Eugene Cho

ncaa hoopla results

Well, the Florida Gators repeats as national champions in men’s college basketball.  Several weeks ago, I put up a last minute NCAA Men’s Tournament Bracket and 22 folks signed up – from within Quest, Seattle, couple around the country, and 1 blog subscriber (& missionary) from Russia.  Who won?  You might be surprised…a dietician at Quest named Sandra E.  That’s right.  There were easily over 1.7 million participants in this Yahoo Tournament League and she placed in 118th place!

Here’s the top 5 in this league of 22 participants:

1 Sandra’s                         179 53 of 63          99th        118
2 California Golden Bears  158 44 of 63          97th        41976
3 Go Fighting Illini!             145 48 of 63         93rd        120564
4 PAC-10 Rules!                 121 48 of 63         79th        405962
5 Shouldn’t u be working? 103 44 of 63         64th        715658

Much kudos to Sandra – maybe (?) with a little assistance from her husband,  Brian Ehrhart who placed 10th in the league.  This is pretty amazing.  She finished in the 99th percentile – in 118th place!  Congratulations!  You get bragging rights and a cup of free coffee & a bag of great coffee beans from Q Cafe.  FWIW,  I finished a respectable 7th in the league but only in the 61st percentile – in 769,199th place.  

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5 Responses

  1. james says:

    that’s amazing.

  2. Blake says:

    No worries P.E.

    I only got 92 points, picking 37/63 for 50th and 991220

    Georgia Tech and UCLA losing screwed me. ;-)

  3. brian says:

    That’s my girl! Alright Sandra! Wow 99th percent!

    And for the record – I had little to do with it. :)

  4. m@ says:

    Ohio State getting shut out of two national championships proves to me that God is real, and that He loves me dearly. :)

  5. Blake says:

    Poor Matt. So delusioned. I hope we can find help for you somewhere. ;-)

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I'm hoping to share a few stories of people that I met (Jewish, Muslims, and Christians) in the Holy Land in the days to come. One of our Palestinian tour guides said to me, "You will leave with more questions...and that's a good thing." He was absolutely right. We want everything so nicely packaged but if we're honest, it's very rare in a broken, complex world...and I can't think of too many things more complex than the situation in Israel and Palestine.

While I certainly understand and resonate with Israel and its history and its need to protect itself from harm, one can't deny the history and existence of Palestine as well. 
Is peace possible? This was the focus of my trip to the Holy learn more about the conflict and those that are working towards peace. My friend, Scott (and other pastor), Mae (our guide) and I had the privilege of going to a Jewish synagogue this past Friday. We were then hosted by a local rabbi and his family for a Shabbat meal. It was marvelous. Incredible. Illuminating. Delicious. A true honor to be invited to his home with his wife and three children. To pray, learn, share, and ask questions. 
What I loved the most was the story of how Rabbi Daniel and his wife rented a bus to take 15 of their friends to the West Bank ... to see for themselves the impact of the wall and the Israeli policies. Some of their friends had never even entered the West Bank...don't personally know a Palestinian. It's impossible to work towards peace when we don't know anyone from the other side...when we don't understand the other side.

Thank you, Rabbi Daniel. Old Jerusalem. So many stories. So much history. The synagogue in Capernaum (Galilee) where Jesus began his public ministry. He taught with authority... Pray for your pastors and teachers...that they may teach with courage, conviction, humility, and ultimately, directing people to Christ - the Word made flesh.

Speaking of, so excited to be teaching at @Quest Church tomorrow. If you're in the Seattle area, join us. A glimpse of Jordan River where John baptized Jesus. "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." What amazes me most about this event is about...timing and patience. For Christ, it wasn't about "if" but about "when." In a world of supersonic pace,  impatience, quick results, hurry and now and NOW...Jesus waited for the Father's timing. He was patient and faithful. I need to learn that waiting on the Lord in itself isn't apathy but rather an act of faith. The town of Bethlehem and at the site of the cave (aka manger) of the birth of Christ.

One of the highlights was a class of Palestinian Muslims and Christian kids in a local public school singing a Christmas carol for us in Bethlehem...just across the Shepherd's Field. Galilee. Surreal to be at the mountainside where Jesus delivered "The Sermon on the Mount" ... aka The Beatitudes. Walking around praying for Paris, Beirut, Istanbul, Nigeria, Mali, Palestine/Israel... This verse is so particularly important in light of all the violence in the world. "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God." - Matthew 5:9

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