There is no ” I” in Team……..

Boston Bruins right wing David Backes (42) celebrates after a shot by teammate Marcus Johansson, not shown, got past St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen (34) for a score during the third period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Saturday, June 1, 2019, in St. Louis. The Bruins won 7-2 and lead the series 2-1. At left is Blues' defenseman Joel Edmundson (6). (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

To be a Champion in any team sport, comes down to the fact that, it’s not about one or two guys, it is totally a team effort and the Boston Bruins have proved that with the great season they are having. On the verge of yet another Stanley cup victory and the way they as a team rebounded from a lack luster performance in game two, they go two games to one in game three, in the best of a seven game series. Game three wasn’t just a win for the Bruins, they did so in the house of the St. Louis blues and in a dominating way, final score was seven to two, while going four for four on the power play also. This team has a good mix of veteran players, as well as great young talent, with a coach that has his finger on the pulse of each game. Chemistry is another part of being a true champion, it is how you are respected by your teammates, knowing your teammates so you can move as one on the ice with pin point passing, as you gain control of the puck away from the other team. The team whether on the ice or off the ice, has to bond together and be ready to battle for each other, like being a family, with the coaches being the parents of the family. These Boston Bruins are a special group, that have come together in harmony, as they put aside the ego’s to work hard at achieving the most prestigious trophy in all of sports…………….. Lord’s Stanley cup.

The Bruins might of dominated in last nights game three match up, but let’s not forget the St. Louis Blues, this team is built very similar to the Bruins, I am sure game four these Blues will be ready to battle once again, the Bruins will have to be ready for the fight and respond as they did in game three. To get this far and be the last two teams standing within the league, with a chance of being the champions of the hockey world, says a lot of both these teams, now with these Bruins being two wins away from the coveted prize, is no time to become comfortable, as the last two wins are just as hard as the last fourteen. For those true fans of the game of hockey, you have basically two seasons in one and we the fans are blessed with such a great game, now through the years the game has had some changes to it, like being a much faster game then years before, but the basics of the game stay in tact, like the first season being the regular season and the second season being the playoffs. With the playoffs there is a slogan we call ” Mission sixteen”, basically we call it that because it takes sixteen wins to win the playoffs and become the keeper of Lord’s Stanley’s cup.

My earliest memory of these Bruins was also against the St. Louis Blues, with the now famous greatest player to ever lace up the skates………… He is Bobby Orr and with an assist from Derek Sanderson, the rest is history with Bobby flying through the air in front of the goalie, for the goal and the winner of Lord’s Stanley’s cup. The Boston Bruins have a rich history and being one of the six original teams within the National Hockey League, not too mention some of the great hockey talent to wear the spoke “B” on their chest, is the reason why I myself Bleed black and gold. With two more wins this special team of the Boston Bruins can cement their names within the rich history of the organization.

Like Tom Brady has become the G. O. A. T. of the football world, we here in the city of Boston has witnessed two G. O. A. T’s of their sports, with Tom Brady and Bobby Orr. There is a lot of sports history here in the city of Boston and with the Bruins on the brink of winning a championship, along with the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots all in the same season, which hasn’t been done since the season of 1935/1936, truly gives this city of Boston the title of ” Titletown U. S. A.”.

I love the game of hockey, played the game when I was younger and with my favorite team so deep in the playoffs, like two wins away from winning Lord’s Stanley’s cup deep, it is very exciting right now, with all eyes on this special team. A team that has battled adversity all season, a team that has bonded together more than a team, they have bonded like a family on and off the ice and has been fun too watch this bonding all season. This team has been resilient all season and watching them in game two and game three, proves just how resilient they are, with an ugly performance in two, and a great performance in three. Would love to see this team finish mission sixteen, as not just for the reward for the players on a great season, but for the third time in the same season, the city of Boston can cue the Duck boats once again, for this type of celebration will never get old, especially with my favorite team.

