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Oct 1

Royals Run

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 in Emotional, How To, Sports, Values

15407957605_a741664d06_mI love baseball. Last night I got home from work in time to watch the end of a great MLB playoff game between the Oakland A’s and the host Kansas City Royals.

At one point in the game the A’s lead over the Royals was so overwhelming statisticians at Fangraphs estimate that the Royals had a 3% (yes, three percent) chance of winning. See chart below.

Did the Royals give up? No. Did they muscle-up and power their way to victory? No, that was unlikely. According to ESPN.com they had the least home runs in all of baseball. What they could do was run. The Royals had the most stolen bases in MLB.

Jun 20

Blind, Broke and Blessed

Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in Emotional, Financial, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

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“I would give it all up to have that family back.” Those words came from a multimillionaire I met.

Meeting with him seemed intimidating at first. He was a business owner, an entrepreneur, a happily-married man and by all accounts a success, but in his mind, he had failed. He failed his first wife and their children.

His confidence became arrogance.
His determination became obsession.
His single-mindedness became blindness.

He gained a pile of money, but lost his family.
It’s a sad story, sadder-still, it’s a familiar one.

This “intimidating” man was actually a broken man.

Mar 4

Secrets

Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 in Education, Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Values

communicationcomputer-23713_640Charles Dickens wrote, “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”

We are fascinated by secrets, rumors and gossip.

I used to be offended by a statement like that until it became obvious.

“Obvious?!?”, someone might argue.

Maybe secrets, rumors and gossip are not the fascination of everyone, but how else can you explain:
– The popularity of fantasy sports & their paid “Insider” features
– The popularity of TMZ & the volumes of celebrity gossip
– The illegality of insider trading
– The mumblings and rumblings as most school lunch tables

Sep 20

A Sense Of Peace pt 4

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

Curtis Eichelberger’s new book Men of Sunday reviewed here recounts the story of Trent Dilfer, his son, and his family’s heart-aching, heart-breaking, and inspiring saga. You might want to read part 1 and part 2 and part 3 first.

The Lesson

It’s been nine years since Trevin’s death. He’d be nearly fifteen now and probably following in his daddy’s footsteps playing football in the Stanford area. Instead, Trent and Cass are following Maddie, who has become quite a volleyball player and is being scouted by Division 1 programs.

Sep 19

A Sense Of Peace pt 3

Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

Curtis Eichelberger’s new book Men of Sunday reviewed here recounts the story of Trent Dilfer, his son, and his family’s heart-aching, heart-breaking, and inspiring saga. You might want to read part 1 and part 2 first.

“I never asked why,” says Dilfer. “I’ve never been obsessed with what it was or why it happened.”

Dilfer believes that God is loving and merciful and that there must have been something at play that he couldn’t comprehend.

Who could comprehend good coming out of so much suffering?

Sep 18

A Sense Of Peace pt 2

Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

Curtis Eichelberger’s new book Men of Sunday reviewed here recounts the story of Trent Dilfer, his son, and his family’s heart-aching, heart-breaking, and inspiring saga. Part 1 was yesterday.

While Cass could patiently sit in the room for hours, Trent had a hard time with it and would go to the hospital’s rooftop garden or to the chapel for prayer.

Dilfer had made millions of dollars. He’d been to the summit of the game he loved. Was God saying, “Wait a minute. Not so fast”? Dilfer says he never went there. He’d recommitted to Christ in college; he’d repented and never looked back.

Sep 17

A Sense Of Peace pt 1

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

“Trevin was Dilfer’s only son, the only other man in a house full of women. He loved to hang out with his daddy in the locker room and often challenged Trent’s teammates to footraces.”

Curtis Eichelberger interviewed many current and former NFL players including Mike Singletary, Justin Tuck, LaDainian Tomlinson, Oshiomogho Atogwe, and Jay Feely about football’s violent nature, the sacrifices players and families make, adversity they face, temptations they endure, and the call to being leaders and role models.

Eichelberger’s new book Men of Sunday reviewed here recounts the story of Trent Dilfer, his son, and his family’s heart-aching, heart-breaking, and inspiring saga. 1

Sep 14

Faithful Faith

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

In Curtis Eichelberger’s new book Men of Sunday he recounts coaches Tony Dungy, Marvin Lewis, and Brad Childress talking about the importance of having men of faith on their rosters.

“These players understand there is something bigger than themselves and realize that someday they’ll have to answer for their actions. The result is oftentimes a greater sense of humility, a willingness to think about the team over themselves, and the realization that their talent isn’t their due, but rather a gift from God to be used for His purpose.

Faith

Sep 13

Madness, Machismo or Ministry?

Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Sports, Values

I read Curtis Eichelberger’s new book Men of Sunday this weekend.  It’s a compelling book I’ll quote several times this week before I post my full review this weekend. 1

As I read Eichelberger’s piece on former “Pro Bowl Denver Broncos offensive lineman Mark Schlereth I was inspired, awed, and perplexed.

I had to ask, is this man mad, filled with machismo or ministry minded?

Madness, Machismo or Ministry?

May 2

I Love Mysteries

Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Emotional, Intellectual, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, TreeHouse, Values

I live in Minnesota and recently a local baseball player, Scott Baker, required arm surgery.

Baker, according to TwinCities.com, “was scheduled for surgery to clean scar tissue off a flexor tendon, a procedure that would have required about six months of rehabilitation. Instead, he will miss at least 12 months.”

I love mysteries.  I love pondering mysteries.  I love trying to solve mysteries.  I wonder:

Why did two MRI exams failed to detect a tear in Baker’s ligament?
What causes baseball pitchers to have such a high rate of elbow injuries?