. At that moment I was truly proud to be an American.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Howe or Campbell that is the real question. Though I might have a slight favoritism for myself, i have to make it a fair contest. Mr. Hockey is known to be one of the best players to ever lace up a pair of skates. I am a little different, I am know for my 4th of July egg toss championships. I'm going to compare Howe's accomplishments against mine. Mr. Hockey has scored the second most points in the history of the NHL. He averaged more than 1 point a game. For all you non-sport fanatics a point is either credited as a goal or as an assist. So he made his presence felt in every game. My hockey claim to fame is scoring the most goals in the 3rd grade house league with a total 36 goals. I give the edge to Howe in the Hockey portion of this contest. I win the non-important sports contest. I have been a 4th of July egg toss champion 3 out of the last 4 years. I have yet to find any egg toss wins for Mr. Howe. The contest is tied at 1-1 and it all comes down to this contest. LOOKS. I'll break down the looks. We both have a full head of hair. I have fewer wrinkles but he has more facial hair sadly. He is 6 ft, I am only 5'10''. It is very close but this catergory will decide the winner...My nose is smaller so I win! Sorry Mr. Howe you might be a better hockey player, but I am better looking.