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A Friendly Wager (#gococks!)

So there is a gentlemen’s wager afoot for tomorrow evening’s ChikFilA Bowl in Atlanta, GA – where the University of South Carolina GAMECOCKS will be matching up with the Florida State University SEMINOLES.

When the Gamecocks win:

  • Local morning news anchor Stewart Moore of WIS will wear a shiny new SC tie for the last thirty minutes of the morning news on 01/10 (6:30a-7:00a).
  • He will also change his Facebook status to a phrase of my choosing for that one day 01/10.
  • And he will tweet from his @StewartMoore account that he has lost to me as his Seminoles have lost to the Gamecocks – three times over three days 01/10-12.

Should the Seminoles find a way to win, the on the same dates above (01/10-12):

  • I will change my avatar on Twitter and on Facebook to something of Stewart’s choosing.
  • I will also change my Facebook status for one day, again to his choice.
  • And I will tweet from @RickCaffeinated that I have lost, that USC would have lost, and that he’s the proverbial man.

This page is subject to change, just in case Stewart gets a bit twitchy and backs out.

#GoCocks!

thoughts on football

  • Twenty-oneĀ  football seasons ago, I met Vicki and we went to SC football games. I’m exceedingly grateful to have found a friend and life-mate who enjoys sports with me, something I do not take for granted. We’ve now known each other longer than we didn’t know each other before, and there are years of tailgating and good/bad games under our belts together.
  • I used to go to our high school football games more, even at least a game or two on the road back in the day. Airport High beat cross-suburb rival B-C the other night. I’m not personally as much into those games these days, and I’m not sure why. Probably just that it’s Friday after what have proved to be long stressful weeks. But I’m going to chang that this season, I hope.
  • In high school, Airport was pretty good. They are on the cusp again most years, but not breaking through to the top quite yet.
  • Then there’s the Gamecocks – would enjoy a really good season this year. There aren’t many bandagon Gamecock fans, mainly because mediocre doesn’t have a bandwagon. But there’s always next year, and with the first game still unplayed, it feels like this can be the one. At least until the day after that first game, right?
  • I remember driving with James and our dates to the Union game in high school. His date shot him in the leg – it was a cap gun, it looked real, he made her freak. That was fun and memorable.
  • We’ve been playing fantasy football for a few seasons. I never really got into the NFL with anything more than a passing interest, but with FFB it’s been easy to make autumn weekends all football all the time. It’s the only sport I can play “fantasy” with – it’s once a week, not every day like NBA or MLB and others, and I’ve got just enough attention span on a weekend to prepare.
  • We’ve seen some great wins, probably more disheartening losses, and had some good times together at ballgames. Looking forward to Thursday night’s opener against NC State. We’re undefeated and don’t take that for granted at any point in the timeline, right?

Bad College Football Cliche’ #73

"They still control their own destiny."

I am so sick and tired of that phrase, "control their own destiny". First of all, that’s true of every team. Second, it’s not completely true of any. Every team playing a game today controls their own destiny, and every team they’re playing also to some degree controls that first team’s destiny. It’s everything playing out against everything else that "controls destiny". If a team wins out, did they control their own whatever, or did the other teams attribute at least as much by not playing as well? If a team loses today, does it no longer control it’s destiny, or is it still exerting as much "control" as it can muster by playing poorly?

None of us completely control our own destiny. We control our response to whatever destiny might be unfolding before us, around us. And that response and reaction then exerts some sort of control on the continuing destiny down the road. I guess. But it’s the wrong place to focus, isn’t it? Like destiny is something we control or it controls us, when in reality it seems like a perfect example of the both/and situation.

Which brings me back to the "repent over our righteousness" thread, sort of (one, two, three). If we think we have some control of our own "righteousness", by being good and doing the right things and upholding the law in all things, we’re wrong. If we think we have no control, by just doing our best with our best intentions, then we’re still equally wrong. And God, in what I can only begin to describe as unfathomable wisdomand grace, doesn’t hold it against us. That’s where that thread goes. We can’t be good enough or do good enough or do enough good things to rate a "You Deserve It" from God. He’s not waiting for us to screw up and throw lightning bolts of hellfire at us. Instead, He’s waiting for us to follow Him sometimes, and ready and unsurprised when we don’t sometimes, knowing that in both of those there are opportunities for us to look to Him again. He’s bridged all the gaps, and there are many many gaps in our good and in our bad, so that He can forget the stuff that holds us apart and work through the things that bring us closer.

He’d rather be with us than without us. And He’s not so much controlling destiny as He’s sovereignly playing alongside to see if we want to win bad enough, if we want to stay on the right team and get in the right game.

I’ll stop. I think I stretched this particular metaphor farther than GameDay will allow.