Sunday, October 31, 2010

What Missouri should've done on the 1 yard line last week

Instead. . they ran 2 plays out of the shotgun, and then got a penalty.

(Jeff Sherard, I love ya! )

I repeat: RUN THE BALL

Friday, October 29, 2010

Need some laughs?

2 things:

From the "not taking any responsibility for yourself whatsoever" department:

Judge: McDonald's Must Pay Obese Employee $17.5K

Published October 29, 2010

| Associated Press

A Brazilian court ruled this week that McDonald's must pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds while working there for a dozen years.

The 32-year-old man said he felt forced to sample the food each day to ensure quality standards remained high, because McDonald's hired "mystery clients" to randomly visit restaurants and report on the food, service and cleanliness.

The man also said the company offered free lunches to employees, adding to his caloric intake while on the job. His identity was not released.

The ruling was signed Tuesday by Judge Joao Ghisleni Filho in Porto Alegre.

Ghisleni said McDonald's could appeal the case, and the Brazilian headquarters of the chain said in an e-mailed statement Thursday it was weighing its legal options.

McDonald's also noted that it offers healthier food choices.

"The chain offers a large variety of options and balanced menus to cater (to) the daily dietaryneeds of its employees," the company said in the statement.

McDonald's headquarters is in Oak Brook, Illinois.

And, I"m not sure where this came from in his comedic mind, but Will Ferrell is a genius. The chest bump and spread eagle stance is classic.

Will Ferrell taking over Celine Dion's show.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Week

Great thought from Chris Castaldo, and a pretty good picture of my week:

According to my dictionary, the idiom “uphill battle” is defined as “a struggle against very unfavorable circumstances.”

Some days, uphill battles make us more aware of the truth expressed in Zech 4:6, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.” Praise God.

HT: Chris Castaldo

A Quick Nuggets Thought

I know, it's early. . .

Here's some snippets from the interviews after the game last night. . . a Nuggets blow out win over their rivals, the Jazz, 110-88.

Now that he's back, Karl's next assignment is coaxing Anthony to stick around.

"Try to convince Melo the place he wants to be is really Denver. He just doesn't know it yet," Karl said.

Anthony has been mentioned in trade speculation since he brushed off a three-year, $65 million extension with the Nuggets in June. He was in his white jersey with powder blue and gold trim Wednesday, but this possibly could be his final opener with the team.

Unless Karl can persuade him.

"Come on, George. Let me play," Anthony said when told of Karl's comments. "I'm here. Tonight, I was excited about this game. I can't control what happens out there. Whatever happens, is going to happen."


I have two problems with this: 1) Carmelo CAN control what happens out there. Why doesn't he sign his extention? How about at least a one year deal so that this squad can play it out? If it doesn't work, he's welcome to leave next year.

2) I know the Nuggets don't want to lose Carmelo for nothing. . but since a lockout is almost certainly coming next summer, I think it might be the best move. This is the best team the Nuggets have had in a while. It would be a shame to not let them play it out.

We got some size over the summer. . Shelden Williams had 16 rebounds last night, and Al Harrington had wide open jumpers all night (folks have to focus on Carmelo) and about 8 rebounds himself. We've never had that before, two big guys who can bruise people and take the pressure off of Carmelo.

We still have Nene and JR Smith two players who are forever maddening to Denver fans. But, the kicker is. . .they can be themselves now (inconsistent) because we've got so many weapons. We're a deep team, not as deep as the Celtics or Lakers. . but much deeper than the Heat, Spurs, Mavs, or anyone else in the West.

This is a good team, I hope the powers that be will let them play it out this year.

Monday, October 25, 2010


Bill Cosby is one funny dude. And, the kicker is, he's funny without saying anything. He's the best straight man in the history of T.V. If you want to laugh for 14 minutes, check out this hilarious clip from "You Bet Your Life". The show starts at the 1 minute mark of this clip. Then, there's a part 2 that's equally as funny.

They don't make 'em like this anymore.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


This was part of a Q & A regarding a new book "Ex-Christian"

Has the church played a role in causing this (people de-converting from Christianity) trend? If so, how can it stem the tide?

Over the past couple decades the focus in youth ministry has shifted from spiritual growth to attracting large numbers of kids and keeping them entertained. This move has had some ugly unintended consequences. Today many youth ministries are practically devoid of any spiritual engagement. Some have been reduced to using violent video game parties to lure students through their church doors on Friday nights. Church researcher Ed Stetzer describes most youth groups as "holding tanks with pizza." There's nothing wrong with video games and pizza, but they're tragic replacements for discipleship and catechism. Many young people have been exposed to a superficial form of Christianity that effectively inoculates them against authentic faith. To stem the tide of young people leaving, I believe churches need to shift the emphasis back to religious education and spiritual growth.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Good Piece on Boundaries for Kids

The almighty family cult is alive and well in my town. It's hard not to get twisted thinking. . . "my kid needs to broaden their horizons, spread their wings, I need to get them involved in all these activities!" . . . when they might just need more time with their parents, more solid family time, and time to rest on the weekends. There's some good questions that need to be asked here in this great piece that shows what we're doing to our kids, what they need, and some suprising research on how simple some of it is.

