Category Archives: Sports

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Commiserating on a Tough Twins’ Summer

It’s still beautiful. The crack of the bat & the soaring of the baseball through the night air of an American summer’s eve. Yet, these baseball months have been rendered a bit more emotionally challenging in the Upper Midwest with the Minnesota Twins’ 2014 performance.

Longtime GooseRadio friend Caveman Dave steps in to console me. Continue reading

The Olympics – Vlad, Costas & Joe Minnesota

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It’s Entertainment, Information & a General Sense of Well Being unleashed on the Winter Games people!

I declare my unsubstantiated belief that Vladimir Putin attempted to strike at the heart of America by giving Bob Costas pink eye. Brink fires back his belief that Bob is a liberal hooligan.

We delve into women’s skiing & the texture of Russian snow… as well a discussion of the general difficulty of doing athletic things on snow and ice.

Then a regular Minnesotan called Joe comes alongside to share his depth of feeling on the results of the recent US / Russia hockey match up.

How do you take your Olympics? With a side of mirth perhaps?! The latest GooseRadio Podcast lies below…

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Peyton Vs. The Babe

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As this week’s Super Bowl became the most watched tv event in the history of the American eyeball, one cannot deny the supremacy of the NFL in our sporting life. Yet I yearn for the days of yore & a simpler time of wooden sticks flailing at balls hurled through the air… of Abner Doubleday inventing a sport for Americans to play (which apparently never happened… thanks a lot Ken Burns…).

So I decided to bring alongside my pal Brink Brickly, a die hard football fanatic, and attempt to convince him that America in 2014 needs more baseball. We speak of the relative speed & action of the games. Their histories and generated feelings are examined. Barack Obama and James Earl Jones come up.

All told, it’s another priceless foray into Entertainment, Information & a General Sense of Well Being. Hear the latest from GooseRadio’s purveyors of mirth via the play button below…

Having the Faith to Make ‘The Call’

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There’s not too many things we can be absolutely certain of in our lives. Yet here’s one truth we can know for sure – there will come a time when we’ll have to make a decision. We’ll have to say yes or no, to take one path or the other. And when we make that call, some people may pat us on the back and praise us, but others will very likely be vocal in saying we made the wrong choice. That’s hard.

Thankfully, most of us don’t come to that moment in front of a national television audience numbering in the millions… and in front of a crowd of 68,000 screaming fans. Here’s the story of a man whose decision time came in just that epic scenario.

Lance Easley, an NFL replacement official, could never have expected he’d be on the field on the night of September 24th, 2012 as the Green Bay Packers visited the Seattle Seahawks – much less that he’d be in a position to make the call that would decide the contest. Listen below as he tells the unlikely and remarkable tale of his path to that decision, its consequences, and how his faith guided him through the massive backlash.

It’s a story that starts on a football field, but in the end is so much more about how we live our life, our faith & who we are in Christ. Click play below to hear our full interview with Lance…

Bob Nightengale in USA Today

Mazzone still remembers the night the Braves were in Montreal when Maddux called him up and invited him to dinner. Maddux promised to take him to his favorite restaurant in the city.

Mazzone put on a sports jacket, met Maddux in the hotel lobby, and off they went.

Maddux led him right up to the front door of Wendy’s.

“I’m getting a double cheeseburger, Leo,” Maddux said to Mazzone. “What do you want?”

The next thing they knew, they were sitting on Maddux’s hotel room floor, eating burgers, downing them with Labatt’s Blue, and talking pitching into the wee hours.

“One of the best dinners,” Mazzone says, “I’ve ever had in my life.”

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Andy Murray Does It

After a 77 year wait, Andy Murray brought home the first Wimbledon title for a British dude since the Hitler administration. God save the Queen!

Murray has steadily improving his game in an age when that’s not an easy task. Guys like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic are all time tennis greats – all blocking potential paths to a major title for gents like Murray. But the Scot has reached their level, claiming the gold medal in men’s singles last summer in his home country, then last years US Open, and the now the big cahuna.

