Awesome Aussie Finals

Super excited for the upcoming Australian Open men’s final on Saturday, between #1 ranked Novak Djokovic and #2 Rafael Nadal. As this is a consistent rematch, it promises to make some great tennis.

Djokovic is coming off a once-in-a-lifetime 2011, putting up numbers that seem inconceivable. I was watching SportCenter’s pre-final coverage, and they put up a stat that showed Nadal beating Djokovic nearly 2 to 1. I had to chuckle at that “fact,” since those numbers don’t clearly display how completely dominated Nadal has been since Djokovic entered his top-level tennis a few years back. Nadal himself even admitted that Djoker was in his head, and he looked very anguished at the losses he’s been taking from the new #1.

I do hope Djoker wins, and I think he has the tools, ammo, and skill to do it. I can’t say I’ve ever been a huge fan of Rafa, but if there is a way for him to beat Djokovic, I’m convinced Rafa will find it. Even if you don’t care for any other part of Nadal’s game, his careful studies – first to learn to take down Federer – put him in a category where nothing seems to outwit him for long. I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if Nadal had concocted some new game plan to take revenge for his previous year’s losses.

Either way, should be great tennis.

Christians, Sports & Sundays

Euan Murray is a modern day Eric Liddell. Like Liddell, the protagonist of Chariots of Fire who didn’t run in the Olympics because his race landed on a Sunday, Murray will not scrummage for Scotland because the match would land on a Sunday.

It’s basically all or nothing, following Jesus. I don’t believe in pick ‘n’ mix Christianity. I believe the Bible is the word of God, so who am I to ignore something from it?

I might as well tear out that page then keep tearing out pages as and when it suits me. If I started out like that there would soon be nothing left.

I want to live my life believing and doing the things (God) wants and the Sabbath day is a full day.

It’s not a case of a couple of hours in church then playing rugby or going down the pub, it’s the full day.

Parents in the US are increasingly facing more and more activities for their kids on Sundays. (Let’s not get started on NFL Sunday football!) Here’s an individual in Murray who is giving up a major aspect of his career to obey a command that most Christians haven’t kept their entire lives. I don’t know the first thing about Murray (or rugby!). But examples like these should make us all pause and reflect on how we are obeying the 4th Commandment.

Jason Kidd Grabs a Ring

When I was in ninth grade, the shoes I wanted more than any other were Kidd’s Nikes. He had just had an amazing rookie year, sharing ROY honors with Grant Hill (where is Glenn Robinson these days?!). I hated the new style that Nike gave Kidd later, so I kept those shoes for years, long after they regularly gave me blisters and wore thin. I loved Jason Kidd’s game, and I’m thrilled that, with the Mavs victory over the Heat last night, Kidd finally has a ring. Continue reading

March Madness 2011

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  • As you can see, I’m not doing too well.
  • I’m a little Big 10 heavy, and that has been a detriment to my success.
  • I have enjoyed watching the Big East collapse
  • Baylor?!! Marquette?!
  • VCU?!?!?!
  • I don’t feel like my bracket has any inspired picks, though I’ve been a bit fortunate with Florida State
  • Sometimes I think being a Blue Devil fan is like rooting for the Yankees, but nevertheless…

So, how are you doing?