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Howie Espenshied currently is the Campus Priest at Georgia Tech for Anglican Campus Fellowship (ACF). He is (though still living) survived by his wife Dina, and 3 adult children - Rachel, Emily, and Ace, and two grandchildren - Isaac and EB. email: hespenshied@yahoo.com Twitter: @HowieEspenshied

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    Justice, Serena Style

    Justice, Serena Style

    She is not playin’, sports fans, even when she’s playin’. That’s what I have come to love about Serena Williams. She’s been one of the top five athletes in the world for years now, but she has never stopped being Serena. If you haven’t heard about the U.S. Open Women’s Final from Saturday in Flushing […]

    The Nike Swoo(p)

    The Nike Swoo(p)

    Can I just go right there? It’s okay if you disagree with me, it’s an opinion. The Star Spangled Banner is a crappy song. How many times have we watched talented singers anywhere from the Super Bowl to 8-year-old Pop Warner football go a capella and try to knock this ridiculous tune out of the […]

    The Best of Us, "The Americans," Might Be Russian…

    The Best of Us, “The Americans,” Might Be Russian…

    What’s more important? Figuring out who we serve? Or figuring out whose we are? True confession: I’m not moved much to action or opinion regarding our current political landscape. (This is not a political post; for that to be so, it would presuppose that I much care.) Mid-term primaries in our troubled times don’t interest […]

    "Three Billboards" - A Prologue to a Road Trip

    “Three Billboards” – A Prologue to a Road Trip

    The older I get, the more I’m learning how much I love “origin stories.” How did Captain America come to be? How did the new friend I just made come to be so delightful and gregarious, and awesome? Why does my next door neighbor always draw the shades and act so reclusive? Whether it’s a […]

    "Chip in My Brain": <i>This American Life</i> Buried the Lede

    “Chip in My Brain”: This American Life Buried the Lede

    Like many here at Mockingbird, I’m a big fan of This American Life and Serial/S-Town and all of those NPRish, WBEC Chicago Public Radio podcasts. I’ve been listening to the TAL podcasts for going on four years now, and “Chip in My Brain” (Jan 13, 2018) is the most compelling to date, for me. That’s a huge compliment […]

    Jesus Just Makes More Sense When We Lose…

    Jesus Just Makes More Sense When We Lose…

    Tua Tagovailoa (the freshman QB) came off the bench after halftime last week and led Alabama to (yet another) College Football National Championship, and below was his first interview right after the game. Wow! Did he just say what I think he said? (20 seconds in). “My parents will be mad, so, first, excuse me, […]

    The Foolish and the Weak are Confounding the Wise and the Strong...Yet Again

    The Foolish and the Weak are Confounding the Wise and the Strong…Yet Again

    If you haven’t watched any of Austin Rogers’ first 12 Jeopardy wins (running currently), you’ve missed seeing the most money amassed over a 12 day period (over $400k) in Jeopardy history. Rogers is a bartender from Manhattan. Do yourself a favor, and start setting your TiVos and DVRs, and treat yourself to a master. It’s […]

    I Am Bartman

    I Am Bartman

    I’m not sure what else there is to say about this. When I heard about Steve Bartman getting a 2016 World Series ring from the Chicago Cubs yesterday, I got a little choked up, and I wasn’t sure why. I’m not a Cubs fan. In fact, I rooted pretty hard against them last season. Where […]

    "Snarky Sox" on a Plane and Dragging the Lake for an Earring: First World Problems in Professional Sports

    “Snarky Sox” on a Plane and Dragging the Lake for an Earring: First World Problems in Professional Sports

    Well this is disturbing. My favorite current/active athlete in any sport (Julio Jones, wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons), and my favorite all-time athlete from my high school (!) (MLB Hall-of-Famer Dennis Eckersley) are both in the news today for having excessively first-world problems. Ugh. I love Julio. I’ve lived in Atlanta since 1990, and for the last […]

    From the Archives: Thy Jilted Lover Shall Rejoice (Again)?

    From the Archives: Thy Jilted Lover Shall Rejoice (Again)?

    In anticipation of the third NBA Finals meeting (in a row!) between the Warriors and Cavs, we thought this might be a timely one to resurface from last year’s series.  Don’t look now but Loserville–the “mistake on the lake” that is Cleveland Ohio–is about to improbably get their NBA championship. The stars are aligning around […]

    NCAA Final Four: The Gamecocks are "Letting the Sun Go Down On Their Anger"

    NCAA Final Four: The Gamecocks are “Letting the Sun Go Down On Their Anger”

    You may say, “Well that’s not biblical,” but the Gamecocks have to, or they don’t get to play. No, seriously, if a player doesn’t show up angry, he sits the bench. “If you’re not matching his intensity, you’re not going to be on the floor,” said freshman guard Tommy Corchiani, while describing coach Frank Martin. That […]

    "Logan" (Wolverine) - The Incarnate Superman

    “Logan” (Wolverine) – The Incarnate Superman

    I’ve never been a Superman guy. I think that started when he reversed the rotation of the earth to save Lois Lane. It just seemed sooo…lame. My logic was simple: if a superhero is so strong that he can (one) stop the earth’s movement, and (two) PUSH IT BACK in the opposite direction, who can […]