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I’m on a junior hockey kick right now, so I’m going with it.  Somewhere around 2004 I discovered this thing called “junior hockey”.  Prior to that I had heard of it, but really didn’t know what it was.  Not entirely sure how I discovered it, but since then I’ve grown some appreciation for it. 

Probably the biggest thing I’ve learned about junior hockey is that change happens all the time:  teams move from city to city, teams move from league to league, teams change names, teams discontinue.  When it comes to sports I suppose the term conservative fits;  I’m generally against rule changes, teams moving etc.  Yet, when it comes to junior hockey I don’t mind the changes.  While I like seeing the same teams, the changing in teams is sort-of refreshing to me, not sure why that is.  Maybe it’s similar to Han Shot First!!!! , which although I really like Star Wars I really don’t care if Han shot first or second or never.

For junior hockey, I started out following the NAHL to begin with.  Here’s what happened to the NAHL teams since I began following (using Wikiedia as a guide, which I risky of course):

  • Billings Bulls:  Moved from from the NAHL to the Nor-Pac and now are in the American West Hockey League
  • Bozeman Ice Dogs:  Same story as Billings
  • Helena Bighorns:  Same as above
  • Texarkana Bandits:  Still in NAHL, moved from Texas to St. Louis, now known as the St. Louis Bandits.
  • Farg0-Moorhead Jets:  Team disbanded
  • Southern Minnesota Express: A mess, but still in the NAHL (actually in the NAHL twice now).  First team moved to Detoit (MI) and became known as the Motor City Machine, now in Jamestown (NY) and are the Ironmen.  A second unrelated NAHL team started and were known as the Owatonna Express.  They moved to Odessa (TX) and became the Odessa Jackalopes.
  • Toledo Icediggers:  Still in NAHL, moved to Alpena (MI) and then to Corpus Christie (TX) and are now the Icerays
  • North Iowa Outlaws:  Still in NAHL, moved to Onalaska (WI) and are known as the Coulee Region Chill
  • Springfield Spirit:  Still in the NAHL, moved to Wasilla (AK) and then moved to Palmer (AK) and became the Avalanche
  • Santa Fe RoadRunners:  Still in the NAHL, moved to Topeka (KS)

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I’m looking forward to tonight.  Miss Kaelyn and myself are having “water babies” class.  Last year she enjoyed it at only 1 year old and this year she seems to like it well too, just as long as she’s not on her back (that’s true for baths as well).  Then again she’s very much a people person.
As I said yesterday, Amy had given me God of War II for my birthday.  I played for only 15 minutes or so last night and I’m very impressed by the little I played.
The most incredible thing was the Colossus of Rhondes coming to life!  That is pretty darn cool.  Recently I had read just a little about the Colossus and thought “hey, that’s neat”, but seeing how they did it in GOW2 was spectacular.  Then again, any humongous statue is pretty darn neat.  Kind of amazing to think about, the Statue of Liberty is only 26th largest in the world.  I can’t imagine the Spring Temple Buddha, just look at the size of that thing.  It would be neat to journey around and see all of them, but considering most of them are in Asia, that’s not likely to happen.
Not quite in the same ballpark, but I did see the Mother Cabrini Shrine in Colorado.  That was pretty neat.  The drive may have been the best part and I’d recommend it if you find yourself out in CO for a hockey game or other reasons.  It’s probably not worth the trip for the statue alone, but the drive up to Summit County (Breckenridge, Dillon, etc) is wonderful.  I certainly miss Colorado at times.

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For those of you who are going through tough times, these may give you a much needed laugh. Whenever I’m going through bad times, they always make me laugh. They’re De-motivators, the opposite of the motivators. They’re funny because they are (at least partially) true. I particularly love the mistakes one. Enjoy!


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