Lent Madness is Canceled

Lent Madness Canceled

Lent Madness has been canceled, effective immediately. Even though fans will be disappointed, tensions grew too great within the Supreme Executive Committee. Known widely as archnemeses, it turned out that Tim and Scott just couldn’t put aside their bitterness long enough to complete the season.

Expect legal action between them over the name Supreme Executive Committee. For now, Tim has formed a one-man Supreme Executive Council. He is planning to use connections to establish headquarters at 1 First Street NE,
Washington, DC
, a facility that knows how to cater to supremes. Meanwhile, Scott is setting up the Supreme Executive Commission. He’s going to take up residence in Avignon, within a palace that knows a thing or two about hosting supremes (or anti-supremes).

Newly unemployed Celebrity Bloggers will face a cruel return to the world of mere mortals, absent the crush of autograph-seeking bracketologists. Distinguished Celebrity Bloggers Laurie Brock, Megan Castellan, and David Sibley issued a joint statement on hearing the news, saying, “Now we know the true meaning of that ancient proverb, the bigger they are, the harder they fall. We wish Tim and Scott had never named us Distinguished.” It’s expected that a collection will be taken up for a therapy fund for bracket czar Adam Thomas, who won’t know what to do each morning of Lent without the onerous burden of posting each day’s results and updated bracket.

A passer-by in Hingham overheard Tim muttering to himself, “I knew Scott might not ever forgive me for shutting him out of the Toledo Blade in 2012 but I didn’t think it would come to this.” Meanwhile Scott was seen writing and then deleting the same Tweet over and over again without posting it, “Jesus said take up your cross and follow me, not take up your JERK and follow me. So long, @FatherTim.” Go ahead and follow Scott and Tim on Twitter for what promises to be an epic Tweet-storm.

Fans will be disappointed, of course, that they’ll never learn whether Amelia Bloomer or Fanny Crosby would earn a spot on Monday to fill out the Elate Eight.

Also, don’t expect a new episode of Monday Madness this week. Tim and Scott could only agree on one thing to include in a joint statement, “The line down the middle of the split screen on Monday Madness isn’t thick enough. I won’t share a screen with that bozo.”

While Lent Madness fans wail and gnash their teeth, at least they can look forward to a pleasant memory of the days of yore on Easter Sunday when Mary Magdalene (Golden Halo winner in 2012) gets a shout out during the Gospel reading.

255 Comments to "Lent Madness is Canceled"

  1. Michael Cawthra's Gravatar Michael Cawthra
    April 1, 2017 - 8:04 am | Permalink

    April 1st. Well played.

    • Richard's Gravatar Richard
      April 1, 2017 - 11:38 am | Permalink

      Ah April 1, a day to act like politicians do the other 364 days.

      • Rhonda's Gravatar Rhonda
        April 1, 2017 - 11:56 am | Permalink

        Duh! I so fell for it!!!
        I was considering putting together a mob!

        • M.E. Eccles's Gravatar M.E. Eccles
          April 1, 2017 - 1:51 pm | Permalink

          Me too!

        • Patricia Gordon's Gravatar Patricia Gordon
          April 1, 2017 - 2:35 pm | Permalink

          I was ready to join that mob-looking for poster board for the march! Tim and Scott are so clever!

        • Margot's Gravatar Margot
          April 1, 2017 - 3:36 pm | Permalink

          I did too as it is now 2nd April downunder! However as I read, it all came good. Love ❤️ comments.

    • Christina Joy Thom's Gravatar Christina Joy Thom
      April 1, 2017 - 11:56 am | Permalink

      It took me a minute but I got it.

  2. Kyrie's Gravatar Kyrie
    April 1, 2017 - 8:05 am | Permalink

    This is an April fools joke isn’t it.

  3. Susan Beard's Gravatar Susan Beard
    April 1, 2017 - 8:06 am | Permalink

    Anything to do with April Fools Day, by any chance?

  4. April 1, 2017 - 8:10 am | Permalink

    I knew this would happen one day.
    My worst fears have been realized!

  5. Patricia White's Gravatar Patricia White
    April 1, 2017 - 8:10 am | Permalink

    Hog wash, I say. Hog wash!

  6. Luri Owen's Gravatar Luri Owen
    April 1, 2017 - 8:10 am | Permalink

    I’m disappointed that neither Tim nor Scott is carving out space in Detroit where THE Supremes came to fame. Happy April!!!!!

  7. Kathy Hartley's Gravatar Kathy Hartley
    April 1, 2017 - 8:11 am | Permalink

    I realized after the first paragraph that today is April First, and my heart has now resumed beating.

