Saturday, January 10, 2015

SEC power rating the last 8 years - and why recruiting is more important than coaching (and why some cheat)

Included is a list of NFL players from the SEC schools.
It also strongly compares to the ranking and success of these schools
football success considering the last 8 years.
Why is there such big coverage about recruiting each winter?
Talent wins games.   Sorry, million dollar coaches.
Saban and  Calipari are dominating with the talent rich Alabama football
and Kentucky basketball future pros.
Do you really think they would be where they financially if they
moved to Western Carolina or Missouri State?
This is why people cheat in football recruiting.
(No accusations-but it is the motivation for cheating when it happens.)
The list is from high to low listing schools with NFL player.
Listed also are some of the SEC school’s better known players.
These numbers are a strong and I think accurate correlation to the success of teams
 in the SEC the last 8 years considering their good and bad years,
 not just 2013 and 2014.
Tennessee seems high here but they weregood in the Fulmer days and these
older pros listed below played mostly then.
Missouri, Ole Miss and Texas A&M seem low but
this of course does take into account now  of future NFL players
 on their improved rosters now due to better recruiting.


Saturday Down South listed the number of NFL players from each SEC school and some of their players.

TEAM    NO. OF PLAYERS               NOTEABLES
#1 Alabama       42             Julio Jones, Eddie Lacy, Dre Kirkpatrick, C.J. Mosley
#2 LSU              42             Odell Beckham Jr., D. Bowe, Jeremy Hill, Patrick Peterson
#3 Georgia        39            M. Stafford, Geno Atkins, A.J. Green, Knowshon Moreno
#4 Florida          36             Carlos Dunlap, Joe Haden, Percy Harvey, M. Pouncey
#5 Tennesse      31           Peyton Manning, Arian Foster, Jason Witten, Jerod Mayo
#6 Auburn         27           Cam Newton, Nick Fairley, Karlos Dansby, Ronnie Brown
#7 S, Carolina   28           Alshon Jeffery, Jadeveon Clowney, John Abraham, Melvin Ingram
#8 Texas A&M 25           Johnny Manziel, Mike Evans, Ryan Tannehill, Von Miller
#9 Missouri       22           Aldon Smith, Jeremy Maclin, Ziggy Hood, Blaine Gabbert
#10 Ole Miss    19           Eli Manning, Patrick Willis, Mike Wallace, Michael Oher
#11 Arkansas    15           Peyton Hillis, Darren McFadden, Jason Peters, Jarius Wright
#12 Miss State  15           Fletcher Cox, Johnthan Banks, Darius Slay, K.J. Wright
#13 Kentucky    14           Randall Cobb, Stevie Johnson, Tim Masthay, Jacob Tamme
#14 Vanderbilt  11           Jay Cutler, Jordan Matthews, Zac Stacy

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Paradox of Coach Jim Lofton By Fletcher Law, assistant coach 1991-1993, North Hall


      Written in June 2014 and re-posted after Coach Jim Lofton's funeral.

                                  The Paradox of Coach Jim Lofton
                                       By Fletcher Law, assistant coach 1991-1993, North Hall

Coach Jim Lofton has built a well-known reputation for his football coaching and Christian character.
What is less known about him by those who did not know him in his coaching career is perhaps his equal devotion to teaching.  This was never in doubt working for him.  This is another lesson young coaches can learn from him.  As a young assistant he made a lasting impression on how a coach has a calling to teach your academic area, your sport and character by example.

A vivid memory of mine was once walking out of the North Hall field house through the washroom.
Future Clemson Tiger and NFL lineman Corey Hulsey, all 6’4 and 330 plus pounds of him and fully dressed out in pads, was sitting on the washer with his helmet by his side.  Coach Lofton was standing by him with an open book.  It was not a playbook on how to block 14 Blast.  Coach had in his hand an English Literature book helping Corey with Shakespeare.  Many people would not know that Coach had a master’s degree in English from Emory University.  I was surprised to learn that Corey was not even in Coach Lofton’s class.  Coach was delaying getting on the field for Lit for a student who also was a football player.  

