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Terrie’s Daughter

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Today is my mother’s 36th Mother’s Day, which means two things:

  1. My older brother is really freaking old (love you, Andy), and
  2. What an accomplishment for her to have raised her children into adulthood after having saved them from themselves and each other a multitude of times during their childhood.

In all seriousness, I can look into the person I have become and recognize the incredible impact she had on creating that human being.  The things I appreciate, the things I do, the things I laugh at that I know she’d laugh at, too.  It’s all there.  I’m certainly no mirror image of her.  She’d like me to clean my house and make my bed a little more often than I do, but when it comes down to the list of women she wants to hang out with, I’m blessed to be counted among them.  I am so thankful that she has gotten to be a grandmother (or Mimi as Lincoln knows her).  Even though she was one heck of a stellar mother, I think she shines even more as a grandmother.

At church today, our minister spoke briefly, leading into his sermon, about the names/descriptions of Jesus, such as “King of kings” and “Lord of lords.”  The last one he mentioned was “Mary’s son.”  I stopped and thought about that for a minute as our minister continued with his thoughts.  He painted a very beautiful picture of the kind of impact Mary had on Jesus’s life.  We speak so often about Jesus’s impact on our lives, but we rarely, if ever, speak about who impacted Him.  Our minister noted how you can learn about the kind of person Jesus was throughout the Bible, but if you want to see how consistent Mary was as a mother to her sons, read the book of James (Jesus’s brother).  I intend to do that this week.

I am thankful to be a child of God more than anything else in my life, but in knowing just who my mother is as a woman, as a mother, as a person, I am grateful for what being Terrie’s daughter has given me.

Thanks, mom and Happy Mother’s Day!

WWIR: Finding Peace

  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: This weekend I pulled out all the Christmas decorations and managed to get them all up.  I love coming home to my house with the Christmas lights already on (they’re on timers).  Thanks to my friend Jessica for coming over on Sunday afternoon and helping me finish everything off.  It helped keep my mind off the events of the previous day.  I have almost all my Christmas shopping done.  One last gift I’m going to get tonight because I had to wait until it was released.  Then it’s off to the UPS store to ship the gifts.  I am SO excited about one of the gifts I got for the daughter of a friend.  I can’t wait to hear how she likes it.  All the Christmas cards are ready to go into the mail, but I feel like I’m forgetting something completely.  It may just be that December seems to be rolling by incredibly fast.  Today we are 14 days from Christmas Eve.  That’s just too quick for me.
  • No Smiles: Saturday afternoon/evening went horribly.  In the back of my mind I pretty much expected Bama to lose that game, but one part of me couldn’t shake the fact that I thought we could do it.  I really did.  There are no words to explain how proud I am of the team for the way they performed this season.  I wanted something to be proud of, but mostly I just wanted them to care when they played poorly and not have that better luck next time attitude.  I can say without reservation that they overachieved on my request.  Never in a million years would I have guessed that a team that had nearly the same record the two previous seasons would turn around hold an everlasting grasp on the #1 spot in the polls for half the season.  No matter what you might think of him, Nick Saban is worth every penny we’ve paid him.  And honestly, if you think there is a soul out there who wouldn’t leave their current job for $4 million a year, you’re delusional unless the individual makes more than $4M a year.  Some day, I hope Coach Saban tells the whole back story of how everything REALLY went down.  I am excited about next season if for no other reason than we still have Nick Saban.  The only thing that worries me is that the majority of the 9 scholarship seniors were the O-line.  Take a moment and think about that…Bama did everything they did this year with fewer scholarship seniors than the 11 players needed on the field for a team at any given time.  That’s remarkable to say the least.  It’s on to the Sugar Bowl for us against what the media calls Florida’s clone (Utah).  Hopefully, we’ll send the seniors out on a happy note. 
  • Priceless Time: My friend Knoel came in to town on Thursday night.  She stayed with me on Thursday and Friday night and I dropped her off at her hotel downtown on Saturday afternoon for her conference this week.  I took Friday off and we just played.  Did a little shopping and had a lot of fun.  Knoel was also a big help this weekend with the Christmas decorating…and despite my protests, she even cleaned my kitchen for me.  Saturday we went downtown to see the sights because Knoel had never been here before.  She was in awe.  I enjoy seeing DC through some one’s eyes who’s never been here before.  Sometimes the city’s elegance gets lost on me, but those moments bring me back.  Knoel seemed to have a great time as well, and hopefully the next time she comes she’ll bring the whole family. 
  • Streaking: The Colts are on a 6 game winning streak, and suddenly the media is back on their bandwagon.  Imagine that.  There’s even been mention of Peyton for MVP.  I’ll admit, I was ready to throw in the towel on multiple occasions, but something always gave me just a little glimmer of hope.  Now, I’m not saying we’re gonna win the Super Bowl, but I am saying we’ve got a shot.  Stranger things have happened.  You just have to be playing your best ball at the right time.  This weekend the Colts play Detroit.  I’m crossing my fingers that we’re not THAT ONE TEAM.  You know what I mean.
  • First Times: Saturday, Lincoln went to his first football game with Mimi, Grandpa, and Daddy.  They took him to the ACC Championship game that was played in Tampa, FL.  He liked the band.  🙂  Mom thinks that the football game was just too far away for him to realize it was the same thing that shows up inside the box at home.  But still he had fun!  Mom is wearing her Carolina shirt in protest that she had to go watch VA Tech and Boston College.  Apparently there were several people there under the same protest. 
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WWIR: Progress

