Category Archives: Basketball

Acts 2 Collective – Getting in the Dirt

On Wednesday night we had former Iowa State basketball player and current Christian Missionary Jake Sullivan come speak to our youth group. We had a potluck dinner and then Sarah G. ran Devotions before he spoke.

I wish more of you would’ve made it, because he gave a great and inspiring speech about fishing for people. He started his speech talking about his basketball career with a story about how he was heavily recruited, but he didn’t have any scholarship offers until he put up 42 on Dwayne Wade.

He told the story about how he wasn’t raised in a house of believers, but what lead him to God was following a girl he wanted to date to the SALT Company.

He also talked about how after his basketball career was over, he was worried he would never get the feeling he got when he hit a big shot in Hilton. It was praying on this worry that lead to his mission work in Africa and Iowa and Minnesota.

However, the story that he told that I will remember most was when he was running a basketball clinic in a bad part of Chad. All of Chad is a place you don’t want to be, so you can imagine how bad the bad part of Chad must be.

On the last night of the clinic, 4 black government SUVs pulled up to the clinic. A bunch of government officials in military uniforms got out. Jake thought for sure that he was going to jail for his faith and he was prepared to do it. Even though he had a wife and children waiting at home for him.

Instead, what happened was that the government was there to give him more land to do his mission work. This is the kind of thing that doesn’t happen in a Muslim country that is torn apart by civil war and has 4 different terrorist organizations on all 4 sides.

But why were they doing this?

They told him that he wasn’t the first white person that had come through there. He wasn’t the first American to come through there. He definitely wasn’t the first Christian to come through there. However, of all the people that had come through there, trying to spread the word of Jesus, Jake was the first one to sit in the dirt with them (literally) and eat with them.

Jake pointed out this wasn’t part of some plan he had hatched. He sat down in the dirt and ate with them, because that is how they ate. They sat in a circle on the ground and ate. He sat with them because that is what he thought he was supposed to do.

A real God Moment. Plus a great lesson. If you are going fishing for men or if you are showing people the love of Jesus, you have to get into the dirt with them. God meets people wherever they are and you have to do the same.

It is also a good reminder for people that have thought about returning to church or going to church for the first time too. Lots of people think that they can’t go to church because they have to get their life together first. They have to get straight. Then when they are good enough, they can go to church.

But that is backwards thinking. You take your problems. You take your baggage. You take all your dirt to God. That is when the transformation happens. Don’t try to transform before you go to God. Go to God and the transformation will happen.

As the saying goes, “Church isn’t a museum for good people. It is a hospital for broke people.”

Guess what? We’re all broken. And after we heal, we are strong at the broken places.

After the speech was over, Teresa came up and said she needed to get my picture with Jake Sullivan for Mom.

So I went up and told him, “My sister needs a picture of us together because my Mom wants it.” Then I paused and I added, “I want it too!”:


Me with Jake Sullivan

After the speech one of the kids in the youth group stopped me and said, “You should book more speakers like him.”

I told him, “There just aren’t a lot of Jake Sullivans in the world!”

Jake Sullivan

Hey! So whatcha doin’ next Wednesday night?

Let me tell you what you should be doing! You should come to the First United Methodist Church in Boone and join us for our Youth Group. That Wednesday’s Youth Group will be a little different than most nights.

#1. It will be open to the entire community. It is always open to the youth of the community, but this time it is open to adults as well.
#2. We will be having a potluck starting at 6 PM!
#3. At 7 PM we will be having former Iowa State basketball player and current Christian missionary Jake Sullivan speaking. I believe he will be speaking about his mission trips to Africa and his ministry there.

To put that information in another way:


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It would be awesome to see many of you there! Next Wednesday. May 10th. Boone First United Methodist Church.

3 for 4

Jesse and I went down to Kansas City last Saturday to watch Iowa State play West Virginia in the Big 12 Championship Game. Here are a few cruddy cell phone pictures from the day:


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2017 Big 12 Tournament Championship

It was a great day spent in Hilton South with 18,000 of my closest friends!

Iowa State held off a gritty West Virginia team to claim the championship, behind the play of the the best point guard in the country Monte Morris and Deonte Burton’s thunderous dunk and Matty T’s shooting and Naz’s grit and determination and Solo’s defense and Bowie’s onions and DJ’s heart and Little Babb’s spark.

Here’s hoping for a long run in the NCAA Tournament!

Selfie Project – February

This is a good time to check back in with the SELFIE PROJECT. These are some of my favorite images from February:


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Selfie Project - February 21
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Selfie Project - February 28
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So far I’m 74 days in and this beard is looking good!

