Well I’ve been blogging for a little over 6 months now, and I recently passed the 1000 mark for number of visitors to my blog. What better way to celebrate than to touch on a variety of different subjects in one my sampler platter posts?
1. Crossover Tour 2010: Serbia & Romania
In case you haven’t heard, I’m going on a mission trip to the countries of Serbia and Romania to put on youth basketball camps and play exhibition games against local pro teams. This will be my second year going on this trip, but my first time in Serbia. (Last year I went to Romania and the Czech Republic) I’m really looking forward to the fun and good work we’re going to do over there. If you want to find out more about Crossover, click here, and plus I’m linking to their website at all times under the “Ministries” category. I would appreciate any prayers for my team and me as I’m gone from July 24th to August 14th, and if you would like to get updates from me on my trip, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Crossover mailing list” in the subject line.
2. BP Oil Spill: It’s about damn time
Well, I don’t follow the news too much outside of ESPN, but I heard about the oil well being plugged, at least temporarily, and I thought that was wonderful news. I hope that situation remains under control from now on and so the clean up can continue and eventually restore the Gulf of Mexico to its previous state. This had been going on for so long, that I had become quite numb to hearing that more oil was spilling, and to finally hear that it’s over is more surreal than a relief. However, it’s nice to know that it is over, and since these things are pretty tough to contain, let’s hope they learned a lot from this so we can be more careful and not let another one happen.
3. Gopher Football 2010: I got a bad feeling
My favorite college football team’s season is just around the corner, and I think it’s going to be yet another down year for the maroon and gold. This will now be Tim Brewster’s 4th season as head coach, and so he has no excuse if his team doesn’t succeed. He’s supposedly a great recruiter, but despite good recruiting classes early on, Brewster has failed to develop any of that talent and translate their progress into marks in the win column. As a Gopher fan, I’m tired of waiting through year after year of rebuilding, but it appears that I’ll have no choice but to endure yet another. Our average-at-best defense from last year lost a lot of key guys, and Adam Weber appears to be getting worse each season, which probably will continue now that Eric Decker is gone. I would like to see the prized MarQueise Gray get a legitimate chance to start at quarterback since Weber has never developed and hasn’t exactly led us to the Rose Bowl. I’m so pessimistic about the Brewster era due to what I’ve seen so far, that I would not be surprised if we went 0-8 this year in conference play. All 4 of our home games are tough opponents, and winning on the road in the Big Ten is not easy. Since I think that result is far more likely than the team going 6-2 or 5-3, my prediction is that this will be Tim Brewster’s final season as our head coach. I don’t think that’s a good thing for our program, but I do think that that is the reality.
4. “The Boss”: R.I.P.
You may have noticed that the one sport I never seem to write on is baseball. But after the death of George Steinbrenner, I was noticing something kind of disturbing in the reactions, and I felt obligated to comment. Some fans of smaller market teams, such as the Twins, despised Steinbrenner so much out of envy and jealousy, that they actually said stupid things like that he deserved to die and that they were happy that he was dead. Not only is this completely insensitive, and taking sports too far, but it’s also completely misguided, in my opinion. All George Steinbrenner did was care enough about winning (over making money) to actually spend the money he made with his team to improve his team, and played by the rules that Major League Baseball had in place. He was a nut, and a jerk sometimes, but ultimately he brought 7 titles to his team, and if he was your owner, you wouldn’t be complaining. I don’t like the Yankees, and I think the system is screwed up that they have their advantages, but that is all the fault of the League. Plus, how could you not love this man?
5. The Gallon Challenge
Did you ever think you could drink a gallon of milk in an hour? Well it’s not that easy. Back in the summer of 2006, I made a “mockumentary” type film about trying to complete the “Gallon Challenge” with some friends at Bible camp. I don’t know how I forgot about it for so long, but I rewatched it the other day, and so now I’m posting a link to it on here under “YouTube Videos”, even though it’s actually on Google Video. If you’re bored and have 23 minutes to spare, you may want to check it out. There are a couple good puke shots at least.