Monday, January 04, 2010

No, not "show you," show ME the money!

I'm excitied about being in charge of putting money to good use for the Lord's work, but something in that offer caught my eye and REALLY peaked my interest.
"My name is Mariam Turine. I was born in India, I am married to Rev Jeff Turine, Rev pastor of Christian missionary church in Cote d'Ivoire. We were married for 38 years without a child. He died after a Cadiac Arteries Operation.

And Recently, My Doctor told me that I would not last for the next Five months due to my cancer problem (cancer of the lever and stroke). Before my husband died last year there is this sum $5.8 Million Dollars that he deposited with a Private Finance Company here In Ivory Coast."

Hmm. I'm pastoring in the wrong country. India, eh? I'd be hard pressed to deposit $5.8 thousand serving here in Texas.

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At 04 January, 2010 20:15, Blogger Rev. said...

You should see what the ones in Kenya are offering. Simply staggering amounts.

At 05 January, 2010 20:06, Anonymous Rick Stone said...

Speaking of "show me the money", Gunny & James, sounds like some good news from the Cardinals with the signing of Holliday. A lot of years & a lot of money, but they didn't seem to have many significant alternatives. He really did a great job in August & September, so we seem to be looking good for 2010. Anybody know a 3rd baseman?

At 12 January, 2010 22:40, Blogger Rev. said...

Gunny - on a side note - you've got the Cards and Lakers championships posted. Why no Cowboys with the NFC East title? Just waiting on the Super Bowl?

At 13 January, 2010 18:05, Blogger Jade said...

Gunny, on a side note, you're awfully quite about Mac's recent confession?! Let me fan the flames with this article which I agree with. :D I really don't think he was contrite at all; he still defended his actions as "health issues". Yeah, right! Apparenetly a health issue that kept him juicing up over several years. And "low dosages" of steroids, such that he now looks like Schwarzenegger?! Please, is the public really that naive?!

As far as I'm concerned, he cheated and should be forever banned from the Hall of Fame (if we are to maintain the integrity of the game!) along with Pete Rose and who ever else juiced up ... contrite or not! It's not an issue of forgiveness, but what's fair and just. As one person commented with this:

Roger Maris, the Once and Future home run King.




McGwire, Sosa, Bonds. Is there enough White-Out to undo the mythology of this decade? Can we agree that Roger Maris is still Da Man?

I totally agree. As far as I"m concerned, no one has officially broken that record! And what I mean by "officially" is that the person hasn't cheated! If the Hall of Fame is to maintain the integrity of the game, they better ban anyone who juiced up, no matter how many tv apologies he does, it's not going to change the fact that he cheated.

At 13 January, 2010 22:19, Blogger GUNNY said...

@Rev, I'm worried that I might demotivate the Cowboys by making too much of their Eastern Division Championship and/or their first playoff win. I'm HOPING that I can AT LEAST put up some NFC Champions slooge.

Remember the early 90s? They have that kind of talent. Don't get me wrong, there are some good teams in the NFC remaining, but I think I speak for many when I say it would be disappointing if the Cowboys don't make it to the Superbowl.

Part of me wants the Cardinals to beat the Saints, so we could host the NFC Championship at Jerry World, should the Cowboys also beat the Viqueens.

I meant to post my picks prior to the first round, but I'll post now, even though I'm already not perfect.

Green Bay over Arizona
Dallas over Philthadelphia
Ravens over Patriots
Bengals over Jets

@Jade, I did not for a second see that Jets victory coming and that game in Arizona was a great one.

Now, I'm taking the home team in the AFC (i.e., giving a Chargers @ Colts AFC Championship) and Dallas over Minnesota and Arizona over New Orleans.

That scares me a bit, however, because I know we can beat the Saints, but I'm not so sure about the Cardinals. But ... they certainly would not throw up 51 points on the Cowboys defense!

Cowboys over Chargers for our 6th Superbowl, the first of back to back Superbowls.

You heard it here first.

At 13 January, 2010 22:55, Blogger GUNNY said...

@Jade, you had to go there?!

Jade wrote: "If the Hall of Fame is to maintain the integrity of the game ..."

Hmm. Now who's being naive? ;-)

Well, opinions on McGwire are all over the map, as they have been for a while. (See ESPN's voters/writers' thoughts.)

I'll give my thoughts in a moment, but I think there's much confusion about the PED issue. Not everyone using steroids gets mammoth, nor does the use of steroids ensure dominance.

I'm not in any way excusing anything, but I think the health angle comes from wanting to stay on the field (i.e., stay/get healthy).

You see this when doctors will prescribe steroids to help normal humans heal, especially from surgery or what not.

Also, I don't think steroids were limited to premier players. I think there's just as much motivation, if not more, for the lesser players to stay in the bigs (i.e., not get sent back down).

