Bible App

Research your own Bible App, but maybe it is time for you to read the Bible everyday on your phone, tablet or computer. I am not promoting any one over another one just encouraging you to get to reading today.

What I learned at Practice

The object of the game of football is to win the game. To win the game you must score more points than the other team. Sure defensive football coaches like to say, “If the other team never scores we will never lose.” But your team must score to eventually win that game.

So in my mind the offense is very much a part of the foundation of a football team. The foundation of the offense is the offensive line, the center, guards, tackles and yes those offensive ends.

The offensive line never gets the glory. The quarterbacks name is always in the paper. The top running back is always interviewed by the media. The defender who makes a great play or has the most tackles will get some publicity also. Once in awhile the offensive end will get some press but he has to do something besides just blocking to make the grade for the media.

This basic foundational part of football was taught to me back in high school. I was an offensive end. My high school football team ran the Wing-T with two tight ends most of the time. When the coach would divide the team up into positional practice, the offensive ends went with the offensive line coach.

I did not understand, why did I need to learn to pull like a guard, cut block, crab block, pass block or any of the other things an interior offensive lineman learns to do? Only after high school was over, did I finally realize the importance of the offensive line. When I would go to football games, post-high school, I was constantly watching the offensive line to see what was really happening in the football game. So the best education I received, about football, was when we were with our offensive line position coach.

Did you know that everyone that joins the Marine Corps is trained as a rifleman-infantryman first? Doesn’t matter if you will be an officer, enlisted, tanker or pilot you get the basics of rifleman-infantryman training first?

My thought is everyone who joins a football team should also be trained as an offensive interior lineman first. The quarterback, the running backs, the wide receivers, the defensive players, the kickers everyone should learn the basics of the offensive line. I can hear coaches now saying, “We barely have time to teach the kids their proper position let alone teach them some of the offensive line stuff!”

Doesn’t that sound just like life? Sure we go to church as often as we can. We are on the team, but we don’t have time to learn or study the basics of faith. According to studies of Bible readers, only 13% of folks read the Bible daily.1 How much time do you spend in meditation and prayer, daily? How much time do you spend in adult education in your church? Yes, the basics of faith just slip away from us.

Jesus was the kind of man who had the glory but gave it up to be a servant and savior for us. Offensive lineman, give up a chance for glory, (name in the paper or interviewed by the media after games) to deny themselves and give of themselves for the team.

Yes, Jesus is our coach today, but while he was on earth, I think he would have made a great offensive lineman. He was calling the blocking scheme at the line of scrimmage against satan’s evil team. He also was calling the offensive team to him, after the play, to come huddle up with him.

Join the team and learn the basics.

Mark 8:34 If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

(My football coach, when he got unhappy with offensive backfield players, would send them to the offensive line position coach, to learn about sacrifice.)

  1. Daily Bible reading poll

Do You Remember?

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It has only been a short time, but can you remember the name of the player who collapsed in the Kansas high school football game and died the next day in a Denver hospital?

Do you remember the name of the player who collapsed at a football game in Oakley in 1996 and died? Those of us who intimately knew those young men will never forget their names. Those of us who didn’t actually know them will soon forget their names.

I can still remember the best athlete in my eighth grade class. Mike was a great football and basketball player. For several days in a row he missed school, so one day I asked one of my friends, “Where is Mike?” He said to me, “Haven’t you heard Mike has leukemia?”  Mike passed away a few months later.

My freshman year of high school three guys in the sophomore class and one guy from my freshman class were killed in a car train accident. I can still remember their names and personalities. We honor them when we remember them and we tell their stories to others in our lives.

Think about the disciples of Jesus. They went everywhere with Him for three years. They saw Jesus heal people first hand who were sick, blind, deaf, and diseased and also raised some from the dead. They also saw Jesus beaten badly by scourging and crucified on a cross by Roman soldiers.

Several days later Jesus rose from the dead and walked again on earth appearing to the disciples and others many times. Weeks later he ascended into heaven as they watched. Those disciples and others honored Jesus by remembering Him. They told His stories and lessons over and over.

Do you remember Jesus? Do you honor Him with your memory and your physical presence at church each week? About 76% of Kansans identify themselves as Christians.1 Yet even in my own community only about 20% of the people go to church on any given Sunday.2

I think the great majority of us have forgotten who Jesus was. We instead act like consumers when we think of church. You know, “I don’t like the music.” I don’t like the time they have church.” I don’t like the preacher.” I don’t like the people at church.”

