To start the new year, a little of this and that:
Browns in stable condition
The Detroit Lions fired head coach Jim Caldwell this week, as did the Chicago Bears with John Fox. Caldwell went 36-28 in four years in Detroit; Fox, 14-34 in three years in Chicago. Both had success in previous head coaching gigs.
Since I’ve lived in Michigan and west of Chicago, I have friends who root for those teams.
Those NFL teams are still searching for new head coaches.
They can’t have Hue Jackson. He’s taken.
Jackson, of the 0-16 (and 1-31 two-year record) Cleveland Browns, is coming back for a third year, according to owner Jimmy Haslam.
Those of us in the Cleveland area are scratching our heads.
And with no consensus No. 1 pick in the college ranks this year, the Browns are sure to bungle that, too.
Perhaps best to avoid talk radio this off-season. Could get ugly.
Of course, one win next year – or, gasp, two – would be a marked improvement.
Hey, the Browns have more stability right now than the Lions or Bears do. That counts for something, right?
Cold not cool
I wrote on this blog last week that I enjoy the up-north outdoors year-round. Yeah, right. See if I write that again any time soon.
This week, we’re having single-digit highs and below-zero wind chills – in the daytime. No outdoor exercise for me at the moment. Like everyone else around here, I’m just trying to stay warm.
We moved to Northeast Ohio four years ago this week during a polar vortex, when temps were even colder than they are today. It was so frigid, the diesel moving truck couldn’t start, so our move was delayed a day.
A slight thaw would be nice.
It’s expected early next week. Something to look forward to.
We visited Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colo., last September, before winter weather forced park officials to close the Old Fall River Road. The 11-mile dirt road up the mountain – with no guardrails and plenty of drop-offs, along with a 15 mph speed limit – was a fun drive. (Guardrails would spoil the view.)
I bottomed out the rental car in a pothole only once.
The drive down the other side of the mountain on a paved highway was much smoother, literally.
Make the drive in the morning, because afternoon thunderstorms frequently and suddenly pop up. We heard one up there as we were on our way down the mountain.
The Rocky Mountains are beautiful. We certainly don’t have anything like that here in the Midwest.
All talk, no action
Neither President Donald Trump nor North Korea leader Kim Jong-un has a “nuclear button” on his desk. Kim isn’t ready yet, and Trump doesn’t have the authority to declare nuclear war on his own.
But Kim has finally met a world leader who speaks his language.
Trump’s tweets make me cringe, since he frequently talks against his own policy and subverts the efforts of his own negotiators. Trump, however, was elected in large part because of his foreign policy stances. He’s tired of seeing the United States pushed around and dis-respected on the world stage.
Kim and similar leaders don’t follow diplomatic rules. The U.S. can sign all the treaties it wants and we can talk until we’re blue in the face, and Kim won’t care. Whether he signs a treaty or not is irrelevant. He’s building his nuclear arsenal regardless.
Trump understands that, and is acting accordingly. About time.
Neither side will flinch, and neither side will pull the trigger. They both know what’s at stake. Finally, a stand-off on equal terms.
Kim is 33. Trump is 71. We’ll see how this plays out long-term.
Who’s No. 1?
My Michigan State Spartans men’s basketball team is ranked No. 1 in the country this week. That’s nice, but it doesn’t matter, really.
Basketball crowns its champions (men and women) through a tournament. It can do that because the games aren’t physically brutal like football is, which is why the football playoff system will rage forever with no final solution that pleases everybody.
The Spartans can’t beat Duke, so I wouldn’t make them the favorites to win the national title.
It could happen, though. Perhaps this is the year.
I’m ready for March Madness already.
Suffering with Jesus
I’m reading through Romans with some friends. The next lesson includes this:
“ – if, in fact, we suffer with him (Jesus) so that we may also be glorified with him. I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us.”
Do I suffer with Jesus? The apostle Paul, who wrote that, was shipwrecked, beaten, stoned, jailed and given lashes because he was a Jesus follower.
I can’t relate.
Many Christians today do suffer like that. Some are killed for their faith. Not in the United States, but in other places.
Does suffering include things besides physical pain?
I don’t suffer physically. Emotionally, do I?
How much are emotional wounds self-inflicted? That doesn’t count as suffering, not really.
All of us die eventually, and some of us suffer more than others through that process. That’s not what these Bible verses are talking about, either.
Suffer with him.
Should I? Do I?
Food for thought.