Holy Eye Roller

I have a real bad habit of rolling my eyes when I don’t like something. My facial expressions sometimes betray what I am thinking. Unfortunately, when I hear someone like a celebrity or person of influence quote a Bible verse, I can feel my eyes start to roll. The gag reflex begins.

There are too many times when people invoke a Bible scripture to support their cause or somehow influence the religious crowd with what they are doing or saying. Some even pick up the Bible in front of a church for a photo op. That’s pretty sad. It really irks me when people do that. I can only imagine that God is rolling his eyes when people do this too. It is no wonder that God and the legitimate Christians get a bad rap.

I don’t have a problem with people using Bible references, especially when it is done right. You can’t just grab some random verse and put it out there. There is a lot of consideration that should be done in using the Bible. Don’t just grab something from the book without knowing what it’s really saying.

Context. Context. Context. First you need to have context about the Bible verse or passage. Ask yourself HOW was this verse used and why? You have to read the verses before and after that too.

Consider the historical and cultural background. You need to consider the time period when something was written as well as the culture during that time. Some things can’t literally be applied in the same way. While the Bible CAN relate to us today, you still have to consider the background.

Don’t be so quick to quote an Old Testament passage. You need to balance it with the New Testament. I’m not saying that the Old Testament is not important but that the New Testament changes a lot of the way they served God, especially when Jesus came into the World.

Standing in front of a church holding a Bible or quoting a verse doesn’t make someone an authority nor does it lend credibility to your cause. Some folks let their spiritual emotions override the need to STUDY the Bible. So, yes, my eyes go on a roll when someone Tweets a Bible verse or uses it in some fruitless debate about an issue.

It’s better to LIVE the Bible verse rather than quote it to someone. Christians are bad at spouting religious cliches – even some which aren’t even in the Bible. Sometimes DOING is a whole lot better than saying it. It is no wonder people don’t believe anymore because we are a sad representative of people who are supposed to be the “light of the world”.

Satan is good a quoting scriptures too.

Just a thought.

Let’s do some good today.

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Frisbee Golf: Is That A Sport?

I was driving through a park recently and passed – what I thought was a golf course – but when I looked more closely at one of the holes, I noticed strange contraption where the cup should have been. I noticed it was for a sport called “Disc Golf”. I had heard of this before but I had never seen a REAL disc golf course.

Yes, Frisbee – or Disc – Golf is a sport and it is a refreshing variation of the traditional form of golf.

Disc Golf isn’t a recently discovered sport. It was actually invented in the 1900s when the first recorded game was played in Bladworth, Saskatchewan in Canada. It was never organized into a sport until the 1970s.

Instead of using golf clubs, players throw a disc at a target on a course with 9 or 18 holes. Players complete a hole by throwing a disc from a tee area toward a target, throwing again from where the previous throw landed, until the target is reached. Usually, the number of throws a player uses to reach each target are tallied (often in relation to par), and players seek to complete each hole in the lowest number of total throws. The “hole” is a strange contraption. Baskets are constructed with a central pole holding a basket under an assembly of hanging chains. When a disc hits the chains, it is often, but not always, deflected into the basket. To complete a hole with a basket target, the disc must enter the target above the top of the tray and below the bottom of the chain support, and come to rest supported by the target.

Believe it or not, there are actually over 6,000 disc golf courses in the United States. The best course in the world is Jarva Discgolf Park in Kista, Sweden. Maple Hill in Leicester, Massachusetts has the top U.S. course. Disc golf is the 4th fastest growing sport in United States. There has been a rapid increase in installed permanent courses with an average of more than 400 new courses added each year between 2007 and 2017. The game is played in about 40 countries and, as of 2019, there are 53,366 active members of the PDGA worldwide.

The top men’s player is Paul McBeth from Huntington Beach, California. He has 126 wins and has made over $400,000 in career earnings. Paige Pierce from Plano, Texas is the top women’s player. She has won 128 events and earned over $218,000. Both are members of the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA).

Paul McBetch is the top men’s player
Paige Pierce is the top women’s player

After the coronavirus pandemic caused a two-month hiatus that canceled or postponed 645 events, 36 eager competitors flocked to a golf course in West Point, Utah, this past week for the official return of PDGA-sanctioned play.