” In team sports there is never an I, as it takes the whole team to work as one and become a true champion”

” The Stanley cup is the most prestigious and hardest trophy to win of all the sports, which makes hockey the coolest game on ice”

” To be a G. O. A. T. of your sport means that you are the Greatest Of All Time”

” Mission 16 in the game of hockey starts with the playoffs as you are on a mission to win 16 more games to be a true champion of the sport you play and love”

True Leadership qualities……

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What makes a great Leader? We all tend to link being a leader with power and control, we get caught up in the mix that, Leader’s have to be in high positions, like, the President of a country, a CEO of a corporate company, or maybe an Owner of a sports team to name a few. Some of the greatest Leaders do so quietly with no fan fare, or looking for any kind or recognition.

Everybody has their own kind of Leadership ways, just that we don’t give ourselves enough credit for the way we Lead, we also don’t tap into our souls enough and try to find a Leadership role that best suits ourselves. Not all of us are suited to be a true leader and not all of us can be a Leader, as in the old saying, ” to many chiefs spoil the tribe” or ” to many Chef’s ruin the soup”. You don’t find a true Leader, as True Leader’s simply rise to the role with their actions and not their words.

Look at a guy like Tom Brady, the best Quarter Back in the history of the NFL. He doesn’t look to be more powerful or above the rest of his Teammates, he just shows up in practice and works hard each and every day, then executes that hard work on Game day. He shows his Leadership on the field, while he brings his team into the lead, to move forward with a “W” in the win column. All his Teammates adore him, cause he is so humble and approachable by all. Tom also gives advice to his Teammates, instead of saying ” do it this way or you won’t touch the football”. Okay it is true you may see him loud and yelling on the side lines on game day, but he does so only to wake up the team, so they can execute better, giving the team a better chance of winning the game.

A true leader leads by example, without losing the respect of those they try to lead. Raymond Bourque of the Boston Bruins was another great Leader, even though he wore the “C” on his jersey, it didn’t mean anything to him, as he showed up everyday practiced and played hard, so when his Teammates saw that, they to practiced and played hard, making the whole team a better team moving forward. Ray was a quiet guy that stayed out of the limelight, but with his actions on the ice, that is what spoke much louder than any words at all. Bobby Orr was the same way as he also let his actions speak for himself, they didn’t want to be singled out as a special player and they always spoke of the team/ put the team before themselves all the time.

True Leader’s never look for any fame or recognition, they never look to be more powerful than or even try to have all the power over the rest. A true Leader at the end of the day goes home like you and I and does his chores, like the rest of us. A Leader that we all take for granted and never give enough credit to, are our own parent’s. these Individuals help you grow in many ways, they show you by example on how to treat other’s, they guide you as you walk your path of this journey through life, they don’t just love you deeply and they don’t just quietly lead you on your path, they teach you all they know, as they to were led by their Parent’s, as they walked their paths through this journey of life. Parent’s don’t look for any recognition or any spotlight, they never look for any rewards, all they want is to lead you into prosperity, so you can be the best you can be, as you walk your path through this journey of life.

 

” A true Leader is a rare breed and never looks for any recognition or fame”

” A real and true Leader, leads by example and never pushes his power on to another”

” Leadership is never about power and control over other’s, as a true Leader knows how to make others better moving forward”

” True Leaders let their actions speak more loudly than themselves, making all around them feel even more special then the Leader himself”

 

We are all Patriots……

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” True Patriots unite as one, there is no hatred to be found no matter who you are, or where you are from”.

 

Patriots may be a football team that play at this stadium known as Gillette, but we are all Patriots who walk a path, through this journey of life. I can remember a time when this same football team of the Patriots were only winning one or two games a year, man!!! What a different team they are now. True there is way too much hatred of this team, simply because they do nothing but win for the last fifteen years, it is pretty much a Dynasty that has been built by Robert Kraft the Owner, with the bringing in of Bill Belichek, so why can’t we just sit back and enjoy the ride? without bringing the unnecessary drama.

This team from year to year has had many different components, but the two common denominators have been Bill Belichek and Tom Brady. These two have pretty much re-written all the records and show no signs of slowing down, or calling it quits. So from someone who has struggled from year to year while saying, ” wait til next year” every year, it feels good to be proud of the team once again, as they truly are a great football team.