    • Andrea's Gravatar Andrea
      April 1, 2017 - 2:30 pm | Permalink


  8. Helen Miller's Gravatar Helen Miller
    April 1, 2017 - 8:12 am | Permalink

    Hahaha April Fool’s!!!

  9. Kandice's Gravatar Kandice
    April 1, 2017 - 8:12 am | Permalink

    Poison d’Avril!! Tres bon! !

    • Margaret Irwin's Gravatar Margaret Irwin
      April 1, 2017 - 8:27 am | Permalink

      That’s poisson – although I suppose it’s also poisonous.

  10. Jane Cutting's Gravatar Jane Cutting
    April 1, 2017 - 8:13 am | Permalink

    Hmm! How interesting that it is April 1st.

  11. Margery Wilson's Gravatar Margery Wilson
    April 1, 2017 - 8:16 am | Permalink

    April Fools, you Supreme Fools!

  12. Karen Jean Ingraham's Gravatar Karen Jean Ingraham
    April 1, 2017 - 8:19 am | Permalink

    HaHa. April Fools

  13. Naomi's Gravatar Naomi
    April 1, 2017 - 8:20 am | Permalink

    Fools rush in where wise me fear to tread!

  14. Terrse's Gravatar Terrse
    April 1, 2017 - 8:20 am | Permalink

    Since today is April 1, I rather suspect a bit of a ham-handed attempt is a ruse. Come Monday, I expect two candidates to vote for.

  15. Ann Hamilton's Gravatar Ann Hamilton
    April 1, 2017 - 8:22 am | Permalink

    Thanks to the Supremes for starting my day with laughter!

  16. Wilson Anthony's Gravatar Wilson Anthony
    April 1, 2017 - 8:23 am | Permalink

    Happy April Fool’s Day!

  17. Pat's Gravatar Pat
    April 1, 2017 - 8:25 am | Permalink

    April Fools! … ?

  18. Amelia Hagen's Gravatar Amelia Hagen
    April 1, 2017 - 8:26 am | Permalink

    April Fools.

  19. Mike Eck's Gravatar Mike Eck
    April 1, 2017 - 8:26 am | Permalink

    … you had me at “Cancelled”

  20. Helen Webster's Gravatar Helen Webster
    April 1, 2017 - 8:27 am | Permalink

    I know this is a joke, however I am concerned about some very real harsh and not very Christian comments that have been popping up here and there, from players, directed at other players. Perhaps we should all think before we “type and enter” our comments. I thought this was to teach by causing us to do a little research on the nominees before we voted. Just saying, be kind to one another.

    • Nelson F's Gravatar Nelson F
      April 1, 2017 - 9:27 am | Permalink

      Thanks for expressing what I have been feeling. I know that many do not realize how hurtful these comments are. I have not commented since the beginning of LM due to not wanting to be the brunt of some of these comments.

    • Diane's Gravatar Diane
      April 1, 2017 - 9:36 am | Permalink

      I couldn’t agree more. Lent Madness is intended to teach us more about the saints and their examples of Christian devotion and actions. It’s not about winning or whining!

      • VT Patty's Gravatar VT Patty
        April 1, 2017 - 9:48 am | Permalink


      • Diana's Gravatar Diana
        April 1, 2017 - 10:51 am | Permalink


    • San West's Gravatar San West
      April 1, 2017 - 9:39 am | Permalink

      Amen to that.

    • Pamela Payne's Gravatar Pamela Payne
      April 1, 2017 - 1:09 pm | Permalink

      Amen, amen. Thank you, Helen.

      • andrea's Gravatar andrea
        April 1, 2017 - 5:52 pm | Permalink

        Yes. Thank you, Helen.

  21. Martha's Gravatar Martha
    April 1, 2017 - 8:27 am | Permalink

    You two are a real piece of work. Keep it going.

  22. Kim Rossi's Gravatar Kim Rossi
    April 1, 2017 - 8:29 am | Permalink

    Had me going with the title, but the more I read, I knew this was an “April Fools”

    Funny – but only after I got past the title. My laugh for the day!!

  23. VT Patty's Gravatar VT Patty
    April 1, 2017 - 8:31 am | Permalink

    You’re having too much fun during Lent! 😉

  24. Dixie's Gravatar Dixie
    April 1, 2017 - 8:32 am | Permalink

    Ahhh Yes!
    They ARE true Episcopalians after all!
    Fun And Kidding Everwhere NEWS.

  25. Peg S.'s Gravatar Peg S.
    April 1, 2017 - 8:32 am | Permalink

    BREAKING NEWS: My cats Vic and Eugene have stepped into the power vacuum following what is now being called Lent Rent 2017, proclaiming themselves the New Supreme Executive Council and declaring Lady Julian of Norwich as this year’s Golden Halo winner.

