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My Biggest Day - Proof That Being Fit Pays Off

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Last Saturday I was blessed with the assignment to officiate the Illinois State Girls U14A state championship game in Bensenville Illinois. In 10 year of officiating I was never assigned to such a prestigious game. It was truly an honor. Without the weight loss and conditioning I would never have been considered for this assignment. Getting in shape for officiating was always part of my motivation for this journey, I never expected such positive results.

The experience was everything I hoped it would be. I skated my but off for the entire game and I was very satisfied with how I did. To top it off the game did not end until 5:46 into the first overtime period. We officials are just as excited about being part of such exciting games as the players. I actually bought a state tournament t-shirt even though it has the Blackhawks logo on it. (The state tournament is called the Blackhawk Cup). I am a life long Red Wings fan.

Before the game I asked the photographer who was handling the still photography for the game to get some pictures of the officials. I am going to order some, but here are some links to the shots from their web site. The jersey I am wearing is a size 56 which I barely fit last season. I am now wearing a 46 regularly, but it was the wrong style for the game so I had to swim in that jersey. The pants are also HUGE on my. They are held up by suspenders. I cannot even tighten the belt anymore.

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