Archive for May, 2014

Full Steam Ahead Kastles!!! Team Finally Has New Home

Well, it’s finally official.  The Washington Kastles finally have a home after having to vacate the friendly locale of Kastles Stadium At The Wharf.

The Kastles will be playing their 2014 season at George Washingon University’s Smith Center.  I just wish that Metro’s Silver Line was already in operation so I could avail myself of the Metro more easily this season.  It will be a mere 37 minute ride from Whiele Avenue to Foggy Bottom to get to the tennis matches.  I suspect that I will most likely need to go to West Falls Church or East Falls Church and metro from there instead.

I must say that GW’s Smith Center holds a place in my heart.  I saw the Tennessee Lady Volunteers Basketball team beat the GW team when Pat Summit was coaching them.  I was able to get Coach Summitt to autograph a National Championship T-Shirt for me and that is sitting in a display frame at home.  So Smith Center is near and dear to me due to my history with the Lady Vols basketball team.

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My thoughts on The Voice, Idol & DWTS

I must say that this season of competition shows has been interesting.  My least favorite of the the three shows named above this season was The Voice.  I was pretty much soured to this show when Sisaundra Lewis was voted off and didn’t win the whole thing.  She was a better singer than anyone else in the compeition including the winner.

I also felt that American Idol was pretty much a bust this year and, as usual, American picked the singer that will most likely drift into oblivion like so many winners that preceeded him.  The biggest stars that have come out of American Idol that won are Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood andPhillip Phillips.  The jury is still out on Candice Glover – she has the potential to be big but time will tell.  I wish Candice the best because I believe she is a phenomenal talent.  Other than the aforementioned four, the biggest stars out of Idol have been those that didn’t win – Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, Katherine McPhee,  and Kellie Pickler (hurts me to list her, but hey, she’s sold records).

To me, the highlight show was Dancing With The Stars.  I was truly torn by who I wanted to win.  I was happy to see Meryl Davis and Maks win – I adore Meryl and was fascinated by her skills at Sochi with Charlie White and was equally impressed with her skills on the ballroom floor.  People think it should be easy for an ice dancer to do ballroom but it isn’t.  The posture, movements, etc. are totally different and are completely opposite one another in a lot of cases.  Amy Purdy is a tremendous story on this season of DWTS.  Heather Mills (with a prosthetic leg) lasted five weeks in Season 4.

But I had no idea that someone who was a double amputee could do what Amy did this season, dancing to numerous perfect scores with Derek Hough and finishing second to Meryl and Maks complete with a score of 89 out of 90 during the finale.  Every performance of Amy’s left me sitting there with my chin against the floor totally floored at what she was able to do on the dance floor.  Truth be told, I’m happy with Meryl and Maks winning and Amy and Derek in second place.  But I also would have been happy with Amy and Derek winning and Meryl and Maks in second place.

Amy Purdy is truly an inspiring individual and I will certainly remember her performances on DWTS for many, many years to come.

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