Posted on: December 9, 2008 8:58 am

Christmas Ponderings

Does anybody else feel as if this time of the year will completely undo them?  With all the pressure (outside and inside) to perform and produce it appears to me that we lose focus and begin meandering and wandering through what is supposed to be the most incredible time of each year.  The delusion of the malls, the cries of children wanting toys (which we donate a few months later to Goodwill or sell at the yardsale during the summer), the rapid-fire pace of bills and payments due, the constant barrage of news that everything is bad and getting worse - you would think the apocalypse was fast approaching.

Now, maybe it is.  Or, maybe it ain't.  As we (and I am speaking to us guys now) set our sights on the playoffs, the hot-stove league, the BCS (lol here), and the holy day season, let us not relagate the last one just mentioned to the back end of our true priorities.  My oldest child is going to have one final jaw surgery three days before Christmas.  Oh, joy.  Of course, regular food will be out of our domain for around five-six weeks.  Juvenile Rheumatiod Arthritis can be a real pain in the...well, just about anywhere I suppose.  I have covenanted with my oldest to not eat solid food so long as it is impossible for them.  Turkey?  Man oh man, what a disaster pending!

So, my focus this Christmas season is a little tainted - not as much on the day as on my children (especially one) and how we will get through the December rush.  Which, in a weird and compelling way, brings me back to what Christmas is really all about:  a Child.  The Christ child.  The very Son of GOD.  Hey, fellas!  Don't lose focus on your priorities.  Be the leader your wife and children need and desire.  You cannot always be the Knight in Shining Armor, but you can always be working the Point and setting the course for your family to follow. And, that always must begin by being a follower...a disciple...a Jesus Christ the Lord.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Posted on: December 2, 2008 3:44 pm

Gary Patterson and the Frog Nation

Well, as the "elite" coaching carousel begins its yearly whirl a whirl we of the Purple People Eater's Nation have to sit back and wonder who will come calling on old Gary P.  I, for one, am glad to see that some of the schools are looking elsewhere.  This guy has us on the national scene every year and very soon, I believe, we are going to due some Boise State dancing.  Having attended TCU as a wacker-backer and watching Kenneth Davis, et all, bring some excitement back to the school - even is the excitement was a death blow almost - I am elated to listen or watch the games as time and coverage allows.  It stinks that we will probably end up in a toilet bowl, although I will be rooting for us wherever we land, and that Patterson is not getting the attention he deserves.  This, however, leads me to my final thought for today:  the less, the better.  Leave GP and the Horny Toads alone and allow them to keep on course and eventually they will dock in the promised land with some much deserved hype and a lot of dough for the school!  Remember: Fight em till hell freezes over...and then fight em on the ice!
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