I’ve been grapling the past couple days with how to make sense of the Hollywood script that didn’t come together Monday. There is no Hollywood film to be written, as I see it, for a team losing in the waning moments of a game to Johns Hopkins (for it’s record 9th national title) on a innocuous turnover with three minuts plus left to play. These players deserve a round of applause for their perseverance but it’s not a story that will likely make its way to the silver screen.
Then came this news today…very surprising coming from the NCAA and news that perhaps allows this story to play itself out for a while longer:
While it’s not totally logical for the NCAA to be granting this year’s seniors, juniors and sophomores one more year of eligibility, I’m both excited about it and welcome it both for personal reasons as well as what it means for lacrosse in general. If players like Matt Danowski make a return visit for a post-grad senior season next year, this team is a viable national championship contender again in 2008. Perhaps at that point, the Hollywood script can reach its preferred conclusion.
This is an interesting piece which summarizes how blogs are being developed to help establish one’s online persona.
Check out the below link courtesy of my friend in Seattle, Huan Hsu. Huan wrote this piece on Freak Dancing recently for the Seattle Weekly and MSNBC decided they wanted to learn more. Enjoy! Very funny stuff.
She is pregnant, he had just saved her from a fire in her house, rescuing her by carrying her out of the house into her front yard, while he continued to fight the fire.
When he finally got done putting the fire out, he sat down to catch his breath and rest. A photographer from the Charlotte , North Carolina newspaper, noticed her in the distance looking at the fireman. He saw her walking straight toward the fireman and wondered what she was going to do.
As he raised his camera, she came up to the tired man who had saved her life and the lives of her babies and kissed him just as the photographer snapped this photograph.
And people say animals are dumb.
With his new book due out on the stands this month, it was finally time for me to check out Khaled Hosseini’s acclaimed 2003 novel, The Kite Runner. I loved this book and clearly understand why it was an internationally acclaimed New York Times bestseller.
The Kite Runner is the fictional story of an Afghani man who grew up priviledged in 1970s Afghanistan, an era in the country’s history far removed from the war stained world of the past 20 years. The narrative telling by the principal character, Amir, recounts his days growing up near Kabul with his father Baba, friend/servant Hassan and Hassan’s father, Ali. Amir and Hassan experience a life not altogether dissimilar from an American child growing up at that time–they go to school, casually meander through the neighboorhoods, fly kites as part of national tournaments, read books and occasionally see popular new movies from nearby Iran or the US. Life changes significantly for the major characters, and for Afghanistan in the early 1980s, with the Soviet invasion which later leads to an era of poverty, desolation and terror at the hands of the Taliban of the 1990s. While Amir and his father leave their country to start a new and safer life in the US, Hassan and his family are left to endure the difficulties of life as a member of the Hazara breed.
Amir is called back to Afghanistan over 15 years after leaving by a dying family friend. The country he discovers in 2001 is dramatically altered from the one he left and his return forever changes his life. He is not only faced with a war torn country but also required to directly overcome seemingly insurmountable personal challenges from his past.
I loved the writing style exhibited in this novel. Hosseini’s succint yet descriptive style eloquently captures the vivid imagery of the scenes and character’s reactions throughout this book. At the same time, this novel was useful to me for gaining a much clearer understanding of the historical and ethnic elements of Afghanistan’s past. I was able to learn a significant amount and gain a deeper appreciation for places like Kabul and Islamabad as well as the history of this ill-fated region of the world. I had never realized how different this Middle Eastern country was prior to the era of invasion and war that has plagued it following the end of monarchical rule in the late 1970s.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a powerful human interest story as well as those hoping to better understand the Middle East region. At the same time, I’m personally eager and enthusiastic about picking up a copy of Hosseini’s new book, A Thousand Splendid Suns as soon as possible. It certainly has much to live up to after having just loved his first book.
I’ve been watching or playing lacrosse for over 20 years. Today’s national semifinal game between Duke and Cornell was as good as any game I’ve ever seen.
Lacrosse is a game of momentum but this game took Mo to another level. Tied at 3 after one quarter, Duke scored the next seven goals to take a 10-3 lead mid way through the third quarter. Cornell, who hadn’t scored in nearly 30 minutes, then tallied eight of the next nine goals to stunningly tie the game at 11 with 17 seconds remaining. In what surely felt like a game headed to OT, the character of this Duke lax team once again prevailed. Junior Zack Greer caught a pass outside the crease with three seconds left and dumped it past the Cornell goalie to win the game. Succisa Virescit continued.
The national championship game is on Monday and it feels almost necessarily, from a Hollywood script stand-point, for Duke to win its first national championship in lacrosse on that day. This team of warriors will need everything it takes to beat Johns Hopkins for a second time this year. But, in what would be another form of poetic justice, victory would come against the team Duke narrowly lost to a couple years ago right before all hell broke lose. Here’s hoping for a great ending to one heck of a script.
I know I’m probably late to the party on this one but I recently discovered Fred Wilson’s blog website. The link is above and in my blogroll. I’ve heard a couple times about how strong of a blog site this is–and, after spending some time on it, it’s clearly one of the best tech/biz ones around. Something to aspire to I suppose…:)