As a new coach I was warned by defensive coordinator David Stephens about Coach Lofton’s intensity on the sideline on a Friday night.  Another paradox about Coach Lofton was our practices were teaching sessions.  Game days were different.  The coin had been flipped and the kick-off team I headed up was huddling up ready to start the game.  Coach Lofton grabbed my shoulder and hollered “I can’t believe that!”  “What?” was my shocked and puzzled response.  Coach said “There’s (name deleted to protect the guilty) in the stands.  I taught him freshman Health and he played here four years.  And now he is up there smoking a cigarette.”  In shock and disappointment he added “After all I taught him.”  Teaching freshman Health class was as important as Literature or running the 14 Blast or 20 trap properly.

One practice I was concerned about telling Coach that I had to leave early on the next day’s practice because the school I taught at was having a PTA meeting.  He told me sternly that it concerned him  greatly to see coaches not take teaching seriously.  He told me once at practice he was concerned about having a soft drink ad on the scoreboard.  Coach was concerned about what even his students drank and ate for snacks.  He believed in his system he had formulated by being a student.  He was always improving himself and refining his system to see why he included certain stretches and exercises and play calls.  He had a system and he was always refining it. He taught his assistant coaches his system.  We all knew what all eleven were to do on every play.  He and we knew what all eleven were to do on defense.

One of his assistants told me a clinic story.  Coach Lofton was listening to Bill Yeoman the inventor of the Houston veer offense speak.  Coach asked the big time college coach what the backside tackle was to do on the outside veer.  The “expert” coach told Coach Lofton he did not know.  This was astounding for Coach.  This is perhaps why were to be taught the idea of the “big picture”.

Coach Lofton taught and led his assistant coaches in a clear direction.  We followed him. The players were to follow us.  There was no paradox in this.  Where could he have learned how to lead, coach and teach by character in all things?  The Apostle Paul wrote- 

1 Corinthians 11:1  (NIV) “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”



Friday, December 26, 2014

The Fake War On Christmas (and the war people are ignorant of)


The Fake War On Christmas (and the war people are ignorant of)

The war on Christmas is over.
In fact there never really was one.

Few really are bothered by “Santa Baby” sliding down their chimney tonight.
Non-believers in the Savior having sung songs about “The Savior’s” birth have made millions of dollars.
They do not know who “The Savior” is or what He saves from but the royalty checks cash. Maybe that is why some think there is a war on Christmas.

From the days of Bing Crosby movies like White Christmas the subject of “The Savior” has been artfully avoided.  Maybe that is why some think there is a war on Christmas.

I am all for Santa fun and the spirit of generosity taken from the history of Saint Nicholas.  Sometimes Santa stuff is stupid.
Maybe that is why some think there is a war on Christmas.

Jesus (meaning Savior) Christ (his title as the Anointed One) or Jesus of Nazareth has always been left out of society.  It is well stated that at times in English and early American history that the revelry of Christmas has at times been outlawed due to the wild partying that alarmed society.  Maybe that is why some think there is a war on Christmas.

Thousands of hours of many Christmas specials have been made without covering the topic of this salvation subject concerning the Savior's birth celebrated at Christmas.  Maybe that is why some think there is a war on Christmas.

Rare is the Savior exalting Christmas film like “It’s A Wonderful Life” in which you can hear at the climax the Charles Wesley hymn about “God and sinners reconciled.”

And yes you have some new to the secularizing of society people having a tantrum about hearing Merry Christmas and having to be escorted off a plane.  Maybe that is why people think there is a war on Christmas.

Being rude to Christians is not exactly King Herod material.  It is not a policy of genocide against male infants to kill a perceived political rival to keep Christ off the planet.

There is no war on Christmas.
I repeat - there is no war on Earth on Christmas.
2,000 years ago Herod tried to murder the baby Jesus.
The Old Testament prophecy of the coming Jewish Savior led to persecution of the Jewish people – His people.

There is no war on Christmas.
There is a war.
The war is a rebellion led by the people He came to save.
The war is waged against those who talk about our great sin and the only solution -
A SAVIOR.

