Anybody Hate The Dallas Cowboys? (Besides Eagles And Redskins Fans)

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I hate Dallas. I mean hate. Ever since Jerry Jones fired Tom Landry back in the day, I’ve hated the Dallas Cowboys. I mean hate.  Landry WAS Dallas, and I loved Roger Staubach and Golden Richards and the “Doomsday” Defense. But Landry was unceremoniously released by the haughty and high minded, hubristic and  narcissistic, egocentric and egoistic owner Jerry “it’s all about me” Jones. But enough about him, even though “him” impacts and influences the entire team, I’d rather not focus on him. But to be sure a little leaven leavens the whole lump (Galatians 5:9).

So, if you hate Dallas and you know it, say AMEN!  All those of you out there that can’t stand and can’t stomach Dallas, join in tonight and wish Carson Wentz and my Philadelphia Eagles well. We’re going into Big “D” with nothing to lose and everything to gain. It’s a big, mid-season matchup between NFC East Division rivals and it will have far reaching implication for the playoffs.

So, if you hate Dallas, hit me up and hit me back!

Seriously though, arrogance isn’t just found on this Dallas Cowboys team, it’s endemic and systemic across the board and throughout the span of sports. God hates a proud look. And “pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).  So, I’m just saying that if you team or your favorite player is prideful and pompous and pretentious and ostentatious, pray for humility. Because they’re going to need it.

There are only seven things that God hates, and pride is at the top of the list.

These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,  A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Proverbs 6:16-19, KJV

The Chicago Cubs Need A Miracle

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If you believe in miracles, now’s the time to pray one up for the Chicago Cubs; I mean right now. They’ve lost two in a row AT HOME in this their first World Series in forever, and if they lose tonight . . . eeeeash! 

The Chicago Cubs are down 3-1 to the upstart Cleveland Indians and things are not looking good. The Indians pitchers are hot and the Cubs bats are cold and nothing seems to be going right for the darling Cubbies. But then again, being down means that they are prime targets for a miracle, right?

So, if they don’t win and they do lose, here’s to hope. Hope always springs eternal, and the Cubbies have a young bunch which should be able to bounce back and be ready to do it next year, right?

But what was that? Wait until next year? Or there’s always next year? It’s one of them.

Joel Embiid To The Philly Faithful: “Trust The Process”

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PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid began the night as nervous as he has ever been. But by the end of his highly anticipated pro debut, Embiid was showered with chants of “Trust the process!” while already becoming the 76ers’ go-to player.

Playing in his first regular-season NBA game after missing his first two seasons due to two surgeries on his right foot, Embiid drew oohs and aahs from a sellout Philadelphia crowd — even on missed shots — by flashing the versatile potential that made him the third overall pick in 2014 out of Kansas.

More important, though, was the fact that the 7-footer got up and was OK after taking a hard spill in the second half while fouled in transition. His fall drew a collective arena-wide gasp from the 20,487 who came to witness the start of the Embiid era.

Embiid kept playing, and he didn’t disappoint, finishing with 20 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in a 103-97 Sixers loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday. In 28 games with the Jayhawks, Embiid never scored 20 points in a game. (ESPN.com)

So, Trust the process, right?  We all need to trust the process of God.  At times it might not be pretty and it might just be painful, but we all need to trust the process -the process of God that is.

Here’s what a Philly sports writer had to say about what Philly fans and the Sixers organization have gone through these last three years:

It has been an emotional journey for Embiid and the Sixers, who have endured a historically bad rebuild that has seen a total of 199 losses over the past three seasons. The losses, though, have enabled the team to draft the likes of Embiid, Ben Simmons and Jahlil Okafor.

The Sixers drafted Embiid in 2014, but the raw center had to undergo two surgeries on his right foot before finally taking the court this season.

