Showing posts from March, 2005

NIT Finals

You heard it here: St. Joes will beat South Carolina for the title!

UPDATE: As usual, my predictive powers leave something to be desired...
SC 60 St. Joes 57.

Almost time for Dodger Baseball!

How are the Dodgers looking this year?

Starting pitching:

The Dodgers added Derek Lowe. Moving across leagues is sometimes problematic. However, he has big game experience and hopefully he will adjust quickly. Penny remains a question mark recovering from his injury. But if he lives up to his billing as a hard thrower with big game experience, a Lowe/Penny 1-2 punch could be great. On the other hand, if Lowe doesn't adjust to the NL fast and Penny's health is hampering him, the Dodger season could be over pretty early.

Perez has ability but certainly tailed off at the end of last season. Weaver also has ability but he sometimes gives up the occasional big inning. Hopefully, both young guys will improve this year.

It isn't clear who is going to get the fifth spot in the rotation.

Looking at what I've just typed doesn't give me a lot of confidence!

Position players:
Choi at 1B - He didn't do much last year. He is certainly a big strong kid
but can he consistently …

NIT final four

Tonight is the NIT final four. I was 3 out of 4. I had Maryland, Gtown, St. Joes and Memphis. Gtown got beat by South Carolina. I get the feeling that picking the top teams in the NIT is easier than the NCAA because the teams that do well in the NIT are NCAA bubble teams from power conferences. They may feel they have something to prove after being snubbed by the NCAA. I think Maryland is going to cut down the nets at MSG.

As for my NCAA final four, well, didn't do well there. I hate to admit it but I bought into the East Coast ACC bias. I had Wake, Duke and UNC in the final four. What actually happened? Wake got bounced in round two and Duke got beat in round three. UNC remains my favorite to win the whole thing. I had Arizona making the final four but they collapsed against Illinois late in the regional finals. Talk about heart break hotel!

Good Friday Reflections on the Stations of the Cross

The first station: Jesus is condemned to die.

In my life, there was a particular moment in time when I said, yes, I want to follow Jesus. It was Good Friday, 1980. I had heard about Jesus and the Cross for years. But for some reason on that night, it seemed to sink in like never before. It was like someone opened the curtain and let the sunlight of God's love in. It wasn't the end of all doubt but it was the beginning of a devotion to Jesus that has sustained me for 25 years and I trust will to the end of my days. It was reflecting on Jesus journey to the Cross that began my journey to follow him.

The second station: Jesus carries his cross.

The wood ... the feeling of splinters in the hands ... even the tiniest slivers hurt. I've know this feeling. And I wonder about Jesus having these in addition to the flogging he had endured. And the heavy weight of the Cross. Unimaginable. The most physically demanding thing I have ever done was complete a race of 26.2 miles. …

Prof. Kerr on Schiavo

Over at, Prof. Kerr seems to be doing most of the writing on the Schiavo case.

Caveat: I'm not a lawyer.

However, I just feel the need to wonder aloud what is he trying to get at when I read him write this:Hewitt ends his post by giving me an assignment: "Orin should answer the question: Did Congress intend Terri Schiavo to die before a de novo inquiry into the circumstances surrounding her condition was complete?" The truth is, I have no idea. I don't know who Congress is, or who to ask to find out what this Congress person thinks. I don't know what kind of deals were struck and compromises reached behind closed doors that led to the legislation that passed. I have no idea whether the legislators who expressed views on the record as to what they expected the legislation to do were a) accurately reflecting the sense of most legislators; b) merely expressing the intent of a number of legislators; c) only articulating the hope of a few; or d) simply tryin…

Holy Week: the Stations of the Cross

Ever heard of the Stations of the Cross? Hat tip to HH.

Below is an excerpt about its history:The most important reason for reviving the practice of making the Stations of the Cross is that it is a powerful way to contemplate, and enter into, the mystery of Jesus' gift of himself to us.  It takes the reflection on the passion out of my head, and makes it an imaginative exercise.  It involves my senses, my experience and my emotions.  To the extent I come to experience the love of Jesus for me, to that extent the gratitude I feel will be deep.  Deep gratitude leads to real generosity and a desire to love as I have been loved.  First, just a note about the history of the stations:

The History:
From the earliest of days, followers of Jesus told the story of his passion, death and resurrection.  When pilgrims came to see Jerusalem, they were anxious to see the sites where Jesus was.  These sites become important holy connections with Jesus.  Eventually, following in the footsteps of the…

Bringing it to the streets

Last Saturday, I went to South Los Angeles to provide a few hours of volunteer service with a religiously based non-profit.

I've blogged about Faith in Christ Ministries here.

The project for the day was being organized by a church in North Hollywood. I didn't catch the full name of the church. The North Hollywood church provided the bulk of the food and a handful of musicians. Prior to their arrival at FICM, a few of us from the church I go to were there doing some set-up things and there was a college group from out of state (I think) staying at FICM for a few days to gain an urban experience ready to help in any way possible.

Food was set out on tables on the sidewalk, a banner with the words, "Operation Love" and music from inside the auditorium could be heard outside through the one speaker that was run to the door. In short order, a line of people formed along the block.

After getting food, many went inside to hear the music. One singer shared how she once was…

We're number 66: the other tournament

In this time of March Madness, this blog will march to the beat of a different drummer and have a few posts about the NIT! To see my thoughts on the NCAA go to my other blog.

But back to the NIT.

The NIT has its Sweet 16 and are now drawing down to the round of 8. Memphis, Texas A&M, TCU, St. Joseph's and Vanderbilt are in with 3 more slots to fill. The game of local interest will be Cal State Fullerton vs. Georgetown. Fullerton is part of the Big West Conference that sent Pacific and Utah State to the Big Dance.

