2011 NBA Finals

This year, the NBA finals will consist of the Miami Heat verses the Dallas Mavericks. In my opinion, I think that the Miami Heat will take it. However, I would much rather prefer if the Mavericks win this series. After losing in 2006, this year is Dallas’ turn. I just don’t think LeBron James deserves a championship ring just yet. Since LeBron created such a controversy by making his decision on a live, 1 hour TV special, I think that LeBron must suffer at least one dramatic loss before becoming a champion. LeBron James going to Miami really shows that he is not good enough to win a championship by himself. He needs to rely on another superstar. LeBron James does not deserve a ring..well, at least not yet.

I will be cheering for the Mavericks, but I will not be surprised if the Heat win.

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May 21, 2011: End of the World?!

According to Harold Camping’s calculations, the world is supposedly ending on Saturday, May 21 in the year 2011. Camping, who has studied the Bible, has come up with a very sophisticated equation that proves that the Rapture will take place on May 21. The Rapture, if you do not know, is the day when Jesus will come back to Earth and will make the final judgement. Harold Camping’s predictions are that the world will suffer a major earthquake from which all the graves will be opened. After this, Jesus will appear. He will rise up all the bodies of the religious to Heaven and leave the rest of the population on Earth to suffer five months of natural disaster until October 21, 2011, from which God will destroy the entire planet. However, I believe that this prediction is complete nonsense.

Yes, I am a Catholic who has a strong belief in God, but it is stated in the Scripture that the end of the world is known only to God. For the rest of us, it is a complete mystery. We will not know when Jesus comes to Earth and we will not know when Earth will crumble to pieces until it actually happens. I believe that there is no way in calculating when the world will end. Instead, we should just live our lives with joy and love. If each day is lived without any regrets, then what is there to worry about the world ending?

But who knows, maybe the world will end on May 21 – only time will tell. Until that day approaches, we’ll just have to wait and see. Just because the world is supposed to end on a specific date does not mean that we should change our personality for the better right before. We should always have a good, loving personality throughout our entire lives.

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Vancouver Canucks in Conference Finals

Wow. Its been seventeen dreadful years since the Vancouver Canucks have made it to the Western Conference Finals, but it is now safe to say that the seventeen years are over. After defeating the Nashville Predators in a 4-2 series victory, the Canucks are one step closer to becoming Stanley Cup champions. The Nashville series was an interesting one to watch, especially with the stellar defense that the Predators possessed. Unfortunately for them, the Canucks were just too much to handle and suffered the loss. However, as the Canucks advance further into the playoffs, the competition will only become tougher. The Western Conference Finals looks to be an exciting matchup filled with intensity and emotion.

In my opinion, I think that this year is Vancouver’s year. The Canucks have been around for forty years and have suffered a championship drought throughout their whole existence. With what could arguably the best team the franchise has had in forty years, the Canucks’ shot at a championship is attainable. What I also found interesting was this:

- In 1932, Lake Placid, New York hosted the Winter Olympics. In 1933, the Stanley Cup champions were the New York Rangers.

- In 1980, Lake Placid once again hosted the Winter Olympics. The following year of 1981, it was the New York Islanders who brought home the cup.

- The 1976 Summer Olympics were held in Montreal, Quebec. The Montreal Canadians won the Stanley Cup in 1977.

- In 1988, the Winter Olympics were hosted in Calgary, Alberta. Once again, the following year of 1989 was when the Calgary Flames won their first and only Stanley Cup.

- The 2010 Winter Olympics were held in Vancouver, British Columbia. It is now the year of 2011 and the Canucks are still in the playoffs. Does this mean that the Canucks will finally lift up the cup? Is this the year? I really do hope so..

As a fellow Vancouverite, I will be rooting and cheering for the Canucks all the way!!

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The Death of Osama bin Laden

Recently, on May 2, a very familiar figure has died. His name is Osama bin Laden. On September 11 in 2001, there were two planes that crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. These planes were controlled by al-Qaeda terroists, who’s leader was Osama bin Laden. After the attack, Osama has gone into hiding for 10 years. Finally, after numerous searches for the where abouts of this most wanted man, the United States have finally found him and killed him.

Sure, this is a huge accomplishment for the United States. However, just by capturing Osama bin Laden does not mean that terroism will end. There are still many al-Qaeda members who believe in terroism. This is why I feel that there is no need for happiness just yet. Terroism is not over yet. There is still much more to be done to stop terroism.

Nonetheless, I would like to congratulate the United States on finding Osama bin Laden because to find a man who has been hiding for 10 years is a huge accomplishment.

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