By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
Thanks to my upbringing, I have a decent working knowledge of Bible stories.
From childhood to my late teens I attended Knox Presbyterian Church on Hugel Avenue in Midland, and I'd say it was a pretty good place to be through the 60's and 70's.
Coincidentally, my parents let me make my own choice about church going about the same time I became a sceptical teenager.
My scepticism wasn't, and isn't, limited to religion alone, but truthfully, it became hard to believe that Lot's wife turned into a pillar of salt, or that Jonah lived inside a whale, or that some day, maybe soon, the sky would open and we'd float to Heaven as part of the Rapture.
I don't think that makes me a bad person, but rather someone who examines & questions a scenario fully.
I will tell you the one Bible story I do believe fully is David & Goliath.
In my world, primarily surrounded by sports, I've seen it many times.
Buster Douglas knocking out Mike Tyson in 1990
The United States Hockey team eliminating the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics.
The Jets winning the 1969 Super Bowl over Baltimore
The NCAA Basketball Finals in 1983 & 85.
Montreal's elimination of Boston in the 1971 NHL playoffs on the road to beating the Blackhawks for the Stanley Cup.....
It happens on the big stage and on the road to the big stage as could be exhibited tonight when the Houston Astros have a Game 5 showdown at home against the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Division Series.
Houston won 107 games this season.
Tampa Bay's Opening Day payroll was a relatively measly $ 52 million.
I might not believe the biblical tales of Lot's Wife or Jonah, but if the Rays eliminated the Astros tonight, it's just further verification that David can, and has, beat Goliath.
I'm Fred Wallace