Bag of Randomness


  • One of my readers left a comment that got me to thinking.  I fear too much of modern day evangelism is salvation through fear & guilt.
  • Sofia Vergara is the modern day Fran Drescher.
  • Too bad the NFL already has the male demographic – A man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Source
  • I’m not sure if I was surprised or disappointed or confused that yesterday’s school shooting wasn’t the top story on many news websites.
  • I’m amazed at how petty things can get in the way of how a church operates.  I think this will be my last time taking an active leadership role in a church.
  • I don’t remember this episode of ‘Breaking Bad’.
  • A Republican Judge from San Antonio, Texas, has announced he is quitting the GOP and will seek re-election as a Democrat, saying that he can no longer be part of political party whose identity is based on hate, bigotry and destroying people’s lives.
  • I may be working on a government project for a web-based application that is directly tied to the Affordable Healthcare Act, but I’m certainly glad I’m not a part of
  • A reader sent me an email stating that the highest ranked opponent Baylor has played this year is 53rd ranked Kansas State, and the next highest was 64th ranked West Virginia.  He went on to inform me that their next opponent is 98th ranked Kansas and he provided me this USA Today link as a source for his information.  While I agree those are weak teams, they can’t help who they play in their own conference, but those non-conference games are another story.
  • U2 released their first new song in three years for a Nelson Mandela movie, you can hear it in the movie trailer here.
  • Uncle Barky is reporting that the CBS Evening News will broadcast from Dallas on Nov 22, and I believe NBC Nightly News will as well.  Bob Schieffer who was with the Fort Worth Star Telegram on that day and actually drove Oswald’s mother to the police station will be in Dallas for that Sunday’s ‘Face the Nation’ and the day before will host a primetime special about that day.
  • I’m glad I’m not watching ‘Homeland’ this year.
  • Running up the score isn’t bullying, but it’s not the best of sportsmanship.  Sure, beat the crud out of them, but don’t shove their face in it.
  • I’m not sure anyone remembers ReplayTV but I wish that DVR would have gained more traction.  Not only would it allow you to skip commercials entirely, but you could send a friend with a ReplayTV any television program you recorded.
  • There was a reunion of ‘The Waltons’ on ‘Good Morning American’ and one cast member wore a Jason Witten jersey.  That’s choice (only local folks will get that joke).
  • One question I wish I could ask my dad right now if he were alive, at what age did you start going gray?  I only saw my father with gray hair, I only saw my mother with black hair and she never dyed it.
  • RFK may have swiped JFK’s missing brain
  • The most interesting pair of crocs I’ve even seen.
  • The Army’s $5 billion New Uniform Already Being Replaced
  • Bad news for ‘Parks and Recreation’ fans.
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9 Responses to Bag of Randomness

  1. David Bryant says:

    My bro-in-law is a former football coach, current youth pastor. I asked him about the running up the score thing over the weekend, specifically in regard to Baylor. His point basically was, what do you do? They had replaced their starters early. Their last scores were a kickoff return and a long quarterback run. Do you tell your players to kneel? To find someone to run into? Remember, this is the 2nd or 3rd string player that desperately wants to start at some point. Now, after coaching them to give 100% all the time you expect them to only give half? Wouldn't it be more embarassing/insulting to the other team to tell my players to let them score?

    Taunting an inferior opponent is unsportsmanlike. Running up the score by leaving your starters in is unsportsmanlike. However, scoring a lot of points isn't unsportsmanlike. At some point the other team is responsible for putting a quality opponent on the field.

  2. Dude says:

    Baylor will not have to worry about running up the scores once they start facing quality opponents. And in college football, these things have a way of working out… In '99 Baylor lost 62-0 to UT, in '00 they lost 59-0 to Nebraska and 66-7 to OU. In '04 they lost 56 – 0 to UT, 73-10 to A&M, 62-14 to Tech and 52-14 to NORTH TEXAS. '05 and UT wins 62-0. In '07 Kansas wins 58-10, Kansas St. 51-13. So let them have their fun.

  3. Geeding says:

    My running up the score comment today was in reference to the Aledo 91-0 story. The bully complaint is absurd, and I know Aledo's coach no longer was playing starters and the clock continued to run the second half, but the reports I read was he was still running the no huddle. The other team is already demoralized and embarrassed in front of their parents and friends and have totally given up. I'd say after 60 points, stop the no huddle, the passing, and just feed the fullback and have your players take their time getting the next play off letting the clock run down to five seconds. That would be more human and more sportsmanlike. But my bigger issue is with the parent filing a bullying complaint about a sports competition.

    I have no problem with Baylor killing their conference opponents. It's their weakness in schedule, especially in non-conference play makes me second guess the hype that is following them.

  4. towski says:

    You are darned if you do, darned if you don't. Notre Dame started running out of bounds against SMU the year after SMU came back from the death penalty, and media and even the SMU coach blasted them for it.

  5. tommy says:

    The party switching judge is a San Antonio politician trying to stay in office because the GOP is against the Dream Act. If you don't support illegal immigrants in south Texas you are hateful..

  6. moldysayswhatif says:

    Saw your thoughts up there on evangelism. Here are some of mine as a result.

    What if evangelism came out of our deep intense joy and love for what Christ has done in our lives and the overflow of that joy, what if we "shared" because of that,…that without Him you are missing out on the most amazing affection and intense fulfillment of your created-ness? It doesn't erase or remove the truth of hell apart from Him, but the message is completely different…what if you knew my Jesus instead of what you think you know about hell?? He is the focus of our sharing, not hell.

    The kingdom of heaven is truly near…so near. What if you read that not as time marching toward now, but the closeness of Him, His nearness. I don't know that we repent or turn from something but to someone. Again, HE being the focus.

  7. Uppercase Matt says:

    Of course, Baylor's opponent rankings above are influenced by the fact that Baylor has already creamed them. The same ranking chart after week 1 (the earliest I could find) has Baylor at 23, KState at 35, and WVU at 65 (they actually climbed!). Wofford was considered one of the "best teams" in the FCS (but obviously not ranked in FBS). Not to say that the OU, TTU, and OSU games won't be a different sort of challenge — but I think they're up to it. Sic 'em!

    (Maybe next year they can host the HSU Cowboys for a tune-up game!)

  8. Uppercase Matt says:

    Oh, and that $5B figure for the "new uniform" is nonsense. $5B reflects the cost of pretty much all soldier equipment over a decade. There have been a number of uniform issues, and it's unfortunate that what performs best in testing doesn't work out in specific combat environments. "[T]he Army spent $2.63 million to develop a “universal” camouflage pattern, only to discover that it didn’t work in Afghanistan. That required a new, Afghanistan-specific uniform at a cost of $2.9 million."

  9. Solmidog says:

    I know how you feel about working in the church, so this hit home to me this week… <a href="http://.” target=”_blank”>.

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