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  • hammertime88 7:45 pm on July 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Hot Rod 

    Here’s a little something for you Hot Rod fans out there….

    • Marty 3:05 am on July 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Dave i’ve never been more amazed with you than I am right now. You just tore it up arm wrestling, were lifting 50lb dumbbells, and were leading an army to battle. They only missing was a riot.

    • Hunter D 10:02 am on July 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Harris, this is totally fantastic and I want to be there with you now.

      • Hunter D 11:59 pm on July 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        also i want to know what kind of hook-ups you have to go through in order to arrange for a 5 second camera spot for a man with a kilt and bagpipes

        • hammertime88 3:33 pm on July 16, 2010 Permalink

          He goes to church with some of the Saranac property staff. They called him up and he was glad to come out.

    • willardscott 9:10 pm on July 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve haven’t cried with laughter that hard in quite awhile. Literally tears streaming down my face. I’ve never had more of a man crush on Harris than I have right now.

  • hammertime88 3:25 pm on February 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Harris Update 

    Hello friends,

    Let me first say how excited I am about the recent change in the blog.  Even though I haven’t posted or replied, it has been really fun to read, think, ask questions and pray about these questions we are posing to each other.

    That being said, I would love to talk about where Jen and I have been for the past few months.  Life has been a sweet adventure in Christ for us recently.  On the way back from Steve Rawls’ bachelor weekend, Mark and I got into a long discussion about theology and where Jen and I find ourselves right now.  I am starting to understand what a great place God has us in.

    Let me explain:  Right now in Botetourt, we find ourselves in a three way pull of ideas about faith, worship, and how to live the best life in Christ.  Here are the 3 groups that are influencing us right now:

    1. Young Life Commonwealth Region.  The staff in our region leans strongly towards a Calvinist point of view.  We have guys like Mike Cramer, Jim Cunninham, Matt Garrison, Tim Toy, etc.  who have been on staff for a long time.  They are very wise.  Our region is very knowledge oriented.  Studying scripture and reading books is held in high regard.

    2. Area Leaders.  A new bible study has started here that most of our leaders are going to on Tuesday nights.  Their emphasis is on listening to the Spirit and following His lead.  This group is much more charismatic than I am used to.  They want to be obedient to God’s voice.  Often times they will have a time of prayer and listening, and then go out in Roanoke and speak to people about Christ who they feel God is leading them to talk to.

    3. Church.  Jen and I are members of a conservative Southern Baptist church.  The emphasis of our church is obedience.  Do we know our eternal destiny?  If so, does our life reflect that?  If we are following Christ, does our life look like we are following Christ?

    It seems to me that all three of these groups are encountering Christ in their own way.  I would not argue that any of them do not know Him.  However, it is amazing to me how different they are.  The hard thing is, they all believe that they are experiencing Christ in the best way.  When we first realized this, it was hard for us.  We felt like each group was pulling us in their own direction.  Each group wanted us to go their way.  However, the joy we have found is that God has us right in the middle.  We are learning that studying and learning is important.  We are learning that listening to the Spirit is important.  The Spirit is alive inside us!  And we are learning that obedience is important.

  • hammertime88 2:10 pm on October 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Worst Sports Moments? 

    1. the Cubs blowing the series agains the Marlins.  Bartman.

    2. Several tough Hokie losses: The 3 overtime Syracuse game, Loss to GT on a thursday night when we couldn’t do anything against Calvin Johnson, The Matt Ryan miracle throw, losing to Cal in the crazy bowl game when Marcus Vick played reciever, USC in DC, my freshman year, we had a 3 touchdown lead over UVa only to blow it and lose in the 2nd half, losing to Temple for homecoming that year.

    3. Any Redskins game since we beat the Patriots to give them their last loss before they went on a 20 something game winning streak.  Pretty sure that was the last good thing the Redskins have done.

