From playing rugby and cricket at Christchurch’s St Andrew’s College to following in the footsteps of his dad, Rhett Ellison‘s star sports profile is a study. A second-generation Kiwi whose playing NFL football. This time aroud for Minnesota Vikings.
He jokes of noticing the early signs that he was like his dad saying, “I was too tempted to pass the ball forward when I played rugby.” How funny. When I first played Saturday morning rugby at seven, my first game – I scored my first try (in the opposition’s goal line). Lol! Go figure. Doh. (more…)
In early January 2007, I boarded an early morning flight from Minneapolis making my way to Ayacucho, Peru. While boarding the flight to the Andean city, a woman asked in broken English where I was going. I told her I was serving as an international volunteer in Ayacucho. She said, “It’s very poor there.” That is precisely why I chose to spend two weeks working with orphans in Ayacucho and it was a trip that changed my life forever.
[Thanks L.C. Rock on!]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.2.12~
Superbowl 2012 – Indianapolis Update: Jan 1, 2012 – After 17 weeks the 32 teams that were in the running to play in Super XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium have been paired down by NFL to 12 teams. It’s now known who will play who (and when) during NFL Wild Card Weekend:
Saturday, Jan. 7
AFC: No. 6 Cincinnati Bengals (9-7) at No. 3 Houston Texans (10-6), 4:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
NFC: No. 6 Detroit Lions (10-6) at No. 3 New Orleans Saints (13-3), 8 p.m. ET (NBC)
Sunday, Jan. 8
NFC: No. 5 Atlanta Falcons (10-6) at New York Giants (9-7), 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
AFC: No. 5 Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) at No. 4 Denver Broncos (8-8), 4:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
Indiana SBNation.Com writes: “[Above] is the schedule for the wild card weekend. New England and Green bay earned home field advantage throughout the playoffs, while San Francisco and Baltimore each earned first round byes. As the No. 1 seeds, New England and Green Bay will play the lowest remaining seed in their conferences after the wild card round. Green Bay’s game will be played on the Sunday of divisional weekend along with Baltimore’s, while New England and San Francisco will play on the Saturday of divisional weekend.”
In addition to wild-card games, the NFL also released the schedule for divisional games:
Saturday, Jan. 14
NFC: Highest remaining NFC seed at No. 2 San Francisco 49ers (13-3), 4:30 p.m, ET (FOX)
AFC: Lowest remaining AFC seed at No. 1 New England Patriots (13-3), 8 p.m. ET (CBS)
Sunday, Jan. 15
AFC: Highest remaining AFC seed at No. 2 Baltimore Ravens (12-4), 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
NFC: Lowest remaining NFC seed at No. 1 Green Bay Packers (15-1), 4:30 p.m. ET (FOX)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.1.12~
Joe Mauer, perhaps contemplating how best to pop the question in July. (Tony Gutierrez / AP)
According to Washinton Post Blogger, Cindy Boren: Joe Mauer is engaged; there goes Minnesota’s ‘most eligible bachelor’
This is wonderful news and a welcome break from NBA trade rumors and the heroic football efforts of Tim Tebow (if he got engaged, the internet would just freeze up and die). His intended is Maddie Bisanz, who appears to have the word “Kardashian” nowhere in her name, which is both a plus and a minus. Bisanz is a nurse.
Mauer, the Minnesota Twins’ catcher and 2009 American League MVP, has known Bisanz since high school and told the Pioneer Press. “I was hoping for a yes and she said yes. I’m getting to marry my best friend.”
The other great thing about this news? It offers the chance to quote a certain baseball movie: “Candlesticks always make a nice gift, and, uh, maybe you could find out where she’s registered and maybe a place-setting or maybe a silverware pattern.”
ESPN writes Joe’s now ready for spring. Boston Herald writes that Mauer’s just a luxury commodity, not a necessity (harsh!). And, The Big Lead focuses on Joe’s $184 million pay check heading into his engagement news.
More Importantly - Who is Maddie Bisanz?
Society EzineMark.Com writes: “Joe Mauer, 28, proposed to his girlfriend, Maddie Bisanz in Florida, where he lives off-season. Maddie Bisanz is a nurse and a former high school classmate of Joe Mauer’s. Both attended Cretin-Durham Hall High School in St. Paul and graduated in 2001. “I was hoping for a yes, and she said yes,” Joe Mauer said when proposing. “I’m getting to marry my best friend.” “A place that is special to both of us,” Joe Mauer shared on Sunday from Florida. “We couldn’t be happier, and we’re both really excited.” Mauer has always been private about his personal life and his dating past, although he was linked to former Miss USA Chelsea Cooley in 2006. Beside the engagement news, Twins star confirmed he fully recovered from pneumonia and plans to be ready to go immediately after the Twins report to spring training in February. In fact, the knees and legs feel good and he made some changes to exercise and eating habits this off-season to try and be better prepared for the season.”
There you have it! Certainly makes a nice change from snorey news like Newt Gingrich is up in the polls, don’t it?! It’s a good thing Joe and Maddie decided to turn out a romance show. I mean, really!
To close out the year like this, It is. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.12.11~
The NZ Breakers beat Cairns Taipans on a (royal wedding) fiercely contested basketball weekend. Auckland City, New Zealand have two big reasons to celebrate tonight. The final score was 71-53. Well done!
World History, Britain: 150 years ago in the UK, William & Catherine Booth became the world’s first “Will and Cate” stars.
According to Winkie Paratene, their story of visionary leadership continues today because the people that “society and churches ignored, this couple did not.”
Their amazing story, can be read in this book by authors Trevor Yaxley with Carolyn Vandervaal.
Today Prince William, pictured here with his bro Prince Harry arriving at Westminster Abbey, becomes the second Will and Kate star couple of Britain.
The top posts voted on Horiwood.Com on a royal wedding day – where a huge spike was achieved on this blog due to Young Royals romancing down an aisles, are as follows:
4. About Horiwood–>Culture, oil & US – Kim Knight & Taika Cohen
10. Tie A: Princess Beatrice of York
10. Tie B: Designer Catherine Walker
10. Tie C: Coat of Arms for The Duchess of Cambridge
10. Tie D: Harry Windsor
Publishing Details – Authors, Trevor Yaxley with Carolyn Vanderwal. Manuscript editor Rick Killian, Boulder Colorado. Cover Design Dan Thornberg. Library of Congress Catalogue No. BX9743.B7y39 2003. Publisher Bethany House Publishers, Minneapolis, Minnesota-
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.4.11~