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CALLING ALL SPORTS ARTISTS! Bernie Parent wants YOU to design and paint a custom goalie mask to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Flyers first Stanley Cup win!
We will accept SERIOUS inquiries only by October 25th, 2013. The first 25 entries that will be accepted must send their name, address, and contact information to email@example.com. We will be sending you a full-size, Bernie Parent replica goalie mask, with one side left blank for you to expand on your artistic ideas.
The contest will officially start on November 1st, 2013, as you will have received your mask. You will have approximately 6 weeks to complete and send back your artwork. The deadline will be set for Monday, December 16th, 2013. We must have your submission at our facility by this date. Return shipping will be provided to you.
On Wednesday, December 18th, 2013, we will place images of all submissions on Bernie Parent’s personal website, Facebook, and Twitter, to have the fans vote for the artwork that best depicts the 40th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Flyers first Stanley Cup win!
The artist of the winning mask will win a personal meet & greet with Bernie Parent, along with an autographed jersey and an authentic Sherwood goalie stick, used by Mr. Parent in preparation for the Winter Classic Alumni game.
All masks submitted to this contest will be donated to various charitable events in which Mr. Parent is involved in.
Here’s an example of mask art from the Winter Classic Alumni Game:
Artwork courtesy of Fran Drummond
**PLEASE NOTE: Artists will not be compensated in any way for the submission of their artwork, except for the winning mask which will be voted on by fans. Compensation for the winning mask includes a meet & greet, autographed jersey, and authentic Sherwood goalie stick, used by Mr. Parent in preparation for the Winter Classic Alumni Game, as stated above.**
WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR SUBMISSIONS!
The 1975 Stanley Cup Finals
The Flyers vs. The Sabres
What a great series!
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I’ve talked about the importance of living in the present moment, finding happiness within you, finding the beauty in every situation, and taking the time to just breathe it all in. You’re not going to reach your destination any faster by thinking about the task ahead of you. Just enjoy the time you have to look around and reflect on your current circumstances.
However, being a Philadelphia sports fan and living in the present moment, we are in a BAD spot. How do we find the beauty there? The Phillies are out, we’ve had three straight losses by the Eagles, there’s definitely hope for the Flyers, and the Sixers are still a mystery. So the question is, how do you feel about being a Philadelphia sports fan RIGHT NOW? Well, if you feel lousy, then change it. You have the power to change your mind.
So, say goodbye to the Phillies for a while, because they’re not in the playoffs. Let’s not dwell on that. The Flyers start on Wednesday, and the Sixers have yet to prove themselves; their time will come. Right NOW, we are faced with the Eagles’ challenges and frustrations.
Chip Kelly is living in the present and he’s dealing with what he has, and quite frankly, this is really not his team. He’s a new coach with a team that he did not build. We have to be careful judging someone who has inherited a team that someone else built. That is a difficult task to complete, but it comes with the territory.
Although, I respect Andy Reid and appreciate everything he did for this city (we’ve had many good years with Reid at the helm of this team), but let’s be realistic here. When Reid left, he hadn’t built a championship team.
The key to living in the present moment with the 2013-2014 Philadelphia Eagles and Chip Kelly, at least from my perspective, is to exercise patience. I have to give Kelly some leeway and time to bring people in and create the machine that he is accustomed to. In college football, you have the ability to recruit players. It’s a whole different ballgame when you come to the NFL and try to build a team around the rest of the league with the draft, free agency offers, etc. It can be all luck of the draw.
Having said that, is it pleasant to watch this team lose? Absolutely not. But we have to be patient and keep our hopes that this very intelligent man will overcome the obstacles he faces with this team, one step at a time.
Take a look at all professional sports. Take a look at all of the great coaches; they have a TEAM to run, and metaphorically speaking, I’ll refer to the teams as “horses.” I don’t care how good the jockey is; he could be the best jockey in the world. But you put the best jockey in the world on a jackass in the Kentucky Derby, guess what? He’s not going to win. You need a great coach, but you also need great players that will work for the coach’s philosophy to succeed, and vise versa.
Make no mistake; it’s not that the players making up this team are not exceptional football players, because they most definitely are. But this jockey may need some different horses to make his philosophy and system work as it should.
It’s going to be a little tough dealing with the frustrations of being an Eagles fan during this “trial run,” so to speak. But instead of dwelling on the fact that the Eagles lost Sunday’s game, look at the exciting brand of football that’s rising from the ashes. There’s something new and fresh here in the city of Philadelphia.
If you listen to the media, you’re going to hear 90 percent negative responses. Ten percent just isn’t good enough. We’re programmed to focus on the negative, but why can’t we change that? Let the media be who they want to be, but change your mindset to 90/10 percent positivity/negativity ratio. I’m not asking anyone to run from the issues at hand, I’m asking you to see them as opportunities to grow and change. There are always positives; and you’re the only person that has the power to identify them and allow them to populate your mind.
The scoreboard told an ugly story, but the game itself was exciting and interesting, to say the least. We put a good, entertaining first half of football together.
