Bag of Randomness for Monday, September 14, 2015


  • If there’s one thing a Jason Garrett team won’t do, it’s panic.  We saw that last night and saw it a lot over the past two seasons.  The Cowboys will dig themselves a hole, and little by little, looking forward and not back, they put one foot in front of the other and move forward.  They don’t always come out on top, but when the sky looks like it’s falling, they don’t panic, they just focus on the very next thing.  It’s something I’ve been paying attention to and admire the coach’s and team’s demeanor, and there are some great life lessons to pull from it.
  • Bob Costas stated this was the latest, as in how much time is left on the clock (seven seconds), game-winning touchdown in Cowboys history.  I’m not so sure of that or if I totally understood his factoid.
  • Too bad he’ll be out for the next four to five weeks with a broken foot- @PatDoneyNBC5A happy Dez Bryant outside the Cowboys locker room (caution language)
  • @ESPNStatsInfoHighest Completion Pct in Game, Minimum 30 Attempts
    Cowboys History
    Troy AIkman 80.5% (1996)
    Tony Romo 80.0% (Sunday)
    Aikman 80.0% (2007)
  • @SportsCenter – Most 4th-quarter comebacks since 2006:
    • Tony Romo – 23
    • Peyton Manning – 21
    • Eli Manning – 20
  • Ratings wise, NBC must have loved how the game went to the final moments.
  • NBC Sunday Night Football used a profile picture of Cowboys kicker, Dan Bailey, with his eyes closed.  It surprised me that the number of responses on social media blamed Bailey for the pic, instead of the photographer.
  • To promote or honor the upcoming 50th Super Bowl, the 50-yard-line and the number itself will be painted gold on all NFL fields.  Good concept but they should have picked a prettier color of gold.
  • After a commercial break, you’ll sometimes see certain local landmarks highlighted before going back to the game.  It’s just a matter of time before we see them feature Pecan Lodge.
  • Right after the game, the first story on our NBC affiliate was about high school concussions. Odd segway if you ask me.
  • Random prediction – Within the next ten years, a woman will broadcast an NFL game, and Fox will be the network to broadcast it.  I think a woman has been in the broadcast booth for either a college game or Canadian game.
  • There were about a hundred too many Draft Kings commercials and plugins this weekend.  The same can be said with the number of times NBC replayed Odell Beckham’s amazing one-handed grab from last year.
  • While talking to the kids about their late grandmother, I realized that my mother only lived 18-years after she turned forty.  My father almost lived 35 years after his fortieth, the same as his father, which means I’m guaranteed the same.
  • I overheard someone say that when you meet someone new, avoid RAPE – Religion, Abortion, Politics, Economic, but it’s okay to talk FORD – Family, Occupation, Recreation, Dreams.
  • Another high school football player hit a ref.
  • According to this Irish genealogy website, last names with the prefix “Mac” means “son of” and a prefix “O” means “grandson of” or “descended from”.‏
  • President Obama’s faith has been a subject of speculation for a while now, but I’m surprised some people think he’s Mormon or Jewish – Among all adults, 39% say they believe Obama is a Protestant or other Christian, 4% think he’s Catholic, 2% Mormon, 1% Jewish and 1% something else. Another 11% say he’s not religious, and 14% that they just don’t know.
  • Pastor Matt Herndon – Six Reasons I Could Lose My Faith
  • Plano church plans Garth Brooks-themed Bible study in advance of his upcoming Dallas shows
  • Buzzfeed – Texas Cheer Squad’s Performance Set To The Sounds Of 9/11 Has Everyone Talking
  • My friends in Texas’ Big Country will be familiar with the Assembly of Yahweh in Cisco.  This Reuters article talks about how one of their pastors is a billionaire, and along with his brother, gave $15 million to a Super PAC backing Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz to put them on top of the top donor list.
  • Will deliver in rain, sleet, or snow, but not when the Pope is in town – Philadelphia residents in eight different ZIP codes won’t be getting any mail when Pope Francis pays a visit to the city later this month, on Sept. 26-27. The affected areas all fall inside the security perimeter that will be overseen by the U.S. Secret Service.
  • Houston ChronicleGeorge P. Bush missed 23 of first 50 work days after dad entered race – His office has stated the data in the article is incorrect.
  • In the next decade, Houston will pass Chicago for second most populous city
  • Florida gun shop offers $25 off with promotion code ‘Muslim’
  • Ohio church sues strip club for holding topless protests
  • This article states that Germany is welcoming to Syrian refugees for a couple of interesting reasons, one of them –  Germany is desperate for workers to boost its aging and shrinking population.
  • Big news in the western wear world – Sheplers brand going away after 116 years, morphing into Boot Barn – I can honestly say I’ve never stepped inside either of those stores.
  • Gourmet Cali hot dog chain breaks into Texas with Dallas stand – Interesting idea,  King’s Hawaiian rolls for a bun.
  • One Alabama city is now considering banning mini-skirts and short shorts
  • GIF – Luckiest field goal I’ve ever seen
  • GIF – That kid almost rode him for eight seconds
  • GIF – Impressive gymnastic foot archery
  • GIF – Smartest cow ever
  • American Airlines accidentally used the wrong plane to fly to Hawaii
  • Tarantino’s original cast wish list for “Pulp Fiction”
  • Trump is in town, this should be interesting, and I wonder if there will be any local celebrity appearances.
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7 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Monday, September 14, 2015

