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Thoughts on my grandfather, Clemson, the BCS, the Heisman Trophy and the off season moves of the Yankees and Red Sox.

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So, Clemson pulled off a huge upset Saturday against Miami and control their own destiny to get to the ACC Championship for the first time where they will more than likely face Georgia Tech who barely eeked out a win against the Tigers earlier in the year.  Yes, that was a long sentence.  Let me see if I got this right.  Clemson has 3 losses by a combined 10 pts and merely has to win out to make the championship game.  Hmmm.  That sounds oddly familiar.  I wonder how many callers to WCCP have lamented those losses and regretted being thisclose to being a BCS contender.  If and when Clemson accomplishes either of these two firsts(making the Championship game and winning it to earn a BCS bid) I will take my hats off to them…literally.  I have 3 Clemson hats that I will burn.  I will keep my Clemson toboggan because it keeps my ears warm when I leave the gym.  Seriously.  I’m 100% positive that moving away from Tigertown removed all orange tinting from my glasses.  So, Clemson fans prepare the best(Orange Bowl tickets baby!) or the worst(explaining to your son why Clemson was mediocre again and why next year will be better-just give him the same speech you’ve given him the past 10 years and that your father gave you).

The World Series starts tomorrow night and at a decent hour.  Thank you MLB!  It’s the first time in a long time that the two best teams from the season are meeting in the World Series.  No Wild Card teams here(and no small market/low budget teams either).  It should be a great series.  However, as a Red Sox fan, I am facing a stark reality:  these Yankees are different.  There big free agents signings did not blow up in their faces this year(CC and Tex).  Every move the Yankees have made in the last 7 or 8 years had been iffy.  Jason Giambi, Randy Johnson, Gary Sheffield, Carl Pavano…none of their moves worked out…until now.  And so, we are left facing the possibility of a new Yankee dynasty that could run the table for the next 3 or 4 years though Joe Girardi’s managerial moves are often questionable.  The Red Sox face some big off season decisions.  The last thing we(and the world) needs is more Yankee’s titles.

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1.  This story makes me leary of buying a GPS system despite my inability to navigate the Triad.

2.  Karen and I have decided to run a half marathon in the fall instead of the one in June.  Basically, I’ve got to lose some weight before I can really run like I need to.  Running was killing my knees and back.  So, Karen found a nice Eliptical machine on Craigslist and we are hitting it hard.  Now, if I would only remember to stretch first.  So, I’m aiming for a target weight and hitting the road again after that.

3.  The NBA Playoffs have been a joy to watch.  I’m not sure what they did to increase the flow of the game and the offense, but I like it.  Orlando was amazing in Game 7 at Boston.  KG truly is the heart of their defense and without him they couldn’t get the stops they needed.  I think Cleveland wins the Finals this year and models their franchise after the Bulls:  surround Lebron with role players who do what they’re asked to do.

4.  I am still trying to figure out this network marketing thing.  It’s frustrating because I know there are a gazillion ways to make money online.  It’s putting my time and energy in the right place and learning the right things that are a struggle.  I feel like I get distracted and lose time getting to my end result.  Thankfully, I’ve learned alot of neat things, but still need to put many of them into practice.

5.  I have no idea what’s happening on American Idol.

6.  In case you didn’t hear, all World Series games will begin at 7:57 pm this year.  Finally, Bud Selig makes a sane decision and I won’t have to celebrate quietly when one of my teams wins it all.  Both Red Sox victories were enjoyed alone after midnight and I had to be quiet.  Red Sox and Phillies have won 3 of the last 5.  I hope to see that trend continue.

7.  Found the site, keepvid.com, last week.  It allows you to download youtube and other videos to your computer.  It’s already helped with getting videos for worship as I can import the downloaded vids right into propresenter.  Any other programs I need to be checking out?

8.  I’m off to lunch with my friend, Jared Bell.  I’m excited about what God is doing in his life and ministry.  We are gonna solve the world’s political problems and plan the camp games.

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So Long Yankee Stadium

To the best of my knowledge, I have never, not once, not by mistake or on purpose rooted for the New York Yankees.  They are the team, above all other teams, that I love to hate.  I became a Red Sox fan in 1987(I didn’t realize in 1986 that I was rooting against my hometown’s own Jim Rice in the World Series) and have been cheering for them ever since.  It’s ironic to me that Yankee Stadium and I share the same birthday, April 18.  It would have been nice to see them lose their last game there because it would have clinched a playoff spot for the Red Sox and officially eliminated the Yankees from the postseason.  However, I do need to make a confession. In 1998, Kerry Traynum and I embarked on a week long sports adventure that included baseball games in several cities and trips to the three major sports halls of fame.  One of the games we witnessed was the Yankees versus the Marlins at Yankee Stadium.  We played catch in a park beside the stadium before the game and it seemed as if the Stadium towered above us.  When you enter the stadium you can’t see the field from the concourse area.  When we went throught the tunnel to our section, I became overwhelmed with emotion.  My eyes welled up and I just got a strong sense of the historic events that had taken place in this stadium.  Going to monument park was equally overwhelming.  My dad hadn’t been a Yankees fan either, but these monuments represented some of his heroes that he grew up watching.  I think I had goosebumps for the whole game which the Yankees won handily and was high lighted by a Daryl Strawberry(yes, THAT Darly Strawberry) homerun.  It started raining late but we just had to move back a few rows to get under the over hang.  There was a big crowd that day, the fans were passionate but not crude, and it is a night I will never forget.  Here’s the box score here.  I don’t know what the new Yankee Stadium will look like, but I know it will not feel like the old one.  It will, however, increase the Yankees income and spending which will allow them to remain, as always, The Hated Yankees.

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Thank You, Mr. Ramirez

When the Red Sox signed Manny Ramirez to an 8 year $160 million contract they had three goals in mind.

1.  Break the curse of the Bambino.

2.  Break the Yankees.

3.  Break the bank at the box office.

In his almost 8 years in Boston, Manny helped the Sox accomplish all three.  That’s why I say, it was all worth it and shame on any Red Sox fan who would bad mouth Manny.  Did his act grow tired?  Yes.  Was it time to move him?  Yes.  But that doesn’t change the fact that he did something no other big money player($18 mill or more a year) has ever done:  he earned every penny.  We didn’t pay him to hustle.  We paid him to lift our franchise out of 80+ years of futility.  A tall order indeed and Manny did it not once, but twice earning MVP honors in 2004.  We have also seen the hated yankees(I refuse to capitalize their name) fall into disarray all the while the Red Sox have become America’s team.  If you don’t believe me, go to any Red Sox road game(if you can call it that).  So, I wish Manny the best.  I’m not happy with the way things ended, but I would do it all over again.  They should retire his jersey tomorrow and go ahead and line up an artist for his statue on Yawkey Way.  And Manny, that had better be a B on your hat on your Hall of Fame plaque.

Now, is Jason Bay going to come even close to replacing Manny’s production and sheer presence in the lineup.  No, but he will free up about $10 mill for us to shore up some other needs.  And one thing we should have learned in these last 8 years…Trust Theo.

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