The problem is that steroids really weren't "cheating" in the traditional sense, even though cheating is and has always been a part of baseball (e.g., stealing signs, pitchers doctoring the baseball, hitting batters, etc.).

There's a real sense in baseball that it's only cheating of you get caught. I happen to think that baseball knew there was a steroids problem, but didn't want to deal with it because steroids were good for the game. I'll say that again, steroids were good for the game, at least in their minds.

Personally, I'm inclined to agree with ESPN's Buster Olney on the issue:
"I will vote for McGwire, as I will vote for all of the elite players from that time we know as the steroids era. I believe most of the elite players of the time used performance-enhancing drugs, in the absence of oversight from the union or Major League Baseball -- but in trying to formulate a consistent standard on this issue, I do not know who did what. Which leaves me two options: Vote for nobody, or set aside the issue of performance-enhancing drugs and simply vote for the best players of the era. Separate of that: It's not the place for writers to be making these kinds of decisions. We shouldn't be involved in the HOF voting."

I would add, however, that I see the Hall of Fame as a means of preserving the history of the sport, so I wouldn't be averse to putting in Bonds or McGwire or Sosa or whomever and giving an asterisk about them having an unfair advantage because players were allowed to use steroids.

Of course, I wouldn't have been averse for Maris getting an asterisk either, since he had 8 more games in which to get his homers.

But, that's sports for you. With a 16 game NFL season, it's always going to be easier to pick up stats than back in the day.

When the game changes, records really can't transcend an era. Take for example, Babe Ruth, a guy I would say had some unfair disadvantages. What if Babe Ruth had protein shakes and had a personal trainer and had the ability to watch his swing on video, etc.? You think he could have hit more homers?

But, could he have him them against a steroid using Roger Clemens? What if he didn't go up against so many sloogey pitchers? Money draws greater athletes to sports in a way that wasn't the case back in the day.

I realize I'm a McGwire fan, so I'm not the most objective guy out there, but at one time I was an "innocent until proven guilty" guy with regard to baseball players in that era. Now, I'm pretty much figuring they are all guilty, so I would deal with the history/HOF issue based on notoriety and production.

Which means, incidentally, that I would put Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame. I would say he has the most hits of all time and that he got kicked out of the sport for betting on baseball.

But, hey, I'm a historian at heart. Record it all, the good, the bad, and the ugly. (continued)

At 13 January, 2010 22:56, Blogger GUNNY said...

@Jade (continued)

Records are a difficult subject as are baseball stats in general. Don't get me wrong, I love baseball, especially the NL variety. But how can you have so much weirdness?

What other sport does the home team get to pick how big the field is? In my mind, a home run should be the same in every ball park, to every field. You can still have variety in your park, but with a uniform outfield, just as you have a uniform infield.

How fair is it on an American League pitcher that he has to face a DH instead of a pitcher? Where as the pitcher is typically the worst hitter in the line up, the DH can often be the best hitter in the line up.

Back to the Hall issue ... For me, "Hall of Fame" is not hall of character or integrity or whatever, though I understand wanting to make it so. For me it's a record of those who had great fame and were famous with regard to the game.

So, to me a guy might have "Hall of Fame numbers," but if he's a spare that nobody remembers or what not, I don't see putting him in the Hall of Fame.

Oh ... with regard to his contrition. I don't know. It's so hard to judge something like that. I think he's being naive if he doesn't think steroids benefited his playing ability. We assume that to be the case.

I did read the article and have heard in other venues that he was trying to lay part of the blame on the era. Sure, I wouldn't go that route, but it's true. The only thing that keeps me from say, "I don't care, let anybody use whatever drug they want," is that the (even perceived) peer pressure will motivate those otherwise less inclined to use.

In other words, if I think everyone else is cheating, the temptation is going to be much greater for me to cheat (a) to keep up and (b) because I don't think there will be any repercussions.

More could be said, but those are my initial thoughts.

At 16 January, 2010 18:12, Blogger Rev. said...


At 16 January, 2010 18:17, Blogger Rev. said...

Speaking of the 2000 Yanks...

"It was a depressing day for the Yankees, whose sustained run of success was smudged by the revelations [of steroid use]." - Jack Curry, New York Times

"The Yankees haven't won a championship since 2000. That championship appears to be chemically enhanced."
- Len Berman, Channel 4 Sports, NYC

"Many of the proudest moments in New York's baseball history will have to be reassessed ..."
- Nicholas Wapshott, New York Sun

"There were Yankees everywhere in this report, enough of them to taint their run a bit in the late 1990s and early 2000s."
- Filip Bondy, Daily News

At 16 January, 2010 18:18, Blogger Rev. said...

Roger Maris was greatness, but Stan Musial is THE MAN.


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