OZ Architecture to Design Transformative Mixed Use Development in Denver's RiNo Neighborhood

"OZ is the right partner for Drive Train because it has been involved in the architecture and design of more than 15 current and future projects in RiNo, contributing to the transformation of a once purely industrial part of Denver into a new hub for those seeking a collaborative, artistic and innovative community, which is exactly what we're striving for with DriveTrain," said Brooke Gordon.

DriveTrain's residential options will include condominiums ranging from penthouses to micro units, as well as affordable rental housing options, which are designed as artist units that offer studio space on the ground floor and residences above. The artists units help ensure a stimulating and eclectic group of individuals is welcomed across a variety of income levels, and that RiNo's current mix of hip residents continues to inhabit the neighborhood. In addition to retail and restaurant spaces, DriveTrain will also include select incubator workspaces for young creative companies, artists, chefs, design and other innovators seeking collaborative locations.

"DriveTrain is much more than a building; it will be a new destination in RiNo," said Rebecca Stone, managing principal at OZ Architecture and lead architect on the project. "It is going to have a very specific energy and distinct sense of place that will appeal to people of all backgrounds, interests and ages. I see it becoming a catalyst in the ongoing transformation of RiNo into one of the coolest, most interesting places in Denver."

Underground parking is included in DriveTrain's plan and will be open to the public, offering easy access for all to the South Platte river walk and future park, currently being built by the city along the river's edge.

"We want to create a real place along the river and Brighton Blvd.," Tom Gordon said. "The plan on which we've partnered with OZ Architecture will attract a diverse class of creative and visionary people and businesses – those seeking fresh ground to make art, launch businesses and develop new ideas. Ultimately, we hope DriveTrain is known for its quirky, collaborative, and far-from-corporate vibe."

Groundbreaking is expected to take place in early 2017, with completion slated for late 2018. The developers have identified Milender White as the general contractor for the building.

About OZ Architecture: Headquartered in Denver, OZ has been creating innovative, collaborative, and timeless architecture around the world since 1964.  With projects in nearly every continent, we are known for designing globally-recognized, award-winning buildings that offer the best solutions for our clients and make a lasting contribution to the communities they're in.  Our work reflects our passion and is an iterative process, ultimately leading to timeless solutions that mature gracefully. We offer a diverse range of practice areas that benefit clients by creating cross-pollination and shared expertise.  They include: Senior Living, Global, Urban Living, Government, Retail/Restaurant, Community, Schools Pre-K-12, Higher Education, Hospitality/Resort, Energy/Technology and Workplace. 

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How to Prepare for Self-Publishing: Cover Design

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self-publishing, authors, indie publishing, writingThis is part two of a six-part series.

Good cover design is the single most obvious way of making sure your book stands out on the shelf and looks professional.

Do Your Research

Look at your competition, both in hard copy and online. What looks professional and what looks bad? Why? Make your own list of some pitfalls to avoid and features that you like.

Think About the Ebook Version

It's important to remember that something that works well in hard copy might not look so good as a thumbnail. A great design, though, should work in both formats.

A detailed background and delicate colors can get swallowed up at thumbnail size. That doesn't mean you can't use them at all, but you need to make sure that the overall design still works on a small scale.

What Type of Book Is It?

One piece of advice that I've heard over and over again is to make sure your cover design correctly conveys the genre of your book. You might not want your work to be pigeonholed, and you probably want it to look different from the competition, but you need to put those feelings to one side. Readers use some basic visual cues to decide whether they think they'll enjoy your book or not. Embrace a healthy dash of cliché. If you've written a romance, the cover needs to say "Romance" loud and clear so that your intended readership will pick it up and have a look at the blurb.

This aspect of cover design has a big impact on completion rates. If people think they're getting a cozy mystery and it turns out to be gory dystopian sci-fi, they'll put the book down without reaching the end. They might only read the first chapter. If you're publishing an ebook, this kind of thing can be tracked, and makes your book look poor when it might be a fantastic dystopian sci-fi novel! You might even get bad reviews if the content doesn't match readers' expectations.