With all the success of the Patriots over the last fifteen years, you will have the Hater’s hating on this team simply because their team can’t beat the Patriots and the fans want the same success as the Patriot fans. The New York Yankees and the Montreal Canadians went through the same as the Patriots are going through now, only because they win more than they lose, what I say to all the Hater’s out there is, if you want to be a Champion, then step up to the plate and beat a Champion. Now not everybody can be a Champion, because as one team wins, there has to be another team that loses, this is fact and a fact we all have to better at excepting, so we can move forward better and stronger.

When Robert Kraft bought this team the New England Patriots,  this was the beginning of positive change not just to a football team, but to the Community that hosts this team. The Patriots are so good on so many levels, it would take all day to write about them all, but if those who hate on this team, would only set aside their hate and truly look at the team the Patriots, they could clearly see why they have become a great team and do what they need, so they to can accomplish the same success. There is way too much Hate within this Society and it goes a lot deeper than any sports team and their success, but if we can watch our favorite team, to cheer them on as they strive for success, then just maybe we can all unite and become one on the same team, as we all walk our paths through this journey of life, to become better and stronger with every step, then we all can share what it is like to be on the winning team throughout life.

 

” Winning should never be hated on, as it takes a lot of hard work and dedication”

” Hard work and plenty of practice are the key ingredients to anything you want to win at”

” We all want success but refuse the hard work and practice part, then we hate the ones that achieve the success with much hard work and practice”

” Don’t hate on a team just because they keep on winning, simply step up to the plate and beat the Champion to achieve the same success”

 

The whole Voting process

” The grass is not always Greener on the other side”

 

This whole Voting process is so flawed, that it has become Corrupt and easily manipulative. These Candidates know exactly what to say and how to act, just to mislead us and get our vote. Hypocrisy is the word of the day, when you describe any Candidate that runs today, as they say one thing to get our vote, then once they are in office do the complete opposite of what they said, just for their own Personal gain.

During this round of Primary voting leading up to each Parties Convention, each Candidate needs to get to a certain amount of Delegates, so they can be the Nominee for their party, but if they do not get to that number, then the Delegates go to the Convention and vote again for the Candidate? Which then has the Delegates flipping if they choose to and be swayed into voting the way the Powers to be, AKA……. The Establishment wants them to vote, but during this process what actually happens to the popular vote, which is us, the hard working Individuals that makes this Country great. You want ” Real Change”, this is where it begins and it is us the hard working Individuals that can make the ” Real Change” happen.

Once the Nominee for each party has been chosen, now the real election begins and we all go to the Voting Polls once again to vote for an Individual we think is best suited for the office? But hold on, now there is this thing called the Electoral College, which is separate from the Popular vote………Really!!! Now the wrong Individual can get into office with this Electoral College, instead of the one that gets the Popular vote? The Popular vote is all of us hard working people that build this Country, where the Electoral College is where the Powers to be, get their power over all of us, you think we need to take back control of this power, only because these so called Politicians are doing nothing but ruining this Country, all for their own Personal gain. The time is now for the Career Politician to end, put term limits on all offices like that of the President and for us the hard working Individual, to look deeply into what we see, do our homework on each Candidate, so we can make better judgements and vote smarter in the future.

Those who dislike Donald Trump, you can’t ignore the fact that he is totally bringing to the for front, just how Corrupt this Voting process is. Donald Trump may or may not be the right Candidate for President of the United States? He also may be a little rough around the edges with the way he delivers his message, but within this ” Political Correct World” for which we live, it has made us all soft and weak, so when guys like Trump come around, we dislike him and won’t actually take the time to really listen to what he says and through this Political Correction, we have stopped looking deeply into what we see.

These Career Politicians will put together a Healthcare bill and pass it, before they actually see if it is equal to all? You think they actually care who it hurts, when their Healthcare is paid in full by you know who? Us the hard working stiffs within this Country. These same Individuals get paid handsomely by our tax dollars also, but they then think they can make their own hours and not show up for important votes they need to make, which will help all throughout this Country. Should we really vote for Hillary, just so she can be the first Woman President? We already made that mistake when we elected the first Afro American. This makes it even more important that we really make a good judgement and vote for an Individual, that can actually do the job and not make a Tee time at the Country club. It is our duty to stand up to these powers to be, or the Establishment of a party, instead of being their Puppet giving them all the power they want.

