I’m Inspired Today By…The Kansas City Chiefs

Even though I live in Boston now, I lived the first 50 years of my life in Kansas City. I’ve been one of those long-suffering Kansas City Chiefs fans. I was five years old the last time they went to and won the Super Bowl (Super Bowl IV in January 11, 1970).

Three years ago the Kansas City Royals broke a 30-year World Series drought. I’m hoping the Chiefs can repeat the feat. It only took me moving to Boston for them to achieve it.

Today they take on the team from our adopted hometown – The New England Patriots. While the Chiefs haven’t been to the Super Bowl in almost five decades, the Patriots have been in nine in the last 20 years. It’s a a true David vs. Goliath match-up.

The Patriots have Hall-of-Fame bound Tom Brady hoping lead his team to sixth Super Bowl victory versus Patrick Mahomes the young upstart and probable NFL MVP. I was at the first meeting this year in Foxboro. If today’s game is ANYTHING like that, we are all in for a treat!

Hopefully, by day’s end, The Chiefs will be in their first Super Bowl in the memory of yours truly. Patrick Mahomes feels like the real deal and the perfect changing of the guard for Tom Brady.

My prediction: Chiefs 31 Patriots 27.

Enjoy NFL Championship Sunday!

Ray

 

 

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The Kansas City Royals are Winners Again

On the 27th of October in ’85
Hardly a fan is now alive
Who remembers that famous date and year

royalsWell, that’s not quite true, but you do have to be about 40 to remember the Kansas City Royals playing a significant baseball game in September. With their 3-0 shutout of the Minnesota Twins tonight at Kauffman Stadium, the revamped 2013 Royals pushed their record to 6-3.

It’s early in the season, to be sure. Yet, there is something more than an early season hot streak happening here. There is a young, talented team with veteran leadership and a new demeanor taking the field each day. There is a team showing signs of persuading a doubting fan base and touching some the glory this franchise once new – not in two years, not next year, but right now.

With a roster filled with minor league all-stars and a young bullpen that was one of baseball’s biggest surprises last year, the Royals’ leadership finally bit the bullet and went out and obtained some legitimate major league starters in the off-season. The early polls are in and this writer is projecting victory.

Because I am old enough to remember, I recall the 1984 Royals that sneaked into an unexpected division title with a veteran line up and some young gun arms. A year later that team would go all the way, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in a thrilling seven-game series and topping off a decade-long run of excellence. Times have been lean since. This year’s team has veteran arms and a young offense ready to emerge into its prime. I’m not sure if this team will be 1984 or 1985, but it is going to be good.

It’s early, but I am ready to make my Royals prediction for this year. Barring significant injuries, this team will go 90-72 and be in the hunt for at least a wildcard. Have faith Royals fans. There are meaningful games coming this September.

Stay inspired!

Ray

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Nastia Liukin Wins Gold – The Affirmation Spot for Friday August 15, 2008

Today’s Affirmation:

“I know what achieving my goal feels like. I know what it smells like and tastes like. I know what achieving my goal looks like and sounds like. I envision my life with my goal attained.” (hear it)

 The last few days the world has seemed more like the 1980s than 2008. The United States and Russia are at odds and irresponsible threats are flying left and right. Hardline leaders in both countries seem to have forgotten the common interest they have – all of humanity has – in their getting along.

Against this backdrop, how much more symbolic of the change we need in our world could Nastia Liukin be? America’s newest female gymnastics gold medalist was born in Moscow and now resides in Parker, Texas. She is a daughter of the Russian motherland and a now proudly represents Team USA.

Her father was an Olympic men’s all-around silver medalist for the former Soviet Union at the Seoul Games in 1988. The Liukin family moved to The United States when Nastia was just two years old.

Liukin joins Mary Lou Retton (1984) and Carly Patterson (2004) as America’s only female all-around gymnastics champions. Battling fellow-American Shawn Johnson and Yang Yilin of China all night, Liukin was the most consistent in the end.

She solidified her top spot with an amazing routine on balance beam and then closed the deal with a pressure-packed and nearly flawless performance on floor exercise.

