There’s a lot going on in the world, but the dominant news topic in the area is whether or not Nebraska will be a part of the Big Ten Conference. I have no inside information, but I think it will happen. A blog post on this is forthcoming.

I always find it interesting that a person with a particular hobby can be considered an “idolater” by Christians, but a different person with the same fascination for a different hobby can be lauded by Christians. It comes down to what is culturally acceptable for American Christians as a whole.

The latest Steve Jobs’ presentation is going on right now. Normally I’d be watching a live stream of it, but there’s a lot to do this week. My fleeting hope is there is an announcement for iPhone coming to Verizon.

Yesterday, Dr. Brett MacLean gave one of the better presentation, by a missionary, I’ve ever seen. He was real, honest and vulnerable about the missionary life. Every day he sees children die at the hospital. (1 in 5 children never reach the age of 5 in Mali.) Dr. MacLean is a pediatrician at the Hospital for Women and Children in Koutiala, Mali. I hope to blog more about his work.

I managed to watch the last few outs of Armando Galarraga’s (should’ve been) perfect game. It’s still hard to believe the game was blown on the final out by the umpire. Galarraga’s response was tremendous and gracious. It reminded me of something Walter Payton once said. Payton was one of the best running backs of all-time. In his only Super Bowl appearance he did not score a touchdown. Instead of Payton scoring, his coach put defensive lineman William “The Refrigerator” Perry into the game to score a touchdown. In the aftermath, many fans took up for Payton since he didn’t score a touchdown. Once Payton retired from the game, he said not a day went by where someone came up to him lamenting the fact he didn’t score a touchdown in the Super Bowl. He said he was grateful for this because it allowed him to connect with fans and meet the people that supported him. He was always gracious and never bitter about this (alleged) injustice. It made him a favorite with fans even more. I think the same thing will happen to Galarraga. People will forget individuals who threw perfect games, but they won’t forget the response of Armando Galarraga. He endeared himself to people everywhere.

Lost in the storm of the blown perfect game was the retirement of Ken Griffey Jr.. He was one of the best baseball players of the past twenty years. An amazing player to watch. And, like most baseball fans who collected baseball cards, I had an Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card that I took great care of for awhile.

Back to work. Thanks for reading!

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