    • Vengeful Pat 5:45 pm on October 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Oh man… I could write a book and still have more to talk about. For starters, the 1995 and 1997 World Series. Particularly losing game 7 of the 1997 series with our closer, Senor Smoke himself Jose Mesa on the mound. The 2009 Eastern Conference Finals, the 2007 NBA Championship, The 2007 ALCS, and every season of the Cleveland Browns that I have ever watched, which includes our best season that ended in “The Drive”, courtesy of a buck-toothed John Elway. I’ve never had a VT memory come close to those defeats, although I do remember sitting in the stands feeling pretty crushed after our loss to Temple in 1998.

    • The Wild Card 8:11 pm on October 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m pretty sure that it was after the 3 overtime loss to Syracuse that we met Dave Sloop for the first time on our way to a Bebo Norman concert. We presented him with our amazing list of nicknames we had developed for him (creepily without having met him) and I don’t think he was very impressed.


    • Joshua Brown 11:03 pm on October 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      1) Hokies vs. Georgia in the 2006 chick fil a bowl when they extremely blew it in the second half. Dave, even though we lost to USC that was one of the best games I have ever watched the hokies play, I actually loved it at the time because we showed that we were tenacious and could compete. It’s all these games that the Hokies just kinda play when they want to play that really upset me.
      2) Any game Grant Noel played in. (and most Sean Glennon games)
      3) Aaron Boone
      4) And most obviously, Spawn of Satan #2 (Eli Manning), Tyree, and the stupid Giants.

  • hammertime88 1:32 pm on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Dear Pat, 

    How does it feel to know that your favorite baseball team hired a manager that can only do 2 things really well?  He can speak 2 languages and he can lose baseball games.  That’s right, your favorite team hired a manager that just got fired in the middle of the season by the worst baseball team this decade.

    My heart hurts for you and your team.  I love you.


    • Vengeful Pat 1:50 pm on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      David, I heard it on the radio this morning and my heart sunk. Looks like it’ll be at least another 5 years until the Indians get back to the playoffs. My only thought about why Mark Shapiro would hire Manny Acta is that he knew our roster was going to be terrible for a few years as the owners try to save money, so he hired a coach that could take the blame. This is the first truly bad decision I’ve ever seen Shapiro make, so I’m going to assume it’s all for a good reason.

    • Martin Cates 2:39 pm on October 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Dave,

      How does it feel to know that OUR favorite team is the biggest waste of talent in the NL. It seems we are sticking with a manager that last won a playoff game with the Mariners at the start of the Decade. Sweet Lou either ain’t got anymore or the players we have need to go.

      Are we still paying out the Bum Hole for Soriano… YES! goodness he has been a disappointment.

    • Joshua Brown 3:00 pm on October 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Dave, not the worse team this decade. Can’t let it slide because that title has to belong to the Pittsburgh Pirates, and they’re doing it in dramatic fashion. The Nats/Expos have at least had a few winning seasons in the past 10 years, a feat the Pirates haven’t accomplished since 1992. 18 years w/o a winning record! See, it can always be worse for sports fan. Unless you like the pirates. But come to think of it I never met anyone who is a pirates fan. Anyway just another stat to prove their dominance: Since 2000~ Expos/Nats 711; Pirates 681. Horrrrrrible.

      • Joshua Brown 3:02 pm on October 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        that last stat was total wins in the 10 year period of seasons from 2000-2009.

  • hammertime88 1:26 pm on October 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Professional Teams 

    So I’ve had a hard year in sports.  As a Redskins, Cubs, and Wizards fan, things look bleak for my future as a professional sports fan.  Sometimes I think about trading in and starting fresh with some new teams.  I had that thought again yesterday as I watched the Redskins put on one of the worst performances I’ve seen from a pro football team.  I know we are supposed to stick with our teams through thick and thin, but this is getting ridiculous.  Am I allowed to change my allegiances?  Maybe a better question is, am I any worse off than Pat has been in his rooting for Cleavland teams over the past decade?  I’m not sure, but I don’t like it.

