Almost Half Way There

October 15, 2009 at 1:05 pm (Uncategorized)

So we’re about half way through the college football season and if you’ve been reading my blog then you would know that I made some preseason predictions. Well how about we compare those to where the SEC stands today:

East:

My Predictions:                                           Current Standings:

Florida                                                               Florida (3-0)
Georgia                                                               S. Carolina (2-1)
Tennessee                                                          Georgia (2-2)
Vandy                                                                   Tennessee (1-2)
Kentucky                                                              Kentucky (0-3)
South Carolina                                                  Vanderbilt (0-3)

So I missed South Carolina, the Ole Miss game seemed to be a sure loss for them and that definitely helps out the standings. You take them out of the equation though (and they still have to play Bama and Florida) and the rest of the standings are pretty much the same, especially if Vanderbilt beats Kentucky. UF, UGA, UT, Vandy, UK.

West:

My Predictions:                                               Current Standings

Bama                                                                   Bama (3-0)
LSU                                                                      LSU (3-1)
Ole Miss                                                             Auburn (2-1)
Arkansas                                                            Arkansas (1-2)
Auburn                                                                 Ole Miss (1-2)
Miss State                                                            Miss State (1-2)

So the top 2 and the bottom were pretty easy, and I stated it would be the middle that got tricky. Auburn, Arkansas, and then Ole Miss. Now Arkansas did beat Ole Miss and I wouldn’t be surprised if Ole Miss did the same to the Tigers.

Overall, I wouldn’t be surprised if my preseason were really accurate. Not trying to be accurate. . . but I love being right.

Pick of the Post:

Ole Miss: I said they wouldn’t be one of the top teams in the West. I also said look for them to lose to Bama and LSU and one other game. A loss to the Cajuns would have me right on track. They lost to S. Carolina. I wouldn’t be surprised if they lose to Lane either though.

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Football and Golf Matches

September 13, 2009 at 5:05 pm (Uncategorized)

I don’t really feel like elaborating on the Bama game. If you really care then we can have a conversation about it sometime. I just don’t want to type it out.

I will say this: I was pretty proud of the Crimson TIde. They struggled in the first half. We have got to work on kickoff coverage. Other than that the D only gave up 1 TD. Only 1 TD. Speaking of 1, they only gave up 1 rushing yard. That is great. FIU is a passing team and we wont see a team like that again. Not even Florida. We stop the run and we will be fine. We stopped the run last night. Trent had a great game. I can’t wait to see him and Julio working in the same game.

I played awful today in my match and managed a win. I’d love to say that champions find a way to win when you play bad. Thats true. The problem is that I don’t think thats what happened. I just didn’t play as bad as the other guy. I am now 6-4. At worst I finish 6-6. I’d love to win out. It may happen.

To God be the glory.

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Golf Update

September 11, 2009 at 12:28 pm (Uncategorized)

Since my last post I have played 3 matches.

After my last post I was 2-4.

I then played a really close match and won after tying the last hole, 1 up.

I then played a really classy prolific freshman, whom we are all really excited about.

With 3 holes to play I was down by 2. We both were on the green for birdie, but I was 20 feet away while he was 3 feet. I knew I had to sink my putt or the match was over. I did. ANd then the freshy missed his. Then on the par 3 I dunked my ball into the sand. But he hit his in the water. I got up and down as did he. I made par he made bogey.

We both parred the final hole and so we had to play a 3 hole playoff later.
We played the first two holes very poorly. Making bogeys on both. I did have to hole a 20 foot bogey putt just to tie. Then after 2 good drives we both chipped to 12′ and 8′. I was further out. I made mine. He missed. I won. 4-4

Then yesterday I played another really good freshman. I started very very poorly. Down 3 after 5. We both went into this crazy putting syndrome and 3 putted 3 straight greens. Then I made a par on 8 to get to 2 down. I didn’t lose another hole. Tied 9 and 10. Then birdied 11 and 12 for wins. Parred 13 for the win. Tied 14, 15, 16. I made a 2 putt bogey (thats all I needed) on 17 to clinch it. The match was over but on 18 I hit the pin and almost made an eagle. I was happy to putt out the birdie for a 35 on the back.

Stay Tuned

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Single Semester

September 11, 2009 at 12:18 pm (Uncategorized)

This is it.

I’m going to take this semester to be single.

Well, maybe.

I know a lot of people who have taken time devoted to being single. “Dating God.” However, you want to say. Not what I’m talking about.

I realized the other day that my next relationship could be the last one I have ( i.e. ending in Marriage).

When that happens I won’t go back. I’ll never be a young single guy again.

So. . .

This semester I am going to enjoy being single. Everything a future girlfriend/wife won’t allow is going to happen now. If you have ideas let me know. I’m gonna do em all. Even things that I don’t really want to, but just so incase in the future I change my mind.