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Are eSports A Pandemic Alternative?

A month ago the COVID-19 pandemic caused professional sports leagues to push the pause button or cancel their seasons. Even as politicians talk about the possibility of re-opening the country, there will be a bit of paranoia about gathering in crowds when we come back out to play.

In our world of social distancing, eSports has gained increased attention.

What are eSports?

These are basically video games which are organized in some league or tournament format. The most common video games associated with esports are multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), first-person shooter (FPS), fighting, card games, battle royales, and real-time strategy (RTS). Popular esport franchises include League of Legends, Dota, Counter-Strike, Overwatch, Super Smash Bros., and StarCraft, among many others. Tournaments such as the League of Legends World Championship, Dota 2’s International, the fighting game-specific Evolution Championship Series (EVO) and Intel Extreme Masters are among the most popular in esports. Many other competitions use a series of league play with sponsored teams, such as the Overwatch League.

Even some high school athletic associations are sanctioning eSports as a sport. Georgia, which is one of five states to officially recognize eSports, recently crowned its state champions. With on-campus classes and sports being cancelled, eSports have emerged as the only safe competition for high schools right now.

Even the Nashville Predators have laced up their virtual skates as they are streaming their first round playoff series with the Vegas Golden Knights. The series is currently tied at 1-1.

Could this be the pandemic-proof sport of the future?

Although not technically in the category of eSports, the Professional Rapid Online Chess League is an online sport with teams from around the world.

Verizon reported that US domestic peak-hour usage was up 75% in the first week of quarantine – but gaming as a spectator sport is also through the roof. Twitch: Livestream Multiplayer Games & Esports, one the world’s biggest streaming platforms for gamers, is estimated to have grown its audience by up to a third in March alone which attributes the increase to gamers being confined to their homes.

The Simulation Football League (SFL) has had their games televised on Stadium and other cable channels. The SFL features 20 teams from around the world competing in online stadiums. The Alaska Storm recently won their third straight title as the league finished its 12th season.

With sports fans suffering withdrawals due to the pandemic, eSports have an opportunity to capitalize on the current void. It’s difficult to be a spectator of a video game instead of playing it but eSports could use this opportunity to evolve the sport.

Why Has God Allowed COVID-19?

If there is one question people ask during times of crisis or suffering, it is why does a loving God allow suffering?

This is a time that the world is dealing with a pandemic. People are sick and dying from the Coronavirus. So what’s the deal with God in all of this?

I can assure you that God was not surprised by this. It is also entirely possible that He caused this to happen. Many Christians would disagree with me but if you read the Bible you will see many times when God brought disease upon His people to either punish his people for their disobedience or to defend his people from their enemies.

Is it really true that a loving God would bring sickness and disease on people? It’s sometimes hard to imagine our loving and merciful God displaying such wrath and anger toward people. But God’s punishments always have the goal of repentance and restoration.

God said to Solomon: “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will 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.” Could this be what is happening right now? Personally, I don’t understand how this would help God’s public relations with people who don’t believe in Him already. God has His reasons and is not compelled to share them with us.

So am I saying that God intentionally brought this virus upon the world right now? Well, I obviously can’t speak for God – no one can – but I want to dispel the idea that God wouldn’t allow this.

The truth is that we live in a fallen world that is imperfect. Since the fall, God has allowed mankind to have the freedom to make their own decisions and choices. Sometimes we make wrong decisions and have to suffer the consequences as a result of our choices. This affects nature as well.

Is the Coronavirus a sign of the end times? Maybe. This isn’t the Tribulation period as prophesied in the Book of Revelation but it could be an indicator that we are getting closer to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The Bible predicts that we are like. a woman experiencing birth pains. The pains get closer together as she gets closer to birthing a child. Matthew 24:7-8 describes our current status:

“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and pestilence and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.”

I’m not being a downer about God but I think we should be realistic about God. It’s totally okay to pray and trust God in these times but we should also take precautions to protect ourselves. This is when our faith is put to the test.

Famous NFL Quarterbacks Who Finished Careers in Different Uniforms

I am glad that Tom Brady has finally signed with another team and the hype is over. This week one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the National Football League (NFL) ended his 20-year tenure with the New England Patriots to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Now the Buccaneers are obvious favorites to win the Super Bowl right? Not so fast my friends. I got to thinking about other quarterbacks who changed teams late in their careers.

