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He Never Missed a
Game Bob Richards, the former pole-vault champion, shares
a moving story about a skinny young boy who loved football
with all his heart. Practice after practice, he eagerly gave
everything he had. But being half the size of the other boys,
he got absolutely nowhere. At all the games, this hopeful
athlete sat on the bench and hardly ever played.
teenager lived alone with his father, and the two of them had
a very special relationship. Even though the son was always on
the bench, his father was always in the stands cheering. He
never missed a game. This young man was still the smallest of
the class when he entered high school. But his father
continued to encourage him but also made it very clear that he
did not have to play football if he didn't want to.
But the young man loved football and decided to hang
in there He was determined to try his best at every practice,
and perhaps he'd get to play when he became a senior. All
through high school he never missed a practice nor a game but
remained a bench-warmer all four years. His faithful father
was always in the stands, always with words of encouragement
for him. When the young man went to college, he decided to try
out for the football team as a "walk-on." Everyone was sure he
could never make the cut, but he did.
admitted that he kept him on the roster because he always puts
his heart and soul to every practice, and at the same time,
provided the other members with the spirit and hustle they
The news that he had survived the cut
thrilled him so much that he rushed to the nearest phone and
called his father. His father shared his excitement and was
sent season tickets for all the college games. This persistent
young athlete never missed practice during his four years at
college, but he never got to play in a game.
the end of his senior football season, and as he trotted onto
the practice field shortly before the big playoff game, the
coach met him with a telegram. The young man read the telegram
and he became deathly silent. Swallowing hard, he mumbled to
the coach, "My father died this morning. Is it all right if I
miss practice today?" The coach put his arm gently around his
shoulder and said, "Take the rest of the week off, son. And
don't even plan to come back to the game on Saturday."
Saturday arrived, and the game was not going well. In
the third quarter, when the team was ten points behind, a
silent young man quietly slipped into the empty locker room
and put on his football gear. As he ran onto the sidelines,
the coach and his players were astounded to see their faithful
teammate back so soon. "Coach, please let me play. I've just
got to play today," said the young man.
pretended not to hear him. There was no way he wanted his
worst player in this close playoff game. But the young man
persisted, and finally feeling sorry for the kid, the coach
gave in. "All right," he said. "You can go in." Before long,
the coach, the players and everyone in the stands could not
believe their eyes. This little unknown, who had never played
before was doing everything right. The opposing team could not
stop him. He ran, he passed, blocked, and tackled like a star.
His team began to triumph. The score was soon tied.
the closing seconds of the game, this kid intercepted a pass
and ran all the way for the winning touchdown. The fans broke
loose. His teammates hoisted him onto their shoulders. Such
cheering you never heard.
Finally, after the stands
had emptied and the team had showered and left the locker
room, the coach noticed that this young man was sitting
quietly in the corner all alone The coach came to him and
said, "Kid, I can't believe it. You were fantastic! Tell me
what got into you? How did you do it?"
He looked at
the coach, with tears in his eyes, and said, "Well, you knew
my dad died, but did you know that my dad was blind?" The
young man swallowed hard and forced a smile, "Dad came to all
my games, but today was the first time he could see me play,
and I wanted to show him I could do it!"
athlete's father, God is always there cheering for us. He's
always reminding us to go on. He's even offering us His hand
for He knows what is best, and is willing to give us what we
need and not simply what we want. GOD has never missed a
single game. What a joy to know that life is meaningful if
lived for the Highest. Live for HIM for He's watching us in
the game of life!
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* Major Jan 5, 2006 Sober
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consulting firm owned by Verisign, on Jan. 5, 2006, there will
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newly infected computers.
If you don't have a personal
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works full-fledged for 30-days and then reverts to Limited
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in the process of acquiring this code, so you can expect
support in the new year.
And of course tell all your
users that their Anti Virus at the house has to be up-to-date
and don't open any attachments, if you don't know what they
are. Be especially careful if they come from some one they
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load is here
Toys For Tots
Somerset Singles Ski and Golf
Club hosted the USMC reserve for their annual "Toys For Tots"
drive. Peggy Jo is presenting her donation to
(from L-R) Lance Corporal Anthony Brambilla, Seargent Daryll
Johnson and Seargent Vin Outhavons. The members filled an
eight foot table to overflowing with their donations of Toys.
Congratulations to SSSGC.
We ask for your prayers
for Fabiloa Tonna and her family. Fabiola lost her brother
on December 10.
