Extreme Makeover Beneficiaries Lose their Home

ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is one of those uplifting shows which so captivate the viewing audience. A “deserving” family is picked from thousands of entrants to receive a new home complete with bells and whistles.

A “deserving” family is one which has had to deal with a tragic loss, a debilitating illness or a natural disaster. At the risk of sounding obtusely indifferent, I’m still not sure how tragedy makes one deserving of material possessions. That one might be compelled to offer up said things to those who are hurting is one thing, but to say that these things are deserved on the grounds of suffering, well that’s another.

Perhaps it is more egregious when the one undergoing suffering demands charity on the grounds of their suffering, for in that instance pride has manifested it’s fiendish head. As Dr. Piper wrote,

Self-pity is the response of pride to suffering.

Self-pity says, “I deserve admiration because I have sacrificed so much.”

Self-pity is the voice of pride in the heart of the weak.

Self-pity sounds self-sacrificing.

A Georgia family who received a new home through the efforts of this program is about to lose that home, ‘Extreme Makeover’ house faces foreclosure.

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Texas A&M-Nebraska will not be Televised

On Versus, CSTV, FSN, TBS, ESPNU, ESPN19, or even on pay-per-view.

Who could have imagined that this matchup would not be televised nationally on ABC?

I suppose it’s a sign of how far these 2 tradition-rich programs have fallen from prominence, thanks to their embattled and seemingly hapless head coaches.

Ironically enough, Coach Fran needs to institute the old-school Nebraska Option Attack at A&M to have any shot to win the Big 12 South. That same system which Callahan (some say arrogantly) did away with in favor of his complex NFL-style offense.

I wonder what Frank Solich is thinking right about now?

To add insult to injury, the UT-Nebraska game was picked up by ABC.