Johnny Unitas was a legend with the Baltimore Colts from 1956-1972. He led the Colts to three NFL championships and one Super Bowl title. I don’t think anyone can imagine Unitas In any other uniform but in 1973, Unitas played his last season with the San Diego Chargers. He played only five games and threw for three touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Joe Namath is another legend who finished his career with another team. After playing for the New York Jets from 1965-1976, Namath was traded to the Los Angeles Rams where he played his final season in 1977. He was benched after throwing four interceptions in a Monday Night game against the Chicago Bears and retired at the end of the season.

Joe Montana was instrumental in the San Francisco 49ers’ dynasty. He wore the uniform from 1979-1992. During his tenure with the 49ers, he led the team to four Super Bowl titles. In 1993, he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs. Montana had success in his final two seasons playing in 25 games and four playoff games.

Peyton Manning is perhaps one of the most memorable success stories of a quarterback who finished his career with another team. After playing 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts from 1998-2011 and a Super Bowl title, Manning signed with the Denver Broncos as a free agent in 2012. He played his final four seasons with the Broncos and led them to a Super Bowl championship in his final season.

Personally, I think Brady should have finished his career in a Patriots’ uniform but he has said that he still has something to prove. After winning six Super Bowls, I’m not sure he needs to prove anything to anyone. It would be sad to see him end with a finish like Unitas and Namath.

Faith vs. Coronavirus

I will warn you before you read this blog post that this isn’t your typical Christian response.

Over the past couple of weeks, our lives have been changed by the spread of the Coronavirus. After initial denial, the Government is now scrambling to deal with the crisis. The public is panicking and stores are being emptied of essential items.

There is no sense of confidence right now. I don’t think any of us have seen something like this before.

Last Sunday was supposedly a National Day of Prayer. I don’t have anything against prayer but I wonder about how effective this is against a worldwide pandemic. I heard some people on the radio talking about how the sermon of a televangelist who preached a “beautiful” sermon about how we should choose faith over fear.

That sounds good doesn’t it? But how realistic is that? I don’t mean to be critical but having lived a Pentecostal upbringing, I am very familiar with religious hype and pie-in-the-sky claims about what God can do. I have heard numerous preachers make claims about faith and work up the emotions of crowds yet in reality they offer cute catch phrases that people latch onto.

Choosing faith over fear is one of those often used catch phrases.

Let me assure you that choosing faith over fear isn’t going to guarantee that you or your family won’t catch the Coronavirus. Some preachers will make you believe that if you “trust in Jesus” and if you “have enough faith” that you won’t get sick.

Don’t fall for those snake oil promises. Instead, choose faith but understand that you may still get sick or face hardship. Having faith in God doesn’t mean you will won’t be affected. Actually, it may open you up more. The Book of Job is a good example of that. Having faith doesn’t mean you won’t face some serious problems and trials. Having faith means you trust in God regardless of what happens to you. It isn’t a heavenly insurance policy against the Coronavirus.

Listen, I have heard all the cute religious cliches and pep rallies about faith. I’m just telling you as one who has experienced this. Troubles will affect you whether you have faith or not. Having faith doesn’t protect you but faith is the strength you have during adversity. Don’t let anyone skew the meaning of faith for you.

I have faith but I’m still washing my hands and taking all the precautions to protect against catching the virus. Faith doesn’t mean to ignore common sense.

Look, I believe in God and I’m not against prayer or faith. I have faith but I am also prepared to have faith even if I get sick. Yes, I am choosing faith over fear but I’m still going to wash my hands.

The World Has Gone Viral

This is a strange time we are living in. With the rampant spread of the COVID19 (Coronavirus), events and activities are shutting down at a rapid pace in order to stop the spread of this potentially deadly virus. As of this morning, there are 1,215 reported cases in the United States and 36 deaths. I put the emphasis on “reported” cases because the numbers are probably higher than that.

The National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Soccer (MLS) and Major League Baseball (MLB) have suspended their seasons while the NCAA Men’s and Women’s basketball tournaments have been cancelled due to this virus “March Madness”.

