Long time, no see....
May deal with the "why's" later, but for now, let's hit it.
TIGERS - "never think more of yourself, that you ought," comes to mind. We did ok. Great? No. Satisfied? Nope. Can we do more than what we're doing now? Not sure. Many will speak to Josh's coaching style. A little less AAU play and a lot more "grit and grind" from our favorite NBA team would be welcomed. How patient can "Tiger Nation" (which drives me nuts...if we are a nation, we're the Luxembourg of sports nations) be watching Josh grow into the role of coach...which is to beg the question "Is he growing into that role?" I have my doubts. Anybody who wants to "hug a win" gives me pause. His pre-game speech to the troops aired on television was underwhelming to say the least. On the plus side, we swept Louisville! But UConn and Cincy? Got schooled by them.
LATE NIGHT - Watching The Tonight Show on purpose for the first time in 22 years. I like Jimmy, but the formula is going to wear thin a few months in. Sometimes he's a little cute by half. Playing games is fine. Starring in your own skits and doing quite well is good. What makes the great ones great is knowing that when someone is talking, the host is listening. Jimmy's got some growing to do there.
And then, there's Dave. There's something to be said about leaving in your timing especially when you're doing something that defines your professional career. Jay didn't get to do that, either time. He announced it in about as unassuming a way as you'd expect a Midwesterner would. Much, much, much about Dave on this blog...easy to find. Enjoy! Very pleased with Stephen Colbert pick. I think it will transition very well. I'll deal with farewells for him next year.
TRANSITIONS - Change always seems to come at once for me. It's the season for that again. Another kid graduating from high school...one a year away from finishing college...and then there's Jack, who'll be 13 this August. Thirteen years ago at the age of 36, I was appointed to serve in midtown Memphis, at St. John's. Jack was born August of our moving there in June. And this June, at the age of 49, just weeks before turning 50, I take back up the yoke of pastoral leadership at that most special place. There will much more on that in coming weeks, what it means, what it could mean. At this time of my life, maybe it's only now that I'm fully ready.
Ok...it's not much, but it's a post....my first for 2014.