Saturday, January 28, 2006

No. 12

I now hate Texas A&M.

Prior to this I had no real like or dislike of the Aggies, but they have moved to my "list" with their ridiculous attack on the Seahawks' fans.

They filed for the trademark for "the 12th man" in 1990 to prevent any other football team from using the phrase.

The Seahawks retired the number 12 in 1984 in honor of their fans and have been hoisting a flag with "12" on it to celebrate the impact the fans have on the team.

So, "Athletic Director Bill Byrne wrote on an Aggie Web site Wednesday that the university would tackle 'the Seattle Seahawks' brazen use of the 12th Man theme at their home playoff games.'
The university has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Seahawks."

Therefore I now despise the Aggies.

First of all, they trademarked "the 12th man" not the theme or "12" or anything like that. Second, they didn't have a problem with things until the 'Hawks got to the Superbowl; it's been twenty-two years that the No. 12 jersey has been retired. This didn't just happen. Finally, "Aggie" is a stupid mascot (ok, I didn't really have a third point, but I felt like three would round out the rhetoric nicely).

So, in summary: The Aggies have made the list alongside the other teams that I hate (Lakers, Yankees, Cowboys, Fighting Irish, you have a new friend). May the freaking Aggies choke on their court orders and their cease-and-desist letters and their trademarked fans.

Update: The Seattle Times has a great comment on this issue. Here are a few quotes that made me laugh:

"Surely there are things more important in this world to worry about than whether the Seahawks have ripped off your trademarked "12th Man" idea.
Things like the decline of education in this country, the unrelenting problems in the Middle East and the fact you guys can't beat Texas."

"And while you're at it, why not patent some cheers like "Hold that line," or "Block that kick." Or "Hit 'em again. Hit 'em again. Harder. Harder." And sue any cheerleading team that dares to use them."

Friday, January 27, 2006

Church Planting From the Ground Up

So I've been slowly reading through this book (translation: I spend too much time reading articles online about the Seahawks instead of reading things that are important) about church planting. Here are a few thoughts and quotes that have resonated with me thus far:

  • "The Church exists by mission, just as fire exists by burning." ~Emil Bruner
  • Instead of being "seeker sensitive" the church needs to be the seekers relentlessly pursuing the lost in the same way that Jesus relentlessly pursued us.
  • "If you can do anything else [other than church planting], you ought to do it." I can't imagine any other course for my life.
  • Postmodernism is not about changing things or finding what's new, but re-evaluating what is. The question posed isn't: "What?" but "Why?"
  • "[Postmoderns] care far more about how to live than about how to prove."
  • In order for church and faith to be authentic, what I teach needs to transform my life. It can't transform others unless it transforms me too.

Monday, January 23, 2006

This made me laugh

Just a short quote from an article in the Tacoma News Tribune:

"Mike Holmgren and his staff put together the plan Sunday that lifted this team to the Super Bowl.
Here’s how thorough a coach Holmgren is:
With a few minutes left in the game, the outcome already determined, when players started to look around for the Gatorade buckets to give Holmgren the ceremonial dousing, none was to be found.
Could Holmgren, thinking ahead, have advised staff members to get the buckets off the sideline in the late going if the Seahawks had the lead?
Count on it.
That, fans, is attention to detail. It’s the kind of thing that gets teams to the Super Bowl."

Saturday, January 21, 2006

It's today

Today at 5:30pm CST the Seahawks play the Panthers in the NFC Championship.

I have to admit that I haven't been this excited about sports in a long time. The last time anything great happened in Seattle sports was in 2001 when the Mariners won 116 games to tie the most wins ever in a Baseball season. They went on to set another record for the team with the most wins to not make an appearance in the World Series.

Before that was 1996 when the Supersonics went to the NBA finals against Michael Jordan and the team of legend (72 wins that season). They lost in 6 games.

The last time the Seahawks won a playoff game I was 6 years old.

I have to say that it's no wonder that most of the national media don't give teams from Seattle any credit. They've never proved that they deserve it. Professional Seattle sports has all of one championship: the 1979 Supersonics. For 26 years Seattle has been without a champion.

But that's about to change. The Seahawks are in position to do the unthinkable, but that's the very reason I think they will do it. No one expects them to win. Carolina will underestimate them. They may try not to, but they're from the East Coast and to them Seattle only has expensive coffee and rain. They feel like their wins against New York and Chicago have been their real challenges.

So here's my prediction (for those of you who have persevered to read this long):

Smith puts up 150 yards receiving and gets 2 touchdowns. Alexander puts up 150 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. Seattle's defense forces 2 turnovers that give Seattle a short field and easy scores. Carolina abandons their running game early and passes almost exclusively to Smith. While Smith has great numbers, he's not able to make enough plays by himself to secure the victory. Seattle wins by a touchdown, 30-23 (I'm sticking by my previous prediction).

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Ah Crap . . .

So we're pretty much screwed. Korea has seen fit to begin the end by connecting police and combat robots via a moble-computing-network. Have we not been predicting the rise of the machines since Karel ńĆapek's play in 1921?

Well, you'd better start practicing your best kung-fu so you can fend off the agents.

UPDATE: Leave it to the Spainish to level the playing field. You fight fire with fire, and you fight the growing horde of robots with . . . robot protesters with signs.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

So here's another reason why Saturday was a good day

So my wife started the day with lots and lots of hairs on her head.

Fast forward a few hours . . .

Wait for it . . .

And after a donation to Wigs for Kids she is all the cute.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

One down . . .

Two to go!

The Seahawks won their first playoff game since 1984 on Saturday night.

They host the NFC Champoinship game next weekend.