Choose Fonts Wisely

It sounds obvious, but make sure your fonts are legible in thumbnail size. Test out various sizes and designs to see what works. Avoid typography that blends into the background or is over-complicated. Remember that your subtitle, if you have one, will probably be illegible on a thumbnail.

Don't Overlook Your Branding

Is this book a one-off or are you thinking about a sequel or even series? Even if another book is only a twinkle in your eye, it's still worth thinking about branding. Keep your "brand" in mind, because there's no publisher to do it for you. Are there any visual elements of the cover design that can stay consistent from one book to the next? If so, they will help readers to recognize your books—and hopefully buy them if they liked the first one they read!

Use a Professional

Now is probably the right time to put in a good word for professional graphic designers. If you can possibly afford it, use one. Your aunt or your friend's son might be a whiz with Illustrator and Photoshop, and you might even be good at design yourself. It's not my place to tell you that your skills or those of your friends or relatives don't cut the mustard. Maybe they do—stranger things have happened! I'm just warning you to be wary, as it's easy to get into a position where you can't see the design objectively anymore.

A good designer should work in partnership with you, so you can be involved with the creative process, and she shouldn't insist on a cover you dislike. Work by a paid professional can make a huge amount of difference to the quality and "polish" of your cover.

Whatever you do, don't just grab a stock image—especially a free one—and slap some text over it. Even if the image itself is visually striking, the chances of it looking good are vanishingly small. And if you use a free image, there's a high chance that someone else has used it before.

Don't Fall at the Final Hurdle!

Don't forget that the spine and back cover need to be designed as well. It might not seem like much, but a professional touch here can make the difference between your book looking amateurish and looking professional. If you look at the back of any book on your shelves, you'll see that there's quite a lot going on, and it needs to look clear and harmonious.

Make sure you get the front and back of your book edited, as well as the content. Have your editor give it all a once-over. This includes the title, your name, the spine, the blurb on the back and anything inside the covers, such as an author biography. Yes, it is possible to have a typo on the spine—and imagine how you'd feel.


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“It’s the Design, S…Sweetie!” (Behavioral Economics for Parenting)

Recently this mom has been treated to "warm caresses on her heart." What do I mean? We all love our children and think they are the best, right? But when other people notice how good your kids are, it's a huge bonus! When the great preacher in blue jeans Bo Sanchez and wife Marowe, the wind beneath Bo's wings, asked us to lunch because they "want to learn how we raised our sons" (Bo's words), it was a major palakpak tenga for Marvin and me!

Last Monday night we also had dinner with On The Money anchor and owner of TMA Homeschool Edric Mendoza and wife Joy, a successful blogger mom. During our conversation, they also asked us to share how we raised our sons.

Left: Lunch with Bo & Marowe Sanchez, parents of 2 boys; Right: Dinner with Edric & Joy Mendoza, parents of 3 boys and 2 girls.

Our sons are Martin, Enrique and Anton. We refer to them as God's greatest gifts to us and our greatest gifts to this world.smiley

The author's sons left to right – Enrique (2nd son), Martin (1st son), Anton (3rd son)

Martin, 26, is now on his own, doing brand and image consulting, and coaching via his own outfit called Brand'eM. Enrique, 23, who just passed his CFA level 1 test, is now an Assistant Manager at the Treasury Department of a bank. Anton, 19, is a college sophomore who also does hosting on the side. It's hard for me to single out what's special about them. I'm too biased to answer that. What's probably most known about them, aside from their dancing skills, is their being investors as they are all Mama's go-to secondary speakers when the need arises, and are the subject of my talks, book and this column.

What I'm really happy about now is the confidence that I have that they would be alright. Of course I still worry about them from time to time but that's okay because our top child psychologist Dr. Honey Carandang said, "Parents are naturally always worried about their children!" I know they would still stumble and get their share of life's failures and heartaches but somehow I have peace of mind that they'd be able to overcome them, with or without Mama & Papa's help. I remain excited of what's in store for them.