Its the Single Semester!

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Because Tomorrow is another day

September 1, 2009 at 7:42 pm (Uncategorized)

Well if you read yesterday’s blog you know that I was 0-4 in my matches with only 8 left to play. I prayed for better scores and, as He always is, the Lord was gracious.

I shot -2 through 7 holes today to win 2 matches. That puts me at 2-4 and in a good spot to go 6-6 which is my goal. 6-6 would mean I’d have to be around 6 or 7 and that would be completely fine with the rough start I got off to.

Besides the matches I felt good about my game. My swing isn’t perfect but I saw a lot of good things.

I drove a 340 par 4, two putted for birdie. Played the next, a par 5, safe and was lucky to walk away with another birdie after a putt died in the back of the hole. I hit some greens and missed some but always was able to make the par putts from then on.

I wish my partners, Matt and Jesper, could have played better. I know that wasn’t their A games and it just didn’t feel right winning that way. But I’m not complaining.

I’m afraid the future of this blog is golf and college football, just a heads up.

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UU Golf Update

August 31, 2009 at 10:42 pm (Uncategorized)

So for those of you who know me, you know I’m on the golf team.

Well our first match is against Treveca and its Ryder Cup Format, in other words totally awesome. Coach decided that everyone on the team had to play everyone else on the team match play. We’re taking the 10 best out of 13.

After 4 matches I’m 0-4. yea, not exactly the victorious start I had hoped for and even expected. But with 8 left to play there is much golf to be had. I just hope the golf left to play is done in fewer strokes than that before.

I went to eat with the 4 freshmen on the team tonight. It was a great time. I really hope we can do it again soon. They seemed like a bunch of genuinely great guys who I hope in the near future I not only call my teammates but my friends.

I ask that you would be praying for both these things. I want to be a leader on this team so that I may lead spiritually. The problem is that being vocal in golf is kinda like being cute in hockey, sure its noted but no one really cares. Being a leader on a golf team is all about the scores. I ask you to pray that my scores get lower. This is only for a platform of leadership from which I can disciple those I lead. Man I want this. I want this so so bad. I’ve been practicing all summer not for tournaments or for scores but for leadership and leadership for discipleship. I want this.

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College Football

August 21, 2009 at 2:36 pm (Uncategorized)

So we are weeks away, 13 days 3 hours and 45 minutes to be exact, from college football. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t talk about it.

As much as I would love to talk about all the conferences and all the teams, I won’t. What I will do is is talk about the SEC. I plan on making some predictions, as unimportant as they may be, and discussing what I plan on seeing and not seeing this upcoming year. I hope if you don’t know that much but love the sport that this post can be informative and really whet your whistle for what is to come in the next few weeks.

Let’s start in the East, since it’ll be the easiest.

1. Florida is a solid lock to finish as the East champion. In fact, I would give them a 95% of winning it. They return Tim Tebow, he’s a Heisman winner FYI. They return their entire defensive unit and though they lose some speed guys on offense it should be generally the same team.

2. I can’t see anyone else here but Georgia. This is personally my favorite team in the East, mainly due to Mark Richt. Look for the game against UF to be a surprisingly good one as the Bulldogs try to regain some dignity after last year’s tromping.

3. Here’s where its hard to know because no one cares. I imagine that Tennessee will finish third behind the bulldogs but no where near the gators.

4. Vanderbilt won’t be able to make bowl runs back to back years, also look for coach Johnson to pack his bags for greener pasture if not this year very soon.

5. I give Kentucky  the notch over S. Carolina. It’s a basketball school though, so its okay.

6. Spurrier just isn’t the same with the gamecock as he was with the gators. The turn around never came.

SEC West

1. While I think its gonna be close and will come down to the final 6 minutes in the Bama/LSU game, we’re gonna see a rematch of last year’s SEC championship game. John Parker will be missed as will Glen Coffee. These two guys have been replaced and dare I say upgraded. We’re gonna see some defensive battles from this team that might be won by Special Teams (Javier Arenas) or by a defensive touchdown.

2. LSU will lose the Bama game but its still gonna a good year for the Tigers.

3. Ole Miss, don’t believe the hype people. You are only going to be let down. They had a great bowl game against a way-overrated Red Raiders. They will neither win the Bama nor LSU game and I wouldn’t be surprise if they slip up elsewhere as well. Maybe Tennessee?

4. Arkansas-Petrino has been working hard there. It won’t be enough. Arkansas gets a good year every now and then, McFadden graduated. Sorry Hogs.

