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Monday, June 23, 2014

World Cup Update

This world cup has been one for the ages. Some unexpected victories and even more unexpected losses. Spain and England have been sent home after losing their first 2 matches. Costa Rica arises and takes on the name 'The Giant Slayer' after they have beaten 2 of the top 10 ranked world cup teams and USA has made an impressive journey and is just a finger tip away from making it through to the next round.

So far group A and B has been decided with Brazil and Mexico making it out of the group in the number 1 and 2 spots respectively in Group A. In Group B Netherlands takes the top spot with that second place spot going to Chile after they eliminated Spain with a 2-0 victory.

These are exciting times Football fans. And the action continues tomorrow with Costa Rica facing England, Italy against Uruguay in a fight for the victory of who is going through the next round, Greece against Cote d'Ivoire and Japan facing Colombia. Let's keep watching sports fans!!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

World Cup 2014 Predictions

So it's that time of year again. When the athletes dust off their cleats and head out unto the field to display one of the greatest show of nation pride there is (Next to Olympics of course). I was a bit curious (more like procrastinating) and I realized that it's almost time for the World Cup competition to start, so I decided to take a look at the teams and make my predictions. Here are the groups so far:

Group A:


My prediction for this group is that competition favourties Brazil and Pride of the Western world Mexico will make it out of this group.

Group B:


I believe it will be a European victory for this group with Spain  and Netherlands  being the ones to make it to the next round

Group C:

 Cote D'Ivoire

This seems like the "Cs" have it in this group and I'm leaning towards Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire  will be shining stars in this group. Although, I don't count out Greece to come and make an upset and take one of those slots.

Group D:

 Costa Rica

Ahh this is one of two groups of death I'e identified in this World Cup. All the teams in this group are pretty good and I know no one will go out without a fight. My picks for this group are Italy  and It's a toss up between  England (they seem to have the uncanny ability to make it out of the early rounds unscathed) and  Uruguay. Let's see who wants it more!!!

Group E:


My picks for this group are France and Honduras  for the win and advance.

Group F:

 Bosnia and Herzegovina

This is a decent group. My choices to advance for this group are Argentina and Bosnia and Herzegovina .

Group G:


This is the second group of death in this world cup series. This is, in my opinion, the toughest preliminary group to be in. THE GROUP OF DEATH!!! Alas, a choice must be made and my choice for this group are Germany  and it's a toss up between Portugal and Ghana to show me who wants it the most.

Group H:

 Korea Republic

I must admit that I don't know much about these teams, so I'm arbitrarily making a choice. My gut tells me to go with Russia  and Belgium  for this group.

Final note: I am not a football expert. These are only my picks based on my limited knowledge of the teams and players. And with any competition, there may be upsets and the underdogs may outplay the veterans. This is not only about skill, but also heart and last but certainly not least, luck. 

Good luck to all the teams and may the best team win. I'll be watching!!!!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Prince Charming or Charming Frog?

This is just my little spin on fairy tales, fables, romantic comedies and reality. Who do we want a prince charming or a charming frog? 
The prince charming saving the damselle in distress phenomenon has been going on for ages. We get in our heads that us females need to be saved and rescued in order to be happy and find the love of our life. And it’s hard to change an ideal that has been engraved in us since childhood.
As young girls we were always told stories about princesses being rescued by a wonderful prince charming who sweeps them off their feet and in the end they live happily ever after. They find the love of their lives and that’s where the story ends. My personal favourite has always been Cinderella; mainly because of our name similarities and also I’m a sucker for a rags to riches story. The thought of being in love and living happily ever after overrode my thoughts so much I even made up my own little song “someday soon my prince will come but until then I’m going to have some fun. I gotta kiss some frogs before I find the one.” Ha! Maybe even from then I realized that some were just frogs and not princes. But I digress.
Continuing on the original path. You would think that all this fairy tale propaganda and propagation would end in out childhood, but oh no that’s crazy talk, it definitely can’t stop there. We need romantic comedies and romance novels and movies for the older dolls. These invade our reality and we become so disillusioned about our romantic realities that we spend our waking moments planning and dreaming about our perfect match. Awww how sweet. We write lists and state all the desired qualities we think suitable for a mate. All in hopes of finding the illustrious prince charming who enters and enhances our lives.
But how do we tell the difference between prince charming and a charming frog in this misguided world? How do we find our person? And what happens to all the broken souls when who we thought was a prince, turns out to really be a frog? Instead of saving, he hurts. Instead of charming, he’s just an actor; the devil in disguise and a snake with blue eyes to quote Carrie Underwood’s Cowboy Cassanova lyrics. Well that just sucks, doesn’t it?
Are we wrong for filling our young people with these fables? For trying to give hope to the hopeless? Or should we still enjoy the glorious tales that magnified the innocence of our childhood but take it with a grain of salt? I think my little rhyme said it best. Have some fun, kiss some frogs and one day he may just show up. But not to save my dears, don’t think it’s to save or complete. His presence will be merely to complement to the already amazing person that you truly are. We may be a princess but never a damsel. Think about it. 
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