  • 2008 Election: History was made last night. History was going to be made regardless of who became the next President of the United States. Because of the nature of my job, I cannot public express my political views, of which I have plenty. If you really want to know how I felt about last night’s results, leave me a comment or email me and I’ll be happy to tell you.
  • Lincoln’s Latest: Lincoln dressed as a pirate for Halloween this year. Two days after Halloween he celebrated what would have been his birthdate if he had made it to his due date. Here are some pictures from both.
  • Trick or Treat: I think I’m turning into an old fuddy duddy. Friday night when I was handing out candy to the trick or treaters, I had one boy who looked to be late elementary/early middle school age. He asked if he could have extra candy for his brother who wasn’t allowed to go trick or treating because he is failing Spanish. So, I tell the kid that I don’t think it’s fair to give his brother candy if his brother is being punished for failing Spanish and the punishment for such is to have his trick or treating privileges taken away. The kid didn’t see it my way and proceeded to look inside my house where I had a box of Canada Dry sitting just inside the door. He then told me that I could at least spare some Canada Dry. To that I said, “Happy Halloween” and shut the door. Believe me, I fully expected to wake up to a toilet papered and/or egged house on Saturday morning, but I didn’t. Seriously, do kids really not understand what punishment is? And furthermore, why couldn’t that kid share HIS candy with his brother instead of asking for extra? Yeah..I’m a fuddy duddy.
  • Baby Boom: Congratulations to several of my friends who recently had babies. The wives of two guys I went to high school with each recently gave birth to baby girls. Congrats to Joe and Tara and Michael and Schuyler (I went to high school with Schuyler, too). Also, my friends Laura and Brent and Kelli and Brent are the proud parents of baby boys.
  • #1 Ranking For Sale: I am incredibly proud of the way Alabama has played this season. I am equally proud of the #1 ranking they received from the AP, USA Today, and BCS rankings on Sunday. And as proud as I am of those two things, I am also scared out of my freaking mind. So, I’m selling our #1 ranking to the highest bidder any time between now and 3:29pm ET on Saturday. Really I’ll give it to you free of charge. You just have to promise to give it back after the SEC championship game. I love being ranked #1 in the regular season for the first time since 1980, but I don’t like the pressure that comes with it. I’ve pretty much felt the entire season like I was waiting for the other shoe to drop, but at the same time if anyone can pull them through the pressure, I think it’s Nick Saban.
  • Rocky Top: This week Phillip Fulmer announced that he would step down after his 17th season as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers based on a request from the school’s athletic department. As much as I am an Alabama fan, I was kind of sad about this. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t wholeheartedly hated this man during football season or because of the way he weaseled his way out of NCAA sanctions by ratting out everyone else in the SEC. But it’s just that the SEC will not be the same without him. I also have a little bit of a place in my heart for him because he was Peyton’s college coach. This was the man who managed to get Peyton Manning to skirt an offer from his father’s alma mater and play for a rival SEC school. He is responsible for creating a good bit of the quarterback we see today, and for that I’m thankful. Best of luck to the Great Pumpkin.
  • Incredible Crabtree: Saturday night I watched the Texas/Texas Tech game. I have some friends who graduated from Tech, so I tend to pay attention. Plus with Texas being #1 at the time, I’m always curious to see how they play. Amazed doesn’t even begin to describe what I saw in the last minute and a half of that game. After Texas had scored their last touchdown, I vehemently announced to my bedroom walls that I hated all teams who wore orange regardless of the shade. Then Harrell marched Tech right down the field to this amazing catch by Michael Crabtree. I am stunned that he was able to stay in bounds, on his toes no less, to score the final touchdown. Kudos to Texas for mounting a really great comeback, but Tech was just too determined. After that final Tech TD, I found myself wondering if Harrell and Crabtree were available for the Colts/Pats game the following Sunday night.
  • Taking What We Can Get: That’s basically where we are as Colts fans. We’ll take a win…no matter how we get it or by how many points. We’re down to a depth chart of three cornerbacks to fill two positions. The Patriots should have lit up our secondary during that game like no tomorrow. They tried that once to Gaffney, but he dropped it right through his hands. But, when your running game is busy lighting up the D-line for 140 yards on 32 carries why try something else. The biggest thing I noticed was the 3rd down conversions that the Colts defense continues to give up. We can’t seem to get them off the field. I looked at the stats afterwards because when you’re watching, it seems like they give up every 3rd down, but actually the Pats were 8 of 14. I figured out that of the 6 they didn’t convert, 3 were converted into field goals on 4th down, 2 resulted in punts, and 1 led to a 4th down interception. I had been begging for that interception all night and finally got it. But, in the end, Peyton managed to execute a near perfect QB performance by spreading his passing around to 7 different receivers and handing off to both Addai and Rhodes. That first scoring drive in the first half gave me the biggest smile I’ve had all season watching the Colts. Peyton did not throw an incompletion and the O-line was phenomenal. Now I’m going to say something that is completely unfounded and likely false, but I think Adam Vinatieri is on steroids. The man is 9 of 20 on 50+ yard field goals in his career. The last time he made one from that distance was in a game against Chicago on November 10, 2002 when he was playing for New England, but he makes a 52 yarder Sunday night. Plus, he already has 8 touchbacks on kickoffs this season. He had 9 total the entire season last year. I’m just saying…something’s fishy for a man who will be 36 years old next month to be kicking that well, but I’ll take it cause he looks fabulous doing it! Like I’ve said before, when the Colts play Colts Ball, it’s a beautiful thing to watch. The Steelers are next and coming off a huge win over the Skins on Monday night. Yep…I’m scared.

