Go Joe! Get IN!!!

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

Courtesy of Cranky Colt (Indy-Star Colts message board's TrollAlertGuy) comes this home video of Joseph Addai's game-winner:

Update: Here's a video of crowd reaction to Marlin Jackson's game-sealing interception.

Update II: video source changed; updated accordingly. See also this compilation video.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Super Bowl XLI Preview

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch previews Super Bowl XLI

In an otherwise decent analysis, I found this little gem [emphasis added]:

On running downs, the Bears like to load the box with an extra defender or two. Their starting point against every opponent is stuffing the run, and making teams one-dimensional. That was the case against the Saints, who ran only 12 times for 56 yards. Colts running backs Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes combined for 1,722 rushing yards and 12 TDs during the regular season, but they're not in the class of McAllister and Bush.

Interesting comment, that. Let's compare, shall we?

New Orleans RBs

  • Deuce McCallister: Rushing 244/1057 yds, 4.3 ypc, 10 TD
    (Receiving 30/198 yds, 6.6 ypc, 0 TD)
  • Reggie Bush: Rushing 155/565 yds, 3.6 ypc, 6 TD
    (Receiving 88/742 yds, 8.4 ypc, 2 TD)
  • Total: Rushing 399/1622 yds, 4.1 ypc, 16 TD
    (Receiving 118/940 yds, 8.0 ypc, 2 TD)

Indianapolis RBs (Reg. Season)

  • Joseph Addai: Rushing 226/1081 yds, 4.8 ypc, 7 TD
    (Receiving 40/325 yds, 8.1 ypc, 1 TD)
  • Dominique Rhodes: Rushing 187/641 yds, 3.4 ypc, 5 TD
    (Receiving 36/251 yds, 7.0 ypc, 0 TD)
  • Total: Rushing 413/1722 yds, 4.2 ypc, 12 TD
    (Receiving 76/576 yds, 7.6 ypc, 1 TD)

In the regular season, New Orleans faced rush defenses that averaged #14.5 in the league. Indianapolis faced rush defenses that averaged #18 in the league. Among common opponents (regular season and playoffs) the Saints rushed 217/897 yds (4.1 ypc), while the Colts rushed 176/702 yds (4.0 ypc).

And bear in mind, during the regular season, Rhodes started for the Colts, with Addai seeing mostly second-half action. During the playoffs, Addai has been starting (against some of the league's best defenses in Baltimore and New England), with Rhodes playing long stretches in the second half.

New Orleans RBs (Playoffs: 2 games)

  • Deuce McCallister: Rushing 27/161 yds, 6.0 ypc, 1 TD
    (Receiving 7/47 yds, 6.7 ypc, 0 TD)
  • Reggie Bush: Rushing 16/71 yds, 4.4 ypc, 1 TD
    (Receiving 10/154 yds, 15.4 ypc, 1 TD)
  • Total: Rushing 43/232 yds, 5.9 ypc, 2 TD
    (Receiving 17/201 yds, 11.8 ypc, 1 TD)

Indianapolis RBs (Playoffs: 3 games)

  • Joseph Addai: Rushing 57/217 yds, 3.8 ypc, 2 TD
    (Receiving 12/52 yds, 4.3 ypc, 0 TD)
  • Dominique Rhodes: Rushing 41/193 yds, 4.7 ypc, 0 TD
    (Receiving 6/62 yds, 10.3 ypc, 0 TD)
  • Total: Rushing 98/410 yds, 4.2 ypc, 2 TD
    (Receiving 18/114 yds, 6.3 ypc, 0 TD)

In the playoffs, New Orleans faced rush defenses that averaged #16 (#26, #6) in the league. Indianapolis faced rush defenses that averaged #8 (#18, #2, #5) in the league.

Clearly, Addai/Rhodes are "in the same class" as McCallister/Bush. They had more total yards, more yards per carry, and slightly fewer rushing TDs. The only real statistical difference comes in receiving. Brees favored his RBs as secondary receivers, whereas Manning favors his TEs. (Compare: the Saints' leading TE had 18 receptions and was Brees' #8 receiver; the Colts' leading TEs had 37 and 30 receptions and were Manning's #3/4 receivers, and their third TE had 18 receptions as Manning's #7 receiver. Meanwhile, Bush/McCallister were Brees' #3/6 receivers; Addai/Rhodes were Manning's #5/6 receivers.)

