Monthly Archives: April 2008

Deep Thought

If you ever catch on fire, try avoid seeing yourself in the mirror, because I bet that’s what really throws you into a panic.

-Jack Handey

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Profiles LPC/HCOG: The Recap

I have only been doing this blog for a couple months. This week I am going to just do the lazy thing and redirect some of you who have only recently been visiting the site. So, no new material this week.

Frankie France

Ela Ortega

Gene and Margaret Hadsel

Christmas in Homestead 1992

GTWGH Thanksgiving 1992

Bob Baker

Arlene Rance

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The Streak at the U

Hurricane fans can sit back, take a deep breath and relax now. The University of Miami, aka NFL U, aka “The U” is notorious for it’s pipeline to the NFL. UM has the most players selected in the first round of a single year (6), the most first round selections in a 2 year period (11), and the most first round selections in a 3 year period (15). Since 1994 at least one player from the University of Miami has been selected in the first round of the NFL free agent draft. The streak now stands at 14 years with the selection of Kenny Phillips by the New York Giants.

They are called quarterback U, linebacker U, wide receiver U, running back U, tight end U, and so on because of the dominance of Miami at each of these positions over the past 25 years. It just became easier with that big orange and green U on the helmet to call Miami “The U”. Is there any question why they are called NFL U?


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NBA Playoffs update and a little historical perspective

NBA Playoffs Shaq Garnett Kobe

Yesterday, it was the Cleveland Cavs over the Wizards in the east now up 3-1, the Suns avoided the sweep moving to a 3-1 deficit by blowing out the Spurs, New Orleans pushed forward to a 3-1 lead winning against Dallas, and with the win against the Sixers Detroit ties the series 2-2 and avoided going down 3-1 in a series they should not be struggling with. In the other series, Orlando is up 3-1 against Toronto, the Lakers might be ready to sweep the Nuggets up 3-0, Boston is up 2-1 against Atlanta, and the Jazz hold a 3-1 advantage over Houston.

If you go by historical statistics, the Lakers and the Spurs are locks to move on. No team has ever come back from 3-0 to win an NBA series (0 for 81 attempts all time), and only 3 teams have come back to tie. Only 8 teams in history have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a series with the Phoenix Suns being the last team to do so in 2006 against the Lakers.

What does this mean? Nothing really. Records are meant to be broken. It would be great to see some lowly team like the Hawks beat the Celtics, or the Nuggets to become the first team in NBA history to come back from an 0-3 deficit (They would become only the fourth 8 seed in NBA history to beat a 1 seed, if they can get past that never-before-done comeback from 0-3). These series are not over until that 4th game is won. Until then, history is only history. Papers and stats do not win games. No team is safe or eliminated until the series is over. But the reason the 0-3 comeback has never happened, the 1-3 comeback rarely happens, and the 8 seed almost never beats the 1 seed is because the teams going up 3-0 and 3-1 are obviously the better team. The 1 seed is usually light years ahead of the 8. That’s what is so surprising about the east this year. The 1 seeded Celts and 2 seeded Pistons are so much stronger than the rest of the east that they should be cruising. Instead, the Celts have dropped one of the first 3 games of the series to a mediocre at best Atlanta team and the Pistons with the second best record in the NBA were down 1-2 against a team with a losing record. They even had to struggle just to tie the series at two a piece.

In the long run, I fully expect the Lakers, Hornets, Jazz, and Spurs to advance in the West. The Spurs might struggle a little to put away a tough Suns team. I also expect the Cavs, Pistons, Celtics, and Magic to advance in the east setting up some really cool matchups.

