Silver Comes To The New England Patriots

Since the 2012 Summer Olympics, we have seen Gabby get a new hairdo, Michael Phelps getting himself into “hot water” again, and other Olympic star “after news”.

But one that caught my eye in recent news is Jeff Demps ~ Silver medal winner in the in the 4×100 relay as part of the team that finished second to Jamaica at the London Games. A  running back at Florida, he had 2,470 career yards rushing and 23 touchdowns in four seasons with the Gators. He averaged 28.8 yards a return during his four-year career.  Even though a great college football record,  he did not attend any college football all-star games or take part in any NFL draft workouts. Along with playing football, he was also a member of Florida’s track and field team and won multiple national championships.  His focus was on the track ~ his sights were on this summer’s Olympic games and did very well.

There had been quite a few teams that had shown interest in him.  However, they backed off their pursuit in respect to his dedication to his dream ~ being in the Olympics.  Once the Olympics were over, Demps returned his attention to football.

News of late last night ~ he has signed on with the New England Patriots.  The Patriots aren’t concerned about his physical condition ~ just coming back from the Olympics ~ being in top shape is not an issue.  Now the decision will be ~ just what position will he be slotted in.  Kick returner, slot receiver ~ “Demps played in 51 games at Florida.  The 5-foot-7, 191-pound standout finished his career with 367 carries and a 6.7-yard average.”  So, I’m sure the Pat’s will definitely find a place for him.

Everyone have a great day and enjoy your team/game of choice.  Always, Elichap

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Repeat Performer

New moon and sidekick sliver.

Sliver holds new moon

Behind a midnight blue curtain.

But new moon glows against the fold

Waiting patiently to appear.

 

A cast of stars do glitter,

Softly highlighting slivers presence

With new moon as its halo.

A combined ensemble so bold.

Exquisite is nights’ stage, none interfere.

 

Sliver dances slowly without a quiver.

Such an angel in flight

Stirring an evening breeze.

As the leafy treetops applaud and mold

Into natural rhythm, cool and clear.

 

The curtain fold slowly closes on sliver.

The show comes to an end,

To rest, only to be renewed

For tomorrow’s performance sold

Awaiting transformation a full moon to cheer.

Our full moon this month will be this Friday ~ if you have moment, go outdoors and enjoy the view!  I wrote this poem in 1989 ~ at the time I was a “single” and spent many hours writing poetry….or trying to figure out the rhythm and reason of my life at that point in time.  I will share others from time to time.  Writing has been a great solace in my life ~ in the valley’s, straight-away’s and hilltops. You learn a lot about one’s self by putting pen to paper.  I enjoy going back and rereading ~ and, sometime’s I wonder “what was I thinking!  And Why??!!  “)  Then the flood gates open ~ “Oh ~ …. now I remember”.  Memories are precious ~ may I be so blessed to be able to pull them out, and dust them off,  for a very long time to come.

To all ~ have a great evening.  Always, Elichap

 

 

 

Birthdays ….. Grateful For Each and Every One

Personally, I celebrate anniversaries of my birth date these days.  Being a woman …. why, as I get older … I shun away from my actual age to which I have arrived.  This past year I celebrated my 21st of my 39th!  Creative? Probably not ~ but fun watching others having to “add in their heads” just what that is equal to.  I have many bright and wonderful memories within my years, and very thankful for each and every one.  So why do I have such a hard time saying “60” ?  I believe I’m in the stretch of “denial”!  Once I reach 72 ~ a piece of cake!  LOL….

Yesterday was my granddaughter’s birthday party. Tori celebrated her 9th birthday.  She was happy as a lark with her friends, and brother ~ swimming, laughing, jumping, swinging, climbing up to the tree house and back down again to return to the pool.  We “adults” enjoyed the mayhem and our visit together.  Maybe this is what I miss ~ all the silliness that goes with a birthday party…. the pure enjoyment of the celebration. We took a break for cheese pizza and fruit … a small “commercial break” to re-charge.  The kids were just about ready to show me their “human pyramid”, when my son-in-law brought out the prize possession. “The Pinata“!!  Oh, the laughter and excitement resumed two-fold with the official hanging of the silvery globe with streamers. First, each took one streamer and pulled to see “if” the treasure inside would be released. Not to be. So, one by one … beginning with the birthday girl … each used a bat to try their best to be the hero and smash the pinata open. Everyone had three tries. Still ~ that hanging globe, swinging back and forth tauntingly, would not yield. Once again … back to the original attempt with each taking a streamer and pull!   SUCCESS!  The enclosed treasure fell to the ground. “CANDY“!  Squealing with delight and “grab as much as one could” ensued like they had never had any before ~ ever!  The sugary high did not end there ~ onto cake and ice cream!!  The candles were lighted on the cake which Tori blew out with one hand over her brother’s mouth as he attempted to “help out”!   🙂   We gathered around to watch Tori open her gifts and she thanked all for everything, but “most of all ~ for being at her party”.  A very heartwarming little speech in this day and age.

