End of the run

Coming back from the temple, looking at the half time score, 39-63, I still believed in a historic comeback.  But after Artest missed the uncontested lay-up and no Laker tried to defend Mav’s three’s, hope for the three-peat started fading. Then very disappointed to see a couple Lakers lost their cool.

However, it’s been a great season (sans the Playoffs).  In fact, looking back, it’s been four amazing years of Lakers basketball: 3 trips to the NBA Finals and 2 championships.  Lakers fans are totally spoiled.

On likely the end of Phil Jackson’s career, 11 championships say it all.  What a great run that brought so much excitement to all basketball fans!

You can experience a lot from watching sports and learn a lot from it – the competitiveness, the team work, the struggle before the triumph.

It seems summer is still far away from Vancouver, but once it comes, time for more basketball for me!

Looking forward to it all starting again in October!

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Elimination Games

After losing three games in a row, the Canucks played a game 7 vs. the Blackhawks, and it was like Vancouver 2010 all over again!  Canucks/Canadian took the lead early on, and Blackhawks/Americans tied it up late in the 3rd.  Then, there came the overtime…

Vancourites can finally breathe again!  Now, after up 3-1 over the Predators, losing the 3-0 lead in the first round feels like just a small hurdle along the way.

Also after losing three games in a row, the Lakers are facing elimination in each of their next four games.  Pau Gasol continues his struggle on the court.  It is really worrisome to me that he must have something troubling him off the court.  Even though no NBA team has come back from 0-3 deficit, if any team could do it, this Lakers team is the one.  They have the talent, but they got to be ready mentally and play their best games starting Sunday.  Go Lakers!!!!

Stunned.

Lakers lost Game 1 and home court advantage to the Hornets.  Gasol scored just 8 point in each game, and a combined 4-19 shooting is not a good number of a big man.  Pick-and-roll seems to be Lakers’ kryptonite.

Canucks were outscored by the Blackhawks 12-2 in the last two games.  The two teams seemed to have switched their jerseys after Game 3.  The Canucks do still have a 3-2 lead in the series, but the Hawks have all the momentum now heading back to Chicago.  Who is/are going to step up for the Canucks, calm the troop and restore their confidence?

Playoffs 2011

For a 7-year Lakers fan and 5-year Canucks fan, this playoffs season could turn out to be a very special one.

The two-time defending champions Los Angeles Lakers are looking for their second three-peat in a decade and the fourth three-peat for coach Phil Jackson in the final year of his coaching career.

Celebrating their 40th year in the NHL, the Vancouver Canucks finished first in the league in the regular season, breaking one record after another along the way.  Anticipation is high of the city.

History is on both team’s side:

  • For each Canadian city that hosted the Olympic Games, the city’s hockey team would win the Stanley Cup the next year. Vancouver hosted the Winter Games in 2010.
  • Lakers coach Phil Jackson have won 11 championships as a coach, and he has been winning them in groups of three’s: 91–93, 96–98, 00–02. Lakers have won the previous two NBA titles.

However, I doubt either team will reach the top without struggle.

  • Lakers barely finished in the second place in the west, so unlike the Canucks, they will potentially not have the home court advantage in both the Conference Finals and the NBA Finals.
  • For the third year in a row, the Canucks are facing the now defending champions Chicago Blackhawks, who ended Canucks’ run in the previous two meetings. #3venge

Injuries are troubling both teams as well, but they are becoming inspirations for the rest:

  • 3 of the 5 “Killer B’s” for the Lakers have either knee problem or chickenpox!
  • #WinItForManny on the Canucks side!

It will be a great couple months of sports to enjoy!  Let’s Go Lakers!  Go Canucks Go!

