A Good Weekend

This past weekend was a busy one for me, but it was good.

Friday evening we journeyed to the middle of nowhere in Southwest Missouri for our annual youth lock-in at the Ark (I took the picture of the sunset during the drive). Despite its name, the Ark doesn’t really resemble a ginormous wooden boat at all, but it is a very nice place to have retreats and activities.

We filled the place up with 60 people from four main congregations, and had a good time playing basketball, ping pong, foosball, volleyball and watching movies. My favorite might have actually been playing shuffleboard, even though it made me feel like I was in my 70s, and my wife completely owned me.

I had never been before, but overall, I was pretty impressed with the place. Aside from a gym, kitchen and movie area in the Ark building itself, there was also a dormitory with motel-style rooms, and best of all, there was this cool chapel built in the woods where we had our devos.

It was pretty neat architecturally, and kind of reminded me of Fay Jones’ famous chapels. Inside, there were these large scrolls on the wall with the Ten Commandments written on them, which was interesting, and it had really good acoustics for singing.

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The weekend was also a good one because it was the last weekend of the college basketball season before the NCAA tournament. Starting Wednesday with the opening rounds of the Big East Tournament, I got to watch a ton of games.

Best of all was the Arkansas Razorbacks playing their way into the NCAA tournament by going 3-1 in the SEC tourney, with wins over South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Mississippi State.

The Hogs got demolished by Florida in the championship game, but they played that game without Charles Thomas, who had 18 points and 18 rebounds in the semis and went down in the first minutes of the championship game with a sprained ankle.

Thomas should be back for the Razorbacks’ first round game against fifth-seeded USC Friday night. Being the loyal fan that I am, I’m predicting an upset and actually have the Hogs making it to the Sweet 16 in my brackets.

Speaking of brackets and Florida, I have them going really far in the tourney, despite the fact that Joakim Noah is a big dork. He actually looked like a retarded person when he started breaking it down after the Gators won the SEC championship, and what’s up with the way he talks? Is he trying to establish his street cred or something? Give me a break: Noah’s father was a European tennis player and his mother is a former Swedish model.

Vanilla Ice had more street cred than that.


Jared Dockery 3/13/07, 9:26 AM  

Joakim apparently has more white blood in him than we first thought.

Kenny Simpson 3/13/07, 10:40 AM  

As a white person, I still think Noah is a dork. Fla will win. I personally think the Hogs are a one-and-done and should not be in the tournament (but hope they prove me wrong).

Luke Dockery 3/13/07, 12:49 PM  

There are some good teams that got left out, but I think Arkansas deserves to be in.

The SEC was the second best conference this season (behind the ACC), and yet only received 5 bids (7 to the ACC, 6 to the Big East, Pac 10, and Big 10).

To take the SEC's 5th bid away and give a 7th bid to an inferior conference like the Big East is ludicrous.

Everyone harped on the weak SEC west all year, but yet 3 of the four SEC semifinalists were from the west.

As to Arkansas specifically, how can you shut them out after they beat Vanderbilt twice in one week's time?

The SEC was confusing this year, with only Florida really standing out. But just because you have a lot of similar good teams instead of a couple of outstanding teams and then mediocrity (cough Big 10, Big East), doesn't mean you don't deserve bids.

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