Sunday, June 28, 2009
To compensate for an expanded vision, the blog is now a Web site.
At www.godsandgoofballs.com, you'll find the same blog, but with more features and more interaction. Check us out, easily subscribe via e-mail and let us know what you're doing!
Thanks, and see ya there, where you too can find out who's in Candace Parker's ear.
Monday, June 22, 2009
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal played greatest match at Wimbledon - Jon Wertheim - SI.com
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Or, scattered thunderstorms will offer Sox manager Ozzie Guillen another reason for reflection.
"God is punishing me to have a rain delay in this place," a smiling Guillen told reporters Tuesday, which eventually became a quasi off-day for both clubs.
Weather conditions postponed the series opener until Wednesday, a 4-1 Sox win.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
"Lakers defeat Magic, and God." That's the headline to this Examiner.com article. It pins Magic center Dwight Howard to his NBA Finals prediction, the one about the Magic beating the Lakers because of God.
The Magic lost, and now Howard's left to explain. Or at least left listening to everyone else explain for him, which is sort of what the Examiner's doing.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Ranaudo wore a cross necklace while on the hill of LSU's 9-5 win over Virginia in the College World Series. He exited the game with the bases loaded and a 3-2 lead, which remained in tact.
The Jackson, N.J., product went to St. Rose High School. He now has a 3.03 ERA for the No. 3-seeded Tigers.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Before the NBA Finals, Howard advised everyone to pick his Magic over the Lakers. His reasoning quite simply was because of God.
Howard, an outspoken Christian, once dreamed of incorporating the cross into the NBA logo. Now, trailing 3-1 to the mighty Lakers, he should be crossing his fingers.
Texas' victory over Boston College started on Saturday and ended on Sunday. Throughout the game, the Longhorns tried every rally cap and superstition in the book.
Texassports.com went around the horn, asking several players from that game for their take on superstitions. Belt, taken by the Giants, said he used to be superstitious but grew out of it. Wood, picked by Tigers three picks after Belt, said he puts his uniform on the same way every time, right cleat before left cleat and so-on.
He sits on "the throne of grace," which is exactly what you think it is. Hear it from the man himself.
Speaking of grace, the Magic's going to need a little if it plans on coming back against the Lakers. The NBA Finals resumes tonight.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Last but not least, Howard documented his hope to incorporate the cross into the NBA logo. He drew a sort-of faceless stick figure with two legs and no arms. On the chest, a cross, with the letters NBA next to it. All of this was circled.
See it here. (Fast forward to the 3-minute mark).
Tonight, Howard and the Magic resume play in the NBA Finals down 2-0 to the Lakers. Beforehand, Howard said to bet on the Magic because of God.
Monday, June 8, 2009
When it comes to Bishop Jakes' written works, GAG personally recommends "He-motions." If you don't understand yourself better after reading it, you might just understand the Cubs' Milton Bradley a bit more.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Behind the book, chapter and verse are the words, "For nothing is impossible with God." That might explain why the 16-year-old baseball phenom has been able to garner the nickname "Baseball's LeBron," if not originally given to him by SI then by someone else along the way.
The SI article doesn't explain Harper's viewpoint on religion or faith or those kinds of matters; writer Tom Verducci let's the photo speak for itself. On Harper's other wrist? The words "Play For Him."
Verducci did mention that Harper attends religious education classes regularly before school. Look for him every day in the big leagues in a few years, following his stint with Las Vegas High School.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
The Tribune-Review has something to say about the Penguins switching hotels because of center Sidney Crosby's superstitions and Detroit coach Mike Babcock wearing his McGill University necktie.
Editor's note: GAG originally published this naked (this, as in this post) -- without anything other than the article link. But upon looking back and feeling bad for the post and bad for hockey fans who would see the other posts and quickly have post envy, we reconsidered.
Hockey deserves commentary.
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Friday, June 5, 2009
Carlos Zambrano picked up his 100th career victory Friday and hit what proved to be the game-winning home run. Not bad for someone coming back from a six-game suspension.
The perennial preseason Cy Young hopeful led the Cubs to a 2-1 win over the Reds. He's 4- 2 on the year and off to what should amount to another 15-win season.It's no secret Zambrano credits God for his talent. In 2005, he specifically told La Voz Nueva (a publication for Hispanics in Denver, Colo.) that "it's God that gave me these talents. The physical is God-given."
As for pointing to the sky on his way to the dugout between innings, Zambrano told the Chicago Sun-Times' Lacy J. Banks this in 2006:
"I give thanks to God for that inning, be it a bad or good inning. I don't want people to think that I'm some big ... you know. I just want people to see the love of Jesus and that Jesus is true. That's why I try to show the people that I have Jesus in my heart."
Zambrano's 100th comes one day after Randy Johnson's 300th.
Zambrano pointed to the heavens after he no-hit Houston last year, but things have hardly come that close to perfect for "Z" in 2009.
Zambrano's coming off a six-game suspension for losing his cool after a close play at the plate May 27. He complicated matters by missing a team flight during that off time. Supposedly though, all of the above's been worked out.
Time will tell... First pitch is at 6:10 p.m.
Afterward, Johnson had this to say, and at the very end of the press conference he added that he was "very thankful and blessed." Some feel he'll be the last to ever reach this mark, making this a moment to savor.
"Gods and Goofballs" has been tracking Johnson's pursuit the past few days.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Singletary, the second-year head coach of the 49ers, has emerged as a leader both on and off the field since becoming a second-round draft pick out of Baylor in 1981.
In this video, learn how he's risen to the top.
Known for his wide-eyed play at middle linebacker for the Monsters of the Midway, Singletary's now known as a no-nonsense coach.
In his debut with the 49ers last year, he relegated tight end Vernon Davis to the locker room with time still left on the clock. Moments earlier, in an unrelated incident during halftime, Singletary dropped his pants to prove a point.
Wonder what he'll do next to get the 49ers over the hump.
See yesterday's post for more background and insight into Johnson, the person.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
During spring training, Steve Kelley of The Seattle Times interviewed Johnson and got that much out of him and more. Johnson also revealed what his tattoo symbolizes. It's a cross with the word "honor" written over it, as in to honor his late father.
(If you've found this article through the archives, please visit the right-hand side of the blog's home page for a picture of the tattoo, compliments of Sports Illustrated. Then click on that picture to read the full article).
In this article, Dwight Howard tells ESPN to pick the Magic.
Why? Because of God.
Atheism Examiner: World in shambles, but God's priorities are in the right place
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
Moises Alou pees on his hands. Yep, it's true. He does this to toughen them up, to hit better in the big leagues. He doesn't wear batting gloves. (Maybe he should)?
Anyway, it's his superstition, but it doesn't work.
Bad religion, if you will.
Exodus, a book in the Bible. Tyson, the former heavyweight champion of the world.
"Gods and Goofballs." This is how the blog works. Okay, then.
Exodus Tyson, "Iron Mike's" daughter, died this week in a tragic home accident. Picturing this little 4-year-old hanging... I can't even go there. It's heart wrenching.
How did it happen? Why did it happen?
How will Tyson respond?