kickoffcoverage:

EVERY PLAYER TAKEN BY COWBOYS IN 2009 DRAFT NO LONGER WITH TEAM - Almost four years after being drafted into the NFL, every player in the 2009 Dallas Cowboys draft class are no longer with the team, ESPNDallas.com’s Calvin Watkins reports.

Linebacker Victor Butler was the last man standing, but on Thursday afternoon he signed a contract with the New Orleans Saints to go play for his former defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, in Dallas.

That draft class hand picked by G.M. Jerry Jones produced no starters and only six made it onto the teams’ 53-man roster. The only bright spot about wasting picks from just 4 years ago is the Cowboys wouldn’t have the cap space this year to re-sign any of them anyway.

If this isn’t a great reason for owner Jerry Jones to fire G.M. Jerry Jones, I don’t know what is. (Photo: DallasNews.com)

(Reblogged from kickoffcoverage)

Thoughts on Love

Love is a powerful thing. It is the only thing that God claims to be. All other fruits of the spirit are just the actions of God, but love is actually what God IS. And for that reason, 1 John 4:8 says, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

So according to this, those that can’t show love to other people and yet claim to be in a relationship with God are liars, and do not know Him.

I have an example of what love looks like:

  1. Romans 5:8 says that “God demonstrates His love for us in this: that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

So how we do show love to others?

  1. Mark 12:30-31 says “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.””

And how do we love ourselves? By finding our self-worth in Christ alone. Nothing else can define you. If you place your hope and sense of self in a relationship, you’ll eventually be let down, even if it’s the best marriage in the world. If you place your identity in your talents, eventually there will be someone who is better than you. If you place your hopes and security in possessions, you’ll be disappointed when life comes and takes them away. And it’s not fair to put those things under that kind of pressure, especially relationships. Only God can hold up under that. Only He will never let you down.

In C.S. Lewis’ “The Four Loves”, he discusses a quote by M. Denis de Rougemont. “Love ceases to be a demon only when it ceases to be a god”. According to Lewis, this can be re-stated as “Love that becomes a god becomes a demon.” This means that anything that we love, put faith in, or worship in the place of God can not stand in that place without eventually being corrupted. Not that we can’t love or value other things, but just that we can’t afford to put anything higher than God. We saw that with Satan, who was once God’s highest angel. But he loved himself more than God, and due to that, he was corrupted and fell. Only God can stand in the place of a god.

So we see that it comes back full circle to God. A test of a person’s relationship with God is whether or not they show love to others. Jesus said that you can only love others if you love yourself. And we see that you can only truly love yourself if you find that sense of identity and worthiness in God.

Finding Inspiration in the Strangest Places

So I’m writing a paper for my Old Testament class, and that requires me to do some research not just in the Bible, but also in things like commentaries, encyclopedias, and the internet. And while reading “The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible” (A-D) I’ve already learned a lot.

  • First, did you know that Joab, King David’s army commander and murderer of his son Absalom, was also David’s nephew? That completely changes the dynamic of their relationship! I mean Joab killed his cousin! And was killed by another cousin! David’s family was definitely messed up.
  • Second, I really enjoyed this portion of the entry for Daniel: “But if a writing is to be regarded as scripture, it must have a relevance not only for its own age but also for every age. The book of Daniel needs none to plead its cause on this count. It speaks for itself and has done so for two thousand years and will continue to do so as long as there are men to read it. Its noble call for the oft-forgotten virtue of courage will meet with a response wherever men are faced with the final challenge-disloyalty or death. But courage in the decisive hour can come only to those who have practiced loyalty in the smaller choices of life. Daniel is a book for character-training as well as for crisis. Further, its insistence that time too is the creature of God, and that all history is under his sovereign will, is a lesson that mankind can never be allowed to forget. It is a magnificent exposition of what faith in God means.”

It’s strange what God uses to speak to you.

Looking to the Future

netxsports:

Well, now that all three Texas NBA teams have been eliminated in the race for the Championship, it’s time to start looking at what their possible free agency moves could be during the summer. 

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(Reblogged from netxsports)

gotemcoach:

Q: Who committed more fouls in the Spurs v. Clippers 2nd Round series: Tim Duncan or Blake Griffin?

A: Tim Duncan and Blake Griffin have never committed a foul, ever, since they’ve been born.

