British Soccer Fan, Jr.

Slacking in my efforts to bring you the best in soccer trolls during the World Cup, I give you my troll finale in light of USA’s elimination yesterday.  It’s not so much a troll as it is wisdom on which the United States should build the foundation of its future in the sport.

I had a “cage-stage” of soccer fandom once, with all the elitism that came with it.  Once that wore off, I got cyncial and the game became more enjoyable.  It will be a good thing when the rest of America shakes its own cage-stage, too. 

Gosh, number six is great advice.

How Soccer is Ruining America

A great troll, soccer fan though I am.  Perfectly sums up shoot-outs, which should be taken out back and shot along with the term “golden goal” (which replaced “sudden death”):

Shootouts are such an anticlimax to the game and are so unpredictable that the teams might as well flip a coin to see who wins indeed, they might as well flip the coin before the game, and not play at all.

– Stephen Webb; How Soccer is Ruining America

BASE jumping blue heeler

For those of you not keen to the finest breed, blue heelers are the same breed Mel Gibson utilizes in Mad Max II.
When I first saw the link on Bleacher Report, I had to click it.  Much to my happiness, a blue heeler is the breed of dog taking flight.
Blue heelers can survive an apocalypse AND fly.  Checkmate.

Preach the Word!

As an alumnus of THE San Diego State University, I keep tabs as best I can on their athletic programs from North Carolina.  It caught my attention that Adam Muema would be in the NFL combine.  I did not get to see him play much (if at all) before moving from San Diego, but his dominance in the bowl game this year gave me hope of another Aztec in the pros.

Instead, the nation was treated to headlines about how God told told Muema he would play for the Seattle Seahawks if he left the combine early.  He then disappeared for three days until reappearing today having spent the time in the Ft. Lauderdale airport.  Muema was still in the uniform he wore in the combine.

Muema has been open about his Christian faith, but it is hard to call this a good demonstration of the Gospel working in someone’s life.  Comments on some news articles have suggested a mental illness may be involved, and I would not rule it out.  However, Muema had to have heard preaching in support of direct, special revelation from God from somewhere first.

I hope he can receive some solid, biblical counseling from an older believer, and that Adam Muema will find himself in a Sola Scriptura affirming church.

God has revealed Himself in His Word, and Jesus states that whoever has seen Jesus has seen the Father (John 14:8-9).  In the opening to Hebrews, the author makes it explicitly clear that Jesus is the climax of revelation from God to which all Scripture attests.

It is imperative for preachers in pulpits to preach the supremacy of Jesus Christ in the life life of Christians, and the sufficiency of the revelation revealed in Scripture for all of faith and life.  All special revelation given in Scripture is binding on ALL Christians, coming from the very mouth of God.  With the death of the apostles, such revelation has now ceased and is fully contained within Scripture.  The Holy Spirit works in the faithful to enlighten believers to the truth contained within.

May our pulpits overflow with the fresh, pure water through the clear proclamation of Scripture by ministers to the church. As Paul declared, faith comes by hearing and hearing through the Word of Christ.

Why I am not a Chargers fan

I have two favorite NFL teams:
1. The Detroit Lions
2. Whoever is playing San Diego
Here is why:

From 2005 to 2011 I lived in San Diego, with the exception of 2010 spent in North Carolina.  I have many good friends who still reside in San Diego, and I have far more fond memories than poor ones.  Growing up a Lions fan, the NFC North and regional rivalries with teams like Chicago, Green Bay, and Minnesota were common knowledge.

It surprised many, when I lived in San Diego, that I would be so vehemently against the San Diego Chargers and its organization.  In all reality, there likely is no team that I should be more neutral or ambivalent towards than the “Bolts.”
But this is sports, and nonsensical dislike is welcome here more than anywhere else.
As I mentioned growing up a Lions fan, this is related to growing up in Michigan, where I also was raised in a Spartan household involving a father who is an alumnus of Michigan State University.  The main rival of MSU is the University of Michigan, bearing the blue and gold onto the gridiron each Saturday.  My entire life has involved the association of blue and gold with pure evil.
Flashback to 1995, when the San Francisco 49ers played the San Diego Chargers for the Super Bowl.  I was living outside of the USA at the time, but my lower peninsula roots go deep.  As the game was contested by two teams from California in the state of Florida, I had no rooting interest in either team — or so I thought.
Sports viewing is always more fun when you have a team to cheer for, it is a known fact.  Not wanting to neglect this, I turned to the stalemate-breakers that have proved reliable for centuries: mascots and/or team colors.
The 49ers are from San Francisco, a city I had never been to at the time.  Their namesake refers to the goldrush, about which I would not learn in school for a few more years.  They wear red and gold, two colors which were not unlikable.
The Chargers play in San Diego, the city where I would one day meet my wife.  I have no idea why they are called the Chargers, and it did not matter to me in 1995 either.  What did matter was the Chargers’ uniform colors: blue and yellow.
Immediately and instinctively my mind associated the colors with what I previously mentioned as pure evil, the University of Michigan.  As of that moment, I wanted the 49ers to win.  As the fate would have it, they did.
Thus, I am the opposite of a Chargers fan to this day.  I am an un-fan. I confess I have sometimes cheered more for them to lose than for the Lions to win.  The Christmas day Eve game of 2010  2011 was a doozy, as the Lions clinched a playoff birth by defeating the Chargers, who were thereby eliminated from contention as a direct result.
It’s not crazy, it’s sports.

02/28/2014 update: A tip of the hat to this Charger-hating homeless man for fighting the good fight in the face of adversity.

**strikethrough text added with corrections 12/30/2013