It's good to be a Seahawks fan right now.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The Flight of the Bumble Bee

I'm astounded by the way that the media can spin things. They took this article about a scientific examination of the aerodynamics of honeybee flight and turned it into this article about how Inteligent Design is a position only held by the mentally deficient. Oddly enough I was able to find the source article in just a couple of minutes yet it is not linked on the second article even though they have several links to other things.

So here's the summary for the link-clicking-impared: Bumble bees actually can fly (there's an old urban legend that states that according to science bumble bees should be unable to . Some insect flight researchers set up a bunch of cameras and figured out that bees flap their wings really fast but in a short arc (compared to other bugs that flap their wings more slowly but in a bigger arc). Then Sara Goudarzi over at Live Science decides to take that little piece of research and use it to attack intelligent design. I guess some people in the ID camp have used this myth about science being unable to explain bee-flight, so this story is perfect fodder for Sara to use to counter attack the ID crew.

*sigh* is anyone else just tired of ID from both sides of the issue? To tell you the truth I don't really care if the schools teach ID or not. I haven't looked into the ID texts, but I can't see that they would add too much of substance to a biology class. Everyone gets to learn about midochondrial dna and ribonucleaic acid; changing on paragraph in the front of the book isn't going to make a big difference to the kids who sleep through half the class anyway.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Pigskin Prognostication

My apologies to those of my readers who don't care about football. I'm really excited about how well the Seahawks are doing right now, so my blog will reflect my feelings. I'll still try to pepper in some of the other stuff that keeps you all happy and quiescent.
Since my predictions for the end of the Seahawks season were correct, I thought I would try my hand at the playoffs. This Saturday the Seahawks take on the Washington Redskins in Seattle. Washington is the only team still in the playoffs to beat Seattle this year (20-17 in Overtime in Washington). I think this will be a tight game, but Holmgren will call plays to wear down the beat up defense of Washington and Seattle will pull away in the fourth quarter. Seattle: 24 Washington: 17.

Then Chicago will play Carolina on Sunday. This is a tough game for me to pick, but I'm going to give Carolina the edge since they are playing really well right now (shutting out NY at home was a huge feat). But with Chicago it will still be a defensive dogfight the whole time. Carolina: 13 Chicago: 9

New England has too much confidence to lose to Denver, even at Denver. NE: 30 Denver: 21

Indy will win one for the Gipper . . . er . . . the Dung-er(?) and crush the Steelers under an arial onslaught. Indy: 35 Pitt: 14

Then in the AFC Championship game Indy will parlay homefield advantage into a squeaker of a win over a fired up Patriots squad. Indy will kick a game winning field goal in overtime after NE misses a field goal at the end of regulation. Indy: 23 NE: 20
In the NFC Championship Carolina will come to Seattle overconfident from their previous wins. They will fall behind early and never quite catch up despite several solid tries. Seattle's defense will give up quite a few yards, but not many touchdowns. Alexander will run through and over them, he can smell the Superbowl. Seattle: 30 Carolina: 23
Then in the big game, Superbowl XL, the two best teams in the country will display ridiculous amounts of offense. I predict USC-Texas like production from both teams. The deciding factor will be the phenomenal red zone defense of the Seahawks. They will use the goal line as another defender to strengthen their loose secondary and shut down Indy's drives at the 20 yard line.
Superbowl XL: Seattle: 38 Indianapolis: 30

Alexander runs for his record 28th touchdown

Friday, January 06, 2006

And now for something completely different

Two stories have intrigued me lately:

A man in Italy is suing a priest (and the rest of the Roman Catholic Church) for swindling and impersonation for their claims that Jesus Christ was an historical individual. So the courts in Itally will decide whether or not Jesus existed. [Full Story]

Scientists have a theory that may lead to warp engines for space travel (ala Star Trek). The basic science is that a big enough magnetic field can produce a thrust effect; if you make the magnetic field even larger it will shift to another dimension where the speed of light is faster (so e=mc2 won't be such a constraint) and permit travel of lightyears of distance in just days. [Full Story]

Wednesday, January 04, 2006


Ok, so I am currently involved in a discussion that touches on Hermeneutics (among other things) with some grad-school-type-friends, and I feel compelled to share some of my thoughts.

People outside of the fields of philosophy and theology don't really care/know about hermeneutics ("Hermeneutics may be described as the theory of interpretation and understanding of a text through empirical means."~from the wikipedia). So, if I'm concerned about having discussions with the unchurched, then it's important for me to know what they do care about.

Have you ever been somewhere and started into a conversation only to discover that you were trapped talking about a subject in which you have no interest?

To steal some comic material from Nick Swardson: it's like listening to your nephew tell you all about his Pokemon collection. You don't really care, but it's like crack to him.
"Hey, do you know about [instert Pokemon character name], hedoesthisandhelookslikethisandthecandothisandhelikesthis..." It makes you want to take him and show him all the products in the medicine cabinet and explain what they do. "Hey, do you know about conditioner . . ."

The way that hermeneutics came up in the dicsussion is that someone made the argument that the type of hermeneutic a church tradition uses is the defining characteristic of that church tradition. I don't really agree with this point. A big reason for my disagreement is that without a belief structure in place, one's method of interpretation is essentially meaningless. For example, you can interpret the bible very litterally, but not believe that Jesus is God incarnate.

If we start saying that things like hermeneutics are essential components of the Christian faith then we are moving the discussion out of the realm of the unchurched person. And if we do that, then we are violating the message of the cross. Now, I'm not trying to say that the study of hermeneutics or theology are bad. They have helped me incredibly, but without translation these helpful discussion become a hinderance to evangelism.

What say you?