I don't think the Bears will be approaching this game thinking of Addai and Rhodes as "not in the same class" as McCallister and Bush.

OYB January 23

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 46-47
NT: Matthew 15:1-28
Ps: Psalm 19
Pr: Proverbs 4:14-19

Gospel Thread - OT:

29 When the time drew near for Israel to die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him, "If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you will show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt, 30 but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried." "I will do as you say," he 31 "Swear to me," he said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

Genesis 47:29-31 (NIV)

Here Jacob exemplifies the kind of faith to which we are called (see Hebrews 11:21-22), believing even on his death bed that God would fulfill His promise to give Israel the land of Caanan.

Gospel Thread - NT:

What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him 'unclean.

Matthew 15:11 (NIV)

Here Jesus gives an example of how He is the fulfillment of the Law - how He calls us to the higher standard to which the Law pointed, yet of which it was only a shadow. The Law taught the principle of uncleanliness using the external (washing hands before eating) - yet God is concerned with the internal (the uncleanliness of the heart).

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.

Psalm 19:13 (NIV)

This verse reminds me of the words of Christ in the Lord's Prayer: Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil (see Matthew 6:12-13).

[of evil men] They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.

Proverbs 4:17 (NIV)

I like how this verse juxtaposes with the communion of Christ. Where the evil eat the bread of wickedness, we eat the bread of righteousness - the body of Christ. Where the wicked drink the wine of violence, we drink the wine of peace - the blood of Christ.

OYB Photo of the Day:

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The heavens declare the glory of the Lord...God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
(Psalm 19:1 NIV)
Photo © Chip Bennett; all rights reserved.

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OYB January 22

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 44-45
NT: Matthew 14:13-36
Ps: Psalm 16:37-50
Pr: Proverbs 4:11-13

Gospel Thread - OT:

But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

Genesis 45:7 (NIV)

And even so is the gospel, biblical history - even the entirety of world history - God's plan to preserve for us a remnant of hope and to save our lives by a great deliverance: the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Though we often do not see it, in all things God works for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). Here we see in the example of Joseph, a circumstance that was intended for the harm of one (Joseph), that God foreknew and ordained to bring about salvation and good for the many (all of Jacob's family). Likewise, what was intended for the harm of One (Jesus Christ, God the Son), God the Father foreknew and ordained to bring about salvation and good for all mankind.

Gospel Thread - NT:

They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

Matthew 14:20 (NIV)

Jesus' miracle of feeding 5,000 takes place with a crowd of Jewish people. Later, we will see Jesus perform a similar miracle, feeding 4,000 Gentiles. In the former miracle, twelve basketfuls remain; in the latter, seven remain. These miracles are perhaps symbolic of Christ's ministry: first to the Jews (for the 12 baskets represent the 12 tribes of Israel), then to the Gentiles (for the 7 baskets represent the number of completion - as in the completion of Christ's ministry).

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

You have delivered me from the attacks of the people; you have made me the head of nations; people I did not know are subject to me.

Psalm 18:43 (NIV)

David is praising God for giving him victory over his adversaries, but these verses also seem to foreshadow a triumphant Messiah (for the Christ was attacked, delivered from death, and made the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, to whom all creation is subject).

OYB Photo of the Day:

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31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?" 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. (Matthew 14:31-32 NIV)
Photo © Chip Bennett; all rights reserved.

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2006 AFC Champions!

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

Indianapolis Colts: 2006 AFC Champions!

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38-34

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A complete team effort.

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Biggest comeback victory in conference championship history!

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Finally.

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The conference playoffs have been concluded. Two more weeks before Super Bowl XLI. I'm just hoping I can get to sleep tonight. More? Well, at least there are more photos.

Windows Vista DRM

Filed in Social IssuesTags: Computers, DRM, Geekery, Technology, Windows

Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson have been having an interesting discussion about Windows Vista Digital Rights Management (DRM) in Episodes 73, 74, and 75 of their weekly SecurityNow podcast, including a conversation with Peter Gutmann, who wrote a white paper called "A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection".

