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8-8-08 OLYMPIC OPENING CEREMONY

I watched a good portion of the of the opening ceremonies from Beijing this evening and it was spectacular! Whatever happens from this point on, China can be proud of this moment. Some of my favorite parts were the tai chi and the sphere and the joyous faces of all the athletes.

The best part, by far, was this:

We all know Yao Ming is a superstar in China. I’m proud he’s a Houston Rocket. What touched me most, however, was the 9 year old Lin Hao waving his tiny flags next to the 7’6″ NBA star.

Lin Hao escaped the rubble of the May 12th earthquake that devastated the Sichaun province. What makes him remarkable is that, after escaping the rubble that entombed 20 of his 30 classmates, he risked his life to go back into the rubble and saved the lives of 2 of his peers.

He probably is too young to have even thought about the danger. The commentators said, when asked why he ran back into the rubble, he said he did it because he was a leader in school and it was what a leader would do.

I could expound on that, but I believe those words say enough. I hope this little boy grows into that character and can be a bright light in China’s future.

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SNOWBOARDING ON ASPHALT

Today I spent some time with my friend Elizabeth and her daughter, aka Catt. Catt always has some new toy she loves to show me. (Catt is 18 – lol). She had a Ripstick, which is as close as you can get to snowboarding (she says) without snow. We played with that for a while and it’s a cross between a skateboard and an inline skate. Keeping my balance was great fun. Didn’t get very far, but I had to try it.

No injuries to report. 🙂

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POSTGAME COMMENTS

9:16 PM Peyton Manning is the MVP!!! I am so thrilled for him. That’s a touchdown monkey off his back.

9:23 PM My heart rate is starting to come back down… I am so thrilled for the Colts and their organization! This was worth all those years Bob & Tom sang, “God help our Colts!”

I am going to try to come back down so I might be able to go to sleep by midnight…

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THE COLTS WIN THE SUPER BOWL!

8:14 PM Fourth quarter begins with a penalty. Guys, please cut it out! You’re making me crazy. And hoarse.

8:15 PM The Bears call a time out. They must sense I needed to go to the bathroom. Thank you!

8:17 PM Colts must punt. I am not amused. I am considering changing shirts again.

8:19 PM Penalty. YES! Finally it’s on the other team.

8:20 PM Bears get big gain. Thinking of bad words. Don’t make me cuss.

8:21 PM INTERCEPTION FOR A TOUCHDOWN! Dancing around like a crazy person. I am out of my mind.

8:22 PM Chicago challenges the play. He didn’t step out. He didn’t step out!

8:24 PM THE TOUCHDOWN IS GOOD!

8:25 PM So glad I didn’t change shirts.

COLTS 29
BEARS 17

8:28 PM Get a call from Ohio to check on me. Thanks, Ahjmerkus! Sorry I yelled in your ear. First down, Bears. So glad we have that 12 point cushion. Trying to breathe. It’s not working.

8:30 PM INTERCEPTION!!! I love BOB!

8:36 PM Peyton goes down. Come on guys.

8:38 PM Hester takes a fair catch. Good. He scares me.

8:41 PM Get Grossman!

8: 41 PM 6:46 left. Let the clock keep rolling! The slowest six minutes of football of my life.

8:44 PM Fourth down. Thank goodness. Get up Marlin! Get up!

8:45 PM INCOMPLETE!

8:46 PM Five minutes to go…

8:47 PM Dominic Rhodes, you are the man!

8:48 PM First down!

8:49 PM Flag. 2:01 left.

8:50 PM Two minute warning!

COLTS 29
BEARS 17

8:53 PM Time out, Bears. Sorry, Bears. Time is running out!

8:55 PM Chicago is out of time outs. 1:25 left!

8:56 PM I am going to go crazy. This last minute is killer!

8:56 PM Back them up! Back them up!

8:57 PM I heart Tony Dungy.

8:58 PM Who will be MVP? GATORADE!!

8:58 PM COLTS WIN THE SUPER BOWL! Do dance of joy! They won! They
won! It wasn’t pretty, but it’s a WIN!!

9:01 PM Phone starts going NUTS. WOO HOO!!! I am trying to not yell in people’s ears, but it’s not working.

THE COLTS HAVE WON THE SUPER BOWL!!

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SUPER BOWL – NOTES THROUGH THE THIRD QUARTER

7:26 PM Third quarter begins.

7:31 PM Another first down! Go Colts! Glad I didn’t change shirts.

7:33 PM Stand and do some stretches to burn off nervous energy. Really doesn’t work.

7:35 PM 3rd and long. ARGH!

7:37 PM Someone in the booth had the coach throw the red flag to challenge the number of men on the field… and he should be slapped. Colts lose a timeout.

7:39 PM Vinatieri field goal attempt. Come on, Money, Come on! IT’S GOOD!!!

COLTS 19
BEARS 14

7:41 PM I’ve always wondered what goes on inside a Coke machine, and now I know.

7:46 PM SACK!

7:47 PM Grossman slips again, and SACK! Someone needs to buy that boy a towel, but after the game, please.

7:50 PM Dominic Rhodes is having the game of his life. Go DOMINIC!!

7:52 PM Please be in bounds… please be in bounds… DRAT!

7:53 PM 3rd and goal. Come on, guys! GO BLUE!

7:54 PM The happiness just got sucked out of me by some guy in a black shirt.

7:54 PM Vinatieri field goal is GOOD. Running into the kicker? Not an automatic first down. Take the points!

COLTS 22
BEARS 14

7:58 PM The kick coverage team of the Colts is going to give me an ulcer.

8:00 PM Who says K-Fed isn’t talented? That didn’t help. Laugh all the way to the bank, K-Fed.

8:01 PM Come on DEFENSE!

