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one of those moments #14

October3

we were back from the Atlanta Falcons game seeing them take it down to the wire to beat the San Francisco Forty-Niners with another field goal win.

I took off for a run at North Park. the turf field has become something of a refuge through the agony that represents Joanne, and I put in a solid five miles in good form despite the pizza I choked down at the Georgia Dome only a few hours behind me.

while I was spinning around the field a growing group of multi-nation footballers (soccer) were gathering. and, as I cooled down they had finished with their easy-going warmups and started putting it one to another. the footwork was at once easy and dazzling. the joy from their hearts shown through their smiling and sweat-drenched faces. some were fit, others almost portly. but, they were all agile and quick – evidence of a life-long passion for “the beautiful game”.

that’s it. the sun was streaking through the trees and mottling the field with pieces of light that made the cooling air seem almost magical. actually it was. just a nice moment where the world seemed to spin smoothly upon it’s axis.

I’m thankful for that, today.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

it just gets worse

September9

I starting offering my views and opinons around a certain pistol packin pastor just yesterday.

I can’t condone the burning of any book (or, “Word Windows” as we’ve often referred to them since Haley Anne was four years old).

In any event, this story just gets worse.

In Pakistan, about 200 lawyers and civil society members marched and burned a U.S. flag in the central Pakistani city of Multan, demanding that Washington halt the burning of the Muslim holy book.

So… They burned a, if not the, symbol of our country to some how make a point that we should not burn their holy book.

It’s bad enough that this celebrity-seeking-pentacostal-point-pounding-pistol-packin-preacher /1 is willfully stirring the pot and maliciously putting people in harms way. He has scienter, no less. But, now we have the FBI visiting his Gainesville-based church. Although we don’t know what’s being said, there, we can suspect the picadell0-postulating-preacher is being warned. So, this means our own government is getting “heavy” and possibly impeding an element of our own Constitution that’s related to Free Speech.

What? There’s more?

To be sure. Just read on. Do it now!

Gainesville police will already be dealing with some ninety thousand (90,000) football fans Saturday, as the book (that shall not be named, but is often misspelled as Koran) and even more tailgaters for the Florida-South Florida game.

Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe has publicly condemned the church’s plans and asked residents to watch for “suspicious behavior” (apprently other than pastors packin heat and FBI agents crawlin’ about asking questions of “persons of interest”). At least one counter-protest was planned by a University of Florida student group.

So… Now you’ll have people in, or from trailers, getting involved.

City officials were increasing security, but wouldn’t go into detail about how many extra officers will be used, saying only that they were coordinating with other cities and “tallying expenses”.

“We are sending a bill for services to the Dove World Outreach Center. We’re tracking our costs,” said city spokesman Bob Woods. “I’m sure the cost will be substantial.”

isn’t that, well…. like a threat?

I mean, despite the fact that the Florida football game might be affected, does anyone see an ugly pattern here?

I’ll offer a hint: The terrorists are winning again because we are being as ugly as they are.

Allow me to be clear… I’d feel justified if we sent in a Special Ops team to take-out those protestors that burned our flag. But, otherwise, this pastor is an example of distorted material values, our own constitutionally-formed government feels so powerless that we need to use intimidation instead of mediation, a real important football game is pulled from the lime-light, and city officials are threatening punitive measures if a lone citizen refuses to bow to an uncertain civil rule or opinion.

Thomas Jefferson must be spinning so fast in his grave the earth may well depart from it’s axis.

Isn’t that what the Talibahn does while, ironically, pointing to the the Qu’ran for interpretation and  justification?

It blows my mind that we end up making this lunatic preacher who should be standing on a New York cross-street look like he could be right, after all.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

1/ Understanding what being Pentacostal means might help explain naught a few things.

hardly a proverbial Son

June21

I understand that a reference to the “prodigal Son” involves the restoration of a believer into fellowship with the Father.

However, I’m feeling controversial today. And, I know this post’s heading will grab attention and set a good stage.

And, it started with something I witnessed on Fathers Day, at the pool, as I was finishing up a work-out. Earlier in the week, as we made our way onto a local pitch (soccer field) for practice, we observed a group involved with a (pointless) youth football mini-camp. The Mom’s, in particular, were almost rabid with their earnestness (I used that word because it’s different than enthusiasm). The Dad’s were just awkward and tense.