Most of us have not seen anything like this before. It is very bizarre.

No sports.

Some would say it is an overreaction but I think it is a good idea that sports have decided to take a break and take a cautious approach during this time.

So what’s going to happen with sports? I’m not sure anyone knows for sure. If it is a short break, like two weeks, the leagues will probably either pick up where they left off and make up the games later or end the season as it stands and start with the postseason.

Some companies are preparing to have their employees telework from their homes. I think that’s a good idea because many times colds and viruses are spread at the office. People will force themselves to go to work when they are sick. This is not a good time to even get the sniffles because people will automatically assume that you have the coronavirus. Of course, with the lack of testing how would we know for sure?

Even the Disney parks are closing. Now, you know it’s serious if they are closing.

It’s a crazy time right now.

I heard someone say today “It’s just a dang flu”. That’s the reaction from people who have not been affected. I’m sure if they or their family member had it they would have a different attitude. Hey, even the flu isn’t something to be taken lightly either. None of us really knows how this dangerous virus will affect us until we actually get it.

I am tired of people making this a political issue. It’s not a Republican or Democrat virus. Let’s just stop this nonsense please.

Are we overreacting? Wouldn’t it be better to overreact than wish we had done something?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there have now been 125,048 confirmed cases with 4,613 deaths. In the past 24 hours, French Polynesia, Turkey and Honduras have reported their first cases of the virus.

Nobody takes it serious until they are affected by it.

We should take every precaution we can to protect ourselves. This isn’t funny and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. I know people are buying up all the hand sanitizers and toilet paper which seems a bit extreme but the important thing is to avoid large crowds and wash our hands properly.

Good luck and stay healthy.

I Need A Nap

Today is National Napping Day which seems fitting since most of us lost an hour of sleep this weekend due to the start of Daylight Saving Time (DST). As I was browsing through my news feeds this morning, I saw the story that someone, somewhere has designated today as an unofficial recognized day to take a nap.

William Anthony, Ph.D., a Boston University Professor and his wife, Camille Anthony, created National Napping Day in 1999 as an effort to spotlight the health benefits to catching up on quality sleep.

I like naps. I wasn’t too fond of them when I was a toddler but as I grew older I have developed a more positive attitude about taking an occasional nap.

Here are some interesting facts about naps:

  1. There are three types of nappers: habitual, planner and emergency. Habitual nappers follow the same pattern every day. Planners are those who plan to nap before they feel tired. Emergency people who do it immediately when they are tired.
  2. Naps are good for stress relief. It gives your brain a short timeout from activity.
  3. You don’t have to actually sleep to have a good nap. Just lying still with your eyes closed for 20 minutes provides you with some needed rest.
  4. There is an ideal nap time. The best nap time is in the middle of your wake cycle.

Did you know that there is even a National Siesta Championship in Madrid, Spain? Contestants compete to fall asleep as fast as possible in order to win a cash prize. Contestants are judged based on their ability to sleep as close to 20 minutes as possible and also the speed required for you to doze off, your snore and sleeping posture. It’s also held in the middle of a busy shopping mall so it isn’t as easy as it sounds.

National Siesta Championship in Madrid, Spain

Naps should be kept between 20-30 minutes. Any longer can disrupt your sleep cycle and could make you pretty grumpy.

Most Europeans, except the Germans, usually snooze or relax in the middle of the day. China, India, and parts of the Middle East are also big napping territories.

Humans are the only mammals who willingly delay sleep and plan naps.

A NASA study on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that a 40-minute nap improved performance by 34% and alertness by 100%.

While napping at work isn’t acceptable in the U.S., in Japan, dozing off in most jobs is acceptable, including in parliament and in businesses. Naps at work are called inemur, which means, “to be asleep while present.” Inemur is viewed as exhaustion from working hard and sacrificing sleep for the job. Many people even fake napping to look committed to their job.

Google headquarters has “nap pods” that block out both light and sound.

I would like to observe National Napping Day in some way today. The switch to Daylight Saving Time always gets me out-of-synch so any advantage – or excuse – to nap seems like a good idea. The challenge is finding a place to do it.

Do They Still Play Indoor Football?

With the demise of the Arena Football League (AFL) in the off-season, indoor football leagues are still surviving but some just barely above semi-pro football.

