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FCBC at the bat – Coed team

On Thursday evenings, First Central Bible Church fields a coed softball team in the Interchurch Softball league. While still competitive, the emphasis is more on fun, fellowship, and friendship. Not a bad way to spend a 95 degree evening.

 

FCBC at the bat

The spring 2017 interchurch softball season is underway. After one month, First Central Bible Church is 4-2 with one rainout. The team is a mix of young guns and ageless veterans. It’s always a fun evening of fellowship, conversation, competition, and friendship.

 

 

The intersection of faith & sports

I recently discovered the “Above & Beyond” podcast hosted by Brock Huard of 710 ESPN Seattle. Brock played quarterback for the UW Huskies and several NFL teams. He is now a radio talk show host and ESPN college football analyst. His first podcast was a conversation with Matt Hasselbeck, former NFL quarterback.

On the first episode of Above & Beyond, Brock sits down with friend and former Seahawks teammate QB Matt Hasselbeck. From growing up with Christian parents to spending time at Green Bay with Reggie White to running away from baptism, Matt shares some of the most important moments from his faith and sports journey.

I appreciated the sports stories, but especially how each one shared how their faith impacts their careers and family life. Brock will be doing the podcast every other week. I look forward to the next one.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2017 in Faith, News stories, NFL, Seattle, Sports

 

One of the great rivalries of sports

brady-vs-manningBook Review: Brady vs Manning: The untold story of the rivalry that transformed the NFL, by Gary Myers

If you compiled a list of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time, it would not be complete without Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. The two of them have set and held many of the records for quarterbacks in the NFL. In addition to their individual accomplishments, they have gone head-to-head in many crucial games throughout their respective careers. Many of these contests resulted in their respective team going on to the AFC Championship Game and/or Super Bowl.

This is the story told by Gary Myers in his book, Brady vs Manning: The untold story of the rivalry that transformed the NFL. Not only does he describe the games in which these two quarterbacks competed against each other, Myers also describes their upbringing, college environments, relationships in the locker room, and family life outside of football. In short, Myers provides insight into the people and events that shaped the lives and careers of these two successful men. The epilogue brings the story up to date with Peyton Manning winning Super Bowl 50 and Tom Brady being investigated for Deflategate.

The book is well-written, insightful, and entertaining. If you are a fan of these two quarterbacks or just enjoy the NFL in general, you will enjoy reading this book.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2016 in Books, NFL, Sports

 

Another non-apology apology

The exploits of Ryan Lochte have been well chronicled over the past week. Unfortunately, he became more infamous for his behavior out of the pool than famous for his accomplishments in the pool.

In reading his apology, I was more surprised by what he didn’t say than what he did say. He led off by stating,

Lochte apology 1

He apologized for “not being more careful and candid.” He didn’t apologize for vandalizing a service station, lying to cover up his actions, leaving town to avoid facing the consequences, or waiting to come forward until his teammates were able to leave the country.

His apology went on to say,

Lochte apology 2

Lochte didn’t apology for creating the traumatic situation. Instead, he shifted the blame to the security guards for stopping the vandalism and for the station attendant asking him to pay for the damages. He played the victim card and called it a “traumatic” situation “with a language barrier – and have a stranger point a gun at you and demand money to let you leave.”

He closed his apology by stating,

Lochte apology 3

His last paragraph sounds curiously like, “Stop calling attention to my sins and let’s go back to talking my athletic achievements.”

While he said, “I accept responsibility for my role in this happening and have learned some valuable lessons,” it has the feel of when parents caught me doing something wrong and asked, “Are you sorry for what you did or just sorry you got caught?” His apology has the ring of the latter rather than the former.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2016 in Culture, News stories, Quotes, Sports

 

Mariner baseball in San Diego

Wednesday evening, Carol, Jonathan, and I headed south to San Diego to watch the Seattle Mariners play the San Diego Padres. We had a great dinner at Phil’s Barbecue inside the stadium. There was a large contingent of M’s fans in the stadium. Since Carol was wearing her Edgar Martinez jersey, we were greeted by countless folks like we were long lost friends. Although the Mariners left their defense and offense in Seattle and played poorly, it was still a very fun evening.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2016 in Photos, Seattle, Seattle Mariners, Sports

 

Live in hope, not in fear

During the first half of the NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks on November 29, 2015, the Steelers went for a fake field goal. Landry Jones’ attempted pass was intercepted by the Seahawks Jeremy Lane, who returned it 54 yards to set up a touchdown. At halftime, Steelers’ coach Mike Tomlin was asked about taking the risk rather than going for the safer three points. Tomlin responded, “We don’t live in our fears; we live in our hopes.”

Some expect the worst and avoid taking risks while others expect the best and strive to excel. Some people play not to lose while others play to win.