How to be an Effective Team Player

How to Become an Effective Team Player

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9,10)

As a leader, your most valuable resource is the people that you work with. And now, more than ever, an excellent leader must be an effective team player. Here are some important things to remember in order to develop into a quality team member:

1. Demonstrate reliability. People should be able to count on you to do your fair share in working hard and meeting commitments. Consistency is crucial. Your team should be able to count on you to deliver good performance all the time, not just some of the time.

Proverbs 22:1 NIV – A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

”Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” – Dietrich Bonhoffer

2. Communicate constructively. To be a valuable team player, you must be able to express your thoughts and ideas clearly, directly, honestly and with respect for others.

Proverbs 13:2-3 NIV – From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

”The most important single ingredient in the formula of success i9s knowing how to get along with people.” – Theodore Roosevelt

3. Function as an active participant. You must fully engage yourself in the work of your team if you are to be an effective team player. Take the initiative and help make things happen with an attitude of “What contribution can I make to help the team achieve success?”

Proverbs 20:18 NIV – Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance.

4. Share information. Be willing to share information, knowledge, and experience. Take the initiative to keep other team members informed both formally and on a day-to-day “touching base.”

Proverbs 12:15 NIV – The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.

“It’s not what you tell your players that counts. It’s what they hear.”- Red Auerbach

5. Pitch in to help. Teamwork involves working with others and acting together to accomplish a job. Good team players figure out ways to solve problems and get work done in spite of differences they may have with one another on an individual level.

(Proverbs 12:24 NIV – Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.

“There is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being – to help someone succeed.”Alan Loy McGinnis

6. Practice flexibility. Change is the norm when you’re working in a team environment. Good team players flow and adapt to these conditions. They don’t complain or get stressed out because something new is tried or some new direction is being set.

(Proverbs 24:10 NIV – If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!

7. Work as a problem-solver. An effective team player is willing to deal with all kinds of problems in a solutions-oriented manner. Instead of being a problem-dweller, problem-blamer, or problem-avoider, valuable team members choose the approach of a problem-solver.

(Proverbs 22:29) Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.

“The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.” – Anonymous

Who’s on First?

In honor of the beginning of the baseball season, it’s worth revisting the best baseball sketch–and the best comedy sketch–of all time. This is the 75th anniversary of Abbott and Costello first performing their famous routine for a national radio audience.

March Madness Pt 4 – The Triple Threat

Kobe Bryant triple threat position against Trevor Ariza of the Rockets

 March Madness Pt 4 – The Triple Threat

(Mark 12:30 NIV) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

(Revelation 3:15-16) “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

Today I want to talk to you about another aspect of basketball that has implications for us in life and in our Christian walk. I want to talk to you about fundamentals. Unfortunately, talking about fundamentals isn’t real glamorous or sexy. We feel like this about the fundamentals. We view fundamentals as just practice. It is the boring day in day out stuff that doesn’t really matter.

there are fundamentals that must be brushed up on constantly. It doesn’t matter how professional or skilled you become. You must constantly revisit the basics and stay proficient in them.

So let’s talk about one of the most fundamental things you ever learn in basketball. The triple threat position is basic basketball. It is in fact, one of the first things you ever learn in basketball. What is the triple threat position? It is called the triple threat position because from this position you can do three things. You can pass, you can dribble, or you can shoot.

It is when you master these three fundamentals that you are a formidable opponent on the court. It takes all three elements to be complete. If all you can do is shoot, then I will guard you and keep you from shooting. If all you can do is pass, I won’t worry about your shot and I will lay off of you and play the passing lanes. If all you can do is dribble, then you are stuck for sure and you will be ineffective. It is when someone has developed proficiency in all 3 areas (passing, dribbling, and shooting) that they are next to impossible to stop, contain, or guard.

The Fundamentals of Spiritual growth is not determined how you act in church but how you respond to life.

•Hot – You are growing.

(2 Thessalonians 1:3) “We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.”

“The soul’s deepest thirst is for God Himself, who has made us so that we can never be satisfied without Him.” FF Bruce

•Cold – You do not know God yet.

(2 Corinthians 4:4) “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

 •Lukewarm – You are drifting.

(Hebrews 2:1) “We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.”