“There are times when I get emotional, like watching him today walk around in shoot0around and you see [all the arena] seats with white shirts placed on them, and it’s opening night, and Joel Embiid is here,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said before the game. “I lived every second of that journey with him, good times and bad, and for him to arrive now here … knowing the work and uncertainty and the emotional strain that he went through, wondering if he would play again, to see him arrive, it is a special night.”

“We have gone through 52 players,” Brown said. “Count them, 52 players that I’ve put on the floor. Only 11 are still in the league. We’ve gone through 14 point guards. Count them, 14.” Now, Brown can walk into a locker room and see keepers. So even though Wednesday appeared to be just another loss, it was far from that.

“I am seeing something that has a chance to grow, that we can all wrap our arms around,” Brown said “And on opening night to do some of the things that we did with [Embiid and Saric], it does feel a little bit different on opening night.” (Keith Pompey – Philly.com)

So again I say, trust the process. Joel Embiid’s comeback is epic. Philly fans everywhere are pulling for him and rooting for him and cheering for him to make it. So, take it from Joel Embiid: it might seem hard, and it might BE hard, but trust the process of God working things out for good for you.

 

 

Is Cleveland Believeland?

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The Cleveland Indians are trying to join the Cleveland Cavaliers as the 2016 World Champions of their sport. And the Chicago Cubs are trying to win the World Series for the first time in 107 years. One of these teams is going to break the curse of losing and not winning and coming up short and running on empty. But that’s all about to change, but for only one team.  And that one team could be the upstart, underdog and overachieving Cleveland Indians.

But is it possible? Is it doable? Is it believable that Cleveland will upset the heavily favored Chicago Cubs? These are the questions that the sports world is asking about as the 110th Fall  Classic gets underway. And these are the very same questions that you and I should ask yourselves about our lives and our legacy.

So here are the answers to the questions:

One: Is it possible? Yes it’s possible. It’s possible because all things are possible to those who believe.

Two: Is it doable? Yes, it’s doable, because if you believe, it’s possible, any bridge is crossable.

Three: Is it believable? Yes, it’s believable, because if it’s possible, it’s doable. It sounds like circular reasoning, because it is. Possibilities are doable, and what’s doable is believable.  It’s within the realm of possibilities to believe and then strive to achieve.

So . . . Cleveland stands in Chicago’s way, and the Cubs are standing in the Indians way of a World Championship.

May the best team win.

(Go Cubs!)

Penn State Beat Ohio State? Wait, What?

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Talk about an upset!

What once looked like a comfortable victory quickly turned into a stunning 24-21 defeat for Ohio State on Saturday night when Penn State scored 17 unanswered points over the last quarter and a half.

Penn State’s thriller of a win against the No. 2 team in the land came down to a blocked field goal. Ohio States’ field goal attempt  to extend the lead turned into a devastatingly, disastrous play that lost the game. Nittany Lions defensive back Marcus Allen shot into a gap and jumped to block Tyler Durbin’s 45-yard field goal try, and Grant Haley scooped it up and ran 60 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 4:27 left in the game.

And the play that turned into the game-winning touchdown for Penn State started out with Ohio State being in a bit of a hurry. With a 21-17 lead with less than five minutes to play, OSU looked like it rushed kicker Tyler Durbin onto the field to attempt a career-long 45-yard field goal. Then the bottom fell out for Ohio State.

Conversely, on this same play, the Heaven’s opened up for Penn State. So it just goes to show ya, miscues and misfortune for one can actually be a miracle for another. And that’s just what happened in Happy Valley this past weekend when Penn State’s  newest heroes  Marcus Allen and Grant Haley blocked the kick and then recovered it and ran 60 yards for the game-winning touchdown

The blocked field goal attempt was the second special teams collapse in the fourth quarter by the Buckeyes. With 11:42 to play, Cam Brown blocked a Cameron Johnston punt and the Nittany Lions turned that into a field goal that cut Ohio State’s lead to 21-17. And the rest is history.

So just remember. It’s never over. Never. Keep playing and keep plugging and keep pressing and keep persisting until you break through and your break through comes.

