The location of my office and workplace – 150 Robson Street – was ideal for a sports fanatic like myself. Our offices at the corner of Robson and Cambie put me next door to BC Place and just two blocks away from Rogers Arena.
Thus, a big part of what I’m going to miss about downtown is the sporting scene.
The 2010 Winter Olympics
My favourite downtown sporting memory was actually a “one-off” so to speak – that is the 2010 Winter Olympics. For 17 days straight, I was blessed to be in the middle of the patriotism, hoopla, and jubilation. Our Pastoral Centre played host as an “Catholic Hospitality Centre” as we invited people from all across the world to come in and stay awhile. Visitors could enjoy a cup of coffee, surf the internet, write a prayer on our prayer wall, watch some of the events on big-screen televisions, or learn a bit more about the Archdiocese of Vancouver.
Please allow me to brag about the lovely and talented Marie Hui for a moment. The girl can sing anything! Whether it’s an old Beatles tune, a Broadway musical hit, a ballad, a pop song, or a funky R & B jam, she makes anything she sings sound wonderful.
I’ve been blessed to know Marie for close to 15 years now. Over that time, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her mature as an individual and as an artist.
Last night, as we were recording our new Canucks song, there was a 10-minute period that beautifully encapsulated her brilliance as an artist. We agreed that she would make one of the verses “pop” a bit more and thus include some riffs and runs. She pulled up a cover from YouTube and proceeded to listen to it for just a couple of minutes before starting to sing it. It was even more challenging because she also had to fit our revised words into the phrasing. So not only was she learning how to sing it, she was also tackling what to sing.
Tonight I will be going to watch our Vancouver Whitecaps host the LA Galaxy at BC Place in some MLS (Major League Soccer) action. There has been a considerable buzz around the city for the last couple of days because of one player: David Beckham.
One may argue that Beckham’s best soccer days are behind him (being left off the British Olympic Soccer Team is a clear indication) but his appeal is undeniable: along with Tiger Woods he is arguably the world’s most renown athlete. And despite the Galaxy also having all-stars Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane on its roster, the Galaxy goes as Beckham goes.
So it’s not surprising that almost all of the media focus has been on Beckham – it’s even triggered a debate as to whether or not they should open up more seats for the game that’s officially sold out. It got me thinking about what it would be like to be one of the other Galaxy players; to have the media circus follow the team wherever you went. Would I enjoy it? Would I be resentful or jealous? Would I accept it as part of the job?