How to Get There

•Grow yourself daily.

Hebrews 6:1) “Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity…”

(Proverbs 23:12) “Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.”

(Jeremiah 29:13-14) “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD

As a church, we don’t define ourselves by what we do on Sundays. SG is lifetime

1. Worship

  1. Psalm 100:4 GWT – “Enter his gates with a song of thanksgiving. Come into his courtyards with a song of praise”

  2. Psalm 103.1 NLT – “Praise the Lord, I tell myself; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name”

  3. John 4:23 NIV – Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks.”

  4. Everybody worships something. It is the response of what you value most.

  5. In every heart there is an altar and a throne. Follow the trail of your time, your affection, your energy, your money, your loyalty, your thoughts, dreams & ambitions, & your priorities. You will find who or what is sitting on the throne of your heart!

  6. Mark 12:30 NIV – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul, and all your mind, and all your strength.”

  7. Worship is (begins on Sundays)
    i. Expressing my affection to God – Praise
    ii. Focusing my attention on God – Prayer & meditation iii. Using my abilities for God – Serving
    iv. Tozer said, without worship, we go about miserable

 2. The Bible, God’s Word
  1. Hebrews 4:12 NIV – “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to the dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

    1. The Bible is authoritive not bc it is a manuel for living, but bc it reveals to us JESUS who has the power to CUT through all our BOLONEY.

    2. “The Scriptures were not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives”

  2. Joshua 1:8 NIV – “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night,
    so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

  3. Psalm 119:11 NIV – “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

  4. The Bible is not just a book; it is a God breathed, God indwelt, God inspired message. We are to believe what the Bible says, not what we think it says of what someone else says that it says.

    i. 66 books, 1,189 chapters, 31,273 verses

    ii. It will outlast heaven & earth (Matt. 24:35)

  5. Mark Twain said, “It ain’t the those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.”

  6. In our pursuit of seeking God, we must become interested in the Word of God.

    i. John Calvin said, “We owe to the scripture the same reverence which we owe God bc it proceeded from Him alone…”

  7. Knowing God’s Word is the Pathway to Knowing God
    i. John 5:39 NIV- “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me..”

3. Prayer

a. Get Your heart right with God

i. I John 1:9 – “If we can confess our sins, HE is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”

Psalm 139:23-24 – “Search me, God, and know my heart;
 test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

 I Thessalonians 5:17 NLT – “Never Stop Praying”
Psalm 5:3 NIV – “In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”
  1. i. My Pastor (J Hugh Rose) used to say, “Don’t stop praying and don’t stop believing in the results of your prayers.”

  2. Have confidence in your relationship with God.

    (Hebrews 4:16) “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

  3. The power in prayer is not the person praying BUT God who is hearing.

    i. Matthew 19:26 CEV – “Jesus looked straight at them and said, “There are some things that people cannot do, but GOD CAN DO ANYTHING.”

  4. Release your faith with absolute assurance in God’s Ability

    •I John 5:14-15 NIV – “This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us- whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.”

    x. God does not answer our prayer simply because we have a specific need – He answers our prayers when we pray in line with His Word

    xi.Remember – Don’t forget to pray today because God didn’t forget to wake you up this morning 

March Madness Pt.3 – Time Outs


March Madness Part 3 Time Outs

March Madness is in full swing. Many of you have begun to fill out your brackets. Who is going to win it this year?

Today I want to look at another aspect of the game of basketball that has implications for us spiritually.

 In 1993, North Carolina, coached by Dean Smith, squared off against Coach Steve Fisher whose Michigan team featured 5 freshmen sensations who called themselves the Fab Five. The most memorable play in the championship game and perhaps one of the most infamous moments in the history of March Madness came in the last seconds of this championship game. Down by only two points and now with an opportunity to either tie up the game or take the lead Michigan’s Chris Webber tried to call a timeout when double-teamed by North Carolina. Michigan had already used all of its timeouts, so Webber’s gaffe resulted in a technical foul. Michigan had no time left to recover and North Carolina ultimately won the national title with a 77–71 victory. Chris Webber’s panicked mistake brought to glaring light an important truth about basketball . . . Timeouts can play a key role in the winning or losing of a game.

