Wide Open

Last week, after Gonzaga was defeated in the NCAA basketball tournament, I heard the charge that the Bulldogs were overrated and should not have been a number one seed. I say, "How can you know?"

I mean, if you have that kind of super knowledge, shouldn't you be making money hand over fist in Las Vegas? You should, and if you are not, I'm guessing you are guessing.

Here's what is going on the tourney and I'm writing this not because I'm a genius, but because I listen to people who know and this is what they are saying. That is: there is not dominant team in college basketball, like last year's Kentucky squad; and, the tournament is more wide-open than it has been in years.

It's not that Gonzaga was overrated. It was that there has to be 4 number one seeds. Compared to Kentucky last year, everybody this year is overrated. But that's not how it works. Four ones, four twos, and so on.

The tournament has been crazy this year and that is just what you would expect in a wide-open year. Sit back and enjoy.



Sunday is back.

For a while now I have had to work on Sundays and so missed out on Sunday School and church. But no more. I have new work now and will able to get to Sunday morning services.

There is a longing present in me when I am unable to be with God's people on Sunday and I am grateful for it. I think there was a time in my life when I would no have felt it. In years gone by I have practiced a sort of Lone Ranger faith that pridefully assumed I could practice Christianity all by myself. Thankfully, those days are over. I find now that I long to be in worship on Sundays and I need it. It is good for me.

So, it's not so much that Sunday is back, but that I am. And that's a good thing.