    • April 1, 2017 - 9:22 am | Permalink

      Excellent, Peg!

    • Gail Adams's Gravatar Gail Adams
      April 1, 2017 - 12:50 pm | Permalink

      Great idea. Let’s hear it for lady Julian of Norwich! Your cats are wise. I knew this was all a joke after the first sentence. However, I just thought that they were trying to releave the boredom of the weekend. I forgot that it was April Fools’ Day.

    • Kim on the Bayou's Gravatar Kim on the Bayou
      April 1, 2017 - 2:21 pm | Permalink


    • Beth Parkhurst's Gravatar Beth Parkhurst
      April 1, 2017 - 3:24 pm | Permalink

      Hear, hear!

      Who’s first runner-up?

    • Joanna's Gravatar Joanna
      April 2, 2017 - 6:11 am | Permalink

      Thank you to Vic and Eugene who know how to save the day! I agree with their choice, Lady Julian (whose shrine/cell is in my mother’s hometown).

    • Sarah SSM's Gravatar Sarah SSM
      April 2, 2017 - 10:34 am | Permalink


  26. Wilson Anthony's Gravatar Wilson Anthony
    April 1, 2017 - 8:33 am | Permalink

    In 2026 Spy Wednesday will fall on April 1. Can’t wait to see what the SEC comes up with.

  27. Cecelia Hazen's Gravatar Cecelia Hazen
    April 1, 2017 - 8:33 am | Permalink

    Took me a few lines (paragraphs) to catch on – Happy April First –

  28. April 1, 2017 - 8:33 am | Permalink

    Very funny! Good luck canceling Easter next year, April 1st 2018!

    • Ntathu's Gravatar Ntathu
      April 1, 2017 - 8:40 am | Permalink

      I can’t wait for that!

    • AltarGuild2018's Gravatar AltarGuild2018
      April 1, 2017 - 8:46 am | Permalink

      Oh good, thank you for the heads up re Easter 2018. Altar guild here at St. James can hardly wait. Lillies? Baptism? Communism for the twice a year mob? We set up for a low Sunday Morning prayer service…

      • Verdery Kassebaum's Gravatar Verdery Kassebaum
        April 1, 2017 - 10:28 am | Permalink

        I like the idea of Communism for the twice a year mob. That would really shake them up.

        • Pamela Payne's Gravatar Pamela Payne
          April 1, 2017 - 1:08 pm | Permalink


  29. April 1, 2017 - 8:37 am | Permalink

    OK, I am not in the mood. What the hell is going on here? The now defunct SEC will return to duty immediately or the two of them better sleep with one eye open. God bless,

  30. Edwina's Gravatar Edwina
    April 1, 2017 - 8:41 am | Permalink

    A cruel way to start the morning !!! ((Enjoy the rest of the day…))

    • Robert's Gravatar Robert
      April 1, 2017 - 8:55 am | Permalink


  31. Caroline's Gravatar Caroline
    April 1, 2017 - 8:42 am | Permalink

    Well done, you characters! What a way to wake up on All Fools Day.

  32. PAD's Gravatar PAD
    April 1, 2017 - 8:42 am | Permalink

    Happy Atheist’s Day (Psalm 14:1)

  33. Liz McCarthy's Gravatar Liz McCarthy
    April 1, 2017 - 8:47 am | Permalink

    Woe is us

  34. Nancy's Gravatar Nancy
    April 1, 2017 - 8:48 am | Permalink

    Thank goodness it’s April Fools Day, and LM will indeed resume on Monday. Perhaps the SEC was dismayed that Univ of Connecticut women’s basketball team was beaten last night, breaking their 111-game winning streak, by Mississippi State.

  35. Bob P's Gravatar Bob P
    April 1, 2017 - 8:49 am | Permalink

    As I was plotting my day over a cup of morning coffee I read this. Well done but still not as probable as the year NPR warned us of the dangerous condition in the Midwest – maple trees in danger of exploding because of unusual internal pressure caused by sap build up.

  36. JustMeJo's Gravatar JustMeJo
    April 1, 2017 - 8:49 am | Permalink

    Oy! I fell for it! Still waiting for my heart rate to return to normal! I had to read all the way through – convinced all the way that there must have been another massive bot attackv. Saved only by going to the comments!

    • Diane's Gravatar Diane
      April 1, 2017 - 9:11 am | Permalink

      Me too. So glad I kept reading.

    • Elizabeth's Gravatar Elizabeth
      April 1, 2017 - 10:05 am | Permalink

      Me too, no matter how unlikely it seemed. 😉

  37. Linda's Gravatar Linda
    April 1, 2017 - 8:53 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday to all our mad crew who are celebrating on such a historic day as today. Cheers to all.