Don’t forget that you can follow the daily SELFIE PROJECT postings by following me on Instagram. @christopherdbennett

Roundball Oracles – Year 13

Once again, the Madness is upon us. It is time to put your basketball knowledge to the test and try to take your place upon the list of immortals.

If you are interested in joining this year’s pool. Contact me via email at bennett@photography139.com.

Once again this year, there is no fee.

The champion will win The Roundball Oracles Trophy.

The last place adult (that gave full effort) will receive the Sara Lockner Good Effort Trophy. Affectionately known as “The Sara”.

League rules and past champs below.

Rules

First Round: The weight for each correct pick is 1. The seed of the winning team is added to the correct pick total.
Second Round: The weight for each correct pick is 2. The seed of the winning team is added to the correct pick total.
Sweet 16: The weight for each correct pick is 4. The seed of the winning team is added to the correct pick total.
Elite : The weight for each correct pick is 8. The seed of the winning team is added to the correct pick total.
Final Four: The weight for each correct pick is 16. There is no bonus applied.
Championship: The weight for each correct pick is 32. There is no bonus applied.

Tiebreaker: The total score of the Championship game.

Past Roundball Oracle Champions (The List of Immortals):

2016 – Michelle Haupt
2015 – Derek Dohrman
2014 – Brandon Kahler
2013 – William McAlpine
2012 – Lowell Davis
2011 – Carrie Baier
2010 – Mark Wolfram
2009 – Mark Wolfram
2008 – Mark Wolfram
2007 – Tim Peterson
2006 – William McAlpine
2005 – William McAlpine

Past Sara Lockner Good Effort Recipients:

2016 – Laura Priest
2015 – Derrick Gorshe
2014 – Sara Lockner

If you think you should’ve received an email invite by now, but haven’t let me know.

Can’t remember how you placed last year? I feel you… Look below…

2016 Standings

1. Michelle Haupt 275
2. Sean Clubine 270
3. sara lockner 259
4. Yours Truly 255
5. Micky Augustin 245
6. Angie DeWaard 241
7. Jackson Faust 241
8. Derek Dohrman 237
9. Frank Meiners 233
10. Toby Sebring 230
11, Lowell Davis 230
12, Mark Wolfram 228
13. Jason Baier 227
14. Corey Faust 221
15. Paul Golden 220
16. Wily McAlpine 218
17. Jordan Toot 217
18. Jesse Howard 216
19. Shannon Bardole 215
20. Benjamin Baier 214
21. Liz Nordeen 214
21. Jill Gorshe 214
23. Jon DeWaard 207
24. JJ Baier 204
25. Dawn Krause 203
26. Nader Parsaei 202
27, Brandon Kahler 201
28. Carrie Baier 197
29. Jorge Rios 197
30. shawn lockner 194
31. Jen Gorshe 193
32. Derrick Gorshe 193
33. Andree Jauhari 193
34. tim peterson 192
35. Bill Wentworth 183
36. Olivia Baier 180
37. Russ Kennerly 180
38. Carla Stensland 175
39. William Baier 170
40. Rachel Johnson 167
41. Robert Henning 162
42. Joe Lynch 156
43. Laura Priest 152

I can’t wait until Thursday. It is like Christmas and Easter and my birthday and that holiday you use an excuse to day drink all wrapped into one around the Bennett Homestead AKA The Photography 139 Studio AKA The Union Street Theater.

Good luck everybody and of course… GO CYCLONES!!!

I’ve Done My Sentence…. But Committed No Crimes

It finally happened. After playing in the Ames Basketball Rec League for I think 6 years now, my team won the championship.

Raise the championship banner guys!


2017 - Monstars
CHAMPIONS!


Congrats to Charge, Josh, Humble Narrator, Ian, Frank, Cole, Scott, Adam, and Matt. (Not pictured is the injured Jacob)

We did it! Well, mostly you guys did it. But I’ll wear my championship shirt very proudly.

It wasn’t an easy road. The Monstars blew out some team that I don’t remember in the quarterfinals. Then we had a furious 4th quarter comeback to be Danfoss in the semifinals. Then we beat Bloated in the finals when they fouled Charge with 3.5 seconds left in a tied game. Charge calmly knocked down both free throws. Then Matt stole the inbounds pass and then it was time to cue Freddie Mercury.

I can’t wait for next season.

It’s Dollars to Doughnuts!

Here are some general pictures from my recent trips to the Iowa State Fair with Baby Got Rack, Stephanie, Kelly, Yin, Jeff, and the Beavers!

I was going to tell this story about the New Jersey woman I met that was just the worst. Like all people from New Jersey. But at this time I think it is just enough to point out that people from New Jersey are the worst.

