Night of Victories

Orange Bowl TrophyAfter 39 years the Jayhawks finally won the Orange Bowl trophy. They didn’t have to use a 6-3-3 defence last night. Aqib Talib scored the first touch down by running back an intercepted pass. He displayed a little excessive exuberance “high-stepping” across the goal line, for which a penalty was added to the kick-off that followed.

Fortunately for Aqib, the penalty was not fatal for his team, as the infamous “twelfth man” on the field was back on New Year’s day, 1969. Twice in the last century the Jayhawks made the trip to Miami and came up empty, but in this new millennium they are undefeated in Orange Bowl appearances.

After the penalty, the TV camera zoomed in on coach Mangino advising Talib on the etiquette of celebrating after a touchdown. Sure enough, behind a svelte looking Mangino (he’s been working out with the team) was our Claudia on national TV enjoying her 5-and-a-half seconds of fame.

The Hoakies of West Virginia fought valiantly. Their remarkable season gave pride and hope to their community after last years’ tragic mass murder on campus.

I think there is some other game Monday, but as far as I’m concerned, the season is over and the national championship has been decided.

I have mixed feelings about the importance of sports. Sometimes I think our priorities are all wrong and it’s a form of idolatry. Other times I think it is an outlet for some primal aggressive, tribal tendencies; and so offers a substitute for war. Other times I think it does display character values such as discipline, cooperation, and heroism. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed the game last night.

There was another contest last night: Barack Obama came out as the Democrats choice in Iowa, despite his alleged lack of experience, and Mike Huckabee was the Republicans’ choice, despite being greatly outspent by his opponents. Since I mentioned earlier an incident some consider a spot on Huckabee’s record, I will pass on a favorable comment from Christian activist Jim Wallis:

One of the highpoints for me of the campaign thus far came in a Republican debate where both Mike Huckabee and John McCain defended the humanity of undocumented people in the midst of an extended attack on “illegal aliens” by other candidates. In the face of some of the most heated rhetoric, John McCain asked his colleagues to remember that the people they were all talking about were “also the children of God.” And in defending his inclusion of the children of the undocumented in his state’s scholarship programs, Mike Huckabee stood his ground and said the U.S. was not the kind of country that punished children for the mistakes of their parents. Both have been willing to challenge their party on other issues too – McCain supports both comprehensive immigration and campaign finance reform; and Huckabee was recently accused of being a “Christian socialist” by a leading economic conservative because of how he spent money on poor people in Arkansas. One political commentator on the Republican side told me he thought McCain and Huckabee have been rising in the polls because of the “character” they have shown in these debates (God’s Politics).

4 Responses

  1. Hey. Good to see you are very active. I enjoyed your blogs. Great insights. I spent too much time enjoying grandchildren to get much done during break.

  2. Nothing more important than enjoying your grandchildren. That’s where they learn unconditional love.

  3. i’m traveling backward through blogs—and for good reason. i’ve not caught up in a long while.
    i’ve noted a few things: 1) by including Claudia’s 5.5 seconds of fame, I think you’ve added maybe a few more seconds of fame, I suppose.;)
    2)As well, i was listening to NPR earlier and I learned about a German man who conducted a study to determine whether or not sporting events have major negative implications on humans, cardio-wise, that is. now, i question his study for a few reasons, but for the main part, his findings were obvious and expected. He found that during major sporting events, local German hospitals recorded 3 times more ER patients seeking heart help. He failed to either record (or either mention) whether the men or women being treated had been involved with the sporting events (or were even aware they were happening). So, I suppose it could have been during a particular time of year—possibly a holiday, or the like, where people tend to eat more and exercise less.
    Regardless, I just wanted to mention this because I just heard the Dr. talking of this study.

    Which brings me right to a more important matter:
    —watching the KU vs. KSU basketball game over the top of my English book. Though, I’ve resolved to try to ONLY enjoy, to stay calm, and to avoid the health implications of adding more Sympathetic stress. 😦 hmmm…

    Spokoino Nochi!!

    (My roommate has been teaching me Russian!)

  4. As it turned out, we had something more serious to do last night. So we missed being disappointed by the game. Hey, but your team won! In your family it was a victory either way.

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