    • Joshua Brown 4:45 pm on October 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply


      Go to the bottom under the section that reads “Loyalties”

    • Vengeful Pat 4:52 pm on October 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Dave, you just need to consider how incredible it will be when one of your teams finally breaks through and gets a championship. I am scared to think about it, but this could really be the year for the Cleveland Cavs. They dropped out of the playoffs this year primarily because of matchup problems with the Orlando Magic. With Shaq, Anthony Parker, and Jamario Moon in, and Hedo Turkoglu out of Orlando, I am feeling good about this season. That’s the thing Dave… there is always hope for next year even though your team might be horrible at the present.

      • Joshua Brown 5:13 pm on October 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah don’t give up hope. 6 championships in 10 years can happen for your sports teams 😉 And Pat, don’t you short the celtics. If you remember they took Orlando to 7 games (a feat the Cavs failed to achieve) without Kevin Garnett or Leon Powe! Not only will those two be back, but Rasheed Wallace and Marquis Daniels will be on the Celtics bench. They’re a much bigger worry for you than Orlando.

        • Vengeful Pat 11:50 pm on October 19, 2009 Permalink

          I know that the Celtics took Orlando to 7 games, but I’m assuming you didn’t watch the Cavs/Magic series. The reason the Cavs lost is because they didn’t have a center who could handle Dwight Howard, so they had to keep double-teaming him, which opened up Orlando’s 3 point shooters (which they had a LOT of, unlike the Celts). The Celtics also didn’t have a big center who required a double-team. Even with Garnett, I think that the Celtics would have been a much better matchup for Cleveland than Orlando. But that’s all moot now since Hedo Turkoglu left the Magic and the Cavs got Shaq to contend with Howard. Cleveland has the ability to match up with anybody now that they added Shaq, Parker, and Moon. If our team stays healthy, I don’t see them losing to the Celtics (PS we will have Powe this postseason, so nyah).

      • steve 12:48 pm on October 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve often compared my love for the redskins to being like a battered spouse. It might sound insensitive, but 1. I don’t care and 2. let me explain. I know deep down the Redskins will break my heart every year. But when I look at it each year I saw “this is the year.” They’ve changed. Dan has quit drinking, it’ll be better now. They can’t make the same mistakes they’ve made before. They have to have learned. So I return. Give my heart back to Dan Snyder and and the boys. Then, they break it again.
        I swear off of them. I’m done. The season ends so badly. But come NFL draft season, I start to warm up to the idea of liking them again. By August I’m sold that “This is our year.” Thus continues the cycle.

        I wish I could quit them.

    • Mark 3:22 pm on October 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been a Cincinnati fan my whole life which did include the “The Big Red Machine” of the early 90’s, two super bowl losses to the 49er’s in the 80’s (all of which I don’t remember) and an OchoCinco of the 00’s, but I’m still holding on strong. That being said I know almost nothing about either team, but I still hold to being a fan.

  • hammertime88 7:01 pm on August 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply  


    The first minute of this video is just awful.  Then the rest of it gets no better.

    • Vengeful Pat 4:45 pm on August 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I wish this had never happened. In fact, this video is a prime example for why life isn’t fair.

  • hammertime88 7:22 pm on August 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply  


    You can’t tell me that if you were a Young Life leader in 1991 you wouldn’t use this video in your sin talk.

    • steverawls 8:23 pm on August 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      a couple things:

      1. This was my friends and my favorite song in high school. We freaking loved it. In fact, if we went anywhere where there was a jukebox, we would play it. everytime. We even put it in our senior slide show. They played this song on the berlin wall when it was coming down.

      well done david.

      • steverawls 8:27 pm on August 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        2. some great whistling. I always forget this song when i think about the best whistle in a song ever. Here are my thoughts on that topic:
        – Patience
        – Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
        – Wind of Change

        Any song i’m forgetting that has a killer whistle part in it?

        • Vengeful Pat 8:34 pm on August 19, 2009 Permalink

          “Whistle While You Work” by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has a pretty badass bass groove to go along with some ear-popping whistling.

