Thursday, September 29, 2005

AGAIN?


IN THE HOUSE OF DAVID
THERE IS ONLY ONE MVP
THE BIG PAPI
AVG. .298
HR. 47
RBI 146
God is a baseball fan, there can be no doubt about that. The last weekend of the regular season is upon us and the AL East comes down to 3 games. The Boston Red Sox (93-66, 1 GB in the East, tied in the AL Wild Card) will play host to the Bronx Bombers (94-65, 1st Place in the East) in a three game series to determine the AL Championship, the winner of 2 out of the 3 games get the AL East Division title. The loser sweats it out to see if the White Sox, now that they have clinched the AL Central, will roll over and play the rookies against the Cleveland Indians (93-66, tied with Boston for the Wild Card) in Cleveland.
The band of idiots has somehow managed to stay in contention with what is perhaps the worst bullpen in Boston I have seen since the days of Joe Sambito. No starting pitching and a lineup that must go softball league run support to win, yup, the defending World Champions are alive and kicking and Fenway will be rocking this weekend. Yes Texas, I will wear the "Red Socks" to work tomorrow. Let's look at the pitching matchups, tomorrow night the Sox will look to beat the Yankees Wang by going to former Yankee and all around fan of the frosty beverage, David "Boomer" Wells, Saturday will see the polar opposites as Red Sox legend Tim Wakefield and his knuckleball face Randy "The Big Unit" Johnson, to close the series the Yanks will send Mike Mussina to the hill to face Curt Schilling (as he trys to push the sun back up into the sky and give us one more day of summer on a still ailing ankle...yes the one from last year's bloody red sock fame). Is it me is the irony that the Yanks start Wang and Big Unit in the first two games...sounds like they're compensating for something...perhaps to hide the "cream and the clear" of Balco/steriod scandal imfamy.
So yes it comes down to three games....whoa...wait a minute....I know I'm teasing you....it comes down to four games! Yes that's right, if the Sox take two of three that nets them a tie with a one game playoff in the Bronx. No Bucky "Bleeping" Dent this year!
Time to cowboy up, ride the train, hop on the plane, saddle up, draw them guns, sinch up the belt, mount the horses, assemble the usual suspects, order some beer, get some dogs, settle in, and wake up the bleacher creatures. It's come down to this...God is a baseball fan...and if last year is any indication...He is a Red Sox fan.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

I may have degrees in engineering, but I give you my fortay....

BASEBALL PENNANT RACE MATH!

Ok so after tonights action the Red Sox and Yankees are still tied atop the American League East and both teams are tied with the Indians for the Wild Card. Also, the Chicago White Sox hold a slim lead of Chief Wahoo's Tribe for the AL Central Division title. This sets up some interesting scenarios which I will now try to sought out....note that the collapsing White Sox have not had coin flips to determine a lot of the tie break games.

What if the AL East and Central divisions end in ties?

Next Monday, the Red Sox would play the Yankees at Yankee Stadium and the White Sox would play the Indians at Jacobs Field. The losers would then play a Wild Card playoff game on Tuesday to determine the AL's final playoff setup. The Yankees would play the Indians at The Jake; the Red Sox would play Cleveland at Fenway Park; and all combinations against the White Sox are yet to be determined.

What if those divisions are won outright and two teams in the AL Wild Card race finish with the same records?

Next Monday, the Yankees would play the Indians at the Jake or the Red Sox would play Cleveland at Fenway Park. All combinations against the White Sox are yet to be determined.
What if the Yankees, Red Sox and Indians all finish with the same records?The Yankees and Red Sox play in New York for the AL East title and the loser plays the Indians for the Wild Card berth on Tuesday. New York is at the Jake if the Yanks lose and the Tribe is at Fenway if the Red Sox lose.

Why, you might ask, is there a Wild Card playoff game when the Indians would have a half-game better record than the Yankees-Red Sox loser?

MLB has determined that it would not be fair for a team that's tied for a division title at the end of the regular season to be displaced in the postseason by a second-place team. Thus, the mandatory Wild Card playoff game.

What if the Yankees tie the Red Sox in the AL East?

