Monthly Archives: September 2008

NFL “Pickem” Second Chance

We got a late start and had low registration and Paul had technical difficulties getting his team together this week.  That leaves the competition in LPC pickem between Trav and myself.  So, I created a second chance league that does not use the Vegas line.  This is a straight winner/loser pickem league.  Let’s see if the Life Pointe ESPN crew knows what they are talking about.

To enter, visit http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/pickem/register/joingroup and enter the group ID # as 74798 and the password lpc.  If you don’t have a yahoo account, you will need to register a free yahoo account.  If you know anyone that thinks they know anything about sports, tell them to bring it on.  The more, the merrier!

Pastor Trav, Jesse, Alex, Kelly, and yours truly will be in this league, hopefully along with Chris, Paul, Mark, Victor, Richard, and all the other football freaks and even casual pig skinners at LPC.  You get one point for every correct pick you make.

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Monday: Reflections from an Armchair QB

Dolphins Win!

Who would have thought that this headline would be on the papers Monday morning? The Dolphins came into the game looking worse than last year, the Patriots were undefeated with 22 straight regular season wins and they still looked like they were favorites to make the Super Bowl from the AFC. When the game ended and Miami had won in dominating fashion, Ronnie Brown looked like one of the new elite stars on the NFL and the fans of the greatest pro team on the face of the earth had hope once again. Brown finished the game with over 100 yards on the ground, one passing TD, and 4 rushing TD’s. Unbelievable! I don’t want to read too much into this singular win, but one thing I did take away is that if Ronnie Brown can stay healthy he will be a legit star in this league.

In the Life Pointe league, I look pretty strong for a win this week against O Beason. If LaDainian Tomlinson has a huge game tonight (I am talking almost Ronnie Brown numbers) then I might lose. The good news is that he is not projected to carry enough times to score that many points. That should put me at 2-0 with one of the strongest teams in the league. The fantasy guru, Pastor Trav, is looking at a possible 0-2 with a loss to “Puttin on the Ritz”. He needs a TD or about 90 yards from Cotchery to win, and 80 to tie. Jesse is going to go 2-0, and Mark Similey’s Dead Skins are going to go 2-0 with a win against Paul’s “skins”.

On Saturday, the Miami Hurricanes looked like the Canes of old as they totally demolished the Aggies of Texas A&M at College Station. Supposedly, College Station is one of the toughest places in college football to win a game. Apparently it is, if you are an Aggie. Texas A&M lost to Arkansas State at College Station earlier in the year. One of the most exciting aspects of the game was seeing the Canes flying all over the field laying big hits on everyone. LB’s were smacking RB’s, DB’s were pounding WR’s until they did not even want to get up, and the whole team was swarming to the football. We also have a leader with some serious physical talent at QB. Marve is the real deal. This coming week we have a nice test against Butch Davis and the UNC Tarheels who look like they could compete for the ACC crown this year. WOOSH WOOSH!

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From the “What’s up with that?” files!

Never Give Up!

Well, on second thought….

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

Good afternoon evening friends.  This morning was a great time at the theater with my fellow Life Pointe friends and family.  This was my first morning to experience three services in the morning other than Easter this year.  I had a great time as I hope you did too (if you came).  If you didn’t make it out to be with us, I will look for you next time.

The set up was in full swing when I entered the theater at 7:30ish.  Mike B greeted me at the back door of pier 2 after a couple of raps on the door.  The worship team was a little light this week with Bill out of town and Reina home taking care of their little one who has been sick.

A few tech difficulties interfered with our start and made things a little bumpy early on.  But everyone sang along and worshiped the Lord, because He is our audience.  The other two services were very smooth without any technical incidents.

The music was a lot of fun today.  Jesse was on the guitar with the lead vocals, Mike B was on the drums and sang back up, I sang back up and played the bass, and Julie sang back up vocals as well.  We sang “Your Love is Amazing”, “Your Grace is Enough”, and “Holy is the Lord”.  It was a great time of singing and worship.

For our regular announcement video, Jesse pulled a fast one on everybody.  Halfway through the video, he raised his hand and said “I am here”.  Turns out he was sitting in the theater with his camera on and projecting himself giving the announcements live.  It was a great touch and very innovative.  I think he fooled everybody except those sitting right beside him.  Good job!

For a different perspective on the service this morning and the message (on Habakkuk), be sure to visit:

Pastor Trav’s Wrap Up

Ritz’ Goosfaba

Jesse From the Stage

Life Pointe Church Sunday Morning Tossed Salad by Chris Day

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Saturday Top 5: Excuses Given to Get out of a Ticket

This week is the first time I will have a top 5 that I didn’t judge and generate on my own.  The category is excuses given to get out of a ticket and here are the top 5 reasons.  The list of top 3 plus some honorable mention selections were from an article on autos.aol.com.  These were actual stories, but their voracity could not be confirmed.

#5 The result of this excuse was not known, but the answer given to the question “Why were you speeding?” was simple.  “Time is money.”