#GotEmCoach

This is so true

(Reblogged from nbaoffseason)

Opening Day Statistics

The Texas Rangers kick off their season tomorrow at home against the Chicago White Sox. In today’s blog, I hope to provide some food for thought on the Rangers and their chances to a) make the playoffs, b) win the American League Pennant, and c) win the World Series. ESPN partnered with InfographicsWorld.com to provide some interesting Opening Day numbers on an info graph linked here, and that inspired me to do a Rangers-focused blog. Here’s a list of some numbers to keep an eye on this season for the Rangers:

  1. The Texas Rangers have the second-lowest Opening Day winning percentage at .431, which is better than only the Kansas City Royals at .348. The team with the best winning percentage you ask? Why that would be the New York Mets at .640, and the other team from New York is second with .576.


  2. Since the modern era of baseball began (1960s) only 6 of the 14 teams that have won the pennant in the American League have 3-peated or better, so there’s a 43 percent chance the Rangers make the 3-peat.
    Those teams are:

    1. The 1960-1964 New York Yankees-5 straight
    2. The 1969-1971 Baltimore Orioles-3 straight
    3. The 1972-1974 Oakland Athletics-3 straight
    4. The 1976-1978 New York Yankees-3 straight
    5. The 1988-1990 Oakland Athletics-3 straight
    6. The 1998-2001 New York Yankees-4 straight.

In each of those 3-peats the 3-peater managed to win the World Series at least once, with the 60-64 Yankees winning twice, the 69-71 Orioles winning once, the 72-74 A’s winning all 3 times, the 76-78 Yankees winning twice, the 88-90 A’s winning once, and 98-2001 Yankees winning 3 of 4 and taking the 4th to 7 games. So if the Rangers can get back to the A.L. championship, history shows they win the World Series. Oh and by the way, NO team in the National League has 3-peated since the 1942-1944 St. Louis Cardinals.


  1. Watch for some cool career mile-markers this season.
    1. Josh Hamilton’s career mile-markers that could be reached include: 800 hits (he has 698 now), 500 RBI (he has 425 now), and 150 home runs (he has 118 now). If he keeps pace with last season and stays healthy, I see Hamilton hitting .300 with 28 home runs, 90 RBI, 157 hits, and a .340 OBP.

    2. Mike Napoli’s possible career mile-markers: 600 hits (he has 507 now), 150 home runs (he has 122 now), and 400 RBI (324 now). I expect .278 hitting average, 25 home runs, 66 RBI, 98 hits, and a .359 OBP.

    3. Michael Young career: 2200 hits (he has 2061 now), 190 home runs (169 now), 1000 RBI (917 now), 500 walks (499 now), 1100 runs scored (1006 now), 100 stolen bases (87 now), and 1800 games played for the Rangers (1667 now). I expect a .304 hitting average, 15 home runs, 87 RBI, 187 hits, and a .355 OBP.

    4. Elvis Andrus career: 600 hits (448 now), 350 runs (256 now), 20 home runs (11 now), 130 stolen bases (102 now), 200 RBI (135 now), 200 walks (160 now), and 600 games played for the Rangers (443 now). Expect a .275 hitting average, 7 home runs, 50 RBI, 160 hits, 34 stolen bases, and a .340 OBP.

    5. Ian Kinsler career: 1000 hits (826 now), 200 doubles (176 now), 150 home runs (124 now), 475 RBI (395 now), 400 walks (351 now), 150 stolen bases (136 now), 3500 at bats (3001 now), and 900 games played for the Rangers (773 now). Expect a .275 average, 27 home runs, 140 hits, 80 RBI, 25 stolen bases, and a .355 OBP.

    6. Adrian Beltre career: 1000 runs (994 now), 2200 hits (2033 now), 450 doubles (430 now), 30 triples (28 now), 350 home runs (310 now), 1200 RBI (1113 now), 550 walks (543 now), 120 stolen bases (114 now), and 7500 at bats (7361 now). Expect a .286 avg, 28 home runs, 144 hits, 97 RBI, and a .329 OBP.

    7. Mitch Moreland career: 120 runs (80 now), 200 hits (157 now), 50 doubles (26 now), 30 home runs (25 now), 100 RBI (76 now), 100 walks (64 now), and 1000 at bats for the Rangers. Expect a .256 avg, 15 home runs, 45 RBI, 140 hits, and a .325 OBP.

    8. Nelson Cruz career: 300 runs (269 now), 600 hits (512 now), 125 doubles (108 now), 125 home runs (106 now), 400 RBI (323 now), 200 walks (167 now), 60 stolen bases (52 now), and 2000 at bats for the Rangers. Expect a .275 avg, 26 home runs, 79 RBI, 10 stolen bases, 130 hits, and a .340 OBP.

