Mike Cope's blog

Monday, October 03, 2005

Why, when my first (Cards), second (Angels), and fourth (Astros) favorite teams made the playoffs, am I not satisfied? Because it would have been so easy to keep the Evil Empire out. I am confident, however, that when the Angels vs. Evil series is over, the Angels will advance against the Sox. (Which Sox, I'm unsure of. Can Boston relocate its pitching?) Private note to Joe Hays: If the Yankees win this series, you may use my blog to strut and taunt. - - - - There were a few paragraphs about this blog in yesterday's Abilene Reporter-News feature article "Best of Blogs." I was interested to read there about my son Cody. Cody? I didn't even know I HAD a kid named Cody. When I was in 6th-8th grades, I delivered newspapers for our family newspaper, the Neosho Daily News, around the downtown square. One of my dad's best friends, Gary Higdon (VP of one of the banks) would often see me and buy a paper from me. While most of the papers I carried were for businesses with subscriptions there were always a few extras for "full price" -- 10 cents. Gary would always say that he had to have today's paper to catch up with all the corrections from yesterday's paper. Since it was an afternoon paper on M-F, I headed downtown after school each day. On Sundays, it was (and still is) a morning paper, so I'd set my alarm for 5:30, then ride my bike a couple miles downtown to deliver papers in the dark. I guess the times were different! - - - - This Sunday, Dr. Jerry Taylor, Highland's new associate preaching minister, will be speaking on "Blessed Are the Peacemakers." - - - - I'm ready for fall! The high today is only supposed to be 89. We're under 90!


  • I want so badly to say, "I told you so!" to all those naysayers out there who thought the Yanks were done, but this Yankees fan will hold back. And I'll take you up on your offer to strut and taunt after the Angels/Yanks series. And I'll offer you the same: you may strut and taunt on my blog if the Angels win. Deal?

    By Blogger jch, at 10/03/2005 06:57:00 AM  

  • 'Cody Cope.' I like the sound of it. Did he get Matt's old room? Or does he share one with Chris?

    I'll bet I'd have caught that one before it went to press if I'd still been posting stories online for the Reporter-News.

    By Blogger Keith Brenton, at 10/03/2005 06:57:00 AM  

  • I'm just so thankful that Cody's doing better. And Lola & I are really looking forward to seeing you & Doreen at this weekend's Zowie conference in Knoxville.

    By Blogger Matt Elliott, at 10/03/2005 07:16:00 AM  

  • Unfortunately that has become par for the course for the Reporter News, quite possibly the worst newspaper in the United States.

    By Blogger Kent, at 10/03/2005 07:25:00 AM  

  • "Welcome back to Final Jeopardy. Our category is 'Preachers' Kids,' and the answer is 'Cody Cope.' What did you write down, ARN?"

    "Who is Mike's son?"

    "Ooh, I'm sorry. The correct question is, 'What song was on the flip side of Cab Calloway's big hit 'Hi-De-Ho.'

    Let's see what you wagered...ooh, your job as a school teacher. I'm afraid that'll cost you all $21,000 plus benefits. As a parting gift, we're giving you a user name and a password for you to post comments on other people's blogs. Enjoy. And remember, ARN, don't believe everything you read."

    By Blogger Grant, at 10/03/2005 07:33:00 AM  

  • Mike,
    Enjoy reading your blog. I think of Highland often and I do miss your' preaching.

    By Blogger James Hall, at 10/03/2005 08:17:00 AM  

  • Mike,
    Growing up a Cardinal fan, you would have enjoyed being in St. Louis this weekend as we “said good bye to Busch Stadium”. They really did a big deal all weekend and especially yesterday as the last regular season game. ! I’m really going to miss the old stadium, I have so many childhood memories there. I grew up 2 miles from the stadium and in the 70’s my Dad would drop me off by myself, would go home and listen to the game and meet me at “our spot” to pick me up. I was blessed to be able to be there Sunday with my family. After the game they brought out almost 100 ex-players and recognized them. It brought back so many memories of the 60’s and 70’s. Saturday they announced the all-Busch Stadium Team. This was the best (or most popular) player at each position that played for the Cardinals at each position. You may want to put your own list together before you read the list:

    Manager – Whitey Herzog
    Utility player – Jose Oquendo
    1st base - Albert Pujols
    2nd base - Tommy Herr
    Short Stop - Ozzie Smith
    3rd base - Scott Rolen
    Left field - Lou Brock
    Center Field - Jim Edmond (I was surprised it wasn’t Willie McGee)
    Right Field- Roger Maris (this one surprised me)
    Catcher - Ted Simmons
    Pitcher - Bob Gibson
    Reliever - Bruce Sutter

    Well, now it’s the playoffs! Hope we don’t stay flat like we have been the past few weeks May the “evil empire” fall. If we end up having a Yankees – Cardinals World Series (remember 1964) Joe Hays, you and I will have to talk!!

    By Blogger steve awtrey, at 10/03/2005 08:22:00 AM  

  • Wow -- hearing about all those wonderful, really old baseball players make me think about back when I was in my early 20's and would go to youth ministry conferences and be around all those wonderful, really old youth ministers ... like Steve Awtrey...


