2012 In Review-Thanks To You!

WordPress compiles an annual review every year, and what follows is mine. Thank you all so much for reading, commenting, sharing, and engaging in conversation with me! I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I started writing this!

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

A Soft Line

I learned something this week. It all started with me wondering. I have been hearing about these 8-9 sack games, and it seems like they are happening everywhere. At least twice a week there is an 8 sack game. So, I was wondering how this stacks up to previous years. I did some research, thinking that I would write this post about how the offensive lines are more terrible than ever before, or maybe it’s that the defenses have come up with great pass rushes, but we are on pace for a record setting season!

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Mom

I realize this is a few days overdue, but I really want to express gratitude for my mom. She won’t mind, I’m sure. I sent flowers and chocolate late, too.

 

My mom is one of the most amazing people I have ever come across. She is a strong woman. She has made mistakes, and is not afraid to admit them. She is open and honest about her struggles. She has also made wonderful decisions (including having me). Her decisions were based on the well-being of my sisters and I. She lived through abuse, and came out of it stronger. She seeks Christ in all she does, and although sometimes we do not agree, I know her decisions from a pure heart. She has been the greatest role model she could possibly be for my sisters and I. She cares for my disabled little sister with patience and mercy. She has loved my rebellious other little sister with grace and compassion. She has supported and encouraged all of my decisions, never judging or questioning me, while allowing me to grow into the man I am. My mom is beautiful, caring, gracious, compassionate, loving, encouraging, and wise.

My mom finds her identity in the Cross, attempting my sisters and I to do the same.

I love you, Mom. Thanks for all you are.

The Plight of Peyton Manning

There are a lot of things being said about Jim Irsay, owner of the Colts, and the Colts organization as a whole. Irsay has recently fired the architects of one of the most dominating franchises in NFL history, Bill Polian and his son Chris, as well as coach Jim Caldwell. Now everyone is wondering whether Peyton Manning will be the next piece of the puzzle to be shipped out of town. Irsay has never been known as one of those owners that gives coaches only a couple of seasons, but he seems to be cleaning house and desiring to rebuild the organization from the ground up. It’s hard to see Peyton in any uniform that’s not blue and white, but it wouldn’t be incredibly surprising if it happened.

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The Next 12

I think an important part of growing as an individual is having goals. I know “New Years Resolutions” are cheap and deemed successful if they last until February, but I do see a lot of merit in goal setting. I also think that a great time to do that is at the beginning of the year, where you can look back and see what was accomplished over the last 12 months, and think about how to improve upon that during the next 12.

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Playoff Predictions: Wild Card Round

After a nice two week break, I decided to come back strong with some more predictions. I doubted my Broncos, but somehow they made it into the playoffs, albeit not the way any team would want to win a division. I also expected the Cowboys to make it in, but they let me down again. I don’t even know what is wrong with that team anymore. We have four games this weekend, two today and two more tomorrow. (I won’t even get started on the BCS National Championship game, which I have never been less excited to see.)

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My NFL MVP Vote

The MVP award is always a hot button issue in any sport. Winners get bonuses, cars, and a nice shiny trophy. Most are voted on by experts who pick based on a number of categories, including likeability, stats, wins, even personal bias. They are often the best player in their league, but rarely the most valuable. The most valuable player, to me, is the player who’s team would not be the same without them. I know Aaron Rodgers is going to win, and he should, but if not for his crazy good season, I wonder how the voting would play out. Here’s how my ballot would look if I had a vote for NFL MVP:

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