"It's the design, S…Sweetie!"

Bill Clinton's campaign slogan "It's the economy, Stupid!" was successful in his presidential bid against the senior Bush because it clearly pointed out what was important to the voters at that time, a time of recession.

When I am asked what makes parenting successful, I say it's the design or the structure… and since no bad words are allowed in front of children, let's use a nicer S word. "It's the design, Sweetie!"

What do I mean by that? Let's start by stating the obvious that all parents want the best for their children. Somehow, we know the basic rules of parenting, just as we know the basic rules of money and health. But the devil is in the details. The challenge is in being able to consistently apply the rules. The challenge is in self-control, discipline, inability to see the long-term effects vs. the present temptation. This is essentially applying Behavioral Economics in parenting. I would define this as the fusion of Economics, Psychology and Parenting and coming up with the design of least resistance in recognition that most of the time "the mind is willing but the body is weak."

And that is why I suggest that parents should be deliberate in designing their parenting. Be purposeful parents. When my sons were still in the early grades Fr. Johnny Go, then the president of Xavier School, said, "In Xavier we want our students to experience learning by design. We don't want the learning to be limited only to those who are diligent and disciplined. We want it for all our students!"

Those words struck me big time and I was raring to design our parenting in such a way that it will be difficult for our kids not to be great! Of course I was a young ambitious mother. I had a project name for our parenting in mind: Excelling by Design! And throughout these years, with the help of my husband, we tried our best to structure our parenting in a way that they would all grow up to their maximum potential, happy and productive citizens.

Children are complex creations of God and it's hard to see all the facets of their personalities if there is no one looking on a day-to-day basis, in an observant and loving way. This was the very reason I decided to give up my investment banking career. I knew early on that my work wouldn't allow me to be meaningfully involved in their day-to-day lives while still thriving in my career. At least not for me because I knew early on that I wasn't a Superwoman (just a Super Mom! smiley) so that's a major aspect of our parenting design.

Attached to that is the reality that no matter how open minded we now are in our society, it is still easier if it were the man working and the mother taking care of the children at home. I'm not saying that it can't be done the other way around, but it's just easier to do it the traditional way. My husband is also the first to say that this design (i.e. my being a full time homemaker) also greatly helped our marriage.

Family dinner at home was also an important design. Up to this day we spend considerable time talking at the dinner table. This is the time when the day's highs and lows are shared on a regular basis. With schedule challenges plus traffic, this becomes a luxury for most families but its importance is so great so please schedule at least once or twice a week.

Homework design was very important. I was their tutor and we stumbled upon numerous hits and misses along the way. But I was there, tried my best to be positive about it despite my occasional impatience and we survived. In fact, we thrived! It was soon after a quick rest and merienda coming home from school, inside our library where we all had designated desks. The built-in reward was to be able to go to the park right across our house once the work is done. Since no TV and computer games on weekends, it also helped in their physical fitness, not to mention social skills development as they were lucky to have their respective "batchmates-friends" in the village. My tutoring also had a term limit – up to Grade 2 only. By Grade 3 they were independent, just right for the time when the younger brother enters Prep in a big school, the start of serious homework. This way the tutor-mom was not stressed. Little did I know that our three-year gap had an important purpose!    smiley

Honors and awards were celebrated and aspired for because doing one's best and excelling is the reward itself and not because of external prizes dangled every start of the school year. I read that external rewards ruin the innate love for learning so we did away with this. However, when they grew older in high school and college, Marvin once in a while would give them rewards to add some spice to the effort and accomplishment, "Wow! You got the highest? What does my son want? Name it!" Today he still does that to them like last Sunday when Anton beat him in the Financial Fun Race, the prize was a pair of new shoes!