8:03 PM Glad we have a corner apartment and hope and pray there’s nobody home downstairs, because I am screaming my bloody head off.

8:04 PM Bears get a field goal.

COLTS 22
BEARS 17

8:06 PM Colts start on their own 32. I think it’s time for Peyton to throw the ball. So he’s going to… throw… and Marvin doesn’t get his feet in? Challenge? They throw the flag. I hope nobody needs slapped when this is over.

8:09 PM Challenge is GOOD. WOO HOO!

Third quarter is over.

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HALFTIME

7:06 PM Halftime show begins. Jene’ doesn’t like Prince’s Aunt Jemima headdress. Suppose his hair might run in the rain?

7:11 PM So far, no wardrobe malfunctions, except the Aunt Jemima headdress, and with the rain, I’m inclined to forgive him for that.

7:15 PM Purple Rain inspires Prince to take off the Aunt Jemima headdress. So far, it’s not bad, though. Love the symbol formerly known as Prince as the stage.

7:17 PM Jene’ notes that everyone with a lighter on the field surrounding Prince were probably in kindergarten when Purple Rain came out.

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SUPER BOWL – NOTES THROUGH THE SECOND QUARTER

6:22 PM Field goal!

COLTS 9
BEARS 14

6:28 PM Bears stopped cold. Must punt.

6:31 PM Declare the screen fuggy (that would be “foggy,” and “fuzzy”).

6:32 PM Colts on the Bears 16.

6:34 PM Dominic Rhodes is from Abilene. Texas boys are representin’!

6:34 PM TOUCHDOWN!!!

COLTS 16
BEARS 14

6:41 PM Stopped! Bears must punt.

6:45 PM Colts are driving in the driving rain. I vote for Super Bowls in domes
only.

6:45 PM 2 minute warning. Good. I need to go to the bathroom.

6:50 PM Fumble. Bears take over.

6:50 PM FUMBLE!! Colts take it back!

6:54 PM Field goal attempt. Vinatieri misses. I can’t believe it.

HALFTIME:

COLTS 16
BEARS 14

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SUPER BOWL – NOTES THROUGH THE FIRST QUARTER

11:49 AM Paint toenails “Celestial” blue. Rename “Celestial” “Colts Blue.”

12:15 PM Dressed in #18 Manning jersey. Get living room ready with Colts shrine – touchdown and extra point monkeys, Colts t-shirt.

12:35 PM Send out first “Go Colts” video, featuring me, and the monkeys.

2:30 PM Boss drops by to deliver Super Bowl shirt she bought me while in Indianapolis last week. If the Colts win, I can wear the t-shirt to work. WOOT!

4:30 PM Pregame show all sounds like blah, blah, blah and I’m sick of the stories that are making me cry — I.e. Bill Walsh, Walter Payton, Brian Piccolo. Not that I don’t care, the sadness is getting to me.

5:07 PM Break out the guacamole and chips.

5:22 PM Get a spot of guac on Manning jersey. Declare state of emergency and run to the kitchen to de-guac jersey.

5:27 PM Adam Vinitieri prepares for kickoff. Jersey still smells like guac, but guac is no longer on jersey.

5:28 PM Declare curse on formerly guac-spotted jersey as Chicago returns kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. (Hester) Beg jersey to hurry up and dry.

5:30 PM Colts take the kickoff to the 31 yard line. Hope Peyton Manning is feeling “it” today.

5:33 PM Consider chanting to take curse off formerly guac-spotted jersey, as Colts have 3rd & 12.

5:34 PM Interception. Consider changing shirts.

5:36 PM Commercials must get better if I am to overcome this feeling of complete and utter hopelessness.

5:39 PM Consider shouting at tv (Alamo style) “Remember the RCA Dome!” to lift spirits.

5:39 PM Bears punt. Pulse begins to return to normal. Peyton has his interception out of the way. Now, lets get to it!

5:41 PM Rain begins to fall. Wish I had not bought no salt added chips.

5:43 PM First down. Cursed formerly guac-spotted jersey must be dry.

5:45 PM Out of guac. Consider this to be a blessing as last drop lands on new couch cover.

5:46 PM Now couch must be cursed, but it’s not blue and in no way related to Colts, so it’s going to be okay.

5:46 PM 53 yard touchdown. Feeling much, much, better thank you.

5:47 PM Muffed snap. Scream. Blood vessel may have burst in throat.

COLTS 6/BEARS 7

5:50 PM FUMBLE! Colts get the ball back! Resort to clapping to save throat.

5:51 PM Another fumble. Colts give the ball back.

5:52 PM Bears first and goal at the 5. Still considering changing shirts.

5:54 PM 3rd and goal. Screaming at the tv has commenced.

5:54 PM Touchdown, Bears. Rain is still falling.

COLTS 6/BEARS 14

5:55 PM Okay, Snickers commercial is pretty funny. Breathing deeply, going to my happy place. REMEMBER THE RCA DOME!!

5:57 PM Colts start at their own 17. Come on guys! Commercial.

5:58 PM The Chevy commercial is awesome! Junior was singing. Too funny.

6:00 PM David Letterman and Oprah. Great!

6:00 PM Colts start their drive. The cameras are fogged over from the rain. No gain.

6:01 PM Colts will punt. I feel sick to my stomach. So far, commercials are better than the Super Bowl. (I whisper this because I do not want the Colts to hear me).

6:04 PM FUMBLE! Colts recover! I love Bob Sanders.

6:05 PM The Bears just need to put their hands down. I’m tired of them batting the ball down.

6:06 PM 4th and 9. Colts punt. Wait… flag. 4th and 4. Still punting.

6:13 PM Bears must punt!

6:14 PM Manning throws to Addai for first down! Addai is a Houston boy!

6: 15 PM First quarter ends.

COLTS 6/BEARS 14