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It’s time for some MonT-SteR randomness.

Can I just say that I don’t like Virginia Tech? They’re called the Hokies. What the heck is that? Does anybody even know? And their mascot is a turkey, for Pete’s sake. I don’t care how muscular their depiction of a turkey is, it’s still a wimpy mascot.

I need to admit this is sour grapes. I went to the LSU game at VA Tech just before Labor Day, and the Tigers got beat pretty badly. My wife’s family is from Baton Rouge, so they’re all rabid LSU Tiger fans. I guess I’ve been sucked into it a bit. LSU lost and I haven’t been able to get past it. The way I see it, a bunch of turkeys has no business beating a big, strong tiger. Tigers are cool. Turkeys are not, unless they’re cooked up nicely for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

Tonight, VA Tech beat the Boston College Eagles. Since when does a stupid turkey win against an eagle? And what would inspire a bunch of people in a Blacksburg stadium to cheer wildly every time they hear a turkey gobble at hundreds of decibels? It’s all just perverse, and it’s all VA Tech’s fault. I hope Miami stomps all over them.

Okay, now that I’ve vented my spleen about something totally inconsequential, it’s time for the second item of randomness. Last night, on the Up Close portion of Nightline, they interviewed a Catholic priest who campaigns against negative depictions of Arabs and Muslims in the entertainment media. I haven’t quite decided if his collar is too tight or not. I can appreciate his desire to be sensitive, though. As I was watching this interview, it occured to me that villainy is a lot more subtle in real life than it is in motion pictures or on TV. Hollywood tends to feed us real grotesque and obvious depictions of villainy (such as the overblown Arab/Muslim villains that the priest was protesting). Discerning evil in real life takes moral clarity, because real life evil is often far less obvious or immediately identifiable.

Third item of randomness. I went to see the Veggie Tales movie over the weekend. There’s a single mom in our cell group who has a 9-year-old son, and I took him to see it. Overall, it was a good show. I was expecting the computer animation to be the same in quality as Pixar or Dreamworks. It was quite good, but it didn’t reach the level of Toy Story or Shrek. The color, though, was spectacular. I’ve never seen a movie with such vibrant colors. I guess that’s the pay-off for the direct-to-digital (or however it goes) process. And the message was great — God is a merciful, loving God who gives second chances. There was a great scene when Jonah was in the belly of the whale, where a not-so-veiled (but unspoken) reference to Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was made while song lyrics centered on the idea of God’s love and forgiveness. You’ll see what I mean when you see the movie. I had some other comments to make, but it’s too late now.

It’s bed time for The MonT-SteR.

Blessings,

Rob

aka The MonT-SteR