Saturday, December 21, 2013

Bowl Pics!

For those who are keeping score (yes all of you) :P here are my bowl pics....  and these are just pick em's. will do a separate blog entry tomorrow for my picks against the spread..  so go ahead folks, bet against me, if you wanna make money! lol

colorado state over washington state
fresno over southern cal - in a blow out!!!
san diego state over buffalo
lafayette over tulane

east carolina over ohio
oregon state over boise - in a blow out!!!
pittsburgh over bowling green
northern illinois over utah state

maryland over marshall
syracuse over minnesota
byu over washington

notre dame over rutgers
cincy over north carolina
louisville over miami, FL
michigan over kansas state
navy over middle tennessee
ole miss over georgia tech
texas over oregon
arizona state over texas tech

arizona over boston college
ucla over virginia tech
mississippi state over rice
texas a&m over duke - in a blow out!!!

georgia over nebraska
las vegas over north texas
south carolina over wisconsin
LSU over iowa
stanford over michigan state
baylor over central florida

ohio state over clemson
missouri over oklahoma state
vanderbilt over houston
ball state over arkansas state
auburn over florida state - yes really! and it will be a blow out!!!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Poco announces Retirement - My memories of this amazing Music group!

After 46 years of country rocking, Rusty Young, final remaining founding member of 1960s California Country Rock- pioneering super-group, Poco, has announced his plans to retire from the music business and put a formal end to the entity known as Poco.

Poco was conceptualized upon the demise of short-lived but highly-influential Folk Rock group, the Buffalo Springfield. With Neil Young and Stephen Stills branching off to work with David Crosby and Graham Nash, to form the very successful CSNY partnership, this left Richie Furay and Jimmy Messina pondering what to do, so they aligned with Springfield friend, and steel guitar guru, Rusty Young, to put together what would go on to becoming the most important innovator of the California Country Rock sound, which would eventually be popularized by the Eagles.

While many members of Poco would leave and move on to find a greater level of commercial success in new ventures (Jim with Loggins and Messina), (Richie with Souther, Hillman, and Furay), and Tim and Randy who would both quit Poco to join the Eagles, Rusty has remained the cornerstone that has held the Poco brand together through all these years.  Rusty's hard work would eventually be rewarded in 1978, when studio album Legend, charter two top 20 hits.

After a brief break in 1987-88, Rusty brought back the original 5 founding members for a reunion venture in 1989, which spawned the new album Legacy, which also contained some commercially-successful hits. While the reunion was short-lived, it rejuvenated the Poco brand name to the point that Rusty was able to take it in new directions.  Retaining original drummer George Grantham, and bringing back long-time lead guitar player Paul Cotton, and hiring Nashville song-writer Jack Sundrud, Poco reinvented itself, once again, as a grass-roots country rock movement that would go on to continue to make new music and tour small clubs all over the world for many more years.

As a kid who grew up in the 80s, I was not exposed to 60s country rock until much later in life, when the Eagles put together a reunion tour of their own in 1994, which lead to significant exposure on mainstream tv and radio.  While it was the Eagles who grabbed my initial attention and interest in this genre of music, it wasn't until I traced the Eagles roots backwards to Poco, did I discover my true love of this type of music.  In 2004, Rusty put together a special show that would be recorded live for a future DVD release. Original member Richie flew in from his home in Colorado for his first full concert with Poco in 15 years.

It was May 20, 2004, that this new Canadian Poco fan hit the road and drove down to Nashville, to see this band play live for the first time, and the rest, as they say, is history.  I would quickly fall in love with this bands music and live shows to the point that I spent the next three years travelling all over the USA to see them play live.. 29 shows in a span of 36 months, on road trips that would take me everywhere from California, to Ohio, to New York, to Missouri, to Tennessee, to New Jersey.

(Me with Poco, June 2004, The Tralf, Buffalo, NY)

It was during this time that I became familiar with the many 'Poconuts' who were fans of the band with just as much eagerness and enthusiasm as I had. I would go on to develop many great friendships with Poconuts all over the country. Poco concerns became much more than music events, but family events, where Poconuts would come from afar to gather and unite to socialize and enjoy the music.

Unlike many traveling music groups, Poco took a keen interest in getting to know their fans, and engaged directly with them. It didn't take very long for Poco to warm up to me. After seeing me in the front row of three consecutive concerts, which took place in three places far apart, (Nashville, Maryland, and Buffalo), did Rusty dub me the nickname of 'The Stalker, a tongue and cheek jab at me that would stick and last for the duration of my time as a Poco concert attendee regular.

