Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Preds VS Ducks Playoff game 2

It's Duck Season

The Nashville Predators are set to take on the Anaheim Ducks again tonight for game 2 of the first round Stanley Cup Playoffs. The game is set for 9:30 CST making it extremely tough for the Predator fans to stay up and watch their beloved team, who is determined to move on past the first round of the Playoffs and make team history. If the game is anything like what we witnessed on Wednesday, though, there shouldn't be any issue with staying up to cheer them on.

Tonight's game should be filled with as much action a fan could hope for, the Ducks came out hard against the Preds in Game 1 held on Wednesday night in Anaheim, with veteran Teemu Selanne attempting to place the Ducks on his shoulders and carry them to a victory. It was not in the cards, and the Ducks only goal came during a breakdown of the Preds discipline which gave Anaheim a 5 on 3 powerplay for almost a minute and a half. That is what it took for Teemu to score against the Preds, a 5 on 3 powerplay. There were a good amount of scoring chances for the Ducks, but Pekka Rinne showed them again why he was the second best goaltender in the league for the regular season. This is why I could not understand how hockey fans/media could be "shocked" or "surprised" at the Predators huge road win against the Ducks. The Preds went 3-1 versus Anaheim in the regular season and Pekka Rinne finished the regular season only trailing Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins in stats.

The Ducks are looking for revenge after the Preds handily stole the home-ice advantage from them on Wednesday. The 4-1 win boosted the Predator's confidence, and should give them enough fortitude to win again tonight. The Ducks will be challenging the Preds discipline, just as they did during Game 1, with Corey Perry leading the charge. Jordin Tootoo and Shane OBrien of the Preds will have to keep their composure and resist the temptation thrown at them constantly. Peks will have to stand on his head again, and Mike Fisher (our most experienced post-season player) will have to lead by example just as he did on Wednesday scoring 2 goals to seal the victory. If the Preds can keep their level heads and focus along with discipline and poise, they are sure to bring home another solid victory, bringing a series lead 2-0 back to their building and their fans on Sunday.

There may even be a surprise or two awaiting the Ducks before, during, and after the game....
Here is a little something to get Predator fans motivated provided by @racheladdison on Twitter:

Predator fans should feel free to download this and change their avatar in support!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Day 2 training for the Fangtastic 5K

January 7, 2011
Today I woke up feeling a little sore and achy from my run the other day. Determined, I laced up my shoes, got my water bottle filled, and turned on a "This American Life" podcast on my iPod.
Listening to a podcast makes it a little easier to distract myself from the burning in my lungs when running the short intervals of the CT5K training program.
About 10 minutes in to the run/walk a sweet little pup came up wanting attention, being an animal lover, and a hopeless worrywart, I had to take care of the poor boy while his "mom" drove back to get him. While this disrupted my training, I simply COULD NOT let him run around on his own until she got back, so we waited on their porch, and after making sure that "Cody" was safe, I started back on my run....
I actually ran for a total of 20 minutes and walked for 25 minutes, finding it easier and easier to start my "runs" as the time progressed. Here's to hoping this trend continues.....
After all, February 12th is coming faster and faster.
Also, I started a photo album on Facebook for my training.... feel free to check it out by clicking on this link: Fangtastic 5K
Fangtastic 5K here I come!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Fangtastic 5K

Sooo... Last night, along with a few other Twitter friends, I signed up for my first EVER 5k. Yes. Me.
This may not seem like a huge deal to you, but you are probably one of those people that actually exercises, but I am not. I haven't since I was FORCED to in Gym class over a decade ago. Even then, creating fake illnesses to get out of the running, kickball, and badminton was a challenge I accepted on a daily basis. Fact is, when I get home from my overly stressful Retail Manager job all I want to do is lay on the couch, watch t.v., and eat horrible snacks. So when it got in my head last night that I still had not begun my resolution to get in shape, I signed up. Nothing like a $40 investment to get, and keep me motivated.
Today, a few more of our Predator Twitter people joined us in the event, including the third founding member of the @HockeyTonkAngel s Rachel and her Fiance Frankie. Most of us are going to walk/run it, but the point is, we are going to do it. I am going to run(walk) a 5K.
Everyone has been really supportive, and forwarded a lot of great information and sites to me including: From Couch to 5K There is even an app for Droid. Yep. I am going to do this. Along with: Jennifer Parker, Rachel Addison, Patten Fuqua, Tyler Davis, Ashley Simmons, Justin Bradford, Frankie Rosato, Lizette Garcia, Ben Butzbach, April McDonald, John Fessler, Cheryl Norris, and several others. I believe that this is now gonna be a bonified #NHLTweetup
I started my training this morning, it wasn't too bad, definitely out of shape though. Following the From Couch to 5k program seems to make it easy.
I have to do this, for the Predators Foundation.... and for myself. Here's to 2011.
"This year will be our year, took a long time to come" ~ The Zombies