Kirk Singles Kris Kringle Mingle Tues DEC
Kris Kringle Mingle. Enjoy a Christmassy atmosphere
with your Kirk Singles friends. Newcomers welcome! Morel's
30100 Telegraph Rd. Bingham Farms, MI East side of Telegraph,
between 12 & 13 Mile Roads from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Member price Menu Guest Price Menu Reserve by
Winter Solstice Party Wed Dec 21,
Sandy Kay, Banjo Lee and Dr. John are holding their Annual
Winter Solstice Party in Lake Orion. The address is 935 E
Silver Bell Road in Lake Orion.Mi 48360. On Silver Bell road
west of Squirel Road and east of Lapeer . The house sits back
off the road. Look for a sign saying "The future site of
Bring a healthy Dish to pass your favorit beverage and your
RSVP 248-276-8480 or 248-652-9349
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Christmas Holiday Events|
Meadow Brook Theaters Production of Charles Dickens
Christmas Carol Performances from now until 24 DEC 2005
Performance Schedule: Please contact the box office at (248)
377-3300 for specific performance information.
2:00 PM and @ 8:00 PM
Thursday-Friday @ 8:00 PM
@ 2:00 PM, @ 6:00 PM, and @ 8:00 PM
Sunday @ 2:00 PM and @
Wilson Hall, 2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4448
The Rink at Campus Martius Park (313) 963- 9393
RINK HOURS: (Please note Rink hours will
change January 2)
Monday - Thursday 11am - 10pm
11am - Midnight
Saturday 10am - Midnight
Sunday 12pm -
Adults 13 Years to 49 Years
Children 12 Years and younger $6
Seniors 50 Years and
Skate Rental $3
Shoe Check available for people
with their own skates $2
Office Christmas Party Thu Dec
The fifth Annual office Christmas party for people who do
not have an office party to attend will be held at Bastone's
Restaurant Bar starting at 5:00 PM. We will not be wearing
name tags and no one will be in charge. Just show up and join
the group at the bar. Some people will get together and
request a table for dinner but there will be no organized
According to one of the newspapers that published a list of
five ways to become the life of the party one of the
ways is to peruse the crowd and find the group that is having
the most fun. Then sidle up to the group and work your way in.
If you get any questioning glances, just tell them that you
picked them as the most fun loving group and they will be
pleased and will probably include you in their group. If they
don't look for the next group.
Bastone's is at fifth and Main in downtown Royal Oak. It is
at the south end and there is plenty of parking within walking
distance- they even have valet parking for those people who
have money left after doing their Christmas Shopping
Holly Hotel Victorian Dinner Mon Dec
The 26th Annual Victorian Feast! Monday Nights, Dec. 19!
Classical oysters, a perfect consomme and the aroma of the
Christmas Goose coming from our ovens! Since 1979, our
Victorian Feast tradition continues on two subsequent Monday
evenings, December 12 and 19. Reservations. 248/634-5208. The
Victorian Feast! AMUSE Oysters Katherine SOUP Veloute of
Celery SALAD Red Leaf Salad, Malt Dressing, Stilton, Crispy
Onions ENTREE Roast Christmas Goose, Brussels Sprouts,
Chestnuts, Goose Reduction DESSERT English Plum Pudding, Hard
Sauce, Wassail $39.00 per person. Club Members, $31.00 Regular
Dinner Menu Also Available.
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Eve Party Sat Dec 31|
Gayle Shields will be hosting her annual New Years Eve
Party starting at 7:00 PM. Bring a dish to pass. There will be
a pastry table so don't bring any pastry. Bring your own
drinks and $10 Invite your friends
Gayle lives at 2129 Tall Oaks in Troy there is a link to a
map in the previous article.
||Here is a map to Gayle's
Each week, by virtue of GrayBay's affiliation with
BidFind, the traffic on the auction site grows each day.
More registered users more visitors and more auctions.
The first 100 registered users will never have to pay
any fees. Once we build this auction site in to a
commercial success we will start charging fees which
will be much less than eBay.
If you are leery about selling on the Internet, this
is the place to start. Practice here.
If you list
an item for sale by auction, you can protect yourself by
setting a reserve price which is the least amount that
you would accept for the item. In this way if the bids
do not come in equal to or greater than the reserve
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re-list with different prices of for a longer period of
time. Some people only look at auctions that are about
to expire so short auctions get more
Another price that one can set is the
"Buy it Now" price which will end the auction and the
bidder who bids that price is declared the winner.
The most recent addition to GrayBay is Curits
Posuniak the well known artist entrepreneur who is the
proprietor of Klasics by Kurtis. He will be selling some
of his Christmas Ornaments and has said that after the
holidays he will list some other items.
Go to the auction site.
on a Canal for rent|
Newly refurbished home, granite counters and new
appliances in kitchen. 2 Bedroom, 2 bath with a dock on
a 25 foot deep canal in New Port Richey, Florida.. 45
minutes North of Tampa, and 1 hour 45 minutes to
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