5. Well now here should be a good contest: Do you remember last year? 3-2. No that wasn’t a conference record that was the final score of the Miss St/Barn game. I think Auburn finishes ahead of State but that’s not saying much. Expect a disgruntled fan base on the plains after hiring a guy that was on the hot seat at Iowa State.

6. State. New coach. Can he build on Croom’s. . . er. . . uh. . . legacy?

Championship Game

As much as I want to say the Tide dominates the Gators in a magnificent upset. I bet its pretty close. Saban figured some things out in the offseason about the offense both Meyer and Utah run. It was close last year till the end. Just needed a one or two defensive stops. Is this the year? We’ll see.

Bowls

SEC wins the Championship, Sugar Bowl, and goes something like 5-2 in bowl games.

Have fun watching the games this year!

Roll Tide Roll

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End of Story

August 17, 2009 at 12:32 am (Uncategorized)

Richard had planned on Susanna finding the chest, realizing it was hers, reading through his things, and her feeling like he did. She didn’t. She glanced at it, thought it was strange, and moved on with her life.

For twenty years nothing happened. Richard held on to nothing. Nothing that is until, while loading a boat on the British shore, he heard a young boy call out for Susanna. His eyes darted to see the boy. The woman was roughly the right age. Was she married?

He couldn’t be this close and find out if this was the Susanna. But what if it was? What if she never found the chest? Looking foolish was a great possibility. That didn’t seem to matter much when you’ve waited twenty years for circumstance to bring you to the woman of your dreams.

He called out, “Susanna, I’m Richard.”

“He’s my nephew!” came the response.

Sure, the story could go on and on meaninglessly. We all know the ending. We knew it all along.

The End

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Story: Still Not Quite the End

August 10, 2009 at 12:30 am (Uncategorized)

Have you ever been so resolved to do something that if everyone you loved told you you were crazy and would leave you if you followed through with your plan, you were going to do it? Jesus said if you do not hate even your own father and mother then you cannot follow Him.

Richard had decided what he would do.

Que Sera, Sera. What will be, will be.

He had to do something, but he didn’t want to force something.

He would take her chest. Fill it with his things. And sneak that onto one of his grandfather’s boats headed toward Great Britain. He could then wait and pray for what fate, or Jesus, would bring.

That’s what he did.

But no plan goes according to plan.

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Part 4 (Not Quite the End)

August 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm (Uncategorized)

You know those days when you only have one thing on your mind? You know those times when it seems everyone wants to get in your way of that thing?

This wasn’t Richard. He had one thing on his mind and nothing. . . nothing would interfere with this. Mother called for breakfast until she was blue in the face. It wasn’t that he didn’t love his mother’s cooking, she had the best muffins in the county, but this wasn’t the time for muffins. He dug through the remaining contents of the chest with a different purpose than he had the night before. Last night he was trying to understand if there was treasure and if so what kind. This morning he was out to prove to himself that this wasn’t treasure at all.

The night before as he laid in back sleepless he had convinced himself that this wasn’t healthy. He couldn’t be feeling so much for a person he had never met. “I mean let’s no go crazy,” he told himself, “this is just a wild 12 hour crush. When you wake up this will all be over and you are going to find this a little embarrassing and a lot funny.” He was out to prove that this was just a hollow crush. The kind that when its tested doesn’t stand. You know like when you think the girl is cute only to hear her cuss like a sailor or when you think she is so nice only to see her listen to ridiculously bad music? He was out to prove himself wrong. So he read every sentence, every word, every letter.

He was three hours in and all he could think about was, “This isn’t real. She isn’t real.” But the more he read the more he felt that she was real. This was real. He found out that she strangely enjoyed the same style of out music that he did. Not the kind of old that was popular to be a fan of but the kind that no one like, the kind people laughed at. She wasn’t ashamed of this taste in music like Richard was. She loved Rousseau. He had never read him, although he had wanted to. She talked about seeing Shakespeare plays at the theatre.

Richard had a plan. There was only one thing to do. He had to read Rousseau and he had to watch a shakespeare play. The son of a shop owner though doesn’t have much opportunity though for books or for watching theatre. He had to come up with a plan and his curiosity wouldn’t let this planning take long.

He was fortunate. That afternoon while working in the shop he remembered that next door was a book store. While he couldn’t afford either the Rousseau or the Shakespeare books he would read a little bit in the store everyday. He might be able to finish the books before too long.

And that is exactly what he did. He read several chapters during lunch and few more before supper. In just a few months time he had read several of each author. When he had finished he loved both. He read every book the store had of both those before the shop owner caught him. He loved every word. He understood what Susanna meant when she had written about what the stories held.

Now he was in a real quandary. He had been seeking a way to alleviate this crush. The problem was that his best efforts had only made them worse. Now his feelings were growing. He couldn’t define them, but he couldn’t control them either.

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