Happy Wednesday. And to those whose candidate won last night congratulations. To those whose candidate didn’t win last night, it’s gonna be ok.

WWIR: 10/15/08

I have to say that I am highly impressed with myself that I am remembering to do the Wednesday Weekend in Review segment of this blog. I even find myself mentally keeping notes on something I want to talk to y’all about.

  • Going to the Chapel: This past weekend my friends Denise and Mike got married. As one of the wedding coordinators at the church I attend, helping Denise and Mike plan the shindig fell to me, and I was more than thrilled to get to do it. This was such an easy wedding to do. They chose a Jersey Shore theme because that’s where they met. They actually met when they were teenagers and Mike ended up marrying Denise’s best friend. That friend died of cancer a few years ago and Denise was there to help Mike through it all. As a result, a more significant relationship developed and they fell in love, but my favorite part of their relationship is how they always come back to being buddies. The wedding was really fun and beautiful. They have to be one of my favorite couples EVER! Congratulations Denise and Mike!
  • I Won: I’m in a football pick ‘em league for college and professional football, and I actually won this past week in the professional one. I usually come in towards the middle or back of the pack because I have a bleeding heart when it comes to picking the teams. You see sometimes I’ll look at a team and see that they haven’t won a game and think gosh they could use some moral support…just one person to believe they can do it. So, I’ll pick them. It has no basis in stats or point spreads or who’s injured. I just like to give people a shot. It’s what led me to pick East Carolina in week 1 of the college football season and I was the only one in my league to do so. Plus, I have a very difficult time picking against the teams that I follow. Well this week I picked 10 of the 14 games correctly. The next closest opponents picked 8 correctly. I was also the only person in my league to pick Arizona over Dallas. Now before the Cowboys fans jump all over me, this pick had nothing to do with my feelings towards either team. I actually picked Arizona because Dallas’s Terence Newman and Roy Williams were injured. That was the complete basis for my decision. Anyway, I’m just excited I won the week because it probably won’t happen again the rest of the season.
  • Watch for Stampeding Horses: Well it turns out the Colts have some life left in them after all. I was incredibly proud of their performance this past Sunday against the Ravens. I enjoyed watching the special teams, offense, and defense all come to play. The way the defense played reminded me of the playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs during the Super Bowl season. They were relentless and didn’t give up a 1st down to the Ravens until the 2nd quarter. I hope we can keep this up because the toughest part of the schedule started on Sunday with that Ravens game. There were a few injuries in that game, but if we’ve shown anything, we’ve shown that injuries don’t keep us from winning just from winning big. I’m sad that Mike Hart is on IR now with a torn ACL because I love that he will not give up on a play until he has gotten somewhere. The Colts can frustrate me to no end, but when they play Colts Ball, it’s a beauty to watch. My favorite play of the entire day was one that involved Robert Mathis. He was being held…blatantly held by the Ravens O-lineman. Robert’s right arm was practically all the way behind his back, and the holding penalty was never called. That didn’t stop Robert. Instead, he drug the O-lineman all the way over to Joe Flacco fast enough so that he could swat the ball out of Flacco’s hand and cause a fumble. The Ravens recovered the fumble (probably wouldn’t have if Robert wasn’t being held), but I still loved the never quit attitude I saw in Robert on that play. He was getting to that ball no matter what.
  • Suck It Up: A big deal was made earlier in the week about Peyton Manning admitting that he did in fact have a second surgery during training camp in the summer. There’s also been a lot of whining from Colts fans about how the Colts lied to all of us and blah blah blah. Three words people: SUCK IT UP!
    • I’m going to preface this next part by saying that I do in fact know that I would not have become a Colts fan 10 years ago this past April if it weren’t for Peyton Manning, but I also want to make it perfectly clear that during the last 10 and almost a half a season, I have turned into a diehard fan of all things Colts…disgustingly so to some of you. That said it bothers me a great deal that people feel so strongly about not being told about Peyton’s second surgery. Let me point out that the first surgery, which we knew about when it happened, was what kept Peyton out of training camp and all of the preseason. When he had the surgery, the team only promised a CHANCE that he would be back for the final preseason game and couldn’t even promise that he’d be ready for week 1 of the regular season. That was just the goal. So, don’t pin him missing training camp and the preseason on the second surgery. The first surgery took care of all that. Also, let’s address that this appears to have angered some Colts fans in the sense that it would have changed their intentions for this season on whether they followed the Colts or went to games. If you’re going to a game for 1 player and 1 player only, please just go away and I’ll be happy to take any season tickets you have off your hands. Including Peyton, there are nine pro bowl players on the active roster along with one of the most seasoned coaching staffs and front offices in the NFL. It’s not about one player. Now, of course I know that this team has a better chance of winning with an injured Peyton Manning than with a 100% healthy anybody else pretty much, but still…he’s one guy. This is a franchise whose sole purpose is to dress the best 45 players they have every Sunday (or Monday or Thursday) to do one job and one job only…win football games.
