Good Luck, Pudge

So long Pudge

Before Game 3 of the 2010 World Series. Pudge caught the opening pitch from Nolan Ryan, Source: Bryan Synder-Pool/Getty Images

In case you haven’t heard Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez officially retired as a player after 21 years in the MLB.  I think it was fitting that he announced his retirement in Arlington.  According, to an article  in the Dallas Morning News there is as strong possibility that Pudge will join the Rangers organization in some capacity.

 

My Favorite Teams

My favorite professional teams are the Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars.

Rangers are headed to the World Series!

I’ve been a Texas Rangers fan for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Tarrant county they were the team to watch. Also, my Granddaddy liked the Rangers.

Guess I discovered the Mavericks in middles school. Guess I became a because of location. They also had several of my my favorite players for a while.

At the time, the Minnesota North Star’s decision to relocate to North Texas seemed like a strange move at the time. Like many in Texas I was introduced to hockey through the Stars.

I also follow several college teams as well. Of course, I like my alma mater, Hardin-Simmons. HSU has done pretty well since dropping down to D3 in the 1990’s.

The Big Guy is both an Aggie (Texas A&M) and Gator (University of Florida) so I’ve been assimilated. It should be interesting this year with A&M moving into the SEC.

Finally, growing up in Ft Worth, Texas I’ve always liked the TCU Horned Frogs.  Spent my preschool years tagging along with my mom. She was a graduate student.

Until Next Year

Rangers are headed to the World Series!

Baseball season has ended for the year. The Cardinal’s won in it in the  7th game. The Cards are a good team and deserved to win all.

As a life long Ranger’s fan the past two years have been amazing.   I never imagined the Rangers would make it to a World Series much less two years in a row.

For those who continue to dismiss the Rangers as a group of undeserving misfits who got lucky, it is time to reconsider.  Maybe the Rangers got lucky but they also worked very hard.  Maybe they don’t have a team full of overpaid all-stars, instead they are a team that plays together.

Thank you Rangers for a great run.  It was the best year yet. Let’s try it again next year.

Back to Back, Baby!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably heard that the Texas Rangers are headed to the World Series for the second year in a row.

Rangers are headed to the World Series!

Rangers are headed to the World Series!

Oh, yeah I the Rangers are playing the St. Louis Cardinals. I like the Cardinals and usually want them to win. However, I’m a Rangers fan this time I won’t be pulling for the Cards.

2010 in Review

Wow, it is almost 2011. It seems like the year has flown by. It is time for my annual year in review of TheDeeZone highlights for the year.

January

Tim Tebow

So Long and Good Luck, Timmy

Originally posted 9 January 2010.

Last Friday’s Sugar bowl marked the end of an era for Gator Nation.  It was the last game for one of most accomplished classes in Gator Football history.  Tim Tebow had an amazing run as the quarterback for the University of Florida. He won the Heisman as a sophomore. I really wasn’t in favor of Tebow winning the Heisman as a sophomore because I believe the award should be reserved for seniors. Yes, I think players shouldn’t be allowed to go to the NFL until at least after their junior year.  Tebow also graduated in December 2009. Graduating in 3 1/2 years is accomplishment for any student especially an athlete. More

February

Rainbows and Surprise Blessings

Originally posted 1 February 2010.

One morning last week, I saw this rainbow one my way to work. The job I have now is certainly not my first choice or one I thought I would ever have.  A couple of years ago I lost a job that I really liked due to the economy. I was actually doing quite well at the job. Since I lost my job it has been a struggle.  Back in November, an unexpected job opportunity appeared. I really just took the job for finical reasons. More

March

Originally posted 22 March 2010.

My Word: Tuesday: Lake Wauburg

We have started hiking and exploring local parks. A few weeks ago we went to Lake Wauburg. Lake Wauburg is a recreational facility for University of Florida students as staff.

I really enjoy using the black & white settings on my camera. I like how the lake is peaking through the trees.

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April

Song of the Day: Lead Me

Originally posted 30 April 2010.

Since I heard Santcus Real’s song Lead Me on Air1 it has become my new favorite song. Lead Me is from their latest release Pieces of A Real Heart.

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May

WTG Big Guy!!!

Originally posted 29 May 2010

Several months ago the Big Guy submitted an article for this book.

June

Top 10: Random Tips for Life

Originally posted8 June 2010

#10: Never wash reds and whites together in hot water, unless of course you like wearing tiny pink clothes.

#9: Never mess with a nerd, he/she might be your boss one day.

#8: You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

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July

Would I Survive No Internet for a Whole Month?

Originally posted  20 July 2010.

Hmm… a month without the internet… could I make? That would be a tough one. It would probably be hard, especially if all forms of internet usage including email, Skpe and instant messaging were included in the ban.

Work usage of email and selected sites would have to be excluded. Email is one of the primary ways I communicate at work and many of the manuals, forms and databases for work are on-line. More

August

“I’m just a struggling Christian; not a good one like you.”

Originally posted 2 August 2010.

That statement from a conversation I had last month has haunted me. It is the kind of statement that just sticks with you and pops up when least expected. There are many aspects of that statement that get me.

First,  I’m a struggling Christian. Honestly, most Christians are struggling even if they are not willing to admit it.  Contrary to what many think being a Christian does not magically erase all struggle from our lives. It is a process or journey in which one’s faith grows. More

September

Rangers Win AL West

Originally posted 26  September 2010.

Rangers are the 2010 AL West Division Champs.

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October

Rangers win AL Championship!!!!!!

Originally posted 23 October 2010.

2010 AL Champs Texas RangersMore

November

Gifts

Originally posted 28 November 2010.

Friday marked be official opening of the biggest retail season of the year. Stores opened in the wee hours of the morning. Shoppers lined up even earlier to in hopes of getting a great deal on that perfect gift. There are some that get so caught in buying stuff that they even resort to violence.  With all of the events and preparations for the holiday it is easy to get caught up in “stuff” of Christmas and forget true meaning of Christmas.  Christmas is about the ultimate gift — God’s gift of eternal life. More

December

Amazing Teen

Originally posted 15 December  2010

This one has been sitting in my drafts folder since October and I just haven’t gotten it written.   I first saw this on the ABC World News with Dianne Sawyer. On October 14Aaron Fortheringham was selected as ABC’s Person of the Week.  Like many teens Aaron is into extreme sports and can often be found at his local skate park. Unlike, other skaters Aaron uses a wheelchair to pull off back-flips. Aaron was born with spina bifida. He got his first wheelchair when he was 3 by the time he was 8 Aaron was using a wheelchair most of the time. Several years ago Aaron’s older brother Brian took him to a local skate park.  A bunch of skaters pushed Aaron to the top and he promptly fell out of his chair. Aaron got back up and tried again. Eventually he was dominating the skate park.  Aaron can even do a back-flip in his wheelchair. One day he would like to design a reasonably priced line of rugged wheelchairs for kids that would all other kids to get out and move.

Original Post

Rangers win AL Championship!!!!!!

Yes, that is right for the first time ever the Rangers are the league champs. The Texas Rangers are going to the World Series for the first time ever!!!  In the Rangers first three post-season appearances they only won a total of one game.  Twice they were swept by the New York Yankees.  So, I was rather nervous about playing the Yankees for the league championship.

2010 AL Champs Texas Rangers

GO RANGERS !!!!