Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Ducks Win!!! Two more, and it's "Cup Time!"

The Ducks did it again! They beat Ottawa in Game 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. The final was 1-0. What a great match up! I am still going for the Ducks, but want it to go to seven games! I can't even think of life without Hockey!!! How can I make it until October without Hockey!

Broncos have a circus with Kircus! And that's NO LIE!!!

Broncos receiver David Kircus says he's certain he'll be cleared of an assault charge stemming from a fight that landed him in jail and sent a 26-year-old man to the hospital.
"Well, sure I'm confident. ... That's why I wanted to take that lie detector test, to show how confident I was that I wasn't in the wrong," Kircus said after practice Wednesday in his first public comments since his arrest on May 21.

Coach Mike Shanahan, who had pledged to release Kircus if it was determined he was at fault in the fight, said Tuesday that Kircus would remain on the team after passing a polygraph administered by an FBI expert last week.

Kircus said he told Shanahan he didn't throw the first punch and was acting in self-defense. He volunteered to take a lie detector test to show him he was telling the truth.
"I told him I would do whatever it takes to get the team and the coaches to believe me because it was the truth and I had nothing to hide," Kircus said. "... I said, 'You know what, if I fail this test then you can kick me off.' That's how confident I was.

"I didn't know what to expect from the test, but I knew I was going to tell the truth, so I was 100 percent confident that I was going to pass it."
Kircus faces a second-degree assault charge that carries a prison term of two to six years. He is accused of punching the man and telling him "You don't know what I'm capable of" after a party in suburban Denver on May 20. Kircus is free on $6,000 bail.

Kircus said he's guilty only of poor judgment.

"Well, my bad judgment was being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I didn't break any laws by going where I was. I was out at a time at night that I shouldn't be out at that time. That's obvious. And as I'm growing up and I'm becoming an adult -- it's a slow process for some people -- it's just one of those things you learn from," Kircus said.
Kircus is a backup receiver and return specialist who joined the team last season. He had nine receptions for a team-leading 20.8 yards per catch and returned six punts for a 14.3-yard average last year.
"Another reason why I wanted to do this is I didn't want to lose reps," Kircus said. "This is a long process and it takes six months to a year. So, if there's any doubt in the coach's mind or even the players' minds, then my reps are going to go down and it's not going to look very good for me to be here.
"So, I wanted to get it out of the way right away just in their eyes that ... I want you guys to believe in me and know that I did defend myself."

Monday, May 28, 2007

Ducks Take Game #1 of Stanley Cup Finals!

The NHL Stanley Cup Finals kicked off tonight in California. Yeah, California! It's Anaheim and Ottawa. No, not Ottawa, Kansas! The Ducks won the game 3-2. I love hockey!!! I am pulling for the Ducks. I hope that it goes seven games, though. I don't want the season to end.

Charles Nelson Reilly Has Died.

Charles Nelson Reilly, the Tony Award winner who later became known for his ribald appearances on the "Tonight Show" and various game shows, has died. He was 76. Reilly died Friday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia, his partner, Patrick Hughes, told the New York Times. He gained fame by becoming what he described as a "game show fixture" in the 1970s and 80s. He was a regular on programs like "Match Game" and"Hollywood Squares," often wearing giant glasses and colorful suits with ascots. His larger-than-life persona and affinity for double-entendres also landed him on the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson more than 95 times.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Getting the "Royal" treatment!

It's Memorial Day Weekend. Kristi and I originally had planned on having a Honeymoon at the Condo at Lake of the Ozarks. That plan fell through. It has something to do with my ex wife and schedule conflicts. That's all that I am going to say about that. Kristi ended up having a friend come into town and I decided to take the kids to KC. They have never been to a Royals game. Jeremy has a friend that works for them, and he hooked us up with tickets. The picture above of Madison and Zach before the game. The Royals played the Seattle Mariners and got beat 9-1. There was a Grand Slam, but it was for the Mariners. The Royals don't look good at all! We are going again today. I hope that it goes better for KC than it did on Saturday night.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Chillin' With The Penguins

The Sedgwick County Zoo is getting ready to unveil the new "Cessna Penguin Cove" on Friday. They had a "Sneak Peek" for local media reps and their families. We took the kids out there on Tuesday night. They had a good time. Here's a picture of Zach, Madison, Ally, Austin and Tiana in front of the nicely dressed penguins.