Nastia Liukin took gold in an event that everyone will remember forever. She was poised and dignified in victory. More than that she represents the hopes and dreams of two great nations. These nations should take her lead and pursue their greatness in healthy competiton rather than blustery conflict.

Stay inspired!

Ray


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Michael Phelps Wins Record 11th Gold Medal – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday August 13, 2008

Today’s Affirmation:

“A great swimmer lives within me. Today that swimmer hits the pool.” (hear it)

Paavo Nurmi, Larysa Latynina, Mark Spitz, Carl Lewis, and Michael Phelps each had 9 Olympic gold medals; until tonight that is.

This evening American swimmer Michael Phelps stands alone. He became the first athlete in Olympic history to win 10 gold medals by winning the men’s 200 meter butterfly in another world record of 1 minute 53.70 seconds. With the ease that has become his habit, Phelps bested a world-class field to claim his record-setting gold medal.

Less than 50 minutes later he snared gold medal number 11. He swam the lead off leg and led the U.S. men’s 800 meter freestyle relay team in obliterating the world record and the rest of the field by nearly five seconds. The U.S. men became the first team ever to break the 7-minute mark in the event.

In the process, Phelps also set his fifth world record in five events and surpassed Jenny Thompson as the most decorated swimmer in U.S. Olympic history.

His success is no accident. Throughout the games the media has talked about his commitment, his single-mindedness during the past four years in preparation for his day in the sun.

Tonight all that hard work paid off. Phelps has already secured his place among the immortals. Before these Olympics are over, Phelps may have enough gold medals to be in a class all by himself. The only question remaining is who will play Michael Phelps in the Hollywood version of his life.

Michael Phelps is proof that when belief, talent, and determination meet dreams come true.

Stay inspired!

Ray


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China Gets A+ for Opening Ceremony – The Affirmation Spot for Saturday August 9, 2008

Fireworks filled the Beijing skies Friday evening and the hearts of Earth’s most populous nation seemed to beat in anticipatory unison. As the much of the globe looked on, China welcomed the world’s finest young athletes to The Games of the XXIX Olympiad in a memorable opening ceremony.

The show was a vast as China, as new as today, and as ancient as this proud culture. The ghosts of Confucius and Mao were clearly walking the stadium floor as China put on its best face for the world. In short, it was a display of the great paradoxes that is China.

We witnessed twinges of China’s totalitarian government that crushes internal dissent, commits cultural genocide in Tibet, and denies foreign journalists access to Internet. Conversely, the powerful heart of that nation and its people was almost palpable – even on TV. The good-natured, easy-going spirit of the Chinese people that is almost cliche was abundantly evident.

The Chinese people welcomed the world with a smile and enthusiasm unbounded by their restrictive environment. I recently heard a story on National Public Radio (NPR) where a 75-year-old Beijing man had learned several languages to help tourists find their way during The Games. One police officer had mastered 14 languages for the same reason.

The national pride reached a crescendo when the Chinese team, led by NBA star Yao Ming and 9-year-old Lin Hao, entered the stadium. Lin Hao was a victim of the recent Sechuan earthquake. He attained the status of a national hero for going back into his school and saving classmates. His story and his presence added a very human element to the drama.

The opening ceremony was punctuated by a death-defying Olympic flame lighting ceremony. 1984 Chinese gold medalist Li Ning, attached to wires like Peter Pan, ascended to the top of the stadium and then “ran” around the top of the entire stadium and lit the flame signaling the opening of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

Clearly, the people of China are committed to sharing their friendship and their culture with the people of the world. Over these next few weeks, we will find out if China will rub off on the world or if the world will rub off on China through this experience.

I suspect it will be a little bit of both and that is probably a good thing. The rest of us can gain from the seemingly eternal optimism of the Chinese people and China’s government can reduce its paranoia and recognize that contact with and information from the outside world are not such a bad thing.

If those two things happen, these Olympics could have positive effects on the global dynamic long after the last medal ceremony.

To the millions of Chinese who worked to prepare everything that made these opening ceremonies amazing, I say thank you and well done!

Stay inspired!

Ray


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