1. Varvis Varnado is coming back to Mississippi State, and I couldn't be more excited. Except that I knew all along that the kid wasn't going to enter the draft. Have you seen this kid? Despite his talent, he need to eat a bacon cheeseburger or two, or 50, before he can physically handle the NBA.
I'm even more excited about the fact that he will have the chance to break Shaq's SEC block record, and even more, the national block record next year. Because well all know how much I love when people break records. Oh, wait. You don't? Well, I love it. Absolutely love it. I just love when athletes are able to put all they have into making a name for themselves. If I were an athlete, I definitely think I would be a record-seeker.
I think Mississippi State basketball is going to be incredible next year. I just hope outside circumstances and NCAA violations can keep their distance. For such a talented group of kids, I hope that they can have a successful season full of wins and championships and no bad news.
2. Miss California USA is still Miss California USA. PTL. And let's move on. I feel so bad for this girl. Not because she had half-naked pictures strewn across the endless abyss of electronic and print media. Because the Lord knows that is one of my least favorite things in the world. Racey photos. Nothing good comes from it. Bad news bears.
BUT I feel bad that this whole shebang started with her answering an OPINION question. A little advice, Mr. Perez Hilton, don't ask an OPINION question if you can't handle the OPINIONATED answer. Check the Bill of Rights. Number one. You know, that one that talks about free speech and gives you the right to have your little website (I hesitate to even link it. Samford has it blocked. Ha.) and say whatever you want on it? Yeah, that one. It's a two way street, honey.
To Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean, keep on keepin' on. Just don't pose naked anymore. K?
3. Is anyone else tired of hearing about Roger Clemens, A-Rod and steriods? Can we invoke a rule that says that the media can say, "Hey, so-and-so has allegedly used steriods. Tests will be run. We'll letcha know when we know something," and move on about it. Why do we have to give it all the attention that we do. It's like a big soap opera for men. The Juiced and the Talentless. Let's move on!
4. And last but definitely not least, I want to summon prayers for the Freeman family. I don't know this family personally but, of course, I've been reading their blog for quite a while now. Sweet Kayleigh Anne went on to be with the Lord last night at around 9:45 p.m., a little over a month away from her first birthday. Kayleigh "was born three months early on June 23, 2008, from seven IUGR and Preeeclampsia...a fragile 10 1/2 inches long and weighed 1 pound 1 ounce." She reached 11 pounds last month and has endured seven surgeries and countless other medical procedures.
If you go to their blog, you can see what a beautiful little girl she was and how immensely loved she was by her mom, dad, brother and sister, and not to mention a whole cyber family around the world. Through this "bloggy thing", God has used Kayleigh and her amazing faithful parents to display his glory throughout the world. Through incredible miracles and deep sorrow, this family has shown what true faith in a Heaven Father looks like.
"She is now in the presence of our Lord, her broken body made new, surrounded in the comforting arms of those we've loved who greeted her in the glorious Heaven we know...May Kayleigh's story continue to teach us about faith and the miracles our Lord can create when we all pray together as a whole. May Kayleigh's story continue to give us hope in our own personal journeys and give us the strength to never give up the fight. May Kayleigh's story continue to fill our hearts with love so that we may hold each other tight and support those in need...Please pray that we will have strength to get through this difficult time and we will grow in our faith so much more for having experienced the work of God through Kayleigh."