Maddie and Zach's Singing Debut

Madison and Zach made their singing debut Tuesday afternoon at the Kensler Elementary Talent Show. They sang a song from "High School Musical" and did a wonderful job. I was so happy. I almost started to cry. They made me so proud. They had a big cheering section. Their Mom, Grandma Hubbard, Grandma and Grandpa Baird, sister and her boyfriend were also there. Great job kids!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Back to School

Today was Parent's Day at Kensler Elementary for the Pre-K students. I went down there for awhile this morning and hung out with Zach. Here's a picture of him bowling. I know he's not 60 feet from the pins, but he can knock them down at about 8 feet away! He's growing up so fast! I am going to see him and Madison in their school program tomorrow. I will try to get some pictures from that.

Tracy Byrd came by work today

Country star Tracy Byrd came by the station today. He's out supporting his new CD. He has had HUGE hits on the charts. His big ones are "Keeper of the Stars" and "Watermelon Crawl." The station had a bunch of winners come to the conference room and Tracy put on an acoustic show. It was very good. He was a nice guy and I wish him the best of luck with his new CD.

May 21, 1987. The day I will never forget.

May 21, 1987 is a day that I will never forget. I remember it like yesterday. I was working at KIUL Radio in Garden City, KS. I worked the evening on air shift at the station. I had been playing baseball with some friends of mine and left the ballpark for work. I got out of the car and started walking in to the station. My mom and brother met me at the door and my mom said "you can't work tonight!" I said "yeah I can, I am scheduled to!" She said "NO! You can't! There has been an accident and your Grandma Hubbard is dead." I collapsed and started crying like crazy. I could not believe it. My brother and mom were crying, too. My dad was out of town when he got the news. He got back to Garden and then we headed immediately to Colorado.

My Aunt Peg was in the accident with my Grandma. She had burns all over her body. She was in the burn unit at the Hospital in Denver. We went right to the hospital to see her. I remember just being able to touch her in certain parts of the body that weren't burned. I wanted so bad to hug her and tell her how much I loved her and that we were all there for her, but I would hurt her if I did. I can remember talking to her and her responding by moving. I honestly thought that she was not going to make it, either. I was so scared. She proved how strong she was and fought through all of that adversity and is here today. She is by far the strongest and most inspirational person I know. I don't know if I could have the strength to go through all of the surgeries and pain, but she has done it. Love you lots, Aunt Peg!

My Grandma Hubbard was a very special person to me. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of her. She was someone that would listen to me. It's very hard to find someone that will sit down and listen to you. I remember spending time with her in the summer. It was a lot of fun. We would go up to the camp and spend some time. I would help her and Grandpa Howard trim the paths and trails up by the camp. I loved sitting in their kitchen at the house with Grandpa, watching him eat his chips and cheese whiz while drinking his beer. He would tell us joke after joke and Grandma would laugh, even though she had already heard them a million times before.

The last time I got to spend any time with Grandma was the Fall of 1986. My dad and I took some time off and went up to Glenwood to help Grandma winterize her house. It was a nice time. I remember she made us a great dinner (as usual) and we all watched the Broncos Monday Night Football game against the New York Jets. The Broncos were 6-0 going into that game. They lost that game to the Jets 22-10, but they did end up going to the Super Bowl that season. I am not going to go into any more details of that Super Bowl, though. Another date that always comes to mind is January 25, 1998. That is the day that the Denver Broncos won their first ever Super Bowl. I wanted so bad for my Grandma to see the Broncos win one. That was one of the first things that I thought of after the game. She would have been so happy to see that.

I know that I have typed a lot here. I just wanted to share some of my memories of the greatest person that I have ever known. I am so happy that my Grandma didn't have to suffer after her accident. My aunt Peg has suffered so much, but has proven how tough she is and how important family and friends are in a time of tragedy. I love you Peg. You are an inspiration for everyone and Grandma would be so proud of you. You have been a trooper through all of this.

