Monday, November 10, 2008


• In the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 24:14-28), the master, who is going on a journey, entrusts three of his servants with different amounts of talents (one talent was the equivalent of $1,000).  Upon his return, two of the three servants have doubled the master’s investment, and he replies to them, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!’  Matthew’s message relates to the 2008 NGU football team.  Despite an overall record below .500, it must be said of each member of the team, “well done; you have represented us with class, and with diligence and talent each time you donned the red and black.”
• One of my favorite lines from the movie Cats and Dogs relates to this week’s NGU-Tennessee Temple men’s soccer playoff game Thursday at 2:30 p.m. across the street at Pepsi Field.  The wife, in encouraging her absent minded husband/scientist to get involved with his son on the soccer field … “Soccer …”   “Yes, but I’m on the verge of a major breakthrough … (repeated more firmly …. “Soccer!”  Dr. B to NGU … “Soccer!”
• Congrats to the NGU women’s soccer team … #1 seed in at the NCCAA South Regional Championships Nov. 20-21 at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida.  Go Crusaders.
• Senior Rashad Cummings finished his record-setting career at NGU last Saturday and it will be a few years before anyone breaks his rushing marks.  He ended his four-year career with 3,849 yards to set the all-time NGU rushing record.  He also finished with 4,127 total yards, which is second to Eric Moeller (7,395). 
• Time for hoops (dare I say it … yeah babeeeyyy!  The NGU women tipoff the regular season this Saturday, Nov. 15 hosting Reinhardt College (Waleska, GA).  The ball goes up at 2:00 p.m. at Hayes Gym so be there plenty early!
• Another subscriber to the “play the best, be the best” theory is Crusader men’s coach Chad Lister.   The Crusaders will venture to Rock Hill, SC this Friday to take on perennial March Madness bracket buster Winthrop.  The Division I Eagles will play NGU in an exhibition at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. 
• Florida bound … Should the NGU men’s soccer team win Thursday; they will advance to play in the NCCAA regionals Nov. 20-21 in Palm Beach.  Should the teams win the South Regional championship, the NCCAA Nationals will be held in Orlando the first weekend in December.
• How cool was the 101st Airborne’s arrival via parachute at the final NGU home football game Nov. 1?  It was a Chamber of Commerce day with perfect weather and beautiful blue skies and the sight of those black and gold parachutes touching down at Younts Stadium was thrilling.  It made us all proud to be able to say thank you to the many men and women wearing our nation’s uniform to keep us free!  God bless our military!
• The NGU volleyball team will conclude its 2008 slate Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Brevard College.  Keep the faith ladies!
• NGU sport management student Seth Montgomery is serving his internship at Brevard College as assistant sports information director.
• Leaps and bounds.  I recently viewed the Denzel Washington movie The Great Debaters and one line struck me as vital to our continued athletic success at NGU … we must take baby steps before we can run.  We’ve did that this season, but now we need our community to step up with support, funds and prayer to move our athletic endeavors into the future.
• Crusaders on Face Book and You Tube.  Go to ngcrusaders.com and click on either link on the left side of the main page.  You can view numerous videos and photos from all Crusader athletic events from the fall.  Kudos to the NGU sports information staff for some heady work.
• Micah Sepko did not think we’d get through all the pre-game activities at the NGU-South Dakota game without a major delay in the kickoff.  The event management staff ran through the Senior Day introductions of the football players, cheerleaders and band members, had the parachutists from the 101st Airborne come in with the game ball, the Crusader band played a pre-game show. The result:  a two minute delay. 
• A note of sadness that touched everyone’s heart recently … sophomore women’s basketball player Rebecca Carter’s 10-year old brother recently went home to join our Heavenly Father, and I would ask all Crusader fans to keep her family in thought and prayer in the coming weeks. 
• Senior Tyrell Davis finished his career as the all-time solo tackle leader at NGU (111).  Junior linebacker Doug Wilson remains the all-time tackle leader (202).  Andre Bernardi, after only three seasons, is in the top three in nearly every defensive category (101 solo tackles and 102 assists).
• Seeing all the RA’s on the field at Younts Stadium Nov. 1 was a beautiful sight.  Here’s a personal invitation … please bring the boys back to every home game next season!  How about we invite the GA’s too?!
• Tyrell Davis after his final home game, “This will be my last time suiting to play football at NGU; I will miss football, but God has a plan for me!”  Amen.
• Help us get the word out about NGU basketball … stop by Mr. Sepko’s office in Neves and get a copy of the men’s and women’s basketball poster or grab some schedule cards and put them in businesses all over the Greenville area.
• Final word … “Soccer!”