When we go to church we honor God with our presence, no matter what happens at church. When we read the Bible and pray during the week we also are growing our memory and relationship with God the Father. Relationships of any kind are based on giving of your time to each other and getting to know each other. That is true with your friends and family today. It is also true with your spiritual life and your heavenly Father.

Don’t lose your memory of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 7:23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

  1. Pew research on religious composition of adults in Kansas
  2. ARDA research on Scott County, Kansas

Houston FB Coach gives some advice

Any time you go in and you have to change a culture, it’s always smart to start heavy handed, and you can always ease up a little, if necessary.  But if you go in easy, it’s hard to put the hammer down after that.”     Tom Herman, Head Football Coach, University of Houston

Here is a link to where I found this quote. It is a story about how Pastors should come in to new churches.

Final Rankings & Super Champion

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Our final rankings of the football season are below. One of the reasons we do a final ranking of the year is to crown a Super Top Ten Overall Champion for the entire state of Kansas. The Kansas Media Team, with their final vote, puts the Mill Valley Jaguars as the Super Top Ten Overall State Champion of Kansas.

Mill Valley defeated Derby during week three of the regular season by the score of 27-20. That score, most likely, is what put Mill Valley, from class 5A, ahead of the 6A champions in the final vote total. The final vote total between the two schools was just five points, about like the final score of the game the two played in September.

Can you imagine another two weeks of football where the top four teams, from the Super Top Ten, played each other? Now that would be some serious high school football. We can only imagine.

As always we need to thank the Kansas Media Ranking Team which is below. These are the guys and gals that are the real meat and potatoes of this ranking system and we could not do it without them. So thank you to all of our team for giving back to the greatest game man ever invented which is football at the high school level.

Super Top 10 All-Classes
1.  Mill Valley
2.  Derby
3.  Bishop Miege
4.  Blue Valley
5.  Free State
6.  Lawrence
7.  Bishop Carroll
8.  Aquinas
9.  Olathe North
10.Shawnee Mission East
11.Rossville

6A
1. Derby
2. Blue Valley
3. Free State
4. Lawrence
5. Olathe North
Others: Wichita Northwest, Shawnee Mission East, Junction City

5A
1. Mill Valley
2. Bishop Carroll
3. Aquinas
4. Pittsburg
5. St James
Others: Goddard Eisenhower, Topeka Seaman, Maize South

4A D-I
1. Bishop Miege
2. Andover Central
3. Hayden
4. Eudora
5. Buhler
Others: Abilene, Basehor-Linwood

4A D-II
1. Holcomb
2. Holton
3. Andale
4. Columbus
5. Hugoton
Others: Frontenac, Santa Fe Trail, Osawatomie

3A
1. Rossville
2. Collegiate
3. Halstead
4. St Mary’s Colgan
5. Norton
Others: Nemaha Central, Galena, Scott City

2A
1. Phillipsburg
2. Troy
3. Meade
4. Smith Center
5. Olpe
Others: Sedgwick

8-man D-I
1. Spearville
2. Hanover
3. Central Plains
4. Solomon
5. Burlingame
Others: St Francis, West Elk

8-man D-II
1. Victoria
2. Argonia-Attica
3. Wallace County
4. Axtell
5. Ingalls
Others: Otis-Bison, Pike Valley

Long time Ranking team members
Joanna Chadwick Wichita Eagle Wichita
Brent Maycock Topeka Capital Journal Topeka
Rich Epp OpenSpacesSports Colby
Justin Fluke KNZA Hiawatha
Kirk Seminoff Wichita Eagle Wichita
Dusty Deines KDNS Beloit
Conor Nichol Northwest Kansas Sports Hays
Jim Misunas Great Bend Tribune Great Bend
Adam Kadavy KSKL Scott City/Garden City
Brock Kappelmann KSCB Liberal
Mike Hammett KSAL Salina
Tim McGonagle KSKL Scott City/Garden City
Tim Hostetter Prep Power Index & Salina Journal
BrettMarshall Garden City Telegram Garden City
Rocky Downing KFRM 550 AM
Mike Smith KMZA Seneca
Eddie Lomshek KKOW Pittsburg
Pat Strathman WIBW Topeka
Bobby Nightengale Lawrence Journal-World Lawrence
Brad Hallier Hutchinson News Hutchinson