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Nov. 3, 2005

Pastor's death shifts outlook

On Tuesday, I attended the funeral service of Kyle Lake. It was held at First Baptist Church of Waco, with the sanctuary overflowing. Extra seating filled the fellowship hall and chapel on closed circuit TV and even the choir loft filled with those who came to mourn and pay respect to this dearly loved man, this friend, this pastor.

Here was a man who loved life exuberantly. Better, he loved life with passion.

The program from the funeral was inscribed with "Embrace beauty, live life to the fullest!" It just seemed to be so fitting. I left the service, mourning for a pastor whom I deeply respected but I also left with a will and a resolve to embrace this life and this beauty of which he lived.

Kyle wrote a sermon for Sunday, his last words... a portion was read at the funeral service; it read something like this: Live life! Breathe deeply! Embrace this time! If you ride bikes, peddle hard! If you crash, crash well. Enjoy this life! Live! If you eat, enjoy it. Enjoy the taste of steak on the grill and freshly grounded coffee beans. If you laugh, friend, laugh hard! Live life! It's short, it's grand and it's beautiful. Live!

His last paragraph was an exhortation to live, to live fully, deeply, truly and to enjoy every minute of it. I just can't get over that.

I didn't walk with Kyle, but he impacted my life, an inspiration to live more fully, to breathe more deeply, to embrace and pursue the God who so passionately loved us first. His impact on me is a resolve to live, to embrace John 10:10 and seek and pursue this life till I drop. I will reject apathy. I will not live lukewarm. I will embrace life and fervency and love or I will not live at all.

Mark Anthony
Truett Seminary 2007

Coaching staff not at fault

I know what you're up to, Josh Flanagan. I just don't know what you're talking about.

In his recent article, "Morriss not playing to top quarterback's strengths," sports writer Josh Flanagan made two fundamental errors: He didn't research before writing and he wrote about something outside of his area of expertise.

First, in his article, Flanagan states that head Coach Guy Morriss has a plan, and that he has "recruited players to run an offense that's based on running the ball until opposing defenses put eight men up front. When they do, he beats them deep."

Not only is this statement invalidated by a simple examination of year-to-date statistics -- Baylor has run the ball 272 times this year and passed 320 times -- but when Morriss and our offensive coaches have been asked, they have stated that they specifically favor a 60/40 pass/run ratio in our offense, which in reality this year is a 54/46 pass/run ratio.

Second, to delve back into the statistics, let's take a look at Shawn Bell. In 150 completions on the season, Bell is averaging 9.9 yards per completion, with his season-long pass being 55 yards against Oklahoma.

Frankly, the idea that Morriss runs any sort of "deep threat" offense is absolutely absurd. Less than 2 percent of Bell's attempts on the season exceed 20 yards in the air. Morriss has indeed engineered a short-pass offense to fit Bell's arm, but it becomes simple for defenses to stop our nickel-and-dime offense without threat of a deep pass.

I am not in any way weighing in on the Bell vs. Parks debate. To do so is utterly pointless and usually ends in the unnecessary vilification of a hard-working student-athlete who, at the very least, deserves students' respect for his hard work.

Instead, let's concentrate on backing the Bears, not telling our highly paid, experienced, professional coaches what they are doing wrong.

Ty McNeely
Political science 2007