Monday Mirth: ACC Trashtalk

February 23, 2009

Well, since Maryland, Duke and Clemson all enjoyed weekend success, I guess it's time to let our readers in on the kind of ACC trashtalk that goes on in parts of T4G-land. I stress "parts" because one thing is certain, I cannot imagine John Piper, Mark Dever or Al Mohler caring a hoot about this!

Nevertheless, I can see R.C. and Thabiti having opinions. Although Thabiti's N.C. State has fallen on hard times. The following is an exchange between C.J., Michael Lawrence (Associate Pastor with Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist Church) and yours truly. It will perhaps give you a feel for the kind of banter in which we sometimes engage, and maybe even some moments of light mirth in the midst your heavy ministerial duties. Read, email-style, from the bottom up!

More on the Gospel Course coming soon, btw.


From:Michael Lawrence
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2009 12:52 PM
To: CJ Mahaney
Cc: Ligon Duncan
Subject: Re: Duke

C.J.

I think what you're proving is that there is an inverse relationship between a team's ability on the court and its fans' abilities to talk trash. In which case, I'm not only happy to concede defeat, but even happier that you have claimed victory!

Michael Lawrence

—– Original Message —–
From: CJ Mahaney
To: Michael Lawrence
Cc: Lig Duncan
Sent: Fri Feb 06 12:29:35 2009
Subject: Re: Duke

Michael

My friend you are on the ropes and I can send you to the canvas anytime I desire.

C.J.

—– Original Message —–

From:CJ Mahaney
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2009 12:28 AM
To: Michael Lawrence
Cc: Ligon Duncan
Subject: Re: Duke

Actually it was a brilliant move you didn't see coming!


—– Original Message —–
From: Michael Lawrence
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2009 12:26 PM
To: Ligon Duncan; CJ Mahaney
Subject: RE: Duke

C.J.

To pull out the humility card in the midst of trash talking is surely the equivalent of an intentional foul!
       
Michael

—– Original Message —–
From: CJ Mahaney
To: Ligon Duncan
Cc: Michael Lawrence
Sent: Fri Feb 06 11:48:38 2009
Subject: Re: Duke
    
Humbly said Lig!

C.J.

—– Original Message —–

From: Ligon Duncan
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2009 10:40 AM
To: CJ Mahaney; Michael Lawrence
Subject: RE: Duke

Michael:

Well, at least you can’t accuse me of pulling for a winner!

Lig

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From: Michael Lawrence
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2009 10:25 AM
To: Ligon Duncan; CJ Mahaney
Subject: RE: Duke
      
A Clemson fan holds the pulpit at First Presbyterian? Say it isn’t so!

Michael

—– Original Message —–

From:Michael Lawrence
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2009 9:26 AM
To: CJ Mahaney; Ligon Duncan
Subject: RE: Duke

But, as you say, WE have a very good team. More to the point, WE have a team, WE have a coach, and WE will be invited to the NCAA tourney. YOU on the other hand, have a turtle for a mascot and that’s about it (though honestly, you might do better if you let the turtle do the recruiting and coaching from here forward).

Michael Lawrence

—– Original Message —–

From:CJ Mahaney
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2009 8:28 AM
To: Ligon Duncan; Michael Lawrence
Subject: RE: Duke

Lig,

Thank you for recognizing where I am indeed gifted. I grew up barbecuing smart guys like Michael. Actually it seems to me the smarter they are the easier it is to do this. And it’s certainly more fun.

Your friend,

C.J.

—– Original Message —–

From: Ligon Duncan
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2009 8:23 AM
To: CJ Mahaney; Michael Lawrence
Subject: RE: Duke

Brilliant C.J. I wondered how you’d handle that amazingly deft and clever and typically Dukie snappy comeback from Michael. But you did it. You just side-stepped it. Ignored it. Superb. Just superb.
  
And then you forced him to (once again) wallow in the unmitigated shame and humiliation of a crushing loss (yay, blowout) to the lowly Tigers. You are the master!
  
Truly the first shall be last, eh?
       
Lig

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From: CJ Mahaney
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2009 8:15 AM
To: Michael Lawrence
Cc: Ligon Duncan
Subject: RE: Duke
    
Yep, there is no spin one can put on the Clemson game! Your boys were flat beat up the entire game. It was further evidence you have a very good team but not a great one.
   
Hey, where is my sermon evaluation! I will pay cash for this!
       
Your friend,
       
C.J.       
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From: Michael Lawrence
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2009 7:35 AM
To: CJ Mahaney; Mark Dever
Cc: Lig Duncan
Subject: Re: Duke
    
CJ,
              
I admit, I am still recovering from the shame of it all. Losing to Wake by 2 in the last 8 seconds was respectable, if disappointing. Losing to Clemson by 27 and being behind most of the game was embarrassing.  If I were a

Maryland

fan, I would probably have words to describe the feeling, it being so familiar. As a Duke fan though, I'm left speechless.
              
Your chastened brother,
Michael Lawrence
Associate Pastor
CHBC

—– Original Message —–
From: CJ Mahaney
To: Mark Dever; Michael Lawrence
Cc: Ligon Duncan
Sent: Fri Feb 06 06:10:51 2009
Subject: Duke
              
Mark and Michael,
              
I knew I would hear from you boys when

Md.

lost by 41 to Duke.
              
I didn’t think I’d hear from you boys when Duke lost by 27 to Clemson.
              
C.J.