Grandma, I know that you are looking down at me right now. I wish that you could be here to see my beautiful kids and my new wife and wonderful family. They would have loved to have met you. I tell Madison and Zach about you all of the time. I love you and miss you so much. I wish that you were still here.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Takin' the Kids to see Shrek The Third

It's Sunday morning and we're making plans for the day. We took a vote on going to see Shrek, or a picnic at the park. Shrek won! We are going to the Mall to see it this afternoon. It's cheaper to go during the day. I will let you know how it goes.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Happy High School Musical Girls!

It's almost bed time on Friday night. Here's Tiana, Madison and Destiny wearing their High School Musical Pajama's. You gotta love those clearance sales. We got them at Kohl's for dirt cheap last week. I am sure that they will out grow them soon!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Sad day for us O & A fans! Opie and Anthony suspended.

XM Satellite Radio suspended shock jocks Opie and Anthony for 30 days Tuesday, one week after they aired crude sex comments about Condoleezza Rice, Laura Bush and Queen Elizabeth II and one day after they made light of the incident in their broadcast.

"Comments made by Opie and Anthony on yesterday's broadcast put into question whether they appreciate the seriousness of the matter," Washington-based XM said in a statement. "The management of XM Radio decided to suspend Opie and Anthony to make clear that our on-air talent must take seriously the responsibility that creative freedom requires of them."

Opie and Anthony, who last week apologized for the sex comments, struck a more defensive tone on Monday's broadcast. They lamented the state of radio and what they perceived as excessive reactions to comments made by themselves and other radio disc jockeys.

"We're under the same scrutiny as (National Public Radio) — it doesn't make sense," they said on Monday's show.

The pair also expressed sympathy for Don Imus, saying his career is now "gone, just because he was trying to entertain people."

Last month, cable network MSNBC dropped its simulcast of Imus' show, then CBS Radio fired him for using racist and sexist terms to describe the Rutgers women's basketball team.

On May 9, Opie and Anthony, whose full names are Greg "Opie" Hughes and Anthony Cumia, aired a segment with a man they call Homeless Charlie. As the names of Rice, Bush and the queen came up, Charlie said in vulgar terms that he would like to have sex with each of them.

Opie and Anthony were fired by CBS Radio in 2002 after broadcasting a call from two listeners who said they were having sex in New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral.
XM hired the pair in 2004. Because the show airs on satellite radio, its content is not subject to regulation by the Federal Communications Commission.

Opie and Anthony also host a syndicated, tamer terrestrial radio program for CBS. Opie and Anthony will be on the air for that program as scheduled Wednesday morning, CBS Radio said Tuesday.

A call to Opie and Anthony's agent, Robert Eatman, was not immediately returned Tuesday.
A spokesman for XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. declined to say whether Opie and Anthony would be paid during their suspension, calling it a contractual matter.
I am a big fan of their show. I make it a point that no one is around when I listen to it, but it is very funny! I like the fact that they are able to say whatever they want. That's what was nice. So much for Freedom of Speech.

The Big Day! Introducing Craig and Kristi Hubbard

Yes! It's official. Kristi and I got married on Sunday, May 13th. It was a very small ceremony. It was Kory and Darla Tilley (Kristi's brother and sister-in-law) and our friend, Henry Wolenhaupt. He was the Reverend for the event. We really wanted Uncle Ron to do it, but we couldn't afford to have the ceremony out of the state. We want him to renew our vows in May of 2007. Uncle Ron, will you? :)
This picture was shot from Kory and Darla's camera phone. We have been dating for a year and a half and have been living together for almost a year. We were both ready to settle down and enjoy all of our kids together. ALL the kids were very excited. Madison and Zach were very happy!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day, Mom and Grandma!

It's Mother's Day. Happy Mother's Day to all you mom's out there. I would not be here, if it wasn't for the two mom's in the picture above. Happy Mother's Day Mom and Grandma. Love you. Get to feeling better Grandma! And Mom, get that other hip replaced!!! :)

Saturday, May 12, 2007

The tongue is hanging out! Do we have a future Michael Jordan or John Elway?