#4 “My sister-in-law was pulled over one day for speeding and she said to the passenger with her “O dear God don’t let him give me a ticket” the officer came up to her and as he was looking over her driver’s license the call came over the radio that the church down the road was on fire. He jumped in his car and told her it was her lucky day. My sister-in-law said “God you did not have to go to that extreme.”

#3  This was my personal favorite. “Vehicle pulled over for speeding at approximately 04:00. When approaching the vehicle the driver asked me if I knew Officer Westberg. I told him I did. He then went on to tell me how he was Officer Westberg’s buddy, and he (Westberg) wouldn’t be happy knowing I was giving one of his friends a ticket. I asked him how well he knew Westberg. He said that they have been close friends for years, and even showed me Westberg’s business card. I told the driver to wait in his car, and I would check to make sure his license was valid. It was, so I wrote him the ticket for speed. When I gave him the ticket, he asked me why I didn’t let him off with a warning, since he was Westberg’s friend. I told him Westberg doesn’t have any friends and that he should look at the name of the officer on the ticket. There neatly printed was WESTBERG. The driver stared at the officer’s name on the ticket for probably 15 seconds, then looked at my nametag, and saw it spelled out Officer Westberg. He told me that a buddy of his always dropped officer’s names, and since he had received my business card in the past during some type of event, he thought it was worth a try. He paid the ticket.”

#2 “I was driving along one day minding what I thought was my own business, and kind of daydreaming. I must have gone a little faster than I should have and was pulled over and stopped by a state police officer. My husband is a former police officer and told me how he always let someone go if they could tell him a reason for speeding that he hadn’t heard before. I knew I had to think quickly because he was now approaching my door. He advised me that the reason he was stopping me was I had exceeded the posted limit by 15 miles over. I looked him in the eye and asked him sternly “Do you have any idea what I did to the last cop who stopped me for speeding?” He looked a little shocked and began feeling more cautious. I said, “I married him.” I believe he is still laughing, he just walked away and said slow down, have a nice day. I was so pleased that for once my husband told me something that would really work.”

#1 The best excuse used to get out of a ticket is an excuse that really stinks! “I am a funeral director, the law does not bother a hearse on the highway at any speed. But this one time I had a time to be at an out of town crematory, and I was in a van, taking an unembalmed body to be cremated and he got me at 90 mph on the Interstate, when he stopped me and asked what was my hurry, I said, ‘Brother, I have to be at a crematory in an hour or I’ll miss my appointment time and they will be closing for the weekend.’ He said, ‘So …’ I said, ‘Take a whiff in the back, he stuck he head in the side window and jerked it back out and said sir hurry along and be careful.'”

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The EIB Award

This weekly award goes to the most excellent blog of the week. I had a tough time deciding between two great entries this week. This weeks runner up is…

Jesse’s picture blog with a look back at a few years of Jesse doing what Jesse does best.

And the winner of the EIB award for Excellence in Blogging goes to none other than Billy Finch for his tribute to Rick Wright of Pink Floyd. I really could not pass on this excellent entry. The only thing I didn’t like about it is the tinge of sadness I get thinking about how I never had the pleasure of enjoying a Pink Floyd concert for myself.

Congrats Bill!

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Friday Bottom 3: Bad Products

Have you ever watched a commercial and thought “how ridiculous!”? Today’s bottom 3 are the silly products you have seen advertised and pushed on the public that make you wonder who is buying them. Whether it’s a commemorative gold plated coin that is passed off as having been minted by the US Treasury, or just a useless product that found it’s niche, many bad products continue to make money. If they didn’t, I am sure they would have disappeared by now.

3. The Clapper – Clap on, clap off, the clapper! Are you too lazy to flip the light switch on the wall? No problem, just clap your hands in bed and let there be light! I think this is just a novelty, because remote controls are available at just about anywhere lights and fans are sold. They are much quieter and they control more functions than just on or off for one lighting device. The commercial is classic, though!

2. Chia Pet – Ch-ch-ch-chia! Let’s see, you take a ceramic sheep or human head, spread some alfalfa seeds, water it regularly, and pretend that the sprouts are hair. I actually know people who have purchased Chia Pets.

1. Spray On Hair – This is a product that preys on the insecurity of men who are losing hair and are desperate for help. Bro, let it go! What’s more embarrassing: A thinning dome, or flecks of black or brown paint falling all over your clothes from your head?

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Splash of Thought

-There are no named tropical systems currently in the Atlantic and there are no systems that are expected to develop any time soon.

-Maybe I will actually get a chance to get out of the house this week or coming week to catch some lobsters. The problem is that the bugs may have sought shelter in deeper waters for the rest of the year due to the drop in pressure and nasty weather we have experienced over the past month or so.

-I still have my shutters up on my front windows. I better take them down this week or Marcela is going to get mad at me.

