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TKR Clicking Update

I’ve been so caught up in the 2010 Olympics lately, I haven’t posted on here about my tkr lately. Hope others have had a chance to catch the Olympics. It has been fantastically entertaining and inspiring. And….Team Canada just brought home the Gold Medal in Men’s Hockey!! The game went into OT. What a FANTASTIC game and tournament!!! Tonight is the 2010 Olympic closing ceremony. Anyways…

I was recently asked about my tkr clicking and whether it still happens. It does not do that anymore. My clicking happened for a short time awhile back. I wrote a blog post about it then. The episode only lasted on and off for a couple of weeks. Luckily, there is no problem now.

I have heard of others having problems with a tkr that didn’t fit properly. I count my blessings that I haven’t had to go through any of that, including revisions. Anyone who goes through having problems with their original tkr deserves all the credit in the world. It’s hard enough to go through a standard recuperation, let alone one requiring another surgery.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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NBC Hockey “Color Analysts”..Something Needs To Be Done..

After being so excited about the prospect of viewing all the top-notch NHL players in various Olympic games, I am currently disillusioned and totally disheartened. To say I am disappointed is an understatement.

I knew the games were being broadcast on NBC. I also knew that entailed Pierre McGuire and Eddie Olcyzk (I don’t care if I’ve spelled his name wrong anymore). I just thought that with as many games that were being played, I wouldn’t have to be resigned to listening to them so much.

So….Russia V Czech Republic game comes on. Pierre’s between the benches, Eddie O in the booth. Doc Emrick is doing play-by-play. (I love listening to that guy. He does the sport justice. I only wish he would stop asking McGuire questions. That only leaves a wide open area for McGuire’s mouth to start flapping away.) Then it started and stayed the entire game. The incessant talking, talking, talking centered upon the color “analysts” and not the game. (Was there a game being played? Gee…was that what was going on on the ice?)

Then..it was time for the Canada V USA game. I’m thrilled (and turns out…delusional) that those two color analysts weren’t going to be doing that game. I kind of couldn’t figure out why, though. The game was much tauted by the media. Why wouldn’t those NBC announcers be doing the game? I switched onto MSNBC and got into place for a great game.

Pierre McGuire wasn’t at the game, thank God for that. Eddie O was, though. And we had to hear about goals that were scored two minutes ago being analyzed and chalk- boarded every which way WHILE THE GAME WAS GOING ON!!!! Instead of enjoying the goal and relishing in it…we had to listen to Eddie O talking nonstop about the goalie, the goal, the defensemen, the offense, the time of the goal, the goal area, the goal crease, the goal angle, the stick angle, etc….It totally took the fun and life out of the moment. No longer were we part of the crowd relishing in the moment and being caught up in the game’s excitement. No…we couldn’t hear ANYTHING but Eddie O flapping his jaws about what he considers “entertainment”. And, he didn’t stop once the puck was dropped. No…he had to keep talking and talking and talking. SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I turn on the MUTE, what fun is that??

It’s pretty bad when instead of relaxing and enjoying the game for what it is…entertainment…I end up yelling at the television “SHUT UPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” I’m surprised by neighbors didn’t call the cops on me.

So…after Team Canada V Team USA game ends..it’s time for the Finland V Sweden game. Cool! I’m excited about seeing this game. Once again, top quality players that are entertaining to the max.

Then I find out that Kenny Albert (who is that guy?) and Joe Michelletti (former NHL player)are the announcers. Oh no. I’ve been exposed to these two before. I was not left with a favorable impression. The game starts. Michelletti is WORSE THAN OLCYZK!!!!! I got so tired of pressing the MUTE that I started developing carpal tunnel syndrome. It was absolutely ridiculous. I did not have a chance at all to enjoy that game. Instead of being thrilled by the high-skill level involved of the athletes during the game, I had to resign myself to not even watching the entire game. What a shame.

Since when has televised hockey become a color announcer’s dream at the expense of the game? Don’t the fans matter? And, don’t tell me that listening to these guys is entertainment. It’s not. Who told these guys that their job consisted of nonstop narration DURING THE PLAYS? The game itself has turned into nothing but a backdrop to the incessant jaw-flapping that goes on. Leave the play-by-play announcers ALONE TO DO THEIR JOB.

I feel sorry for people who have never been to a live hockey game. Or, for fans who want to become interested in hockey and watch NBC for the exposure. If their only exposure to the game is what is seen via NBC, what a shame. Those announcers do not do the sport justice at all.

If it continues, I can see the sport viewership suffering.

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2010 Olympic Men’s Hockey….wow!!

Hoping others had a chance to watch some GREAT men’s hockey last night (Thursday, February 18). Both games went into a shoot-out. Both games were hockey at its best. To see all those NHL players in one place is just too cool. It was fun seeing Pronger going after opponents. (I find his playing so entertaining. 🙂 )

The first game involved Team Canada and Switzerland. Crosby was brought out twice during the shoot-out. He scored the winning goal. That game was narrated by Eddie O and Doc Emrick. I love Doc Emrick. Eddie O just talks WAY TOO MUCH!!

The second game was between Slovakia and Russia. I don’t know the name of the broadcasters…..but they were fantastic. It was an old-timer hockey broadcast. No extra talk. No b.s. Just reporting the game. If only this could carry over to the American market place. The game didn’t end until after midnight PST….but who cares?! It was so worth staying up for.

Note: US V Canada on Sunday…that means Pierre McGuire’s back….yikes…

When each of the games ended, I was exhausted. Lol. The games were so fast-paced and just pure entertainment. Hockey at its best. 🙂

True Definition of “Pushing Your Luck”

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NHL Live! Format Update

Today, Monday February 15, is a first. NHL Live! is back to its original television format. All the surrounding borders are gone. No more small, unreadable print. No more seeing Versus everywhere (even though it is STILL NOT OFFERED BY DIRECTV!!). What a relief….

Thanks to whatever powers put that improvement in place. 🙂

Brad May No Longer a Red Wing

In order for Andreas Lilja to come back from the injured roster, the Red Wings needed to free up some salary cap. To do this, they placed defenseman Brad May on waivers as of today, Friday February 12. I, personally, will miss watching him play. He was fantastic at letting others know he couldn’t be pushed around. Bummer…

Words to Ponder…

I found this motivational quote online and thought I’d share. I’m not reformatting it, so it may not be pretty. The message is the same, though. Enjoy!

Don’t be angry at your skeptics — be grateful
for them. They can spur you on to do more and
become more. Focus your energies on the people
you can serve with your message and don’t let
your own skepticism prevent you from taking the
necessary actions to get where you want to go.

We all have skepticism, fears and doubts. The
difference between those who succeed and those
who don’t is that successful people learn not
to let these feelings be an excuse for failing
to take the necessary actions that will bring
them success.
Found on Steve Harrison’s Book Marketing site…