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My Top 5 Sports Books

May 28, 2020

Currently on the Rebels page we are asking folks in the community to submit what their reading right now and compiling a summer reading list!

As an avid reader, I couldn’t just suggest one book, so here are five books in the genre of non-fiction sports!

These are ranked in no particular order and I’ve also thrown in a few honorable mentions!

1) Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger. This book follows a season of high school football in Odessa, Texas. There the sport is an obsession and central to the culture. A movie and tv series came from this book.

2) Up, up, and Away by Jonah Keri. A definitive history of the Montreal Expos by Montreal native and renowned baseball writer Keri is an excellent look into “Nos Amours” Features some of my favorite players growing up, Larry Walker and Vlad Guerrero.

3) The Game by Ken Dryden. Hall of Fame goaltender Dryden chronicles the 1979 season, his last, of the Montreal Canadiens. Dryden offers great insight into the Stanley Cup champions and reflects on hockey, culture, life on the road and the spotlight in his memoir.

4) The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons. An all encompassing, 700 page guide to the National Basketball Associations. Simmons uses stats,  pop culture and humor to break down the game, rank the best and tell the story of the NBA.

5) Have a Nice Day by Mick Foley. A true biography written by pro wrestling legend Mich Foley tells the tale of 20 plus years in the squared circle. Heart warming, thought provoking, scary, and often hilarious, Foley shares his personal story in a way that both ‘wrasslin fans and neophytes can enjoy.

Honorable Mentions: The Breaks of the Game by David Halberstam, Down Goes Brown History of NHL by Sean McIndoe, Among the Thugs by Bill Buford, and Moneyball by Michael Lewis

If your interested in reading any of these books, visit:  winnipeg.ca/library/

Rec Services Summer Reading List

May 19, 2020

What book are you reading right now that you think people should add to their reading list?  What book will always find a home on your bookshelf is part of your top 10?  Submit your book to rebels@rrc.ca for the Rec Services Summer Reading list. All submissions will be entered to win a gift card from Indigo.

Here are some of the Red River College communities recommendations

Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger. The book is written in an easy to read manner and explores why something goes viral. recommended by Serene

Eat to Live Cookbook by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. recommended by Linda

The Water Dancer, Lost Girls and My Sisters Bones. recommended by Diane

When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi. A deep, intense book, but highly enjoyable and captivating! recommended by Kaleigh

The Game by Ken Dryden. Hall of Fame goaltender Dryden chronicles the 1979 season, his last, of the Montreal Canadiens. Dryden offers great insight into the Stanley Cup champions and reflects on hockey, culture, life on the road and the spotlight in his memoir. recommended by Cole

What is Flow or Flow State?

May 15, 2020

         You most likely have experienced a flow state at some point in your life, likely unaware that it is happening but there comes a sense of everything lining up. There is this fluidity of experience between your body and your mind. You have become totally absorbed and intensely focused on something that nothing is distracting you. Read More →

Sports Documentaries: Time Well Spent!

May 14, 2020

With the May long weekend rapidly approaching, thoughts turns to hiking, fishing and biking, just being outdoors and enjoying the sunlight. However, what if mother nature doesn’t cooperate? Or you need a break from all the fun in the sun? No worries! Grab a healthy snack, find a healthy snack and put on a sports doc!

ESPN’s new documentary “The Last Dance” (on Netflix in Canada) is the newest and most popular series, getting huge ratings and strong reviews for its look at the Michael Jordan led 90’s Chicago Bulls basketball teams. With this exceptional series as our inspiration, lets take a look at few of our favorites, listed in no order. Read More →

Rebels Comfort Food Cookbook: Rigs Stuffed Peppers

May 11, 2020

We’ve asked our RRC community to share some of their fav recipes and the results are delicious! Here is the first of many great recipes that we will be sharing in the next couple of weeks.

Click Here  for a complete recipe listing.

