Congrats to Josh (right of the state championship trophy) and the whole Neuqua Valley High School cross country team on their state championship. They came into the state meet ranked, but were still underdogs to Loyola Academy who was the #1 ranked team in the nation. However, it was the Wildcats that ended the day standing on this stage with the state championship trophy. Congrats!
If you were watching the BCS Championship Game last night you may have noticed that Tim Tebow had John 3:16 painted underneath his eyes. Or you may have noticed that the national champion Florida quarterback in his post game interview said “I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Well, you see this kind of stuff and hear that kind of talk from a lot of professional athletes, but it sounds like Tim Tebow is the real deal. If you are sports fan, check out this site Beyond the Ultimate, it tells the story of his spiritual journey and has video footage from his spring break trip to serve at an orphange in the Philippines. From what I see, I’m a big fan!
When Josh and I arrived it was already double digit sub-zero temperatures with the wind chill factor. However we had about four layers of clothes and were prepared for the evening. When we arrived we stopped at the concession stand to get a hot dog and a pop. By the time I walked from the concession stand and found our seats my diet Coke had already started to freeze! It was cold and so was the Bears offense almost the whole game. But our whole section literally stood and cheered for the Bears for all four quarters and then the overtime. And when Robbie Gould hit that field goal to win it in sudden death overtime to beat the Packers we all went crazy. We were giving high fives and hugs to every person around us. It was close to going to church! It was great game and a great time and a great win. Go Bears!
I want to also give a shout out and a big thank you very much to Jim Woolums, my facebook friend (and Packer fan!) who gave me the tickets.
Congrats to Josh (first on your left) and his sophomore cross country team that won the Nike Midwest Cross Championships in Terra Haute, Indiana yesterday. It was an amazing race and the competition was fierce. If you want to see the times and the stats click HERE. Our team tied with Belvedere, but the tie breaker went to the team with the faster 6th (of 7 on the team) place finisher. Our 6th guy finished the 5k about 90 seconds faster and we won. It was a fun (albeit cold) and memorable day. Way to go guys!
I’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling lately – last week I was speaking in Atlanta, Houston and San Diego. However this weekend I’m in Terre Haute, Indiana and it is not about me. I’m here to watch Josh and a his cross country team run in the Nike Cross National Midwest Championships. Last year they competed in the National Junior Olympics held at Kansas State University. Josh will be running with the sophomore team; but at the varsity level the top two team winners and top five individual winners get a paid trip to the Nike Cross National Championship in Portland, Oregon. Last year Neuqua Valley not only won this region, but won the national championship. Neuqua Valley is again one of the top ranked teams in the region and has a shot at going to the nationals. Should be a fun (but cold) day!
I just read that the guys in Las Vegas are now saying the odds of an all-Chicago World Series of the White Sox versus the Cubs is 11-1. Reminds me of my favorite line from Dumb and Dumber, “…so you’re telling me there’s a chance!”
It is football season and I am loving it! Caleb and his Pee-Wee League Chiefs (see pic) started their seasons this weekend with a defensive struggle that ended in a 0-0 tie. Hummm. But then my Bears knocked off the Colts in a convincing 29-13 victory! If you are Bears fan, please leave your enthusiastic comments. If you are Colts (or Packers) fan, please leave. Finally, my fantasy football team also won with a league high 173 points! Are you ready for some football!
The White Sox won again on Saturday night! With this White Sox victory it puts the Sox 3.5 games ahead of Minnesota and 7.5 games ahead of Detroit. Meanwhile the Cubbies lost last night and are now tied for first with the surging Milwaukee Brewers. So here is my question: which Chicago baseball team has the best winning percentage? Clue: It rhymes with ROCKS!
If you are a baseball fan then you watched Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers set a new single round record with 28 homers in the first round of Home Run Derby. Much more amazing is Josh Hamilton’s story of how God saved him from a life of drugs and alcohol that almost ruined him. He said, “When I get the urge to have a drink or do something I’m not supposed to do, I think about what a hypocrite I would be to my Christianity and my sobriety.” He continued, “My wife told me in the midst of my addiction that God was going to let me get back to baseball.” Then Josh Hamilton added, “Being able to share my story, that’s what it’s all about.” If you want to read more about his story here is one version in the Dallas News. My favorite line of the night was from one of the ESPN announcers while Hamilton was clobbering homer after homer out of Yankee Stadium, “It’s not a good night to be an atheist.”
After the Sox finished off the Cubs three straight at US Cellular I got in my car and I left this at the door of the Cub fan who brought it to my house last Sunday night. It turns out that it belonged to him after all! 🙂