We all walk our paths through this journey of life, when we let others have all the power and control, then it is not our paths to walk anymore. Sure the journey is all the same for all of us, but the path then belongs to someone else, as we just wander through with no true direction in which to go. These paths are full of choices for us to make, time we get off our Fannies and start making the right choices, so we all can walk these paths of this journey through life, peacefully and with happiness everyday of our existence.

 

” When we don’t make the right choices along our paths of this journey, We then lose all the power These paths give us”

” Everyday we walk these paths there are choices to make, this is what makes us stronger and better through this journey of life”

” Time to make smarter decisions at the voting booth, so we don’t become a Puppet for the Establishments”

” The power and control is within our grasp, time we grab it back from the so called Establishment”

Good decision/bad decision…Hmm!!!

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The decision for Bill Belichek to kick away the ball at the start of overtime in last nights game, totally lies on him to do so and with his track record over the last fifteen years as the Coach of the New England Patriots, who are we to second guess his decision?

These pictures here are of two totally different paths, just like in life you also have different paths in sports to get to where you want to go. with the way the Offense played last night, compared to the way the defense played, clearly was part of the way Bill made his decision and all these theories we are hearing today, totally lie with the sports media, in trying to stir up as much drams as they can, so they can have a job to stir the drama with. Bill has brought four Championships here to new England over his tenure here, why should we stop trusting him now? Even Tom Brady came out and said the defense played better and he is the common denominator in all the different teams that Bill has coached here.

Talk about the media creating drama in sports, there was a report of Peyton Manning using HGH in the year 2011 after his neck surgery, which this report was later recanted when the reporter came out and said he was wrong, but now the seed of drama is planted and a very hard seed to dig up like the weeds in your green grass. Tom Brady came out in total defense of Peyton, as he is going through the same seed of drama with the deflate gate crap and can totally feel what Peyton is going through. This is, what is wrong with our Society of today, here you have two of the best Quarterbacks in the history of the NFL and there are some out there through jealousy, that will try to take them down, instead of sitting back and enjoying the show that they are putting on, year after year.

True we here in New England may not of liked the call to kick the ball away and pass up the chance to end the game with the offense scoring a touchdown like the Jets did, but when you sit back and review the game inside the game, you can see clearly why Bill made this decision, as the defense out played the offense in last nights game, it is just that it didn’t work out for the Patriots like in years past and with all the injuries to key players, shows that even the mighty Patriots fall Victim to the bug of an injury ridden season, like all other teams throughout the NFL.

With Bill Belichek and Tom Brady, the Patriots will always be in the talk of which teams will go to the Superbowl, but when key players around Tom fall to the injury bug, makes it that much harder to get there and that much harder a pill to swallow, for all the fans around New England to accept. The legacy of Bill and Tom here in New England is winning, but without all the key supporting players around them makes it that much harder to overcome adversity and keep the legacy of winning alive, I can say I was disappointed at the call also, but when I looked at the game inside the game, I clearly saw the reason why he made that call and totally respected Bill for making the call. #inbillwetrust Let us all here in New England always trust in Bill as his track record speaks for itself.

 

” just as in life, sports has different paths to follow to get to your true destination, hard work and determination shows you the true path to follow”

” Decisions are made everyday in life as well as sports, just that all the decisions made don’t always work in your favor”

” The New England Patriots with Bill and Tom will always be considered a favorite in the NFL, its the right supporting cast around them that keep them one of the favorites”

 

” The keeping up with the Jones”…

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Who are the Jones? And why do we need to keep up with them?

Who knows when or even why this saying has been around so long? All this saying does is turn each of us against each other and stops us from truly being who we really are. Just like the saying of ” having the American dream”, we all think we know what this is for example, big house, white picket fence, two cars with garages, wife/husband, children, wealth and our own piece of the pie. Unfortunately throughout this Society of today, this American dream has caused us to step on each others shoe shine, to the point no matter what we do, nothing shines around us anymore. We all have our issues and our struggles throughout this journey of life, we all want the American dream and keep up with the Jones part of the pie, but unfortunately we have all gone the wrong way and find ourselves exerting all our energy at swimming up the stream of the waterfall, instead of making it easy and simply flowing as the current down this stream within this picture.