We see a guy like Manning playing the best football of his career at the age of 37. Instead of complaining about how we’re playing defensively, although this is our team, let’s focus on a Hall of Famer that is playing incredible football and enjoy his performance. Why don’t we revel in the clutch role that Shady McCoy plays on this team? There are all kinds of scenarios to approach the level of play right now, but you can’t go home to your wife, raising hell, because the Eagles lost another game.
Reid didn’t give us a championship, but we had fun. There’s only room for one champion, and only one team out of 32 deserves that top spot. No one ever said it would be easy. At times, Reid was arrogant and had a tumultuous relationship with the media. It’s like going to war against an opposing team, and he had a problem revealing his tactics. But who could blame him? Either way, we thank him for all of the good years he brought to this city.
Chip has the ability to communicate with people much better than Reid could. He knows what he wants to do and how he will shape this team. The first game of the season against the Washington Redskins showed exactly how he wants this team to function, and it was a pleasant surprise to see. Chip knows what has to be done, and he will need full cooperation from the “horses.”
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Diana Nyad, the 64-year-old woman that swam 110 miles from Cuba to Key West, Florida last week, deserves an honorable mention this time around. The adversities and challenges that she faced were endless. She is another example of grace and dignity – a role model for people of all ages who hope to follow their dreams.
Like I’ve said a hundred times before, I’m a firm believer in challenges.
I challenged myself when, at the age of 67, I stepped on the ice for the first time in 35 years at the Winter Classic in front of 45,000 people.
My challenge, however, does not come close to Nyad’s accomplishment. She was knocked down quite a few times leading up to this swim, but she never gave up.
It reminded me that society programs you to believe that your life is over once you hit your 60’s or 70’s. We are made to believe that we are limited as we get older, and once you believe that, it’s what you become.
I’m against that notion.
I see a lot of people in their 60’s walking around with their shoulders down. They’re frail, and their bodies are breaking down. People don’t eat properly or stay physically fit. They believe that their current state is where they’re supposed to be, as they continue to follow each and every generation before them. You become what you attract.
We’re told that we are supposed to get old and slow down, but I refuse to go that route.
Out of all of the things that I’ve accomplished in my life – being 68 with the mental attitude I possess and the physical shape I’m in right now – the toughest part about keeping on track is not the physical aspect. It’s the belief that you need to keep going and the discipline to follow that belief that presents the greatest challenge.
Once you believe it, your body will follow. It takes a strong mind to overcome.
When I was a kid, my uncles were old at the age of 50. That was the mentality back then. You’re 50 years old, you wear suspenders, and you sit on the couch instead of going for a jog. Everyone thought Jack LaLanne was crazy with his fitness and nutritional routine back then, but he lived to be 97. We’ve come a long way with accepting these ideals into our daily lives, but we still have a long way to go.
I spent some time with Joe Watson – my teammate for nine seasons and two Stanley Cups – this week and he looks incredible at 70-years-old. Joe takes care of himself. He’s disciplined, he works out, and he eats well. You have to realize that as you get older, your body needs better nutrition to function, much better than what you were able to live on when you were 20.
It’s important to educate yourself about what nutrition does to your system. You start eating better, you start feeling better, and you start working out. Just like that, your whole life changes.
As you get older, you will face many physical and mental challenges. The physical part will respond once your mental part is ready to move forward.
Get started by focusing your passion on some sort of inspiration. Take a picture of a body builder, then a picture of a frail 80-year-old man hunched over in his normal stance and place them next to each other. Ask yourself who you want to look like. If you’d like to look like the 80-year-old man, just sit back down on your couch and don’t change a thing.
If you’d rather look – and feel – like the body builder, then take action.
Go see your doctor and check your health. Get a physical. Get a professional trainer to get yourself started and teach you how to exercise the right way until you feel comfortable. There are many outlets available to figure out a nutrition plan that’s right for you. Google it, even!
If Diana Nyad can do it, if I can do it, YOU can do it.
I know Ms. Nyad, not personally, but I know her. Make no mistake about it, she is not 64 in her frame of mind. If she told herself that swimming 110 miles from Cuba to the Keys was not a feasible task at the age of 64, she would never have accomplished it.
Your life is a reflection of your thoughts.
Everyone has the capabilities to do what Nyad did … on his or her own level. Use your imagination to create your own challenge, and overcome it.
If I ever meet her, I will congratulate her, and most importantly, thank her on behalf of the whole world for revealing the great potential in all of us.
You’re never too old to chase your dream.
If you want to accomplish something, it doesn’t matter what your wife thinks, what your kids think, or what your friends think.
What matters is what you think. And if you don’t understand that, you’ll never make it.
I am making myself available for readers to submit their questions pertaining to sports/life/current events/relationships/etc., to Bernie@legendssportsmarketing.com. Submit your questions and I may randomly choose yours to be the subject of my next article!
Join us Saturday, September 14, 2013, at Gateway 26 Casino/Arcade from 7 PM to 8 PM to honor the courageous first responders. Stop in after the parade and festivities! Gateway 26 is located at 26th Street and Boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey.
Join us for a fan meet-and-greet, with the opportunity to purchase autographed copies of my book, “Journey Through Risk and Fear,” exclusive, autographed photos, and autographs on items of your choice.