In May 2007, I saw Poco for my 29th and final time, as I move away from central mainland Canada, to the island of Newfoundland, way off the Northeast coast of Canada - placing me 1000s of miles away from Poco concerts. My life has gone through some major changes since then - including perhaps the biggest change anyone can possibly make, a sex and gender change from male to female.  I have also matured from a quiet, shy person, to a comfortable public figure, who is best-known for social activism, my political run as Deputy Mayor candidate in my new home town, as well as my innovation as the first formally-sanctioned transgender athlete - who took up long distance running and literally ran my way into the Boston Marathon record books.

With Poco's farewell shows being booked in 2014, it will be my plan to make one final road trip, to say good bye and see this awesome live music act, one more time!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

2013-14 NCAA Football Bowl Schedule (unofficial)

Dec 21
Colorado State vs Washington State
Fresno State vs Southern Cal
San Diego State vs Buffalo

Dec 23
East Carolina vs Ohio

Dec 214
Boise State vs Oregon state

Dec 26
Bowling Green vs Pittsburgh
Utah State vs Northern Illinois

Dec 27
Marshall vs Maryland
Minnesota vs Syracuse
BYU vs Washington

Dec 28
Notre Dame vs Rutgers
Cincy vs North Carolina
Louisville vs Miami, FL
Kansas State vs Michigan

Dec 30
Navy vs Midd Tennessee State
Ole Miss vs Georgia Tech
Oregon vs Texas
Arizona State vs Texas Tech

Dec 31, 2013
Arizona vs Boston College
Virginia Tech vs UCLA
Mississippi State vs Rice
Duke vs Texas A and M

Jan 1, 2014
Georgia vs Nebraska
North Texas vs Las Vegas
South Carolina vs Wisconsin
LSU vs Iowa
Stanford vs Michigan State
Baylor vs Central Florida

Jan 2
Alabama vs Oklahoma

Jan 3
Clemson vs Ohio State
Missouri vs Oklahoma State

Jan 4
Vanderbilt vs Houston

Jan 5
Arkansas State vs Ball State

Jan 6
Florida State vs Auburn

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Summary of Key Biographical Media Events in my Life 2008-2013

I have done so much media that it is hard to keep track of it all. But when people ask me about my life, I am pleased to be able to say that my life story has been accurately and respectfully described and depicted by many main-stream media professionals.  If you want to get to know me better, but don't have the time or patience to read through my 1000 plus blog posts, these videos should give you a good overview!
March 2008 my NTV Debut - Trans 101 in Newfoundland
Feb 5, 2009 NTV follow up - Transsexuals in Sports
Boston Marathon Interview April 2009
McCreath loses Job - Telegram Newspaper 2009
McCreath Graces Cover of The Scope - July 2009
Running for Change - Scope Article - July 2009
Colorado Examiner covers Trans Marathon Runner McCreath July 2010
G20  Protest July 10, 2010
Trans Health Issues discussed at 2010 St. John's Pride
Corner Brook Pride Keynote Sept 2010
SRS Bootcamp - Dr Brassard Clinic Jan 2011
Comedy in New Brunswick May 2011
Trans Bathroom in New Brunswick June 2011
CBC Profile Trans 101 - July 2011
St John's Pride LGBT Health Forum - Trans Policy July 2011
Pride forum - Patient Association Concept July 2011  
TDOR St. John's, Nov 20, 2011
McCreath quits Pride - March 2012
McCreath reacts to Trans Beauty Pageant March 2012
20 Questions Biography - Telegram Newspaper May 2012
Biography part 1 - Rogers Out of the Fog May 15, 2012
Biography part 2 - Rogers Out of the Fog May 15, 2012
CHRM Interviews Jenn as a Privacy Analyst June 16, 2012
Trans Pride Newfoundland Inaugural Event July 16, 2012
CBC Human Library - Jan 2013
Feature Interview CBC March 2013 on Bill C-279
McCreath chews out  Finance Minister on Trans Visibility Day Mar 31/13
McCreath talks Justice Cuts - April 2013
CBC  McCreath announces Candidacy at Pride Week 2013
Jennifer at Teddy Bears Picnic - NTV News July 2013
Independent Newspaper - Trans Profile - July 2013
McCreath drops out of Politics - Aug 23, 2013
McCreath back in Aug 27, 2013 - NTV
McCreath runs for Council Aug 27, 2013 - CBC
Deputy Mayor candidate McCreath at Happy City  Sept 6, 2013
McCreath calls CBC Panel to talk politics Sept 19, 2013
McCreath interviewed about Higdon on CBC Nov 2013
McCreath reacts to Provincial Trans Rights Nov 2013 - NTV
McCreath tours Newfoundland for Trans Awareness - Nov 19, 2013
CBC Grand Falls - Trans Day of Remembrance Nov 19, 2013
McCreath recruiting for 2014 cross-provincial Trans tour