Next Monday, the Yankees would host the Red Sox, unless those two teams finish with the best records in the AL. In that case, there wouldn't be a playoff game. Both teams would make the playoffs and the first-place team is determined by the two teams' head-to-head record. As of Tuesday, the Yankees led the season series, 9-7. With 3 games to go at Fenway to close the season.

and for completeness, though I don't care much for this one cause my team isn't included:

What if the Indians and the White Sox are tied in the AL Central?

Next Monday (Oct. 3), the Indians would host the White Sox unless those two teams finish with the best records in the AL. In that case, there wouldn't be a playoff game. Both teams would make the playoffs, and the first-place team is determined by the two teams' head-to-head record. As of Tuesday, the White Sox led the season series, 11-5, and are guaranteed of the better record.

You got all that? I didn't think so, so let me tell you what to do...root for the Orioles over the Yanks, root for the BoSox over Toronto, root for the White Sox over Cleveland, and root for the BoSox over the Yanks.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Are the sins of the father (or mother) the sins of the son (or daughter)?

"This week, 14-year-old Shay Clark was expelled from a Christian private school in California because her parents happen to be lesbians. "

This quote comes from an article I read on Yahoo! this evening and got me thinking about the hypocracy that exists in the world today. For those stumbling across this blog, allow me to state that I am a Christian and I do believe homosexual relations are sinful, however we are all sinful and in the eyes of God no sin is greater than any other. The standard of the Lord is perfection, one which none of us can attain.

So this young girl was expelled from a private Christian school in California due to the lifestyle of her mother. The lifestyle of her mother is in no way a reflection upon this young girl or her state of belief. The sin of the mother is being passed on by the school to be the sin of the daughter. A modern day playing out of what could be the old adage "the sins of the father are the sins of the son." A complete insult to the teachings of the Bible that this school claims to embrace.

Let me draw on some personal experience, yet it will unmentioned the cause of this or the reasoning because I don't share this part of me with anyone. However, I have done some studying and research on this area. In Christ, He who bore our sins on the cross and in who's righteousness we are clothed, are sins are forgiven. Even if one wants to hold onto the notion of gneration curses stemming from the Old Testament, those who place their faith in Christ have had their sin borne on the cross and are new creatures in Him. This would include any generational sin. So we know that the sins of the parents are not those of their children who profess faith in Christ.

It just burns me up to see such hypocracy and to use children as pawns in a powerplay political game between a sinful, self righteous Christian school leadership who believe the children should suffer for the sins of their parents. I disagree with the lifestyle of the parent this young woman, but it in no way shape or form can justify the actions of the school leadership in regards to the daughter. This is yet another example of the self righteous, pompous, chest beating pride all to common among many self professing Christians, because hey, they're sins aren't as bad as those they would impose judgement on.

May we constantly pray for humble hearts for our church leaders so as to avoid these situations and that children who are caught in the middle of such situations will not lose faith and find their shelter in the cross.

Friday, September 23, 2005


WELCOME BACK BOYS!
IT'S PUCK SEASON.....SHOOT ONE!

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Hurricane Warning: No Major Threat
Ok folks, stop freaking out, it's just some wind and rain and barometer pressure flucuations. All this running to get bread and water....not needed. The Bryan/College Station area will not be severely affected. Y'all are worse than New Englanders when they forecast snow. The boogey man hurricane is not going to be that bad this far inland. If you want to leave go ahead, but I've ridden out stronger storms on the Atlantic seaboard not more than 200 yds from the ocean. This far inland at this elevation, we're fine. Stop panicing. The big tough Texans acting like sissy's. If you're near the coast it's one thing, but if you're here in the Research Valley and want to flee to higher ground and board up your home, well that's funny...real funny.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

So, it's 12:20 PM here in College Station, I'm wide awake and not at yell practice. I'll leave it to the kiddos at the University to enjoy unless...well I'll keep that to myself. I'm sitting here knowing I'll have to be up early in the morning to walk over to Kyle Field for the early kick-off of the A&M v. SMU game, and it's not really bothering me, I'm going to get sit down for the first time in 3 years. I won't be gracing the student section till the tu game after Thanksgiving. I will enjoy it very much.

