When LeBron James and company rolled into Philips Arena this season to play the Atlanta Hawks I was shocked by what I saw. I was shocked by just how well the Heat played together, but I was even more shocked that the crowd was almost unanimously behind them. Atlanta sports fans’ historically fickle support for their teams aside, it was truly head scratching just how ubiquitously fans had come to accept and embrace this once loathsome team.I asked Dwyane Wade about the sea change of fans in visiting arenas from the first year the Heat’s Big 3 – Wade, James and Chris Bosh – had gotten together.“Pssh!” Wade laughed. “Total opposite. We’d get booed from start to finish [in 2011-12]. Now we’ve changed the mindset. We just play the way the fans like it.”The Heat’s style of play hasn’t changed, but if you check Twitter, Facebook or any other social networking platform, the fan’s taste for it certainly has.Many people will tell you that they’ve hated the Heat all along, and in some cases that’s true. But for the most part it appears that the hate pendulum has already swung back against them. Last night “Spurs in 6” was a trending topic and folks, from everyday Joes to verified Twitter profiles who had been swearing their undying allegiance to the Indiana Pacers, were announcing plans to go out and purchase all the San Antonio Spurs gear they could get their hands on the next day.Some of my favorite tweets from last night:“I’m coming int @NewEraLA tomorrow to get a Spurs hat. Im taking my Bulls & Pacers hats to Goodwill in the AM. These playoffs are killing me” – Michael Rapaport (@MichaelRapaport)“The #Spurs built their big three, the #Heat bought theirs. Now we’ll see which way is truly better. #NBA” – Manuel Avila Jr (@ManuelAvilaJr)“I hope the Spurs beat the Heat just to make Erik Spoelstra’s paper route extra uncomfortable.” – Jeb Lund (@Mobute)“Ben!! No! RT @Ben_Patton: The Pacers may have lost the series but they won my respect. Now cheering for Heat to take the Spurs!” – Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria)Interesting that Eva Longoria is still a Spurs fan…But the best tweet of the night and the one that best encapsulated the spirit of the evening had to be:“Suddenly, rooting for the Spurs” – Things White People Like (@Things4WhitePpl).But why? Or more specifically, how? How has the tide of popular opinion swung so quickly and so violently against the Heat? Or have the trolls just been silent all season, waiting until the finals to announce their unrepentant disdain?The Heat haven’t been helped by celebrity endorsements from Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Ochocinco and this gentleman, but this isn’t a new phenomenon.I’ve held a theory for a while that Americans hate greatness; more accurately, Americans hate dominance. In most things, but particularly in sports, we hate the idea that someone or some entity is unbeatable or that there is a force incapable of being toppled. We like to think that, like us in our everyday, mundane existence, even superstar athletes are fellable and that everyone has a chance.Still, I’m a bit puzzled by how quickly everyone has turned on Miami after only one championship. I mean, they’re still playing the same brand of fun basketball they were during the season. And they’re only going for two, not three, not four, not five, not six… by Dion Rabouin Dion Rabouin is digital editor of the Atlanta Daily World. He can be reached by email at DigitalEditor@AtlantaDailyWorld.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @DionRabouin.
Submitted by Thurston County ChamberWhatever the weather, we’re going to run, walk, and stroll in the puddles in honor of workplace wellness at the third annual 5k/10k Puddle Jump on Saturday, November 3rd. Starting at 9am on the Chehalis-Western Trail at the 67th Avenue Trailhead (Horizons Elementary), awards are distributed to the top three in each age category for each distance. Every participant receives a medal. All registered children under 18 years old also receive a trophy.Strollers, wheelchairs, and families welcome; Fido too! Doggie Day Care available during check-in; no dogs inside the school. $5 discount for students and active duty military and dependents with id.Be sure to check out the Runners Expo before and after the event and stick around for the FREE participant raffle during the awards ceremony; must be present to win.Additional information can be found online at www.ThurstonChamber.com or by calling the Chamber at 360.357.3362. Facebook2Tweet0Pin0
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Uhlmann Ford and Uhlmann RVUhlmann RV is conveniently located at Olympia’s Auto Mall.Uhlmann Ford and Uhlmann RV are happy to announce they will be renamed to Awesome Ford and Awesome RV effective December 1, 2014. The name change is part of a rebranding initiative to better align the company’s name with its current operations and take the company into the future.Heidi Pehl, owner of I-5 Auto Group, says “Our name change will better differentiate ourselves from the competition and allow us to market ourselves in the manner in which we currently operate. Our customers are Awesome, and our services are Awesome. That is the message we want to convey to all of our customers and employees. We take great pride in continuing the Uhlmann family name for so long, but it is now time for a change to better meet our current business and carry us into the future.”The name change coincides with a major remodel of the existing Uhlmann Ford and Uhlmann RV facility located on Interstate Avenue in Chehalis, Washington. The Ford Service and Parts Department will relocate from their current location at I-5 Toyota, finally joining the Ford Sales Department that had previously relocated with Uhlmann RV.Both the Ford and RV dealerships will open under their new name on December 1, 2014. The newly remodeled dealership also will include the all-new I-5 Tire Center, which will provide all vehicle maintenance needs, including brakes, tires, and batteries on all makes and models. Awesome Ford and Awesome RV look forward to the next generation of selling and servicing Fords and RVs in the Northwest.Awesome Ford and Awesome RV are part of the I-5 Auto Group, which employs 193 people and consists of I-5 Toyota Scion, South Sound Trucks, South Sound Trucks of Olympia and Volkswagen of Olympia. For more information on these dealerships, visit www.i-5cars.com.
