sacrifice: diamonds and courtship

Both of my favorite sports do have sacrifice in their stats. In baseball/softball there is the sacrifice bunt, or sacrifice fly. The goal to move over a runner, or score a runner from third base.

And in basketball, they have a player control turnover to gain possession. Where the ref throws up his elbow and points it in the direction of the team that gains the ball. Someone on the team had to step in front of an oncoming offensive player and sacrifice their body to take an impact for the good of the team. For a basketball team to really be good: all 12 to 15 players on the team need to be able and willing to take those hits 6 times a night especially during a 7 game playoff series. And that habit should be taught at the first practice. The captain/or head coach should take a hit from every member of the team starting with the fastest player on the team. And then after absorbing those hits and teaching the team how to fall, and roll and go with the hit to minimize injury. The captain/coach should then offer to give a charge to every member of the team if they so desire to be hit in this way. Sacrifice is part of the tough love and teamwork and grit that a team needs on a basketball court or on a baseball diamond to win the close games that come down to 1 or 2 points or runs in a playoff or championship series.

And it translates into life and promises that last a lifetime and being able and willing to lay down your body or your own health for the people you love as a husband, as a wife, as a parent and as a child. If you learn the value of sacrifice, then your family quickly learns how much you care and do what it takes to provide and protect them at all times to the best of your ability. The best courtships start by finding people with a similar foundation grow in love, and service, sacrifice and being blessedly connected in prayer and actions.


team sports and mvp trophies really…

When I was young I was all about winning trophies and being the best at my hobbies, sports or activities. But I often entered sports that were individually based. As I have grown over the years I see that being named the mvp of a team sport is kinda silly. Because if your teammates were not there with you than your team would not be as good, and not won enough to merit being called an mvp. And most team sports have a regular season and playoff season. I don’t agree or feel there is any need to name an mvp of team sport. Either your team won the championship or it didn’t. The best teams know that everyone on the team has a role to play, and when anyone waivers and does not accomplish their role for the team during the game, the whole team suffers. I even remember the 2002 angels team and everyone is probably talking about the best players that year, but in the championship I totally remember utility players like Scott Spiezio coming up big during the world series. Or even this year as two minor leaguers in Matt Shoemaker and Effren Navarro who did not even break spring training with the team have come on to make an impact for the team this year. For any sport that has only one player than sure that person is the best for the tournament. But when team sports that have 15 (basketball), 25(baseball), or even more players for football, and futbol (soccer) it seems rather silly for me to say who was most valuable. I suppose its fun to argue and talk about on with friends or on the radio. But a team is led by the coach and the players that work together as a family to get farther than they could if they didnt prepare for it before the season starts. The coach is named after the old stagecoach, because they could help reign in the horses and get it go farther, and faster than without a guide. A great team works together like the gears and parts of an engine so that the team can move more efficiently to defend their home court against anyone who comes to challenge them. And the best teams are prepared before the season starts, and just make minor adjustments based on injuries or losses that come during the season or playoffs. A team that is willing to sacrifice personal glory for the good of the team tends to win more than other teams. Especially these days with so many people clamoring for personal attention, it really is a pleasure to see a team play for each other more than seeking their next commercial or endorsement check. People need to check their ego, and their cellphone at the door so they can be totally present at practice, prepare, sacrifice, and leave all of their skill and effort on the field before they go home at the end of each game.

