a Pew Potato!"
by Tom Goodman
January 3, 2007
By the time
you read this, the game will be over. What game, you ask?
- The Texas
Tech game that gave Bobby Knight his 880th win?
- The UT bowl
- The amazing,
amazing Boise State win over the Sooners?
None of the
above. I’m talking about the Ultimate
Couch Potato Contest in Chicago’s ESPN Zone sports bar. Last year’s
winner, Jason Pisarik, is back to defend his title. As I write this,
the accountant and three challengers have to sit in recliner chairs in front
of a 15-foot screen tuned to college football bowl games and
inane pre- and post-game commentaries. They are allowed a 5-minute
break every hour, but otherwise have to keep their stare on a TV screen and
get served food and drink.
The only woman
in the competition is holding her own against the men. “I don't know
how guys do it,” said Stacy Gleason, a 39-year-old mother of three.
“I’m doing this for girls everywhere who don't get to do this while their
husbands morph into the furniture watching sports on TV.”
The last man
standing—uh, sitting—gets a prize package valued at almost $5,000, including
a 42-inch high-definition television, a recliner, gift certificates, and a
trophy featuring a live spud.
last year at the 30-hour mark, but the world record is held by Canadian Suresh
Joachim who watched TV for an unbroken 69 hours and 48 minutes in September
Kind of reminds
me of the old definition of football: a game played by a bunch of men in desperate
need of a break being watched by a bunch of men in desperate need of exercise.
couch potatoes got me to thinking about another kind of potatoes: the pew
potatoes. Every church has an abundance of these sedentary saints who
do little more than offer commentary on what others need to do.
Make a new year’s
resolution that you won’t be a pew potato in 2007! Get involved in Sunday
School or Common Ground on Sunday
mornings . . . sign up for a Hillcrest Institute class
on Sunday nights . . . attend the “Success
to Significance” retreat . . . commit to a mission trip . . .
take a volunteer position at church . . . renew your personal
prayer life. In other words, put your Christian convictions to work!
God bless your
2007 with him!
New Weight Loss Program. As someone said, it’s a “live-it” not a
“diet.” Find out more at Herb’s article here.
Institute” Classes! Click here
to learn about our upcoming semester of the Hillcrest Institute. You
can register early online!
If you’ve made
New Year’s Resolutions, you might want to read about the most famous resolutions
of all time: Jonathan Edwards' 70 resolutions that he used to guide his life.
Find out more here
reports on the faith of our late President Gerald Ford in “The
Other Born-Again President?”
and strut, shake their bottoms, splay their legs, thrust their chests out
and in and out again. Some straddle empty chairs, like lap dancers
without laps. . . . They are in the sixth, seventh and
eighth grades.” That’s from Lawrence Downes New York Times piece, “Middle
School Girls Gone Wild.” He says, “Suburban parents dote on and
hover over their children, micromanaging their appointments and shielding
them in helmets, kneepads and thick layers of S.U.V. steel. But they
allow the culture of boy-toy sexuality to bore unchecked into their little
ones’ ears and eyeballs.”
From the Hubble:
The ten most amazing space photos in the universe here.
article, John Cornwell imagines God’s response to Richard Dawkins The
God Delusion. Clever.
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