David Crowder and Light Brite

David Crowder. Wow. It just makes me feel good to know that David Crowder is out there making ridiculous art, with a love for God, a heart for people, and ridiculous amounts of gifting and talent. Christians are producing top-rate, incomparable, art, . . . .regardless of what we think after listening to KLove. Check out this amazing video.

Where we run into problems is when we take a cue from the secular entertainment/celebrity culture and try to start emulating David Crowder (or Mark Driscoll, or anyone else who is a well-known Christian going about his/her business serving the Lord). I count myself guilty of this (see track 1, More of You album, 519). It's especially bad when worship leaders try and do worship services like Crowder does in Waco, TX, or think they aren't successful until they can "pull this off".

It's tempting. But, these guys are incredibly gifted. You can't imitate the best, and you (I) just look foolish trying. God gave us all a measure of gifting in various things (1 Corinthians 12) and we need to be busy about using our gifting for the edification of His Church. Let's thank God for good ol' Dave, enjoy and be edified by what he does. . . .and not try and emulate him or anyone else. David is certainly an unique individual, and we are too.

Thanks Dave, for this sweet video, . . . a great picture of Christian love, and a beautiful song with sick audio and video production.

ps. I can't seem to fix the margins on this blog to accomodate "wider" stuff. Here's the link if the video is clipped for you
If anyone can help me with this. . .I'd love to know what I"m messing up.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Good Riddance

Well, there you go. Texas owns Nebraska. . they absolutely own us. There is something cosmic going on that Nebraska will not beat Texas (when it matters). We just won't. How else do you explain 4 dropped touchdown passes? Congrats to the Longhorns, you own Nebraska.

Good Riddance, Bevo. I hope to never see the orange and cream in Memorial Stadium again. I can't wait to move to the Big 10.

But, hey, . . . Nebraska didn't show up. We played awful. Let's see how Coach Pelini and co. can deal with being the hunted, with being the top dog. He's great at "us against the world". . . let's do some work on "the world is coming for us". I think we'll rebound well from this.

Old Fish

I was working at Long John Silver's. . . . It was some Christmas-temp. kind of thing. . . early part of December, 1996.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers had just reeled off two straight undefeated seasons, we were headed for a spot in the National Championship Game. Scott Frost, our new quarterback, was kind of a local hero. I had met him the year before, and he fulfilled the dreams of thousands of small-town Nebraska boys of playing for the Huskers, succeeding, and showing the big city kids who's boss.

We were playing Texas. There was a small T.V. back in the prep room. I had never really learned the Cash Register at LJS (hey, I was a temp) so I was back with the batter, the chicken, and the old fish (I had to shower after work before Jody would even see me in those days. . . her hatred for fish has not waned in 14 years).

Well, the short story is. . . heartbreak. Texas pulled a trick play on 4th down and clinched the game at the very end. James Brown was their quarterback. . . we did not "feel good" suffice it to say. It was a stomach punch loss. The fish was 5 pounds heavier for the rest of the afternoon. It was a rainy day,. . . . pretty miserable.

Every NU/Texas game (save for one blowout each for Nebraska and Texas) has gone that way. Last year was similar, we had the game clinched, then our Romanian kicker shanks the kickoff, giving the Longhorns the ball at the 40. Next, one of our defensive backs gets called for a horse-collar tackle (dubious) that puts Texas in field goal range. Then, Colt McCoy rolls out, (why were they even trying to pass) throws the ball out of bounds, and the clock goes to .00.
The clock guy messed up and they put a second back on the clock. Texas then kicked the game winning field goal. Brutal.

So, today will be the last NU/UT game ever (in the Big 12 at least). There will be no regular season games scheduled between these two. . I'm pretty sure of that. Perhaps a National Title Game or Bowl Game will happen one day, but this is pretty much it.

Let me say this. . . NU should win today. Texas is not very good. There will be no such thing as "running up the score" today, should NU emerge victorious. We will score as many points as it takes to erase the memories of 1996, 98, 2002, 06, and 09. Whatever that is, we should score that much. We should not pull any starters until next Tuesday. We should run plays that are working until Texas stops them. All of that is in play today. Today is about "getting monkeys" off your back and "getting over the hump". . pick your metaphor. It's game time.

ps. and should Texas keep this close, or (gasp) win it. Congrats, . . they own us, and there is something in the corn that doesn't allow us to beat that team. bring it.

Monday, October 11, 2010

It makes your brain bleed. . . .

I'm not a fan of Glenn Beck. I don't have a personal problem with the "Coke" corporation. But, I've been ridiculed for shooing people away from Diet Soda for a long time now. It's ok, I'm not a diet expert, so I don't deserve uncritical acceptance of things I say. . . .

But, here's some pretty good evidence that you shouldn't drink much of it, . . .courtesy of this story about Glenn Beck.

If you're trying to lose weight, and need some flavor besides water. . find some calorie free sports drinks or something. . . but don't just sub diet soda for regular. You might as well just drink the regular in smaller doses. The key chemical to avoid is Aspartame.

I actually think this was part of what led to my dad's health problems that eventually took his life.