John Terry Delivers Championship to Manchester United

People that aren’t fans of soccer/fútbol are puzzled how a typically low-scoring affair can be exciting. Those of us who were bottle-fed the sport find it hard to to explain to them how a 1-1 (or even 0-0, blasphemy!) can be terribly thrilling.

The penalty shootout is another one of those things in soccer/fútbol which non-fans don’t really understand and dismiss it outright. For my money there is no better way to decide a tight contest. Can you imagine an NBA game which goes to 2 overtimes and instead of going into a third, the outcome is decided on free throws? Maybe I should write to David Stern…

Though I did not watch yesterday’s dramatic Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea though I tried to keep up with it via ESPN’s Gamecast. The match went into a shootout after the teams were knotted up 1-1 after the requisite 2 overtimes.

With a chance to clinch the game for his side, Chelsea captain John Terry (below) missed his penalty shot as he slipped on the wet surface. The shootout went into sudden death shootout and Man U em, manned up and took La Champions.

Eurosport

The Daily Mail has some great pictures, check ‘em out here,
Triumphant return for United as heroes head home with European trophy

They also reported on the match’s other matchup, between Nike (which sponsors Man U) and Adidas (who makes the Chelsea kit),
Europe’s great marketing war is fought out in the boot camps

The San Antonio Spurs: Lovable Winners

Houston sports fans (like other fans) have teams that they find easy to dislike. In baseball, it has to be the Cardinals or the Mets, in football it’s going to be the former Oilers, the Tennessee Titans with the Cowboys not far behind.

In the NBA it might be a tossup between the Jazz and the Spurs (at least in my mind). It’s probably the Spurs given the way they have dominated the NBA during the last few years. For a long time Rocket fan might have dangled Houston’s 2 championships in the mid 90s in front of Spurs fan. Not to mention, Hakeem Olajuwon’s schooling of David Robinson during the ’95 playoffs (see below)

But that coupon has long expired given the Spurs’ current run of excellence (Champions in ’99, ’03, ’05, and ’07) during which the Rockets have failed to win a single playoff series.

With all that, for this Rockets fan at least, it is increasingly hard to dislike the current Spurs squad.

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Charles Barkley and Fake Christians

The following quote is from this story,

And I think these Christians, first of all, they’re not supposed to judge other people. But they’re the most hypocritical judge of people we have in the country. And it bugs the hell out of me. They act like they’re Christians. They’re not forgiving at all. — NBA legend Charles Barkley

Sir Charles was a great basketball player who is always good for a sound bite. As for his theological chops, well, his comments are reflective of someone who doesn’t know much about Christianity.

Christians are not supposed to judge those outside of the church, as the Apostle Paul makes clear,

For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church?

But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES. (1 Corinthians 5:12-13)

If unbelievers (“outsiders” as Paul calls them) want to engage in behavior which is clearly in violation of God’s Law it is not up to us to judge them, God will take care of that as Paul makes clear.

If this is what Sir Charles means when he says “judge other people”, fine and good. However, the problem lies when so-called Christians proudly engage in the type of behavior one finds prevalent amongst unbelievers.

Not only are we as members of the Body of Christ (the Church) supposed to judge, if such “Christians” remain unrepentant, then it is the church’s responsibility to disfellowship them.

To the unbeliever (and admittedly to some Christians) this may sound harsh and may even tempt him to judgmentally call Christians all sorts of unflattering names, but frankly it is a family matter and it does not concern them.

Yes, Sir Charles, the Christian is commanded to forgive but Jesus (you know the Son of God and all) laid out the way that the unrepentant “Christian” is to be dealt with, a cursory read of the process, as outlined in Matthew 18:15-20, might be of some use to you before you find doing the very same thing that makes you sick, a “hypocritical judge”.

Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian try out for Dancing with the Stars

Or so it would seem…
yao-yi.jpgHouston Chronicle

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