Quick Hit: Mike Leach Just Got Punk’d

Imagine this.  I went out for lunch today, and came back only to find that Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is now out of a job.

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past few days, here is how it went down:  Adam James was a little-used receiver at Texas Tech.  He is the son of former NFL standout and ESPN announcer Craig James.  Because of this, he considered himself a rock star who did not have to give the full effort that his coaches were asking of him.  He was frequently critical of the job that his coaches were doing, as if he, a 20-or-thereabouts college kid who just happened to be the son of a big-shot ESPN announcer, knew more about how to coach a college football program than his coaches, who had been doing their job for years before he came along.

Well, Adam James got a mild concussion last week.  He was held out of two practices; to hear him tell it, he was confined to intolerably dark, claustrophobic spaces such as equipment storage rooms and electrical closets for the duration of practice.

On Monday, Texas Tech suspended Mike Leach for the bowl game pending the outcome of an investigation into the incident.  Mike Leach lawyered up and put in a petition for a restraining order that would have allowed him to coach the bowl game.  The hearing on this was supposed to be this morning.  Just prior to the hearing, Mike Leach’s lawyer was handed a letter which said that Mike Leach was fired effective immediately.  When this letter was read aloud in the courtroom, several Texas Tech fans said that they would not be renewing their season tickets.

Turns out, Mike Leach had a clause in his contract that gave him a sizeable bonus if he was still the coach as of December 31.  In light of this, it is clear that Texas Tech wanted to unload him before this bonus kicked in.

The only way that things could have gone down like this is if Ashton Kutcher was in on this at some point.  I am fully expecting him to come up to Mike Leach and say, “YOU JUST GOT PUNK’D!!!!!”

Seriously though, it seems as if somebody at Texas Tech had it in for Mike Leach.  The whole thing went through so quickly, and at no point was Mike Leach given any opportunity for due process.  Somebody at Texas Tech has been wanting Mike Leach gone for a long time, and when this Adam James thing came up they jumped all over it like white on rice.  They especially wanted to hurry up and get him out before they had to pay him any of his bonus.

Mike Leach just got punk’d.  That’s all there is to it.

The Monday Melange 12.28.09: Aggie Jokes, Lindsay Lohan, Kanye West

–Just wondering:  Why does Lindsay Lohan waste so much time and money and effort with rehab every 6 months or thereabouts when we all know she is going to go right back to her old tricks?  Seems that she would do much better to just accept who she is and apply for a job as a go-go dancer at one of the clubs she frequents.  She might as well; her acting career isn’t exactly going anywhere these days.  Neither is her singing career.

–Wouldn’t it do your heart good to see Kanye West get punk’d?  Here you are:

–As a Georgia fan I don’t get this opportunity very often, seeing as Georgia doesn’t play Texas A&M very often, so I am going to make the most of this.

How many Aggies does it take to screw in a lightbulb?  Five–one to hold the bulb and four to turn the house.

These two Aggies were walking on Bourbon Street when they saw a sign in one of the shops which said “Caribbean Cruises–$50”.  They went inside to check it out and paid the man their $50.  The man hit them over the head with a baseball bat, shoved them into an inner tube, and pushed them out into the Industrial Canal.  They floated down the river and out into the Gulf of Mexico.  Long about lunchtime the next day, they finally came to.  One Aggie said to the other, “Man I’m hungry.  Do they serve lunch on this cruise?”  The other Aggie said, “No, they didn’t last year.”

Texas A&M tried to start a water polo team, but they had to give it up because the horses drowned.

Did you hear about the Aggie who tried to make pineapple upside-down cake?  First he tried to turn the oven over.

How about the two Aggies who tried to go skiing but had to give up because they couldn’t get the boat up the mountain?

Or the skeleton that they just found in a closet of one of the dorm rooms?  It was the 1968 hide-and-go-seek champion.

Merry Christmas

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world…. And everyone went to his own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (Luke 2:1-20)

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Pat K on the Christmas Wars

Today I would like to direct your attention to a post over at Michael Spencer’s blog.  This one is from guest blogger Pat K of New Reformation Press, and it is entitled “Why I Don’t Participate in the Christmas Wars“.