    By Blogger Matt Elliott, at 10/03/2005 08:25:00 AM  

  • If there is ANY strutting and taunting to be done in this blog when the Angels down the Evil Empire (cue the Imperial March), then it will be done by ME, loyal Angels fan since 1979!

    I loved swiping home field advantage from them yesterday and the fact that my boys are hot (13 of their last 15) gives me great hope. I'm polishing my strutting shoes.

    As to Edmonds over McGee...I'm biased. I've never seen anybody catch a ball like my boy, Jimmy.

    By Blogger Thurman8er, at 10/03/2005 09:16:00 AM  

  • Ah, yes. I remember Cody. Terrific kid. We had some great times together. He was pretty whiny, though. Said he suspected his parents may have forgotten he ever existed.

    By Blogger Deana Nall, at 10/03/2005 09:18:00 AM  

  • I can see the headline now:

    Cody Cope,Yankee Fan Extraordinaire, the forgotten child of Mike Cope.

    I almost spit on my monitor as I read some of these posts!

    By Blogger Hoots Musings, at 10/03/2005 09:39:00 AM  

  • Steve,

    How can Stan the Man not be on that list somewhere? Joe Hayes, I'm glad the Yanks won. I was hoping my Cards would get to beat them in the World Series!

    By Blogger Dusty, at 10/03/2005 09:42:00 AM  

  • As fervant as you are for baseball, I had a religious experience last Saturday in Tuscaloosa as I watched my Tide roll over the Gators!!! It makes living in Florida so much fun, at least until next year.

    Of course growing up in Alabama we always rooted for the Hotlanta Braves.

    Rock on it!

    By Blogger Steve Puckett, at 10/03/2005 10:03:00 AM  


    I've already started my strut & taunt dance. :o)
    And before you scoff, remember David and Goliath, Gideon etc.

    IIRC, The Pads {pronounced pahds] eliminated St. Louis in the 1998 playoffs, did they not? :o)

    By Blogger Kathy, at 10/03/2005 10:30:00 AM  

  • These comments make me laugh!

    Sweet little Cody! I bet Chris is none too sad about the blunder...Most kids his age seem to like to fly under the "public" radar. I guess the ARN readership is big enough to be "the public?"

    By Blogger SG, at 10/03/2005 10:39:00 AM  

  • Kathy, Kathy. The Pads? Congrats on finishing the season above .500 and all, but the Pads have no chance.

    Here I am speaking as a Giants fan (it's been a tough season), and THOSE guys had a mathematical chance against the Padres all the way up to the last week!

    Speaking of tough times as a Giants fan, try going to Highland when your team is playing game seven of the World Series, and a member of the church (John Lackey) is on the mound for the OPPOSITION!

    It's too easy being a Yankees fan. I'll respect a Yankees fan when they have a few consecutive losing seasons in a row, and people are still fans. Yeah, like that'll ever happen.


    By Blogger jds, at 10/03/2005 11:03:00 AM  

  • Dusty,
    Stan the Man never played in Busch Stadium. Matt, yes I am just an old youth minister...but at least I still have my hair!

    By Blogger steve awtrey, at 10/03/2005 11:12:00 AM  

  • I'm looking forward to my first ever Zoe conference this weekend! Now that I'm in the area I can join my husband this year. I'll try to meet you - just promise not to ask where Vince is...
    It will be a treat to hear you speak as always.

    By Blogger Amy, at 10/03/2005 11:57:00 AM  

  • Hallelujah. No Mark "Juice" McGwire on the All-Busch list!

    So, Cardinals fans do have SOME intelligence after all!

    Braves in 5!

    By Blogger Greg Kendall-Ball, at 10/03/2005 12:56:00 PM  

  • All of the baseball talk is nothing more than an academic exercise. Braves sweep 'stros, Braves sweep Cards', Braves sweep whatever token resistance the junior circuit puts out there!

    See you at Zoe!

    By Blogger Ed Harrell, at 10/03/2005 01:30:00 PM  

  • I was able to catch the final regular season game at Busch Stadium yesterday. After a hardscrabble win, the fans were treated with 1 1/2 hours of Cardinal pomp and circumstance spanning 5 decades. You would've been psyched seeing all those legends they trotted out!

    Yesterdays ticket made the '82 tickets feel like box seats. Very top row, left field.

    By Blogger EBC, at 10/03/2005 03:43:00 PM  

  • Jonathan, you very well might be right, but it's fun in the meantime. We'll see what happens tomorrow in STL.

    And I TOTALLY agree with you about the Yankees. Their fans won't back them unless they're winning. That's one major difference in San Diego. Loyal fans, come what may. They put over 3million fans in the seats every year. Love my Pads and love San Diego Fans!!

    By Blogger Kathy, at 10/03/2005 05:53:00 PM  

  • Cody must be the son of "Pastor" Mike Cope.

    By Blogger David Michael, at 10/03/2005 08:39:00 PM  

  • All together now: anyone but the Yanks!

    I like the All Busch team. At least it didn't have Tim McCarver as catcher!

    By Blogger Steve Duer, at 10/04/2005 10:57:00 AM  

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