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World Cup predictions...

Yikes, I think he's right.

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Tenderness is manly...

A kindness by the Dodgers' Matt Kemp following their away-game loss to the Giants Monday night. Heres' the back story.


Sports or worship...

Here's a good piece titled, "The Final Four, travel teams and empty pews: Research on sports and religion."

Whether flute recitals, a travelling soccer tournament, or the Final Four, men and women who love Jesus Christ wouldn't think of choosing music or sports over joining the Body of Christ in Lord's Day corporate worship. If you and your daughters or sons have chosen sports over worship, think about it, pray about it, then go to your sons and your whole family and tell them you have led them in worldliness rather than godliness, and things are going to change.

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Lessons from Lance Armstrong's admission...

I was a father to the needy, And I investigated the case which I did not know. I broke the jaws of the wicked And snatched the prey from his teeth. - Job 29:16, 17

So now, twenty years later, Lance Armstrong has admitted it. But with him, "sorry" does not seem to be the hardest word—dispassionate doesn't begin to describe his performance.

Yet by some strange logic Armstrong's admission has given comfort to Hein Verbruggen, the man who ran the International Cycling Union's filthiest years, 1991-2005. Now named ICU's honorary president, Verbruggen responded to Armstrong's admissions: "(It is) good that Lance Armstrong finally admitted to doping... (At the ICU) there was no cover-up."

If anyone still needed to to be told, Armstrong's admission put the final nail in the coffin of those faithful ones still holding the flame for professional cycling's honor the past twenty years. Armstrong said as he saw it, even with doping he competed on a level playing field and had no unfair advantage.

Think about it: this precise admission is what emboldens the man who presided over such systemic cheating and deception to issue a press release saying he's now vindicated. Boggles the mind.

He held the final position of authority...


God resists the proud...

Adrian Peterson is channeling The Lance and The Donald:

Inside, I'm my own MVP.

Yes, Mr. Peterson, we're sure you are. Makes you want to root for the Pack, doesn't it?

Speaking of The Lance, did you hear he's pondering a mea culpa?

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A soccer ball fit for Africa...

Having grown up in Africa, I learned at a young age that football (alright, soccer) is best played with bare feet. Playing on grass is nice, but not required.

A ball, however, is not optional. That's why this article caught my eye. Apparently, Sting has funded the development of a soccer ball that even the rough, grassless pitches on which the game is generally played in Africa can't destroy.

Too bad for Bono. And he thought he was going to save Africa...


Lance Armstrong's disgrace...

Since the earlier Baylyblog post on Lance Armstrong, the sky has been falling on the man and we don't yet seem to be near the end of the obluquy pouring down on him. Here's an excellent article on doping in sports and Armstrong's disgrace. The article ends...


Lance Armstrong era was "the dirtiest ever..."

Most of us took joy in Lance Armstrong's Tour de France victories each year, although his divorcing his wife certainly did not burnish his sheen. But reading parts of the United States Anti-Doping Agency's brief disclosing the massive evidence of Armstrong's cheating just now, I felt sick and decided to post excerpts here with a link to the brief for any readers still wishing to live in delusion.

It is a kindness to honest athletes to expose the dirty ones and Lance Armstrong makes Barry Bonds look like an Eagle Scout.

Armstrong didn't simply dope himself. He required his teammates to dope, also, and to protect his reputation, he viciously smeared anyone who dared to tell the truth. (Note the brief's second addendum documenting Armstrong's smear of Betsy Andreu when she told the truth concerning his confession to doping in an IU Medical Center hospital room way back in October of 1996.)

If you haven't looked at the brief, here are...

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Leave the sidelines to Paterno...

Attention Everyone: the information contained in the Freeh Report is boringly predictable. Am I allowed to say that?

Andrew Dionne made this point well in his post yesterday:

...When the administrators and professors of our universities carefully create a culture in which their own sexual deviance is protected, promoted, and professed, can we be surprised that Jerry Sandusky could roam those revered halls and hallowed locker rooms for decades sodomizing 9 year-old boys? For many--certainly not for all, but for many--Jerry Sandusky is the embodiment of their very own lectures.

In other words, when we find that an institution dedicated to creating a 'safe space' for all manner of sexual deviance and training its students to embrace that sexual perversion, no one should claim to be shocked when we discover the leaders of that institution are themselves perverts. And to claim surprise at the institution's cover-up is like claiming to be surprised that Planned Parenthood covers up statutory rape and hides the abortions of minors from their parents.

