Landon’s Call: Tiger Bowl

One of week 3’s three key matchups featured a battle of two top 15 ranked SEC West teams; LSU and Auburn. The rivalry between these two is known as the Tiger bowl, and like two Tigers, these two teams fought until the very end.

The first quarter showed the explosiveness of LSU in a hostile environment, but a late second quarter surge by Auburn gave them a 4-point halftime lead. Auburn kept up the tempo on offense but a few defensive mistakes made the score 21-13 at the end of the third quarter.

With 8 minutes left in the ball game LSU had a 1st & 10 from their own 29, after an Auburn punt. A perfect throw from Joe Burrow, to Derrick Dillon, who was running a crossing route, brought the tigers within 2. After a failed 2-pt attempt, LSU’s defense stood strong forcing a three and out. From there LSU would run out the last 5 minutes and 36 seconds setting up a field goal with 2 seconds remaining. Senior kicker Cole Tracy came on for a 42 yard field goal, he had already missed from 52, but had no trouble putting this one through to give LSU a 22-21 victory over rival Auburn.

Landon’s Call: Week 3

#4 Ohio State @ #15 TCU

Week 3’s college gameday host is the campus of TCU. Although the game is not at the Horned Frogs stadium, TCU is the closest to the neutral site. The game is going to be in Arlington Texas and is the last game before Urban Meyer is allowed back on the sidelines on Saturdays. Heavily favored Ohio Sate may be surprised by TCU’s stellar offense but I believe the powerful B1G defense of Ohio State will step up.

Ohio State- 45 TCU- 28

#12 LSU @ #7 Auburn

A key SEC matchup taking place in this third week of college football. Auburn, the host, is favored by 10.5 point but I believe that LSU can give them a run for their money, much like last year. This could be a major deciding factor for the SEC’s Western division. If we see one of these teams upset the number one ranked Crimson Tide later this season, we could see a new SEC West team in the playoff hunt come December.

Auburn- 27 LSU- 21

#22 USC @ Texas

Texas, the team that used to run college football. USC, the team that spoiled it all for the Longhorns. This rivalry may be young compared to others. But it is just as bitter. USC, lead by freshman QB, JT Daniels, comes off a road loss to PAC-12 rival Stanford, while Texas looks to recuperate after a slow start to the 2018 season. I don’t know what it is about Texas teams fanbases meaning so much in big games but I expect Texas fans and USC fans to show up and go all out.

Texas- 17 USC- 14

Landon’s Call: Clemson vs Texas A&M

Week 2’s game of the week placed Clemson at Texas A&M. The hot topics of this game were how would A&M’s defense handle Clemson’s dual quarterback situation,and how Clemson would play in a hostile environment.

Clemson, the clear favorite, jumped out to a 14-3 halftime lead, and was up 28-13 late in the third. A&M brought it to an 8 point lead and on a 3rd & 8 with 2 minutes left it looked as if A&M had scored. However, after review it was ruled that Quartney Davis fumbled the ball out the endzone, and Clemson took over on the touch-back.

A&M’s defense came up with a clutch stop handing Kellen Mond and the offense the ball back. Mond’s drive to the endzone was nothing less than spectacular, as the Aggies scored with 46 seconds remaining putting the score at 28-26 Clemson out front. A&M went for two but Clemson’s defense held strong, forcing an interception in the endzone.

Clemson improves to 2-0 as A&M falls to 1-1. Keep an eye on Texas A&M as they go on the road to Alabama in a couple of weeks, and as for Clemson, they have shown they can handle tough road games.

 

We apologize for the delay, but over the weekend Landon’s editor took on a home improvement project. His lack of skill, combined with a daunting task, has kept him preoccupied. 

Landon’s Call: Week 2 Matchups

Our first game of the week is also the host of College Gameday, as ESPN will be in College Station this Saturday. The 2nd ranked Clemson Tigers travel to face the Texas A&M Aggies. I wouldn’t be too surprised to see a tough defensive battle between the two teams as Clemson has a young offense and Texas A&M has a physical defense.

Clemson 31-17

The 3rd ranked Georgia Bulldogs are at 24th ranked South Carolina. I believe that this SEC match up is a little overlooked. While Georgia looks good we have got to remember the fact that they lost 3 of their main 4 offensive stars, not to mention the defensive gaps they have to fill. The key to the Dawgs winning this game, I believe, is James Cook, Georgia’s freshman who won’t be available until the second half due to a suspension.
Georgia 45-28
The 17th ranked USC Trojans are at 10th ranked Stanford. This late night match-up between PAC-12 rivals should be a good one. USC, the underdog for this one, is going to need a big game from freshman quarterback JT Daniels. This would also be a good week for Brice Love to show that he is a he is an Heisman hopeful with a big game at home. This could end up being a major role in playoff hopes come the end of the season so, expect this one to be good.
Stanford 38-28
Daniel’s Picks
Clemson 31-20
Georgia 31-20
Stanford 31-20
Yes, all the same score

Florida State’s Egg

I owe an apology to high school football all over this great country. During the torrid streak of nobody-knowing-anything-and-looking-generally-confused which was FSU football on Monday night, I had the following exchange on twitter.

