Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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Saturday, January 28, 2017
"Seven Rings." The guy reading the book mispronounced Knute Rockne's first name, and John Salley's last name. Jackson praised his father (a preacher) for being a great example of being what a true Christian should be like. The book is the story not only of Jackson's long basketball career, but also his life-long spiritual journey. Some of it is a little weird, but Jackson was honest and sincere about which spiritual things he rejected and which things he accepted as valid. Not that Jackson did this, but to me it seems like rejecting the Bible as God's Word and instead meditating is a selfish "putting myself before God" kind of thing.
Jackson often admits to mistakes he made along the way. One had to do with coming down hard too on forward Horace Grant during a playoff loss to Philadelphia. The normally reserved and disciplined Georgia native snapped back at his coach. The next morning Jackson held a breakfast meeting with the team to set things right. Grant read from Psalms. That night Grant scored 22 points with 14 rebounds, leading the Bulls to victory. Jackson also writes in detail about his efforts to mold Jordan into more of a team player, starting in his early days as an assistant coach. This book lends a different angle to many of the stories I'd just read in the Jordan biography.
After Scottie Pippen infamously refused to inbound the ball to Toni Kukoc, head coach Phil Jackson decided to let his players discipline Pippen. With 1.5 seconds left on the clock the Bulls were able to run a different play and score the game-winning basket. Afterwards in the locker room team captain Bill Cartwright called the act one of the most selfish he had ever seen in his life. Other players voiced their displeasure as well, including BJ Armstrong. After the players were able to calm down, Jackson led the team in the Lord's Prayer. Pippen was told by Jackson to put the incident behind him, though the press let the story live on for years afterwards. In the next game Pippen responded with 25 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists.
When the Bulls signed power forward Dennis Rodman, Jackson knew he had his work cut out for him. Rodman would let pressure build up on the inside until it would finally blow over. From time to time if there was no game his agent would ask for a few days off so Rodman could blow off steam in Vegas. Afterwards he'd be as good as new. During games Jackson realized his own pacing the sideline and arguing with refs made Rodman more anxious and argumentative, so Jackson started sitting on the bench and keeping quiet during games. Jackson told the press "Rodman reminds me of me."
During their last championship run the Bulls lost two late season games, leaving their season total of 69 tied for the second-most in history. Jackson called a team meeting and asked the players and coaches to write down something to share. Jordan wrote a poem. A trainer read I Corinthians 13. After each player read what they had written, the paper was stuffed in a coffee can. When they were finished Jackson set the papers on fire.
The meeting steeled the team for their final playoff run. After MJ's late heroics in game seven of the finals, GM Jerry Krause refused to bring back Jackson, Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman, wanting instead to re-build the Bulls on his own. It didn't work.
Friday, January 27, 2017
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Then it seemed like we were at an office building similar to mine, but not exactly. We'd had a meeting, but it was over and we were packing up to go home. Not all the lights were on so it was hard to see. Co-worker Chris was leaving with me, but I was moving too slow so he went on ahead - walking down the hallway toward the stairwell, almost vanishing into the darkness. Perhaps it's a sign.
Earlier I had dreamed we were still living in our old house on Hillpine. There were clothes and laundry everywhere, piled up on the narrow stairway leading upstairs. I was trying to organize the mess, and get a load of laundry going. Then people started arriving, either to buy the house or for a yard sale. We went upstairs, and there were more clothes than we could ever sell. I was going to show Don and Angela Head the secret closet. Ceil had been working on the upstairs, and she had opened up all these spaces that I didn't know even existed. Perhaps it's a sign.
Since C was in Athens Friday I went the northern route home, and stopped by four stores. Bought a pair of sneakers, slacks, golf shirt, and boxers. Most I'd bought in a long time. Spent $33.40 for $420.00 in merchandise. Ate a plate of BBQ before leaving work, so that was supper.
10.00 110.00 Nike Air Marinos
04.33 080.00 Jerry Rice Raiders Jersey
04.07 030.00 Under Armour golf shirt
15.00 090.00 FootJoy golf slacks
00.00 085.00 Southern Tides golf shirt
00.00 025.00 Titans bobblehead
33.40 420.00 total
Saturday morning I woke up at 6:15 for my appointment at the Honda dealer. While there I was able to go through all my personal emails and get caught up. They were able to fix the airbag problem. Early next Saturday I'm taking the CRV for its recall.