    • I think I’m a little spoiled here because of the way I was raised. You see my family has had season tickets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers games since the gates opened in 1976. Since that time, my father has missed, pay attention now, 2 PRESEASON games. He has NEVER missed a regular season game. There are few teams in the NFL that are harder to be loyal to than the Buccaneers, but my father did it and continues to do it every single year. Do they frustrate him? Sure, but that doesn’t ever change his loyalty to them. So, though I came to the Colts through a strange set of circumstances, the loyalty I have towards them is a direct result of the example I saw in my own house growing up.
    • To all those Fantasy Football team owners, none of the coaches or the 53 men on the active roster owe you a darn thing. They do not work for you, so they do not answer to you. The injury report rules set forth by the NFL were followed. Tony and Peyton did not lie. Sure they danced around the subject at the time, but they never point blank said “no, Peyton did not have a second surgery.” Call that what you will, but I can pretty much guarantee that just about any NFL coach is going to do the same thing when it comes to their players. Peyton himself says he doesn’t like injury reports because he feels like the media uses them as an excuse for why a player doesn’t perform well or as an honorable thing when they play hurt. So, perhaps Peyton and Tony chose not to announce that he had a second surgery to clean up the infection because Peyton wanted anything that went wrong to be placed on his shoulders not on his knee. At this point, I don’t see how it matters whether he had the second surgery or not. Quite frankly, I’m glad he did. Had he not, we might be looking at an injured reserve list with #18 on it.
  • Open Letter to the Clemson AD: The athletic director for Clemson University definitely missed the mark on this whole Tommy Bowden thing. I haven’t been much of a Tommy fan since he used us to get a better deal at Clemson when we wanted to hire him away to coach at Alabama, but I think the AD did an incredible disservice to his athletic program. Turns out Tommy and the AD had a meeting. The AD had no intention of firing Tommy or asking for his resignation. In fact, Tommy offered his resignation because he felt like it was just time to step aside. This information was not available until the late afternoon press conference, but it was already too late. The Clemson players, most notably the benched QB Cullen Harper, had already drug Tommy’s name through the media…I mean mud. It was really sad to see because Tommy gave a lot to that Clemson program. Things may have been going downhill in these recent years, but he was dedicated to that program. All I’m saying is that Tommy Bowden deserved to have the Clemson AD call a team meeting and explain that Tommy had actually resigned and had not been fired. Tommy Bowden deserved better than the lynching he received on his way out the door. And that fault falls squarely with the mismanagement of the situation by the AD.
  • The Boys of Summer: I don’t talk a lot about baseball on this blog because I don’t really follow the sport. I get bored with it too easily. There’s no clock and the season lasts forever, but I can certainly see why people love it. I just don’t. That said, I haven’t mentioned a lot about the Tampa Bay Rays this season even though my family and Mike and Mike in the Morning have practically forced me to follow their season. I gotta say it’s a great sports story. They’re calling it the best worst to first story in sports history. I’ve been watching some of the games during the post season, and I’m really hoping that they do get to the World Series. I also hope that if they do get to the World Series, they haven’t given everything they’ve got in these last couple games against the Red Sox. So, here’s my thing: this morning on Mike and Mike in the Morning, the two Mikes were talking about how a Phillies/Rays World Series would draw horrible ratings and that a Red Sox/Dodgers World Series would be the preferable match up. Ok…here’s where I get mad and try to keep myself from throwing things at the TV. Ratings be damned. Just because viewership wouldn’t be what the network would prefer does not mean that the Phillies or the Rays do not deserve every bit the chance to go to the World Series. These four teams have made it this far. A couple of them perhaps more improbable than the others, but they still deserve to go if they win the 7 games necessary to get to the World Series. They’ve won 6. They just need one more. I’m not a baseball fan, but I’ll tell you this much, if the Rays get to the World Series, I’ll watch, and I’m outside the demographic they spoke about on Mike and Mike this morning as those two believe that only fans of the two teams will watch if it’s Phillies/Rays.