-Speaking of getting mad, I spilled a full glass of red kool aid on my living room carpet. I spent almost an hour trying to clean it but the best I could do was reach a shade of pinkish peach. 😦

-I am 1-0 in the Life Pointe fantasy football league, and my draft strategy is looking very strong. My team’s weakness is TE, Kicker, and team D. But I am very well positioned at QB (Rivers and Romo), WR (H Ward, TO, and now DeShawn Jackson), and RB (Adai, M Turner, Parker, Bush, and T Jones).

-The Dolphins so far look every bit as bad as they did last year, if not worse. Let’s see if they can turn things around. Zach and JT are sorely missed on D. Teams are walking up and down the field on us. Too many people got carried away with the decent preseason we had. It means nothing!

-I believe the Canes and Aggies are on ABC this weekend. Should be a tough but winable game for Miami.

-I hate car trouble. My truck’s temp was running high and the AC was not cooling. Turned out to be a simple radiator hose leak causing both problems. $150 later the car is fine.

-I’m looking forward with anticipation to my first Sunday at LPC of 3 services.

-I saw the movie “Righteous Kill” two nights ago. It was OK. I hate it when movies have a ton of potential, but the ending is either anti-climactic or unrealistic. There has to be a balance between the two.

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Wednesday Quotable (and a little economic rant)

With the economy at the front of everyone’s mind and the angst we all feel, the knee-jerk is to punish greedy corporations for the trouble we are in.  The blame game will continue as we search for a culprit, someone to point our fingers at so we can feel better.  The question will remain open because there are so many people to point the finger at.  There are legislators and executive politicians who forced lenders to lend money to people and businesses in lower socio-economic strata who had less than acceptable credit or unverified income, there are greedy CEO’s who walked out of their dying corporations with millions in salary raises and severance, there are foolish investors who put everyone else’s eggs into one basket, and there are naive citizens who have borrowed more than they could possibly repay on the dream that has been forced upon everyone that every American MUST own a house.  Let the class warfare begin.  Senator Barack Obama’s tax plan is to raise the corporate tax rate.  We currently have a 39.5% corporate tax rate, the second highest in the world.  Then we wonder why our corporations ship their jobs over seas for a tax break.  Of course if they go over seas, they will get a tax break by virtue of being in a nation that has a lower corporate tax rate.  So what is the obvious solution?  Cut corporate tax rates?  No, Obama says to raise them, and even if they do not operate in the good old U.S. of A., charge them a tariff for wanting to do business somewhere else where they can save money.  As anyone with common sense should know, the job of a corporation/business is to make money, not to hire people.  The fact is that if you raise taxes or fees on corporations and business, they will pass it on to you and me with higher prices, they will lay off employees, or they will cut quality and dividends.  That brings us to this week’s quotable.

“Corporations don’t pay taxes, people pay taxes.”

Walter Williams, former chairman of economics for George Mason University

Corporations do not pay taxes, they collect them from you and me for Uncle Sam.

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Life Pointe Fantasy Football Report

Here are the winners and losers in the first week of fantasy football…

Pastor Trav’s “TJ’s BIGG DOGGS were annihilated by Jesse’s “Fuser Heads” 115-71.  Uncharacteristically, Pastor Trav started a player whose game was canceled by Hurricane Ike.  It didn’t make enough of a difference since 3 of Jesse’s players (Portis, Brandon Marshall, and Brian Westbrook) equalled TJ’s BIGG DOGGS entire starting roster.  Big start for the novice, Fuser Heads.

My “Citizen Cane” squad had to make a comeback against the upstart “Puttin on the Ritz” squad of Ritz Crackah.  Thanks to Tony Romo and Terrel Owens who hooked up for two TD passes early, that was all I needed to make up the 8 point deficit going into the game.  Even one of the TD’s for Ritz’s Marion Barber was offset by the fact that Romo threw it to him.  Good try Ritz, but you have a lot to learn young man.  Final Score 91-81.

Brother Oral Beason’s “bachrach” came up short against Paul Hollified’s “Skins” 75-71 in the only battle of two fantasy football veterans.  Thanks to Kurt Warner’s performance against the pathetic Dolphins, Paul eeked out the win in the low scoring affair.  Congrats Paul!

The game of the week featured 2 of the 3 highest scoring teams.  Mark’s “Fuzzy’s Dead Heads” outlasted Zech’s “Turkey Buzzards 122-116.  14 points from the Dallas Kicker and 18 points from the NY Giants’ defense made the scoring across the board for the Dead Heads very even… except for the one player that didn’t even see the field. That’s right!  Andre Johnson, whose game was postponed due to Ike was in Fuzzy’s starting line up.  He would have had even more with a player in the starting lineup that actually played.

In pro pickem, I finished the week with 6 correct picks out of 13 with one push and one postponed game.  There were several games that late plays changed my fate.  Dallas could not quite put enough points on the board to make the 7 point spread, so I lost that one too.  Overall, I lead the pickem league with Paul one point back and Pastor Trav 3 points back.

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