Whenever there is triumph or failure I would always review what's in the structure of our parenting, our environment and the prevailing circumstances. It wasn't a deliberate written review all the time but more of not passing the blame on anyone else. If no honor for this period, it was never the teacher's fault, if you didn't win in the competition, it was never nadaya tayo! (Hmmm… this reminds me of those crying fraud even without proof in the recent elections!) We are free to express frustrations, anger, etc. among ourselves but there is always an inward assessment of what could have been done better. We try to do the same when we welcome triumphs. Somehow this helped us refine the design in our family life as we apply the same in the other aspects.

There are so many more interesting design ideas that I recall now like their impromptu programs by our bay window seat before bedtime where they sang and danced and recited poems. We encouraged them to talk to adults, even as simple as ordering their own food in restaurants. I guess these are some of the structures that made all of them good performers, speakers and dancers. Walang mahiyain sa mga anak ko! smiley

Bedtime prayer together, which we do until now, reciting together a child's prayer before our current intentions and thanksgiving is another one. This keeps us informed and involved in each other's current struggles and triumphs. The other details of our parenting design including circumcision, bullying, sound marriage, belief in God, family goal setting, and of course their High FQ upbringing,with all the Balance Sheet and investing at a young age,are all chronicled in my first book Raising Pinoy Boys.

Are we always successful? Of course not, but we continue to review and tweak and celebrate.

For the meantime, I wish to ask you, "How are your kids so far? How's your parenting so far? How are you?" If parenting has become too tiring and frustrating, it's a sign that there's something wrong. Not with you or your kids because really, "It's the design, Sweetie!"

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

The series of workshops of Security Bank's Smart Saver Kiddie Camp continues. Talk 3 will be on June 1, 9:30 am at Pegi Waffles, P. Guevarra St., San Juan.

The next talk will be at the Kiddopreneur at Shangri-la Mall on June 26, 2016. Watch out for the next schedules of this Workshop Series.

Rose Fres Fausto is the author of bestselling books Raising Pinoy Boys and The Retelling of The Richest Man in Babylon (English and Filipino versions). Click this link to read samples - Books of FQ Mom Rose Fres Fausto. She is the grand prize winner of the first Sinag Financial Literacy Digital Journalism Awards. Follow her on Facebook and You Tube as FQ Mom, and Twitter &Instagram as theFQMom.

ATTRIBUTIONS: Images from familylawmatters.com.au, photo from Edric Mendoza, the rest from author. Family photo by Paul Del Rosario.


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First-ever Nakonde Fashion Week a success

Karen Nakamba, CEO of AfrikawalaKaren Nakamba, CEO of Afrikawala

The first-ever Nakonde Fashion Week kicked off on the 20th of May, attracting a sizable audience who came to watch models strut their stuff in various outfits designed by Afrikawala.

The maiden show featured both men and women clothes, half of which was traditional wear in line with the theme 'Letting Africa Shine through Fashion.'

Speaking on behalf of the Nakonde DC, acting District Administrative Officer Mr Morris Kabanda said fashion plays a big role in preserving culture therefore it must be supported.

"We want to see that we maintain our cultural and traditions through dressing. We understand that with social media we are exposed to so many things, especially dressing from other cultures, but that cannot make us lose our identity as Africans in the way we dress." he said.

He said fashion shows featuring traditional wear need to be documented for future generations to learn from.

"It is through fashion shows like this that our children and their children will be able to see how we were living and also learn the role dress plays in Zambian life."

Karen Nakamba ,CEO of Afrikawala and the organizer of the event , who opted to speak in Namwanga, said she was very proud that the show had been a success and had a sizable turn out.

"The reason I had to do this, I grew up in Nakonde and I know the things we love in Nakonde. I was once a clearing agent and if you agree with me other businesses are booming here, so the fashion industry has to have a place in Nakonde."

She also said it was important for women to support one another

"As someone who did fashion and crafts designing in Uganda, I decided to launch the show here because this is home so I am thankful for the support, especially from the women."