Here’s a look at the indoor leagues that I have found which are scheduled to play this season:

Indoor Football League (IFL) is starting their 11th season with 13 teams. The IFL is currently the oldest arena/indoor football league. The Sioux Falls Storm won last year’s championship which was their seventh title.

Current teams are: Arizona Rattlers, Bismarck Bucks, Cedar Rapids River Kings, Duke City Gladiators, Frisco Fighters, Green Bay Blizzard, Iowa Barnstormers, Oakland Panthers, Quad City Steamwheelers, San Diego Strike Force, Sioux Falls Storm, Spokane Shock and Tucson Sugar Skulls.

On August 20, 2019, the Duke City Gladiators joined the IFL after winning back-to-back CIF championships. On September 10, the Oakland Panthers, co-owned by former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch, joined the IFL for the 2020 season. On November 1, the league added the Spokane Shock after it was resurrected by former NFL player Sam Adams, with the Spokane team reacquiring the Shock brand following the Empire’s folding in 2017. The Bosselman family were looking to sell the Nebraska Danger, but no owner was found before the deadline for participating in the 2020 season. On November 24, 2019, the IFL added a thirteenth team in Frisco, Texas, owned by the Germain family called the Frisco Fighters. The Germain family also purchased the sponsorship rights for the IFL, the management rights of the league’s communications and marketing department, as well as a second expansion for the 2021 season in Columbus, Ohio.

The season begins March 7th. For more information on this league, go to goifl.com.

The Champions Indoor Football (CIF) league currently has seven teams and will be kicking off their fifth season. The Duke City Gladiators won their second league championship last season.

Current teams are: Omaha Beef, Salina Liberty, Sioux City Bandits, Wichita Force, Amarillo Venom, Oklahoma Flying Aces and West Texas Warbirds.

During the offseason, the CIF lost the Bismarck Bucks and Quad City Steamwheelers to the IFL. When the 2019 schedule was released, both the West Michigan Ironmen and the Kansas City Phantoms had been removed as members. On May 9, the Texas Revolution folded during the season. At the end of the season, the Duke City Gladiators won their second consecutive championship and then withdrew from the league, eventually joining the IFL. Following the season, the league announced it had partnered with the National Arena League (NAL) to create a new league for the 2020 season under a new identity with two conferences: the CIF and NAL. However, it was announced on October 10 that the deal had been postponed, with both leagues playing their own individual schedules in 2020.

The CIF season will start on March 8th. For more information about this league, go to gocif.net.

The National Arena League (NAL) will start their third season with seven teams. The Jacksonville Sharks won their second title last season.

Current teams are: Carolina Cobras, Columbus Lions, Jacksonville Sharks, Jersey Flight, Massachusetts Pirates, Orlando Predators and West Virginia Roughriders.

Following the season, the NAL announced it had partnered with Champions Indoor Football (CIF) to create a new league for the 2020 season under a new identity with two conferences: the CIF and NAL. The Massachusetts Pirates chose to not join the merged league and the New York Streets were not mentioned as an included team. However, it was announced on October 10 that the deal had been postponed, with both leagues playing their own individual schedules in 2020. The Pirates rejoined the NAL and the league then added two teams that had originally been given conditional approval to join in the 2018 season, the Jersey Flight and the West Virginia Roughriders (then known as the Richmond Roughriders), from the American Arena League.

The NAL season kicks off on April 4th. For more information about this league, go to NationalArenaLeague.com.

The American Arena League (AAL) enters their second season with 10 teams. The West Virginia Roughriders were crowned league champions last season.

Current teams are: Carolina Cowboyz, Carolina Predators, Charlotte Thunder, Indianapolis Enforcers, Louisville Xtreme, Music City Fire, Pennsylvania Union, South Florida Thunder, Tampa Bay Tornadoes and West Michigan Ironmen.

I can’t tell you when the new season starts because their website is currently down.

The newest league is the American West Football Conference (AWFC) which enters their second season with three teams. The Idaho Horsemen won the league’s first title in 2019.

Current teams are: Idaho Horsemen, Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks and Yakima Canines.