Well that’s where I leave you this week. Don’t forget to vote for the Pro Bowl. You can find the link in my previous post or below the search box at the top of the sidebar.

WWIR: Wednesday’s Weekend in Review

So I’m not getting to this until almost the end of the day, but hey, I remembered it was Wednesday.  Aren’t y’all proud?!  I have so much to tell y’all.  Some of it you may already know, but oh well.

  • Let’s start with the McLeod West High School football team in Brownton, Minnesota.  I’m an avid reader of Rick Reilly’s columns.  He used to write the back page in Sports Illustrated, but now he writes for ESPN the Magazine.  Last week’s column was about McLeod West and their football team that consists of 19 players.  Turns out this is a result of two schools being merged into one and the parents of the players from the two schools not wanting their kids to play on the same team with each other.  If ever a group of people needed an intervention, I think it’s these two groups of parents.  Someone needs to sit them all down and say, “it’s not all about YOU.”  It’s a really fascinating story about a team that has 2 games left on their schedule and have a current record of 4-2.  Incidentally, this is also the last season that MWHS will field a football team thanks to the moms and dads who can’t get over themselves and let their kids have a childhood.
  • Let’s stay on the Rick Reilly subject and go on to his column from this week.  It’s about John Lynch, currently out of a job but last employeed on the 53 man roster of the Denver Broncos. (I’m using selective memory on that team he played for in the preseason.)  The story is all there.  It’s definitely a bleeding heart story about how football players have it rough, but if you push all the athlete freebies out of the way, you’ll see the heart of the story, which is that John Lynch wants nothing more than to just play football.  John is one of my favorites.  Always has been, always will be.  He’s one of the last to play for Tampa Bay in the awful orange uniforms.  As I watch players start to retire from the game, I think about the list of guys who I will actually shed a tear for when they’ve moved on with their life.  John is one of them.  He’s the last of a dying breed…the guys who play the game for the love of the game.  I hope that some team will call him and ask him to play for them because I miss seeing him out there on Sundays, but most of all I hope that whatever ends up being his final decision on whether to retire or stay available, it is a decision that makes him happy. 
  • Saturday morning I woke up earlier than I wanted to.  My landlords called the other week to tell me that they were going to be doing some landscaping in the front postage stamp yard.  One decision they’d made was to remove the tree out there.  It was a lovely tree.  It provided shade for my bedroom since my bedroom fronts the entire second story of the house.  What I didn’t realize was how MUCH shade it provided.  I woke up Saturday morning early because the sun was shining rather brightly through the blinds since there was no tree to shield it.  Guess it’s time to look into the curtain idea.  I hadn’t needed curtains since I had blinds and the tree.  Oh well, but the front yard does look a bit better without it.  Much more open and fresh. 
  • Speaking of Saturday, I attended the Catholic University Cardinals football game on Saturday afternoon.  Now, you have to remember that my point of reference for attending football games is Tampa Stadium (old and new…I know the new is Raymond James, but it’ll always be Tampa Stadium to me.), the RCA Dome, and Bryant-Denny Stadium.  All of those stadiums hold (or held) 10s of thousands of people in them.  Beyond that the next smallest stadium I’ve been in is my high school stadium.  Catholic University is a Division-III school.  Cardinal Stadium seats 3500 and there’s even a track around it.  It definitely took me back, but let me tell you the refs in Division III are no better than the ones in Division I.  Catholic played SUNY Maritime on Saturday and won 46-13.  The first play from scrimmage was a 60 yard touchdown pass.  I was incredibly impressed, and I had a great time; however, I did discover how deep my dependence is on jumbotrons and instant replay.  There were a couple of times I would have liked to see a play a second time.  Additionally, I learned from one T-shirt that I saw on several Catholic University students that “it is no sin to win.”  Good to know.
  • I’ll take the T-shirt segue and move on to my next topic, which takes us to my friend Jessica’s blog.  You see Jessica is an avid Fantasy Football player.  Against her better judgment, primarily because she hates him almost as much as I do, she selected Tom Brady in the first round of the draft in one of her leagues.  As those of us who follow the NFL know, Tom Brady will no longer be suiting up this season.  Jessica, being certain that many people out there share her frustration with this fact, decided to take action by creating a t-shirt that she is selling on Cafe Press in the hopes of recouping her league entrance fee.  If you or anyone you know has suffered many, many fantasy points because of Tom Brady’s season ending injury, hop on over to Jessica’s Store and pick yourself up an appropriately designed with inappropriate message t-shirt.  I’m thinking of buying one just for the heck of it.  Also, note that the first t-shirt style offering is a maternity t-shirt.  🙂 