    We will all be back to our madness on Monday.


  38. Marty Sauer's Gravatar Marty Sauer
    April 1, 2017 - 8:53 am | Permalink

    Enjoy April Fools’ Day; see ya all on Monday!

  39. Joan Mechlin's Gravatar Joan Mechlin
    April 1, 2017 - 8:55 am | Permalink

    Good April fool

  40. Lorrie Graham's Gravatar Lorrie Graham
    April 1, 2017 - 8:57 am | Permalink

    April Fool!

  41. F Edmands's Gravatar F Edmands
    April 1, 2017 - 9:08 am | Permalink

    April Fool – right?

  42. Jane's Gravatar Jane
    April 1, 2017 - 9:12 am | Permalink

    I thought the invasion of the bot votes had caused this to implode!
    I had forgotten the day.

  43. Lora's Gravatar Lora
    April 1, 2017 - 9:12 am | Permalink

    That’s madness, you fools!

  44. Rodney's Gravatar Rodney
    April 1, 2017 - 9:15 am | Permalink

    WOW you two had me goin’ there for awhile!!!
    Happy April First!

  45. Mjc's Gravatar Mjc
    April 1, 2017 - 9:17 am | Permalink

    April fool!

  46. Beverly D Hall's Gravatar Beverly D Hall
    April 1, 2017 - 9:17 am | Permalink


  47. Chuck's Gravatar Chuck
    April 1, 2017 - 9:21 am | Permalink

    You didn’t give us an opportunity to vote. Maybe
    Scott or Tim should get the halo as a last hurray.

  48. Ruby Faille's Gravatar Ruby Faille
    April 1, 2017 - 9:24 am | Permalink

    Well, you had me fooled until I read some of the comments. Then I too agree, that it is a good April fool’s joke. I should have known this becuse it is my 80 the birthday today. I will have a good day and nobody to fool me again. I will be on the look out. Great job.

    • April 1, 2017 - 9:39 am | Permalink

      Happy Birthday, Ruby!

    • April 1, 2017 - 9:55 am | Permalink

      Birthday greetings, Ruby.

    • kesmarn's Gravatar kesmarn
      April 1, 2017 - 9:59 am | Permalink

      Hope your birthday is a very happy one, Ruby!

    • Hilda Maria Knowles's Gravatar Hilda Maria Knowles
      April 1, 2017 - 10:23 am | Permalink

      Happy Birthday, Ruby.

    • Susan Maurine's Gravatar Susan Maurine
      April 1, 2017 - 11:33 am | Permalink

      An April fool birthday? Well, bless your heart, Ruby! Have fun today!!

    • Pamela Payne's Gravatar Pamela Payne
      April 1, 2017 - 1:07 pm | Permalink

      Happy Birthday! Celebrating you and Lent Madness together.

    • Diana's Gravatar Diana
      April 1, 2017 - 3:52 pm | Permalink

      Ruby, what a fabulous day to have a birthday. Thank you for sharing it with us.
      May it be joyous and filled with holy hilarity”

  49. Irene's Gravatar Irene
    April 1, 2017 - 9:25 am | Permalink

    April Fool.

  50. Matthew's Gravatar Matthew
    April 1, 2017 - 9:28 am | Permalink

    Just like the Beatles all great groups break up. There is always an Alpha and Omega.

  51. Kathy Wisconsin's Gravatar Kathy Wisconsin
    April 1, 2017 - 9:28 am | Permalink

    I was shocked until I read the comments and ‘woke up’. I get it. People are to serious! I am a born Episcopalian and this Lent Madness is a breath of fresh air! Those who are trying to affect the vote…stop it! So happy April 1st. Keep up the good work.

  52. Karen Johnson's Gravatar Karen Johnson
    April 1, 2017 - 9:28 am | Permalink

    You have given me my new favorite quote: “Jesus said take up your cross and follow me, not take up your JERK and follow me. ”

    Thanks, guys.

  53. Miriam Brown's Gravatar Miriam Brown
    April 1, 2017 - 9:32 am | Permalink

    April Fool joke, thank goodness! I am United Methodist, but so love Lent Madness and am happy that a great Episcopalian friend turned me on to it several years ago.

    • Suanne's Gravatar Suanne
      April 1, 2017 - 10:49 am | Permalink

      I’m UM, too – and grateful for Father Jim at St Bede’s Episcopal in Mar Vista (LA) for getting me started. This is my third year – appreciate the contemplation, humor and sharing — with saints past – present – and “under construction”.

      • Diana's Gravatar Diana
        April 1, 2017 - 1:48 pm | Permalink

        I love “saint under construction”.

