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Malcolm Butler intercepted at Hadlock Field

Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler salutes the crowd at Hadlock Field with the SB trophy

Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler salutes the crowd at Hadlock Field with the SB trophy

Malcolm signs a football

Malcolm signs a football

Malcolm Butler intercepted at Hadlock Field

(Portland ME)  It was enough to draw me to Hadlock Field even with an iffy forecast.

The Portland Sea Dogs brought in Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler along with the SB trophy on Monday night.

What current Patriots’ fan will ever forget Malcolm’s startling interception with twenty-six seconds left?

That game was all but won by Seattle until Malcolm jumped the pass route near the goal line and won the SB for New England.

Malcolm arrived at Hadlock at 5:30PM and did some signing for the Sea Dogs in their dugout.  Then he was briefly interviewed by a local TV station.  After that he throw out the first pitch and then was given the SB trophy to lift up to the delight of the crowd.

Quit a bit of the crowd was missing at the start of the game because they were in the concourse waiting to get Malcolm’s autograph.

Gavin Cecchini - 1st round Mets pick in 2012

Gavin Cecchini – 1st round Mets pick in 2012

I checked out a couple of prospects while I was there.  I saw Mookie Betts at Portland last year in April.

The Binghamton Mets have two first-round selections (Brandon Nimmo – 2011) and (Gavin Cecchini – 2012) on their roster.

Most of the top prospects for the Red Sox are either at AAA Pawtucket of A Salem (Virginia).  I believe that Carlos Asuaje is Boston’s top-rated player at Portland.

The game ended up being called after two innings because of rain.  I was pleased to get my pictures before the rain became a problem.

Thanks again to Chris Cameron for arranging my visit.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Super Bowl trophy

Super Bowl trophy

Carlos Asuaje and Jantzen Witte

Carlos Asuaje and Jantzen Witte

Malcolm Butler salutes the crowd

Malcolm Butler salutes the crowd

Malcolm Butler

Malcolm Butler

Malcolm arrives at Hadlock Field

Malcolm arrives at Hadlock Field

Gavin Cecchini sets to throw to first

Gavin Cecchini sets to throw to first

Carlos Asuaje squares to bunt

Carlos Asuaje squares to bunt

Sea Dogs Keury De La Cruz

Sea Dogs Keury De La Cruz

Shortstop Gavin Cecchini

Shortstop Gavin Cecchini

Brandon Nimmo - 1st round Mets pick in 2011

Brandon Nimmo – 1st round Mets pick in 2011

 

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Tim Tebow: I love the guy!

Let me start by saying I’m not a Denver Bronco fan.  My loyalties are with the New England Patriots, with a side interest in the Dallas Cowboys.

When the Patriots play the Broncos, I’m rooting for the Patriots.  That’s not going to change.

I will admit that my admiration for the young Denver quarterback gets stronger the more I read about him.

He is a Christian believer and not ashamed of it.  I doubt he’d be the guy quick-gazing around a restaurant before he bowed his head and prayed thanking God for his food.

The 24-year-old has rapidly become a spiritual role model to many and for good reason……he practices what he says.

Even as a senior on the Florida Gators he had folks thinking about him.  Remember that Super Bowl ad that wasn’t allowed?  My recall is that in the ad his pregnant mother explains that she was counseled to abort unborn Tim but refused.

Good thing that ad was dropped. Wouldn’t you prefer ads about drinking etc.. instead of a “dangerous” ad about preserving unborn life?  But I digress!

Poor Tim couldn’t help but be pro-life.  As he reasoned it, if his mother had taken the advice of doctors, after she became sick on a missions trip to the Philippines, she would have aborted him.  Okay, I digressed some more!

Another thing that I have liked about this guy is how he has handled the question of his life priorities.  His listing order goes something like this: (1) pleasing God, (2) pleasing family, and (3) pleasing the Denver Broncos. There is no mention of the Denver Broncos in the Bible but the order of the first two is Biblical.

We now live in a culture overrun with people, who if asked to present a similar priority list, might never find a place for God no matter how long the list was.

When Tim puts God at the top, where He belongs, it offends the godless in our midst.  As long as Tim was a benchwarmer in Denver, as he was early their struggling season, some could explain his lack of playing time with his confused priorities.  Now that Denver has remarkably recovered winning seven of eight with Tim at quarterback, it has become very difficult to blame Tim’s priorities as being his downfall.

So a currently successful Tim Tebow/Denver Broncos leaves the secularists on the sideline waiting for him/them to fall apart.

We unfortunately live in a culture in desperate search for earthly heroes we can trust in.  I can guarantee you that blind trust is very dangerous.  Everyone messes up.  Even Tim has, and will in the future.  Sadly, some of Tim’s fans have already reached the “groupie” level and are likely to be turned off somewhere in the future by something they learn about him.  (I figure that some of these fickle folks will be turned off immediately after the Patriots defeat Denver on Sunday!)

My admiration for Tim Tebow is based on his trust in God and his willingness to go all-in as he lives out that faith in his high-profile life.  If his future has him struggling on the field and/or off the field, he still belongs among us folks who love God and also strive to live out that faith in our world.

I consider Tim Tebow a Christian brother of mine. We share a faith in which we recognize that God blesses us in so many ways.  We also share a faith in which we know that our mistakes are ultimately relation-breakers with God and need to be righted with him and those involved.  We also share a faith in which God promises to comfort His people in the struggling times.

What a God we have, don’t we Tim!  Go Pats!

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Bill Belichick Thrown For Loss

What’s with Coach Bill Belichick?

Bill Belichick

Along with the rest of Patriots Nation, I was shocked by this video taping fiasco.  What an embarrassment for a franchise that had earned a lofty reputation throughout the country for three Super Bowl wins in the last six years.

Now we’re left to wonder if violating NFL rules had something to do with the team’s successes. 

I keep thinking that the gains for the Patriots from video taping the defensive signals of an opponent from the sidelines are minimal.  The fact that the practice violates the NFL rulebook makes it even less appealing you would think. 

However, not to Coach Belichick.  The taping took place in the first game of this season and the NFL stepped in.  The punishment – $750,000 & a first round draft pick – seemed way out of line for the violation to me.  NFL management, however, may have been punishing the coach’s arrogance as much as the deed itself.

The New York Daily News reported on September 16th that you could go into some electronic web sites and purchase binoculars that have built-in video capabilities.  If the Patriots were that eager to pick up their opponent’s defensive signals why not park someone in the first row of the stands and have them use that perfectly legal equipment?

I believe that someday we will learn what Coach Belichick’s motivation was and how long the practice had been going on.  I can guarantee you that the information will not come from the coach himself.  The Songo River Queen is more responsive than he is!  Some insider will spill the beans for a price and then we will all know.

But the damage has been done and the team we admire will be described hereafter as “cheaters” and every victory past and present labeled, “tainted.”

( Appeared in the Bridgton News – September 16, 2007 )
 

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