  • Hmm…How to move on from there?  Aww, yes.  Jessica went to the Catholic game with me, then came back to my house to watch the remainder of the Alabama/Kentucky game.  Ok…and we’re back.  So, if any of y’all caught the Alabama/Kentucky game on Saturday afternoon you were treated to the presentation of a bunch of lucky stiffs.  Not only was Bama lucky to come away from that game with a win, they were lucky to keep their #2 ranking in the AP poll.  People always criticize me for saying “yeah they looked great, but…” because they think I should be happy with the win, period.  Well sorry, I’m not programmed that way.  If these same players are the ones who played Clemson and Georgia, then we should not have beaten Kentucky by only 3 points.  Granted if Glen Coffee hadn’t fumbled on the 3 yard line and Leigh Tiffin had made the two field goals he missed, we could have easily won by a score of 30-14.  I vote for never letting John Parker Wilson receive the AT&T player of the week award.  It just went straight to his head.  (Side Note: I’ve started compiling a list of teams I’m glad we don’t have to play during the regular season this year.  Make no mistake Vanderbilt is at the top of that list as the thought crossed my mind today that Vandy could make the SEC Champ game!  GO DORES!)  I have to keep reminding myself that absent a few freshmen and Terrence “Mount” Cody, this is the same team that lost to Louisiana-Monroe last year.  Last season I wasn’t on the Bama gravy train.  I was cautiously optimistic because it was Coach Saban’s first season, and I wanted to see what he could do before I joined up. I didn’t think that hiring this particular coach was the remedy for all our problems. Football just doesn’t work that way. Now, I can say without reservation that I’m slowly climbing that ladder.  Right now, I’m drinking the Nick Saban kool-aid where you are proud of the kids for winning the game and not panicking when Kentucky closed the gap in the score, but there are SO MANY things that can be worked on, not the least of which is their ability to continue playing with the intensity we saw in the Clemson game and the first half of the Georgia game.  Hopefully, they’ll take this bye week to figure those things out unlike the Colts seemed to do.
  • HA HA!  How’d you like that transition?  Yes, my sweet, precious, could drive a train through their defense, can’t get their timing down on offense, Colts played the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon.  I wanted desperately to see them come off the bye week ready to rock it all the way to the playoffs, and for the first ten minutes of the game, you’d have thought they were doing just that.  Then Sage Rosenfels…huh?…what?…wait, who?…yeah you heard me right, came out after a few unsuccessful drives for the Texans and proceeded to knock right through our defense and tie the score at 10 a piece.  I didn’t really panic at that point, I just said ok, it’s like we’re back to the beginning of the game and the score is 0-0.  That philosophy seemed to work for the Texans as they proceeded to rack up a score of 27-10 by the time there was only eight minutes left IN THE ENTIRE GAME.  At this very moment, I gave up.  I’m not sure I’ve ever truly given up on my Colts.  I’ve thought about it sure, but I’m not sure I’ve ever actually pulled the trigger on that one.  But at that moment, I was accepting defeat not only in this game but of the entire season.  I was deciding right then and there that there would be no playoffs this season, and I was fine with that.  I’d decided I’d rather know in week 5 that we’re not going to the playoffs than to get to the playoffs and do what we usually do in them.  And then, Tom Santi happened and Gary Brackett happened and Robert (Alabama A&M) Mathis happened and Reggie Wayne happened and finally, mercifully Melvin Bullitt happened.  I’ve always wondered how players do it. When the deficit they face seems so out of reach, how do they run back out on that field for that next drive, that next play? And still they do it. In the amount of time that it takes to pop a bag of microwave popcorn, the Colts mounted the biggest come from behind victory in NFL history.  Seriously, the Colts made the score 27-17 with 4:04 left on the clock. I was dumbfounded.  I watched the last 30 minutes of NFL Replay last night just to see how it unfolded.  I also wanted to see if Reggie Wayne did in fact score that final touchdown.  I never got a slowed down angle of the catch that secured it for me, but the refs saw what they saw even in the booth review.  Plus, it was on 1st down.  Give Peyton Manning two more downs and he’d get another one in there easily.  The thing on that TD pass that got me was how early Peyton threw the ball.  I know that is textbook Peyton, but I mean Reggie hadn’t even crossed the goal line when Peyton threw that ball.  He still amazes me even now.  Now, if we could just play like we played in those last 7 minutes for the other 53 minutes of the game, I could stop counting the number of years I’ve lost off my life this season.