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I’m sorry.

That was insulting.

FSU looked like an ill-prepared youth football team where they have played against an imaginary defense and now don’t know what to do when defenders are lined up against them. This was especially glaring, since Florida State’s defense was impressive, and looked prepared to play.

Seriously, who calls for an end-around pass on the first series of the game? Of course, it may not have been a pass but it sure looked like that’s what the receiver was anticipating. Are you that desperate that you resort to that kind of play calling?

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the low light of the night. I was most offended by the two punt defenders choosing to pretend they were play Red Rover – Red Rover, instead of blocking.

Game of the Week: Auburn vs. Washington

One of Saturday’s premier kick-off games featured a clash of two top ten teams. The 6th ranked Washington Huskies against Gus Malzahn’s, 9th ranked Auburn Tigers. Most eyes were on Kam Martin, Auburn’s new feature back, wondering how he would play without last years starter Kerryon Johnson. Martin finished the game with 22 carries for 80 yards. 

A low scoring game came to an end with Auburn’s defensive lineman Smoke Monday (yikes!) sacking Quarterback, Jake Browning, on a 4th and long. The final score, 21-16, would give Auburn its first win of the season. 

This was Washington’s only scheduled game against a high-powered defense so expect to see them to still go on a run.

Landon’s Call: Football!

Several years ago I found myself souring on college football. Something that had once brought me a lot of enjoyment became a topic I avoided. And, if you live in the south, this can be very difficult at times. Some of my frustrations are detailed here.

I grew up loving college football. In a home full of Gator fans I chose to pull for the Seminoles, creating multiple opportunities for me and my siblings to alternately learn lessons in humility. Not that we actually learned humility, but we certainly had opportunities. I then decided to become even more contrary and began to pull for anyone who played against Florida. Since the only team I had the chance to watch on TV; rarely, at that, was Florida the simplest thing to do was pull against them. Naturally, my conversion to being a Georgia fan was fairly simple.

However, I want to see if I can once again become a fan. As I do so I hope to write a little more regularly and while it won’t always have to do with football it will give me a regular starting point. My youngest son, Landon, loves college football and I want to give him an opportunity to learn and engage on a secondary level.

So, along with some random posts on my part, you will see Landon’s Top 25, projected playoffs, and his game of the week.

Landon’s Top 25

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Georgia
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Ohio State
  6. Washington (upset alert)
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Miami (upset alert)
  9. Auburn
  10. Penn State
  11. Michigan State
  12. Notre Dame (upset alert)
  13. Stanford
  14. Michigan
  15. USC
  16. TCU
  17. West Virginia
  18. Mississippi State
  19. Florida State (upset alert)
  20. Virginia Tech
  21. UCF
  22. Boise State
  23. Texas
  24. Oregon
  25. LSU   

Picks

       Virginia Tech over Florida State

Auburn over Washington

LSU over Miami

Game of the Week

            Auburn over Washington

Playoff Predictions

  1. Clemson
  2. Georgia
  3. Penn State
  4. Alabama

 

           

Condemnation

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Condemnation feels good. Going off. Putting someone on blast. It makes us feel complete – even if it’s only for a moment.

Pointing out the faults and inconsistencies of others is much more fun than questioning our own motives and behaviors. Many times when we point out these areas that we see as inconsistencies we use another person’s perceived fault to excuse our own behavior. We may have a tendency to excuse unreasonable and irrational behavior on our part when we find a fault with the way someone else has recently acted.

But if you haven’t tried it in a while, condemnation is pretty fun. It gets all of the endorphins firing. We really are smart! Hey, we’re brave! We are making a difference – if people will only respond to our condemnation.

There is a ride; was-not sure-might-still be at Wild Adventures called the Boomerang. Not fun for my non-adventuresome self. Up, down, around a loop, up. Down, around a loop, up. This is what happens when we simply condemn the behaviors around us without calling into question our own choices.

Up: nervous, excited, tense.

Down: exhilaration, others were exposed and we feel justification for the tension we just felt.

               Around the loop: confusion, disorientation, and maybe frustration.

Repeat

As we non-millennial adults sit back judging those coming behind us for their Insta stories and Snapchat whatevers, we might should take a peek into our garages and closets to evaluate whether our choices are about approval as well. Introspection and reflection should be the words of the day. This not to excuse poor behavioral choices of any generation but to keep us off the Boomerang ride.