Autograph with photo opportunity: $20.00
All proceeds go to The Bethesda Project, A Caring Family for Philadelphia’s Homeless
Join us to honor these brave men and women, and enjoy the Wildwoods!
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In 1967, ’68, and ’69, the Philadelphia Flyers held training camp in Quebec City. Traveling for camp removed the players from distractions at home and promoted team-building. At home, it’s easy to focus on your family life, children, social activities, etc. Once you spend a full two weeks with your teammates all day, every day, it starts to make a difference.
We flew out of Philadelphia to Quebec City, a bus picked us up and the whole team was put up in motel rooms. Back then, the rooms were nothing fancy, believe me. It was a room with a bed and a bathroom. That was all you needed. The budget for traveling expenses was obviously not a priority. Not to mention, the average salary of a player was about $16,000.
We were required to practice two times a day, establish familiarity and work out plays with the techniques of each teammate. We worked out in the morning, took a nap in the afternoon, ate lunch, and worked out again.
The toughest part for me was breaking in my new equipment every year; new pads, new skates, new glove. All summer, all I did was fish and enjoy my time off. We didn’t work out in the off-season like the new breed of athletes today. To prepare, I would jog for maybe a week before we left for camp. Getting back on the ice after the time off was difficult. We had to recondition ourselves, get our timing back on point, etc.
But the best part of the whole two week training camp experience was spending time with the boys, having dinner and a few beers. The evenings belonged to us. I was 23 years old and I could go for 24 hours straight.
The first week while in Quebec City, we stayed close to camp, which was typical. We didn’t have cars with us, we had a team bus. So if we wanted to go out to eat, we went out to eat as a team. But the interesting part about spending time up there was that we got to make friends with our fans. They would pick us up and take us out. How ironic. That would never happen today, which is why I think our era continues to bring such joy to the fans. We were just normal, hard-working guys back then, and we’re still normal, hard-working guys now. We were one of you, and you were one of us. We are able to identify with each other.
In sports, collegiate and professional, a lot of pranks and practical jokes are played between teammates. The funniest prank during training camp that I can remember was when Dave Schultz, Bobby Clarke, and I told rookie Bob Kelly we were going Snipe Hunting one night. We coordinated our prank efforts with the local police, and we took Kelly and our guns and flashlights out to a field to begin “the hunt”. As part of our plan, Schultz put ketchup on his leg and wrapped it up ahead of time. We were hiding in a ditch when we “saw people coming,” and we all took off running. It was so dark; you could barely see five feet in front of your face. One of us let a shot off in the air, and Dave ran up next to Kelly and said, “S**t! I’m hit!” The cops caught up with us and took Kelly to jail for a couple hours. We let Kelly believe that he was really being arrested and that Schultz had really gotten shot. The police let him go obviously, but it was so different in those days.
The second week of camp, we started traveling to play exhibition games. We flew to Nova Scotia once to have an inner-squad scrimmage, which also raised money for charity. But we turned this scrimmage into a serious competition. We only had one plane, so there had to be two trips to take us all back to Quebec City. Whoever won the game would fly back first. If you lost the game, you had to wait for the plane to take the winning team first and fly all the way back to Nova Scotia and pick you up at around 2 or 3 a.m. We knew we had to bust our asses because none of us wanted to be sitting around that late for a plane to come back and pick us up while the rest of our teammates were already in bed, because the next day, we had to wake up at 5 a.m. and do it all over again. I’ll be honest; I’ve had to wait for that plane a few times.
As a player, the magic of training camp was the excitement and anticipation of starting each year’s journey to the Stanley Cup. Every year, for the 15 years I played, I said “this could be the year.” 1974 and 1975 were those years. But after that, it’s all about the crowd and the lifestyle that you become accustomed to while playing hockey, at home and on the road. You knew that once training camp came along, the big picture started coming together for the next 8 months.
Flyers training camp starts in two weeks. It’s exciting. Paul made some good moves when he brought Lecavalier, a heck of a playmaker, and Emery, a great addition. We have a good core (and a lot of Frenchmen), and the Flyers will be able to continue to build. Predictions are difficult because injuries always play a big role in sports, but we are definitely a playoff-worthy team and then some.
As a member of the Flyers and NHL Alumni, I still get excited for the season, even though I’m a spectator. The only problem I have as a spectator is there is nothing I can physically do to change the game. As a player, I was a participant and I made it happen. I can’t go out there and save goals for them, but I get just as much anxiety about the outcome of the game.
October 2nd is the first home game against Toronto for the 2013-2014 season. I’ll pull up to the Wells Fargo Center and immediately feel the energy. There are all kinds of expectations and hope flying around that had been put on the backburner since the end of last season.
Whatever problems you have to face are going to disappear when the Wells Fargo Center doors close behind you for the next three hours. Sports allow you to place all of your focus on the present moment.
I’m looking forward to walking into the stadium, shaking hands and meeting with people, visiting the suites, and watching the games in the Cigar Lounge with a couple friends. It will be interesting to see where the season brings us, and it all starts with training camp.