        • Hunter D 9:10 pm on August 19, 2009 Permalink

          also, see “whistle while you twurk” by the ying yang twins. apparently you can change any beloved children’s song to a hip-hop song. example 2: “hard knock life” by jay-z. are there others out there?

        • steverawls 9:59 pm on August 19, 2009 Permalink

          I thought about Whistle while you twurk but I didn’t think it made it into my top tier of whistle songs. Another example is “chain hang low” of child songs being adapted.

        • Scott 10:17 pm on August 19, 2009 Permalink

          Andy Griffith? No?

        • iplawrence 1:36 am on August 20, 2009 Permalink

          Me and Julio down by the schoolyard. Classic.

        • steverawls 1:44 pm on August 20, 2009 Permalink

          touche, ian. thats why i ask the questions. because i know that you have the answers. P.S. You had your baby yet? When is that thing due?

        • iplawrence 2:35 pm on August 20, 2009 Permalink

          Steve, Megan’s due the last week in October.

    • Scott 3:02 am on September 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

  • hammertime88 4:04 pm on August 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    More Help Needed 

    I love what Mo has done with his post.  I would like to add to it by suggesting we find some terrible 80s music videos.  I stumbled on this one while looking for sweet guitar solos and key changes.  This has it all!  Guys pretending to be anger, killer synchronized moves, hair, outfits, weird dungeon scene, a guitar solo so sick that it can break steel chains, and so much more!

    • Vengeful Pat 5:16 pm on August 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I love how in all of these videos from the 80s, the directors will try so hard to make the drummer look like he’s doing something other than just taking up space. Check out what he does once he’s broken free from the chains in the dungeon scene… yeah man, beat those sticks together! ROCK!

    • j5willis 6:15 pm on August 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I like this, especially at 1:35

      • Scott 6:50 pm on August 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I might have to go with Dr. Feelgood. Explosions, sweet hair, fire, subsequent destruction, guns, and some crazy tent in the desert.

  • hammertime88 3:53 pm on August 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply  


    Just want you guys to know that I am in the office with Mo right now and he is working on his first Willard Blog post.  I think we should get excited.

  • hammertime88 6:43 pm on July 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    It was only a matter of time… 

    How long can the Willard blog be in existence without a post about Cape San Blas and Spring Break?  Not long.  I think we should all start sharing our favorite memories from the trips.  I will get us going with some pictures from the ’04 edition.

    The Chunk

    The Chunk

    Team Christiansburg

    Team Christiansburg

    Troy Scott Smith

    Troy Scott Smith

    • The Wild Card 6:47 pm on July 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I remember that time that McD and I were throwing the bee in wifebeaters. We were freezing, but we were still at the beach, and that’s what counts…
      This post is like Florida salt water to my wound, I hope nobody ever replies to your post!!

    • Marty Cates 7:04 pm on July 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      My Favorite moment was the Dirty Dirty David and the Man Voice….

    • Vengeful Pat 7:20 pm on July 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      My favorite moment was the first ever trip to the Port St Joe Bar, Harris singing karaoke with the locals, and all of the underage drinking that ensued. I felt like Steve Schmitt or Dave Broadwell were going to find out and all hell would break lose, but somehow that never happened.

    • j5willis 8:33 pm on July 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Bocce Ball, Rolling Taco Lunch, Falling asleep to a different Rocky movie everynight, watching NCAA Tourney, Steve Kreager’s sunburn, etc

      • Marty Cates 8:45 pm on July 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Oh man Kreiger’s sunburn was epic. Probably the worst burn I have ever seen. Still feel for the guy. Another great moment Troy’s rediculousness when it came to relating to chandler (now married and don’t know her last name) I will never forget walking down the stairs of the Chunk next to him and having him yell “Hey Chandler Looking SEXXXXY” she was a freshman and he was 35.

        • steverawls 12:12 am on July 17, 2009 Permalink

          35. i just laughed reading that.

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