If you are out of the loop, football in America has been over since the Superbowl (who knew?)
..But that doesn’t mean our Athletic office and football players have been sitting quietly.
This semester, about 700 recruited football players, all from California, have transferred in to start morning workouts and practices.
Also from California, MNU’s newest Head Football Coach: Brian Willmer! Coach W is the 6th head football coach in the program’s history. He coached at Azusa Pacific University and was an integral part of leading the Cougars to become conference champs in 2013 after just their second year in NCAA Division 2!
For those who don’t know, MNU is NAIA Division 1- so we are thrilled to have the experience of Coach Willmer on campus!
Along with professional success comes his personal success, as Coach Willmer has a gorgeous wife and 5 beautiful children. So long SoCal, kids, welcome to Kansas!
Here are some pictures from the press conference on campus last week:
President Spittal opening the conference
Athletic Director Kevin Steele introducing Coach Willmer
MNU’s new head coach!
Coach Willmer and Kevin Steele taking questions during the conference
Coach if you need a babysitter, I wasn’t joking about wanting to be best friends with your children.
So spent almost a week with these beautiful people that are my family for Christmas time:D
Then most of us went sledding.
Mariah having a blast!
Melanie also enjoying her first time sledding.
Then went back to Cali–on the way to Mex, and spent time with more family. Here is my saintly Abuelita. Now I may look tall, but that’s only cause she’s literally about 4’9″. But don’t matter cause it’s a sure thing that Satan is afraid of this petite statured, giant sized heart and faith woman.
This is my cousin Karina and Little Richard. (Little Richard as opposed to Richard Jr.)
with my beautiful cousins from south of the border. From left to right: Deborah/Debbie, Rebecca, and Leah-pronounced Star Wars style.
To my right are my aunt and uncle who pastor in Mexicali, Mexico. If nothing else, the opportunity to gain wisdom from a 20-30 minute conversation with my uncle, that was worth the entire trip of coming down from AZ. They let me serve at their living and growing church over the weekend, by preaching to their Jr. Highers, teaching to their Jr. Highers, and being a part of the Praise and Worship team playing the guitar and singing. Also, we were eating at undoubtedly the greatest Taco place on the face of the earth–according to my biased opinion.
So after Mexico, crossing back over, I had the chance to reunite with some friends from high school. Which included this bestie: Brett Bird.
This was when we visited Point Loma Nazarene University….
Here we are enjoying wardrobe at Burlington Coat Factory shopping for Homecoming attire. (We wore neither of those vests.)
Here was us on Decades Day.
Junior Year we even coached PowderPuff Football together. Yes we beat the then Seniors, and then we played our cross town rivals and also beat them!
But it wasn’t just the two of us…. Sean Arviso, the coolest and manliest of the 3 of Bromigos. (And Brett photoshopped me into this pic since I had already moved away by summer time… Wolverine was my Halloween costume)
So here’s Brett and I at Denny’s swapping glasses and sitting across from the couple.
Here’s the engaged couple. Almost ready for a nice pic.
There we are And I was asked and I accepted to be a groomsmen!!
Here’s Diego Lopez. Basically a better, more mature version of me. Can sing higher, play drums better, rock his hair better, live as a Christ-like example better. He’s just great. I am honored to be his older brother. While spending the night at his house, we spoke from 1230ish to 530ish!!! Great catching up and sharing was done:D
Alas my mom and I drove back to Arizona. Check out all the cacti!! Saguaros I think they are called.
Lastly, the toughest part of this break, believe it or not-however cheesy it may sound- has been being away from my special lady Jamie Furnas!
Thankfully, inventions such as the telephone, Skype, Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook helped us be able to stay connected in one sense at least. Totally stoked am I to see her beautiful face tomorrow night!!
Hope these pics and vids were able to bring a smile or two to y’all faces!
Oh and here’s a video of my new favorite song to play and sing. Called Gracious Tempest. Originally done by Hillsong from their Young and Free Album, but this guy does a good job playing it as well:)
I am a recently-turned 20 year old who has in the past few years taken a genuine interest in sports on a deeper level. As I came into my own in this sense I already had some teams that interested me. One of them was the good ol’ Kansas City Chiefs. This interest was definitely an inherited passion. My recollection is of my brother Brandon’s influence impacting me. In the time I have earnestly followed the team it has been a less than enjoyable experience. I would say that we have had quite a bit of talent, especially last year, just missing a few integral parts. With all of the struggle aside, the anticipation of this season continuously built in the off-season; healthy players, Alex Smith, and a quality draft pick topped the list of excitement factors.
Obviously I am a happy camper at this point. 7-0 One of the best defenses More points thus far than in the past year and a half Best record in the league And playing the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
If you don’t think the Chiefs are valid; fair enough. The schedule hasn’t necessarily been the American Gladiator-gauntlet of NFL teams and it’s still pretty early in the large scheme of things. However, here are a few reasons you should at least golf-applaud the Chiefs thus far.
The Eagles were predicted to run the field last year and that hype faded quick. Kansas City had some hype before the season started, and let’s be honest, with the rep of KC a giant downfall wouldn’t have been a surprise. He is making it work and making it look good. Plus, THAT STACHE THOUGH. And speaking of coaches, quite a few of the MNU coaches have been involved in this organization. OBVIOUSLY, they breed quality fellas.
