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Phil doesn’t “Duck” his beliefs

Let me start by saying when sin entered the world, it royally screwed up everything.  Man’s willful choice against what GOD had ordained led to unnatural things that were not present at kickoff in the Garden of Eden.  That includes homosexuality (and any other sin you can think of).  GOD created one couple (man and wife), not three.

In an upcoming GQ article, Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson, a devout Christian, voiced his opinion on homosexuality.  Today, society wants to move the goal posts where it fits them best – on any issue.  That definitely includes homosexuality, same sex marriage, etc…

As a Christian, and that is a dirty word to the world, Robertson kicked his answer through the uprights where they were originally positioned.   Sin of any kind, homosexuality to the “little white lie”, is outside the boundaries GOD has drawn.  Phil lived outside those boundaries (“all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of GOD“) for many years and said as such in the interview:  “I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior.”  Now, he isn’t ashamed to live inside those same boundaries.

Let’s take the sports analogy a little further.  If there were not out of bounds lines on the football field, more plays would be run east to west than north and south where, the end zone, the ultimate destination, is.  Running side to side is an aimless journey that leaves one frustrated, worn out and without focus.

In the rules context, if boundaries did not exist no penalties would be called and utter chaos would ensue.  Unnecessary injuries would take place – we injure ourselves unnecessarily all the time when choosing to live by our rules.  GOD’s word, HIS boundaries give life; it doesn’t take it away.

So instead of coming out and simply disagreeing with his view, Robertson’s detractors are now trying to destroy him and his livelihood (last year similar groups tried to pluck Chick-fil-A over the same subject).  They cannot agree to disagree.  They cannot discuss.  They continue to move the goalposts. In this ridiculous PC world we live in, they will take their ball (and yours) and go home with it unless assimilation is gained.

If A&E drops the show, so be it. In that decision to abandon Robertson, they have shown their true colors. This “season” of Robertson’s life might end, and, if so, GOD will open another door for that family to make an impact for HIM.  Robertson says his “mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches…However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity.”

GOD calls us to show HIS love to the world, but that doesn’t mean we have to agree with what the world does.

In the end, Robertson decided not to put his business, or anything else, over the foundation his life is built upon. His is JESUS – and the world just has a difficult time with that.

Chipping away at our defense — via the Diamond

Over 16 years ago singer/songwriter Paula Cole asked the question:  Where have all the Cowboys gone?  Maybe she had a crystal ball and saw the forthcoming wussification of America.  Whether its a personal choice or the unrelenting efforts of society to re-shape what a man is supposed to be, and why toughness is needed, our country is becoming softer by the day.

Today, Major League Baseball has decided to ban collisions at home plate.  After hearing this, I knew I must watch ESPN’s Around the Horn to hear what the “experts” had to say.

Today they included journalism professor Kevin Blackistone, who on this very show in early November referred to our National Anthem as a “war anthem” and the Boston Globe’s legendary sportswriter Bob Ryan. In his November 17 column, Ryan lamented his covering of professional football and takes part of the blame for being an “enabler” to a sport that has caused so much head trauma.  Not surprising, both, along with the two other panelists, agreed that banning collisions at home plate was a good idea.

Some who actually played the game disagreed (there are others who will also agree). Oakland outfielder Josh Reddick tweeted:  ”No more home plate collisions?! What is this? NFL quarterbacks are catchers now?” Former catcher and current NY Yankees manage Joe Girardi concurred:  ”I lost time as a catcher being run over a couple different times, but I thought it was part of my job and I enjoyed the contact.  Now I’m not so sure that everyone enjoys contact. But I love football, so I liked it.”

What will come next in baseball?  Not breaking up the double play?  Face-masks for batters?  How about hitting off a tee?  Cutting home plate in half so pitchers cannot throw on the inside corner for fear of hitting a batter who hangs over the plate like a tree limb?

I played baseball growing up, in high school and college and was always under the assumption that those in the batters box were on offense and the dudes in the field played defense.  The nine guys on defense do all they can (within the rules) to make sure no one crosses home plate.  Home plate in baseball and the end zone in football are very similar – they are the end point.  If the other team crosses more than you, you lose.

Therefore, each team is called to … defend.  That word is not as honorable and well thought of as it used to be.  In a game or life, defending hurts.  Some may respond that it’s just a game, and it is.  If that’s the case, why is the media and this administration in DC attempting to punish citizens owning firearms that want only to defend something much more important than home plate or an end zone – their family and belongings?  The Constitution says we have that right by law (that the Left is working tirelessly to tear apart).  This is where I see PCness (political correctness), and its destruction of our moral, ethical and national fiber, along with the long, oppressive arm of big government, seeping into every area of life.

This is about much more than banning collisions at home plate.  Silently our inner toughness as a country is being chipped away and when that is weakened, so is our ability to defend.

Champions played 72 years ago today

Champions played 72 years ago today

Titles will be won and champions will be crowned all over the college football landscape today. Headlines proclaiming great team and individual deeds, in the midst of fierce “battles”, will fill the Saturday night web sites and Sunday morning newspapers.

