Thing's I'd give up for hockey

11 Things I'd Sacrifice To Watch Hockey Right Now

September's only a couple weeks away, but I'm not sure if I can survive much longer.

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I love hockey. A lot. So much so that I often find myself thinking of moving to Canada to be around hockey all the time. I can't imagine not watching hockey, and I find it hard to believe that there was a time I didn't follow it. It's just one of those things that I instantly fell in love with. I knew right away that this was the sport for me, and I knew it was going to hurt to have to go through an off-season.

I used to see it as another sport that I really couldn't care less about, and I didn't spend the off-season in agonizing pain, waiting for the first game of the season to roll around. My point is, hockey basically controls my life. My schedule during hockey season revolves around whether or not my team plays that day. I'm currently counting down the days until the next season begins and I can stop watching last season's highlights to get my fix.

When I say I love hockey, I genuinely mean it. it's one of those things that I desperately need in my life to survive. I constantly need to hear the skaters' blades scraping the ice, pucks hitting goal posts, and goal buzzers ringing through the stadium when my favorite players score. It's basically an addiction at this point in my life.

There are very few things I love more than hockey. So few, in fact, that I'm going to tell you what I'd give up to watch hockey. Prepare to be surprised at some of the things on this list, because what I'm about to list off is probably something that no one else would even consider giving up. Hockey is a non-negotiable thing. There is nothing I hold closer to my heart than hockey, hence why it's so easy for me to sacrifice these things:


1. Pizza.

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I told you this list was gonna be filled with crazy things. First on my list of things I'd give up for the sport that I sold my soul to—my favorite food of all time. I sincerely believe that these two things always work super well together, but I would choose hockey over pizza in a heartbeat.

2. My decent GPA.

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This one is a huge maybe. I'd definitely have to think about it.

3. My sleep schedule.

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I could live with being sleep deprived if it meant getting to watch hockey.

4. Music.

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Considering it's still a huge part of my career and my future, I'm not sure this is the best decision, but such is life.

5. Chocolate.

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Yikes.

6. The Texas heat.

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I feel like this isn't a surprise. I think just about anyone would give this up for anything.

7. Every single memory of middle school I still have.

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Again, something that I don't think anyone would have a problem giving up.

8. The option to use a restaurant's drive through.

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I really don't like interacting with people if I don't have to, and this is just a huge inconvenience. But I'm doing it for hockey, so it's okay.

9. Hot showers.

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I'm already taking cold showers anyway, so this wouldn't be too much of a loss.

10. Wearing socks.

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We live in a world where I'd much rather wear shoes without socks than not watch Hockey. I'm willing to deal with my feet being sweaty all the time.

11. The Pittsburgh Penguins.

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I'm a Flyers fan. I'm perfectly fine with giving up those ice pigeons. Also, why does Crosby smile like that?

As you can tell, I really like hockey. There's no sacrifice too large that hockey isn't worth. I need to be able to watch the sport to live, and I would very gladly give up the things on this list to do that. Not to say I wouldn't give up more, because I definitely would, but these are just some of the top things I know I could live without.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything
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They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.


Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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Adesanya Gets Whittaker To Unify The Championship

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After a fight that could be easily considered as the fight of the year at UFC 236 as "The Stylebender" Israel Adesanya has his eyes set on recovering and then facing the UFC Middleweight Champion Robert "The Reaper" Whittaker to unify the interim title with the one "The Reaper" holds. The Stylebender has plenty to look forward too as his championship career in the UFC with a stacked division that has all eyes on him if he gets past the undisputed champion.

Dana White confirmed that Israel Adesanya will indeed face Robert as it is the next fight to make. It is just a matter of where this fight as it will more than likely happen in Australia. Israel has expressed his interest in bringing the UFC into a stadium for this fight as it would be huge and guaranteed to sell out. It will be interesting to see how the champ Robert Whittaker approaches this bout as Israel has shown he only continues to improve.

With the 5 round war that took place at UFC 236, it was a bout between Kelvin Gastelum and Israel Adesanya that really could of went either way if Adesanya did not continue to rock and put a brutal beating on Gastelum in the 5th round. Israel displayed everything in that fight as he faced adversity when he was rocked in the fight as he was met with a nasty head kick from Gastelum that could have ended the fight if Kelvin did not attempt a takedown. Israel Adesanya showed off a fantastic submission game too as he locked Gastelum into a Triangle Choke but he survived and broke out.

He would then put a beating on Kelvin Gastelum in the 5th and final round that ultimately won the decision of the judges as Kelvin Gastelum was left bloodied by the end of the 5th. With this huge victory, Israel Adesanya has skyrocketed in the organization. He has already had a target on his back but if he is able to finish off Robert Whittaker which will more than likely be in the summertime if Israel does not take an extended vacation the target will be even bigger.

The new UFC Interim Middleweight champion Israel "The Last Stylebender" Adesanya has already caught the attention of the numerous top contenders in the division as there are a few fighters we seem to not be impressed by Israel Adesanya's rise through the UFC. Names like #2 ranked UFC middleweight Yoel Romero and rising star top contender #7 ranked Paulo Costa. #4 ranked Jacore Souza could potentially earn himself a title shot in his upcoming fight at UFC On ESPN 3. He has also received criticism from someone who many people would consider to be the best fighter in UFC and mixed martial arts history the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon "Bones" Jones.

The Stylebender has received harsh criticism from some but received plenty of praise from his peers and along with the fans in the mix martial arts community. More importantly, he has a fight with Robert Whittaker the UFC Middleweight Champion in Australia in a Stadium in the future,

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