Sports

First Kiss

Collin KI was very impressed when I heard a story about Kansas State’s starting quarterback Collin Klein. He made a pact with himself at 14 years old that he would not even share a peck until his wedding day. He kept that promise to himself when he and his wife finally kissed on July 21. That’s not the only unusual part of Klein and his wife, former-Kansas State basketball player, Shalin Spani‘s relationship. They never had a formal date until they were engaged.

Klein said that God told him that he would marry Spani, the daughter of former Kansas State and Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Gary Spani. Spani said she heard a voice in her head saying the same thing about Klein.

Klein has been compared to Tim Tebow because they are both quarterbacks, have the same size, but more importantly share a faith in Christ.

A commitment like this is so against our culture and so so looked down by the media.  Was this story shared by the major news outlets?  NO.  The only mention of Klein was that he came in third in the Heisman voting.

Thank you Collin Klein for keeping that commitment and standing by your convictions when it goes against the grain of our society!

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Going Once, Going Twice…SOLD!

It was announced yesterday that a group led by Magic Johnson would be buying the Dodgers for $2.15 billion!
 What is amazing about this…the current owner Frank McCourt will walk away from a franchise he drove into bankruptcy.  Only in America can something so terribly wrong make the bad guy look brilliant.  The McCourts bought the Dodgers in 2004 for $430 million.  Which at the time was owned by NewsCorp, the company owned by Rupert Murdoch.

What do you think of what has happened to this once proud franchise?

A True Yankee Legend!

Miller Huggins managed the powerhouse New York Yankees teams of the 1920s and won six American League pennants and three World Series championships.  Today is the Hall of Famers birthday…Miller was born on March 27, 1879. 

Check out this Miller Huggins video:  HERE!

Tebowmania Has Left the Building…or Has It?

Today Peyton Manning announced he was going to sign with the Denver Broncos to be their new quarterback.  Which means Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos will part ways before the ink on the Manning contract has time to dry.
So let me get this straight, the Broncos were committed to going into next season with Tebow as their quarterback, or were they?  It seems that John Elway, Executive VP of Football Operations for the Broncos, had a change of heart once Manning was available and showed interest in coming to Denver.  I think Elway took that opportunity to say so long to Tim Tebow and Tebowmania.  Big John had announced after the season that Tim had earned the right to be the starter in training camp…Well after all, he can change his mind…afterall this is a business…right?
When the Broncos were not winning at the start of the 2011 season and fell to 1-4, Elway and the Broncos management threw Tebow out there and the magic began.  But Big John and Head Coach John Fox were not impressed and said negative things about Tebow in each press conference after each win.  But the fan base did not want to hear any of it.  Instead, Tebowmania grew and every time a ‘W’ was recorded, the Bronco’s brass saw dollar signs.  And so the negative comments from his coach and EVP about how he played the game subsided.  As long and Tebowmania was selling out the stadium and the team was winning, everyone one had to ‘act’ like they were ‘all in’ as well.
What happens to all those loyal Tebow believers in Denver?  Will they forget that guy that ‘saved’ their 2011 season?  Will they jump off the Tebow band wagon and jump into the Manning Mobile?  Probably!
Be assured of this, where ever Tebowmania lands for the 2012 season, there will be a bunch of fans that will welcome him with open arms.

Spring Training

I have always loved baseball.  I played Little League in 1971 and played for the Indians.  The games were played at Lucky Baldwin Little League.  They let us borrow uniforms…I wore #44.  The uni was in such horrible shape, my grandmother gave it a ‘Uniform Makeover’ it looked like new.  And it was cotton…not what kids wear today…it was like a ‘throwback’ from the early days of the game.  My coach would come to practice with the smell of alcohol on his breath and have us do ridiculous things during the practice.  And of course there were no parents at practice to witness what was happening.  All us boys rode our bikes to the field with our gloves hooked through our handlebars…because thats what you did…it looked cool.  The whole experience was just about enough to turn me off the game.  But thank goodness it didn’t!  We lived in So. Cal and the Dodgers had a huge fan base.  The other team in that area was the California Angels.  Since my parents didn’t like driving to downtown Los Angeles, Chavez Ravine, where Dodger Stadium was located, we’d drive to Anaheim to see the Angels play, it was a little closer to the house.  And my uncle was an Angels fan, so that helped sway me into becoming an Angels fan as well. 

But when Spring Training came along there was an excitement…because baseball was back.  It wasn’t until my wife and I lived in Phoenix that I was able to attend my first Spring Training game It was at Scottsdale Stadium watching the SF Giants play.  The games were cool to watch and they didn’t cost much to get through the gate.

Now, I live in the Houston area…and we are getting a minor league team this summer.  The Sugar Land Skeeters open their season at their new ballpark on April 26th.  I cannot wait to go to a game and take my family along.