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Sunday Thoughts…

I was supposed to be at an “International Women’s Day” event this afternoon. But there seems to be cold heading my way so I decided to skip this event and stay inside. I can’t borrow Bro3’s car today so I’d have to walk to the venue, where this takes place and there is no way I’m going to do that, because it’s terrible rainy and cold weather here today. So I thought I might write a short (or not) post about what’s been keeping me busy.

I spent a few hours yesterday and will spend some hours today with putting together our (Greens) review and criticism of the municipal budget, because it will be discussed in the various committees next week. I also should work on my part of the election programme once more. And finally iron the stack of clothes lying around.

On Friday Hai_di and I went to the Cologne Sharks season farewell party. It was such a crappy season and still a lot of fans turned up for that. Just like we did. We’re probably to nice and to forgiving :-) I don’t know… it would have felt weird to not go and say goodbye. Hai_di got a couple of autographs on her beautiful Sharks calender and I was able to have some pictures taken with some of the players. The nice ones. And the good looking ones. Sadly that already was the end of this hockey season for me. Which feels very very strange. The next games I’m going to be interested in watching are the World Championship games in May!!!

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I’m in shock and at loss for words…

I had almost finished a 100% trivial Miscelleneous post, when I read some terrible news in hai_dis journal. I checked a few other sites, because I didn’t wanted to believe it, but it’s true.

It has now turned out that Cologne Sharks goalie’s brain tumor is terminal. Robert Müller is going to die from it! OH MY GOD!

It was a shock for the German hockey community when he, who also is a goalie for Team Germany, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2006. He had surgery, chemo and everything and came back to play hockey after a few months, which was a miracle itself. He transfered to the Cologne Sharks in 2007 and was an integral part of their success last season. He did a great job for the national team in Halifax. It was known that part of the tumor was still there, but I think everyone thought it was under control and not life-threatening anymore.

A few weeks ago though he had to have another surgery and treatments and I think every hockey fan hoped that it was just a minor procedure and that Robert would bounce back from that surgery just as he did from the first one. And he even possibly might, but it doesn’t change the fact that the tumor itself is uncurable and that its still growing and that it’s going to kill him.

He went public with this himself in an article in a big German newsmagazine today. He has a stage IV glioblastoma and the treating specialist is quoted with “Most patients with these tumors survive less than a year. Only 3% of the patients survive up to 5 years. Robert has already exceed the life expectancy for this kind of tumor.” OH MY GOD!

I still can’t believe this. I don’t want to believe this. Robert still hasn’t given up to come back on the ice, to be a goalie for the Sharks once more. I still can’t grasp this. I don’t know what I would do, if I got a diagnosis like this. All I know is that besides his family (wife and two little kids) hockey is his life and thus I hope and pray that he will get the chance to be back on the ice playing hockey once more. He is already practicing again, because the tumor doesn’t actually trouble him, it doesn’t hurt or anything and that’s what makes the whole thing so unpredictable.

He is only 28 years old. Life can be so cruel. And unfair and just… I’m at loss for words. Who cares about getting into the playoffs or winning the championship? There are so many so much more important things.

Sometimes It’s Hard To Be a Hockey Fan

I think I might be a masochist. The music shuffle mode of my mobile phone played the unplugged version of the Toten Hosen song “Auswärtspiel” for me this afternoon. I always liked that song and the message of it. That no matter how bad your team plays or how many games they lose you’ll always support them, because that’s just what you do. It’s a message especially directed to the fans of other teams letting them know that you would never ever switch places with anyone of them, because those fans are just not like you. Well, that sort of sums it up in English. Here are the lyrics (in German) and you can listen to the complete song here at last.fm.

I never thought I would ever have to take these lyrics literally. About  “no matter how many times we are defeated” or “it doesn’t matter if we rank at the bottom of the standings”… Because right now that’s the way it is for Cologne. For some strange reason, listening to that song makes my desire to be at the hockey game in Cologne and to support the team and cheer them on even bigger. Like I said, I might be a masochist.

In about 20 minutes the puck drops at the game Cologne Sharks vs. Duisburg. The last vs. second-but-last team in the league. It’s probably the most important game for Cologne so far, because if they lose this game the gap will be even bigger and it’s basically their last straw to get back on track. I’m afraid the players might not be able to endure that pressure. I don’t know. All I know is: I’m anxious and the online radio broadcast will keep me on the edge of my seat tonight. And I’m so looking forward to finally see a game in Cologne on Sunday. Show my support. Cheer them on. Probably being a masochist :-)