    9. David Murphy career: 300 runs (246 now), 600 hits (504 now), 125 doubles (105 now), 75 homes runs (58 now), 300 RBI (258 now), 200 walks (169 now), 50 stolen bases (41 now), and 2000 at bats for the Rangers (1797 now). Expect an average of .280, 10 home runs, 42 RBI, 10 stolen bases, 115 hits, and a .335 OBP.

  2. Now for my prediction for the season. I think Yu Darvish does ok and wins 15 games. The Rangers do about as well as last year and finish with 93 wins. They squeak by the Los Angeles Angels by 3 games, and win their third consecutive A.L. West Championship. They face the New York Yankees in the ALDS and win 4 games to 2. They next face the Los Angeles Angels (who will beat the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS), and win 4 games to 3 with Colby Lewis proving himself in the playoffs once again. The Rangers face the Phillies in the World Series, and they win in 6 games.

Song

Ok, I know I haven’t posted anything in a while that hasn’t been a repost, so it’s time to make it up to you guys.

While I was at Beach Reach, something really impacted me. Worship is amazing. And I’m not just saying that to say it. This week God really impacted me in that region more than anything. Yes God worked in amazing ways through the rest of the Beach Reachers and myself and brought a lot of new people into the kingdom, and this is a tangent to that.

Worship for me has always been weird. I’ve never been comfortable with it. A) I usually don’t like the songs, because worship music just isn’t my cup of tea, and B) when I’m in a worship service, I always feel compelled to sing and stand and do what everyone else does, and it just never had the impact on me the way it seemed to be having on everyone else. Now I’m not criticizing the traditional worship experience that accompanies contemporary music, I just feel obligated (or sometimes required) to stand when everyone stands and not sit until everyone else does. I feel like if I sit down early or don’t stand with everyone else, I’ll be either asked what’s wrong or deemed unspiritual. And then once I do stand up and try to start worshipping with the songs, I’m always worried about how I sound to those around me, distracting me from the whole purpose worship.

But then Danny Sanders told me to try not singing in worship, and just praying instead, even if I’m just praying the words of the song. So I tried it two weeks ago at the beginning of Beach Reach at our first worship service. And it was amazing. I heard something I’ve never heard before, and I’d really encourage you to try it.

You see, worship is like the coolest reflection of what the church is supposed to be. When you shut up and listen, you hear everyone else singing. Now there are a few sour notes here and there, and some people that just aren’t gifted in song or or purposely singing badly to get a reaction; but overall it’s amazing. When everyone sings out at their loudest, and the worship leader isn’t singing too loud over everyone to hear, you hear a beautiful noise. All those individual voices lifted up, each with their own story and their own walk with God and their own hurts, and yet they mingle together to form this beautiful harmony that really impacts you.

To me, that’s what God wants the church to be. He designed us to, when we set aside our prejudices and biases and hate and doubt and hurt and regret and shame, to form this huge body that does amazing and miraculous things on this planet. Sure, there are a few hiccups here and there because we’re human, and some people in the body aren’t as far along in their walk with Christ as others, and some people join the church just to use it as an excuse to pass judgement on others, but overall if people really listen, and if the church is really singing, the world is supposed to hear a beautiful song; a song that declares the love and redeeming grace that is Jesus Christ our Lord. That’s what worship is supposed to reflect.

Don’t tell God how big your storms are, tell the storms how big your God is

Busy-ness

I know I haven’t posted in a while, and for those 4-5 people who read this, I know it’s been terribly distressing. Well, the past few days have been extremely busy, but trust me fellow social-mediaites; I’ve had you in my thoughts. I promise when I next find time, I will fill your news feeds, dashboards, and notifications with the literary equivalent of morphine. Because when you read my blog, I’m raining on your brain until you’re moaning with seratonin. A slightly inappropriate saying I know, but I first saw this on a Chuck Lorre vanity card, and I’ve been trying to find a place to use it. Anyway, see ya soon!

Dwight Howard Trade Possiblities

Ok, so I’m basically stealing this from ESPN Insider now, but I figure most people don’t have an ESPN Insider account, and I’m a) linking back to them and b) giving them complete credit for this article, so I don’t feel too bad about it.

Anyway, here’s the newest 8 possiblities the ESPN Insiders are talking about for Howard, besides him miracously staying in Orlando this offseason. I’ll first list them in the ESPN Insider order, and then in the order that scares me the most as a league-dominating team for the next 5 years at least.

