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Tactical Catholic Podcast Episode 022: The Gambler

I couldnt resist laying out the words of the great Kenny Rogers in my preparation for tonight’s podcast:

On a warm summer’s evenin
 On a train bound for nowhere
 I met up with the gambler
 We were both too tired to sleep
 So we took turns a-starin’
 Out the window at the darkness
 The boredom overtook us, he began to speak

 He said, “Son, I’ve made a life
 Out of readin’ people’s faces
 Knowin’ what the cards were
 By the way they held their eyes
 So if you don’t mind me sayin’
 I can see you’re out of aces
 For a taste of your whiskey
 I’ll give you some advice”

 So I handed him my bottle
 And he drank down my last swallow
 Then he bummed a cigarette
 And asked me for a light
 And the night got deathly quiet
 And his faced lost all expression
 He said, “If you’re gonna play the game, boy
 You gotta learn to play it right

 You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
 Know when to fold ’em
 Know when to walk away
 Know when to run
 You never count your money
 When you’re sittin’ at the table
 There’ll be time enough for countin’
 When the dealin’s done

 Every gambler knows
 That the secret to survivin’
 Is knowin’ what to throw away
 And knowin’ what to keep
 ‘Cause every hand’s a winner
 And every hand’s a loser
 And the best that you can hope for
 Is to die in your sleep”

 And when he finished speakin’
 He turned back toward the window
 Crushed out his cigarette
 And faded off to sleep
 And somewhere in the darkness
 The gambler he broke even
 And in his final words
 I found an ace that I could keep….

You tell em, Kenny. I am excited for.this week’s show. 22 episodes in the bag so we are gonna take a chance and play the ponies.

Join us tonight and talk gambling, sports wagering, march madness, Pete Rose, stocks, gas station sushi, and other gambles. 


Tactical Catholic Podcast Episode 016

Live tonight at 9pm central we will discuss the Superbowl, nachos, youth sports, the hidden danger of ribbon, a d the virtue of wrestling (always).

Also, you will learn why I must despise Disney now. It’s true.

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No Do-overs?

No doubt the Seahawks last play at the goal line is the worst call ever made in the history of the Super Bowl. I am quite sure Seattle coaches, players, and fans wish for a do-over.

There are no do-overs in football.

The press conferences look for the answers for horrible calls. Rarely, if ever do we hear…

  • I made the wrong decision
  • It is my fault
  • I am sorry
  • I resolve to not do that again

Blame gets passed around like an empty donation basket – hurriedly, hoping the next guy will do something with it or that it goes away.

  • It didnt happen the way we wanted.
  • We thought …. so we ….
  • Sometimes things happen
  • Next question

Does this happen to you? You make a bad decision. There are no do-overs. You blew it. Do you own your mistake? Do you confess, apologize, and make amends? Do you pass responsibility or blame to someone or something else? Do you apologize as though it is their fault and not yours? Do you ignore it and hope it goes away?

Our model is confession. To confess means to admit. Admit your mistake. Admit your decision to act. Confess that it was wrong. Apologize. Resolve not to repeat it.

It takes guts to admit mistakes, especially to spouses and children, but we have to do it. Do not wait on a press conference. Do not wait on an apology from someone else. You do your part and confess. Let God handle the other person.



Next question.

Do I Hate Your College Football Team

After my post describing why I hate your football team I was asked by several of you just who these teams were. For your reading pleasure I will list the teams I hate. Read the rest of this entry