Mwembe Muntu, who provided entertainment in-between segments of the show, performed his old and new songs, among them the popular 'Ngauletwishika'.

He drew reactions from the crowd after performing Black Muntu songs a capella.

Afrikawala, which was initially based in Lusaka is a combination of two words, Afrika and Kawala, the latter which means shine in Namwanga.

Pictures from the event 

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5 African Fashion Subcultures That You Should Know About

The 54 distinctive countries that make up the African Union are some of the most diverse on the entire planet thanks to the differences in climate, languages, past European influences, and the impact that war has had on communities. With this amalgamation ever-present, the continent remains one of the most exciting and innovative as it relates to modern fashion because it is often the smaller pockets of culture which drive new and exciting aesthetics to the surface.

With notable fashion weeks in key markets like South Africa, Congo, Kenya and Tanzania, there is also data which suggests that countries like Nigeria and Angola are some of the leading consumers of luxury brands on the planet thanks to their immense economic stability which places them at first and sixth based off their GDP and PPP (Purchasing Power Parity) in the region.

Recently, Munich-based brand, A King Of Guise, released a lookbook that was inspired by surf culture along the West African coastline which solidifies the notion that African styles and trends continue to inspire fashion on a broader scale.

For a greater understanding of prominent fashion subcultures in Africa, look no further than these five groups.

La Sape

Where: Congo

In Congolese slang, "la sape" refers to "La Societe des Ambianceurs et Personnes Elegantes," or the "society of atmosphere setters and elegant people" and was first recognized by a major news publication in 1998 when The New York Times noted, "TO be cool in Congo is to be a 'sapeur.'"

Centered in the city of Brazzaville – the capital and largest city in the Republic of Congo – where nearly half the people in the country live in poverty, Sapeurs channel their energy and focus into their everyday attire which is a mix of dandyism and labels/items like Yves Saint Laurent suits, Yamamoto jackets, Marcel Lassance suits, Gresson shoes and Cacharel pants.

Like many countries in Africa, the impact of colonization on the region had a direct correlation to the style of dress that men began to favor by the end of the 19th century. During this period, men were often paid with secondhand garments that the French would bring over from Paris.

When this arrangement no longer suited the Congolese people, they again turned to fashion as a means of protest by actually traveling to France to purchase new and vibrant pieces themselves as a means to show the rising, anti-colonial movement.

Papa Wemba, a Congolese singer and musician, is often credited with being the Godfather of La Sape after spending time in Paris and Milan as touring musician and returning to the Congo in 1979.

After Wemba's death, Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango told the BBC during an interview, "His whole attitude about dressing well was part of the narrative that we Africans have been denied our humanity for so long. People have always had stereotypes about us, and he was saying dressing well is not just a matter of money, not just something for Westerners, but that we Africans also have elegance. It was all about defining ourselves and refusing to be stripped of our humanity."

Skhothane

Where: South Africa

Local slang for "to lick" or "to boast," Skhothane is a subculture in South Africa with roots in dance like Pantsula (which reappropriated the gardening uniforms black South Africans were forced to wear during apartheid) and Unswenko (which roughly translates to "Swag" in Zulu) that was created by the "born free" generation following the end of apartheid in South Africa.

Noted for their love of Italian luxury brands like Arbiter, Rossi Moda and Sfarzo, Skhothanes often resemble b-boy crews of the 1980s in New York City and have used their sartorial flare to break up the monotony of life in the Johannesburg-adjacent townships of Soweto and East Rand.

"Dress and swagger and what you wear in Soweto is extremely important because it defines not just your income, but your character," said Vuyolwethu Mpantsha of Soweto-born fashion and photography trio known as "I See a Different." "If you present yourself as a clean guy who dresses smart and pays attention to what he's wearing, a lot of people will respect you. But if you dress in another way, people will be afraid of you or think you're guilty of something."

Although the movement was certainly well known in Africa, the world began to take note in 2012 when Skhothane gatherings began resulting in the burning of the luxury items and goods that they once favored and the rather bizarre "biting of iPhones" as a further anti-establishment flourish.