There was a war against the celebrated infant.
Secular society and the evil one really like this war covered up.
No war on Christmas - just Christ and His message.

He said "it finished."
He laid down His life at the murderers feet (us).
Jesus Christ said in  Matthew 20:28
"... to give His life a ransom for many.”
The Savior was resurrected and now rules.

The Christmas Babe was slaughtered like a Lamb.
Just as John The Baptist said at seeing Jesus Christ-
"behold the lamb of God who takes wawy the sin of the world."

Why was the baby slaughtered?
Look in the mirror.  

Why was there a war?
For you and me and those who revile His name.
Jesus Christ paid our price of sin so you could be forgiven, know the love of His Father and have peace with God and eternal life.

Pray, turn from sin and to the Savior.

Go celebrate.
Tell folks the war is over.
The baby won.









Monday, December 22, 2014

3Things About Christmas The Christmas Babe a poem by Fletcher Law


3 Things 
About 
The Christmas Babe 

3 Kings presented alms to the Babe we are told
Because it is written there were 3 gifts;
Gold, Frankincense and myrrh; representing His life, death and return.

The Babe 
lowly meek and mild
left the world on a row of three crosses;

3 men were on the 3 crosses.
The 1 was the Babe and He was covered in 3 things;
My sin, infirmity and desertion.

The Babe left the world with
3 words; 
"It Is finished".

We received 3 gifts from
His life, death and Resurrection.
Forgiveness of sin, fellowship with the Father, eternal life in Glory.

1 of the 3 on the row of crosses
went to 3 places; with a horrible final destination
death, the grave then hell.

1 of the 3 went to
3 places with a undeserved final destination;
Death, the grave and then to Paradise.

The 1 Babe of Christmas who was on the cross went to
3 different places;
death, a tomb and to a throne in Glory seated at the right hand of His Father.

After His Resurrection He was seen doing
3 things on Earth;
Fellowshipping, eating, forgiving.

The 1 Babe ascended into Heaven
 for 3 things;
To be glorified, rule and prepare to return.

The Babe will judge 
us all on 3 things; 
Faith, Hope and Love.

The 1 Babe is part of 3 The Father,Son and Holy Ghost.
The 1 Babe is the same in 3 ways;
Yesterday, Today and forever.

You need 3 things 
from this King.
Forgiveness of sins, peace with God and eternal Kingdom life.

Seek them in humbleness,
 truth 
and with assurance He hears you.

Merry Christmas Friends.
In Christ Alone!
Fletcher Law 2011

Sunday, December 7, 2014

SEC YEAR END REPORT CARD 2014






Dear readers.  It is the end of the semester and final grades are in.  I know we are not supposed to show everyone’s grade as we are taught in school to not embarrass the under achievers.
Consider this not a COMMON CORE report.

In the Spirit of peace and love forget about the Middle East, police relations and the economy.
Concentrate on something that is always brings harmonious glee to the masses SEC FOOTBALL.

These assessments are scientific ally calculated so there fore correct.
Therefore there is probably no reason to reply as this is what they call
THE STONE COLD TRUTH!

A  plus
University of Alabama  Tuscaloosa, Alabama  founded 1831 mascot Crimson Tide  SEC entry 1932
Ole Miss beat you.  This changed nothing.  I knew you would be win the SEC WEST anyway and Ole Miss would finish at 8-4 (except Ole Miss beat the school beneath them in the Magnolia State to go 9-3)
Gainesville High School Red Elephant alum Blake Simms should be a Heisman candidate but he is not.

B plus
Ole Miss ,  The University of Mississippi Oxford, MS   founded 1848, mascot  Rebels, SEC entry 1932
Ole Miss came from the bottom – to the middle- to the top third of the conference.
They beat #1 Bama and the for many weeks this season  falsely touted #1 team, Mississippi State with a faux Heisman leader .  They lost to a tough LSU team in the road, had a heart and leg breaking loss to Auburn at home and a weird loss to a mediocre Arkansas team.  Hugh Freeze thinks the Ole Miss job is better than the Florida Gator job.  “No way” you lost in the past might say.  Wins and dollars scientifically prove this.

