The Sunday Message

1 Corinthians 9:24 (NCV)
You know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize. So run to win!

But don’t cheat…

2 Timothy 2:5 (NCV)
Also an athlete who takes part in a contest must obey all the rules in order to win.

This past week three former baseball players received enough votes to make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The honor was overshadowed some by talk about the steroid era. During that time some baseball players used performance-enhancing drugs (PED) to enhance their already great talent. Some voters are adamant that nobody from that era should get into the hall of fame, even if they did not get caught or test positive for PEDs. Basically a few folks believe just playing during that time means you don’t deserve entry into the Hall of Fame.

Several athletes that I thought highly of, and I defended vigorously on this website, confessed to using the PEDs. The last one was Lance Armstrong. Although Armstrong contended for years and years that he was clean, he finally admitted to cheating.

Maybe this sounds weird to non-believers, but I bet Armstrong feels better after coming clean. He no longer lives a lie. He can start rebuilding his life.

It’s like confessing your sins to God – you feel better afterwards. The Bible says in 1 John 1:9 (NCV), But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done.

Although people may take longer to forgive those of us who have messed up, God’s forgiveness is automatic – if we ask!

 

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Thursday Numbers

Hold on folks – just one more day until the weekend and one more week of January!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, “Thursday Numbers” is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm.

Please note that if you read this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Then again, when they find out you spend your time reading blogs they may not be that impressed…

This week I write about Oprah and Lance, Union membership, unemployment, Hillary Clinton, Air Force and sexual assaults, the End Government Shutdowns Act, Federal Judges, New York City’s subway system, oldest marathon runner, 13th DUI, Sweet Caroline, AR-15 rifles, Clarence Thomas, gun violence, Keystone XL oil pipeline, Chiefs in Pro Bowl, and the debt limit. There’s a lot more…  Continue reading

Caught My Eye…

Happy Friday folks – welcome to the (almost) award-winning Caught My Eye! The weekend is upon us and some folks have three days off  with Monday being the Federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here. This is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I often throw in some sarcasm just to make you smile. So get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.

Today I write about the Montana Senate Republicans “Pep Talk,” Hunters against Hunter, Baucus and Guns, Term Limits, Ryan Leaf, Lance Armstrong, Journalist/Stripper, and much much more…

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Cheater

Dear Lance,

You disappointed me.

Sincerely,

Jack

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Until a few days ago Lance Armstrong was a hero to me – he was bigger than life and someone I looked up to. He was a great example – a person that we could tell our children about (you know the drill – the work hard, practice, don’t cheat line that we as parents use when talking to our children about life, sports, and competition).

Lance Armstrong beat the odds and he won all those races. He took all those drug tests and he passed them. Lance Armstrong was clean and he was a champion! The French people and other athletes in the cycling world were just resentful about his domination. It even looked like Scott Pelley and the entire CBS News organization was a little jealous of Lance’s domination in the cycling world and they were out to get him with all their stories on the evening news and 60 Minutes.

At least five times since August 2007 I stood up for Lance Armstrong on this website writing about people attacking him and saying he “doped.” I did not believe it. He was one of the good guys.   Continue reading

Caught My Eye…

FRI—-DAY!  Congratulations for getting another week under your belt!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here!  It’s where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile.  So, get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.

Today I talk about the elite heading to Tampa, Fox News screwing up, Daines speaking, signing a bus, the 2016 presidential race, polls, Lance, Mariani, plus I peek inside my political inbox and share.  There’s a lot more so read on…

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Caught My Eye…

You made it to Friday – Congratulations!  I’m here to help you bring it home and slide into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word (TWW), the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here!  Here is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write or comment about during the week – and I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile…

BE ADVISED: Before proceeding please understand that everyone and everything is fair game…

Today I write about F-15s, Armstrong, cellphone ban, raising a child, I share some e-mails from my political inbox, I talk about party line voting, and there’s a lot more! Continue reading

Armstrong

As I wrote about in July of 2010, doesn’t the United States Government have more important things to do than try to prosecute Lance Armstrong – who won some bicycle races?

Federal attorneys do know that our government is broke, don’t they?

I still think there are more important things (like real criminals) to go after than someone who rides a bike, hits or throws a baseball, or even tries to get a few favors for appointing a U.S. Senator (The Rod Blagojevich trial cost taxpayers millions and now the government is getting a do-over because Blagojevich was convicted on only 1 of 23 counts).   Good grief.

In fact, it’s asinine.  The quality of people running and working in our U.S Attorneys offices and at the U.S. Department of Justice must be at an all-time low. Continue reading

Caught My Eye…

Congratulations on making it to another wonderful Friday! Thanks for stopping by!

I wanted to call this the “Judgment Day” issue of Caught My Eye (CME), but I don’t think the Rapture is coming on Saturday, just as I don’t believe it will rain enough today to cause me to build an ark. In case you are wondering what this is all about, please take a moment to read one of my most-read columns “May 21, 2011 – Are you ready?” It can be read by clicking HERE.

CME is published on Friday mornings and it is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I sometimes add a little sarcasm in my commentary.

This week I take a look at eating, flying, marriage, Lance Armstrong, my political inbox and lots more! Since it is raining today (in many places) grab a cup of something warm, sit back, relax and enjoy this week’s edition of Caught My Eye… Continue reading

Seven

Lance Armstrong finished his last Tour de France on Sunday. He finished in 23rd place, about 40 minutes behind the winner Alberto Contador Spain.

Now it appears Lance Armstrong’s next appearance will be in front of a Federal grand jury and that’s too bad.

With seven victories in a row from 1999-2005 in the Tour de France, people had their doubts that Armstrong could do something this amazing without cheating, but Lance Armstrong never failed a drug test. Not one.

The allegations continue today with some of his former teammates claiming Armstrong used performance enhancing drugs, but Lance Armstrong never failed a drug test.

To me it is sour grapes. It is also a total waste of time and money for the Federal government (U.S. Attorney) to even be involved. Doesn’t our government have more important things to do?

Thanks to Lance Armstrong, cycling was put on the map in the United States. A cancer survivor himself, Armstrong continues to raise awareness about the disease (not to mention millions of dollars for research).

Thank you Lance Armstrong and best of luck in all your future endeavors.