First recipe up is Rigs Stuffed Peppers supplied by Rob “Big Rig” Howarth! Thanks Rob!!

Ingredients: ½ c uncooked rice, 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling, 1 med onion chopped 1tbsp. tomato paste 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 lb. ground beef, 1 (14.50z) can dice tomoatoes, 1 tbsp. Taco Seasoning, Kosher Salt, Freshly ground black pepper, 6 bell peppers, tops and cores removed, 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack, Freshly chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the rice and water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and cook 20 minutes. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the beef until evenly browned. Remove and discard the tops, seeds, and membranes of the bell peppers. Arrange peppers in a baking dish with the hollowed sides facing upward. (Slice the bottoms of the peppers if necessary so that they will stand upright. In a bowl, mix the ingredients and spoon an equal amount of the mixture into each hollowed pepper. Drizzle olive oil over peppers. Bake for 35 min covered with tinfoil, then remove foil and bake for another 10-15, until the peppers are tender.

Adidas and Me

May 9, 2020

by Evelyn Kampen

So I’m going to let you in on a little obsession of mine – the history behind the famous sportswear company Adidas. I read the book “Sneaker Wars” as a teenager and have been fascinated with the brand ever since. Adidas has a deeply rooted connection with sport and I feel very influenced by its origin story.

Today – Adidas is the largest sportswear company in Europe and the 2nd largest in the world (after Nike, thanks to Michael Jordan). To give you some perspective – Nike takes in a profit of 37 billion a year, with Adidas following at 26 billion. Smaller brands like Underarmour and Puma take in around 5 billion. Nike has 73000 employees and Adidas has 57000. Needless to say, Nike and Adidas are huge influencers in the sporting world. Read More →

Backyard Games Ranked: An Exercise in Fun

May 7, 2020

With the weather turning for the better and our eyes looking outdoors, we want to go outside and enjoy some fresh air. However, with the stay at home order still in effect, we are contained to our yards and personal spaces. One good way to enjoy our yards with family are Back Yard games!

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May Wellness Champion is Marc Lebrun

May 6, 2020

Congrats to Marc Lebrun on being selected as our May Wellness Champion!

Marc is a graphic designer in the Marketing and Web Presence department. He also happens to be the artist behind our current Rebels logo! Marc is full of creative ideas and always goes above and beyond to help others. Read More →

Rebels Comfort Food Cookbook

April 28, 2020

Rebels Athletics and Recreation Services is looking for the RRC community to share their favourite comfort food recipes for our first ever Rebels Comfort Food Cookbook!

Since we are all at home, why not spend some time trying new dishes, creating fresh ones and enjoying old favourites! We encourage recipe submissions of all types: from BBQ to Italian, appetizers to salads and everything in between.

Anything that tastes delicious and makes you feel good! If it happens to be healthy, great! If not, who cares! Send it in anyway.

Send your recipes by email to coskinner@rrc.ca. If you want, send in a pic of the dish or yourself making it!

All participants will entered to win some sweet Rebels swag and we will post the recipes on our web blog and social media.

Feel free to submit multiple dishes, deadline to submit is May 18th.

Well being for the week of April 27

April 27, 2020

Wellbeing or Wellness?

We keep being asked why we use the term wellbeing.  For us, we use wellbeing because it takes us beyond health. Websters defines wellbeing as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy” For us being healthy and happy is key to a good life.

Wellbeing for the Week

  • Monday-Head over to MindWell U for a drop-in meditation session.
  • Tuesday-check in on a co-worker or classmate.  Ask them how they are doing. Social distancing doesn’t mean isolation.
  • Wednesday-Challenge a friend or family member to the game of Yahtzee.  Here is the online version
  • Thursday-Seems like a good day to take in a TED Talk. Stir your curiosity!
  • Friday-Take part in our online yoga class at 1230 or head out for your first 1K, 3K, 5K walk, run or ride as part of our Virtual 1K, 3K, 5K walk, run or ride.