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Sports Illustrated

I’ve rarely rooted for the team that ends up winning the Super Bowl.

As a kid I would usually pick the team I would cheer for based on just about anything other than what had happened on the field all year.


All of these were more important than player personnel and even regular season records.

This I the main reason why I’ve never rooted for the 49ers in a Super Bowl.  For their first Super Bowl victories I held out against them for childish reasons.

I liked the Bengals helmets more than the Niners’ drab costuming.

There was a guy named Super-Duper who played for the Dolphins,

I preferred Ickey Woods’ dancing to Jerry Rice’s.

By the early 1990’s I had begun playing organized football; I was able to understand the nuance of the game in ways that helped me appreciate the 49ers gameplay.

This only meant that I was able to understand why they thoroughly dismantled my favorite teams.

I appreciated them, but I couldn’t like them.


Pulling Over

Traffic Stop 1


It’s not as dramatic as it sounds, but I gave myself up to the police last night.

I had just finished a late night at work and found myself with an intense desire to get home as quickly as I could.

After swinging by my friend’s place and picking up my dog, I pulled onto Willamette Falls Drive and flipped on the stereo to listen to my audio Bible.

On my way out of West Linn I blew past a police car that was parked in the dark lot of a baseball field. I was doing at least 10 miles per hour over the legal limit.

I’ve seen that police car parked there before.

I’ve seen that officer pull people over before.

I knew that he was there looking for people who were speeding.

Tonight he was looking for me.

My first thought was that it wasn’t fair that a police officer can sit in a dark parking lot with all of his lights off.

My second thought was to look in the rear view mirror to see what the officer was doing.

He had just turned on his headlights.

My third thought was that the speed limit should definitely be higher on this stretch of road… especially for people who work hard serving the Lord.

That’s when a thought that I wouldn’t naturally have popped into my mind:

“You are totally speeding”

I’m pretty sure that this thought was from someone else, because I’m naturally inclined to make excuses and self-justify when I’m doing wrong.

It was an unnatural thought, something that was alien to me.

That’s when I knew I needed to just pull over.


For God’s Sake… Leave A Tip!


Christians, like other subcultures, can be lousy tippers.

This isn’t a surprise to anyone who has ever provided table service on a Sunday afternoon, but for some reason it’s usually a shock to churchgoers.

This week an American pastor made news for protesting the fact that he was charged a mandatory 18% gratuity (his party was larger than the mandatory gratuity of 8 people) and decided to leave a piece of his mind on the receipt:

“I Give God 10% Why do you get 18?”

Unfortunately the piece of his mind that he left on the receipt was smaller than the amount that he left at home when he headed out to the restaurant.


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