It is okay for some good fun and competition between us, but when this good fun and competition turns to ugliness, like we see around us today, you think we need to truly change and look deeply into everything that is around us? Competition between two Sports Teams is part of the game and the magic word is “game”. We as Individuals who watch these teams, have taken this competition to an all new level, a level that has turned us all against each other, cause we don’t see it as a game anymore, we see the friendly competition between two Teams and have turned this competition into, an ugly competition that has forced us to walk our paths throughout this journey of life, without truly being who we really are.

We all have a purpose in life, we all set our goals so we can find what our purpose truly is. I understand we all have our issues and struggles along our paths, but when we don’t address and fix these issues, the struggles will never end and we will never find out what our true purpose really is. Life is a journey that we all walk along a path, the journey may be the same, as the path and the purpose are all different to each of us, not everybody has to keep up with the Jones to achieve true happiness, as well as not everybody will achieve the American dream for true happiness also, true happiness comes from each of us, addressing the issues and fixing them, so we all can find our purpose and walk our paths in peace, with true happiness along this journey of life.

 

” The journey through life may be the same, but the path and the purpose is much different to each one of us”

” The struggles and issues of life may have us swimming up stream into the waterfall, but addressing the issues and fixing the struggles will have us swim down stream, making our paths more peaceful with happiness”

” good competition between us is okay, but when it turns ugly is when we have to change the game, to make the competition fun again”

 

2015 Boston Bruins… a team needing of an identity.

Now that the 2015 season for the Boston Bruins has come to a close and without a playoff appearance for the first time in the era of Claude Julien, it is time to re-tool this team for yet another run at Lord Stanley cup.
The biggest thing this team needs is an identity, without an identity, you are a team in disarray with nothing but chaos in front of you. Before the season of 2015 even started and the loss of Jonny Boychuk, simply because Peter Chirelli needed to free up some cap space? Now you have a team not knowing who’s next and a team who just lost a big part of it’s identity. Seriously though this whole identity problem started when they let Andrew Ference go to the Edmonton Oilers.
Andrew Ference may not have been the most talented I get that, but what he brought to the team in the form of an identity and team chemistry, goes a lot deeper than shooting a puck into any net at any rink you may be in. You don’t really need one player with 40 or 50 plus goals on the team, what you really need is, many players on the team with 20 plus and play hard every night, not only for themselves, but for each other on the team, the Bruins had this in 2011 and winning the Stanley cup, was a great reward for all their hard work.
Now that we mentioned Boychuk and Ference, another part of the Bruins identity and chemistry of this team was Sean Thorton, Sean didn’t just throw down the gloves for any fight, he knew when to throw the gloves and when to skate hard for the team, he was a huge part in the identity of this team and a part when you take that away, you have nothing but chaos and doubt.
Brad Marchand…… Ok I will give him do for his 24 goals this season, but that is it, he actually hurt the team more with his stupid play and dumb penelties at the wrong times, Marshy unlike Thorty did not know how to bring this identity and chemistry to the team, instead the team was in his way, for what he needed to do so he could pad his own stats. The reputation of Brad Marchand and the nickname ” the little ball of hate”, has become bigger than Brad Marchand the skater, with that said Marchands welcome mat has disappeared and time to let him go.
I get the fact the team of the Boston Bruins needs some changing, so they can compete moving forward in the NHL. Unlike some that think the Coach is first to go, I strongly disagree, cause Claude Julien coached this team to the best of his abilities and according to the team that was given to him by the GM Peter Chirelli and Chirelli only subtracted from this team, instead of adding in order to be better moving forward. Bringing up Kids from Providence isn’t always the answer when you lose quality players like Boychuk, Thorton and Ference, not too mention losing Chara and Kretchi to injuries for extended periods, when you have a coach like Claude and his system of Defense first, which you need all players of the roster to buy into the system, than you bring in young kids that only want to play in the NHL and get paid, now you have a team not buying into the system, that brought you success in 2011.
The first change of the Bruins would be Peter Chirelli, as he did nothing but subtract and give players ridiculous contracts, instead of adding quality players that would buy into the system in place and form a team identity, then form a bond and chemistry to their new teammates. the one player to me that is untouchable is, Patrice Burgeron, as he truly bleeds black and gold. other players that I wouldn’t touch goes as follows, Lucic, Kretchi, Soderberg, Eriksson, Pasternak,, Spooner and to rebuild the 4th line around Ferlin and Paille, everybody else is fair game in trade or the free agent market. It is time the Bruins put back in place, the system of Claude Julien, which worked in 2011 and can work in 2016, all you need is a team to buy into the system, and players that buy into each other with an identity and a chemistry. It is not about having one 40 or 50 goal scorer on your team ( although it would be nice), it is all about having many 20 plus goal scorers and a team that buys into the system, plays together with a chemistry for each other, plus strives for that identity that will bring them to the promise land, of once again bringing home to Boston, Lord Stanley cup.

