Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Time is Here

Tonight, my family and I made somewhat of a smorgasbord of goodies for Christmas including:

-White Chocolate PB Crackers
-Sugar Cookies (sadly, they never made it)
-Cocktail Weiners (is there a better word to use here? that sounds so.. )

and the granddad of them all...


I must admit, my wife and I have a sweet tooth and sometimes it gets out of control! But, with all the hustle and bustle and running ragged to-and-fro from Wal-Mart to Target to Home Depot, sometimes the greatest joys are the simple ones. The greatest times I can remember in my life involved my family being together, whether in times of sorrow or great joy; and especially when you can get together and destroy the kitchen with flour, icing, milk, etc.

Brayden and I decided to make a gingerbread house tonight, and no, no one lives there which can totally devastate a 4-year-old. (hint: if you make a house of any kind, someone has to live there, no matter how great or small.) We took some pics and hope you all enjoy and..


Brayden decorating his roof!

The Chimney!

My Door!

Mission Accomplished!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Emancipated & Opinionated

So, I scrolled through GoogleNews and randomly picked a topic to blog about..err, simply voice my often uneducated opinion.

Barack Obama Picks Rick Warren for Inaugural Invocation!!

Two questions here that first came to my mind:

1. Google usually lists the first two sentences or so as a little precursor, or "teaser" to the story and the writer of this story started it by saying..."Barack Obama picks conservative, anti-gay Pastor Rick Warren to deliver invocation...."

So.. I know Rick Warren is somewhat conservative and openly against homosexual unions of any kind, but I think this is just another ploy to spark the already intense outrage by the gay community against his pick. So, what do YOU think was the most intriguing or stirring part of this statement about Rick Warren..?

a) "conservative",
b) anti-gay,
c) actually a Pastor who, for the most part, preaches that not everyone is simply "ok"?

You make the call!

So.. Question 2 is:

Do you think Barack Obama once again picked a Pastor for political achievement/gain? (except this time to appeal to the Right?)

Part Deux:

Isn't this really what a true depiction of how we have formed and molded Christmas in America?

Again.. your thoughts.

D. Smith

Monday, December 1, 2008

Athens, Sanford Stadium, and The Giant Elephant

My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting one of the greatest football towns in the US this past weekend. Athens, Georgia. The weather, however, was very unfavorable and we were forced to raid places like Wal-Mart, Target, and CVS to find ponchos that were nearly sold out.

After staying in the HoJo on Broad Street and grabbing some breakfast at Cracker Barrel, it was time to head down for the Dawg Walk.. little did we know it would soon be cancelled after we stood pretty much in the downpour for 45 frigid minutes.

Before I reveal my take on the game/season, take a loo
k at some of the pics from the experience.

Biscuits and Blackberry Preserves!

Rufio and ....

Good, Old-Fashioned Hate!

Yes, those were probably my Top 3 pics of the trip!

Now. Business. I could sit here and make excuses and blame it on the rain, injuries, and even the throw in the phrase, "well, every 7 years you're bound to win one!" The entitlement of my blog is "One Man on Fire", and I tell ya, I am.. en fuego. (ok, so I took the liberty of using the same phrase, only saying it in spanish to bring more emotion to the table. it's my blog.)

Now, as I will tell you up front, I am a Georgia fan-atic, but I also am a realist. Every August I don't jump on the Dawg-Wagon and make presumptuous statements such as "We're making a run for the BCS this year", or "this is our year", etc. That being said, I had so much faith in our beloved Red and Black this year to make what might have been our best chance at a national title bid in the past few years and for the next few. The injury bug bit hard at the beginning of the season and forced us into a situation at the O-line that clearly made a difference in the early games. BUT...

