It’s A Beautiful Thing: The World Series Champions Kansas City Royals

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Today is the celebration in Kansas City for the first World Series title for the Royals since 1985.  It was a culmination of years of hard work & perseverance.  It was also a day that was a long time coming.  I lived in Kansas City for 3 1/2 years.  I got to see the beginnings of what has resulted in this magical season.  I got to see Alex Gordon develop into the Gold Glove left fielder.  I got to see Lorenzo Cain & Alcides Escobar brought in after a huge trade that sent a Cy Young award winner (Zack Grienke) in return.  I got to see Eric Hosmer’s debut.  I personally heard GM Dayton Moore speak and heard not only his heart as a GM but also as a man and as a Christian leader.

Sometimes it takes those years of struggle to get to the point of celebration.  The Royals suffered for decades before getting to this point where they are celebrating.  And there are times in our lives where we have struggles and tough times and that will help us to grow and make us better and more like Christ.

I’m so happy for my KC friends that got to be at the parade.  I’m happy that all the hard work and effort has paid off in a World Series championship for this team.  And it was so cool that I got to see what the beginning efforts of the process that has led to this day.  Congrats Royals, you deserve this.

Thursday Quote Day: Ken Griffey Jr.

For this week’s Thursday Quote Day, here is a quote from one of the all time great baseball players (and one of my favorite players to watch growing up), Ken Griffey Jr.:

“You lose, you smile, and you come back the next day. You win, you smile, you come back the next day.”  (Ken Griffey Jr.)

The Beautiful Game and Me

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I’m a huge fan of soccer.  I admit, though, that I’m late to the party relatively speaking.  I did not grow up loving soccer.  I wasn’t a kid that played it at a young age.  I wasn’t even really interested in it growing up.  But I’ve come to love the “beautiful game”.

My first exposure to soccer and interest in soccer actually was in 1994 when the World Cup was played in the United States.  Though I didn’t attend a game (don’t think there were any within reasonable driving distance), I watched a little on TV.  I even got a soccer ball that was the official soccer ball for the World Cup that year (though I didn’t really play with it).

I didn’t really start liking soccer until I was in college.  My sophomore year one of my roommates was a missionary kid (MK) from Nigeria.  He was a soccer player and as we became friends I grew to learn more about the game hanging out with him and some of the international students.  Along with that I began to watch matches on ESPN from England that would be on weekday afternoons after class.

With watching more soccer I began to get more into the World Cup.  I didn’t see much of the ’98 World Cup (because I wasn’t as interested as I would become) or the ’02 World Cup (because I was working as a summer missionary and the games were on at weird times being that it was hosted in Japan/South Korea).  But the 2006 World Cup was the first that I was interested in watching.  Along with watching the matches, I bought my first soccer video game FIFA World Cup 2006 on PS2.

As time as went on, I’ve tried to learn more about the sport as well as cheer loudly for the US National Team.  I’ve also enjoyed watching European soccer and really into watching English Premier League (like watching Arsenal, Chelsea and Swansea City) and recently like watching Bundesliga (German top soccer league) (like watching Bayern Munich).

Now the 2014 World Cup is underway in Brazil.  I’ve been watching the matches and even live tweeting them.  It’s fun to get into and root for some countries.  But I’ll be excited when the U.S. takes the field.  And I’ll be cheering and live tweeting and getting excited to see how the U.S. team does.  I hope there will be lots of moments like in 2010 against Algeria.  I hope there will be a deep run in the tournament like in 2002.  But most of all, I want to be excited about my country’s team and be proud of the effort they put out there.

Soccer is a cool sport.  Even though it’s not a home grown American sport, it has a lot of cool qualities about it.  And even more than that?  It’s a great way to connect with people around the world.  So, if you’re a soccer fanatic or barely know anything, I’d recommend tuning in to watch the World Cup.  Who knows?  You may become a fan of the Beautiful Game too.

Favorite Super Bowl XLVIII Commercials and Memories

The Super Bowl last night was a great game in my book.  Granted I’m a Seattle Seahawks fan so that made the game special to me.  It was the first time watching a Super Bowl that a team I rooted for won the big game (having seen the Titans lose in Super Bowl XXXIV and the Seahawks lose in Super Bowl XL).

I saw on social media this morning something that summed up the game:  “It was a Seahawks highlight reel with fun commercials”.  I would have to agree with that statement.  People that follow me on twitter got a lot of live-tweeting involving the game.  I tend to do that with sporting events or particular TV shows.  Like a said, it was a great game to me and I’m happy for the people of Seattle and my friends up there.  I lived there the first time the Seahawks went to the Super Bowl and can only imagine how excited the city is today.

There were some pretty good commercials last night in my book too.  Some were down on the commercials but for the most part I liked them.  There were some particular ones that I really liked and wanted to post them on here.

The first is a MetLife commercial starring the Peanuts gang.  Fitting a MetLife commercial during a Super Bowl played at MetLife Stadium:

Another really great commercial was the Cheerios commercial:

The T-Mobile commercial with Tim Tebow was pretty good as well:

There were several trailers for movies that were pretty good but the one that debuted at the Super Bowl was Transformers 4.  It’ll be interesting to see how the movie turns out:

Finally, the Radio Shack commercial was totally awesome (80’s style):

Being Thankful

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and throughout all this month I’ve seen friends post things they have been thankful for throughout the month.  It is good to be reminded of the things God has blessed us with, not just this month but throughout the year.  Here are a few things that I am thankful for:

*Jesus Christ.  This has to be number one.  I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am without Him.  I was reminded again today how thankful I am for Him and what he has done.  That Jesus, fully God and fully man, came to Earth lived a perfect life, was tempted yet never sinned, died on the Cross to pay the penalty for my sins, rose from the grave three days later and is alive and well.  I’m not always the best follower of Jesus but I’m grateful that he forgives me when I repent of my sins and has changed me and continues to work in my life (through the Holy Spirit).

*Family and friends.  In good times and rough times, it’s good to rely on family and friends.  It is such a blessing to have those people in your life who love you and care about you.  Life is not meant to be lived alone but in community.  This is a great reminder of that.

*Church.  Ties right into family and friends and community.  We all need that that community of believers to encourage, exhort, spur one another in our walks with Christ.  It is important to be connected to a local body of believers and that’s key to be a part of a church.

*Fun activities.  I enjoy sports and video games, movies and TV shows, reading and writing.  There’s lots of cool things that are fun and entertaining and I enjoy doing.  And the cool thing is getting to enjoy that with others.

I hope that all of you have a great Thanksgiving and that as you celebrate with food and family (and football) that you take time to remember the blessings that God has provided and be thankful.