I was driving home last night, looking for a sports station to get a score of the Cubs/Dodgers game, when I came across a new show on one of the local radio stations called "Baseball This Week." It was the premiere of this particular show, and the two hosts were introducing themselves.

The first guy said,"I do all kinds of sports stuff around the station, but I absolutely love baseball. I mean, I have to do other sports, I have to do NASCAR, but I’m about as qualified to talk about NASCAR as Sarah Palin is to talk about Uzbekistan. But baseball? That’s my game. . ." The other guy chuckled, and went into his intro piece.

It didn’t need a set up. It didn’t need an explanation. It wasn’t Saturday Night Live or The Daily Show or Countdown. It wasn’t the main point, but the image to make the point about something else. It was a simple metaphor on a sports station for a guy giving his own background, or rather, the lack thereof.

And it was great.



I'm an ordained Lutheran pastor with a passion for language, progressive politics, and the intersection of people's inner sets of ideals and beliefs (aka "faith" to many) and their political actions. I mostly comment around here, but offer a weekly post or two as well. With the role that conservative Christianity plays in the current Republican politics, I believe that progressives ignore the dynamics of religion, religious language, and religiously-inspired actions at our own peril. I am also incensed at what the TheoCons have done to the public impression of Christianity, and don't want their twisted version of it to go unchallenged in the wider world. I'm a midwesterner, now living in the Kansas City area, but also spent ten years living in the SF Bay area. I'm married to a wonderful microbiologist (she's wonderful all the way around, not just at science) and have a great little Kid, for whom I am the primary caretaker these days. I love the discussions around here, especially the combination of humor and seriousness that lets us take on incredibly tough stuff while keeping it all in perspective and treating one another with respect.

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