Monday, February 27, 2006

Olympics!!!

The Olympics are the only sporting event that I look forward to. I watch them religiously and as many events as I can get in. This years Olympics were interesting in that it was completely unpredictable. More countries won medals this year than in an any Olympics previously. People got medals that no one predicted and it was really great to watch.

Now onto my problem with the American media and the athletes. The American media has a tendency to over emphasis certain athletes and completely forget about everyone else. Now I don't find too much of a problem with this if the athletes can perform up to the hype. Which they almost never do. Historically this has happened before and I know it will happen again.

Prime example I always think of is the "Dan vs Dave" commercials from Barcelona in 1992 for the decathlon. Dan did not even qualify for the Olympics.
There are others but they elude me right now.

This years we have several. Bodie Miller, Michelle Kwan, Sasha Cohen, Apollo Anton Ohno, and others. Now Bodie Miller is the biggest disappointment. He raced in 5 races. 3 he was either DQed of did not even finish. The other 2 he came in 5th and 6th. Not so great for the greatest skier in the world. Michelle Kwan: did not even compete. Sasha Cohen, now don't take me wrong but she should not have gotten silver with her two falls. I think the rest of the program was phenominal but with the falls I think that Slutskaya should have gotten the silver. Apollo, now he did good this year, I more think of in the last Olympics where he was really hyped up and he did not do as well.

So my advise for the media, either treat everyone equal and perhaps we will do better or keep hyping people up and leaving Americans feeling like they have been let down. Now we could have done exactly the same and it would not have been as bad if our Olympic "heroes" had not failed.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Intelligent Design is Dead

In a recent article on Yahoo! It states that many Clergy are now on the side of scientists in the view of evolution:

"As a legal strategy intelligent design is dead. It will be very difficult for any school district in the future to successfully survive a legal challenge," Scott said. "That doesn't mean intelligent design is dead as a very popular social movement. This is an idea that has got legs."
But pastors are speaking out against it. Warren Eschbach, a retired Church of the Brethren pastor and professor at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania helped sponsor a letter signed by more than 10,000 other clergy.
"We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up to rigorous scrutiny and upon which much of human knowledge and achievement rests," they wrote.
Catholic experts have also joined the movement.
"The intelligent design movement belittles God. It makes God a designer, an engineer," said
Vatican' Observatory Director George Coyne, an astrophysicist who is also ordained. "The God of religious faith is a god of love. He did not design me."

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Currently the best wedding photo


Veronica and I outside the art musuem in Buffalo after the ceremony and before the reception.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

MARRIED!?!?!?!

This is a short update to all my fans to just let you know that yes I am now married. Sorry girls I am no longer on the market. :'(

Pictures to come.