Saturday, July 31, 2010

A fast/prayer for Uncle Terry

Apologies for the late notice here, but I just wanted to get the word out to anyone who might see this blog (intentionally or otherwise). My Uncle Terry is having some health issues, and we are wanting to fast and pray on his behalf. Anyone who would like to participate in this in their own way, please feel free to do so. You can see frequent updates on Terry's family's blog here.

This is from my mom (Terry's sister):
(Terry) is having a few issues that the Drs have never dealt with before. There is a mass on his adrenal gland. They have seen this with other transplant patients but not with stem cell transplant patients. There are 100 Drs and medical persons involved in studying the situation and trying to come up with a treatment. One problem is that Terry is allergic to the RX that they would automatically recommend.

Anyway, again I ask that you put his needs in your fasting and prayers this Sunday, and often in your prayers.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Reasons why LeBron should stay in Cleveland

As LeBron James prepares to announce where he will play in the near future, rumors are coming from everywhere about which team will be his employer. Some say he is staying with the Cavaliers. Others think he will play in Michael Jordan's old digs in Chicago. New Yorkers want him to be in an Empire State of Mind. Recently, the Miami rumors are gaining steam, which would mean a triumvirate of Team USA and Eastern Conference All-Star teammates -- James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh -- sharing the shores of South Beach.
I can't even say I am a Cavaliers fan (I like them better than the average team, but they are not my favorite team), but I think it would be fitting for him to stay home. In somewhat of an open letter format, here are some reasons why I think James should remain with the Cavs.

Legacy - If you leave, LeBron, you won't be viewed throughout history in the same way as, say, Michael Jordan is viewed. Jordan's team's initially struggled, but he stayed with the Bulls, his teammates developed their skills, and Chicago won six titles. Leaving the Cavs is a way of saying you (LeBron) don't think you can win a championship there. Whether this is true or not, you will be seen as a quitter who couldn't finish the job -- unless he took the easy way out and joined a better team.

Home Team - LeBron, you can bring a championship to your home area city. Would that mean more than winning somewhere else?

Fans - You know as well as anybody that Cleveland sports fans would adore you for bringing home the Larry O'Brien Trophy. And you know as well as anybody that these fans have suffered greatly.

"He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home."
Please stay in Cleveland, LeBron. Thanks.

Drama King James

After at least two years of mainstream speculation among media and fans alike, coveted NBA free agent LeBron James is set to announce which team he will sign with. In fact, he has decided to go through with a televised one-hour special to make his official declaration, with advertising revenue going to the Boys & Girls Club. While the charity work is a nice gesture, LeBron is really building the drama to bring attention to himself.
The only way James comes out a winner -- in the minds of most fans and pundits, anyway -- is to stay in Cleveland. Imagine if he leaves: he will be leaving his hometown (he was born and raised in Akron, less than one hour away from Cleveland) team after having lifted them from the doldrums of the league to somewhere near the top of it. He wouldn't be finishing what he started (does that make him a "quitter?"). He would also be delivering a gut punch to the Cleveland fans who have dealt with Earnest Byner's fumble, Michael Jordan's game-winning shot, John Elway's drive and the Indians falling short in the World Series. Remember, this is virtually his hometown.
If he stays in Cleveland, he will continue to be revered by the Cavs faithful, as Cleveland lets out a collective sigh of relief.
Would he really make a big ESPN presentation just to say he is staying with his team? On the other hand, if he is switching teams, would he really announce it on national television with so many Clevelanders watching? Wouldn't this making his departure more painful?
One thing is certain: King James is certainly letting the drama build.
Drama King James, that is.