 

Via Matt Snyder in USA Today

In Montreal they used to have a big bowl of jellybeans in the clubhouse, and Gerald Williams would come in every day and pick out the red ones. One day [Maddux] got to the ballpark two hours early and dumped the whole bowl and took out all the red ones. Took him a couple of hours, but he just wanted to sit in the corner and snicker when Gerald came in and started looking for the red jellybeans.

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Old Yankees

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The New York Yankees are finally, in the words of Jeremiah Wright, observing their chickens come home to roost. After decades of doling out huge and lengthy contracts to big name stars, the likes of which other teams couldn’t touch for the most part, the Yankees are now discovering the flip side of that coin. They have elderly (in baseball terms of course!) dudes dealing with injury issues. The New Yorker summarizes it beautifully.

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The American Game

As recompense for the dark decent into the misery of winter, God grants us football. Americans have been waiting for football season anxiously, as can be seen by the record ratings for the season opener, when the Green Bay Packers embarrassed the New Orleans Saints, 42-34. I’d like to attribute the record ratings to my beloved Packers becoming “America’s Team,” and while that might explain several million viewers, it probably can’t answer for the entire 27.2 million Americans who tuned in.

27.2 million Americans. It dominated the second place program in that time slot by a staggering 19.7 million viewers, and was the second most watched NFL primetime regular season game in the last 15 years.

Some have charged that football has become an unhealthy obsession, a distraction from the problems of the day, like the bread and circuses of ancient Rome. They’re probably right. But let’s be honest, all TV save the news is escapism. What interests me is why football has become so alluring recently. It’s trumping all other TV by a wide margin. Football hasn’t changed, though, so why is it now the distraction of choice?

I would argue it’s because America has changed. America has changed and football has not, and people do not like this fundamental transformation of America. In a time where everything is politically correct, competition is being outlawed, everyone’s a winner, no one is a loser, and “fairness” is the highest virtue; football has not changed. It is pure, unadulterated competition.

Football offers real, unscripted drama, and everyone competes with the same rules. Two teams enter the gridiron: one wins, and one loses after a fiercely fought battle of strength, strategy, and the will of strong men. Football is the American game. There are no excuses, only victory or defeat. Second place is nothing. I think Americans are longing for the world we’ve left behind. American’s hate losing. We love to compete and we love winning. We don’t want to bailout losers, we don’t want to be bailed out.

Therefore, I think our national obsession with football isn’t just a way to distract ourselves from Obama’s horrific policies, I think Americans are both consciously and unconsciously rejecting Obama’s policies when they watch. For proof, apply Obama’s agenda to the game and imagine what would happen to viewership. If Obama could legislate football, he’d step in and change the rules when his Chicago Bears were down at halftime. The most mismanaged team in all of sports would be given special allowances to make it more “fair” as they “compete” against a team that has been run well.

I think football allows us to tap into our collective national desire to compete and win. Changing the rules to be more “fair” with a system of handicaps would drive fans away in droves (except perhaps Vikings fans, who are no doubt desperate for any handout at this point.) Similarly, think of all the voters who have been driven away in droves from democratic socialism. It’s fundamentally un-American.

Now I don’t mean to say that Americans hate charity or helping those who are down. Quite the opposite. Just as we applaud sportsmanship and boo the opposite, we as Americans are an incredibly generous people. But there is a place for generosity. When the democrats have hijacked that term to mean “enforcement of equal outcomes” we reject that. We believe in equal opportunities guaranteed by liberty and responsibility. We have compassion on those we feel need helping as we see fit, and American philanthropy has always been a powerful force for good. Politicians who no longer believe in charity and would rather buy votes from the public treasury under the guise of “fairness,” “equality,” and most insidiously “generosity,” will always run awry with true Americans. But when the country is being changed against our objections and taken in a direction we know is wrong, it’s easy to tune out until the next election. O, how have we lost our representative democracy when citizens give up on being heard by the government. When Washington won’t listen to us until the Tuesday after the first Monday of even-year Novembers, many will become disillusioned and tune out with football. They’ll dream of a better time when America made sense, and when Washington had to balance its books like the rest of us. We’ll long for the repeal of the welfare state as we watch the unbridled competition of men playing football.

I’ll paraphrase James Earl Jones in Field of Dreams. “The one constant through all the years has been football. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a black board, rebuilt, and erased again. But football has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again.”