Well there you have it…issue #2 of WWIR.  Yeah it was rather sports-filled, but hey…that IS how I’m programmed.

Day Dreaming

This past weekend I was cleaning out the storage room in my basement.  I had boxes of “stuff” I had saved over the years going as far back as when I was 13 years old.  I figured it was time to purge as much of it as I could and reorganize the room, so it looked a little neater.  As a result, I spent a lot of time knee deep in memories.  Since then, I’ve been thinking A LOT about “the one that got away” mainly because I found pictures of him that reminded me just how “into” him I was.  It’s funny because he’s the one person in my life that I had a crush on and never told him how I felt.  If you don’t know me well you should know that that is incredibly rare for me.  I’ll pretty much tell you if I’m interested in you simply because I try to live my life without regrets.  I don’t want to wonder, as I am now 12 years later, what might have been if I’d just had the courage to say something. 

He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.  Genuinely funny, incredibly talented, and wise.  That’s rare, I think, to look back now and know that an 18 year old was wise.  Wisdom and intelligence are two different things.  I wonder what he’s doing now.  If his dreams that he told me about in high school came true.  I’m certain he’s married because I believe the last email I remember from him when I was in college mentioned something about him being engaged.  I wonder if he has children now and if he loves what he does for a living.  When we were in high school, the job he hoped for after college was one of the coolest jobs I’d ever heard of, so I hope he made it happen.  We went to different colleges (and I actually do think about him whenever I hear something about his college on SportsCenter or whatever) and kept up with each other our freshmen years, but the correspondence fell off after that, and I never told him how I felt. 

I don’t know that telling him would have changed anything, but I guess as I looked at those pictures this weekend, I sat and wondered what life would have been like if he and I had ended up together.  In any case, I hope he is happy wherever he is and making people smile and laugh as he did with me.  I’ll just hold onto my memories.

Jazzed for July

I don’t know why, but I woke up this morning incredibly excited that it was July.  Maybe it’s just because I happen to like the start of a new month or maybe I’m just a freak.  I’m leaning towards the latter.  Either way, I thought I’d throw out a little fun lovin’ tidbits and things I’ve been thinking about.  Now that I have my friend Sammie back at work, I have someone to bounce these things off of before I publicize them to the world-at-large.  Here’s some of what passed:

