OU Football: Challenge Accepted

College football needs a little anarchy, a little chaos. The SEC will bludgeon itself to death as upstarts challenge the baseball scoring efficiency of LSU and the early season “Who have we played?,” Crimson Tide. Sooner rather than later the Big 12 will emerge with at least one if not three candidates for the National Title race. Everyone in Ohio will be left saying, “If only we were not on probation.”

Rick Davis threw the gauntlet my way. We both favor teams in the Big 12. The Longhorns, Davis’ franchise of choice, appear resurgent after Mack Brown finally settled on a quarterback to rise from the Ash(es) of the past two seasons. The Sooners bobbled in Norman to the team now ranked in the top 10. After the Manhattan Project startled Mike Stoops, the Sooners took the number 1 defense in the Country to the woodshed and knocked Texas Tech out of the top 25.

What more fun could two friends have than wish for a little anarchy in college football? Maybe Davis will become a Chaositist and come up with a new neologism. That will be better than bloviating about how good Bevo is on the field. We will know how good he tastes come Saturday afternoon.

I take the challenged tossed out by Gandalf, my mentor. I will begrudgingly post a positive picture of Bevo should the Orange from the South defeat the Crimson and Cream from the North. Since Texans believes the Red River is the Mason Dixon line, we will call it a friendly Civil War. But, if, and they will, the Sooners win – unless of course Lee Corso chooses OU to win then I may call King’s X and consider all bets off – Rick will wear the Crimson and Cream on his blog for the next week.

I suspect he will engage here, there, and yon, but you can be sure this will not be like nuking a playground.

Let’s see what happens in the Cotton Bowl my friend.

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Weekly Wrap – Maybe You Missed These Posts

Each of the last two weeks I faced a medical procedure to thwart the pain and effects of kidney stones. Two down, maybe one to go. We will see. Consequently I have had a bit more writing time than normal. In the event your week was unencumbered from physical distractions and you missed these posts. Here is a recap from the week here at The Edge of the Inside.

Just When You Thought – The Right to Choose (to vote or not to vote) cuts both ways.

Congratulations Natalie! – My late friend Lyle’s daughter passed the BAR. We are proud of her!

Who Should a Pastor Endorse? – Survey says! Most pastors don’t think it a good idea to endorse candidates for public office from the pulpit. Maybe this will strike a blow to Pulpit Freedom Sunday.

Protecting Privilege or, Will We Work for Justice? – Maybe this is not the land of opportunity for everyone. Christians working for justice may help make it so.

Where Did I Get That? Happy Birthday Dad – We get more than our looks from our parents.

Pastor As Pirate or, Better Than Pulpit Freedom Sunday – Making the rounds on the talking heads show to tout an end to the Johnson Amendment via clergy rebellion ought to be replaced by opening up blockades created by power keeping those captives Jesus said he came to set free.

Propaganda, “Rap On” or, Value Other Voices – White guys weigh in on Black Christian rap/hip-hop/spoken word artist Propaganda fearing he undermines the value of those Precious Puritans. Breathe.

Conversation – Friday Photo – Maybe more conversations would help us with the election, justice, and other issues we fixate on in our own silos.

Statistics and Stories in The Tuttle Times – Ed Stetzer inspired my weekly column as he has spent a bit of the week talking about the use and misuse of statistics.


Statistics and Stories in the Tuttle Times

My recent article in the Tuttle Times includes this line, “We tend to believe the stories statistics tell us.” (p.7) The various polls related to Election 2012 illustrate. In fact, some of us believe certain polls are used to tell the story the network chooses. You could argue this is a story in search of support.

Read the piece and tell me your opinion, “Do statistics tell our story better, or do we?”

Jesus In Real Life – Recent Article for the Tuttle Times

I enjoy writing a regular piece for our local newspaper, The Tuttle Times. My assignment is “religion, spirituality.” The recent piece, Jesus In Real Life, connected how we love and are loved with Steve Carel’s character, Dan Burns, in Dan In Real Life.


Dan attempts to explain love to his daughter Cara who is convinced she is in love, at 14. He tells her what love looks like in human relationships drawing form his own self-discoveries during a family gathering.

Cohen Alan Live

He knows what he is singing. We don’t. One of these days we will understand what he is singing when he gets his consonants and vowels in an order that reaches our ears. In the meantime, clips of either Cohen or Max are never long enough. Here is our singer and ukulele player in, Cohen Alan Live.

Always good for what ails us.