If I get motivated, I might leave the story in the COMMENTS section of this here post later.

So without further adieu…












































































It was a successful Iowa State Fair. Next year, I might unretire and enter the Photo Contest again. Of course, I said that about Pufferbilly Days as well and decided that it just wasn’t for me this year.

ROUNDBALL ORACLES – YEAR 12

I recently presented The Trophy for winning the 12th year of the Roundball Oracles to this year’s champion… Michelle Haupt

It was an exciting NCAA Tournament and an equally exciting Roundball Oracles NCAA Tournament Pool. If North Carolina would’ve won the NCAA Championship Game, Sara Lockner would’ve come home with the trophy this year. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Congratulations Michelle! May your reign be short.


Roundball Oracles - Year 12 Champion - Michelle Haupt
Michelle Haupt – Newest Immortal (Pictured with Lily)
Past Roundball Oracles Champions (The List of Immortals)

2005 – William McAlpine
2006 – William McAlpine
2007 – Tim Peterson
2008 – Mark Wolfram
2009 – Mark Wolfram
2010 – Mark Wolfram
2011 – Carrie Baier
2012 – Lowell Davis
2013 – William McAlpine
2014 – Brandon Kahler
2015 – Derek Dohrman
2016 – Michelle Haupt

Here be the final standings.
1.  Michelle Haupt –  275
2.  Sean Clubine –  270
3.  sara lockner – 259
4. Yours Truly 255
5. Micky Augustin 245
6.  Angie DeWaard 241
7.  Jackson Faust 241
8.  Derek Dohrman 237
9.  Frank Meiners 233
10.  Toby Sebring 230
11,  Lowell Davis 230
12,  Mark Wolfram 228
13.  Jason Baier 227
14,  Corey Faust 221
15,  Paul Golden 220
16,  Wily McAlpine 218
17, Jordan Toot 217
18.  Jesse Howard 216
19.  Shannon Bardole 215
20.  Benjamin Baier 214
21.  Liz Nordeen 214
21. Jill Gorshe 214
23 . Jon DeWaard 207
24. JJ Baier 204
25.  Dawn Krause 203
26.  Nader Parsaei 202
27,  Brandon Kahler 201
28.  Carrie Baier 197
29.  Jorge Rios 197
30.  shawn lockner 194
31.  Jen Gorshe 193
32.  Derrick Gorshe 193
33.  Andree Jauhari 193
34.  tim peterson 192
35.  Bill Wentworth 183
36.  Olivia Baier 180
37.  Russ Kennerly 180
38.  Carla Stensland 175
39.  William Baier 170
40.  Rachel Johnson 167
41.  Robert Henning 162
42.  Joe Lynch 156
43.  Laura Priest 152

Laura (Miller) Priest won the 3rd Annual “The Sara” for last place adult that tried. Joining the trophy’s namesake Sara Lockner and Derrick Gorshe as past winners. I don’t have a picture of Laura with her new trophy yet, but I will as soon as I get “The Sara” in the mail, it arrives in Manhattan, and she sends me a picture with her new pride and joy.

ROUNDBALL ORACLES – YEAR 12

Once again, the Madness is upon us. It is time to put your basketball knowledge to the test and try to take your place upon the list of immortals.

If you are interested in joining this year’s pool. Contact me via email at bennett@photography139.com.

Once again this year, there is no fee.

The champion will win The Roundball Oracles Trophy.

The last place adult (that gave full effort) will receive the Sara Lockner Good Effort Trophy.

League rules, how to get in, past champs below.

Rules

First Round: The weight for each correct pick is 1. The seed of the winning team is added to the correct pick total.
Second Round: The weight for each correct pick is 2. The seed of the winning team is added to the correct pick total.
Sweet 16: The weight for each correct pick is 4. The seed of the winning team is added to the correct pick total.
Elite : The weight for each correct pick is 8. The seed of the winning team is added to the correct pick total.
Final Four: The weight for each correct pick is 16. There is no bonus applied.
Championship: The weight for each correct pick is 32. There is no bonus applied.

Tiebreaker: The total score of the Championship game. Constitution:

Past Roundball Oracle Champions:

2015 – Derek Dohrman
2014 – Brandon Kahler
2013 – William McAlpine
2012 – Lowell Davis
2011 – Carrie Baier
2010 – Mark Wolfram
2009 – Mark Wolfram
2008 – Mark Wolfram
2007 – Tim Peterson
2006 – William McAlpine
2005 – William McAlpine

Past Sara Lockner Good Effort Recipients:

2015 – Derrick Gorshe
2014 – Sara Lockner