Monday, April 10, 2006

The Best Week Ever

First off, this post will not be about sports...shocker I know. This is about my greatest passion, music. Yesterday while I was at church my mind was wondering. Since yesterday was Palm Sunday, I began thinking about what this week meant to the Christian faith. Then I had a funny thought(I mean no blasphemy by this). What if vh1 did a best week ever about Holy Week? Well I am not talented enough to give you a sample on what it would be like. Since I do have a great passion for music I would like to share with you(how ever many few there are that read this) some hymns that give light into a week that changed this world forever.

Hosanna, loud hosanna, the little children sang;
Thro' pillared court and temple, the lovely anthem rang.
To Jesus, who had blessed them, close folded to His breast,
The children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.

From Olivet they followed among the joyful crowd;
The vict'ry palm branch waving, with praises clear and loud.
The Lord of earth and heaven rode on in lowly state,
Nor scorned that little children should on His bidding wait.

"Hosanna in the highest!" that ancient song we sing;
For Christ is our Redeemer, the Lord of heav'n King.
O may we ever praise Him heart and life and voice,
And in His blissful presence eternally rejoice.

Author: Threfall Tune: ELLACOMBE

Monday, March 27, 2006

As if I didn't talk about sports enough

Baseball is the sport I live for. Of course there are others that I am equally passionate about, NASCAR, college football, college basketball and college baseball. We are soon approaching the start of the baseball season and months of being treated to the greatest sport of all-time.

First I think the WBC was a great idea, but was dealt with not much thought. Why not wait until the end of the season and use players whose teams are not in the playoffs, or wait until after the World Series and play the WBC. I think using players in the middle of spring training, while they are trying to get Into shape for the beginning of the season and expect them to be in mid-season form was a bad idea. And then there was team do we lose to Canada?

Enough about for the main reason for this post.
While I was at SWBTS Jeff, a co-worker of mine at Bowld Music Library, had a tradition of predicting the up coming season. This is a tradition I would love to keep going, so here it goes...

AL East
1. New York Yankees
2. Boston Red Sox
3. Toronto Blue Jays
4. Baltimore Orioles
5. Tampa Bay Devil Rays

AL Central
1. Chicago White Sox
2. Cleveland Indians
3. Minnesota Twins
4. Detroit Tigers
5. Kansas City Royals

AL West
1. California Angels (oops I thought I was Bud Selig) the LA Angels of Anaheim of California of USA
2. Oakland Athletics of the Bay Area
3. Texas Rangers of Arlington across from Six Flags(who play in the Ballpark at Arlington)
4. Seattle Mariners of Starbucks

NL West - hopefully someone will have a winning season
1. LA Dodgers
2. San Diego Padres aka "the angry fathers"
3. Arizona Diamondbacks
4. San Francisco Giants
5. Colorado Rockies

NL Central
1. St Louis Cardinals
2. Houston Astros - if Clemens pitches and they give him some runs
3. Chicago Cubs
4. Cincinnati Reds
5. Milwaukee Brewers
6. Pittsburgh Pirates

NL East
1. New York Mets - I hope I don't curse them
2. Philadelphia Phillies
3. Atlanta Braves
4. Washington Nationals
5. Florida Marlins

These picks probably will change within the next week as I think about them more, but I wanted to go ahead and get them out there for you all to look at. Please make fun, comment and give me your ideas.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

A New way of doing things!

Recently I was on a road trip to Baton Rouge. My wife and I have a portable dvd player that we like to bring with us to make the longs drive a bit more bearable. As we watched High Fidelity, I had the idea that having periodic lists on my blog would be a good way to keep me actively "blogging". Hopefully this will also keep my friends far away updated on what is going on in my corner of the world.

If you have any suggestions please leave them for me. I know this might open me up to some very sarcastic responses and I am prepared to ignore them(see Sarah's latest post on lent).

All that to say here goes...
My first list will be the Top 4 movies that use camera interaction
4. Drop Dead Gorgeous(I know that this is a mockumentary, but it is too funny not to mention.)
3. Wayne's World (This movie kept me and my brother entertained for hours during the dreaded thunder snow of '93.)
2. High Fidelity( I know this was the movie that inspired me and should be #1, but who can beat a great John Hughes film?)
1. Ferris Beuller's Day Off

Hopefully there will be more posts to come and if you have any suggestions on what you would like to see let me know.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Madness is Upon Us!

This is by far one of the most exciting times on the sports calendar. Selection Sunday has come and gone and millions of offices copiers have survived paper jam Monday, as people begin to fill in brackets and set up office pools. For the next three weeks we will witness the greatest time in college sports. Upsets, Cinderella stories and bracket busters.

I hope everyone has a good bracket and that we will all get some work done this month.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The Rules of Sports Superstitions

With the Alabama/LSU game just around the corner I have been noticing some strange behavior. There are certain do's & don't's that all sports fans are aware of when watching their favorite teams.

These are not universal rules, nor or they set in stone. These are the superstitions that I have and that keep me in line. Some others have their own and please feel free to share them with me.