” Hockey is a game that an Individual doesn’t win you a championship, it is all about the team and having a good identity of who you are”

” Patrice Bergeron may bleed black and gold, you give me an entire team of Patrice Bergeron’s and I will bring home a championship every year”

” The problem of the Boston Bruins does not start with Claude Julien. it starts with the subtracting of players, with no quality additions, by the GM Peter Chirelli”

Ye of little faith Bruins fans………

These Boston Bruins this season of 2015, are a competitive group of guys and can compete with any team. The problem lies with injuries of key players at the wrong times and now that you are forced to bring guys up from the farm club to fill in, gets you away from believing in and trusting the system put in place by the coach. This system of the coach works and is proven, when they won Lord Stanley in 2011, the only way it works 100% is, the players have to bye in and execute, when you have multiple players coming up from the farm club, all they want to do is prove they are worthy of staying and do not bye in 100% to the system, this causes a bit of team doubt and chaos throughout the entire team.

Claude Julien is proven that he is a great coach and has become one of the Bruins best coaches of my lifetime. His system when the players bye in, is keep everything to the outside, let the Goalie see the shot and control the neutral zone. The hardest part of the system is, finding the right players to bye in, finding players who develop a bond and chemistry with each other, not players who only think of Individual stats. Players like Patrice Bergeron are perfect examples of a player that has bought in to the system and uses it to achieve greatness and respect throughout the league.

The system of Claude Julien is defense first, true it may be a boring system, with no big production on offensive, but when you believe and trust the system, play good solid defense, this is what creates the offense. Control the neutral zone and take advantage of your opportunities with good play making, this is what turns to goals and offense. Now true that there are some issues and things that need to change, in order to keep this team competitive moving forward, it all starts with the GM in Peter Chirelli. Peter has not done enough to give the coach enough to work with, in the type of player needed to make the system work.

The changes to this team have to be the type of players that not only bye into the system of the coach, but players that will bond with and develop a chemistry with each other, not a player who only plays for his own stats. The Bruins have a few good players within the  core of the team in which to rebuild, players like Rask, Bergeron, Lucic, Kretchi, Kelly, Soderberg, Paille and Talbot, with young talent in Pasternak, Spooner and Ferlin to start with and building a great team around them. You don’t always need the Worlds best goal scorer to solve your offensive whoa’s, the Capitals with Ovetchkin proves this theory, you need four solid lines that bye into the system, play at a high level, every second they are on the ice and for one another. In 2011 the Bruins had multiple players with 20+ goals, not one player with 50+, this is how you become competitive and hard for any team to compete against you.

The Stanley cup is the hardest to win and most prestigious trophy in all of sports. When you are able to lift the trophy as a champion, not only have you earned it, but you earned it with your “teammates” by your side. Hockey is not an Individual sport, it is all about team and players playing for each other. When you have a team with a good bond of each other and have a chemistry of each other, now you have a team of greatness, not too mention having bought into the system of the coach, when you play as a team, trust in your abilities and the system put forth in front of you, trust in your teammates with a chemistry of each other, now you have a true team, that can compete at a high level, to achieve the most prestigious trophy of all sports, the Stanley cup, not to mention being a true Champion of the sport you love and play.

” Hockey is a sport where all involved have to be on the same page with, a bond and chemistry for each other”

” Hockey is a sport where an Individual might win you a game, but never a championship”

” Trust, chemistry and a team bond is a huge part of any championship hockey team, to be able to hoist Lords Stanley cup”