  54. Michael Cunningham's Gravatar Michael Cunningham
    April 1, 2017 - 9:32 am | Permalink

    So happy to learn that Lent Madness has finally become WENT MADNESS. It was only a matter of time.

  55. Diane Pyle's Gravatar Diane Pyle
    April 1, 2017 - 9:35 am | Permalink

    True — I dreamt last night that I was blowing up rubber gloves into baloons! It must have been for you guys who are full of hot air! Happy day anyway.

  56. Pat B's Gravatar Pat B
    April 1, 2017 - 9:37 am | Permalink

    April fools

  57. Carole Friedman's Gravatar Carole Friedman
    April 1, 2017 - 9:40 am | Permalink

    If it is April 1st joke, not so funny for those who have bad memories of other April 1st days. As TS Elliott said” April is the cruelest month….”
    This is too cute by half…..
    Will have to consider what you are all are doing in the future.

    • Diana's Gravatar Diana
      April 1, 2017 - 1:50 pm | Permalink

      Carole, it sounds like you’ve been hurt. I’m so sorry. If you need an ear, ask Tim or Scott to help us get in touch.

  58. Dawn Bruestle's Gravatar Dawn Bruestle
    April 1, 2017 - 9:43 am | Permalink

    Had me going there for a few minutes….April Fools!

  59. Susie's Gravatar Susie
    April 1, 2017 - 9:46 am | Permalink

    Good one!

  60. Judy A's Gravatar Judy A
    April 1, 2017 - 9:46 am | Permalink

    Reading this while enjoying a bag of popcorn-flavored popcorn and a tall glass of water on the rocks.

  61. Linda DelaCruz's Gravatar Linda DelaCruz
    April 1, 2017 - 9:47 am | Permalink

    The Onion, or Borowitz no doubt.

  62. April 1, 2017 - 9:48 am | Permalink

    And in other belly laugh news – and this is not an April Fool’s joke – my husband reports that he read a serious investigative report on a financial website yesterday which revealed to the world the mystery of why McDonald’s sells more fish sandwiches in March than any other time of year: something called “Lent” – of course, blamed exclusively on Roman Catholics. The reporter was quite astounded.

    • kesmarn's Gravatar kesmarn
      April 1, 2017 - 10:06 am | Permalink

      I have to wonder how much that reporter was paid for that amazing insight. LOL!

      • Diana's Gravatar Diana
        April 1, 2017 - 10:56 am | Permalink

        I thought you were kidding Beth. I had to look it up for myself. Blame Tim and Scott for my not believing you at first.

    • April 1, 2017 - 1:35 pm | Permalink

      In this heavily Roman Catholic town, many fast food and regular restaurants advertise “Lenten specials” on their marquees.

      • Diana's Gravatar Diana
        April 1, 2017 - 1:52 pm | Permalink

        I still remember seeing an ad from a chain supermarket promoting salmon, crab, lobster and shrimp for their Lent specials. Sadly, it was not dated April 1.

        • April 1, 2017 - 2:39 pm | Permalink

          Yeah, those seafoods really scream self-denial, don’t they? 😉

    • Carole's Gravatar Carole
      April 2, 2017 - 12:03 pm | Permalink

      Every Friday in Lent, after all-school Mass & early dismissal, our Mom took us to McDonald’s for Filet-o-Fish.

  63. April 1, 2017 - 9:50 am | Permalink

    Tim & Scott, please, pleeeeease don’t do this! I’m sure all of us in the Lent Madness Voting Public would be willing to pitch in the moola so the two of you can go to Supreme Council counseling. And hey, if either of you need to talk, just call me, anytime day or night. I’m sure everyone in the LMVP would say the same. We can fix this. Don’t let it end this way! Think of the children!

    • Diana's Gravatar Diana
      April 1, 2017 - 10:57 am | Permalink

      Yeah! What he said!

    • Susan Maurine's Gravatar Susan Maurine
      April 1, 2017 - 11:35 am | Permalink

      BWAHAHAHA, Harlie!!

      • April 1, 2017 - 1:30 pm | Permalink

        Thank you, Diana and Susan, for your support. I’m sure if all of us in the LMVP deluge the SEC with phone calls, emails, Tweets, and Facebook postings we can convince them not to give up, that this is worth fighting for!

    • Patricia in Bar Harbor's Gravatar Patricia in Bar Harbor
      April 1, 2017 - 1:16 pm | Permalink

      Good on you, Harlie!
      Happy April Fool’s to all from DownEast Maine.

      • April 1, 2017 - 1:36 pm | Permalink

        Thanks, Patricia. Now start making those phone calls, we haven’t a moment to lose!

