Frankie O for F.I.R.S.T.!!

Frankie O for F.I.R.S.T.!!

Friday, Aug. 27, 2010
9:32 AM

By Frankie O

In life, like sports, some very unexpected things can happen. One such thing for me was when my son was born seven years ago. Any child will change the path of your life, with Ben it was even more so. Ben was born with an ichthyosis. Whats an ichthyosis? How much time do you have? An ichthyosis is part of a family of genetic skin disorders characterized by dry, thickened, scaling skin.

There over twenty types that differ by their underlying genetic cause, outward appearance andor mode of inheritance. They are as common as occurring during 1 in 250 births, to happening in 1 in 100,000. Epidermolytic Hyperkeratosis (EHK) is what my son has and is one of the more rare ones. Why am I telling you about this? Well when a disease or disorder is very rare in occurrence, there tends not to be enough money or resources available to combat it. For me and my family, and many more in our situation, our savior has been the Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types: F.I.R.S.T. This organization provides medical services, research, social networking and HOPE for those affected by these diseases. I cant stress how much this organization has meant to me and my family. Again, how does this affect you? Well, theres a way you can help and maybe have the time of your life too.

Frankie O presents:


If youre a fan of Notre Dame football, (and honestly, who isnt? Did I say honestly or ironically? Enough about my rooting interests later!) this is your ultimate dream package!

For the Notre Dame vs. Michigan football game on September 11th at 3:30 PM (game 2 of the Kelly era!!)

I have a package that includes:

4 game tickets

A certificate for 4 pre-game sideline passes

A certificate for a Tour for 4 of the Football Stadium Locker Room

A certificate for a football personalized and autographed by ND Head Coach Brian Kelly

How do you win? I will be conducting a raffle with 100 tickets. Thats it 100! When have you been in a raffle with that kind of package with those good of odds? Tickets are only 50.00!

Tickets will be sold, by me, on a first come first served basis. Also, you can buy as many as you would like. I will arrive an hour before my shifts (I will also sell them at any other time, just e-mail me for details) in the next two weeks to sell them until they are gone.
The raffle winner will be announced on my Twitter account (@realfrankieo) on Wednesday, September 8th. I will contact the winner directly by e-mail at that time. We together will make all the necessary arrangements on Thursday the 9th to ensure a fantastic time at the game and in South Bend.

At any time you can e-mail me with any questions at:

My shifts at the bar will be: Sat 828 4-cl, Sun 829 4-cl, Tues. 831 4-cl, Wed 91 4-cl, Friday 93 10-6, Sat 94 4-cl, Tues 97 4-cl and Wed 98 4-cl.

Come in and say hello, and buy some tickets!

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Five Things from Blackhawks-Canucks: Corey Crawford rebounds

Five Things from Blackhawks-Canucks: Corey Crawford rebounds

The Blackhawks’ starts have been all over the map this season but their finishes have usually been strong. That was the case again on Sunday night as the Blackhawks took a lead, lost a lead and regained a lead for good in their 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

This one featured a little bit of everything. So let’s just get to the Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ victory over Vancouver.

1. Jonathan Toews breaks through. If the Blackhawks captain’s confidence was a little shaken with his lack of scoring this season, it should’ve gotten a boost with his Sunday outing. Toews’ goal and three assists were as big for him as they were the Blackhawks, who needed every bit of it late against the Canucks. In his last 12 games Toews has three goals and eight assists. He’s getting there. Said coach Joel Quenneville, “it seems like he was around the puck way more and when he does that, usually good things happen.”

2. Great start. This hasn’t been written very often but it was more than evident on Sunday night. If this wasn’t the Blackhawks’ best opening period of the season it was pretty close, as they broke out to a 2-0 lead against the Canucks. The Blackhawks, outside of a 3 ½-minute sequence without a shot on goal, were tenacious and ready to shoot, taking an 18-9 shots-on-goal edge in that first.

3. Corey Crawford rebounds. Quenneville considered Scott Darling for this game, an understandable thought with Darling coming off a 30-stop shutout. But he wanted Crawford to get back to where he was prior to his appendectomy, and Crawford took a step in that direction on Sunday night. In stopping 25 of 27 shots Crawford got his 18th victory of the season and 200th of his career. Quenneville said Crawford “looked like he was in control.”

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4. Michal Kempny’s tough stretch. When Kempny has been good this season he’s been very good. When he’s been bad... The defenseman was in the penalty box when the Canucks scored their first goal and he was beaten by Bo Horvat on the Canucks’ second goal. Kempny didn’t play the final 14 minutes of the game. Quenneville, who liked what Kempny brought on the team’s road trip, said Kempny just has to work through some things. “Coverage with awareness and knowing sometimes it’s man coverage, sometimes it’s playing the puck and clearing the loose stuff,” Quenneville said. “Defenseman is a tough position as you’re growing and learning it, but the more you play the better you play and I still think he’s making progress.”

5. Brian Campbell gets to keep No. 500 this time. Campbell thought he had his 500th point against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night but it was taken away. Well he got it back on Sunday night, setting up Richard Panik’s 11th goal of the season in the first period.