  1. Andy says:

    I loved the Matt Herndon piece. It eloquently and gently explains most of the reasons I lost my own faith. Honestly, it's hard to understand how someone who so clearly articulates all these problems with Christianity still works as a pastor or even believes in it at all. I'd love to share it with everyone I know. However, knowing from my past experience how much comfort and structure that Christianity can provide people, I hate to intentionally make people doubt. But maybe I should. It sounds like the author is a closet agnostic but doesn't want to cross the line yet. He might be happier once he syncs up his outer life with his inner life.

    • Jason H.G. Truitt says:

      I think it's easy to know these things and still be a Christian–although my own brand of faith may not be in line with my church's, I know there is only one requirement for being a Christian, and I have that. I generally dislike organized religion, including my own church although it does some great things and has excellent pastors and guest speakers. I don't believe in prayer, so I take issue with the article on that point, and I don't believe that the Bible is the word of God, because it has been interfered with for years. I can think of two intentional changes that the early Catholic church made off the top of my head right now, which were pointed out by my pastor. And that's without even thinking hard. Does it change my faith? Not one whit. Do I think Jesus rode dinosaurs? Nope.

      • Brent says:

        I believe I've seen you make a reference to this before, but I do not understand how you can be a Christian who does not believe in prayer. Perhaps it is in the way that you define prayer? I think it would be a fascinating conversation to have with you. What do you make of the teachings of Jesus about prayer then? Please hear me that I'm not labeling you…I just don't understand.

  2. Ben W. says:

    I feel like Dan Bailey lost a bet during training camp, and his payoff was having to take his gameday photo with his eyes closed.

    Up until about a month ago, I had never heard of single-week fantasy football games where you could win money. Between Draft Kings and Fan Duel, this weekend alone I think I saw about 19.5 hours worth of commercials for just such a service.

    Sheesh, just ask my father-in-law and you'll find out the truth that Obama's a Muslim sleeper-cell terrorist who is secretly planning to declare martial law before the next election, appoint himself to a third term, and declare Sharia law.

  3. Rex Kramer says:

    King's Hawaiian makes fantastic Hot Dog buns, perfect for grillers and brats. My personal favorites when I can find them

  4. Jason H.G. Truitt says:

    I've got a lot to say about the "lose my faith" post, only some of which is below:

    First, I think every Christian should read C.S. Lewis's 'Screwtape Letters'–not 'Mere Christianity', which attempts a very logic-based argument for why God exists (and is silly).

    In the Srewtape Letters a demon, named Screwtape, is writing letters back and forth to his nephew, who is on earth and whom he is training to be a higher-ranking demon. In the letters, he describes what his nephew must do to collect a soul so that the uncle can eat it–because in his allegory, demons exist by eating souls of those who have fallen from Christianity. The nephew keeps writing for more advice, and the uncle keeps trying to help him, eventually threatening him that if he can't get this guy's soul, he will eat his nephew's soul instead.

    Finally, the nephew writes that he just can't do it. He simply cannot turn this guy and make him deny God. Screwtape's response was essentially: "You don't have to turn him against God. All you have to do is separate them a little bit."

    And therein lies the real threat for Christians. Our lives are lived in the margins. We sin and make mistakes every day. While doing these things, we almost never turn against God, but usually are just slightly separated from Him for the sometimes fraction of a second it takes to make a mistake. Almost no active Christian will sit there and deny God. But he can be separated from Him, which can lead to more mistakes and a life of fear and shame and anger, which leads to more mistakes. That's what we need to fight every day.

  5. Triple Fake says:

    Segway is one of those personal transportation devices. The word you wanted is segue

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