        • Diana's Gravatar Diana
          April 1, 2017 - 1:57 pm | Permalink

          Harlie, quick, who is the saint responsible for reconciling broken relationships? We need to start a novena! Is it St. Reconcilius? St. Reunitus? St. Mediatus? St. Placatus? St. Conciliatus?

          • April 1, 2017 - 2:14 pm | Permalink

            Gee, Diana, I’m not sure who exactly is the patron saint we need.
            To the internet!

          • April 1, 2017 - 2:49 pm | Permalink

            Diana, after exhaustive research, I discovered that all the saints you named are the Patrons of Reconciliation (I should have guessed that from their names). So what I propose is, we all say a separate novena to each one. That would be 45 days of prayer! That’s sure to work!

    • Sally Clark's Gravatar Sally Clark
      April 1, 2017 - 1:59 pm | Permalink

      Harlie, you cracked me up!! Thanks!

  64. Rev. Vicki Hesse's Gravatar Rev. Vicki Hesse
    April 1, 2017 - 9:56 am | Permalink


  65. Beverley Bryant's Gravatar Beverley Bryant
    April 1, 2017 - 9:58 am | Permalink

    As our Supremes, I think they could at least wrap themselves in their sequins and lace and sache off the screen!

  66. April 1, 2017 - 9:58 am | Permalink

    Supremely played, fellows. Bravo!

  67. Jacque Fertic's Gravatar Jacque Fertic
    April 1, 2017 - 10:02 am | Permalink

    Well now I don’t need my morning cardio workout. Good Job!

  68. kesmarn's Gravatar kesmarn
    April 1, 2017 - 10:04 am | Permalink

    Taking a cue from Washington, the Supremes have indulged in plenty of finger pointing, I see. One (who shall not be named) is using his index finger. The other (who also shall not be named) is not.

  69. Meredith Hales's Gravatar Meredith Hales
    April 1, 2017 - 10:04 am | Permalink

    Fake news!!!

  70. Frank Jacob's Gravatar Frank Jacob
    April 1, 2017 - 10:07 am | Permalink


  71. Linda Barnard's Gravatar Linda Barnard
    April 1, 2017 - 10:07 am | Permalink

    April Fool to both of you, too!!!!

  72. Janet Chisholm's Gravatar Janet Chisholm
    April 1, 2017 - 10:09 am | Permalink

    Good one, guys!!
    Happy April Fools Day

  73. Scott Elliott's Gravatar Scott Elliott
    April 1, 2017 - 10:09 am | Permalink

    I guess it was fun while it lasted. It’s a terrible indictment of the church nowadays that two so-called priests can’t do as Rodney King asked and “just get along.”

    • April 1, 2017 - 10:52 am | Permalink

      No, it may turn out to be cool. Can’t you see that they are going for a reality TV show contract? Duelling priests! We can vote at the end of each show who made the better argument over rubric controversies! Or, they can fight for real over these saints. A true smackdown! And we thought Siskel and Ebert were fun. Just you wait. Well, wait at least till tomorrow.

      • Diana's Gravatar Diana
        April 1, 2017 - 10:58 am | Permalink

        Whew! Of course that’s what they are up to. I was getting worried for a while. Maybe they should start out on Oprah?

      • April 1, 2017 - 1:37 pm | Permalink

        Excellent idea, pHil. 🙂

  74. Jeanne's Gravatar Jeanne
    April 1, 2017 - 10:11 am | Permalink

    You broke my heart, you fools.

  75. YoginiHeidi's Gravatar YoginiHeidi
    April 1, 2017 - 10:17 am | Permalink

    Resume beating my stilled heart!

  76. Beth Owen's Gravatar Beth Owen
    April 1, 2017 - 10:19 am | Permalink

    I knew as soon as I saw the email subject.

    Happy April, everyone

  77. Hilda Maria Knowles's Gravatar Hilda Maria Knowles
    April 1, 2017 - 10:19 am | Permalink

    You’re just lucky April 1st fall on a Saturday this year when you can fool those persons who don’t see your usual comedic side showing in this post. Looking forward to Monday for Fanny to join the elite eight.

  78. Keith A Davis's Gravatar Keith A Davis
    April 1, 2017 - 10:19 am | Permalink

    Great hangover cure! Thank You! If this Lent Madness/clergy thing doesn’t work out for you, I’m sure a comedy gig could be found in Las Vegas. Penn &Teller could use some divine competition.

  79. Gloria Rousseau's Gravatar Gloria Rousseau
    April 1, 2017 - 10:20 am | Permalink

    The Madness will never end! Long live Madness!

  80. Patty's Gravatar Patty
    April 1, 2017 - 10:21 am | Permalink

    I am the QUEEN of April Fool’s . Was not fooled for even one second. Besides neither of you are folks who couldn’t settle your differences (if any occurred) amicably. Good read though.