Soon after, the popular South African news program, Third Degree, explored the phenomenon and police were forced to step in as the ritual burnings were actually destroying tangible pieces of currency which was/is a crime.

Additional pieces of negative press included the suicide of a teenager after he couldn't afford the expensive items that his peers favored.

Like many other phenomenons, Skhothane culture has seen a decrease in popularity in recent years. Those that still favor the style of dress have been called "fakes," by former enthusiasts who charge that the media attention ultimately sullied the movement.

The Renegades/Afrometals

Where: Botswana

When you hear the word "metalhead," one doesn't usually jump to Africa as a logical place where both the music and culture is embraced. However, Botswana is looking to buck that notion ever since photographers and news agencies alike began documenting the rising interest in the culture starting in 2011.

South African photographer Frank Marshall was one of the first people to capture Botswana's love affair with leather ensembles marked with studs and cowboy hats which are indicative of the new wave of British heavy metal as part of his "Renegades" series of portraits.

"In the last 10 to 20 years, it's come to be visually composed of what it looks like now — the guys dressed in leather," Marshall told CNN. "It started off with classic rock and later on more extreme forms of metal were introduced. The last frontier of rock and metal music is African now, is what people are saying, so they are very interested in seeing this scene grow from its, sort of, infancy and seeing where it could go."

South African photographer Paul Shiakallis's series, "Leather Skins, Unchained Hearts," further solidified that the heavy metal culture in Botswana wasn't solely reserved to men when it came to fashion aesthetics.

Dubbed "Marok," which translates to "rocker" in Setswana, these women face the additional challenge not only of dressing differently than most – clad in bullet belts, spiked cuffs, leather jackets, bandanas and Iron Maiden T-shirts – but also the predetermined and narrow viewpoints on how females should appear subservient in certain African cultures.

The Herero Victorians

Where: Namibia

Influenced by Rhenish missionaries and colonialists who first came to Namibia in the early 1900s, the Herrero women have favored a style of dress that reflects the sensibilities of the Victorian age – complete with horn-shaped headgear, long dresses, and numerous petticoats that have been enhanced with colorful and personal flourishes – while the men have adopted the styles of the soldiers that once looked the completely eradicate them.

Lutz Marten, a linguist at London's School of Oriental and African studies with a specialism in the Herero tribe, says, "It reflects a strong sense of history and the memory of national rebuilding after the [Herero-German] 1904 war."

Almost 75% of the population died during the aforementioned conflict which is viewed as a key moment in Herero identity.

"If a warrior killed a German soldier he would take and wear their uniform as a badge of honor, and to 'take' or appropriate their power," said photographer Jim Naughten, who documented the Herrero for his book, Conflict and Costume.

As the Daily Mail noted, "the Herero choose to wear, both men and women, are a permanent reminder of the great scar gashed in the tribe's history when they came close to being exterminated."

"It also provides a sense of cultural identity in general, in the historical context and in the context of modern-day Namibia," Marten said.

Swenkas

Where: South Africa

In Johannesburg, "swanking" has come to represent an unofficial and informal fashion show on Saturday nights to find out who is the most stylish man despite most of the participants holding working-class jobs that have little to do with the fashion industry.

Cut from a similar cloth as the aforementioned Sapeurs, Swenkas encapsulate a vibe and aesthetic that is equal parts GQ spread as it is a pageant where winners can take home meager prizes which range from small cuts of the entry fee, to livestock.

If there was one overarching theme to unite all the Swenkas, it's the general chaste attitude that often involves obtaining from drinking and other unsavory activities in addition to maintaining a cleanliness to their apperances.

The movement was documented in the 2004 film, The Swenkas, by filmmaker Jeppe Rønde. The New York Times noted of the film and its flamboyant and well-dressed cast of characters, "Like Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever, what working stiff doesn't itch to become a peacock on Saturday night?"