 This morning I want to give you some basic information about timeouts and then I want to make some very clear practical application for us. I am going to reference a lot of Scripture today. However, if you need a text then perhaps the best place for me to draw your attention is the beginning. The very beginning of our world and our history is marked by the first recorded called timeout.

Genesis 2:1-3 NIV – “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. 2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

Let me tell you some things about timeouts.

 1. Everyone needs timeouts.

It doesn’t matter how in shape you are or even if you think you are Super Man on the court. Everyone needs to take a time out occasionally. That is the message of Genesis chapter 2. Even God… the One who created the Universe and who we have been told never grows tired, never sleeps, never slumbers and is never out of power takes a day off.

 •God’s message is plain: “If creation didn’t crash when I rested, it won’t crash when you do.”

 •God’s own Son took time outs on a regular basis. He would go into a private place. He would separate himself from others for a period of time. He took timeouts.

 •Perhaps Francis Chan said it best when he said: “We think He’s a great Savior, but not a great role model. The American church has abandoned the most simple and obvious truth of what it means to follow Jesus: You actually follow His pattern of life.”

Is it just me, or are we a busy people? For all of our new inventions, all our time-saving tools and toys, for all our shortcuts and overnight deliveries and quick fix solutions and microwave ovens and fast food restaurants we are always in a hurry and almost always running out of time!

 We live in a 24/7 culture. We wear cell phones to stay accessible 24/7 (and if you are like me I even wear them on my PJs until I go to bed), we do business over the Internet so we can shop, and organize our lives and make decisions 24/7. We hit the drive-thru window at Wendy’s at midnight and then go to Supermarket at three in the morning.

2. Timeouts can either break momentum or create momentum.

 In the game of basketball, if a team is making a run on you a timeout can be used to try to stop that run. Or if you are struggling as a team a timeout can be used to try to spark the team’s effort and create momentum.

 Scripturally I was reminded of John Mark who had embarked on a missionary journey with Barnabas and Paul. He called a timeout that broke momentum. However, I also remember that Paul right after he became Saul went on a long timeout in the wilderness that created momentum. Jesus often took timeouts that created momentum!

•Matthew 14:22-23 – “Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,”

Some of us have been under attack and we need a timeout to break the momentum of our enemy. A few days away could be the difference between victory and defeat. Likewise, some of us have been ineffective, lethargic, and apathetic and we may need a timeout to kick us into gear. We may have been just going through the motions!

3. Timeouts are used for specific purposes.

a. To provide rest.

How many of you have ever taken a timeout only to return to the game more tired than you left? Have you ever made this statement, “I need a vacation after my vacation!”? That is not an effective timeout. We must learn that timeouts should allow us time to rest. In fact, that is the whole concept of the Sabbath. It isn’t so much about the legalistic argument about a certain day is that it is God teaching us that there is a healthy way to work. The Sabbath is how God brings health to my work habits. It is the Sabbath that helps us understand the ebb and flow of the game!

 Hebrews 4:6-9 – Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, 7 God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted:“Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts.”[a] 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;

 b. To deal with strategy.

 Matthew 11:28-30 MSG “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.’”

•Time outs are crucial because it is during them that we learn how to live again. We strategize and come up with plans on how to live freely and lightly

 In fact, if you don’t do this part of it you have wasted the timeout! My concern is that too many times we run from, but give no plan or thought to what we run to! Timeouts aren’t just a chance to veg out! They should be coupled with a strategy on how to best use them and to grow from them. I think too many of us waste our timeouts and just numbly use the time away and have nothing spiritually to show for it when we get back!

 c. To reconnect with teammates.

 •One of the overlooked aspects of time outs is that it allows time for teammates to talk, encourage, confront, challenge and help one another.

One man spoke about this when he said, “The most disturbing result of hurrysickness is that I start to see those around me as obstacles that slow me down. Playing catch in the yard, leisurely walks with my wife, and unstructured evenings at home are viewed as interruptions. Yet scripture instructs me to invest the time required to cultivate rich relationships.

•Col 3: 12-17 NIV – 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

•I Peter 1:22 NIV – 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.

“A hurry-sick world accepts shallow relationships as the necessary price of achieving our individual ambitions.”

•Sometimes a timeout is essential because it helps to reestablish relationship with those who are in the game with us!