Hello. They run a large-scale operation dedicated to murdering little children.

Is anyone surprised that Nazi perverts performed sexual "experiments" on Jewish children before they threw them in their gas chambers and ovens? But I'm getting ahead of myself...


Cubs/Diamondbacks delayed...

My iPhone just lit up with a text message from ESPN that reads as follows:

MLB - ARI at CHC has been delayed. THE START OF THE GAME IS BEING DELAYED DUE TO SNOW.

Honest.


Olympic track and field trials and Paris Hilton...

On the Upcoming USA Olympic Trials

Though readers of this blog know different, some Americans like to joke that Track and Field only exists every fourth summer. Ha Ha. That’s a good one. Pardon me while I gnash my teeth.

The Olympic Trials will begin on 21 June in Eugene, Oregon, the track capital of the USA. The first three finishers in each event will make it to the Olympic Games in London in August, provided each has met the qualifying standard set by the IOC (International Olympic Committee), a bunch of rich aristocrats whose grip on power would make some third-world dictators blush. But I digress. Here are some of the plot lines for this year’s trials... 

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Kudos to Lolo...

This past Tuesday ESPN aired a documentary on Lolo Jones, American hurdler extraordinaire. In the interview she mentioned she is a virgin which led to the internet and air waves echoing with snickers...


It's Chelsea...

Barca up 2-0 and Chelsea down a man, Chelsea equalized and is moving on to the final. Watch Ramires chip it. Then Torres at 90:48. And if you have the stomach for it. (TB)

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The Christian faith of Tom Crean...

Good article on IU's basketball coach, Tom Crean. Note the testimony of his players to the fruit of his confession of Jesus Christ. Praise God for his witness! May the Holy Spirit keep him from all the temptations he faces. (TB, w/thanks to David W.)


You couldn't make this up...

Speaking of the NFL, Rex Ryan and Tim Tebow joined at the hip just outside Gotham? I'm finding it hard to get my brain around this one. Little Red Riding Hood played out just four hours down the road from Darth Hoodie who's watching and wondering why he can't have the Jets. Meanwhile Denver's holding its breath--all season long--and Indy's hoping Pagano's another Crean with the Luck of the draw.

Speaking of Crean, tomorrow night's the game of the season excitement-wise.

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Saints and sinners...

After hammering the Saints coaches and front office with well-deserved penalties for paying bounties to players who injured opponents, then lied about it, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is now set to meet with the Players Association to discuss penalties against players.

Word's out there was an earlier brainstorming session in the Saints MPA (Mothers Players Association) where a new proposal came forward that mothers and players agreed would make the NFL a safe place. Odds are it won't be adopted, but mothers everywhere should rejoice it's even on the table. And it says much about the remorse of the Saints defensive line that they're standing with their mothers in taking the proposal to Commissioner Goodell.

Anyhow, here's a video of the Saints MPA proposal...


Irsay and Manning: "the thunder-stealing twins"...

Good piece. You guys listening? (TB)

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The world music of Alan Lomax...

At the height of the sixties civil rights movement, Alan Lomax put on a concert in Central Park. He was trying to close the distance between blacks of the south and white sympathizers in the northeast. One year later, in 1966, Lomaz recorded the Newport Folk Festival. But here are clips from Lomaz's recording of the earlier Central Park Concert. Check out numbers 43, 45, 48, and 50 by the Georgia Sea Island Singers from St. Simon Island. Then go exploring. By the end of February, Lomax's life work should all be up and ready. (TB)


Please, Mr. Irsay; Don't do it. Do <i>not</i> do it...

Want to know how I feel about Colts owner Jim Irsay interviewing former Ohio coach Jim Tressel as Jim Caldwell's replacement? I'm utterly disgusted. IU hired Tom Crean's predecessor, Kelvin Sampson, after he also lost his job because he was caught cheating. Can we please learn something?

Check out the first two questions and answers on the Indy Star blog and you'll see I'm not alone in my sentiments.

Come on, Mr. Irsay. We didn't even like you using Mr. Tressel to advise Coach Caldwell on his appeals, and now you're thinking of him to replace Coach Caldwell? Don't do it. Please don't do it. (TB)

 

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