ESPN’s List:

  1. The Magic trade Howard and Turkoglu to the Chicago Bulls for Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson and the first-round pick the Bulls received from the Charlotte Bobcats
  2. The Magic trade Howard and Anderson to the Los Angeles Clippers for Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan
  3. The Dallas Mavericks sign Howard as a free agent
  4. The Magic trade Howard, Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson to the Los Angeles Lakers for Andrew Bynum. Houston sends Luis Scola, Kyle Lowry and Chase Budinger to the Magic. The Lakers send Pau Gasol to Houston.
  5. The Magic trade Howard and Turkoglu to the New York Knicks for Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler
  6. The Magic trade Howard, Turkoglu and Jason Richardson to the Atlanta Hawks for Joe Johnson, Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia
  7. The Magic trades Howard and Turkoglu to the New Jersey Nets for Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries, Jordan Farmar, Mehmet Okur and a first-round pick
  8. The Orlando Magic trade Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Ryan Anderson to the Miami Heat for Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade

Now here’s my list:

  1. The Magic trade Howard and Turkoglu to the Chicago Bulls for Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson and the first-round pick the Bulls received from the Charlotte Bobcats
  2. The Orlando Magic trade Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Ryan Anderson to the Miami Heat for Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade
  3. The Magic trade Howard and Anderson to the Los Angeles Clippers for Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan
  4. The Magic trade Howard and Turkoglu to the New York Knicks for Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler
  5. The Magic trade Howard, Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson to the Los Angeles Lakers for Andrew Bynum. Houston sends Luis Scola, Kyle Lowry and Chase Budinger to the Magic. The Lakers send Pau Gasol to Houston.
  6. The Dallas Mavericks sign Howard as a free agent
  7. The Magic trade Howard, Turkoglu and Jason Richardson to the Atlanta Hawks for Joe Johnson, Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia
  8. The Magic trades Howard and Turkoglu to the New Jersey Nets for Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries, Jordan Farmar, Mehmet Okur and a first-round pick

As you can see, ESPN and I both agree that the Bulls-Howard trade would be the best for Howard. After that we kinda diverge, but boy is it exciting thinking about the Bulls being made almost as relevant as they were during the Jordan era. Here is the link to the ESPN Insider article, if you have an account to read it with.

thedailywhat:

Morning Fluff: That’s okay little buddy — I don’t trust broccoli either.

[dpaf.]

(Reblogged from thedailywhat)

My Fantasy Trade for the Spurs

I know it probably will never happen, but man it would be awesome if Dwight Howard would come to San Antonio. I mean just think about it. Dwight Howard for Manu Ginobli, Tiago Splitter and Matt Bonner would be an awesome trade. The Spurs would get the defensive big man they really need, and a superstar to replace Tim Duncan (who even I can admit is now past his prime, but still a big contributor with 5 straight double doubles last week). Duncan and Howard working with Tony Parker would be a really awesome combination. It wouldn’t really help out Orlando (in fact it would reduce their projected win total by 5 and Ginobli is pretty much just an All Star version of Turkoglu) but Howard fits soooooooooo well into Pop’s system, and it would make the Spurs contenders for at least the next 5 years. Here’s a link to ESPN’s trade machine with my proposed trade. 

There’s a lot of water out there in that ocean, but it can’t sink your ship unless you let it in.

Better Day than Expected

Well today was interesting. I didn’t think it was gonna be very good, but in the end it worked out pretty well. Class was pretty easy, work went well, I had a nice break between 4 and 7 somewhat unexpectedly to hangout with friends and watch some big bang theory, and then to finish it off I only had to do a 2 hour shift at Kkom tonight instead of the normal 4. Ending the night with some more big bang theory

My Rant for Today

Prime Time Radio is really depressing me today. The guest is Pamela Hawk, and she’s talking about her book, Marriage Confidential. It’s incredibly depressing what marriage is becoming in this post-modern world. I think a lot of people now are missing the point of marriage. It’s not about getting married for better economic security, or sex, or raising children; it’s about a partnership with another person for life where you and the other person come together and work out life together. It’s about constantly charging after God together and raising kids in a Godly home with a Godly focus. It’s about constantly finding out something new about the other person, it’s about falling more in love with that person every day. It’s about love, not lust. It’s about friendship and partnership, not just sex and not being physically alone anymore. Because I know of a lot of people that have been married for the wrong reasons, and it’s just as easy to feel alone with someone right next to you as it is when you’re completely by yourself. Now I may be an idealist, but God says that marriage is for life, and that when two people come together in that kind of a relationship, they become one person. That’s what God wants for us. He designed us to be married as an example of His relationship with the church! Marriage is a commitment for life to someone else, to love them and take care of them, in sickness or in health, richer or poorer, for better or worse. God never said that anything would be easy, just that He’d be with us if we turn to Him. And though I’m not married and therefore can’t guarantee this, I feel like if both you and your spouse are really focused on God, you won’t have to worry about divorce! Marriage is hard work every day, but anything worth having is worth working hard for!