baseball headed to the playoffs, and the nba isnt far away either

My favorite sports happen on a diamond of grass and dirt, or on the hardcourts made of asphalt or wood. So these are autumn season sports (september to october is a great time for me) because in 2014 my angels are making a run at the world series. It has been a long time since 2002. I wish the staff stayed together longer. When coach black, coach maddon, and coach scioscia were together the angels had some of the best minds in the the game in the same clubhouse. Now all three are head coaches. I love that they brought in Don Baylor, and Discarcina to help coach this year. Gary was a great shortstop and probably a great asset to the defensive positioning of the squad. And Baylor’s has always been a team leader and his approach to having hitters aim for the gaps to turn singles into doubles and triples is ideal for speedy hitters on the angels. My thing as a hitter is to just hit the ball where nobody is standing, or where nobody can reach it. Then I step in the box, and watch the pitch release from the the pitchers hand and swing. I normally do let the top hand release the way charlie lau taught for more power. But if I bunt or just need to slap a ball to the opposite field, I will keep two hands on the bat for more control similar to Ichiro in his book on the art of baseball. I also remember to think of UTM when practicing, to hit it up the middle to see how consisiten the swing is when working off a tee. But in a live game we dont always have the option of someone throwing it exactly where we want it as a hitter. I actually love that the angels bunt. I also love that they use those sacrifice bunts, sacrifice hits, and sacrifice fly balls to score a runner or move someone over. The oakland a’s and others have been promoting this lack of bunting and baserunning for years now, and although it has been decent in the regular season, it still hasnt turned into a championship for them. It is good for teaching patience at the plate. But to win in my eyes you have to take some risks and have your team do, what other teams are not willing to do. We must risk losing to really have an opportunity to beat a skilled and competitive team across from us on the diamond. Coach Glasco from the Florida Pride showed me over and over during August 14-16 that teams close in talent need to run and bunt, or run and hit, or slap one over an infielder, or go for the extra base to get the one or two runs that win a game rather than waiting to go station to station. For me the hit and run is only for coaches who lack faith in their runners and their hitters. Earl Weaver always taught the run and hit. The baserunners take off to steal, and the hitter has the green light to swing or take the pitch. If the ball is hit the runner will get to third or maybe even home. If the hitter misses or takes than the runner can still get to second. If the ball is hit to a fielder than both will be out, but if the runner goes half way it is even more likely that the runner will be stuck in the middle and tagged out. So for me either run and hit, or run and bunt. Don’t waste time trying to do a half-baked hit and run.

The NFL: 2014 disappointed by the concussion business ?

I do not see new equipment on players at the ncaa or nfl level. The helmets look the same. And all this talk about 2 or 3 people spanking their kids, and then the whole world coming down on a parent that chooses to discipline a child even if its harsh. Well I know a whole lot of spoiled kids who never got disciplined, and most of them are now in prison, or have no relationship with their parents and family.

I would not hit a child repeatedly, but a parent must discipline children. Me personally I would give a child a bible verse and make them right it at least 100 times. Then sit down and ask them what the verse means to them, and if it helps them understand why their choice was right or wrong. Then most likely take away some of their privileges for the month, until they show they can be responsible again with the blessings that the family provides to each child in the family. But I am not opposed to making my children do pushups, jumping jacks, and wallsits, and run some stairs as well rather than hit them, I will just make them move until they cant do anything but sleep and write their bible verses: and be able to talk about what the verse means to them hopefully it is appropriate to the lesson they need to learn.

In peterson’s case, I believe they said his son hurt another child first before being punished. Even God punishes human beings, and we are all his children. He brought the flood to noah, he destroyed the pharaoh and slave holders, he punished the opponents of king David. He revealed the dishonesty of Pharisees who claim to be good with his son Jesus. Who am I to judge another parent for how they love and discipline their own family, I am not god, so I am not ever going to judge a parent that keeps their kids fed, educated, prayerful and protected at night to sleep in a safe home and alive through college and as long as the parents and children are alive.

And the ray rice case is a whole other issue.

To be honest Goodell and all NFL owners that approved marijuana usage for pain reduction should be the main topic of the 2014 season. I know for a fact that marijuana causes damage to brain cells, and paranoia. It helps us forget pain, because it causes us to lose the memory of what is damaging to the body. But the marijuana is not a medicine, it is very similar structurally to cotton and silk. From what I have read it can destroy 10,000 brain cells per puff of marijuana. And even second hand marijuana is going to damage the kids in a home where it is used by a player and parent as advised by the commissioner and team owners. And if you grew up in the slavery age before the 1960s civil rights movement than you already know that when you smoke cotton or silk that you die. Marijuana should be used to make ropes and clothes and sporting apparel. Maybe safer uniforms, and padding for the helmets to prevent concussions.

