Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

Basketball!

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

A friend of mine at work asked me to come to our school’s open gyms. Basically, an open gym is when the kids, coaches, and others (like teachers), gather a few times a week to play basketball. I haven’t played basketball regularly since 1995, when some friends and I would play almost everyday after school in the spring. I haven’t played formally since about 1989, the last year I went to basketball camp and played pee-wee ball. So, when my friend at work asked me, I was hesitant. Nonetheless, I agreed (when he and the 4 other teachers who were going to play said “come on” for about the 5th time, I was convinced ;).

Long story short: I went, and now I am going twice a week. It is great exercise, running up and down the court continuously; guarding teens who are in great shape forces me to step it up. I have always been pretty competitive, and even if I am near dead, I am not going to give up easily. At the end of the night on Thursday, probably the best player on our high school team was guarding me (not sure if he wanted to take it easy that game or what, lol), but at any rate, at one point he said, “you don’t stop running do you!” Well, it at least shows that I am in good shape, which is nice to know since I turn 30 next month. I am getting back some of my old basketball skills, which is nice. But most of all, I just enjoy hanging out with friends, and varying up my exercise routine!

Golf, etc

Monday, June 25th, 2007

About a month ago or more, I took up golf. I never dreamed I would enjoy golf as much as I do…but I do. When I played a par-three course back in 1994, I think I got the maximum number of strokes on each hole. I never gave playing after that much thought. However, I was asked to play in a charity golf outing for my school in July, and was talked into joining a team. I bought clubs (driver, 3W, 5W, 3-4 Hybrid, 5-PW Irons, and putter) and went out and played a regular course…not so well. I enjoyed it though.

A few days later, I let my dad take a few swings with my clubs. He hadn’t played since the 1980s when he got so frustrated he threw his putter into one of the lakes…and being a Christian, knew that golf was becoming too much a “near occasion of sin” (and let me tell you…it is both fun and frustrating), so he gave golf up, until, that is, messing around with my clubs reminded him how much he enjoyed the game. Dad and I went out to a par-three course, he then got his own clubs, and we have been having a great time. Since then we have played regularly, and Jonathan has even gotten into it. Jennifer has her own set of clubs as well (a birthday present from yours truly). I have expanded my clubs a bit, adding a sand wedge, 3-iron, 4-iron, and short range chipping iron. I bought the 3 and 4 irons because I am more consistent with irons than my fairway woods or hybrids, and I can get about the same distance with them as the hybrids.

I don’t want to get too philosophical here, but in the last few years (especially after having a regular job doing what I like doing), I have been enjoying things I always associated with being “adult.” I listen to A.M. radio more than I used to. I couldn’t care less if my clothing is stylish as defined by Hollywood or today’s teens. I am giving consideration to what it will take to provide for and protect my future family. I have also become more assertive and less likely to nuance the heck out of everything I say about my beliefs (speaking in a nebulous way was an annoying habit I picked up in seminary). Man, am I turning into my dad or what?

Go Ohio State!

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

Ohio State is currently playing Michigan, so why I am blogging about it during the game? Because I don’t have cable, but do have a radio. I can’t pick up the ABC channel that it is carrying it on TV. And since I have a bit of a short attention span, I am surfing the net while I listen.

At the end of the year, the 500-600 dollars I will save by not getting cable is worth it. The 360 dollars I will save by not getting a local phone (and using my cell) will be worth it too. However, the lack of cable makes things a little inconvenient on days like this!

Go Bucks!

Friday, September 8th, 2006

Ohio State plays Texas this Saturday, which is Ohio State’s biggest game this year. Around here, OSU football is a big affair, so much that people won’t schedule Saturday weddings during the season because they know people won’t show up. That’s a bit extreme for me, but I do love watching Ohio State play. I also like watching the Cleveland Browns, whose season starts this Sunday.

High School Football

Saturday, October 1st, 2005

Cheerblog_1Nothing beats being out in the cold air on a Friday night eating nachos and watching a couple of teams try to kill each other. I am surprised how much I have enjoyed High School football games this year. In the past, I would have wondered if I wasn’t "slipping" into what I used to term a "local mentality," meaning, living for watching sports and doing "unenlightened" things. What arrogance! Yeah, I have deeper interests like theology, history, and so forth. However, I have always believed that the deeper stuff doesn’t mean much if the everyday things aren’t there. What good are knowledge and depth if you can’t share them with anybody or do the little things? In seminary I felt like I was in a little academic bubble. Yeah, we were "deep," or so most of us thought, but living trapped in that so-called enlightened bubble about killed me emotionally. While I enjoyed hanging out with a core group of seminary friends (who read this blog sometimes), outside of them, I remember being so glad to hang out with some undergrads, where the air wasn’t so rarefied. Besides, the enlightened folk of the past loved sports, and the more violent the better, hehe.

FootblogAnyway, enough of the philosophy behind liking football…I teach at a school where football is very important. The team goes to the state championship almost every year. Surprisingly, the kids behave very well, and the school, despite the emphasis on football, also emphasizes academics and excellence in behavior. As the yearbook adviser and full-time sub, I get in free, and get to go anywhere I want to take photos, even right next to the field.  Jennifer gets to tag along and take photos too.

Here are a few photos from Friday night’s homecoming game. These are not taken with my new camera. I actually took that one back, because I found a new one with triple the optical zoom capabilities for a similar price and quality. It should arrive soon.