72 years ago today, a real battle was fought at Pearl Harbor and over 1,500 American champions lost their lives. The playing field had no boundaries. There were no rules as American service men and women were attacked without warning by the Japanese. No penalty flags were thrown for unnecessary roughness. They were not afforded a halftime to “make adjustments.”

These champions were not carried off on the shoulders of fans or teammates. Instead, they were taken to hospitals on stretchers, died were they fought or suffered a horrific end in a watery grave. They did not drape their school flag around them, but many were laid to rest in coffins draped with the American flag. They were never able to return and be honored at homecoming but taps is played in their honor every year.

It’s been over seven decades since these champions “played,” and time has faded their memory to a degree. Societal lamaze and the effort to quiet and rewrite America’s great history has done the rest.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the attack as “a date which will live in infamy.” It is our responsibility to see the champions of December 7, 1941 are always kept in the headlines.

Numbers give Ohio State a Blackeye

Dead men tell no tales.  And, if you don’t crunch the numbers, they don’t lie.

So, as we head into Saturday’s college football conference championships, that will “help” decide the BCS title game participants, let’s allow the numbers to speak definitively and loudly. The three prohibitive favorites to meet Florida State (unless the Seminoles lay an egg vs. Duke) in Pasadena on January 8 are #2 Ohio State, #3 Auburn and #5 Missouri.

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer has relaxed with family and friends so much since leaving Florida, he has already forgotten how strongly he lobbied in 2006 for his one-loss, SEC champion Gators to play for the crystal ball.  They did, and they won.  His current team, at Ohio State, has won 24 consecutive games, and for that reason alone, some around the nation feel the Buckeyes deserve their “shot.”

This is not the federal government, life is not fair and no one is entitled to a “shot.”  It must be earned.  OSU’s run the past two seasons has been quite impressive, 24 straight W’s isn’t accomplished everyday, but a closer look reveals…well let’s let the numbers talk.

  • Among the 24 wins, only 13 opponents had winning records (seven in ’12 and six in ’13
  • Just three of those teams registered nine or more victories (that could increase if Iowa and Ball State go to bowl games and win this year)
  • In the past two years, OSU has played five ranked teams. At game-time, none were in the top 15.  This Saturday will be its first in that category against 10th ranked Michigan State.
  • The cumulative records of its victims:  2012 (73-80; .477); 2013 (76-80, .487). A whopping total of 149-180 or .453 winning percentage

-Non conference foes:           39-59             (.398)

-Conference foes:                  108-101         (.517)

  • In the 2013 regular season, six of OSU’s victims had winning records with Wisconsin being the lone squad with more than eight.  It had nine.  Three of the six had seven victories.

On the flip side is the despised bully (we will use that term since its so prevalent today in amateur and professional sports…and everywhere else) of college football, the SEC.

The Cloud nine-dream season for Auburn has had its magic wand moments, but doesn’t every dream season?  Auburn has been fortunate (and to win titles, you must be), but they are good and the numbers prove it.

  • Of its 11 victories, six of Auburn’s opponents had winning records and four registered eight or more regular season victories.  Three other squads finished with .500 records.
  • Including this Saturday, OSU will have played six ranked teams in two years with only one in the Top 10.  In 2012, Auburn will have already played six with four in the top 10 at game time (LSU #6, Texas A&M #7, Alabama #1, Missouri #4).  Don’t forget their gigging of Johnny Football took place in Aggieland. The Tigers also defeated a 25th ranked Georgia team that was in the top 10 earlier in the season.
  • The cumulative record of its opponents in 2013:  89-67 (.571)

-Non-conference foes:          21-27 (.438)

-Conference foes:                  68-40 (.630)

The Tigers, from Columbia, have quietly stalked their prey.  They have not received the national attention of Ohio State nor experienced the picture-frame endings of Auburn.  All they have done is won:

  • Of its 11 wins, Mizzou too has beaten (at game time) six Top 20 ranked opponents, one of which was at 7th ranked Georgia.  #3 Auburn will be its second Top 10 foe.
  • Eight of the Tigers opponents had winning records with five registering eight or more wins.  South Carolina and Auburn both posted double digits in the “W” column with 10 and 11 respectively.
  • The cumulative records of Mizzou’s opponents in 2013:  88-68 (.564)

-Non-conference foes:          25-23 (.531)

-Conference foes:                  63-45 (.583)

These numbers surely do not calculate the “heart” of this trifecta.  Each has played hard and deserves to be in the discussion, but the numbers and strength of schedule is where the separation occurs.

It is not OSU’s fault that the Big 10 (+2) is currently the Little Half-Dozens.  Still, that does not mean the Buckeyes deserve a “shot”.

A lot of this is based on style points, and that is why Urban threw up 63 on Penn State, 56 on Purdue and 60 on Illinois (not to mention his kids are a lot better and were on those specific days). But, it’s not that difficult to produce style points when there is little substance to prevent it.

The caliber of Auburn and Missouri’s foes was exceedingly better.  Their paths to the Georgia Dome were filled with stiffer non-conference foes while playing the week in, week out meat grinder that is Southeastern Conference football.  The best football in the land…period!

Numbers do not tell the entire tale, but they do make an extremely strong case for a one-loss Auburn or Missouri, rather than an undefeated Ohio State, to play for the national championship.  Actually, it’s crystal clear.

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