4. Timeouts can be called by the coach or by the player.

 I just wanted to mention this because there are times that the players needs a time out, but can’t see it and that is when the coach steps in. This thought brought me back to a familiar passage that I hadn’t really thought of in this light before.

Psalms 23:2 says, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.”

There are times when He has to make us lie down. The coach knows what is best (if He is a good coach and we have the best one ever). He sees our need for rest. Have you ever had God call a timeout for you? He hides you. How many of you know if God hides you no one can find you? We don’t like these timeouts most of the time and we try to escape them, but we need to learn that God has our best in mind and He knows when we need the timeout.

 •Jesus called time outs for the disciples.

Mark 6:30-32 NIV – 30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” 32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place

We need to learn to trust the coach again. If He says timeout we should recognize that we need it rather than get mad that He stopped the game for awhile. It is when we try to keep playing after He has said time out that we get in trouble.

I also believe this is why it is essential to have some assist coaches in our lives who have the right to call timeouts too! God is our head coach, but He wants to position some other coaches (accountability partners, friends, loved ones, pastors) who have the right to call a timeout when they see us becoming weary or struggling. In order for this to happen we have to be willing to give them that right and to trust them!

5. Timeouts end at a specific time.

There are two types of timeouts in basketball. There is the long timeout that lasts for 75 seconds or 1 minute and 15 seconds. Each team gets 4 of these per game. Each team also receives 2 thirty second timeouts per game. These designated timeouts end at a specific time. The refs make sure that the 75 second timeouts aren’t 6 minute timeouts and that the 30 second timeouts aren’t 3 second timeouts. They end at a specific time.

However, some of you have been on timeout for way too long. It is time to serve again. It is time to volunteer again. It is time to worship again. It is time to care again. It is time to love again. It is time to fight again. It is time to get back in the game!

 There are two types of timeouts. The long ones usually mean getting away for awhile. However, I believe the shorts ones are what our Sunday services are all about. They are 30 second time outs that enable you to receive care, rest, encouragement, meet back up with your teammates, strategize and plan, and then get back into the game. That is what makes our time each week together so important. This isn’t just something we do to do! These are essential, life giving breaks in our lives that enable us to win!

•••Our tendencies as they relate to timeouts are:

A. We don’t think we need them. So we won’t call one.

B. We call too many or we refuse to answer the whistle when they end and we never get back in the game.

C. We waste them. We veg out; we gain no rest and no strategy.

I want to close by mentioning a passage of Scripture and then rereading a portion of Scripture to you. Paul must have known we would need timeouts.

Galatians 6:9 –  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Hear Jesus’ invitation to you again this morning in Matthew 11:28-30 MSG: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Come unto me all who labor and are heavy laden! Come unto me all of you who are weary and burdened, tired and worn out, burned out and hurt and I will call a timeout and get you rest, a strategy and allow you to reconnect to your teammates.

If you are in this condition I am giving you the opportunity to enjoy a short time out now and I want to pray for you. Maybe one of the assist coaches that God has assigned to your life needs to come to you right now and minister to you.

Prayer: Lord, teach me how to rest. Show me how I can turn towards You and refresh and rejuvenate myself. I know that without rest, I cannot accomplish the goals and desires that You have placed within me. Thank you for Your rest! In Jesus name, amen.


King Joash, King David, King LeBron & our Misplaced Passion

In II Kings 13:14-19, story is about Joash, who is engaged in a severe spiritual battle. But has every opportunity to succeed, but didn’t. He had misplaced passion. Half hearted faith. Elisha had enabled Joash to conquer the Syrians. He was giving him perpetual, generational victory. But Joash was overwhelmed with mediocrity. Elisha told him to “pound the ground” but he only did it three times, signifying that he would only have 3 victories. The prophet told him, “you should have done it 5 or 6 times”. Elisha was angry at the lack of passion on Joash’s part. Then Elisah died.