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Ron Cook: In true team fashion, Game 1 goals come from unexpected sources

Goal scorers proof of Penguins' depth

Ron Cook: In true team fashion, Game 1 goals come from unexpected sources

Kris Letang wasn't surprised Bryan Rust, Conor Sheary and Nick Bonino were the Penguins' goal-scorers Monday night in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final against the San Jose Sharks. Neither was Mike Sullivan. I had Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel going in. But what do I know?

"They've been a big part of this team for so long now that it doesn't surprise us," Sullivan said after the Penguins hung on to win, 3-2. "They've stepped up and made big plays for us, and not just scoring goals."

"They're first- and second-line players right now. They have big roles," Letang said moments after Bonino buried his pass for the winning goal with 2:33 left. "[Rust] has scored a lot of big goals for us. Sheary is playing on Sid's line. Bonino has been a big part of his line with [Carl Hagelin] and [Kessel]. That's not depth. Those guys are some of our top players."

Call it what you like.

It's just fascinating to me that two guys who started the season in Wilkes-Barre/​Scranton — Rust and Sheary — and a guy who got off to a slow start after coming to the Penguins in an offseason trade for Brandon Sutter — Bonino — were the offensive difference in a terrific game on hockey's grandest stage.

Rust's goal was the least surprising. He had scored twice in the 2-1 win in Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference final and scored the clinching goal on a breakaway late in a 5-2 win in Game 6 against the Lightning. Of course, he was in the right spot to jump on the rebound of a Justin Shultz shot and knock it by goaltender Martin Jones to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 12:46 of the first period. If there was anything troubling about this night, it's that Rust had to leave late in the game after taking a hit to the head from the Sharks' Patrick Marleau, who was given a two-minute penalty.

But I didn't see Sheary's goal coming 1:02 later that pushed the lead to 2-0. Sheary had appeared to be running out of gas in the Lightning series and was a healthy scratch for Game 5. He came back to play well in the final two games, but he wasn't among my first choices to score a big goal in the Cup final. Yet there he was, taking a perfect backhand pass from Crosby and, with Patric Hornqvist screening Jones in front, scoring on a perfectly placed wrist shot. Sheary gave the credit to Crosby, who played a marvelous game. Sullivan wasn't going to argue.

"You could see his hunger to win," Sullivan said of Crosby. "He inspiring. I thought he was a force all night."

After the Sharks finally decided they didn't want to get blown out and scored two second-period goals for a 2-2 tie, I would have bet the house that Crosby would score the winning goal. Instead, it was Bonino, who has been a big part of the "HBK" line throughout these playoffs, but mostly as a set-up man for Hagelin and Kessel. He had three goals and 12 assists coming in, although he did score the winning goal in clinching Game 6 against the Capitals after taking a perfect pass from Hagelin.

This time, the sweet pass came from Letang, who jumped in the play and came blowing into the Sharks' end. He quickly noticed that San Jose defenseman Brent Burns had lost his stick and realized, "I have a little extra time to make a play."

Let's have Bonino describe it in his typically low-key fashion.

"Tanger put it right on my stick. It wasn't my hardest shot by any means, but I found a way to put it over [Jones]."

Sullivan was much more effusive about Bonino.

"I think he's a terrific player in every aspect of the game. We use him in so many key situations, both offensively and defensively. He's brave. He blocks shots. He's got real good hands. He's a good faceoff guy. He's done so much for this team to help us get to the point. We think he's a terrific player."

So the Penguins will carry a 1-0 lead into Game 2 Wednesday night. The numbers say that's a good thing. Teams winning the first game in the final have gone on to win the series 59 times in the past 76 seasons. That's 78 percent for those of you who are mathematically challenged.

"We have become a team in the true sense of the word," Sullivan said.

For me, Rust, Sheary and Bonino are very much a part of the proof.

Ron Cook: rcook@post-gazette.com and Twitter@RonCookPG. Ron Cook can be heard on the "Cook and Poni" show weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 93.7 The Fan.


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