Then ~ my grandson, Faron, announced that it was 12:48 to his Aunt Amy. I do believe he felt everyone should think about getting their things together.  He’s five!!!  Being that the party was to end at 1:00 per the invitation, I suppose he thought that was 1:00 sharp ~ no dilly-dallying around.  LOL!!  Time for everyone to be on their way.  For being so young ~ he is very anal about “schedule”.  Breakfast is 7:15 and when it is 8:00 in the evening ~ that is bathtime… no if, and’s or but’s!  I don’t think he will ever be late for anything in his future.

It was a delightful day and we all had a great time.  The weather was beautiful and I’m sure there was a “naptime” planned at some point during the afternoon …. at least for my daughter and her crew.

Another memory created to be enjoyed sometime in the future.  To all ~ have a great day and “if” you are having a birthday!  May you have a very special day, too!

Always, Elichap

Summer Olympic ~ Just a little Update….

A dear friend suggested that my blogs were a bit “long”…. so I separated my “St. Louis Cardinal” blog from my Olympic news!!  LOL….

As we have continuing coverage of the Olympics. I do believe the swimming is just about finished up ~ I was getting a bit waterlogged!! But, I do see there is still the Men’s Water Polo. In tennis ~ Serena Williams was the Gold metal winner in Women’s Tennis. I have dubbed her the ” Ms. Tina Turner” of the tennis set.

The U.S. Men’s basketball team, after three pretty easy games and scoring 156 points in their third game against Nigeria ~ had their first real challenge. Lithuania. After a 15-4 run in the final 5 1/2 minutes of the game, the U.S. came back to take the win, 99-94. “The Lithuanians, though, stayed close. They weren’t intimidated, and with the 6-foot-8 Kleiza bulling his way inside and hitting jumpers, the Baltic ballers actually outplayed their more celebrated opponents for most of the first half. The Americans had some terrible possessions, settling for long jumpers instead of working the ball around. That selfishness nearly cost them and it may still be an issue.”  Now getting down to the nitty-gritty, we are beginning to see what we, here in the States, have seen all season ~ selfishness!  What a shocker to read that certain individual players took it along with them to London?!  Monday they play Argentina.

Everyone ~ enjoy the games of many yet to be played ~ track and field has started and many more events to be viewed and read about.   We say goodbye to Michael Phelps ~ congrats and thanks for such a grand performance! Career – 18 Gold metals/22 over-all. Pretty impressive.

China still leads the total metals received at 53.  U.S.A. is holding in second with 51.  However !!! The U.S.A. has one more Gold to their credit, 26.  So a tight race all its own ~ which country will have the honor of taking home the most metals for bragging rights.   “)

Have a great day!  Always ~ Elichap

The Big “L” ~ Disqualifications at the Olympics

In the last couple of days, there has been a discussion about the hype of winning.  The pressures that are put on coaches and players for the ultimate ~ to win.  For bragging rights?  For additional revenue?  Glorification of the masses?

In reading this morning about different events yesterday at the Olympics, seems one badminton team blatantly should signs of “cheating” to lose….during competition on Tuesday.  Why? ~ Strategy! Purposely doing poorly to “secure a more favorable position in the next phase of the event.”  From what country? China!

Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli were one of four doubles teams which appeared to play poorly on purpose. The Chinese star of badminton is apparently ‘stepping down’ from the sport after she was one of eight players disqualified from the doubles tournament at the London Olympics for trying to lose.  It was verified by Tencent Microblogging Service late Wednesday, that Yu was quitting ~  ”This is my last game. Farewell Badminton World Federation. Farewell my dear badminton.”  Other teams disqualified from competition were two from South Korea, and another from Indonesia.  Unlike, failed drug testing where the athlete is dismissed from the Olympic grounds all together, they are allowed to remain at the games.  Even though, this is the largest number to be disqualified in Olympic history.  In my view, not a good record to hold ~ to be apart of by any athlete, no matter the country.  The repercussions will be strong not only to themselves but to others, also, in their near future.

The team’s performance was so bad and obvious to what they were doing….those “who attended the matches Tuesday night at Wembley Arena – they chanted, ”Off! Off! Off!” – and to incredulous television broadcasters and viewers watching around the world.” Even the announcer, BBC’s David Mercer said in disbelief. ”They are both trying to lose, … unforgivable….”.

“The official Xinhua news agency quoted Yu apologizing ”to all the badminton fans and friends over yesterday’s game, because we did not comply with the Olympic spirit, and did not deliver a match with our true level to the audience, the fans and the friends.” The Chinese head coach, Li, made a statement taking full responsibility for their actions.

So does this prove some games are “fixed” to achieve the ultimate goal of winning a Gold?!  This is the Olympics. This is the one arena where winning is the highest honor a proven athlete can achieve. No matter what country they represent ~ the disgrace of such a calculated performance is disheartening. To purposely lose, in this case, is nothing short of dishonorable.  Years of hard work, dedication, respect of skills, honor of representing their country who has supported them in their efforts ~ ending in such a dim light. Sadly, those involved will not be remembered for their achievements to reach a grand pinnacle ~ but those who were disgraced in front of the world, putting ill light upon their country, being disqualified.  Fair? It’s human nature.

Is winning important? In the Olympics ~ decidedly yes …. simply in the pride of one’s accomplishment in a competitive sport. To reach the highest pinnacle of one’s career. To hold such an honor being the best in their chosen sport ~ this goal they worked so hard to achieve….for themselves, for their Country.  To be the “Best of the Best” in the most highly acclaimed athletic arena. This is the Olympics ~ the arena of qualified and exonerated athletes, representing respective countries around the world.  To “throw” a match by poor play to reach their ultimate status ~ is totally unacceptable.

I can only say that the return home trip for Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli, members from South Korea and Indonesia, along with their coaches, will not be to a welcome committee of countryman.  And now, the remaining teams left in the Badminton event will be left to always wonder ~ are they truly the best in the world.  No matter which team walks away with the Gold metal … they can hold their heads high knowing they did their very best….without playing the odds.

To all ~ have a great day and may we not see such a performance by any member/team of any event in the remaining days of the Olympic games.

Always, Elichap

A Morning in Wisconsin ~

In past years, I have enjoyed different parts in the State of Wisconsin, visiting family, friends or just getting in my car to where it led me.  A beautiful area of our country, especially in the early morning hours ~ seems that has become my time  to reflect with the rising of the sun.  But, I do enjoy the coolness of the evenings when the stars begin to appear filling the the night’s sky with diamonds and the shadows the moonbeams create.

But in tribute to one of our great states ~ and to those who live in Wisconsin, I want to share the following with you all ~~ simply …

Wisconsin

The hour was between

Night and dawn.

The moon greeting the sun

Hazy transformation seen.

 

The warmth of the earth

Coupled with cool night air

Creating a foggy cover

Blanketing the dells girth.

 

Smokey clouds moving slowly

In and around the evergreens,

Rolling over the hillsides,

Gently caressing the earths’ form.

 

The sun began to peek

Bidding good morn to the moon,

Bidding farewell to the morning star.

Warming the foggy cover to morning dew.

 

Sleeping life began to stir

To welcome yet another day.

Feeling the heat of the sun

Clearing the sky to a crystal blue.

 

The sight of such beauty did spawn

A peacefulness in my being.

Only to await the hours’ return

Between night and dawn.

Elizabeth Deakin (Chapman), June 26, 1989

Hope you enjoyed a “morning in Wisconsin” ~ truly a beautiful creation of God’s work.  We are truly blessed to have such artwork to enjoy …. each and every day ~ everywhere.  For this, I’m truly thankful to Him.

To all have a great day! Enjoy the beauty around you ~ it’s free and gives one peace, but only if one takes the time to view such marvels all around.  God Bless.

Always, Elichap