My NIT final four picks: Maryland, Georgetown (though I have to root for Fullerton), Memphis and St. Joseph's.

Look for a final game at MSG between Maryland and St. Joseph's with Gary Williams coach of Maryland cutting down the nets with his team that has gone hot and cold throughout the season. This team beat Duke TWICE so you have to say they are the favorites.

Sweet Home Lord Jesus

For Holy Week, I plan to blog each day little snippets from my Christian experience.

A few weeks back, while at youth group, the band was playing a familiar tune.

At first, I couldn't quite figure it out because a lot of times music has a context. In a symphony hall, you are used to certain music. In a baseball stadium, there are particular songs. And indeed, in church, there are tunes you expect.

So it took me quite awhile before I realized the band was playing, Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama!"

We sang only the chorus with the following words (only slightly modifying the original):Sweet Home Lord Jesus
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet Home Lord Jesus
Lord, I'm coming home to youI loved it! Makes me think of this Bible passage:“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for y…

Palm Sunday

Some of you may know that today is Palm Sunday which marks the beginning of what is known in Christianity as Holy Week.They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!” -- Matthew 21:7-9.The Gospels in the Bible record that at the beginning of Holy Week, Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey to crowds cheering, "Hosanna" and waving Palm branches. The week's events would turn to calls for crucifixion on Good Friday and the miracle of Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

In church today, during the Children's Sermon, the speaker handed out rocks to the kids. He then asked them to walk up the aisle toward the exit and then back to the front whil…

Save the date: 10/13 to 1/15, 2005, Christian Blogging Convention

Check it out here. HT to Hugh Hewitt.

Excerpts from convention announcement:Below you will find some information on the Convention, but please be reminded that things are still being planned and organized. WE PLAN TO HAVE A CHRISTIAN BLOGOSPHERE CONVENTION WEB SITE up in a week or so that will include specific information and the registration cost/process. DO NOT telephone Biola University please. Thanks for your patience.


Hosted by The Torrey Honors Institute of Biola University, under the direction of Dr. John Mark Reynolds.


October 13th (Thursday) through the 15th (Saturday).

LA Dining: Zeke's Smokehouse

Looking for ribs?

Give Zeke's Smokehouse a shot! My first taste was at a youth group staff meeting and so I filed the name of the place in my mind. Check here and here for reviews in AOL Digital City.

Delicious Memphis Baby Back Ribs and Kansas City Spare Ribs. Haven't tried yet their Giant Long Horn Beef Ribs. Also, had some Carolina Pulled Pork and Lazy Smoked BBQ Chicken.

Have had take out from them twice. Service seemed reasonably good. This is not in-store candle-light dining!

One can eat in, take out or cater. The in store set-up is pretty typical: smallish, crowded and busy. People are clearly there for the food.

Full slab of ribs (12 pieces) range from $17.95 to $22.95.

First store -
2209 Honolulu Avenue
Montrose, CA 91020
Second store -
7100 Santa Monica Bl.
W. Hollywood, CA 90046

Stayin' Alive - Win and Advance, UCI 80 UI 67

Its a final. The Anteaters defeat Idaho 80-67. They face Cal State Northridge tomorrow.

Rip 'em Eaters!

To track the goings on in the Big West Tournament go here.

LA Scene: Foxey Lady at the Hard Rock Cafe Universal City Walk

Got to the HRC at 8:20 pm.

At the center of the restaurant is this rotating car, a 1957 Cadillac.

Show time! Foxey Lady is on! Here is Jamie Hendrix (Marija) on guitar.

Here is Noelle Redding (Melissa) on bass

Unfortunately, I didn't get a good photo of Michelle Mitchell (Angie) on the drums hidden behind the drums hidden behind the plexiglas.

And of course, with digital cameras these days, you can sort of do video clips.


Go Bruins! Go Anteaters!

Bruins win 69-61 over OSU to improve to 17-9 overall and 10-7 in conference! Bruins take on the Ducks on Saturday and hopefully will take care of business. The Pac-10 post-season tourney is next week and 1 win there plus a win against the Ducks on Saturday puts them at 19-10 which should be enough but I think 2 wins in the tourney gets them to 20-10 which should make them a lock for the NCAA.

Meanwhile down south on the I-5, my Anteaters beat UCSB 72-63 to improve to 14-12 overall and 7-10 in conference. This win insures the Anteaters a spot in the Big West post-season tournament.

LA Scene: Jimi Hendrix Tribute Band - Foxey Lady

One of the things about living in LA is the opportunity to see something a little different.

Well, how about an all female Jimi Hendrix Tribute band?

Check out Foxey Lady.

In fact, they have a show coming up this Sunday at 8:30 pm at the Hard Rock Cafe at Universal City Walk.

Ralph Winter Profiled in Time Magazine

Time magazine recently profiled 25 evangelical Christians. Ralph Winter founded the efforts going on at the United States Center for World Missions where a friend of mine works. She shared with me that the organization is pleased with the additional exposure but emailed me USCWM's response to some unfortunate inaccuracies in Time's article. Check out the corrections to the Time profile here.

In the old days, you would have to contact the publisher and hope they publish an addendum or correction in some subsequent issue of the magazine. With the internet, you can put it up on your web site and send off an email to your supporters referencing that link. I wonder to what degree bloggers may help get out the word about the clarification?

I wonder if the other 24 felt they were accurately quoted?

As of right now, the blogosphere (according to technorati) hasn't picked up the Winter response story yet. To see who is talking about it, click here.