2009

一年快要过去了,今天还是第一次在这里写点儿东西,总结一下吧。

上半年已经感觉是很遥远的记忆了。完成令人生畏的Science One和英语也算是第一年的一点点成就。为了有机会成为精算师,为了发掘自己对计算机的兴趣,选择了Combined Honours Computer Science and Statistics的专业。而对物理等科目还是有些恋恋不舍,因为加上以后的Co-op,再上这些选修课的机会并不大。

暑假找到了自己的第一份工作,这还要感谢Oscar同学的灵通信息。在图书馆工作很安静,偶尔会忙一忙,但还是比在外面端盘子卖东西要好得多吧。工作期间接触了不少繁体中文,算是点儿挑战吧,不知当初学校里为什么不教繁体字。

暑假结束前拜访了沉睡的黄石公园,有一天世界会因它而改变,不过现在还是个美丽的地方。关注了五六年后Lakers终于拿冠军了!Kobe的表现还是那么出色,新赛季卫冕之旅还算顺利。而从出生我就支持的北京国安今年也终于夺冠了!半夜三年看冠军战的时候还是激动的流了泪。虽然很久没踢足球了,但国安永远是所有北京人的球队,小时候在自己屋里收听国安比赛广播的那些晚上还记忆犹新。

大二的课有的真简单有的真难,但总体比Science One要相对轻松些,所以有时间做点儿课外的事儿了。哲学课很有意思,研究了西方哲学史上一些重要人物的理论,很长见识,也培养伦理、道德和逻辑方面的思考。老师还极力推崇素食主义,搞得吃肉的人很难写好期末考试里的一篇作文…… 线性代数听上去简单,做起题来就难了,好在期末考试出奇的简单,没一道难题,估计连“成绩曲线”都用不着了。总的来说第一学期的成绩还行,真正的挑战还在下学期。

不到两个星期的寒假会很快结束,明年二月初就又到了期中考试的时候。而在二月一号我将会前往Prince Rupert亲自传递奥运圣火!机会难得怎能错过?但考试成绩就会遭到挑战,加上一系列的志愿者的培训,学习的时间所剩无几……当闯过二月份这一关的时候希望会剩些精力继续迎接接下去6个月的学习、找工作和面试。找到了,那又是连着一年的全职实习工作。希望在忙的同时也会很有趣!

昨天刚刚领到了冬奥志愿者的衣服,今早照了几张照片

Holiday season is finally here

历经了大学第一个学期的考验,终于盼到一段轻松的日子了!

这三个月相比起前两年不只要忙多少倍。学习不再是跟玩似的了,每星期要读的书列的长长的,说实话我都没有全读完。在Science One上课的时候总是很有趣,但同时数理化生的难度又升了一个等级。三门实验课更是以不同的方式施加压力,不过有时也还是很有意思的,特别是为生物实验去Bamfield的旅行。在当初想象中最具挑战性的英语课表现得还不错,有两篇文章还得到了”A”!不过期末考试发挥得很不好,希望能有好运气吧。

除了紧张的学习,大学生活还算丰富多彩。和同在Science One的同学参加了足球和篮球联赛。虽然负多胜少,但那些愉快的时光还是十分宝贵的。在大学认识的同学都是各路的强手,总能从他们身上学到很多。

夏天从北京回来明显感觉到两个城市的不同。北京要比温哥华繁华和先进得不知多少倍,而温哥华的自然环境是在北京无法想象到的。在北京举办了历史上最伟大的一届奥运会后,温哥华也紧随其后,忙着张罗两年后的冬奥会。昨天在Richmond的Olympic Oval落成了,又能在家门口看到光辉的五环感觉十分亲切。

Lakers虽然有着不逊色的战绩,但防守实力还是没达到冠军的标准。(上了大学看篮球的时间要少得多)

唉,知道这三个星期的假期很快就会过完,真要好好珍惜!

My Summer has officially started

June 26 11:15 PM, as the following image appeared on the screen, my summer officially began.

With hugs and Hi-Fives from mom and dad, the moment also felt like watching Kobe hitting the game-winning buzzer-beater in Game 7 of the NBA Finals or 一九四九年十月一日当中国解放的时刻.

Now I can really start to enjoy the up-coming trip to Banff, trip to China and everything else in the summer.  Unlike in previous nights, now I could not fall asleep for a totally different reason.

今年暑假我主要会在wordpress写一些blog: mike2008.wordpress.com