SIDE NOTE: There was a little girl with one of the Mom’s at the football mini-camp wearing a t-shirt that read: “One Day I’ll Get Trashed at Prom”. This is likely a girl being raised by her Mom to be a cheerleader one day.

To wit…

I’ve realized – and, it’s not a simple opinion, that the best form of a son is that of a daughter.

Little boys whine a lot. Especially in sports.

We all know the family with the young lad raised by sisters (treated like live-in servants). He’ll make like a princess whose lost her pea and wail like a siren at the smallest slight. You Georgia Mom’s, in particular, and pee-wee football (“you doan’t understand… This is ah liiiife!”), know just who you are.

Lacrosse and Soccer just seem to bring out better qualities in people.

So… Circling back to the prodigal son angle… I observe the hapless earthly fathers of these girly-boys stand back in uncertain horror, and denial, at what they observe. But, in all fairness this is likely a reflection of their own young lives as well.

NOTE: My own Mother was a high-diver and brooked no weakness in her sons. We learned to swim, and well, before we could walk. And, taught us to value her. And, you’ll see that reflected in how I treat my own daughters (of Zion, or not).

By the way… I’m only picking on the sissies and the Mom’s who fit the above descriptions. So if it’s not you, described here; or, you can’t see yourself reflected in these words, don’t feel like you need to get all heated-up. Please… Feel free to prove me wrong, by all means.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

setting Examples as records

January4

A lot of people read this Blog daily. More and more readers find themselves outside of the United States. And, this particular post focuses on two sports that are not broadly followed globally – American football and baseball. Another element takes into consideration the emerging reality that printed media is forgoing sports.

By the time most of you read this post on Monday (I’m writing it on Sunday and relishing the potential of uncertainty), the story will have been told, and history will be what it is.

So, unless you happened to be watching NFL football yesterday, most people around the world may never hear about this story; and, it could well be doomed as a footnote. But, it will always be a terrific example of great character, culture and credentials.

The story coming out of  Metaire, Louisiana (although it will play-out in Carolina this afternoon) isn’t particularly big – other than, perhaps, it’s ramifications in terms of how we can define character in our culture – oh, and from a sports history stand point.

Heading into (tomorrow’s) game against the Carolina Panthers, after a terrific season with his hearty and ferocious crew of New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees has completed 363 of 514 passes this season for 4,388 yards – a completion percentage of 70.6. That is, hands-down, the best completion percentage recorded in NFL history.

It’s significant if you can appreciate effort and skill behind such an accomplishment – and, if you care about football.

Look… The reason I like this particular moment in history is because Brees says he hopes to approach his chance to keep the NFL’s completion percentage record much like Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams did  hitting .400 back in 1941.

I’m, admittedly still bothered by what happened last week when the Indianapolis Colts pulled Peyton manning in the 3rd Quarter. You can read about that here: winning Matters to good Sports.

NOTE: These records are cast in stone once the season is completed. So, Brees knows he could comfortably set a new record by sitting out. But, the better story is that he apparently wants to play as much as head coach Sean Payton will let him. So… For context, and as of the writing of this post, the official NFL passing completion percentage record is currently 70.55 percent, set by Cincinnati’s Ken Anderson in 1982. I was in college at Radford University then, and I recall my Dad calling me after a football game just to talk about what a leader Anderson was. “He seems to set an example as much as records”, said my Dad.

The 13-2 Saints have clinched the NFC’s top seed, so their starters may not play much at Carolina on Sunday. This is another business decision that I understand, but can’t comprehend.

The example here is Brees’ competitive spirit. But, you need to know that Brees wears No. 9 in honor of Ted Williams, who could have hit .400 by sitting out his last game in 1941. But, Williams played instead, and wound up hitting .406.

By the way… Aside from being one of the finest Baseball players in American history, and a Naval Aviator during world War II and the Korean Conflict (he was John Glenn’s Wingman), Williams was an avid sport fisherman. He hosted a television show about fishing and was inducted into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. Renowned NBC sportscaster Bob Costas, reflecting on Williams unparalleled success as ball player, wingman, and fisherman, once asked Williams if he realized he was in real life the type of American hero John Wayne sought to portray in his movies.

Replied Williams, “Yeah, I know.”

UPDATE: Brees sat out of the game Sunday and opted for some meaningless media soundbites. So, it’s my opinion that he’ll need to doff any jersey with Number nine (9) on it. Or, at least stop comparing himself to Ted Williams in that context.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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