So here is the message. We have our priorities and passions misplaced in this present culture. As I turned on ESPN Thursday night to see the details of the horrible news of Cleveland’s beloved son, leaving the fathers house, for another country? Miami Heat? Come On LeBron! $128 million for 6 more years in Cleveland not enough? Oh but to settle for $99 million for 5 years on South Beach? Ok, my real thoughts….He is just a basketball player. Yes I love Ohio. yes I am a Cleveland fan, Yes I enjoyed watching LeBron play. But his contract was up! He decided to go to another team. In a world that we have more things to be emotional about, such as, abortions, deaths, marriages falling a part, our nations economy, etc…. In Cleaveland people were screaming, crying, consoling each other, threatening to burn LaBron’s house down, and burning his famed sacred number 23 jerseys. This is all the reaction because one basketball player is going to another team. Yes it is devasting to us, the Cleveland economy, but things change. On the other side of the coin. In Miami the camera’s go to a local sports bar. When the news is announced people are jumping, high fiving, hugging, crying, dancing, and passionate celebration. LaBron, Wade, and Bosch! It is going to be a championship in Miami! Yee Ha!!!!

The world and culture expects “Passion” for it’s teams and players. Men, Women, and kids of all ages, express that passion. We were the jersey’s, the tshirts, the hats, we read the sports page, turn on espn to find the latest news. I’m not doggin this, I admit I do this too! So can I say that if we are so passionate about these things, and we express those passions, and yet we don’t when it comes to God. It has become idols in our culture? Grown adults acting this way and yet will not do so in a worship environment? Will not be that passionate about God and His plan for us? We have become inactive, no iniative towards God. We have accepted all this without objection. When was the last time you were this passionate about God? Do you worship like you have passion? Do pray like you have passion? Jesus said, where your treasure is that is where your heart is? Where is your passion?

Why is it that when we see someone excited, passionate in a church, we think they are weird, or just new to the church? There is nothing wrong with being passionate in worship and passionate towards the things of God. Goodnight, if these people in Cleveland and Miami can act a certain way and not be ashamed, why should we as the Church?

David sinned in II Samuel 11:1-2, not because he just had a lust problem. He saw a gorgeous, smokin’ hot naked woman taking an oil bath on a roof. That would mess with any man. Here is the issue, He was in the wrong place and the wrong time. Most sin is a result of that. David was supposed to pursue his enemies at this time. The Kings were supposed to be at war. David napped while his men fought. A passive, misplaced passion introduced David to his sin.

I like sports, but I love God! So LeBron goes to Miami. Does anyone care, that people are slipping off into eternity without Christ?
Does anyone care that 4800 abortions were committed? Does anyone care 1 out 3 church plants fail? Does anyone care that 1500 pastors leave the ministry every month? Does anyone care that 65% of marriages are ending in divorce? Does anyone care that people are dying from cancer and other diseases everyday? That millions are dying from starvation everyday in Third World countries? There are truly more important things to get emotional and passionate about it life that just a basketball trade.

Buckeyes Beat Michigan – 14-3


No. 7/7 Ohio State (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten) 14
No. 23/23 Michigan (8-4, 6-2 Big Ten) 3
Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Attendance: 111,941 – second-largest attendance in Michigan Stadium history
Media credentials issued: 1,248 – most in Michigan history
• For the third time in school history, Ohio State has defeated Michigan four-consecutive years. Previously, the Buckeyes notched four-consecutive wins against Michigan from 1934-37 and 1960-63.

• Under head coach Jim Tressel, Ohio State is now 6-1 against Michigan. Tressel is the first Ohio State coach to beat Michigan in six out of seven tries.

• The win Saturday gives Ohio State its 32nd Big Ten championship and first back-to-back outright Big Ten titles since 1954-55.

• Under Tressel, the Buckeyes are 29-7 against ranked opponents and 8-4 on the road against Top 25 teams.

• Ohio State is now 36-39-7 all-time on the road against ranked teams and 30-33-5 against ranked Big Ten teams on the road. Overall, Ohio State is 123-100-12 against Top 25 teams.

• The Buckeyes led, 7-3, at halftime Saturday and are now 57-3 under Jim Tressel when leading at the half.

• Jim Tressel’s record with the Buckeyes now is 73-15 and his career record is 208-72-2.

• Ohio State is now 413-125-14 as a Top 25 team and 306-70-9 when ranked in the Top 10.

• Ohio State now is 798-302-53 in its 118th season of play. The win total ranks fifth all-time in college football.

