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STANDING IN THE GAP AND
EXPECTING A MIRACLE…..
Edwin Markham : There is a destiny that makes us brothers, No one goes his way alone; All that we send into the lives of others, Comes back into our own.
A ninety-one year young matriarch often complains of her memory. Yet, she is able to quote Edwin Markham’s words exactly and poetically. This beautiful woman was in need of help more than 44 years ago. A wide receiver and native of Beaumont, Texas responded to her need. He went to the Oakland Raiders’ doctors and inquired about a doctor who could help a young boy who had a serious leg injury resulting from a major car accident. The young boy was the son of the matriarch and the mother of Jacqueline Brannon. Jacqueline called Mr. Warren Wells, and depended on his counsel. Mr. Wells was able to identify an expert orthopedic surgeon named Dr. Brodsky. In order to get a full perception of the echelon Mr. Warren Wells was a part of, the obituary of Dr. Alexander Brodsky is shared for the next generation to learn of the accomplishments and affiliations of a Beaumont resident who was outstanding in professional athletics.
ALEXANDER E. BRODSKY, MD, 72, died Friday, February 1, 1991. He was born on September 29, 1918 in Romania and came to the United States at age 4 with his parents. He grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and earned his Bachelor's and Medical degrees at the University of Maryland. He served in the Army Medical Corps between 1942 and 1945. After the war, he received his orthopaedic and surgical training at Lenox Hill Hospital and the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City.
He came to Houston on January 1, 1950 to join the full time academic faculty of Baylor College of Medicine, as the first member of the newly-formed Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. In 1954 he became a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and for 17 years served as an examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. In addition to his 39-year full-time private practice of orthopedic surgery, he was Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Associate Clinical Professor of Pathology at Baylor College of Medicine, and Associate Clinic Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He was attending orthopaedic surgeon at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital for over 30 years, at Methodist Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, VA Hospital and Ben Taub Hospital. He gave over 40 years of continuous service in teaching medical students, residents and graduate physicians. Since 1975 he has been a contributor and active lecturing member of the prestigious International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, and held membership in the Cervical Sppine Research Society and in the North American Spine Society.
In 1974 he established the Orthopaedic Pathology Laboratory at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, and in 1975 began a Spine Fellowship Program through which he trained 34 physicians as specialists in spinal surgery. In 1979 he originated the Orthopaedic Pathology Lectureship which has been given in the Texas Medical Center on an annual basis since that date. He was also one of the pioneers in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal stenosis. In 1989 he and his wife received the Max H. Nathan Human Relations Award presented by the American Jewish Committee.
Dr. Brodsky was contacted by the mother of the injured boy. This mother would never have known of a doctor as expert as he was without the contact and counsel with Mr. Warren Wells. She was able to take her boy to this expert doctor in the Medical Center in Houston, Texas. The boy’s leg was infected and it was withering. Dr. Brodsky acted quickly and performed surgery. Years later, the sister of the boy who is now a minister asked him how many stitches were in his leg after the surgery. The answer: 81.
It is a miracle that Mr. Warren Wells’s number with the Oakland Raiders was 81 and the help he gave Rev. Edsel Brannon Jr. will always be remembered because of the 81 stitches which repaired Brannon’s leg. Rev. Brannon walks straight, and he is a caretaker of his 91 year young mother, Mrs. Clotiel Brannon.
Mr. Warren Wells sent a good thing into the lives of others including Prof. Jacqueline Brannon, and now it is time to send good things back into his life.
By God’s grace and on the homestead site of Mr. Warren Wells’ family, we celebrate the life and accomplishments of Mr. Warren Wells and other good Samaritans like him—those who help others.
Mr. Warren Wells stood in the gap for me several times over the years and he did not know it. He studied me quietly, and he prayed for me.
When he called for me in past years, he ministered to me. When he asked for my help many years ago, he actually was providing a way for me to share. When he entreated me to help him, to pray for him, he reminded me of a greater call in our lives. When he wrote me a three page letter when I was working at Pleasant Grove Church, he reminded me that he was a child of God, and that Jesus Christ is his Savior.
I was so touched by a three-page letter from Mr. Warren Wells that I have it in my possession now for safe keeping.
Yes, believe it or not, he is my inspiration to write the more than 1200 articles read by more than 715,000 readers. He is the inspiration for my persistence and my determination to be victorious even if it is the last eight seconds of a struggle or battle. What the Holy Spirit directed in his life in 1970 when I saw him catch that fantastic touchdown pass to tie the game in the fourth quarter between the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders, and then as I watched the great George Blanda kick the ball that was held in position by the center with an injured hand by the name of Jim Otto—it was a miracle. It was a lesson that I learned: never give up. In the scriptures we learn: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Mr. Warren Wells has been strengthened, and we are strengthened by the witness of his testimony of Jesus Christ.
