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Monday, September 23, 2019

In Memory of Ric Ocasek

Last week, Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars passed away. As a teenager growing up in the '80s, I listened to the band's music frequently. Their 1984 album Heartbeat City was one of the first albums I ever owned. I added it to my cassette tape collection very soon after it's release.

Courtesy : Wikipedia
Today's Music Monday video is "You Might Think" from Heartbeat City. The song was the band's first #1 single on the Mainstream Rock Chart. It also won MTV's very first "Video of the Year Award". Additionally, it won 5 awards at the 1984 Billboard Video Music Awards and 4 more at the 1985 Monitor Awards. 

Ric Ocasek left us a ton of good music. He will be missed. Today's Music Monday is dedicated to him. Video is embedded below or can be watched by clicking here.

 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

THE Answer

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

Monday, May 27, 2019

Remembering Those Who Gave All

One thing I like about the band Five Finger Death Punch is the gratitude and respect they show the U.S. Military. Those who have followed my blog over the years know that I try to post something every year on Memorial Day to honor the men and women who have given their lives protecting our freedom. 

After running across today's video of Five Finger Death Punch's cover of "Gone Away", I knew there was nothing I could write that would be anywhere near as powerful as what the band has done with this video.

They've shown us the reality and lasting effects of what it truly means when an American serviceperson "gives all". The video grabbed me and brought forth a few tears when I first saw it reminding me again as to why the fallen must be remembered and their sacrifice never forgotten or taken for granted.

Today, with the help of Five Finger Death Punch, The Sheepdog salutes and thanks all who have given their all. The video is embedded below or can be watched by clicking here.

 

The next time you see someone disrespect the military and / or the flag they fight to protect, show them this video.

God Bless America. 

Friday, April 12, 2019

An Idea for NFL Realignment

Recently, college football has undergone conference realignment, and I don't like it. Previously, conferences had been arranged mostly based upon geographical location. Now, with the push toward bigger conferences and the "Power 5", we've got teams from completely different parts of the country matched together in conferences. For example, Maryland moved from the ACC to the Big 10, and Texas A and M has moved from the Big 12 to the SEC. West Virginia in the Big 12 doesn't work for me, either. It makes no sense.

The NFL has a similar problem with teams playing in divisions outside their geographic region. So, it got me to thinking about how I might realign NFL divisions to fix the issue if it were up to me. In doing so, I used the graphic below, which shows the location of the 32 NFL teams, as a guide.

Source: Sport League Maps - NFL