Facebook64Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Coco! She is shy and reserved, 9-year-old, 60-pound Retriever/Lab mix who is looking for her forever home where she would be the only pet. She has a beautiful black coat and a sugar-dipped muzzle. CoCo enjoys being outside, hanging out with calm people, a game of fetch, and a car ride where a hamburger is part of the journey. She is looking for plenty of love and patience, dog treats, and a fenced yard will keep her safe and happy. If you are looking for an independent companion, CoCo could be the dog for you!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Coco in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email email@example.com or call 360-432-3091.
Facebook186Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Federal SavingsRotary Club of West Olympia made a pledge to donate $65,000 to local community organizations providing assistance and relief support in response to the coronavirus pandemic.The Club’s commitment includes:A gift of $25,000 to the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound and United Way of Thurston County’s COVID-19 Response Fund;A $10,000 challenge grant to Help Us Move In (HUMI) and;A pledge to award up to $30,000 in donations to various local non-profits through its regular grant-making process.The contribution to the Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund will support organizations and programs providing direct assistance to serving emerging community needs, as well as, gaps in existing services.HUMI collaborates with community agencies providing housing-related services to families with children who are either homeless or at risk of losing their home. Their program offers a unique matching grant that assists with move in costs or eviction prevention assistance.“West Olympia Rotary has been a part of this community for 45 years and our Club thought it was important that we step up and support these vital efforts,” Dan Young, West Olympia Rotary Club President said. “Our hope is the other local Rotary Clubs will join us in support of both HUMI and the Thurston COVID Response Fund because by working together we can help our community through this unprecedented crisis.”To further support our local nonprofits impacted by COVID-19, West Olympia Rotary is pledging to distribute an additional $30,000 in grants in the coming year. Organizations interested in applying for a grant are encouraged to visit the West Olympia Rotary Club website for more information.
SEA BRIGHT – Police Chief John Sorrentino is wondering what to expect at – and how to plan for – this year’s Fourth of July fireworks display and the accompanying crowd.“To be honest with you, we don’t know how big it’s going to be,” Sorrentino said.With Red Bank and Rumson opting out of having a fireworks display this year, Sea Bright may experience a much greater turnout for their fireworks than ever before.Red Bank’s show, coordinated with Rumson’s, had become the largest one in the state, drawing more than 100,000 people annually.Without those two displays, Sorrentino and Sea Bright officials are wondering if their community will become the go-to closest location to watch the fireworks.“We’re trying to figure out how best to police it and secure it with our fire department and our first aid and our office of emergency management,” Sorrentino said. “But to say we’re going to have ‘x’ amount of people here, we just don’t know. We never had it before.”The borough has been having its annual display since the early 1990s, Sorrentino estimated. And each year the small oceanfront community would experience pretty substantial crowds. “Just under normal fireworks conditions, when the fireworks go off we’re basically at full capacity,” with the beach clubs crammed with members and guests, and the municipal beach “maxed out,” the chief said.“So, now if you’re talking about adding people to it, where are those people going to go?”The parking situation is usually at capacity as well, and Sorrentino suspected there could be a large number of pedestrians who coming into town from Rumson by way of the bridge spanning the Shrewsbury River.