|Read 'Em and Weep...Newcastle Here I come!|
Monday, August 17, 2015
|Being a Navajo Oreo with my good friends Timaris and Chee Montano|
This time, Pasasdena could not get a team fielded to play at Sharkapalooza, but my friend Peter Nguyen, who is an old boy with the Huntington Beach RFC said they could use a spare prop, so I decided to play.
With temperatures well over 90 degrees(32 celsius), it was a good thing that Huntington Beach had a deep roster. We had 3 full sets of props where we were able to do ice hockey style substitutions on the fly to keep everybody fresh. We lost a tough first game on a late Penalty to Las Vegas, 3-0, but we ended up beating Old Southwest(I was able to catch up with my good friend Chee Montano and his charming bride Timaris) 7-0, and then we beat the Las Vegas Irish by a couple of tries to take the plate.
One of the great things with the Sharkapalooza Tournament(Run by the Back Bay RFC) is that not only is the pitch ringed by palm trees and is just a gorgious venue, but it is about 200 yards from the Pacific Ocean, which felt really good and refreshing to take a dip in after the rugby was done to cool off.
After the rugby was done, my wife and I were able to go grab some fantastic Korean food with Chee and Timaris. Living in Gallup, New Mexico, it is hard to get authentic Asian food of any kind, so they really enjoyed the Korean fare in Costa Mesa.
I still am pretty sore from the weekend as I write this...but I do so with a smile on my face. The game of rugby is fantastic, but I am always amazed at what nice people are involved with this sport.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Monday, July 6, 2015
Back in 2006, it was a watersshed year for me: I made it to Australia, I started playing rugby, and I bought my first bulldog. A brindled puppy named Buddha. He was very popular at rugby matches-what can I say, he loved the ladies. He grew up to be 80 pounds of love- a much adored dog every where we went. He was great with my grandson Duncan when he was a baby and toddler back at our house in Minnesota. While I was working as a travel nurse in Texas, Delaware and New Mexico, he was huge piece of mind for my wife.
Well, two weeks ago puppy heaven got a bulldog. Buddha died in his sleep at the age of 9.
I had to share my favorite picture of him. My wife squeezed a referee jersey on him and put a rugby ball in front of him.
Monday, May 4, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
|Fiji was head and shoulders above everybody in Las Vegas.|
|The Blitzbokke eating Fijian Dust...|
|South Africa scores against the USA.|
This meant that Fiji and New Zealand, two rugby rich countries in the sevens game, yet had never won the USA leg of the Sevens Series, would face off in the final. Fiji showed the power, pace and crowd pleasing panache in taking a large lead over the Kiwis. New Zealand
|New Zealand Scores against the USA in the Semifinals.|
|Fiji fans rejoice!|
Friday, February 13, 2015
|My buddy Tom Daniels and I all set with our Kilts for the Vegas Sevens...|