University of Georgia     Athens, Georgia                              1785        35,520   Bulldogs               1932
Could have, should have and did not.  Unfortunately they lived down to and lost to Georgia Tech who labels the Dawgs “Next Year’s National Champs” every year.
Why are they this high?  The Dawgs beat down Missouri and Auburn in their roller coaster season that has many fans sick and considering who is driving in the future.


B
Auburn University Auburn, Alabama   founded  1856   mascot Tigers(one of many)    SEC entry    1932
Auburn University (not THE UNIVERSITY OF AUBURN as Pat Dye and Bo used to say) was the most dangerous team to play.  They were expected to be 8-4 and had people thinking playoff before they ran out of steam.  From a theological perspective it is believed that the real NCAA commissioner B.L. Zebub called in his contract against LSU for Malzon and their QB and the horseshoe had to be returned.  For a more technical explanation watch Damn Yankees.  No body want to play this offense.

B-
Mississippi State University         Starkville, MS     founded 1878    mascot Bulldogs               SEC entry 1932
MSU who their daddy “The School Up North” shall be now known as “The School Beneath Us”.
They are why the SEC does not need Texas A&M.  The SEC already has a little brother, maroon wearing team that hired Jackie Sherrill.  The y took Bama’s colors, Memphis States logo, Texas A&M’s jerseys, Georgia’s mascot and the Third Reich’s slogan.  As Bugs Bunny would say they are “real Maroons.”  Their best team in history went 10-2 and lost to big brother.  In the spirit of the holidays as Coach Mullen looks like cousin Eddie in Christmas Vacation >  Good luck in the Orange.  Clower Power! To you and yours.

Grade B-
University of Missouri    Columbia, Missouri founded       1839       mascot another Tigers   SEC entry 2012
Missouri for some TV reason joined a conference with no local interest and obviously no desire to support their team in a championship team.  They are average as is a B- grade.  I would rather they be average in the Big Ten as numbers mean nothing up thie whether it be 10-12 or 13 boring teams to watch.

Grade B-
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, Louisiana founded 1860               mascot Fighting Tigers  SEC entry 1932
A down year for one of the nation’s great programs of the last ten years.  The Grass Eater took Wisconsin and Ole Miss down.   Bigger corn dogs ahead for The Hat.  (Love him)

C plus
Texas A&M University   College Station, Texas    founded 1876    mascot Aggies   SEC entry 2012
For no good reason except for your quest for the Cotton Bowl gets easier as a middle of the pack SEC West team compared to being a middle of the pack Big 12 team.  You had your greatest player ever and went 8-4 last year to beat Duke in a bowl.  For your future in the SEC please referee to the short book “The football Glory of Mississippi State”.  It’s a short read.


C
University of South Carolina   Columbia, S.C.  founded 1801          mascot nasty  SEC entry                1991
You beat Georgia.  Keep saying that.  Clemson beat you.  The visor is sagging.  The Chicken curse has been dormant but it is still in your system.

C-
University of Tennessee               Knoxville, Tennessee     1794       Volunteers         SEC entry  1932
The only thing that has improved on Rocky Top besides the awesome new rap music they play is almost as enjoyable as Rocky Top 1,000 times in one game.  The only change here is that Butch has a better PR man than Dooley.  The same stuff keeps happening.  6-6 and the anticipation of the Belk or Music City Bowl or Birmingham.

D
University of Arkansas   Fayetteville, Arkansas    1871                       Razorbacks         SEC entry 1991
Bringing a taste of the Big Ten to the SEC.  Why? 

D-
University of Kentucky  Lexington, Kentucky       founded 1865                    Wildcats               SEC entry 1932
Annie the musical is being redone.  That is Kentucky football.  The sun will come out tomorrow or is that the lights in Rupp Arena?



D-
Vanderbilt University     Nashville, Tennessee     founded 1873    mascot Commodores     entry 1932
As Dennis Green said in a NFL press conference and a beer commercial-
“They are who we thought they were.” You are Vandy.


F-
University of Florida       Gainesville, Florida          1853      Gators  1932
Your Florida.  What in the Tebow happened to you?