  81. Robin Marciniak's Gravatar Robin Marciniak
    April 1, 2017 - 10:21 am | Permalink

    Right up there with the “Holy Heroes Happy Meal” of 2014! Happy April Fools’ Day!

  82. Linda K's Gravatar Linda K
    April 1, 2017 - 10:23 am | Permalink

    We can hope and pray that all the Saints converge to reunite the LM Supremes when April 2nd rolls around!

    As alternates, I loved Peg S.’s offer of Vic and Eugene as the “Supreme Executive Cats” (2 paws up!) or Harlie Y.’s crowdfunding Supreme Council counseling recommendation. Where there’s a will (or a Vic and Eugene), there’s a way – Onward!

  83. Roberta Matty's Gravatar Roberta Matty
    April 1, 2017 - 10:27 am | Permalink

    You had me until Avignon and palace. Good one! Glad I took my blood pressure meds.

  84. Debra Lawson's Gravatar Debra Lawson
    April 1, 2017 - 10:35 am | Permalink

    I knew this just had to be an April Fool’s joke! Well done, but I spotted it as a joke when I scanned the subject line in today’s email list. Good job! 🙂

  85. Beth's Gravatar Beth
    April 1, 2017 - 10:39 am | Permalink

    What Fools we mortals be. Happy April!

  86. Bill's Gravatar Bill
    April 1, 2017 - 10:39 am | Permalink

    Boo bad April fools joke!

  87. Marj's Gravatar Marj
    April 1, 2017 - 10:41 am | Permalink

    Add me to all the people you conned today.

  88. Jane W Van Zandt's Gravatar Jane W Van Zandt
    April 1, 2017 - 10:45 am | Permalink

    And I believed it! I was so disappointed, because I have been such a faithful voter.

  89. Jeffrey H. Rickard's Gravatar Jeffrey H. Rickard
    April 1, 2017 - 10:48 am | Permalink

    Bit of a sudden surge of Alternate Truths there, eh what? Where is my 1928 Book of Common Prayer? AND the 1940 Hymnal? Refuge in an ecclesiastical world gone mad. “O Lord, open thou our lips…..and then stand back….only thou knows the secrets in these creative minds and hearts!” Dee gracias to all who believe in Lent and its Madness. Herr Kapellmeister

  90. Diana's Gravatar Diana
    April 1, 2017 - 10:50 am | Permalink

    Dear Friends,
    It seems to me that the SEC deserves something for their Lent Madness Poisson d’avril foolery. For reasons I may never comprehend, Hail to the Chief ran through my head this morning, something I can only assume is some saintly snarkery by a saint who didn’t appreciate my holy hymning. Ergo:

    Hail to the two who have made our Lent so lively.
    Hail to the bloggers – our great celebrities!
    Hail to the Czar of the daily holy brackets.
    Take up your JERKS my friends and let’s all sing hail.

    Hail to the SU-preme Executive Committee
    Hail to the folks who take time to think and vote each day and
    Hail to our God Who gives life and joy and laughter
    Hail to the Trinity the source of all saints.

    Yeah, yeah, I know, the words don’t fit the music exactly. But if you look at the words to the actual H2theC, you’ll note that they don’t either. However, that’s not the important issue here. The truly essential question is how we are to decode the mystery set before us this morning by the SEC; e.g. Scott’s never-posted Tweet. Clearly JERK does not mean “a quick, sudden sharp movement”. Ergo, there must be a code we must break.

    Below, I propose two possible interpretations:

    Jazzed Eggheads Razzing Kooks
    Joyful Excess, Raving Kudos

    However, neither of these quite work for me. There must be more to the mystery.

    If you are inclined to help me solve this conundrum, I’ve appended a few words that might help you get started (What would we do without Scrabble dictionaries?)

    J Joke, Jiving, joyful, Jocund, Japes, Joyful, Jewel, Jibe
    E Exclusive, equal, enjoy, examen, equals, excess, evolving, eschewing, equip, exude
    R Relicts, rickety, relaxed, razzed, ruckus, raving, ritzy, relaxed, risky, rock, ring, rub
    K Kibbitz, kickoff, klutzes, kvetchy, knowing, kazoos, knights, kudzu, kicks, kaput, kudos

    Mayhap I am on the wrong road entirely. Who can tell? You may well have spotted clues I’ve missed. At any rate, help me to comprehend what must, indeed, be deep mystery and to discern the true meaning of JERK.

    Your humble hymnologist,

    • April 1, 2017 - 1:43 pm | Permalink

      Great LOL hymn, Diana.
      You’ve placed quite a challenge before us in decoding the true, hidden meaning of JERK.