Today I noticed a GRC newsgroup post referencing a shashdot post discussing a Windows Vista Blog post discussing Gutmann's paper.

If you are considering an upgrade to Windows Vista, and are not familiar with what Microsoft is doing with respect to DRM in the new O/S, you probably want to take a look.

OYB January 21

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 42:18-38, Genesis 43
NT: Matthew 13:47-58, Matthew 14:1-12
Ps: Psalm 18:16-36
Pr: Proverbs 4:7-10

Gospel Thread - OT:

And may God Almighty grant you mercy before the man so that he will let your other brother and Benjamin come back with you. As for me, if I am bereaved, I am bereaved.

Genesis 43:14 (NIV)

What a change for Jacob! In his earlier years, Jacob relied upon himself to accomplish everything. But now, after years of experience, Jacob has undergone a dramatic change in character, and now relies upon God - recognizing Him alone as the Almighty: El Shaddai. The working of the Holy Spirit is much the same in our lives. Because of the fundamental change following salvation, the believer cannot help but to be transformed unto the character and likeness of God. It is the gospel alone that brings about this transformation - this sanctification.

Gospel Thread - NT:

And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

Matthew 13:58 (NIV)

Faith is the vehicle through which the power of the Holy Spirit works in our lives - both to bring salvation and also to impart Spiritual gifts. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

For who is God besides the LORD ? And who is the Rock except our God?

Psalm 18:31 (NIV)

Jesus Christ (and faith in Him as Messiah) is the Rock upon which God has built His church (Matthew 16:18 - which uses a play on words to indicate that Christ Himself is the Rock).

OYB Photo of the Day:

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Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. (Matthew 13:47 NIV)
Photo © Chip Bennett; all rights reserved.

Whenever I read of fishing or fishermen as biblical symbolism, I am reminded of my mission work in Oaxaca. The mission base is located in Cacalote, which is a small fishing village. The men launch their boats from just outside the base, going out once a day to set the nets, and once a day to retrieve them. The fishermen can be seen cleaning and repairing their nets on the beach during the afternoon.

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Feedburner Test Post

Filed in Web DevelopmentTags: Geekery, Web Site

Just testing Feedburner feed integration...

Top Chef 2: Episode 11

Filed in ReviewsTags: Food/Wine, Top Chef, TV/Cable

Episode 11: The Bitter End of Bullying

The Quickfire Challenge continued the ad nauseum corporate sponsorship, tasking the contestants to create a dish using Nestlé Chocolatier. Surprise guest judge Eric Ripert chose Sam's dish as the winner:

Shrimp & Bananas with Chocolate Chipotle, Black Bean & Cilantro Pesto Sauces
Photo © Bravo TV

The Elimination Challenge, which was to determine the four who would move on to the final in Hawaii, tasked the contestants with each preparing a dish in a five-course, romantic dinner. The chefs were given nearly limitless freedom in budget and food choices, and were to pair each dish with an appropriate wine. Sam, as the winner of the Quickfire Challenge, had the option of choosing his course and dish protein, which none of the other contestants could then use.

Knowing the stakes of the challenge, each chef put forth commensurate effort - as the meal's outcome proved. However, the judges chose no winner for the Elimination Challenge, due to events that took place following the completion of the challenge.

Judge Colicchio explains what happened next:

When I got to the set, the producers told me that the previous evening Cliff, Elia, Ilan and Sam had been drinking. While Marcel slept peacefully in the next room, they made a decision to shave their own heads (only Ilan and Elia actually went through with it) and then to shave Marcel's, whether he liked it or not. Cliff jumped him, abruptly waking him up, and hauled him into a half-nelson, while the others laughingly captured the incident on a crew member's camcorder and debated shaving his head. Marcel was bruised and understandably freaked out, and the video footage had found its way back to the Producers.

The next morning, the producers scrambled to try to resolve the situation, and in the end, Cliff was disqualified for violation of contest rules that prohibit physically accosting or threating another contestant. In, again, Colicchio's words:

The whole thing brought to mind that famous quote, "All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing." Any one of them could have spoken up and said, "This isn't cool, guys. Knock it off."

