Archive for October, 2010

And here’s the call

Posted in Random, Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2010 by rylanreed

I’ve been asked to be an umpire a couple of times over the past few years, and needless to say I probably would have done them just for the fact that those asking me were friends… but in all reality, I don’t think I would want to take on the responsibility that umpires (or referee’s in general) have over the game that everyone loves.

There have been bad calls in the Major Leagues, by some high class and intelligent umpires, and the latest one came during one of a few games where the end result could have been a perfect game. On June 2, 2010 Armando Galarraga was one out away from a perfect game and then the safe call came from Ump Jim Joyce (sorry for the language on the video).  Here is the story, and how they came back together for the ESPY’s to announce the best moment in sports.  I really appreciated the way both Jim and Armando reacted after things were all over, Jim apologizing and the hand shake the next day.  No one is perfect, even though there has been a few “perfect games” in MLB history, most people put in that situation might have gone the same way as Jim.  He is a good man and still a great Umpire.

Here is sort of a funny video of a little league Umpire, who I guess goes by the name of Norm

What seems to be tops on your list???

Posted in Culture, Random with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2010 by rylanreed

Some play sports, some workout, some watch TV and movies, some play computer/console games, and some read books.  Hopefully everyone works (or is still in school) and these are things done as hobbies or other actions during the day.  You can rank these on what is more important to do than some of the others, but I want to look into one of them for now.  Playing computer/console games, and what might happen when things get uncontrollable.

Here is a video of a girlfriend taking control of what her boyfriend seems to have as one of the tops on his list, a game called World of Warcraft played on his computer.

My thinking can’t comprehend how much time that guy wasted on that video game.  It seems these days that I am starting to pull more towards that than any other way.  I told one of my friends that playing video games all the time was a waste of time and those people need to get a life.  He was one of those and thought that we might be friends anymore. I corrected him and said if that was all you did and nothing else, then it was a problem.  When I was in high school, it was all about Halo and a little bit of H2, and then in College it was NCAA football.  I definitely played a good chuck, so I can’t say to much to those that are in the college/high school lifestyle.  If the games are taking away from your time with God, with school work, and with family and friends, then it might be too much.  If you are like that guy and possibly play games for up to 6 or more hours a day, then there might be a problem.  Just saying…

(there might be more posts about this topic, tops on your list)

Movie to watch

Posted in following Jesus, God, Patriotic with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2010 by rylanreed

I watched Saints and Soldiers a couple days ago. Really good movie directed by Ryan Little.

Even in difficult times and hardships, Jesus still used a soldier to bring another to Himself.  The Christian soldier did go through a ton of hard times, even having flashbacks of killing innocent people. But one thing kept him going, and that was Christ and His word.  One of the soldiers that was making fun of him, in the end turned to what that soldier was reading to find out what made that man tick.                                              Christ is good, all the time.

If you want to watch it and have good internet speed, you can click here and watch it!

Less of me, more of you

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by rylanreed

Shane and Shane has a song entitled The Answer.  It speaks to what I want my heart wants to say, but what I have not been living for lately.  You can listen to the song here.

I’ve tried more of me and I’ve come up dry

trading You for things, things that go away

my happiness is found in less of me and more of You

my happiness is found in less of me and more of You

i have found the answer is to love You and be loved by You alone

alright! alright! alright!

You crucify me and the world to me and i will only boast in You

alright! alright! alright!

O’ so satisfied at the thought of You

growing up in me covering everything

my happiness is found in less of me and more of You

my happiness is found in less of me and more of You

i have found the answer is to love You and be loved by You alone

You crucify me and the world to me and i will only boast in You

alright! alright! alright!

You are, You are (loved by me)

You are, You are (You’re loved by me)

So many times I try to do things on my own, and fall short of anything that I want to accomplish.  I look to myself and not to Jesus, who is always there to help when you seek His face and for His glory.  I know what I should do and it is what I want to do, but so many times I let my thoughts and the thoughts of Satan come into my mind and heart. They tell me to go my own way, making it seem to be the easier and quicker way of doing things.  This is totally false and a complete lie, and one that Satan finds full enjoyment; when God’s children stray and go their own way.  I still have hope and there is hope for you as well, those that feel the same as I do, because of the story of The Prodigal Son.  God will and does take us back, when we repent and acknowledge that we need Him more than anything else.

