Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Birthday Casey Smith, III

Happy Birthday Casey Smith, III

Carol and drove to Birmingham yesterday to visit with Casey Smith, III and Mandy in honor of his twenty-sixth birthday which is today. Casey is Head Golf Pro at Farmlinks Golf Club in Sylacauga, Alabama. Please send him a Happy Birthday email today and be sure to tell him who you are.

He wrote the following poem when he was fourteen or fifteen years old.

by Casey Smith, III

The sport of fierce competition
Filled with people of hopes and determination

The game of inches
When the last putt is hit and your heart clinches

The game of heart and gruesome practicing
I have stuck with it in snow, lightning, and raining

I started playing golf when I was 13
The sport has come sort of natural to me and keeps me lean

The sport requires a big desire
I will still be playing golf after I retire

I hope one day I will turn pro
Whether I will ever be good enough I don’t know*

I don’t know if Golf is a part of God’s will
But if it is, it will be such a thrill

* Casey earned the status of PGA Golf Professional in November of 2006.

Monday, October 29, 2007

See It To Believe It

Mississippi Miracle! Tigers Stun Majors on Incredible Final Play

Jackson, Mississippi - Trinity's football team scored on the final play of the game to beat Millsaps 28-24 on Saturday afternoon, but it was the way in which it scored that was truly amazing.

After failing on a two-point conversion that would have tied the game at 24-24 with just over two minutes left in the game, and failing to recover the ensuing onside kick, it looked like Millsaps would beat Trinity for the second straight season. That win would have also clinched the SCAC Championship and automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs for the Majors, but it was not to be.

Out of timeouts, Trinity was unable to stop the clock on the first three plays of the final possession for Millsaps, and with eight seconds left, the Majors called for timeout. Hoping to run out the clock and end the game, Millsaps ran a play on fourth down, but two seconds still remained after the change of possession.

The Tigers completed a pass over the middle, then lateraled the ball 15 times on its way to an improbable, unbelievable, shocking game-winning touchdown by wide receiver Riley Curry. Curry actually touched the ball four times during the play, and on the fourth, he scampered into the end zone.

It was the second touchdown of the game for Curry, who caught the 13-yard pass from Blake Barmore that cut the lead to two in the fourth quarter. Curry finished with nine receptions for 115 yards. Chris Coleman had his second straight 100-yard day, totaling 119 yards on eight catches for the Tigers.

In a game that was expected to be a battle of two of the nation's top quarterbacks, Barmore and Millsaps signal-caller Juan Joseph were overshadowed by the play of the defenses. Barmore did finish with 339 yards and two scores on 27-43 passing, but he threw a pair of interceptions. Joseph was 24-45 for 227 yards and three touchdowns, but threw three picks and fumbled once.

Both defenses forced four turnovers in the game, and Trinity's defense kept Millsaps from scoring on four of its seven red zone opportunities. Dylan Nealous led Trinity with 10 tackles in the game, picking up two for a loss, and recovering Joseph's fumble. Safeties Brian Marynowitz and Lee Patterson each had interceptions, as did defensive lineman Ryan Johnson on a screen pass by Joseph.

Trinity also got its running game going in this game, thanks in large part to a 121-yard effort from sophomore Chris Baer. Baer carried the ball 20 times for that total, scoring the team's first touchdown of the night in the first quarter.

With the win, combined with Rhodes losing 27-0 at Centre today, Trinity now controls its own destiny for the SCAC title and a trip to the NCAA playoffs. In order to make that postseason appearance, the team must still defeat Centre at home next week, then win at Austin College on November 10.

Click here to see the reaction of Trinity's coach.

Related - Millsaps Football: 'Mississippi Miracle' had Jackson voice

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Washington Briefing 2007

Carol and I have just returned from the 2nd Annual Washington Briefing Values Voter Summit 2007 in Washington, D.C. of which American Family Association Action was a co-sponsor.

The slide show includes photos from sight seeing that we did on Thursday followed by those taken at the Washington Briefing. Click here for a Fox News report of the event. Focus on the Family posted a Photo Essay of the event. The Washington Times carried this report of The Washington Briefing - Values voters back Mike, Mitt. Read the transcript of Gov. Huckabee's speech at the Washington Briefing. Carol and I are most impressed with Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Last night we heard singer/songwriter Lee Greenwood perform one of my favorite songs as a tribute to Dr. James Dobson at The Washington Briefing in Washington, DC.