In 2014, let us stand in the gap for the young NFL players from Beaumont, Golden Triangle, and other cities. Let us celebrate today, knowing that they, too, will be strengthened and will be victorious!
by Damali Binta Sara
(Beautiful Vision, with God and with Perseverance)
Looking forward to a great season for the Oakland Raiders in 2014
THE MEANING OF LIFE
Influential section - Yusuf Estes with a young Christian
((( O mankind! Say No God But Allah, Achieve Eternal Salvation )))
" Laa ilaaha illallah " (There is none worthy of worship except Allah.)
( I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger )
( Introduction to Islam )
Comments by Kevin Rooney
Comments: I particularly liked seeing the historical data displayed for the number of wins for both the 49ers and the Raiders from the years of 2004 – 2010. The layout of the wins for the two teams from season shows the degree of parity that exists in the NFL. If a team had a bad season, they can still be contenders in the following season and vice versa. For example, my favorite team (the New Orleans Saints) went 3-13 in the 1999 season, but in 2000, the Saints went 10-6 and won their first playoff game in franchise history. You never know!
Comments: It was rather interesting to see the performance numbers between Carson Palmer, Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow during their first two seasons in the NFL. Both Palmer and Manning were #1 overall picks in their respective drafts, yet Tebow was a late 1st-round pick, but pound-for-pound Tebow seems to get the most media attention. However, I feel the performance numbers are due to the fact that Palmer and Manning are prototypical NFL quarterbacks while Tebow is more of a “gimmicky” player.
Comments: When a team plays another team more and more over the years, I think the teams start to get a sense of familiarity with one another. That is why the Raiders have a good track record against both the Chargers and the Chiefs. The Chargers and the Chiefs are in the Raiders’ division thus requiring two meetings per season. As the games against common opponents increase, the Raiders might be able to find the nuances and quirks that other teams possess.
Comments: Looking at the chart between the data for the Raiders and the Bengals is rather interesting to see. However, I do think that the lines in the graph are somewhat coincidental. During the season that the Raiders made it to the Super Bowl under Bill Callahan, I would imagine that they would have beaten 80-90% of the teams in the NFL that season. That’s due to how well they played in 2002. The culture of teams change somewhat over the years, so I do not think that if a former Raider coach goes to another team he will be able to game plan for the same culture he experienced with the Raiders.
Comments: To see the symmetry between the history of the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs is quite interesting. I especially liked seeing the “Kansas City 42, Oakland 7; Oakland 41, Kansas City 6” statistic. However, the gap seems to widen in the Raiders favor once we talk about conference championships and Super Bowls.
Comments: When talking about what the minimum number of wins is required to make the playoffs, it is important to distinguish between 14 game and 16 game seasons. An 8-win season over the course of 14 games is a good record, and from the chart and historical data, it appeared that 8 wins out of 14 games would suffice for postseason play. However, with the modern 16 game season, 8 wins is not reliable for making the playoffs. Every so often though, an 8-8 team will sneak into the playoffs. I do agree with the article when it says that “The stronger probabilities occur for ten wins or more.”
Comments: One thing that surprised me by looking at the chart and the observations was that the Raiders still achieved an 8-8 record in 2011 despite having a new head coach at the helm. I do agree with the assessment that the problem lies with the defense, especially because the coaches on the defensive side of the ball remained the same from 2010 to 2011. For those two seasons it is necessary to look at the “constants” so to speak on the team. It points back to the defensive coaches.
Comments: I think that coming out flat after a bye week is something that the vast majority of NFL teams encounter during any given season. I do not believe it is a lack of discipline. I think it is just a matter of coming out of the gates slow after not seeing any NFL action for 2 weeks. If the team you played the week after your bye played during your bye week, I feel that you are already at a disadvantage due to the fact that the opponent is still in the current flow of an NFL season.
Comments: This article really does help highlight the importance of the kicker in the NFL game, especially a kicker as consistent as Sebastian Janikowski. The graph did a good job of showing how Janikowski was the team’s leading scorer through Week 6 of the 2011 season. Many people assume that the skill positions score the most points for a team, but the leading point scorer on most NFL teams is the unheralded kicker.
Comments: The informational chart between Jason Campbell and Colt McCoy helped to illustrate one point: Football is not a one man game. With virtually a statistical dead heat between Campbell and McCoy, the point is made that other offensive skill players, defensive players and special teams players are all key to a team’s success on the gridiron.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/607419-sports-and-stem-help-us-fully-appreciate-entertain-and-educate-young-people Good goal!
Encourage the Oakland Raiders.