Hockey Fights are better than Addiction

January 25, 2009

Chaz’ Top 7 reasons that Hockey Fights are better than Addiction



As a Canadian, I grew up watching hockey.  Canadians widely accept that the “Hockey Fight” is an acceptable inclusion in our national sport.  Most do not see the Hockey Fight as an act of violence, but more a release valve for blowing off steam in the fastest game on earth!


Politically correct pacifists, read no further!  We Canadians reserve our right to bloody the ice as we see fit!  Go dawn your Birkenstocks and beads and march in protest on someone else’s blog!



Here we go….


hockey-fight1.  Hockey fights usually involve opponents of similar strength.  Addiction on the other hand is a bully that will whoop anyone’s ass.


2. Hockey fighters mutually agree to fight.  Addiction picks on who it wishes and eventually picks all the fights for you whether you want to or not.


3. Hockey fights usually last only a minute and then there is a penalty for the participants.  Addiction often lasts decades and everyone in the addict’s life pays a penalty for years.  Sometimes generations.



4. Most Hockey Fighters respect their opponents.  Addiction respects no one.


5. Very few people have died from Hockey Fights.  Addiction kills thousands yearly.


6. Hockey Fighters don’t snatch purses or rob convenience stores.  Addicts do.



7. Hockey Fights occur with referees and linesmen standing by to break up the fight at first reasonable opportunity.  Addiction wants you to hide in your basement and use in isolation where “they” can’t find you.





  1. Hi Chaz,

    Really liked this post! Quite funny, but also a poignant message

    Lores 🙂

  2. The theme came to me last Friday night while watching a hockey game with lots of fighting.

    Sometimes amazing how/where thoughts come to mind that illustrate valuable points in our lives.

    For this very reason, it is essential to me to remain open-minded and keep moving forward to the best of my ability under any and all circumstances. We just never know which corner the miracle is around.



  3. I just realized where your recent hockey theme came from! This post is excellent. It applies to so many aspects of life. You’re an excellent thinker, Chaz!

  4. It’s hard to look at your recently-discovered blogs and not smile. Smile lots. I have thoroughly enjoyed my almost 23 years of continuous sobriety in our society and also the way in which I was led to rely on our Creator and learn of our early Christian roots and astonishing successes. You don’t have to be a Christian to stop drinking. Nor do you have to quit being a Christian just because you marched into and enjoyed alcoholics anonymous while God restored you to sanity. And here’s an announcement which may bless your viewers. God Bless, Dick B.
    “A New Way Out”
    A Nationwide Recovery Conference with Dick B.
    Southern California May 15 & 16, 2009

    Friday, May 15: 2:30 PM to 10:00 PM
    Saturday, May 16: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Mariners Church – Community Center
    5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine, California 92603

    Learn The History of A.A.
    And the story of Bob Smith and Bill Wilson as Youngsters in Vermont

    Learn the Exact Program of AA Recovery
    As founded in Akron on June 10, 1935, and practiced by the early AA fellowship.

    Find Out The Rarely Revealed Secret
    As to why the first group in AA had a 75% success rate!

    The New Way Out is through reliance on our Creator, coming to Him through Jesus Christ, and learning about them in the Good Book—a way out of alcoholism, addiction, and life-controlling problems. A way out that early AAs employed with unquestionable success. And a way out wherever you are today, right now—in prison, in church, in a homeless situation, in the VA or Armed Services, in treatment, in therapy, in a 12-Step fellowship, or in despair. You just need to know that God loves you and wants to help you if you choose.
    This Conference is NOT an A.A. event; and, consequently, concerns about violating A.A.’s Traditions and/or about non-Conference-approved literature are not appropriate topics for discussion nor will such concerns be entertained during the meetings. This history conference is not associated with, nor allied with, nor in any way connected with Alcoholics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. We suggest that all who receive and attend the program and who plan to invite others–which we are strongly encouraging you to do–should so inform all those whom they invite. Dick B.
    Gloria Deo

    Pre-Conference Details

    Dick and Ken B. will be available for pre-arranged personal visits, as time permits, on Wednesday from 10 AM to Noon; 2 PM to 4:30 PM; Thursday from 2 PM to 4:00 PM; Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM; and Monday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Invitations to lunches or dinners at those times can be arranged. We will be staying at the Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel.

    Thursday morning, Dick has a radio appearance with Bob Noonan in the Irvine area, and a pre-arranged meeting at the Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel.

    Thursday evening at 7:00 PM, the James Club of Norco, California will hold an open meeting where Dick B. will be speaking on the younger days of Bob and Bill;, the original A.A. Christian Fellowship program in Akron; and the Book of James, Sermon on the Mount, 1 Cor. 13. If you would like to attend, drop Dick an email at dickb@dickb.com so we can alert the group.