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Life Pointe Sunday Talk Soup – 4/27/08

  • I got to the theater a shade before 8 AM. Jesse, Alex, and Bill were already there and things were ready to go.
  • Jesse led us in music this morning and Alex played drums this week. Outstanding work Alex. We sang “Friend of God“, “In The Secret” and “Better Days”. For communion we sang the U2 song “All I Want Is You” and “Your Love Oh Lord“.
  • Bill joked that we learned something today: that every that can be sung song segues to a U2 song, and Alex will figure out which one.
  • Once again, the 1030 service was jumping. No offense to the 9. The 9 has been slamming before, but the 1030 has been on a roll!
  • I really had a blas worshipping with my LPC homies this morning. Church Rocks!
  • Trav spoke on the series “Simply Jesus” again. The question today was “Why is Jesus a superior Savior to other all other religions’ saviors?
  • Scripture was presented which stated that Jesus was the only way, and this in the world’s eye is bigoted.
  • Budism says there are 84,000 paths to salvation
  • Best point of the day from my point of view was the analogy of a man drowning. The drowning man does not need someone standing over him saying there are 84,000 ways to be saved. He wants the one man who can save him to reach down and pull him out.
  • Tom Cruise was referrenced a couple times, and Trav said he is happy enough just seeing Tom jumping around on a couch on Oprah.
  • The sound system tweaks and permanent installation have really paid off.
  • I believe this is the first time my blog was referrenced in service. He mentioned my Top 5 post and specifically quoted the redneck saying “Would ya please pass the jelly?
  • Make sure you get your salad to go with your soup!

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Top 5 Saturday – TV commercials in my lifetime

I can’t give you the greatest commercials ever, because there are too many commercials of which I am not aware or have no connection since I am only 32. So these commercials in my top 5 are the ones which are most memorable to me.

5. 1984 won’t be like 1984 – It was the year of the Olympics in LA, and it was the year Apple introduced the Macintosh. It’s a seriously good commercial that still holds up technically. If it had either more substance or more humor to it I would have listed it as my #1. Regardless, it was a brilliant commercial. When I watch The Matrix and Neo is freed, I am reminded of this commercial. It has the same feel. Everyone is trapped and everything is being spoon fed to living yet mindless robots. FREE YOUR MIND!

4. “Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?” Grey Poupon is so fine, it’s even made from white wine. “But of course!” This is one of life’s finer pleasures. How do I know? Because some guy in a Rolls-Royce has it in his glove box. Seriously though, who hasn’t pulled up alongside you and asked for some Grey Poupon? Happens to me all the time.

3. “Wassuuuuuuuup“. I don’t drink and I don’t make the suggestion that you drink. I am not endorsing Budweiser. But this commercial was bigger than the beer! Growing up, everybody had a set of buddies and they had their own way of communication, and their own style. There were a couple others in this series: “Wassabi“, “Wassup Girlfriend“, and my favorite of the series “What are you doing?” This commercial still makes me smile because it kind of reminds me of some of my old friends. This is one of many hilarious and memorable Budweiser commercials, including the Bud-weis-er frogs, “I LOVE YOU MAN!”, and Cedric the Entertainer shaking it up on a date. But this one kind of filtered into everyday life. Don’t tell me you have never called someone on the phone and said “wassuuuuuuuuuuup!”

2. “Would you please pass the Jelly?” In a southern somewhat hickish accent, a young feller asks the rich hosts to pass the jelly, when he should have said “Pass the Polaner’s All Fruit.” My family still jokes about this when we get together for breakfast. Don’t dare call it jelly!

1. This Wendy’s commercial became a social statement, a metaphor, and so much more than just a commercial about hamburgers. To this day politician and officials are asked this simple question when it is apparent theya have more style than substance. That’s why it’s #1. “Where’s the beef?”


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Karaoke on a Friday!

Kelly, Trav, Marcela, my mom, Kourtney and McKenna all had a great time after eating at Cracker Barrel, celebrating my mom’s birthday.  Trav’s rendition of “That’s Amore” brought down the house.  Your’s Truly sang “I Will Always Love You” just like Whitney Houston, the crackhead version that is.That\'s Amore!

The highlight was Travis singing Adam Sandler style, tippity tappity, what???

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