But they didn't, so as far as I was concerned they were all to blame and I was ready to send the lot of them home and let Marcel win by default.

(Ed. Note: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." is a quote generally attributed to Edmund Burke.)

Kudos to Tom, for wanting to do the right thing by dismissing the lot of them. However, the show's producers vetoed that decision - after all, the show must go on. Cliff was dismissed for explicit violation of contest rules, no winner was declared for the Elimination Challenge, and following the Judges' Table, Sam, Ilan, Elia, and Marcel were sent on to the final in Hawaii.

I cannot express the extent to which the decision not to dismiss Sam, Ilan, and Elia disappointed and upset me, for several reasons.

First, the events of Episode 11 were the climax of a situation that not only had been building up for several episodes, but one that the show's producers actively encouraged and fomented. The editing of each episode has clearly intended to justify and to promote the anti-Marcel attitude amongst the other contestants. In fact, during the airing of Episode 11, Bravo even ran a television poll asking "Who Hates Marcel the Most?" - with the choices being "Sam", "Cliff", "Elan", and "Me". It is ironic that Colicchio should reference the Burke quote, since the show's producers, editors, and judges allowed the situation to escalate as it did, with several instances of bullying taking place with nary a response. Frank threatened Marcel with physical harm in Episode 6. Sam publicly berated, swore at, and humiliated Marcel in Episode 9 - the same episode in which all the contestants helped each other serve their Elimination Challenge dishes except for Marcel, who was left to serve his dishes alone. This anti-Marcel sentiment was actively encouraged by the show's staff, and led directly to the outcome in Episode 11.

For a show purported to showcase quality food and professionalism of a group of individuals vying for acclaim as a "Top Chef", the producers, editors, and judges have instead given the viewers a product not "all about the food" but instead sometimes about the food, and more often about interpersonal conflict. If I wanted reality drama, I'd watch Real World. I want what was advertised: a show that brings the best out of a group of creative, professional contestants, and in the process encourages my own culinary imagination.

Second, I generally have an innate response to seeing someone subjected to group outcast and bullying. I can empathize all too well with such people, because growing up through much of elementary, junior high, and high school, I was that person. I know how it feels to be made fun of, to be different, to be unaccepted - and, yes, to be bullied. (Granted, most of the bullying ceased by the time I was in high school; not many bullies choose to take on someone nearly six feet tall and over 200 pounds.) I understand the mental and emotional toll enduring such things incurs. Books such as Frank Peretti's non-fiction and auto-biographical The Wounded Spirit resonate very well with me.

Fortunately, thanks to my parents and my faith, I endured those days, and became the person I am today. In my case, what I endured was because of the immaturity of kids, adolescents, and teenagers. Most of those people have now grown up and matured, and I hold no ill will. However, in Marcel's case, the instigators are not immature teenagers, but rather (equally immature) adults. Cliff, Ilan, Sam, Betty, Frank, and the rest have no excuse for their behavior. Others have said that Cliff's actions amounted to felony assault; regardless of the degree of legal severity, his actions were abetted by Ilan, encouraged by Sam, and not challenged by Elia.

I am especially saddened that the show's producers insisted that the end - the show itself - justified whatever means - up to and including the events of Episode 11 - of its completion. The producers should have let Colicchio send all of Cliff, Sam, Ilan, and Elia home. Given that the show had a three-month gap between the filming of Episode 11 and the planned filming of the final two Episodes in Hawaii, more than sufficient time existed to come up with some alternate means of completing the show (other than letting Marcel win by default, if that outcome was so undesirable). But instead, cowardice and profit motive superceded principle.

Most of what else could be said has already been said (see Gail's, Andy's, Harold's, Lee Ann's, Padma's, and Shauna's blogs).

The show's staff have a lot of work to do to salvage season two, not to mention to redeem the Top Chef franchise itself.

Testing Zoomr

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And, yes, this is a shameless attempt to get a free Zoomr Pro account (Hat Tip: Obvious Ideas)