    Friday is a workshop from 2:30 to 10:00 PM open free to all who wish to share about their programs and exhibits; ask questions; network and meet with others. Dick will be speaking.

    Saturday is an all-day speaker meeting with about 20 speaker-presenters who have been leaders in Christian recovery, one-on-one servants in the recovery arena, and support the premise that there is A New Way Out for any alcoholic, addict, or person with life-controlling problems. A way out without leaving present recovery efforts or fellowships. A way out whether you are in treatment, therapy, prison, a homeless shelter, the VA, Armed Forces, Christian recovery program, 12-Step fellowship, or in despair. A way out that utilizes early A.A. history as an example and espouses reliance on the Creator, Jesus Christ as the Way, and the Bible as a major source of truth. The meeting begins at 9:00 AM and concludes at 6:00 PM

    A complete table with two chairs is available for exhibitors who wish to pay $50.00 for this privilege of supporting the conference. Exhibit tables will be available more than sufficient for any conferee to place his or her books, literature, flyers, and cards for viewing and pickup. A major exhibit table will contain numerous valuable books and manuscripts related to early A.A. Christian history. The materials of Santos Ministries and of Dick B. may be purchased.

    This event is the first, one-of-a-kind nationwide gathering of diverse Christian recovery leaders, recovery fellowship members, and managers of innovative Christian recovery ministries.

    Personal testimonies by individuals, other than arranged speakers, will not be part of the program. However, there will be ample opportunity to share what you do, meet others and exchange information, and establish contacts for the future.

    Limited food and beverages will be sold on the premises to encourage people to remain throughout the conference. But there will be information about the many nearby eateries.

    Come join those of us who support our own fellowships and programs, seek knowledge of our Christian roots, understand the importance of relying on God wherever the need exists, and wish to help others establish their relationship and fellowship with the Creator.
    The Program
    Friday, May 15, 2:30 PM to 10:00 PM
    Mariners Church – Community Center
    5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine, California 92603

    Synopsis of Friday Program
    A place and opportunity for motivated, experienced, believers in the love and power of God and the value of recovery fellowship work today. With one-on-one and group discussions of programs, literature, conferences, centers, archives, forums, guidebooks, media, and meetings

    Theme: “Here’s what we are doing. Here are the problems we encounter. Here’s how we are dealing with them. Here’s how we can help others present recovery history, Christian roots, and help others establish a relationship with God, recover with God’s help, and pass it on.”

    Here’s where you can meet experienced like-minded believers; establish new contacts; and share your own work, accomplishments, needs, and plans.
    Outline of Proceedings
    2:30 PM to 3:00 PM – Hospitality and Exhibit Visiting
    Santos Music during this time
    3:00 PM – Introduction to the Workshop Conference
    Details as to Conference times, agenda, exhibits, restrooms, food, programs
    Special thanks to Mariners Church, Pastor Jim Gaffney, Santos, Overcomers Outreach,
    Our sponsors, endorsers, presenters, helpers, conferees, and exhibitors
    3:15 – 3:45 PM – Dick B. – Opening Remarks, Conference Mission, Friday objectives, and
    Friday workshop plans.
    3:45 – 4:00 –Chairperson asks those to stand and quickly introduce themselves as one who will
    make remarks and/or have brought materials and exhibits for display
    4:00 – 4:15 – Santos music and stretch break
    4:15 – 4:20 – Pass the baskets
    4:20 – 5:30 –Chairperson opens the roundtable meeting for anyone to share:
    5 minutes for each conferee to share about his or her program, his or her accomplishments and group, his or her problems encountered, suggestions for future outreach, what he or she will do in distributing literature, posting on websites, organizing list-serves, setting up conferences and seminars, organizing study groups, and other suggestions or requests for support and help..
    5:30 – 5:45 – Santos music and stretch break
    5:45 – 6:45 – Question and Answer Panel – Questions Addressed to Dick B., Chair, Answered
    by panel: Dick B., Rev. Pat Robertson, Michael Liimatta, Ray Grumney, Larry Webb
    6:45 – 8:00 Break for Food (preferably on premises), music, networking, exhibits
    8:00 – 9:00 – 3 minute open sharing by conferees on any relevant topic.
    9:00 – 9:10 – Music and stretch break
    9:10 – 9:30 – Closing Remarks by Dick B.
    9:30 – Lord’s Prayer
    9:30 – 10:00 – Opportunity to meet, visit exhibits and tables, network, fellowship, exchange
    Information. Conference adjourns.
    Saturday, May 16, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Mariners Church – Community Center
    5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine, California 92604
    Theme: “We Christians in the recovery arena are not alone.”
    Outline of Proceedings
    9:00 – 9:30 AM – Hospitality, Music by Santos, Viewing Exhibits, Exchanging Handshakes
    Complimentary literature on a first-come, first-served basis for all attending the Saturday Conference: (1) A New Way Out Guidebook by Dick B. and Ken B.; (2) One A.A. History Book by Dick B.; (3) Exhibits and supplementary literature on tables.
    .9:30 – 9:45 AM – Conference opened by Dick B.
    Thanks to Mariners Church, Pastor Jim Gaffney, Santos, Overcomers Outreach, Inc., Hospitality Crew, Sponsors, Endorsers, Exhibitors, and Conferees
    Details on Exhibits, Restrooms, Food, Donations, Events
    9:45 – 9:50 Rev. Ken B.: Reading 1 Corinthians 13—one of the three Bible segments believed
    by the Akron A.A. old timers to be “absolutely essential” to their program [from the New
    American Standard Bible]
    “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a
    clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all
    faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