Housework on Saturday. C turned on the inaugural prayer service. Since I'd worked so hard last weekend I tried to take it easier this weekend. Worked on the computer most of the afternoon and evening, finishing several small projects. Trying to decide what kind of sports watch to get. Surely that will help me exercise more. C cooked lasagna. M joined us for dinner. C watched the new Hallmark Channel movie.
JFBC on Sunday morning. Good sermon by Bryant, who briefly mentioned the AJC article. Long-time friends and prayer Bryant and Youseff had hoped the article would show how topics like the presidential vote was secondary to seeking the Kingdom of God, and how their friendship and brotherhood was not affected by their votes. As usual, the media focused instead on their divide over what they considered a secondary issue.
Leftovers for lunch and dinner. Watched some of the pregame, all of the game, and kept the TV on during the AFC Championship. Packaged some bobbleheads and did homework for Wednesday night. Had trouble sleeping both Saturday and Sunday night. Not sure why.
I've had bad experiences at McDonalds, most recently coming back from SC after Thanksgiving - the last time I frequented a McDonalds. Monday morning after our meeting at school C, M, and I had discussed grabbing breakfast, but didn't. Instead I swung by Taco Bell for a breakfast burrito. It was after most of the rush, and the restaurant had no other customers, so my order was made up quickly. Cooked properly, the shell was toasted and hot.
Didn't make it in to work until 8:45. Co-worker brought back nice shirts for everyone. I'd forgotten to give him a color preference, but we all received different shades of my favorite color: blue. Brad got Vineyard Vines and I got a sweet Southern Tide golf shirt. Might wear it Easter Sunday, and at the Masters should I be so lucky to get tickets. And at the EZGo Golf Tourney - again, should I be so lucky.
It was a morning of gifts. Another co-worker gave me the Tennessee Titans season ticket holder bobblehead, for the second straight year. I'll be the envy of all my bobblehead friends. Be on the lookout for a 4 foot tall John Gruden / Corona beer bobblehead on display in grocery stores, Wal-Marts, Targets, or liquor stores. They are a hot commodity. Not for sale, but the store manager might let you have it for $50-$100 cash. They're selling for $300-$1000 on eBay.
Worked until 6:30 Monday night, not because I'd arrived late, but there were several things I had to get done. Nancy had brought over a baked chicken, so C tossed a salad and baked sweet potato wedges. It was 8:30 before we were finished cleaning up. Jeopardy and Wheel. We were watching The Middle when the power cut off. The whole neighborhood was pitch black, and the wind was blowing a gale. C, Barney, and I just fell asleep on the couch. Eventually we were startled awake when the power came back on. Watched the last 30 minutes of Timeless before going to bed. It was the black Lone Ranger vs. Jesse James episode of Timeless.
Tuesday: met C and M at El Porton, the Mexican place next to the Stinky Kroger. Back home for Jeopardy and The Middle. Also did homework for our Wednesday night class.
The Trump administration reviewed my social media activity, and offered me the job as press advisor. I'm not going to make Trump jokes on social media because my liberal friends like them so much, while at the same time not allowing jokes (or truths) about Obama to go unchecked.
In May GT & UGA switch the site of their annual fund-raiser game from Turner Field to SunTrust Park. UGA is also playing another game there in April.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
8. Steve Young Troy Aikman Matt Hasselback Rex Grossman Trent Dilfer
13. Dan Marino, Kurt Warner
Monday, January 23, 2017
Sunday, January 22, 2017
The throwbacks look loads better than the Falcons regular set of uniforms. Perhaps with the move to the new stadium they will update their unis.
The Falcons also wore these throwbacks earlier in the year against the Chargers, who countered with their un-traditional white jerseys and navy pants. The 49ers traditional uniforms and grey facemasks provided for a much better looking game.
Devonta Freeman charges through a big hole up the middle...
Saturday, January 21, 2017
7. Try to find a way for everyone to win. Stop thinking of every interaction as a win/lose scenario.
5. Treat everyone with respect. Be polite. No matter how nice you are to the person you’re having lunch with, it’s all for naught if that person sees you acting badly toward someone else. Don’t think you are better than others.