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August 31, 2008

24 Hours of SEC Football

Filed under: Daily Life, Roll Tide, Sports — Tags: , — jodygambrell @ 10:32 pm

College Football Season has now “officially” arrived!

Opening day for me started off at 4:30 a.m.  I showered, grabbed an orange roll  which was leftover from the previous night’s dinner at the All Steak in Cullman (which ended up all over my shorts), and walked over to Jeremy Sandefur’s house to meet Jeremy and his groomsmen.  We were able to get Jeremy tickets to the Georgia game to celebrate his last weekend as a “bachelor”.  

On the way to Athens, I updated my Facebook status from my cell phone expressing my desire to go to the Alabama/Clemson game.  Within minutes, my phone rang (thank you Darrell Gibson) and I landed tickets to the game.  I called Jaime and she hitched a ride to Atlanta with Justin and Blair.  This was turning out to be a near perfect day!

We had a great time watching the #1 Georgia Bulldogs put a beat down on Georgia Southern.  We had outstanding seats.  Georgia has a lot of weapons this year.  The loudest the Georgia fans got all day was when Uga VII was introduced.  He put on his new collar, went to his new dog house, and slept on a block of ice all game.  Here are some pictures from the “hedges”…

As soon as the Dawgs “finished the drill”, we left Athens and headed to Atlanta, wear Peyton and I left the other groomsmen and rolled into the Georgia Dome to watch the biggest game of the weekend.  I met Jaime at “the dome” and we hiked up to our seats in the upper deck to witness the instant effects of Nick Saban’s #1 ranked recruiting class as Bama faced the #9 Clemson Tigers in the Chick-Fil-A, College Football Kickoff game!

The Tide dominated the entire game!  It was a beautiful thing to witness!  Bama’s freshmen class contributed in a huge way.  John Parker Wilson played with the confidence that we have been waiting for since his Sophomore year.  The Tide’s defense held the Tigers to 0, that’s right, 0 yards rushing.  Clemson’s only touchdown came on a 97 yard kickoff return.  Bama answered immediately and showed that they too know how to “FINISH THE DRILL”.  The Clemson “faithful” fled the stadium as if Tommy Bowden had called for a mandatory evacuation of the Georgia Dome.  The Tide rolled, 34-10!  The future looks very bright for the Crimson Tide!  Our baby girl got to experience her first Bama game from the friendly confines of Jaime’s uterus.  It was a day that she will never forget I’m sure.  Here are some pics…

After the game, we hopped on the MARTA, met Justin and Blair, and headed back to Birmingham.  It was an awesome, but exhausting day!  It will be hard to top.  My head hit the bed at around 3:30…23 hours of college football excitement!  Roll Tide Roll!

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This Makes Me Sick…

Filed under: Politics, Videos — Tags: , , — jodygambrell @ 8:49 pm

I would expect this from Michael Moore but not from the former chairman of the DNC:

If you didn’t understand Don Fowler’s comment, here is what he said,

The hurricane’s going to hit New Orleans about the time they start. [Chuckle] The timing is — at least it appears now that it’ll be there Monday. That just demonstrates that God’s on our side. [Laughter] … Everything’s cool.

I don’t even know what to say after that.

August 29, 2008

“and in the words of Scripture…”

Even though college football was on, I did see some of Barak Obama’s acceptance speech at the DNC tonight.  I was bothered by his closing statement (among many others) in tonight’s speech.  He closed his speech, taking a verse from Hebrews out of context.  I’ll get to that in just a minute.

Let me preface this by saying that by no means do I claim to be a political expert.  I do try to keep an open mind when it comes to politics.  My open mind usually always leads me to the conservative right.  However, I must admit, the first time that I was able to vote for the President of the United States, I voted for… (this really hurts to admit) Bill Clinton.  They say that confession is the first step in the healing process.

