Tuesday, October 18, 2005

"...something completely different..." One

OK, so I watched just about the entire USC - Notre Dame game. Neither are favorites of mine, but I consider a Notre Dame a "real" college footbal team, from real college football country, with real college football history and real college football fans and fight songs, etc...

I really wanted USC to lose...bad. Why? Because I want everyone else to understand what I have known for my whole life, it's easy to roll over everyone you play when you only have 1 or 2 big games a year. I'm sorry, but because you obliterate Hawaii 63-17 means nothing, zip...zilch, same with Arizona, Arizona State, Washington State, Stanford (should I keep going?). What a joke. Big woop.

Try being a typical Big Ten team (just pick one) and try going undefeated with the best team...you have at least 6 big games a year, maybe more. Every road game is war, win a few and even your home games are madness. Everyone wants to win at the Big House, at the Shoe, at Camp Randall, every rivalry is covered in mines, just waiting to be triggered no matter if the rival is 8-1 or 2-6.

Anyway, what a cheap win, the game was over and then it wasn't. I am no football expert, but a big footbal fan but I was literally standing in my living room screaming "Don't fall for it, they are going for it!". I was right. USC couldn't imagine the idea of losing in overtime or even playing an overtime game. They want to dominate or nothing. That's why they play 8 or 9 gimmies a year.

Then we got to listen to "surfer boy" talk about "not knowing how to lose"... When you play more than one or two great teams in one year and win we'll talk.

This concludes "something completely different".

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Full Circle

There have been a number of times in my life when I have thought to myself (sometimes out loud), "how did I end up here?!". One of those times was back in 1991 when I ended up in North Carolina after living my whole life in the midwest.

I found myself wondering the same thing the other night as I was practicing with the choir at my new Church, for the upcoming Christmas performance!!!


This same guy that 14 years ago would (and DID) walk out of worship service (with family in tow) because the song leader DARED to lead a song about Christ's birth during the holiday season. It's amazing how God molds us and shapes us, how he opens and closes doors and guides us where he wants us to go. I feel blessed that he has a plan for me and I am excited about it.

That doesn't mean that it doesn't scare me sometimes, as I look around and realize that I'm in unfamiliar territory.
"...Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." 2 Corinthians 3:7-18