March Madness had officially begun!  I love college basketball in February, March and the first weekend of April.  Other than that, I can generally take it or leave it. (except for games like Duke/North Carolina)  I guess you could say that I am a fan but not in the true sense of the word.  The only way I would be a season long fan of college basketball is if LSU was in the top 25 or if Duke wasn’t!  But when March rolls around, I watch every game I can.  As a matter of fact at the moment that I’m typing this, I am doing it to the sounds of Clemson vs. West Virginia!

The word fan is actually short for “fanatic.”  The definition from the dictionary of the word fanatic is… “a person marked or motivated by an extreme unreasoning enthusiasm.”  I can say for certain that I am a fanatic about LSU football.  People all over my little town I’m sure can hear me scream and wail when LSU is giving me a near heat attack at the end of the game!  I am certainly, though, not a true “fan” of this magnitude of college basketball.  I am a seasonal (end of season) fan at best!  The only way I would choose to watch a virtually meaningless (especially to me) basketball game in December or January is if there was no football on or I was being coerced into watching a Lifetime movie!

I ramble on about this simply thinking…is this the way I treat my relationship with Jesus?  Am I a fair-weather fanatic?  Am I a once a week only fan?  Or am I a person marked or motivated by an EXTREME UNREASONING ENTHUSIASM for Christ?  What about you?

the pattern is full!

My favorite movie of all time is TOP GUN.  If you aren’t from this planet and you don’t know about Top Gun, it is about a rogue naval aviator nicknamed “Maverick” who is one of the most elite pilots that the navy has ever seen.  It follows him through his time as a student in the fighter pilot training program, nicknamed Top Gun.

Maverick had a habit of “buzzing the tower,” which means he would ask for permission to do a “fly by” and each and every time the tower would answer him with the phrase, “Negative, Ghostrider, the pattern in full!”  Then, despite the negative response to his request, Maverick would fly by the tower and each time the tower commander would spill his coffee as the jet “buzzed” by!


"this is ghostrider, requesting a fly-by"

Well, with this blog, I’m going to pull a “Maverick!”  I realize that the “pattern is full” and there are so many blogs and opinions and thoughts out there that mine is probably something I shouldn’t do, but I’m going to buzz the tower anyway!  I hope through this blog, that you will enjoy my ramblings (or at least humor me) and take my opinions for what they are worth (you get to decide what they are worth!) and maybe you won’t spill your coffee. (or maybe if I make you laugh, you will!)

Sometimes “in my head” will be serious thoughts, sometimes, not so much.  I hope you will take them for what they are and just enjoy!  If you like them then subscribe, if not then go somewhere else!  If you want to respond please do so!

So for now, I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the ride and say in the words of Maverick, “I feel the need, the need for speed!”