Auburn defeated #1 Alabama in one of the most unbelievable finishes to their storied rivalry anyone has ever seen.
Since that undoubtedly historic night, I’ve seen a lot of ill-placed blame and logic scattered throughout the Internet. Here are my thoughts I’ve compiled and broken down into ten points from the 2013 Iron Bowl.
1. Alabama committed six penalties for 45 yards. Five of those penalties (45 yards) came in the 2nd half. Four of them were false start penalties. One false start cost Alabama 3 points. A holding penalty negated a 1st down inside the Auburn 15 with 4 minutes remaining in the game. Bama entered the Iron Bowl averaging about 4.5 penalties per game.
2. Tre Mason gashed Alabama all night, running for 164 yards — the second highest total by an individual in Saban’s tenure at Alabama. Former Arkansas Razorback, Darren McFadden, rushed for 195 yards in 2007 (Saban’s first season)against Bama, but that was hardly Saban’s team.
3. Kenyan Drake gained 33 yards on 4 carries, then disappeared. Gary and Verne made no mention of the disappearance, to my knowledge. His last carry came early in the 2nd quarter, and I haven’t found anything citing an injury. (Edit: This may shed some light, but only a little…)
“It’s like I’m Al Capone or something,” Rose said. “But guys are starting to come back to my side now because they see what is happening in baseball. Guys are doing things that alter records and they get 65 games. I got 24 years.” – Pete Rose
Bud Selig and company had an opportunity to crush PED usage in professional baseball.
Instead, they allowed Alex Rodriguez to negotiate. Rodriguez — who has lied about using PEDs on national television, only to backtrack and admit to taking them, and then get caught all over again. My goodness. If you aren’t going to lay the hammer down for that, then I’m not sure what it will take.
I have a big problem with Alex Rodriguez. He’s a cheater. And a liar. He’s a disgrace to the game. I don’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth.
“I did take a banned substance. And for that, I am very sorry and deeply regretful.” — Alex Rodriguez in an interview with Peter Gammons in 2009
Nope. Not even that. How can you feel deep regret, when just two years prior to him admitting to using PEDs, he flat out denied ever using them in an interview despite testing positive. Now, you’re telling me that he never knew he tested positive back in 2003? Come on. And does anyone remember that story he gave several weeks after admitting to using PEDs. He’s done nothing but make excuses. Continue reading
I’ll be stealing this one directly from Max Lucado this morning because I enjoyed reading it.
Happy is the person whose sins are forgiven, whose wrongs are pardoned. (Psalm 32:1)
If we are already forgiven, then why does Jesus teach us to pray, “Forgive us our debts”?
The very reason you would want your children to do the same. If my children violate one of my standards or disobey a rule, I don’t disown them. I don’t kick them out of the house or tell them to be honest and apologize. And until they do, the tenderness of our relationship won’t be altered, but the intimacy will.
The same happens in our walk with God. Confession does not create a relationship with God, it simply nourishes it. If you are a believer, admission of sins does not alter your position before God, but it does enhance your peace with God.
Feel free to leave your thoughts below.
“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure; it will be measured to you.”
Today, I was lucky enough to be present for Jon Quitt’s sermon on Judging at The Vineyard in Tuscaloosa. For scripture reference, he spoke from Matthew 7: 1-5.
We are quick to judge others — without looking inward at ourselves first. I know that I often judge others without truly realizing what I’ve done. Today’s sermon was a humbling reality check. No matter how many good deeds we do … no matter how good of a person we perceive ourselves to be… We fall short. How humbled I was this morning.
Look within ourselves first and examine our own conduct and motives. Jon explained that others often irritate us because we see something in them that we dislike in ourselves. My study bible expands on this:
Our untamed bad habits and behavior patterns are the very ones that we most want to change in others. Do you find it easy to magnify others’ faults while ignoring your own? If you are ready to criticize someone, check to see if you deserve the same criticism. Judge yourself first, and then lovingly forgive and help your neighbor.
Again. This is something that resonated with me. Even after we judge ourselves, we must then forgive and help the person that we want to judge. I even have to show compassion to the slightly annoying guy upstairs and his little kid who stampedes around the house at all hours. Continue reading
“People cannot do any work that will make them right with God.” — Romans 4:5 (New Century Version)
Max Lucado has a great way of relating to readers. I’ll read a passage from “Grace for the Moment”:
If Christ had not covered us with his grace, each of us would be overdrawn on [our heavenly bank] account. When it comes to goodness, we would have insufficient funds. Inadequate holiness. God requires a certain balance of virtue in our account, and it’s more than any of us has alone. Our holiness account shows insufficient funds, and only the holy will see the Lord; what can we do?
Here’s an expanded view of the scripture from Romans, Chapter 4 (New American Standard Bible):
3 For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as Righteousness.”
4 Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.
5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness.
His faith is credited as righteousness. Romans 3:28 says “that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the law.”
We do not gain entry to Heaven by good deeds alone. And that’s what Lucado is saying. There’s not a certain level of goodness that you have to attain in order to reach heaven. It is our faith in Christ’s salvation. Continue reading