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Cubs Win! September 22, 2008

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For the first time in 100 years the Cubs have made the playoffs two straight years.

Hopefully that is the first of two 100 year marks they break.

Go Cubs!

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Willow Wahoos–Meet #4 June 25, 2008

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This past Saturday was the 4th swim meet of the year. It was a long hot day as there were 8 teams at the meet where there are normally only 4 teams at each meet. Our girls had another good day. Michaela got a first place, a second place and a third place in her age group. She also was able to qualify in every event for the district meet this coming Saturday. So she will able to pick her 3 best events for districts to swim. Mackenzie had another good day swimming in all of her events. She was not able to qualify for districts, but she will be able to swim in the relays and she has improved greatly this year. McKenna swam again this week in the short freestyle and also in 2 relay events.

Here is a video of McKenna’s first ever swim in the meet last week:

Cubs vs. Sox June 20, 2008

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Today is the first of 6 games the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox play this year.  As always the Cave is 100% behind the Chicago Cubs.  Although more than anything I am just hoping for some good games.  Let’s go Cubs!

8-yr old boy plays on one leg June 4, 2008

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A simply amazing story here:

Adam Bender slips a chest protector over his Astros jersey, buckles a shinguard to his right leg, positions a mask atop his head, grabs his catcher’s mitt and hops out of the dugout.

Adam has his game face on. Or at least what passes as a game face for an 8-year-old. His eyes are serious. His freckled nose is crinkled with determination.

It is a cool, breezy Saturday morning at Veterans Park, which is already buzzing with activity. Baseball games are being played on three diamonds within a pop-up of each other. Parents are clustered in and around the stands, chatting and cheering. Players of all ages, wearing uniforms or team T-shirts, swarm the place.

Hardly anybody gives a second glance to the catcher in the Southeastern rookie league deftly playing on one leg.

For the remainder of the story:

Kid Can Do It All On One Leg

NBA Finals June 3, 2008

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Is it 1987 again?  For the first time since 1987 the Los Angeles Lakers face off with the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. I am sure that seeing these two teams battle each other again for the title will bring back a lot of fond childhood memories for me as I watched every game of that 1987 finals.

While I am not a fan of either team, I am extremely happy to see someone other than the Detroit Pistons and/or the San Antonio Spurs in the finals.  Who is going to win the series?  I will take the Lakers in 6 games.

Amazing Sportsmanship May 22, 2008

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Here is one of the best stories I have come across in a long time.

Royal’s Manager Holds On To Faith May 8, 2008

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Here is a good article on the faith of new Kansas City Royal’s manger Trey Hillman:

Posted on May 8, 2008 | by Allen Palmeri JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP)–The new manager of the Kansas City Royals is a Southern Baptist who has been walking with the Lord for more than three decades.

Trey Hillman, 45, is a member of First Baptist Church in Georgetown, Texas, 25 miles north of Austin. The Hillman family is “very faithful to the church when they’re in town,” Kirk Kriegel, the church’s executive pastor, said.

“He’s the kind of guy that you want to be around, just because he’s an encourager,” Kriegel said. “You can tell he has a genuine faith and a great family.”

Hillman was hired to manage the Royals in October. He previously had managed 13 years in the minor league system of the New York Yankees and five years in the Japanese Pacific League with the Nippon Ham Fighters. His 2006 team won the Japan Series and his 2007 team was the runner-up.

For the remainder of the article click here: Royal’s Manager Holds On To Faith

Tony Dungy: Quiet Strength April 27, 2008

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I just recently finished reading Quiet Strength. It is the life story of Tony Dungy. Tony is the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. However, more importantly Tony is a devout follower of Jesus Christ. If you are looking for a good book to read I would highly recommend it.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

This book is not only about me, either. It’s about the priorities, choices, approaches, and habits that lead to being a winner, to experiencing true success. It’s about you and me and our journey in this world together. It’s about the things I’ve learned, the mistakes I’ve made, and the heartaches that have made me lean into the Father’s presence. I hope that when its all said and done, you’ll see that it’s really all about Him. (Pg. xvi)

It was the first time I was able to look at football as something that God was allowing me to do, not something that should define me. I couldn’t take my identity from this sport; I had to consciously make sure that God was in first place. (Pg. 51)

I had once again learned a valuable lesson. God’s plan don’t always follow human logic. . . We often can’t see what God is doing in our lives, but God sees the whole pictures and His plan for us clearly. (Pg. 94)

My purpose in life is simply to glorify God. We have to be careful that we don’t let the pursuit of our life’s goals, no matter how important they may seem, cause us to lose sight of our purpose. I coach football. But all the good I can do to glorify God along the way is my real purpose. I want to help people see the path to eternal life through Christ, to enjoy an abundant life now, and to fulfill their God-given purposes here. (Pg. 301)

Opening Day March 31, 2008

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The baseball season is finally here.  The Cubs are predicted by many to have a really good year.  However, as a life-long Cubs fan I know to not pay too much attention to the predictions.  This season should be fun and maybe, just maybe this will be our year!

Quadruple Amputee Qualifies for State Tourney March 8, 2008

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I am always on the lookout for inspirational and encouraging stories from the world of sports.  The following story is one of the best I have found in a long time.

Quadruple Amputee Qualifies for State Tourney

Enjoy and may all the Cavedwellers have a great weekend!