Here's a shot of Zach at "Field Day." He loves to have that tongue hanging out when he is concentrating on something. There's two people that come to mind when I think of tongue's hanging out, John Elway and Michael Jordan. Maybe there's a future athlete in the house.

Having a "Field Day."

Friday was "Field Day" at Madison and Zach's school. I got away from work for awhile to check it out. It was my second year to make it. Madison and Zach both had a wonderful time. Here's a picture of Madison truckin' along in one of the races.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Who's That Chubby Baby?

I was at the Baird's (my former in-laws) the other day to pick up the kids. They live about 6 blocks from me. They invited me in for a minute to kill time while Madison was getting ready. I was looking at pictures on the wall. I came across this one. It's a picture of Zach from his first Birthday (11/16/02). He was such a chunk. It's so hard to believe that is the same kid that's a tall, skinny five year old now. I just wanted to share this picture. I love it!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

BIG Comedy show in Wichita!

One of our station's had comedian Ralphie May in town tonight for a couple comedy shows. I had Madison and Zach this evening, so I went to the late show after I dropped them off. Ralphie is a great guy! His show is not Rated G, for sure. It's very adult, but he was very funny. He has been on "Last Comic Standing," "Celebrity Fit Club," "Comedy Central" and has been on Jay Leno's show numerous times. You can get more on him at Remember, it's adult humor. :)

Boy's Day Out! Mission: Spiderman 3

I took Monday off from work. I have been working crazy, wild hours the last month and needed a day off. It was wonderful. I didn't check my e-mails or messages from work. The best thing was that I picked Zach up from school at noon (when he gets out of Pre-K) and took him to a movie. He's a big Spiderman fan, and so am I. We went to "Spiderman 3." It was great! It was an awesome time, just the little man and me hanging out and joking. It's one of those days that I hope he remembers and tells me about on my death bed when I am older.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Check out this picture!

Ken Willard stands in a room of the First United Methodist Church where a picture of Jesus is the only thing left on the wall on Sunday May 6, 2007. Willard and Pastor Gene McIntosh were assessing the damage done by the tornado that hit Greensburg, Kan. on May 4, 2007.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Tornado Wipes Out Kansas Town I Know Well

This is a picture of the tornado that hit the town of Greensburg, KS on Friday night. It was about a mile wide and destroyed the entire town. I know this town very well. We used to stop there and go down the "Big Well" when I was younger and I recently was the DJ at a couple Dances/Proms at the High School. Our radio station's have already started fundraising drives for the survivors. I hate to see something like this happen. Greensburg has always been a neat little town.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Hanging with The Auctioneer

We had the "Classic Country Listener Appreciation Show" on two of our stations on Thursday night. The featured act was Leroy Van Dyke. He was a great guy. I escorted him around all day. He is best known for his HUGE hits "The Auctioneer" and "Just Walk On By." He is from Sedalia, Missouri and has been doing shows in Branson a lot lately. I suggest you see him if you get the chance. He was very good and funny. This picture was taken from a camera phone, so it's not super clear.

It's Almost Official. This was in the Thursday's Wichita Eagle


Green, Kevin L. and Snearly, Susanne R., both of Wichita.
Hayden, Eric D. and Baker, Brenda M., both of Wichita.
Hidalgo, Juan and Lozano, Wendy J., both of Wichita.
Ho, Kha T., Halle, Germany, and Le, Tram A.T., Oklahoma City, Okla.
Hoadley, Joel M. and Albright, Jillian J., both of O'Fallon, Mo.
Horn, Jason M. and Rivers, Jessica R., both of Austin, Texas.
Hubbard, Raymond C. and Tilley, Kristi L., both of Wichita.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Future NHL Star!

Gotta love camera phones. This is Zach at the Wichita Ice Center on Tuesday night. He is wanting to start taking skating lessons and wants to play hockey. Madison is wanting to take lessons, too. Kristi has Austin and Tiana in learn to skate programs and now Maddie and Zachster want in on the action. We'll see what happens. Isn't he cute?