Paul, Boxing, and MMA

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Was the Apostle Paul a fan of boxing? We can’t say with certainty that he was. But we know he understood the sport.

So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.
-1 Cor. 9:26 ESV

In this passage, Paul used two sports to describe metaphorically what the Christian faith is like: running and boxing. It seems strange to me that he would use an inherently sinful sport as a positive analogy for the Christian faith. A better explanation is that Paul apparently saw a redeeming value in sports (the training and disciplining of one’s body and competing and winning a prize, to name a few) and in his mind, combat sports1 (like boxing) were honorable endeavors. (more…)

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The Second Amendment: A Threat to Liberty

From the article that Bob Costas referenced last night on Sunday Night Football:

We’ve come to accept our insanity. We’d prefer to avoid seriously reflecting upon the absurdity of the prevailing notion that the second amendment somehow enhances our liberty rather than threatens it…the right to bear arms doesn’t protect us from a government equipped with stealth bombers, predator drones, tanks and nuclear weapons. (more…)

Patriots vs. Broncos – Post Game Thoughts

The Patriots beat the Broncos 41-23. Here are some post-game thoughts:

  1. The Broncos started the game extremely strong, scoring on their first 3 possessions. This is in contrast to the slow starts of previous games.
  2. Tim Tebow had good throws most of the game. There were a handful of throws (mainly to his right) that were off-target.
  3. Tebow proved how dangerous he can be outside the pocket, especially when rolling to his left. (more…)

Tebow vs. Brady

Tomorrow should feature a great matchup between Tim Tebow and Tom Brady. The game is on CBS and starts at 3:15pm CT. Brady is one of the best quarterbacks to have ever played the game while Tebow has helped the Broncos turn their season around from a 1-4 start pre-Tebow to a 7-1 post-Tebow. (more…)

Luck Ahead of Griffin?

Both of these nimrods (who are actual Heisman voters) have Luck ranked higher than Griffin for the Heisman Trophy. One guy has Richardson as the winner, followed by Ball then Luck. The other has Luck as the winner, followed by Richardson then Griffin. (more…)

BCS Title Game – Observations

Here are some admittedly biased observations from a Ducks fan after watching the BCS National Championship Game:

  1. Think of all of the crazy Auburn and Oregon fans that you know. Have any of them ever taken a single course at their respective school? I know I haven’t.
  2. From a size perspective, Auburn looked like a slightly undersized NFL team while Oregon looked like an oversized 5A high school team. Yet they matched up surprisingly well with a marginal edge going to the Tigers.
  3. Cam Newton didn’t have his best day. He threw an interception, lost a fumble, made several overthrows to wide-open receivers, and was bottled up for most of the game. (more…)

The San Diego Chargers: A Statistical Mystery

Herein lies a mystery:

With one week to go in the regular season, the San Diego Chargers will play their final game against my Denver Broncos. The Chargers have the second-ranked offense in total yards per game (392.1) and the first-ranked defense in total yards allowed per game (267.2). They also rank 4th in scoring (27.2 points per game) and 8th in points allowed (19.6). Despite all of their success in these four major statistical categories, they lack in the most important category–victories. The Chargers’ current record is 8-7 and they were eliminated from playoff contention last week when they lost to Cincinnati. (more…)