Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: LSU Tigers

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Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: LSU Tigers combines the great passion of the Tiger fan with the great passion of the fan of Christ into one set of devotions, one book that is fun while providing a time of reflection about God.

* The scoreboard had already rung up a Kentucky win — when the Tigers pulled off the Bluegrass Miracle.
* Dale Brown thought the youngster was a ...

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Overview

Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: LSU Tigers combines the great passion of the Tiger fan with the great passion of the fan of Christ into one set of devotions, one book that is fun while providing a time of reflection about God.

* The scoreboard had already rung up a Kentucky win — when the Tigers pulled off the Bluegrass Miracle.
* Dale Brown thought the youngster was a soldier, but he was only 13, and the chance meeting changed LSU basketball.
* Upset Mike the Tiger was being transported to New Orleans, students responded by locking campus leaders in a cage.
* Cholly Mac McClendon wanted only two jobs in his life — and they both were offered to him the same day.
* The greatest play in LSU football history was a mistake.

These stories and more are recounted here. Also appearing are Pete Maravich, Jacob Hester, Bob Pettit, the Chinese Bandits, and many others. Their stories - along with legendary games, improbable victories, and historical events - are told with a twist: They are all tied to God's story.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984084722
  • Publisher: Extra Point Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 780,153
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed McMinn is a retired pastor living in Georgia. With master's degrees in English and divinity, he entered the ministry after a career as a journalist and a college teacher of English and journalism.

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SAMPLE DEVOTION
EARTHMOVERS
Read Psalm 100.
"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth!" (v. 1)

It is the stuff of legend, only in LSU's case, it's true. One night in Baton Rouge, the LSU crowd did indeed make the earth move.

On Oct. 8, 1988, the Tigers hosted Auburn in a key SEC showdown. Auburn led 6-0 with only 1:47 left to play when Tommy Hodson threw a fourth-down touchdown pass to tailback Eddie Fuller. The spontaneous eruption of joy from the 80,000 or so fans in Tiger Stadium registered as an earthquake on the seismograph in the LSU Geology Department.

It's the sort of story that achieves mythic proportions, so it tends to become disregarded as mere folklore. Even Fuller admits, "Initially, I didn't believe it." But in the early 1990s he was going through the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum in Niagara Falls, "and I looked up and there it was." Hodson said he recalled seeing a photo of the seismograph reading in the student newspaper.

While the fans were surprised to learn their reaction had registered on a seismograph, LSU's geologists were downright stunned. "It was a total surprise," said Riley Milner, a research associate.

One matter for debate ever since is whether it was the shout or the jumping up and down that registered on the seismograph. LSU geology professors generally agree it was the jumping up and down that probably produced a low-frequency sound wave that traveled through the upper layers of the earth.

The force of the game itself should have registered on seismographs all night. Both Hodson and Fuller agreed it was the most physical game they had ever played. The Tiger defense held fourth-ranked Auburn to only two field goals. Auburn still had 1:41 in which to win the game after LSU scored, but the defense preserved the 7-6 win.

LSU went on to win its seventh SEC title.

Perhaps there are times other than an LSU game when you've acted not quite like the sane, reserved, and responsible person you really are. The birth of your first child, for instance. Or your wedding day maybe. The concert of your favorite rock band. That fishing trip when you caught that big ole bass. You've probably been known to whoop it up pretty good when your emotions get the best of you.

But how many times have you ever let loose with a powerful shout to God in celebration of his love for you? Though God certainly deserves it, he doesn't require that you walk around waving pompoms and shouting "Yay, God!" He isn't particularly interested in having you arrested as a public menace.

No, God doesn't seek a big show or a spectacle. A nice little "thank you" is sufficient when it's delivered straight from the heart and comes bearing joy. That kind of shout carries all the way to Heaven; God hears it even if nobody else does.

Three SEC coaches I spoke with who have worked in other leagues say that Tiger Stadium is, by far, the loudest stadium in the country.
— Bruce Feldman, ESPN.com

The shout of joy God likes to hear is a heartfelt "thank you," even when it's whispered.

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