Why Everybody Outside of Cleveland Should Cheer for The 2016 Chicago Cubs

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This year, everybody should be a Chicago Cubs fan. This year. Why? Because it’s their year.  This is the Cubbies year. It’s their time and it’s their turn. Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever scratched and scraped and clawed and gnawed your way to the tip of the top and said, “this is MY Time!?”  I have, and so have these Cubs.

The Cubs have come close before; most recently last year and in 2003, when they thought they had what it takes to win it all. But that was then, and this is now. Now is this year, and this year the Cubs won 103 games in the regular season. They defeated the San Francisco Giants, and then came back from a 1-2 deficit to defeat the Dodgers 4-2.  And they’re not satisfied with just getting to the World Series. And I don’t blame them. And so I’m happy for them.

The Cubs deeply desire to win, they are determined to win, and they deserve to win. They do. They have earned it and paid for it and played for it and prayed for it; now it’s time to trade for it. In other words, it’s time to trade their tears of sorrow for tears of joy.

And to top it all off, they have an affable, jovial, cordial coach in Joe Maddon who seems to know how to get the best out of each one of his players all of the time. And so what’s not to like?

And so, here’s what we’re celebrating: for the first time since 1945, the Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series! They were deemed World Series favorites since opening day, as they topped the majors with 103 wins to win the NL Central, then they beat the Giants  — the even-year perennial World Series winners — and the Dodgers in the playoffs. The Cubs overcame a 2-1 deficit against the Dodgers and won the NLCS and their 17th pennant. They had not earned a World Series trip since winning a doubleheader opener 4-3 at Pittsburgh on September 29, 1945, to clinch the pennant on the next-to-last day of the season.

The eternal “wait till next year” is finally over. No more dwelling on a history of failure — the future is now. They dominated Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 to win the National League Championship at Wrigley Field. So it must be their time, right?

The two best teams in the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs, battled it out in a brutal NLCS playoff series. Ultimately Chicago was the better, stronger team and they came out on top.

Now, the two best teams in baseball are going head-to-head for a showdown that promises not to be a letdown. But while the Indians, who haven’t won the World Series in forever either, (not since 1948) may want a World Series title, I believe that the likable, lovable, and this year’s unstoppable, Cudly Cubbies time has come.

Expect The Unexpected!

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My Eagles defeated the previously undefeated Minnesota Vikings 21-10 today in Philly, and it wasn’t that close. It was an ugly start to a wonderful finish for the High Flying Eagles, who improved to 4-2 after dropping two in a row to the Detroit Lions and the Washington Redskins. 

My Eagles started off 3-0, and now, with this huge win, we hope to continue with our (notice I said OUR) winning ways as we head to Big “D” for a mid-season showdown with the Boys at the Jerry Jones Dome in Dallas next Sunday night. It should be a doosey.

Very few expected the Eagles to win today. Including me. The Vikings had a vaunted defense, and their offense was clicking on all cylinders (Did I just pay Sam Bradford a complement?) so there was little to no reason to expect the Eagles to beat the Vikings today. That’s why, in the NFL and in life, we must learn to expect the unexpected.

The Eagles moved out of the doldrums and ended a short but unexpected losing streak and won to keep pace in the ultra-competitive NFC East. They did it by hitting Bradford with everything including the kitchen sink, by being opportunistic and taking the football away four times (one interception, two offensive fumbles and a punt team recovery) and by holding the fort on offense.

Eagles’ rookie sensation QB Carson Wentz overcame his two interceptions and played well enough to win. And that’s what you and I need to do. We need to believe that we can, regardless of what people and pundits say about us (how bad they think we are). We also need to believe that we can regardless of what people say about the competition (how much better than us they think they are), and expect to win even when the odds are against us.

And right now I’m talking to me, myself and I. And you need to talk to yourself too. Give yourself a pep talk! Pump yourself up!  Tell yourself that you can and will make it! So when others don’t expect good and grand and great things to happen in your life, expect the unexpected.