Happy Hockey Moments…

I actually planned to work on my assignments of the county election campain this evening. But I feel very queasy since a couple of hours. It might just be a side effect of that time of the month :-) or maybe I ate something my stomach doesn’t like to process? I went to a Chinese buffet for lunch but I actually didn’t eat anything unusual. Maybe it was the fish? Or the garlic sauce it was broiled in? I have no idea, but right now I’m sitting here with a heating pad on my tummy and I’ll retreat to my comfy armchair and some DVD after finishing this post. Damn I really wanted to work on that assignments, but at the moment my brain is too busy asking if throwing up might make me feel better. :-(  And I’m annoyed that this rather nice day has to end with me feeling sick! Because I had a great day.
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The weather and hockey are depressing…

During the last couple of days (at the Baltic Sea) we had great sunny weather. And so we did yesterday, which made watching a hockey game kind of weird, because it didn’t feel like icehockey weather. This morning I had to switch on the light in my apartement because it’s so freaking cloudy and almost gloomy outside and of course it’s raining. As could be expected Mid-September, but it still makes me a tiny bit depressed.
Which brings me back to hockey, because it’s been a really depressing start into the new season for the Cologne Sharks. The first three games took place while I was on vacation and even though I had internet I didn’t try to catch any live reports online, but just looked up the results later that day or relied on text messages from Hai-di. I tuned into the online sport ticker during the third game on my last night and I shouldn’t have because it almost wrecked the relaxed state of mind I was in.

Cologne lost these first three games while I was away. Against Berlin, which was no big deal, because Berlin is the current champion after all. They lost in Düsseldorf, which always sucks because Düsseldorf is Colognes most “hated” team due to of a long long history of rivalry between the two cities in general. The third game (which I catched parts of on the ticker) was in Cologne, against Düsseldorf once more. At one time Cologne was 2:6 behind and they lost 4:7.
Yesterday I went to see Cologne playing in Iserlohn and before the game my two brothers who are Iserlohn fans already teased me about four losses in a row. What can I say? Except for the first period Cologne just sucked at playing hockey. They were bad. Really really bad. And of course they didn’t win, they wouldn’t have deserved to win. They were 2:5 behind at a time, rightfully so, and only in the last few minutes seemed to remember their skills. The scored two times, but of course they pulled the goalie and of course Iserlohn scored an empty net goal. 4:6. Four losses in a row at the start of the season. They rank last but one at the moment and most of the teams have only two games yet. It’s soooo depressing.

Less depressing news: I’ve already assembled and edited 104 out of 132 pictures for my McDreamy live journal mood theme. Too bad that can’t be used on wordpress as well. I hope to find the remaining 28 during the next couple of days and I really hope to still get some work done on my term paper. Talking about priorities *sigh* I suck at that, especially when the weather keeps bringing me down as well.

Hockey is back… (Finally!)

I came home from our meeting earlier than usual so I’m able to write about the hockey season premiere events already tonight. There isn’t that much to write about, but I’ll try nonetheless. Last Sunday Hai_di, cologne_chick and I attended at premiere event of the Cologne Sharks in Cologne.
They used to have a stage outdoors with some bands and a tiny fashion (teamwear and stuff) show and a team presentation with really short talks with almost every player. After that usually the players spent some times signing autographs and such. It always is crowed, because the Sharks have a lot of supporters.

This year all these (or a lot of) fans were there as well, but the whole thing took place inside the arena and was combined with a test game. Which meant paying entrance fee, a presentation on the centre ice, which was just too far away from the crowd and just felt… not right. Definitely not like a season opening event should feel like. There once again was the most stupid competion called “Competition skills”, which is a perfect example for German officials (advertising, PR etc) trying to speak English and failing miserably. It was a competition OF skills. Or a skills competition or whatever a thing like this is called in English. Who has got the hardest shot? Who saves the most penalties? Who can skate the fastest? You have to have comeptitions skills to compete, but… Terms like this really, really annoy me, as you might have gathered. I know that my English is far from perfect and I make mistakes, but I hope my English language skills are not that bad. Continue reading

WTF is Lanxess ?!?!?

In the last few years a lot of sport arenas (football, hockey) got a new name, because some sponsor paid a lot of money for it. There is the Allianz Arena in Munic, the Signal-Iduna-Park in Dortmund, the AOL Arena in Hamburg and lots more. When Düsseldorf got a new hockey arena a few years ago with the name ISS Dome, we Cologne fans could make fun of that name, as we like to make fun of everything Düsseldorf does. The Cologne Sharks played in the Cologne Arena, and with all the new and paid for names everywhere else, we could feel unique. And we did and thanked God that we didn’t have to live with some company’s name for our home arena.
The city of Cologne didn’t contribute financially to running the arena, so it probably was just a question of time, when we had to get off our high horse and joined the sad sports fan who have to endure a stupid new name for their home arena.
So although I knew it would probably happen eventually, it still was a shock when I read it in the newspaper this morning. Who the f*** is Lanxess? How do you even pronounce that? And don’t get me started on the complicated spelling.
I was about to write that it’s a sad day for hockey fans (at least in Cologne), but than I had to think of Luc Bourdon and realized, that a stupid new name is nothing to get upset about. It’s just a name after all…