brandon davies scandal day 2.

2 03 2011

Ok, we’ve had about 24 hours to listen to everybody’s opinion on how devastating the loss of Brandon Davies is to the Cougars.

The most impressive thing that’s come out of this loss?
A video clip of Chris Broussard and Skip Bayless on ESPN’s, 1st and 10.

I’ve perused the comments section on the article posted on ESPN about the suspension.
Last I checked there was over 3000 comments on the article.

The comments run the gamut:

Super Positive: “I wish Brandon and his family all the best in the future, because I can only imagine how hard this has to be on them. Basketball pales in comparison to the truly important things in life, and I hope that Brandon is able to use whatever happened as a learning experience.”

Super Negative:Provo was the creepiest place I have ever been. The bad, negative energy and vibes there are palpable. And with the history of racism in the moron church, It boggles my mind that any black people have ever played there, and that a white person who is not a racist would play there.”

I’ve only read a handful of the comments (if you consider a handful to be somewhere around 800) and there is some serious trash on the boards. It is interesting how the tone of the message board has at certain points turned into a full-on assault on the LDS church.

People jump on the opportunity to point the finger and mock.

Let’s go back to the video I mentioned earlier.
The reason the video caught my eye was because it is interesting that the “higher ups” in the industry – those with jobs in as sports analysts (not some joe basketball sitting on a couch) seem to applaud not only the suspension but the Honor Code as a whole.

“I like it that while most programs on their level will sell their soul to win games, they’re saying there are certain things more important than a game, we’re trying to teach you to be a man.” (Chris Broussard)

“Most people seem prone to scoff at BYU’s standards… I don’t think they’re so unrealistic that you can’t win a championship.” (Skip Bayless)

When you go to BYU you KNOW what you are getting yourself into.
You KNOW the code you’re signing, in fact you are reminded of the code each year as you are asked to resign it.

There are plenty of items in the Honor Code I could sit and argue about with you.
Top of my list is the dress and grooming standards. I was never a big fan of shaving or cutting my hair.
HOWEVER, no one forced me to go to BYU.
I chose to go there.
The Honor Code is a VERY integral part of the school.

I am still just as disappointed as everyone else about Davies. It is a big blow to the team.

BUT I do not believe it is insurmountable.
This is one of those moments in life where adversity provides opportunity.
There is someone else (or multiple people) on that team that will now play a bigger role. This is an opportunity for a very, very good team to demonstrate character, desire and heart.

You might not be a big fan of former coach Bob Knight, but even he believes that this setback is NOT a deathblow.
We’ll see BYU play just as well as they have been playing…. that’s the kind of thing that will be a rallying point for the BYU team…. I think that BYU will move right on without a hitch whatsoever.” (Bob Knight)

There is still hope.
I’m not giving up on the team.

In fact without our big man and with the obvious possibility of starting a smaller team, I think we’re going to see BYU run the floor harder and faster than we’ve seen before (if that’s even possible).

Oh and a side note to all of the haters on the boards.
Stick to commenting on basketball. There is no need for the religious vitriol.

“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers…” (2 Peter 3:3)
I guess we were bound to get some hate…

? Thoughts on the Honor Code and this whole Davies situation?

decades of candy.

11 11 2010

We have a pretty good selection of candy here in the store (Blickenstaff’s)

But – that’s about to change.
We’re about have an absolutely astounding selection of candy…

And I’m not talking about every variety of starburst on the market (although I’m a huge fan of the bags that only have red ones in it)

We’re about to become the ONLY place you will find some certain nostalgic candies.

Have you had or even heard of the following ten pieces of candy?

Squirrel Nut Zippers
Goo Goo Clusters
Sky Bar
Mary Janes
Mountain Bar

I had never heard of ANY of these till I started working here.

There is something very fulfilling about being the only store to carry certain items.
I like it.

It’s kind of like the mission.
When you were walking around you knew that you had something unique and special.
You also knew that if people just understood how amazing your “candy” was – they would do anything it took to have some.

Although on the mission we were giving it away.
In the store we’re trying to turn a small profit so that we can all have jobs 🙂

There’s a principle in business that says: when you are the “only shop in the marketplace”, you control the marketplace.

Spiritually speaking, there’s only one shop in the marketplace that offers exactly what we need.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

? Have you had any of those candies mentioned?

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