Are you one of those who gets upset when the store clerk says “Happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”?  Do you see the lack of manger scenes on courthouse property as evidence that our culture is losing the Christian roots and meaning of Christmas?  If so, then this post is for you.  Take another look from a fresh perspective–things aren’t as bad as you think.

The Monday Melange 12.21.09: More Bad Bulls, Tiger Woods

–This video of Jarrett Jack tying his shoes is so funny that I have to put it up here again.

Jarrett Jack of the Raptors gets the ball, puts it on his hip, and then bends over to tie his shoes.  No one from the Bulls attempts to steal the ball at this time.  No one from the Bulls even has a clue that attempting to steal the ball in this situation might be a good idea.

–Tiger Woods:  Pimpin ain’t easy, but somebody gotta do it.

–Guess Tiger Woods decided he wanted to be an “international playa” in something other than golf.

–Wonder if this guy was able to teach Tiger Woods a thing or two about pimping and macking?  (This would be Pastor Manning, who preached a sermon that made the rounds of Youtube a few months back in which he talked all about pimping and macking and how Obama was a “long-legged mack daddy”.)

–Since the original Pastor Manning “mack daddy” sermon now appears to be gone from Youtube, here is another talk which will give you a flavor for the kind of stuff that this guy preaches:

–While we’re looking at videos, here are a couple of videos which include quotes from the original “mack daddy” sermon:

–So Georgia is still looking for a new defensive coordinator.  Don’t know too much about how this is going, except that Bud Foster is not coming.  Vic Koening of Kansas, rumored as a possible candidate, is instead going to Illinois.  But he changed his mind and decided to come to Georgia after all, if you believe everything you hear in the Twittersphere.  Well, it turns out that he is in fact going to Illinois.

–Philippians 4:4-7 says “Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again:  Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Evangelicals can’t go anywhere near this passage without making it sound like a set of principles on how to live a life that pleases God and that God will bless, a series of steps which one must complete successfully in order to achieve the desired outcome, which is God’s peace.  But what if this passage is something different entirely?  What if, instead of just good advice on how to achieve God’s peace, we see this passage as something which points us directly toward the Gospel?  Read this post by Chaplain Mike Mercer over at Michael Spencer’s blog, entitled “Gospel Exhortations”.

–So how’s the weather in Amundsen-Scott Station, Antarctica?  High:  -13.  Low:  -22.  Windchill:  -36.  Next Sunday, it’s supposed to get up to -9.  Balmy.

Fourth Week of Advent: What Is Advent All About?

[If you wish to catch up on my previous Advent posts, here is week one, here is week two, and here is week three.]

On this, the fourth and final week of Advent, we are going to do things a little differently.  Today we are going to trot out a series of readings from the Old Testament and the Gospels which illustrate what Advent is all about, namely God’s redemptive plan for humanity which culminates in the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day, which we will celebrate in just a few more days.

We will start with a reading from the Gospel of John which gets right to the heart of the matter:

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made;
without him nothing was made that has been made.
In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.  (John 1:1-5) Continue reading “Fourth Week of Advent: What Is Advent All About?”

Six Floors of Sunday School…Why?

Today I would like to direct your attention to a post from a guest blogger over at Michael Spencer’s site entitled “Six Floors of Sunday School…to what end?

This post is for all of you who think that serving or volunteering actively in your church is the only acceptable way in which to use your gifts and live your life for God’s purposes.  The author, Pat K. of New Reformation Press, recounts how he struggled with this very issue through his life as a Christian and how it ultimately led him to drop out of church altogether.  He ultimately found balance in the Lutheran view of vocation, which says that God has placed each of us uniquely in whatever situation in life we find ourselves in.  Each of us has unique responsibilities associated with that situation in life, and by fulfilling those responsibilities faithfully, each of us brings glory and honor to God.

This view was a necessary corrective to the belief floating around in the Catholic Church at the time of the Reformation that you could only honor God by serving as a priest, monk, or nun.  And it is a necessary corrective to the view floating around evangelicalism nowadays that you can only serve God faithfully by being actively involved in serving at your church.  Not that serving actively at your church is a bad thing; it is just not the only way to serve and honor God.

Read “Six Floors of Sunday School…to what end?