The defense. Our potent, volatile, machine last year. Disappointment. If someone had predicted UGA would score 42 Points, Matthew Stafford would throw for more than 400 yards and 5 TDs, Mohamed Massaquoi would bring in 3 TDs, and Knowshon Moreno would rush 94yds and catch 74yds with one TD.. obviously, I would have slapped your mom. But not this year. In a year where our Defense gives up more than 30 points in 5 games and loses 3 of them you have to make some changes. I have reservations of joining the Facebook group "Fire Willie Martinez" mainly because of last year alone. The schemes are lacking somewhat, but even more so than that is execution and intensity. Several plays Saturday the 'D' failed to cover the pitch man in the triple-option. (if you were wondering, Rule #1 when playing against the triple-option is cover the pitch man. *taken from Triple-Option Defense Rulebook, Chapter 1, Section 1, Verse 1, Rule 1). Last year, our 'D' was the main reason for our success, not to take away from Knowshon or Stafford, but our 'D' took a lot of pressure off those guys. I will not "woulda, coulda, shoulda" 'd the situation from last year.
Any analyst or commentator would say that our 'D' was no doubt the Number 1 Defense in the country, especially the last 6 games of the season.

Now look at us. We were just a few plays away from being 6-6 this year, however those plays did come from the defense. So, when it comes to Willie Martinez, I am torn.

Next up, Special Teams. How many have seen the kickoff kicked out of bounds nearly 50% of the time this year, raise your hand? High five. Special Teams, not just Saturday, but nearly every game, have killed us this year. I understand strategy on the Special Teams side of the ball as well. Directional kicks, kicking away from excellent kick returners, I know this. But covering punts, returning punts, and kickoffs have been abysmal. Even Saturday, did anyone notice when GT botched the PAT the guy had to run around Prince Miller to try and score.. doesn't sound odd? P. Miller was simply standing in the way, not in pursuit. Bottom line: how many games come down to field position, and what determines field position? Special Teams. and they have been special, but not like outstanding special.. more like little puppy with one eye special.

And lastly, to you, Mr. Richt. What have we settled for this year? Off-field issues were not handled very authoritatively, on-field issues such as penalties, execution and intensity were obviously not very well-addressed.. so, what now? I have said what we've all heard here today.. injuries, things out of our control we certainly cannot help, but being almost the most penalized team in Div.I-A is unacceptable. (interesting note: UGA was ranked #1 in the APR score that came out this past fall.) Coach Richt, you have a lot of soul-searching to do these next few months. I would definitely re-consider not all of my coaching staff, but a few positions. And I would definitely recruit heavily on the other side of the ball. Where have all the Bailey's, Thomas Davis', Pollack's, and Moses' gone? Sure, we have Rennie Curran, Dannell Ellerbe (well, did.), and Asher Allen. And I realize Jeff Owens will be back (ACL), but really. Our tackles have become like bumper cars at the county fair. Friendly, Fair, and Frankly Pathetic.

Now that the regular season is done, bowl games are looming, and Florida is truly destined for another national title, I will not blog or try to even consider blogging about College Football until after the Champion is decided, news in college football demands my opinion, or Matthew Stafford and/or Knowshon Moreno declare for the draft, thus ripping my heart from my chest in which causing a few more issues than just special teams and defense (which again are 70% of football).

D. Smith

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Inaugural Blog

One Man on Fire.

In a world where we have successfully elected the first African-American President of the United States, the economy continues to plummet, jobs are lost, retirement funds are squandered by big executives... the Dow is down, unemployment is up... the Detroit Lions are still terrible, the Falcons have a chance to make the playoffs for the first time in a few years, and a caveman and a gecko are undoubtedly the most popular advertisement icons on the "sin-box"...

"The times, they are a-changing" - well said, Bob. It used to be said that there are two things certain in life; death and taxes. It might have been better said... "let the Democrats control government and they will tax you to death." OK, I'm not here to strictly talk government or politics, especially being Blog 1. But I do have some serious reserves about what's going to happen in 4 years at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

As I grow and mature, I have begun to involve my mind in things outside of pop culture, brand name clothes, and other superficial things MTV and Hollywood portray as the essence of living.

FIRE! Me, being a firefighter, understand fire and it's detrimental power when used wrongfully or ill-advised. However, when used in the correct way, using fire makes a cold house a warm home, raw harvest a delicious meal; and in it's natural beauty, Mother Nature creates fire to clear out the things that are dead or not producing to make room for vegetation will bring forth life and give back.

My hope for this blog, and for my life, is to use what I know or use the potential that I have to know to help another. My goal, first and foremost as a Christian, is to serve my Lord above all else and help lead others to Him by my actions and my attitude.

Feel free to leave comments, ask questions, or make suggestions at any time.