I know I need Him to help me through this life, cause trying by myself has not gotten me far at all, maybe a little bit lower in the ground.  He can and will pick me up and carry me to a place that will allow me to go on with life as I follow Him to life ever-after.

Don’t go off-ing someone just because the Huskers lost

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2010 by rylanreed

Weird title for a blog right? yeah, I thought so…

After Saturday’s game of which the Huskers didn’t show up for at all and totally got trampled by the stampede that the Longhorns had coming for two weeks, it could have been possibly for someone or a couple of people to get really angry/frustrated/mad and do something insane.  It was a bad loss and Texas did all the right things to get that win into their hands.  We have to give them credit cause their defense took it to us and made us look like a little school girl playing against the big boys.  Their offense made the right calls and the right reads that got them the points needed to win the game.  Sure, we made some horrible plays, on both sides of the ball. Dropping thrown balls like they were filled with lead, and not making tackles, thinking that shoulder bumps would bring a man down.  Lets get this straight, we got out-manned, out-played and out-coached.

Two things I think brought this upon our football team.  The first one was the pressure we put upon these 18 to 22 years old kids to win a game that us as fans were yearning for since the Big Twelve title game last December.  The last-second controversy, which was a good call by the way even though it did seem like the clock guys held that last second for longer than was actual.  Having that call and that second being talked about all over the radio, message boards, blogs and face to face, the players definitely got a vibe for what Husker nation was wanting. Then came Red Out Around the World, and the great thinking that putting the Oct. 16th date on the title would help everyone get more pumped… dumb idea.  Tom and Bo agreed, that was a bad decision.

The second thing was the hype that kept building once the season started up until the lose.  Texas was losing, first UCLA then Oklahoma.  The Huskers on the other hand were winning and winning by pretty good margins (except for that one game, SDS) and running the ball without problems.  It all looked too good to be true and it wasn’t.  I was hearing the week before the game, scores that were out of this world kind of crazy. 46-6 and 38-3 and 49-7 (rough estimates).  Crazy pressure put on those players, thinking that the game would be a breeze.  You have to remember that Texas has had Nebraska’s number since the Big 12 started and Mac Brown, as well as those Texas players, weren’t going to going into a three game losing streak. That just wouldn’t be thinkable in the minds of anyone connected to the Texas Longhorn football program.  I don’t know if the players or even the coaches didn’t prepare as much as they needed to or prepared for what they thought was going to happen.  I’m sure from seeing how Taylor Martinez ran through all those defenders into the end zone so many times, the offense probably thought they had everything down and were ready to play right away. Maybe not, but it sure looked like it. I know Bo Pelini took a lot of the blame, but you have to point it towards the other coaches as well. It was an all together coaches and players that made bad decisions.

So, what now? Well, my thought and hopefully most others, or at least the coaches and players, is to look to the next game and definitely to the North.  We lost a game and probably are out of the National title contention, unless something crazy happens and we somehow get back up there.  We need to look to winning the North, then winning the Big 12 title and where ever we go from there to a bowl game, we should be happy about it.  Keep focused ahead and only look behind to see what went wrong and what needs to be fixed.  If we can focus on the day to day and winning the North first, then we can deal with the South next.

LA getting all the good stuff (You need to watch the ED Thomas video!)

Posted in Sports world, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2010 by rylanreed

In a short period of time, one month if you add a day or two, Los Angeles had four distinct events that brought the town some great enjoyment and possible envy to others around the country.

The best play was a hard one to determine in my book… I think Brett Favre’s pass was pretty good, but the other three were pretty good as well… I really enjoy the video of the college baseball player flying over the catcher, because it’s not something that everyone would think of doing in that situation.  Here’s the video:

What is happening right now?

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by rylanreed

There are times in life where this question comes up, and for me it seems like it has been coming up more frequently than ever before.  A big reason might be the fact that I don’t really have a straight forward view on what Career I would like or in what field of work I would like to be in.  Where do you start? Other things are coming at me like a race car driver on the Daytona track, making me flinch and not allowing me to take a step forward, only sideways or backwards.  I could go into details, but don’t want to in this fashion, so I will talk more about what I stumbled upon that caught my eye instead of what keeps flying over my head. On Desiring God‘s Blog, I found one entitled Can You Bear Uncertainty? My interest peaked, I wanted to see what this blog had to offer.

We all go through uncertainty at times and for all different kinds of reasons, but knowing God is in control of everything should put us in a state of calmness.  I need and want to get to that point, I just need God’s help in doing that because I sure can’t do it on my own.