    “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant. does not act
    unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does
    not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth;

    “Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are
    gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it
    will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial
    will be done away.

    “When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a
    man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know
    in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.

    “But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
    9:50 – 10:00 Brief music interlude
    10:00 – 10:50 AM: Address by Dick B.: The Historical Success Factor and the Pressing Need for
    “A New Way Out.”
    10:50 – 11:00 – Pass the Basket, Music, Stretch
    11:00 – 11:15 – Brief Story/Presentation by Mike Lewandowski, Lamb of God Ministries.
    11:15 – 12:45 – Christian Recovery Presenters and Leaders: 15-minute presentations
    • The Bridge Group: Pauline Bartosch & Jeff MacLeod, Overcomers Outreach, Inc., Whittier, California
    • Residential Ministry: Rev. Pat Robertson, President, CityTeam Ministries, San Jose, CA.
    • Church Approach: Pastor Jim Gaffney, Counselor, Consultant, Ministry Catalyst, Newport Beach, California
    • Christ Centered Recovery Fellowship Programs, Operation Integrity, David Zailer, Monarch Beach, California
    • Urban Ministry: Rev. Michael Liimatta, City Vision College, Kansas City, MO.
    12:45 – 2:00 – Break for Food on the premises; Santos Music; Networking, Exhibits, Literature
    2:00 – 3:45 – Additional Christian Recovery Presenters and Leaders, 15 minutes each.
    • International Addictive Behavior Counseling: Darvin Smith, M.D., ISAAC, YWAM
    • Treatment in action: Fr. Bill Wigmore, Exec. Director, Austin Recovery, Austin, Texas
    • Christian Treatment at Calvary Ranch, Lakeside, California, Walter Santos
    • The Practice of the Crucified Life: George McLauchlin, M.A., Tampa, Florida
    • “Footprints” Alcoholics Victorious, Brother Wayne White, Kansas City, Missouri
    3:45 – 4:00 – Stretch, refreshments, Santos Music; Networking, Exhibits, Literature
    4:00 –5:30 Recovery Fellowship Members and Fellowships: 11-Min. presentations
    • Historical Locations, The Wilson House, East Dorset, Vermont: Bonnie Lepper, Manager
    • Historical Locations, Dr. Bob’s Home, Akron, Ohio: Ray G., Archivist (retired)
    • Mark Galligan, “Akronites,” Collinwood, Ontario, Canada
    • James Club Groups: John Sorrells, Norco, California
    • Focus on the newcomer: Keith Walters, Kona, Hawaii
    • Focus on the newcomer: Scott Craven, Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Big Book/Bible Study Groups: Larry Webb, Rancho Santa Margarita, California
    • Community outreach groups: Russell Spatz, Attorney, Miami, Florida
    • Recovery Radio and How to Get It Done, Monty Meyer, Albany, Oregon
    5:30 – 5:40 – Pass the Basket, Music interlude, stretch break
    5:40 –5:50 – Concluding Remarks: Dick B.
    5:50 – 6:00 – Closing activities
    Rev. Ken B.: Reading from the New American Standard Bible: Hosea 4:1, 6: “Listen to the word of the LORD, O sons of Israel, For the LORD has a case against the inhabitants of the land, Because there is no faithfulness or kindness Or knowledge of God in the land. . . . My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. . .” Jeremiah 2:13: “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water.” Matthew 7:21: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.” Acts 17:11: “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed . . .” James 1:19-22: “This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”
    Lord’s Prayer & Formal Conference adjourns
    Fellowship, Exchanging Introductions, Music
    Additional time for examining exhibits, tables, and securing literature, books, and tapes
    Free for viewing: Lots of exhibits brought by presenters, speakers, sponsors, endorsers, and conference participants.
    Free for viewing: A table with the large number of historical manuscripts and materials
    Available for purchase: Tapes by Santos; titles by Dick B.