“And once they get in then they’re going to want to leave at the same time,” meaning traffic departing after the show will likely be huge, especially given that neighboring Long Branch has its fireworks display the same evening. “When you look at Sea Bright, we’re a barrier island,” he said, “so, there are only so many ways to get in and out and only so many places to put people.”In previous years the department has had about 12-15 officers on duty for the fireworks, along with the borough’s first responders. Sorrentino said he has asked the borough council to authorize doubling that number of officers, and for additional first responders to be available.That would require asking for assistance from other towns. While there’s no way to predict what the turnout will be, Sorrentino said, “Let’s put more people in town just in case.”He plans to reach out to state and county officials to discuss how to prepare for the occasion and help in what to expect and for boots on the ground. “I’m taking every bit of advice I can get.”The fireworks are produced by Fireworks Concepts, Wilmington, Delaware, with the beach clubs paying for the display, according to Deputy Borough Clerk Suzanne Branagan.The borough’s costs in the past have been about $12,000, which covered the cost of police overtime,public works employees, portable public restrooms and public entertainment, she said.This year, officials anticipate they will need approximately $20,000 to cover the additional costs, Branagan said.Borough Councilman Marc Leckstein said officials are asking for private donations for the fireworks. Those donations are tax deductible, Leckstein said, and checks should be made out to the Borough of Sea Bright/ Public Relations Trust, the entity the borough council formed this week.Branagan said she planned to ask local merchants for their support.“You know, it’s a good thing for the town. It’s good thing for the merchants and businesses. And people just love to see the fireworks.“Hopefully, with the help of our friends we can pull this off,” she said.
Roll Out the Ribbon’s Phil Villapiano greets Monmouth Medical Center’s Dr. Pardes at McLoone’s Pier House Thursday Sept 12, 2013.Tim McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch donated an upstairs banquet room, buffet and free drinks to guests attending Monmouth Medical Center’s Roll Out the Ribbons Cancer Awareness event Thursday, Sept 12. Did we catch you at this happy hour for a serious cause rocking to the music of rock/blues cover band VyntEdge?
The Nelson Daily SportsSelkirk College forward Travis Herlein continues to be a force on the Saints, and for his scoring attributes, has now been recognized by the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League as Player of the Week.The former Golden Rocket sniper led the Saints offensive four goals during a recent road trip through the Thompson/Okanagan. Herlein, 21, scored twice during Selkirk’s 8-5 loss to Thompson Rivers University WolfPack.The next night Herlein netted another pair, including goal number three that brought the Saints to within a goal in a 4-3 loss to the Okanagan Coyotes.Herlein now leads the Saints in scoring with six goals for eight points in 10 games.Herlein finished the 2009-10 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season with 23 goals and 20 assists.The Saints are idle until November 27th when the team travels to the Lower Mainland to face Trinity Western and the University of the Fraser Valley. firstname.lastname@example.org
Nelson 2 Bantam House squad played well but lost all three games at the West Kootenay Championship Tournament this past weekend in the Heritage City. However, there’s more to Mallard’s Team of the Week selections than wins and losses. Integrity and sportsmanship matters a lot when selections are made, and Nelson 2 had it all and more.So staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute Bantams with Team of the Week honours. The team includes, back row, L-R, coach Glenn Sutherland, trainer Dan Szabo, Will Tucker, Spencer Szabo, Jacob Timmermanns, Austin Meehan, Cole Sutherland and coach Bryan Carmichael. Front, Cosmo Rich, Justin Willness, Austin Kobayashi, Danny Marsden and Jason Carmichael.
The Kootenay Ice is back in B.C. Hockey Major Midget League action Saturday and Sunday in Rossland.However, the competition doesn’t get any easier for the Major Midget club as first place Okanagan Rockets, featuring many Western Hockey League draft picks, come to the Golden City to face the Ice.The Rockets are tied for top spot with the Vancouver Northwest Giants, each with 16-3-1 records. Kootenay squandered a chance to move up in league standings this past weekend by playing to a pair of ties against Kamloops Blazers — 3-3 and 2-2.Spencer McLean of Montrose, Ryan Neil of Frutivale and Kadrian Klimchuk of Castlegar scored for the Ice, which failed to hold an early 2-0 advantage.Sunday, Kootenay rallied from a 2-1 deficit to pull even with the Blazers.Coy Provost of Kimberley and Tyler Steinberg of Cranbrook scored for the Ice.The weekend series begins Saturday at 2:15 p.m. in Rossland.Sunday the teams play at the Rossland Arena beginning at 9:15 a.m.