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!
The record book will tell us that it was the coldest home game ever in Chicago Bears history. For me it was simply the best Bears game I have ever attended!
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!"
Thanks to Alexei Ramirez the Sox will live to see another day and take on the Twinkies from Minnesota to see who is going to the playoffs. When the ball went off of Alexei's bat for the game winning grand slam tonight Josh, Caleb and I were high-fiving and jumping all over the place. After a roller-coaster seaon, the Sox are not just one game from going to the playoff where anything can happen.
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."
I turned off the TV after suffering through a third consecutive humiliating loss to the Cubs and my door bell rings. It's late, so I go to the door thinking maybe someone is in trouble or needing help. I open the door and look what a Cub fan left for me.
I really got into running about 10 years ago when a guy in my small group who had run several marathons challenged some of us on staff to train and run the Chicago Marathon. We did it together and it was one of the real highs of my life. Since then, I've enjoyed running on a regular basis as a means of exercise, competition and a spiritual discipline of sorts. The pic is of Jon and I running the Park Forest Scenic 10 mile last year.
If you are into running I have a website that you will really enjoy. My son Josh who is a terrific runner turned me onto this website where you can set goals for yourself and also track your mileage. The website is LOGARUN.COM. I just started using it and it is great for holding me accountable for how many miles I am really running.
I'm posting this for a couple reasons. First, if you are into running you'll love this link. Second, if you live in the Chicago area what races are coming up that you recommend? I'm particularly interested in races that are not on Saturday or Sunday (workdays!)?
What first place team in major league baseball has the biggest lead in their division? White Sox! What team has the best record in baseball? Cubs. (Of course 1908 was the last time it was this late in the season that the Cubs had this distinction.) It seems like this might be a special year...maybe even a special October? Did you know that it has been 35 years since both the White Sox and the Cubs were in first place after June 1st?
I know all this ridiculous optimism could make me sound like a naive Cub fan. But I like living on the edge, so let me be the first to predict: The White Sox in 5 games in an all Chicago World Series!
Well, after the first two days of March Madness, I'm first in every pool I entered! I picked 26 correct out of the first 32 games and that puts me in the 98.7 percentile nation wide. I'm first in the CCC staff pool (did the Bramletts really pick Arizona again?); first in the church planting bloggers pool (still no Scott Hodge...did you notice that both Ferguson's are in first!); first in my small group pool (Doug, that's what you get for calling me "Singing Dave") and first at home (Yes, I'm ahead of my daughter Amy this year!). I've been here before, so I know I better brag while I can!
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I know I'm a little late...but I'm still buzzing off of the Bears OT victory over the Broncos. And here is my question: Is there any player more exciting in pro football than Devin Hester? C'mon, 2 more run back for TD's! Electric!!
Last night we got some great tickets to the White Sox game that included a Patio Party and seats just behind the warning track fence in right field at U.S. Cellular Park. As White Sox fans we still are buzzing about the '05 World Series Championship (insert Cub joke here!); but we haven't had much to cheer about this year. However, last night was totally different! The White Sox were down 7-1 in the sixth inning and then came back to beat the best team in baseball, Detroit Tigers by a score of 8-7. It was great!! This is a pic of me and my two boys, Caleb and Josh. We had a great time and it was a great game!!