Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
After receiving the book prior to beginning college, I’ve started and stopped several times without thoroughly completing the forty chapters. As number eight on the 2011 Bucket List, yours truly finally completed it from cover to cover.
And while there are still many, many topics covered by Warren that I would like to review and get more in-depth with, the book is one that is highly recommended for all to read. Without giving away any lessons, thoughts, or questions raised throughout the forty chapters, Warren focuses on redirecting an individual’s life to the purposes God had and has for us. It will force you to realize the many meaningless worries, possessions, and focus that dominate our lives.
The three biggest points I’ve kept with me so far – everything in life is a test, a trust, and is temporary.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
As the NBA Season nears an end, it’s safe to say that the Miami Heat’s experiment of collecting big time talent on one team has been a successful one. I know, I know, I hate the Heat, so why the fond introduction? Well, although I despise the Miami Heat due to my Knick roots, and will always be disappointed in LeBron James’ decision to take his “talents to South Beach” (Disappointment: The True Fallout From The Decision), I have to be, and will be honest.
The trio of James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh has been entertaining, impressive, and great for the league. After all, they are a lightning rod, regardless of the outcome of the game, the self-proclaimed “Heatles” (seriously, who makes up their own nickname?) have been a fascinating story. And of course, this was also due to the hype and grandeur that ESPN has emphasized every chance they get.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Now I’m sure there are some of you who would like to hear the actual song, of course, out of sheer anticipation of much humor. The song is one that is filled with foolish lines and nonsense about a typical day of yours truly. The mini hook, “I break arms” is one that in some odd way engrained itself into me, my friend, and my tag-team partner, who happened to also drop a line on the track – literally. Her one line, “Can I get a ride?” Yeah, exactly. The entire project, based on the quality of talent we were working with, is so bad it’s hard not to keep listening.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
|Hopefully, you did not spend $30 on this.|
However, despite the lack of build-up, there have been many shows that have been thrown together that produced quality entertainment for the night. And despite all of the drama that surrounds the issue of the Sting vs. Jeff Hardy main event, the issue runs deeper than the unexplainable 90 second main event.
Is it terrible to cap off an already terrible show with such controversy? Of course. The only match worth watching on this pay-per-view was AJ Styles (never has a bad match) and Matt Hardy. Yet, what Jeff Hardy pulled tonight was grounds for termination. Outright and complete termination. Regardless of his name, star power and/or fan base.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
“Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the liberties of the world are put in peril.”-William Lloyd Garrison
Friday, March 11, 2011
Monday, March 07, 2011
Friday, March 04, 2011
Thursday, March 03, 2011
“Are you serious?”
“Let the kids be kids!”
These were some of the statements made in regards to the recent story of Bringham Young University basketball star, Brandon Davies, who has been dismissed due to violating the school’s honor code. Davies, the leading rebounder for a BYU team that is a viable contender to win the NCAA championship, was dismissed for having premarital sex with his girlfriend, a clear violation of the Mormon University’s honor code. Following the decision, the school is receiving much public criticism and backlash for its handling of the situation and for ruining a chance at a national championship.
However, one has to applaud the decision of BYU for remaining committed to it’s moral standards, which are in-line with it’s religious beliefs. NCAA athletics often have the false facade of being competition that is about “the sport, not the money” or “students playing for the love of the game”. While that is true, behind that false white bronco of a belief we often indulge in, collegiate sports at the elite level is often more corrupt and unethical than any form of athletics.
In an age where the business of television dollars drives the NCAA’s decisions, BYU’s gutsy call of character and faith over winning stands in the face of the “must-win” culture that is in college hoops. From the coaching scandals, illegal recruiting, academic-fixing, and lack od discipline, universities are placing winning and athletics at a higher priority than ever before.
What is also interesting, is to see where universities of religious foundations such as St. Johns, Notre Dame, and others are when it comes to their students violating simple character and moral principles. The same win at all cost mentality for such schools have also become the norm.
And let’s be honest, for those that are drinking the Kool-Aid and making Davies into a victim because of the BYU “tyrant-dictatorship” decision, let’s not forget, Davies understood the rules and guidelines of the honor code before he attended the university.
And most importantly, he accepted their scholarship under those terms.
In other words, he took their money and broke the agreement they made.
This is a lesson Davies may have never learned at any other college, university, or institution in the nation.
So yes, while BYU sacrificed a once in a generation opportunity at a national title, in the end, BYU protected the most important quality in it’s decision to dismiss Davies – the integrity of the school.
A quality that cannot be earned through winning.