Right now, I'm listening to the newest release from Patty Loveless, "Dreamin My Dreams", it's a nice blend of country/folk/bluegrass and a great album to relax to at the end of a long day and an even longer week. What I truly need is a really good back massage, but that ain't happening anytime soon. I am now officially burning the candle at both ends through November. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights are skating nights for me, Wednesday night is my beginner guitar class, weekends will involve cleaning and chores, Friday and Saturday night will be my only times to really see friends, unless they show up at the rink, which is doubtful, the 'Rebs don't like ice very much, but my Yankee blood is right at home on it. Not to mention the Red Sox are making another run at the playoffs. After the Sox finish out the year and I get some basics down on the ice, I see Thursdays becoming the night I go to Toastmasters meetings. Toastmaster's is a group with chapters all around the globe to promote public speaking skills. I am comfortable with public speaking, but more tips and practice never hurt anyone.

I also need to get cracking on my P.E. exam application if I want to take it in April it is due in December. For those wondering what the heck I am talking about, the P.E. exam is the exam I need to pass in order to become a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. Think of it as the bar exam for engineers, but involving a whole lot of math and engineering calculations insteads of law questions. It's a big deal both professionally and personally. It's also nice that it comes with a 10% raise effective the day I learn of passing it (if I pass it, Lord willing).

Well, I'm pretty tired now, I think I'll go to bed now. Goodnight all.
Second star on the right, and straight on till morning!

Monday, September 12, 2005

Takin Baby Steps Into a New Arena

Tonight I took the small baby steps into a new arena. Having played at some point in my life, and in some cases I still play, baseball, rugby, football, wrestling, soccer, basketball, and a wee nip of golf, I can say firmly that I love competition. I thrive upon it and the bigger the spotlight the more I tend to enjoy it. Though I never had nor will I never in the future make money playing sports there is a part of me that craves physicality and competition. Tonight, after spending many months in contemplation and working my schedule out, I began taking baby steps into a new sporting arena. Tonight I began what I pray will be a long and fruitful hockey career. I began taking the baby steps needed to eventually play in a rec league here in town. Though I can skate, it requires training and learning to gain the maximum energy with minimum effort and tonight I began to learn. I even was moving in reverse by the end of the night, though with difficulty, I was going backwards none the less, and hence moving slowly forwards as a result of the rearwards direction of my body down the ice. I worked my a$$ off tonight with the help of a fine instructor and am looking forward to more work on my own tomorrow night.

Many will say, but Ed you're too old to try this, you risk serious injury. To the naysayers I reply simply, yes I do risk injury but I do that just by rolling out of bed in the morning. So lookout, for I know only one way to approach sport and that is to be the best I can possibly be. This is going to be one fun ride. Buckle up them chin straps, this is going to be one hell of a ride!

Sunday, September 11, 2005


September 11, 2001
Four years ago, our world changed forever. The innocence of youth shattered for the young, the harsh realities of a world reawaking memories for the old. The events that I speak of need no retelling, the pictures forever etched in our memories will suffice. It have spent this evening watching a show on the Discovery Channel on that fateful day, the memories come rushing back in a torrent. Where was I that day, I was about 5 to 10 miles from Logan Airport in Boston, where the two planes which targeted the World Trade Center orginated. Boston quickly went into what I can only describe as partial lock-down. I will not pontificate on my thoughts right now, however I just urge all of my readers to never, ever forget that day and the events that happened.


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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

And Then There Was One

My phone rang last night, it brought sad news laced with a hint of joy. My best friend in Boston, the big "B", called to announce that he has gone and set in motion the wheels of fate that will build to a magnificent burnout in August 2006. After 13 months of dating, he has proposed to his girlfriend (and his boss and pastor's daughter) and she said yes. The event happened in Niagra Falls, Canada (now he can blame something on Canada!) last week. So, if all goes well, Lord willing, I will be going to either Lowell or Syracuse next summer for the wedding.

I have also been asked to be "the best man", which makes me wonder, "if I'm the best man, why is she marrying him?", but that is another thought for another time. LOL. I have graciosuly accepted the honor, though I have not clue what I need to do...I need to learn. Nothing like being selected to your first wedding party and being thrown in the deep end.

I have not met the future Mrs. M, but I am sure she is quite a catch to get the "B" to settle down into wedded bliss. I'll keep y'all posted. For now, I await the publication of the Red Sox, PawSox, and dare I say it, Yankees schedules for next year for "bachelor party" planning.