Saturday Links July 3

If you are a basketball fan in general and a March Madness fan in particular, you will want to read John A. Murray’s article The Spiritual Pathway to March Madness from The Wall Street Journal.

I also enjoy seeing how people explain the longevity in their relationships. Annemarie Conde wrote a piece in Women’s Day entitled The Secrets of Staying Married in which people do just that. You may or may not agree with what they have to say, but I think you might like this quick read.

The Catch-er

You saw the catch, now meet the catch-er.

Various names have been given to the amazing catch made by David Tyree in the Super Bowl. Since Eli Manning slipped away from what looked like a sure sack on the play and then Tyree gripped the ball using the side of his helmet it has been called “the Slip and Grip.” Eveyone I have heard commenting on the game has called it “the greatest catch in Super Bowl history.”
You have seen the catch, and will continue to see it every year as Super Bowl highlights are shown. You know the quaterback and his entire family. But what do you know about the pass catcher, David Tyree? If you’re like me, proably not much. That needs to change!
Let me encourage you to take a few minutes to read this piece from The New York Times entitled, “The Super Bowl Spotlight Shines on a Changed Man.”
Just a quick tease from the article —

“What looked to be the lowest point in my life ended up being the greatest
thing that ever happened to me,” Tyree, speaking of his arrest in 2004, said
Saturday morning while sitting at his kitchen table.

From special-teams demon to Super Bowl deity. From moonlighting drug dealer
to born-again Christian. From a child who drank alcohol and smoked marijuana
with his family to a sober father and husband who started his own nonprofit
organization.

Preseason Polls

It’s hard to know what to think about the preseason polls in college football and basketball. For several weeks I have been enjoying the preseason number one ranking for the University of Memphis Tigers (Go, Tigers, Go!). Yesterday, the University of Southern California Trojans were ranked number one in the first preseason football poll (Fight On!).

On the one hand it’s cool to have my favorite basketball team and my favorite football team ranked number one. On the other hand, it’s pretty tough to consider the only way they have to go is down.

Will they maintain their rankings and finish number one? I can only hope so! But for now, I am going to enjoy every minute of the preseason!