For the 2020 season, the league announced expansion teams in Yakima, Washington, and the San Francisco Bay Area, although the Bay Area team never launched. In February 2020, the Reno Express was removed from the schedule and the Tri-Cities Fire folded, which led to the Idaho Horsemen and Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks both announce they would play independent schedules. The league then announced it would be playing the 2020 season with three teams — Idaho, Wenatchee, and Yakima — while looking for non-league teams to fill in the lost games including the minor outdoor team, Tri-City Rage, filling in for the Fire’s six scheduled away games.

The AWFC’s second season starts March 17th. For more information about this league, go to americanwestfootballconference.com.

There is also another indoor league named Arena Pro Football (APF) however, it is difficult to find any information about this league and functions more as a semi-pro league.

THE FUTURE OF INDOOR FOOTBALL

These five indoor football leagues are what’s left of the sport. Except for the IFL, the state of indoor football doesn’t seem to be very stable. The Arena Football League mentioned they might come back in some kind of format but I wouldn’t hold my breath on that happening.

What I would like to see for these leagues to merge into one nationwide league divided into geographic regions. Develop some regional rivalries and created some stability. I think that having two or three levels would help to grow the sport better. I just think these leagues would do well working together than as separate entities.

I still think there is a place for arena/indoor football. It is still an exciting variation of the outdoor version. No, it’s not the same but it’s still a lot of fun to watch. These five leagues are trying to keep it alive.

Sports Thoughts

Nashville’s third major league sports team kicked off over the weekend as Nashville SC made their debut in Major League Soccer (MLS) in front of over 59,000 fans at Nissan Stadium. The local news folks said this was the largest crowd to watch a professional soccer game in state history. That’s a pretty good start. The team was pretty competitive too with a narrow 2-1 loss to Atlanta United. As the season goes on, it will be interesting to see how strong the support will be for the remaining 16 home games. One expert said that if Nashville can average 20,000 that it would be a good level to maintain. I’m thinking they should be able to do it since they will fill the void between the Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans seasons.

Ratings for the new XFL spring football league have been steadily dropping since their opening weekend. I watched some of the game yesterday between the DC Defenders and Tampa Bay Vipers. There were a LOT of empty seats in the stadium. Tampa is a difficult market anyway and it doesn’t help that the Vipers were 0-3 going into the game. The XFL is nearing the midway part of the season. It will be interesting to see how strong they finish or if they will give it up like the Alliance of American Football (AAF) did a year ago. The XFL will now have competition from Major League Baseball (MLB) and Major League Soccer (MLS).

As I was channel surfing, I landed on one of the ESPN channels showing a cornhole tournament. Seriously? This backyard/tailgate game has become serious competition. They even have their own professional organization called the American Cornhole League (ACL). And people think bowling is boring….

For the first spring since 1987, there will no Arena Football League (AFL). The league died over the winter after drowning in debt and lawsuits. That’s a shame. The AFL was actually a good version of football played during the spring. The league had lots of high scoring and action. Their best season was probably in 2008 when they had 17 teams and averaged almost 13,000 fans per game. There are other indoor leagues but none of them have been the same caliber as the AFL.

Former Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback, Tony Romo, signed a sweet $17 million deal to continue with CBS as an broadcaster of NFL games. That’s a lot of money. Romo is good for sure but $17 million?

I am tired of hearing all the speculation of where Tom Brady will end up. I really don’t care. He’s at the end of his career and may have one more season left so what does it matter? I guess folks are thinking that team will win the Super Bowl if they have Brady. The latest rumors have been the Raiders or Titans. I just wish he would sign with someone already. Be done with it.

Four Central Kentucky newspapers laid off their sports reports last week. The sports departments at the the Advocate-Messenger, Jessamine Journal, Interior Journal and Winchester Sun were eliminated. All are owned by the same company, Boone Newspapers, Inc. Most were blindsided by the news. Now that’s pretty cold-hearted.

Seattle’s new National Hockey League (NHL) expansion franchise still does not have a name. They are scheduled to start playing next season. I’m not sure what the delay is. The most popular vote is for “Sockeyes”. I think that’s some kind of fish in the region. Seems fitting for a hockey name.

I have not been following college basketball but a glance at the latest rankings have Kansas (26-3) leading the men and South Carolina (29-1) leading the women. It’s about time for March Madness. Get those brackets ready.