Monday, November 24, 2014

John Wesley says Volunteer at Good News at Noon

John Wesley says you need to go to GOOD NEWS AT NOON Thanksgiving or 
any of the other 364 days 
“One great reason why the rich, in general, have so little sympathy for the poor, is, because they so seldom visit them. Hence it is, that, according to the common observation, one part of the world does not know what the other suffers. Many of them do not know, because they do not care to know: they keep out of the way of knowing it; and then plead their voluntary ignorances an excuse for their
hardness of heart. "Indeed, Sir," said person of large substance, "I am a very compassionate man. But, to tell you the truth, I do not know anybody in the world that is in want." How did this come to pass? Why, he took good care to keep out of their way; and if he fell upon any of them unawares "he passed over on the other side." [cf. Luke 10:25-37]*
Our perspective changes with proximity. It is easy to overlook a need until it is staring at you in the face. This is why it is so important for us to live in community with others. When we isolate ourselves we miss out on ways God wants to use us to meet the needs of others, or we miss out on ways God wants to meet our needs through others.

*From John Wesley's sermon "On Visiting the Sick."


From the Gainesville Times
Good News at Noon shelter is still looking for volunteers and donations for the holiday. Any volunteers need to be at the shelter’s church at 10:30 Thanksgiving morning to help serve the meal. The shelter is located at 979 Davis St., Gainesville.
The ministry is also requesting food items that are easy to open, like Spam and saltines, to hand out to the homeless.

Come Join Us.

Lift Jesus Up!

Fletcher Law, D.Min
Pastor 
Good News at Noon
979 Davis Street
Gainesville,GA (770) 503-1366


PS.  When you visit you see people like Ma Rogers who has made us thousands of great meals


and you will see appreciative people 



and many of these people will have changed lives



and you can hang with Willie




and you can meet our director of youth and children Hannah


you can hear the Word of God preached



You can hear Frank Moore Jr. sing



                                                you can meet great friends there

                                                            You can hel serve hot meals



                our shelter director thomas can tell you about our expansion and need of donors
     you can meet many local pastors there

 you will see children there





 tou will see volunteers there from all over North Georgia


We will preach Jesus in Word

and deed

and we will play
 


and you can meet and be blessed by MR. B at lunch or on Thursday Family Night











you can see our expansion and new land that we are raising funds for 




 we can give you a tour

   you can meet Mike

 and Neal and many of our residents

it will make you feel alive and young again like our 92 year old founder Mr. B.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Good News at Noon New Land - Prayer and Consecration Service








Good News at Noon blesses new property

POSTED: November 12, 2014 12:44 a.m.
Good News at Noon blesses new property
NICK WATSON/The Times

Thomas Ramirez, second from left, discusses the power of prayer at the consecration of new property for Good News at Noon with founder Gene Beckstein, left.

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To the sounds of “Amazing Grace” and “I’ll Fly Away,” Gainesville homeless shelter and ministry Good News at Noon blessed its new property Tuesday evening on Davis Street.
“I feel like a little kid with a candy, because to me it’s very exciting that God gave us more places to help more and more people,” said shelter director Thomas Ramirez.
Ramirez said the new property, located behind the kitchen on Davis Street, could possibly be turned into a playground area for children.
Following a selection of hymns, Pastor Fletcher Law began with Scripture from John 3:14.
“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,” the passage reads.
Gene Beckstein, the shelter’s founder known as Mr. B,, explained how the power of prayer has affected his own life. When an infection threatened the lower leg of the 92-year-old, people sought help from a higher power for good health.
“Six weeks later, he got healed,” Ramirez said.
The story, Beckstein said, brings a tear to his eye.
“As surely as he was healed, God will also do this work,” Bill Coates, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Gainesville, said of the consecrated property.
Coates led the dozen or so in attendance in prayer, asking that the property help those in need.
“We come to consecrate this land, and we come to consecrate ourselves,” Coates said in his prayer.
Ramirez said he views this as a new opportunity to continue helping people through Christianity.  
“God has so many miracles performed here,” said attendee Willie Alexander.