    This Conference is NOT an A.A. event; and, consequently, concerns about violating A.A.’s Traditions and/or about non-Conference-approved literature are not appropriate topics for discussion nor will such concerns be entertained during the meetings. This history conference is not associated with, nor allied with, nor in any way connected with Alcoholics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. We suggest that all who receive and attend the program and who plan to invite others–which we are strongly encouraging you to do–should so inform all those whom they invite.
    Special Thanks to Those Who Have Funded and/or Endorsed the Conference
    Sponsors Who Have Funded the Conference
    Overcomers Outreach, Inc., of Whittier, California
    Calvary Ranch of Lakeside, California
    Charles P. Mau of Manhattan Beach, California
    Austin Recovery of Austin, Texas
    Ken Roberts of Daphne, Alabama
    James Club of Norco, California
    Larry Webb of Rancho Santa Margarita, California
    Mark Galligan of Collinwood, Ontario, Canada
    Bob J. of Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
    Steve Foreman, Came to Believe Retreats, of Winter Park, Florida
    La Hacienda Treatment Center, Hunt, Texas
    Ch. Farris Robertson, Springfield, Missouri
    Anonymous of Honolulu, Hawaii
    Bishop Richard Skolnik of Jamestown, New York
    Those Who Have Endorsed the Conference
    The Wilson House and Griffith Library at East Dorset, Vermont
    North Congregational Church of St. Johnsbury, Vermont (Dr. Bob Core Library)
    Ray G., Retired archivist, Dr. Bob’s Home, Akron, Ohio
    St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Dr. Bob’s church) in Akron, Ohio
    Shoemaker Room Archives at Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
    Karen Plavan, Ph.D., Contact Person
    James Club of Glendora, California
    James Club of Norco, California
    Santos Ministries of Carlsbad, California
    Calvary Ranch of Lakeside, California
    Bob Noonan, Stepping Out Recovery Ministry of Orange, California
    Austin Recovery of Austin, Texas
    Chris Raymer, La Hacienda Treatment Center of Hunt, Texas
    CityTeam Ministries of San Jose, California
    Charles P. Mau of Manhattan Beach, California
    Bob J. of Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
    Scott Craven of Honolulu, Hawaii
    Keith Walters of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
    Ken Roberts of Daphne, Alabama
    James Moody, Manna House Ministries, of Jamestown, Tennessee
    Tracy Davis of Franklin, Tennessee
    Daxton and Jessica Lyon of Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Bishop Richard Skolnik of Jamestown, New York
    David Zailer, Operation Integrity, of Monarch, California
    Pastor Jim Gaffney of Newport Beach, California
    Tom Thompson, Recovery Pastor, Lake Forest, California
    Joey Delgado, James Clubs of West Covina, California
    Mark Galligan of Collinwood, Ontario, Canada
    Cameron Freeman of Toronto, Canada
    Came to Believe Retreats of Winter Park, Florida
    Lamb of God Ministries of Okeechobee, Florida
    Yet Not I of Tampa, Florida
    Russell Spatz, attorney, Alive Again, of Miami, Florida
    Jean LaCour, Ph.D. of NET Training Institute for Addiction Studies, Orlando, Florida
    Karen Plavan, Ph.D., Pittsburgh Recovery Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    City Vision College of Kansas City, Missouri
    Footprints – Alcoholics Victorious of Kansas City, Missouri
    Ch. Farris Robertson of Springfield, Missouri
    Overcomers Outreach, Inc. of Whittier, California
    Pauline Bartosch of Whittier, California
    Bobby Gee of Sherman Oaks, California
    Frank Braggiotti of Van Nuys, California
    Vivian Eisenecher of San Diego, California
    David Powers, RockRecovery Ministry of San Diego, California
    Angela Eren Capp of Venice, California
    Virginia Sullivan of Irvine, California
    Take Twelve Radio, KHLT, of Albany, Oregon
    Dan Frye of British Columbia, Canada
    L. Priebe, Biblical Recovery Resources, Virginia
    Mel Schulstad, Col., U.S.A.F. (Ret.), CCD (NCAC II), Co-founder,Past Pres. NAADAC, Co-author, Beyond the Influence, Seattle, Washington
    Gene McLendon of Morehead City, South Carolina
    Dan Murphy, Last Call Radio Program, Washington, Utah
    Joanne Barnett, Addictions Counselor, Lebanon, New Hampshire
    The Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Redlands, California

    Gloria Deo

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