Condemnation goes far beyond what we see and share on Social Media. It happens in workplaces, restaurants, schools, churches, and every other place that people gather together. It shapes how we choose, and more importantly, it shapes how we treat others who choose differently than us.

Condemnation of others brings about momentary euphoria and leaves us feeling disoriented and irritable. A poet named Asaph, had a little something to say about that:

Then I realized that my heart was bitter,
and I was all torn up inside.
I was so foolish and ignorant—
I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
Yet I still belong to you;
you hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
leading me to a glorious destiny.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
I desire you more than anything on earth.
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever.

 

Approval

I don’t do a lot of reflecting on my childhood. I’m not saying that is a positive or negative, I just don’t. If I press myself I can remember things but as a general rule I don’t experience waves of nostalgia. Side note – a can of Sunkist gets me every time. I can almost smell my dad’s car. (which one for the Hardings?)

Interestingly enough, I do remember being on stage a few times. Awards. Recognitions. Sure, those are memorable things for probably everyone, but I only remember a certain few and today, given other circumstances, it has caused some introspection.

I like approval. I like being needed and wanted. My terms of course, but I would imagine that this applies to all of us. Certainly, at different periods of our lives we experience this differently, but it would apply to most whom I’ve met. Even those who claim they don’t want approval are usually still seeking approval although it may be outside of the conventional understanding of our culture and timeframe.

We can probably all look back and recognize when a desire for acceptance and approval drove our behavior. If we are transparent, we might even recognize when it led to behavior that was detrimental to others. As an aside, if we are adults we probably don’t have to go all the way back to our childhood to remember such instances, we probably have acted this way as adults.

So here’s a few things that at times I’ve noted about myself when it comes to seeking approval. Recognizing these behaviors can help me keep a better perspective of myself and leads to less demands for recognition.

When I can’t concede any points to those who would disagree with me on a topic. The Deceiver would be pleased to keep us focused on the inconsistencies and faults of others, which will continuously boost our desire for recognition and validation. Thus Adam pointed to Eve, and Eve pointed to the Serpent.

An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends
and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.
Fools find no pleasure in understanding
but delight in airing their own opinions.

When I can’t make simple, complete, self-evaluating statements. It might just be me, but the more I refuse to acknowledge the choices that I have made the more I begin to seek approval. When I refuse to acknowledge my choices to those closest to me I become a danger to myself as I seek approval outside of those who know and care for me. Here are some phrases I’ve had to learn – and practice. Acknowledging my choices means accepting blame for my actions.

                I was wrong.

You are right.

I am sorry.

I know you may not have meant                                , but I felt,                           , and                  I responded badly. It’s my fault.

I don’t fully understand.

Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.
Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed
than to share plunder with the proud.

 

A Little More

Henry Cloud and John Townsend have written several books centered around the theme, Boundaries. They are well worth your time and money.

 

 

It’s Wrong.

It’s wrong. And I will stand alongside anyone else who says it is wrong. We don’t need to agree on anything else. In fact, this is living out the promise of Jesus.

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.

Being free means that I can stand up among people whom I live and agree with much and call this policy evil, much to their dismay. Being free means that I can stand alongside people with whom I would have much disagreement and call this policy evil, and they agree. Freedom means that I don’t worry about which political party I am strengthening or weakening.

The political decision by the Trump Administration to cruelly separate children from their parents is wrong. Are there partisan politicians using this as an opportunity to shrill? Absolutely. On both sides.

Is it crazy to those of us who believe abortion is wrong to see some of the organizations that are advocating for children separated from their parents? Yes. Should it? Maybe. If you believe this is hypocrisy on their part, then be thankful that it’s not your hypocrisy. If you think they or others are using this to gain attention – so be it. It’s still wrong – and acting on that is freedom.

You nor I would care if the drama queen of the South was telling us when it’s our house burning. It’s our house. It’s burning. This behavior is torching our country, but more importantly it is destroying the lives of tender children.

Sin is debilitating. We feel forced to act in ways that we would rather not. We find ourselves making decisions that we knew were incorrect. Somehow, someway, in the moment we felt as if we did not have any choice. This, friends, is the work of the prince of this world, Satan. Lies and deception that seem to force us into a corner.

The behavior of this administration; Trump, Sessions, et al, is using the methods of the prince of this world. It is always our greatest temptation and it goes all the way back to Eve: you shall be as gods – knowing right from wrong.

Maybe you’re not sure it’s your problem. Well, if you are a follower of Jesus, then it is.

And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?

I believe this particular issue will change very soon. Possibly by tomorrow. But it’s not that simple. Something has happened in the lives of many children that may never be reversed; both by emotional scars, and the reality that some may never be reunited with their parents.

Live in Freedom. Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

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