We already know that the NFL is still known for not providing medical insurance to older retirees and veterans. Now they want their current players to still be at risk for concussion memory loss, and now cancer from marijuana so if they do remember their injuries they will die early. Families will lose their husbands, sons, brothers and leave behind children, wives, and grandparents without the men who are putting their necks out their daily to put food on the table.

And the NFL Owners still insist on no guaranteed contracts for injuries. Meaning if you do get a career ending hit. They cut you from the roster and do not pay you, and replace you with the next man from the ncaa who was scouted already. They know they can tap anyone from division 1 through division 3 of the age over 3 years in college so at least 20 years old. That is why baseball, soccer, and basketball, softball, volleyball, and other sports are so much better to me. Especially MLB and the NBA for making sure that if an injury occurs that the players still gets paid if it happens during practice or games involving their sport.

The first NFL player to get brain cancer from owner recommended marijuana should be given 70 percent of all of that team owner’s revenue for every season played with this ridiculous recommendation to forget pain instead of resting and healing properly. If its such a good idea, why doesnt the commissioner and team owners smoke it with the players for the “safety of it”. I want to know the name of the medical advisor to the NFL that told them to go through with it. I am guessing he gets a cut of the marijuana business. Every store with a green cross in the city pumps out this stuff second hand all day to kids that are not in NFL families. They tend to be in the grimiest parts of every town, and the low income areas in the state. They dont put marijuana green cross stores in the gated communities. That should tell you a lot already.

I would questions the leadership of the NFL for recommending marijuana instead of ice, or rest, or nutrition and time off to heal. Rather than have them smoke a drug that is legal in some states that is meant for dying cancer patients. If your not dying already then why would you take a item made to help the dying feel less pain.

Pain is temporary…pain forces us to grow, to rest and heal, and learn our lessons….paranoia caused by unregulated marijuana that causes violence (not sure if ray rice was on nfl recommended marijuana) but as a running back I am sure ray rice got hit in the head plenty of times as a in between the tackles runner.

You could not pay me to put my child into a sport that is so cruel to its own teammates

disciple a child…or discipline a league for valuing its dollars on television more than the families of the men giving everything every day in practice and on the field between the lines. I love the game in that I loved playing flag football. We play coed in our ministry at couples for christ international, and I love to run the flea flicker and toss a hail mary deep to the quarterback or wr sprinting downfield away from the sweep play. And I still play flag football with friends, but the 3) issues I have of marijuana being used to kill the players brain cells, concussions that cause long term memory loss (dementia), and lack of guaranteed contracts is tantamount to using the players as tools rather than treating them as part of the family.

Why else would the players union go on strike as many times as they have just to get medical care for people like jim mcmahon who cant remember hardly anything anymore and he was one of the best quarterback to ever play, as a BEAR he probably knew every playbook league wide back and forth to prepare for their superbowl shuffle in Chicago with Ditka, Singletary, Payton and the Fridge

And any league that takes out emotion and dancing is not a league I would want to play in…they want robots…well then let them play the game with robots…than it could destroy everything on the field and they would be happy: mass destruction is what happens when you tell grown men to stop dancing for doing their job/service to the best of their ability. And I mean that in every sense of the Catholic Mass destruction of families if this continues past September 2014. I understand non taunting…but I would never know ickey woods for breaking records but he and the jamal from atlanta doing the dirty bird dance, or deion with his primetime dance, and even ray lewis with his entrance dance, if we cant dance then why play? I thought spiking the ball on the cowboy star was funny? He wasnt taunting a player, he was just stating a fact that his team is winning? If you want them to stop dancing then change the scoreboard. Why is lambeau leap fun, but terrell owens not fun. I find T.O. way more fun to watch then generic lambeau leaps. Too many dance judges, let people play and let them dance. The league was more fun when people did touchdown dances, sack dances, and high stepped in for interceptions run back to the end zone. Kids used to practice their touchdown dances, why take that away if I win the Rose Bowl I am gonna dance like its the best day of my life ponders a 5 year old girl, and her brother that is 7 years old tossing around a nerf football that glows in the dark in 2014.