Anatomy of a competitor: Clay Oglesbee

Northfield Rotary held their Summer Social on Thursday night and a variety of yard games were part of the festivities. I snapped a series of photos of Pastor Clay Oglesbee, the most prolific blogger in southeast Northfield (see his Soul to Sole blog), in the heat of competition. Click photos to enlarge.

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  • Photo 1: the manly way to get psyched up for the softball toss. He was 0 for 3.
  • Photo 2: the correct form for the peanut toss. He was 0 for 7.
  • Photo 3: the beanbag toss. Denied at 5 and 3 yards, he took aim from 12 inches. Denied.
  • Photo 4: Clay’s wife, Mary Lynn, enjoyed great success at the peanut toss. Clay’s facial reaction to her success is obscured in the photo by her hand. Sooo…
  • Photo 5: I digitally removed her hand from the previous photo and zoomed in to reveal his face. You be the judge.

“What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

Clay recovered nicely from his personal debacle, and later was able to insert his spirited face into this photo of Kris and Rick Estenson.


  1. Griff, I am… overwhelmed at your tribute. Since I am a Christian pastor, after all, and Nietzsche was merely a wayward seminarian and godless philosopher, I would like to add this edifying Scriptural text from 2 Corinthians 12:

    “…On my own behalf, I will not boast… I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, and calamities…”

    Just think of me as playing, for better or worse, on Jesus’ team. Of course, he generally plays me pretty deep in the line-up. — The Reverend Mister Etcetera.

    July 14, 2007
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    Clay, I know you were hoping for a more flattering blog post and photo. That’s certainly within the realm of possibility. Just not this time. The Lord just aligned the stars in a way that what I posted was inevitable. So stay sober, keep your helmet of hope on, and it just might happen:

    But since we are of the day, we must stay sober by putting on the breastplate of faith and love and as a helmet our hope for salvation. — Thessalonians 5:8

    July 14, 2007
  3. Clay Oglesbee said:

    Dear Brother Griff, I tell you as soberly as I am able at the present time, and with all the love I can muster for a blog-meister: “When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we speak kindly….What would you prefer? Am I to come to you with a stick; or with love in a spirit of gentleness?” (1 Corinthians 4:10ff–selected).

    I am, Sir, Your Affectionate Servant,
    AKA, Looking-Around-for-a-Suitable-Stick

    July 14, 2007
  4. Clay Oglesbee said:

    By the by, I assure you, Sir, the stick I find shall be “locally grown”, and I trust will itelf contribute to local groans.
    Yours, The Reviled, Persecuted and Slandered

    July 14, 2007
  5. victor summa said:

    Griff – RE: photos 4 and 5.. are you telling us you removed the image in the foreground (a Hand) and revealed a background image ( a face) covered by the foreground object and not otherwise recorded by the camera?

    Is this the foulest of faux news?


    July 14, 2007
  6. Griff Wigley said:

    Clay, you’ve outclassed me in this duel of bible verses. I surrender, as I have no hope of victory. Consider your reputation fully restored. Anatomy of a competitor indeed.

    Victor, my digital prowess is about on a par with my FNishness. To wit, click this image:

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    July 15, 2007

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