• The Buckeyes have scored at least one touchdown in 138-consecutive games dating back to a 13-9 loss to Michigan in 1996.

• In the month of November, the Buckeyes are now 282-132-19 all-time and 104-54-8 in November road games.

• Since 1951, Ohio State leads the all-time series with Michigan, 29-26-2, which includes wins in six of the last seven games under Jim Tressel.

• Overall, Michigan leads the all-time series against Ohio State 57-41-6.

• The Buckeyes are now 19-30-4 all-time against the Wolverines in Ann Arbor.

• Sophomore Chris “Beanie” Wells rushed for a career-high 222 yards on a career-high 39 carries Saturday. His rushing attempts and yards the most by a Buckeye against Michigan in the 104-game series.

• With 222 yards Saturday, Wells moved into second place all-time among Ohio State sophomore rushers.

Sophomore 1,000+ rushers in Ohio State history:
1. Archie Griffin – 1,577 (1973)
2. Chris Wells – 1,463 (2007)
3. Antonio Pittman – 1,331 (2005)
4. Keith Byars – 1,199 (1983)
5. Vince Workman – 1,030 (1986)

• On Ohio State’s first play of the second half, Wells notched a career-long 62 yard touchdown run to put the Buckeyes up, 13-3. The 62-yarder topped his previous career long of 58 yards against Michigan last season.

• The 62-yard touchdown run by Wells marked Ohio State’s longest rush of the season

• The Buckeyes were 1-for-1 on red zone chances Saturday. The Buckeyes now are 38-for-42 this season in the red zone.

• Brian Robiskie, with two catches for 21 yards Saturday, has caught a pass in 24-consecutive regular-season games.

• The Buckeyes held Michigan to three points Saturday, marking the lowest point total allowed against Michigan since Ohio State shut out the Wolverines, 28-0, in 1962.

• Junior defensive end Vernon Gholston notched his 11th, 12th and 13th quarterback sack of the season Saturday to tie the Ohio State single-season sacks record held by Mike Vrabel in 1995.

• Those 13 sacks by Gholston have totaled 96 yards in losses for opposing teams. That ranks second all-time in a season at Ohio State, tailing only the 101 yards in losses Vrabel had on his school-record 13 sacks in 1995.

• The Buckeyes held Michigan to 91 yards in total offense Saturday, marking the first time the Wolverines did not reach 100 yards in total offense since they gained just 97 yards against Purdue Oct. 20, 1962.

They Shall Arise!

I am sad today to blog this information. My Buckeyes lost to the Gators in the BCS National Championship Game. But I have a Word from God today, and it is Micah 7:8 which says,“Rejoice oh my enemy for when I fall, I SHALL ARISE!”

Buckeyes Fall In BCS Championship Game

Ohio State finishes the season with 12-1 mark.

Jan. 9, 2007

GLENDALE, Ariz.- Chris Leak and Tim Tebow showed off coach Urban Meyer’s twin quarterback system to perfection as the No. 2 Gators became the first Division I school to hold football and basketball titles at the same time.

Now, only one question remains: What about Boise State, the last undefeated team left standing?

The Broncos stunned Oklahoma on the very same field in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day.

Ted Ginn Jr. returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown. He hobbled off minutes later with an injury and by the time he returned for the second half on crutches, Florida led 34-14.

Leak completed 25 of 36 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown. The Rambo-like Tebow threw for one TD and powered into the end zone for another.

Florida won its second national title, adding to the one Heisman winner Danny Wuerffel brought home in 1996 under coach Steve Spurrier with a 52-20 romp over Florida State in the Sugar Bowl.

In the first football matchup between these schools – they’ve both played the sport for 100-plus years – the Gators stopped Ohio State’s 19-game winning streak.

The Buckeyes beat a pair of No. 2 teams earlier in the season, defending champion Texas and Michigan.

ESPN Friday Night Fights

We had ringside tickets to ESPN’s Friday Night Fights in Columbus Ohio a few years ago and Here is a photo of me and Former Heavy Weight Boxing champ James Buster Douglas. Then a photo of some buddy’s, Matt Winemiller, Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN Gameday), myself, and Micah Pelkey. We had a BLAST! A very memorable evening amongst friends. It was great meeting Buster and Kirk. Both guys were really cool.