  • McDonald’s recently introduced their knock off of the Chick-fil-A sandwich.  I was a bit skeptical at first because it was a knock off and really there is no substitute for Chick-fil-A.  That said, I decided to try it anyway because I can’t hate a food unless I’ve tried it, and I’m actually a McDonald’s girl when it comes to choosing between them and Burger King or Wendy’s.  Their fries are the best and every now and then (not often) I just get a craving for a quarter pounder with cheese.  Anyway, the McDonald’s chicken sandwich really isn’t half bad, and qualifies as next best thing when there is no Chick-fil-A around.  Here’s my theory: Chick-fil-A is not open on Sundays for reasons that I completely agree with.  However, even as a Christian, I get cravings for Chick-fil-A on Sundays.  Next time that happens, I’m going to McDonald’s. 
  • Lincoln had a check up at the doctor yesterday.  He is now over 29 inches long, which is in the 95th percentile for height…Well on his way to being giant sized to go along with his giant personality. 🙂
  • Traffic during my commute has gotten considerably better since the last day of school.  Even though it’s summer and lots of tourists who REALLY don’t know how to drive are on the roads (on top of the people who live here and STILL don’t know how to drive), it’s been ok.  Until yesterday.  At the Pentagon, they have a police officer who directs traffic at the intersection where cars come in and out of the parking lot from I-395.  In the summer, I think the Pentagon employs rent-a-cops for this duty because the line of traffic getting off at the Pentagon can back up a good 1/2 a mile or more.  And though traffic isn’t at a stand still, traffic can be stop and go from where I get on (10 miles away) all the way to the Pentagon because of the line.  If I wasn’t trying to get to work, I’d probably stop and tell the cop that he’s backing traffic up those 10 miles, but I have better things to do with my time.
  • My parents arrive on Thursday afternoon for a week.  They’ll be here for the 4th.  Dad is going to the AT&T National (sans Tiger) Golf Tournament on the 5th.  Perhaps ole Lefty can make the cut this year, and Dad can follow him around instead.  Mom and I will be shopping that day!  Can’t wait.  Then on the 10th, the three of us are driving down to North Carolina for a visit.  We’re stopping in Chapel Hill for a visit to the new Carolina Basketball Museum.  I CANNOT WAIT!  Everything I’ve heard about it from people who have been there is fantastic.  I even found one review from someone who said it was better than the Louvre.  Since I haven’t been to either, I’ll take his word for it.  🙂  From what I understand, the museum experience starts out with a behind the scenes look at getting ready for tip-off where the camera acts as a player and the viewers get to “run out on the court” with the team via the footage.  After that, we’ll stop where my mom grew up and visit family and friends, and I’ll come back on Sunday when mom and dad leave for home.  It’s a mini-vacation for me.
  • Speaking of Carolina…Tyler Hansbrough wins the WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM award for this go around.  I was reading this article on ESPN.com about how this year’s NCAA basketball teams will have more upperclassmen than we’ve see in college basketball in years.  Tyler Hansbrough is, of course, one of them.  Andy Glockner (who wrote the article) spoke with Tyler about why he chose to return:
    • “I really enjoy going to school and being around my teammates, so it wasn’t necessary for me to leave, and I didn’t feel like I needed anybody or anything,” Hansbrough said. “I love the situation here. It’s going to be tough to beat that, so I figure I can wait one more year and improve on a lot of different things and hopefully be in a better situation next year for when I do have to go.”
    • So I ask you, what planet are you from that makes you think graduating from college and moving on to the NBA is best described with the phrase “HAVE TO GO?”  I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: I LOVE THIS KID if for no other reason but that he publicly admits he has no use for the NBA.
  • Yesterday, New York and Bon Jovi announced that the band would be giving a free concert in Central Park as part of the MLB All-Star game at Yankee Stadium.  I wish I could go, but (1) you have to pick up your ticket from Yankee or Shea Stadium and (2) Central Park is not exactly my cup of tea…at least not at night with that many of my closest Bon Jovi brethren around me.  It will be pretty awesome though, and I’m hoping that at least a little bit of it will be televised on the All-Star coverage.  Perhaps Bon Jovi will put out a DVD of the concert like Garth Brooks did when he had his free Central Park concert. 
  • Also on the music front: Mr. Telephone Man‘s got the right stuff, baby.  According to People.com, New Kids on the Block and New Edition cut a track together for the upcoming NKOTB album.
  • So Shaun Alexander was cut by the Seattle Seahawks at the beginning of the off season, and now the Orlando Sentinel is speculating that the reason he can’t find a team to pick him up on the free agency market is because he’s a Christian.  As a Christian myself and a football fan, I dearly hope this is not true.  I’m leaning more towards the 30+ year old running back being the issue.  However, Shaun Alexander has never failed to sign every single one of his autographs with Psalm 37:4 (Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.).  More than that, Shaun has lived that verse every day of his life, so regardless of what the reason is for NFL teams shunning this spectacular athlete, I choose to believe that where ever he lands in life is exactly where the Lord wants him to be, which is all Shaun has ever asked for. 
  • Finally, thoughts and prayers go out to my friend Lynden’s mom who is having surgery for ovarian cancer today.  So, if you have a moment and you pray, please lift her up.  Thanks!