2)There’s no “I” in team
Typically the KC defense would show signs of life and then the offense would wrap their hands around that neck and suffocate that same life. We were worn on the field and even off the field with injuries. However, now there is Alex Smith and two machines named Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, and we could even include Dontari Poe. The Chiefs are a well-rounded team that is fully of developed players. Don’t a couple that run the show, but a team effort.
If you have ever been to a KC game, you’ll understand.
The atmosphere, even in the midst of a horrid season, is unmatched. The fans are loyal, even if they may not fill the stadium…. With the Chiefs being the 6th smallest market in the NFL it can be hard to be competitive. However, in a place like Arrowhead; which has become the loudest open stadium by having a decibel level of 137.7 in the 6th oldest stadium, the fans make a difference and the Chiefs have been relatively competitive very frequently. Basically, they are a classic organization with fans that have heart.
Those are just 3 reasons that the Chiefs should catch your eye. I’m not saying become a bandwagoner, but it sounds pretty sweet at this point right?
IF YOU EVER WANNA COME WATCH A GAME IN MY ROOM, FEEL FREE. JUST ANOTHER PART OF THE MNU COMMUNITY!!
and I guess you can come if you wanna talk smack too
I have always been and always will be a Chiefs fan, but that’s a lot better and simply more fun when they win! However, my loyalty will stay.
If you came to my blog thinking it would be about Miley Cyrus…then there’s a good chance that you’re probably going to be very upset with me because my blog has nothing to do with Miley…
It’s actually about Football.
Yup…that’s right…today’s post is dedicated to Saturday’s football game against Baker University.
Just imagine sitting outside in the stands on a sunny day.
The air is cool, and the wind has entangled itself around you.
The shouting crowd tingles your ear-buds and sends a rush of adrenaline straight to your heart. Everyone around you has their feet off the ground; they jump in unison, and create a loud bang as the bottom of their soles come crashing down into the steel bleachers underneath them.
You are pumped now.
The blood is racing through your veins, and you’re shouting from the top of your lungs.
“Go team, go!” you yell…
“You can do it!” you shout again.
You believe in your team and you know they have the potential to win.
But then the silence comes…
And the clouds cover the bright sky.
The blood in your veins have slowed, and you’re beginning to feel cold now.
You are dumbfounded, and you can not believe your eyes.
Your team has just lost to their BIGGEST rivals.
The Crowd facing the lost of one of the most memorable football games.
First off, I’d like to say that our t-shirts cursed us! I mean, come on! It was the curse of the shirts! After a thirteen year streak of winning against Baker, I believe this was one of the first years we’ve decided to create a shirt.
I had actually considered burning this shirt…but I love MNU way too much.
We walked into the stadium confident…but it just wasn’t happening for us, and i’d like to blame it on the shirt!
However, although we were losing, we found a way to keep our spirits high during half time.
I won’t say much as to what happened; I’ll let your imagination do all the talking…but just know…homecoming was a week away for us…and no, these are not the actual candidates.
The King and Queen!
The lost was hard–they did come in like a wrecking ball–and on days like this I have to remind myself that it’s just a game.
The world Isn’t going to end.
MNU Isn’t going to go out of business
and our football team will have good games, and they’ll have bad games.
It’s the people who make the team, and it’s the school who shapes those people. A game doesn’t define us as a whole. We are who we are and I love my school.
So, with that said, how do you cheer up a sad pioneer?
………..I wouldn’t trade this crazy schedule for the world.
When I was in high school, I remember being scared out of my mind that I wouldn’t be prepared for college classes. My teachers all talked about time management and using planners. I would like to say to them that I’ve never been able to keep a planner. Every year I start out buying one thinking “this is going to be the year” and then I go strong for about a month or 2 and then lose it or quit updating it.
My dear friends, this is the year. If I could tell my high school self not to worry, and that classes are harder but my teachers would prepare me for what I need, I so would.
The good news is, I LOVE all of my projects and am SO excited, which motivates me to work on them. Right now for promotion management, we are writing an Integrated Marketing Communications campaign for Blue Springs Harley Davidson. We are working with partners, and the group that comes up with the best promotional campaign for BSHD 1. Wins! (I’m competitive) and 2. Presents it to the actual store owners, and gets a chance for their ideas to be used. Excited? juuusssst a little! Also, my partner and I plan to win and be used as the example for years to come. I’ll share our ideas and the reasons behind it once the other groups have solidified their campaigns and cannot steal our idea.
On top of all the school work, there’s so much going on for entertainment! Homecoming banquet this year was at the Uptown Theatre in Kansas City (near Westport.) It was a beautiful night, and please note the cutest date ever, my nephew Mr. Lennox Vieux.
Then, there are sporting events! We hopped all around to the games because womens soccer, football, and mens soccer all overlapped. Can I just say how excited I am to be a Pioneer? Both soccer teams tied, Kei Kamara (of Sporting KC) made an appearance, and football won 55-0! Everything we do, we do with excellence.