Here is the list:

1. Around the times of big games you must wear some article of clothing from your team.
2. If your team wins while wearing said piece of clothing, then you must wear it during every
game after that.
3. Never on any occasion should you mention a no-hitter/perfect game while the game is going
on. This rule is always being broken by bone headed sports announcers.
4. Never mention what could go wrong with your team. This actually happened to me this past
Friday night. Let me paint you the picture. It is the first round of the Georgia state playoffs
and Gainesville HS is tied with Oconee Co. It is the fourth quarter and GHS score the go
ahead touchdown. Then I turn to a friend a say; " I hate it when the PAT's mean this much, I
hope it doesn't get blocked." Well, sure enough it was and that made it all worse. Gainesville
did hold on for the win, but it was a little too close.
5. When your team is doing unexpectedly well, do not get your hopes up. Many of you know
that I am a huge NY Mets fan. There have been so many years that the Mets have found
themselves at the top of the standings late in the year with a chance for a playoff spot. Each
year I get my hopes up and say that this is the year on ly to see the Mets go on one of their
patented 10 to 15 game losing streaks.
6. Never talk about "when" your team wins. Always assume that there is a chance for a loss.
Case in point: Alabama loses to LA Tech and N. Illinois. People in Alabama still hate Dubose
for the Tech loss.
7. This next one is half superstition half pet peeve. Please don't trash talk before, during, or
after the game. One thing to say about that: 1993 Sugar Bowl 34-13
8. Do not repeat actions while watching you team lose. Example: 2004 ALCS (now Jeff you may
have to correct the historical accuracy). Game 3, Jeff, Sarah and myself watch the game and
eat chili dogs, Red Sox lose 19-8. Game 4 Sarah and my self eat chili dogs again, Red Sox
are down early. I soon realize my mistake and quickly finish the chili dogs and Red Sox rally
to win the game. Chili dogs are no longer mentioned for the rest of the post-season and the
Red Sox win it all.

This is all I can think of for now. If you have some to share please feel free to do so.

Friday, August 12, 2005

A Little Rambling

I know it has been a while since my last post but it has been a rough couple of weeks.
I have had to say good-bye to Fort Worth and all of my friends that I have made over the past three years. It's funny how life works. When I first got to SWBTS I couldn't wait to go back home. Now that I have left I almost wish that I could go back. Part of it has to do with living with my parents again. Don't get me wrong, my parents are great and I am forever greatful for what they are doing for us, but it is just so hard being parented again.

On a brighter note, Sarah and I have found an apartment and have and have reserved it and paid the application fee. It is in a great area of town and it has everything that we have been looking for plus a few more things.

As for the job hunt, I am putting in an application with Tuscaloosa Coutny to be a substitute teacher. I am not greatly thrilled about this, but I do have a friend that is willing to spread the word around the county that I am a band director and hopefully that will help me to have days to teach. I feel that this will help me make some good contacts and hopefully gain some great references. I am also going to interview at a private school in Hoover tomorrow. I don't really know what all they expect out of me, but at least it will be a program of my own. As you can see I haven't decided which one to choose, but I know that God will show me the way.

Before I go I also must also include a few qucik sports rants:
1. Kenny Rodgers - I think that he should have served the rest of his suspension. He only missed two starts by serving the thirteen days. Doen't seem like too much of a punishment to really only miss two games. Even though I am a Rangers fan, it seemed kind of just for Rodgers to rocked the way he did in Fenway(by the way the Sox are going to win it all this year...the White Sox!)
2. Terrell Owens - well I don't really have to say much here
3. NCAA - listen the Seminole tribe in Florida says they want Florida State to use their name. Besides I thought the NCAA was suppose to protect their members not attack them. NCAA have you asked felines how they feel about LSU, Auburn, Kentucky, Penn St., Kansas St., Clemson, etc... about the use of their name. How about Samford and Georgia using the Bulldog or Stanford's use of a tree. But since we are only focusing on people groups lets look at some of the universities that use people groups, because NCAA we should be fair:
Governors(this in an ode to Jeff) - have you considered how all of the 50 governors feel about them being represented by Austin Peay
Gentlemen - being told that I am one I would like for Centenary to please stop using this name because I don't feel like I am being represented well by this school
Golden Knights - has Paul McArtney or Elton John been asked of their feelings in regard to UCF's use of their title of knight
Vikings - it is a shame that we continue to hold back this fine group of people by allowing Cleveland St. to use their name
Dukes - how dare JMU oppress such nobility with their choice of mascots
Patriots - our ancestors fought and died defending this country and George Mason would have the nerve to defile them by using their name to represent their university
Ragin' Cajuns - now my wife being a cajun is seriously, seriously offended that LA - Lafayette would misrepresent her in such a manner
Minutemen - Paul Revere is rolling in his grave
Cowboys - having lived in Texas I know that all Texans are furious by a school in Louisiana calling themselves cowboys
Rebels - now being a southerner I am appaled and disgusted that the NCAA would allow a school to use such a derrogatory term for my people
Cornhuskers - are they trying to say that all people do in Nebraska is pick corn, this racism has to stop
Lumberjacks - they are lumberjacks, but it's not OK for Northern Arizona to use their name
Fighting Irish - since I am also of Irish descent I do not like that Notre Dame is implicating that the Irish community is a group of angry and violent people and I will not stand for my people to be represented in such a manor

And as my wife so aptly put it "Its not like they have a caged Indian on their campuses."

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Sarah and I Visit the Texas Motor Speedway

The Nextel Tower where we got a tour of the luxury suites.

Here's the Start/Finish line