 I was 18 years old and Billy boy was the “hip” choice (sound familiar?).  All the celebs were on MTV telling me to Rock the Vote and we all know which way they wanted me to “rock” it.  Bob Dole was an old man and he wasn’t on MTV like Clinton was.  This was before I learned to think for myself and develop my own opinions and beliefs.  That younger version of me would probably vote for Obama.  It is the cool, “Green”, thing to do.  Nobody’s proud of their past mistakes, right?

Well, here’s what bothered me most about Obama’s speech tonight.  He closed his speech with this statement:

 “At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Let us keep that promise — that American promise — and in the words of Scripture hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.”

I’m sorry Barak, the hope that I confess is not found in you or any other political candidate.  The hope that I confess can only be found in Jesus Christ alone! 

It really bothers me how politicians can take God’s Word and prostitute it out for political gain.  By no means is Obama the only one who is guilty of this.  

As I was watching the convention tonight, I found it sad to see over 80,000 people rallying for change and placing their hope and faith in the life of a politician.  How awesome would it be to see that enthusiasm for the one true hope that is Jesus Christ.  

I stumbled upon a blog tonight that was written by a college minister living in Seattle.  She had many of the same feelings I had after hearing Obama’s speech tonight.  Check our her thoughts here:

Unswerving Hope

Goodnight.

August 28, 2008

Thank You College Football…

Filed under: Politics, Roll Tide, Sports, TV — Tags: , , , — jodygambrell @ 11:12 pm

for giving me a reason to abstain from the Obama pep rally.  

College Football “technically” kicked off today.  I just watched South Carolina represent the SEC well with a win over N.C. State.  Did anyone else notice how short Jesse Palmer’s tie was?  Hey Jesse, my 3rd grade Easter outfit just called and wants its clip-on back…

I’ve heard many people compare today to Christmas Day!  It is more like Christmas Eve to me because College Football does not start (in my mind) until the Tide hits the field on Saturday in Atlanta against the #9 Clemson Tigers.  I cannot wait!

I will be kicking off the College Football season in Athens, GA.  We are taking Jeremy Sandefur to see the #1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs for his bachelor party.

The most wonderful time of the year has arrived!  Roll Tide Roll!

August 26, 2008

Hillary Clinton Makes My Stomach Churn

Filed under: Politics, TV — Tags: , — jodygambrell @ 10:29 pm

I am not a big fan of either Presidential candidate this year, especially Barak Hussein Obama.  However, as I watch the Democratic National Convention, I am thankful for one thing…I am thankful that Hillary will not be our next President.  She literally makes me want to hurl.  I do not know why I’m even watching this garbage.  Tomorrow night, the Demos are giving us another Clinton to listen to.  Quick, hide your women and interns.

Hurry up football season!

August 19, 2008

Gotta Love This…

Filed under: Sports, TV — Tags: , , — jodygambrell @ 11:12 pm

Shawn Johnson – Another reason I’m loving the Olympics this year!

August 14, 2008

Saban On the Cover of Forbes

Filed under: Roll Tide, Sports — Tags: , — jodygambrell @ 10:59 pm

 

The Most Powerful Coach in Sports

August 12, 2008

We’re Having a Girl!

Filed under: Daily Life, Family — jodygambrell @ 11:38 pm

Jaime had an ultrasound today and we found out that we are having a baby girl!  Watching that ultrasound on the screen was one of the coolest things I have ever seen!  As you can see in the second picture above, she actually waved at us!  It’s hard to believe that I’ll be a dad soon.  God is so good!  We spent the afternoon calling, texting, and emailing as many people as we could.  Jaime has watched the ultrasound DVD like 10 times already.  She’s so excited.  In the words of Ice Cube, “Today Was a Good Day”!

16 Years Old?

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , , — jodygambrell @ 11:23 pm

I tend to agree with Bela Karolyi.  These girls do not look 16 to me.

August 7, 2008

J.E.T.S. JETS, JETS, JETS

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , , — jodygambrell @ 5:24 pm

That just looks weird.  Order your new Favre Jet’s jersey here.

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