Thursday, September 26, 2013

Football season!

Ah, football season.  The time of year men wait all spring and summer for and women dread because they lose their husbands until February.  Or maybe women are excited for that very reason.  Whatever.  Here are my thoughts on the goings on of various football related topics of late:

New Orleans Saints

3-0!!  What a way to start the season!  This is much better than last year's start, which I won't even talk about in depth, because who wants to relive that?  Coach Payton is back, which has relit a fire under the Saints.  New Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan has completely turned around the defense.  I think it's his hair.  He's a modern-day Samson.

Plus, I think he hides a 12th defender under his shirt who jumps out, swats the ball away, then runs back to his XXXL safe haven.

To start things off, the Saints beat the scourge of the NFL, the ingrown toenail on the foot of football, the despicable Atlanta Failcons.  I don't like them.  At all.  General Sherman missed the Georgia Dome on his march through Atlanta.  Can he get a redo?

Could've had a V8.  Not that it would help the fact that you're a Falcon.

 I don't want to start talking Super Bowl just yet, but I'm a fan, so I have to.  Super Bowl, here we come!

Miami Dolphins

 3-0!!  How long has it been since my two favorite teams have started 3-0?  No, really.  How long?  I'm too lazy to research it.  Point is, I like it. 

I was excited when they drafted Ryan Tannehill last year.  I enjoyed watching him at Texas A&M and enjoyed even more watching him grow as his first NFL season went on.  He's looked pretty solid so far this season.

Wait, I didn't know you could red shirt NFL players..

This upcoming Monday night, the Dolphins travel to New Orleans to face the Saints.  Though they are my two favorite teams, I bleed black and gold, so I'm obviously pulling for the Saints.  I just hope the Saints' victory doesn't derail what the Dolphins have going so far.

College Football

I haven't watched too much college ball this season;  I've had to play music pretty much every Saturday.  From what I can tell, though, Mississippi State sucks about as much as normal (which sucks).  Ole Miss actually looks pretty good and they get their first real test against Alabama this weekend, which I will miss because I have to play music.  Apparently, Alabama may not be quite up to their usual standards this season.  Their normally stingy defense gave up 628 yards to Johnny Manziel.

The real Johnny Football

 My lack of time to watch college football has not allowed me to get as excited about it as I usually am.  Oh, well.  There are many weeks left for me to catch some games.

Fantasy Football

For years, I've been resisting fantasy football.  I thought it would take up too much time and it wouldn't be that fun, anyway.  I was wrong.  Even as I'm typing this, I have my fantasy league opened up in a different tab, making some adjustments to my lineup for this weekend's games.

People have told me that it completely changes the football viewing experiencing, making you care about games that you would otherwise not watch.  That is true.  It also causes much frustration during those games, such as Sunday night when Roethlisberger kept throwing the ball to Antonio Brown (who was on the team that mine was going up against) instead of Emmanuel Sanders (who is on my team).

Here is my team: QB - Drew Brees, Eli Manning; WR - Danny Amendola, Jordy Nelson, Emmanuel Sanders, Golden Tate, Torrey Smith; RB - Reggie Bush, Darren Sproles, Ben Tate, Le'Veon Bell; TE - Jimmy Graham, Antonio Gates; Kicker - Garrett Hartley; Defense - Denver.

I think next season I'm gonna join another league or two.  Lots of fun.

Which brings us to...

So far it's been the trend in this blog for me to lay out in the open things that are convicting me, so here we go again.

Why in the world do so many Christians (myself included, oh so much) get so fired up about something as meaningless as football but fail to engage in even one conversation a week about Christ?  There's some kind of disconnect between what our priorities should be and what they actually are.

Am I saying it's wrong to enjoy football season?  No, I don't think it's wrong.  I just think we need to be really careful about what our focus is on.  Colossians 3:2 says, "Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth."  It's really easy for me to get carried away with all the excitement of my two favorite teams being undefeated and lose sight of what matters.

So I'm asking that you pray for me that I can keep my focus on things above and I'll do the same for you.

Who dat!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

My Favorite Comic Artists

I'm going to take this time to share with you some of my favorite comic artists.  I'm not going to say anything about them, I'm just gonna let the artwork speak for itself.  So here they are, in no particular order (except for Jim Aparo being first...he's my absolute favorite):

Jim Aparo

Neal Adams

Adam Kubert

There should totally be bones where some of those bullet holes are, but whatever.  It still looks cool.

Mark Texeira

Hope you enjoyed looking at some drawings that I enjoy looking at.  This was fun for me.  I'll probably do another post like this one soon.  Y'all be good to each other.