    • Elizabeth's Gravatar Elizabeth
      April 1, 2017 - 1:51 pm | Permalink

      Good thing we have the weekend to figure it out. I’m so enjoying the fun, learning about saints and how to live. I’m even learning about spelling: “canceled” with one “l”! I’m new to Lent Madness, and for the first time, I’m NOT looking forward to the end of Lent. Thank you all!

      Joint Executive Religious Knights??

      • Diana's Gravatar Diana
        April 1, 2017 - 2:23 pm | Permalink

        Elizabeth, that is brilliant! I love it!

    • Kathy in Nicaragua's Gravatar Kathy in Nicaragua
      April 1, 2017 - 2:07 pm | Permalink

      So glad you made a hymn for this day. Whoever is collecting these, be sure to include this one, too!

  91. Doc's Gravatar Doc
    April 1, 2017 - 10:56 am | Permalink

    What a RELIEF to belatedly realize it’s April 1!!

  92. Annette's Gravatar Annette
    April 1, 2017 - 10:56 am | Permalink

    Totally had me going!

  93. Yvonne's Gravatar Yvonne
    April 1, 2017 - 10:57 am | Permalink

    Diana, I would buy a book of your humble hymns in a heartbeat. 🙂
    After yesterday’s testy exchanges on the comments board, this subject line had me for a second or two… before the date sank in. Well done, SEC.

    • April 1, 2017 - 1:45 pm | Permalink

      I had the same fear for a moment, Yvonne.

  94. Michael McInerney's Gravatar Michael McInerney
    April 1, 2017 - 11:06 am | Permalink

    Employers everywhere are rejoicing, 8am will once again return to its normal productivity!!

    • Kathy in Nicaragua's Gravatar Kathy in Nicaragua
      April 1, 2017 - 2:07 pm | Permalink


  95. Rilla Holmes's Gravatar Rilla Holmes
    April 1, 2017 - 11:09 am | Permalink
  96. Tom Dunham's Gravatar Tom Dunham
    April 1, 2017 - 11:13 am | Permalink

    “Sur le pont d’Avignon……..”, is the first that entered my mind after I stopped howling at today’s post! Truly well done!

    • Diana's Gravatar Diana
      April 1, 2017 - 11:23 am | Permalink

      Oh dear. New earworm! Relieved you stopped howling. The neighbors might worry.

  97. Betsy Schenck's Gravatar Betsy Schenck
    April 1, 2017 - 11:18 am | Permalink

    Fake news! Fake, I say!

  98. beachcomberT's Gravatar beachcomberT
    April 1, 2017 - 11:18 am | Permalink

    Good one, except our real life is so bizarre these days that half your readers may fall for this fake news. Btw….who is the patron saint of fools (or pranks)?? . You guys owe us that much.

  99. Marsha Claybrook's Gravatar Marsha Claybrook
    April 1, 2017 - 11:20 am | Permalink

    April fool.

  100. Susan's Gravatar Susan
    April 1, 2017 - 11:28 am | Permalink

    Good thing I read all the replies! You guys really had me wondering!

  101. Katrina Soto's Gravatar Katrina Soto
    April 1, 2017 - 11:29 am | Permalink


  102. Vern's Gravatar Vern
    April 1, 2017 - 11:29 am | Permalink

    April Fool’s, right? Right?

  103. Adelaide Kent's Gravatar Adelaide Kent
    April 1, 2017 - 11:31 am | Permalink

    Have never believed a word they say. Happy April Fool’s Day; Happy Lent!

  104. Emily's Gravatar Emily
    April 1, 2017 - 11:31 am | Permalink

    April Fools, right???

    April 1, 2017 - 11:32 am | Permalink

    April fools to all you maddness fans

  106. Robert P Morrison's Gravatar Robert P Morrison
    April 1, 2017 - 11:36 am | Permalink

    My money’s on Scott. Vive Avignon!

  107. Frank D'Ambrosio's Gravatar Frank D'Ambrosio
    April 1, 2017 - 11:36 am | Permalink

    At the risk of sounding like an old “dead head”, may I ask what is funny about claiming this educational program is cancelled because the two men running it had what some would call a “hissy fit?” I didn’t read all the comments, but that was mainly because they were so repetitive. Most found this funny; some were relieved this was a joke; but others referred to vicious comments. There is just no call for that-especially in the context of a serious Lenten study disguised as a game. Just my two cents.

    • Diana's Gravatar Diana
      April 1, 2017 - 1:36 pm | Permalink

      Frank, you raise a serious question that deserves a serious answer. Aside from the April Fool tradition, I think that Tim and Scott offer a helpful service in holding up a mirror to us. So often we see that the real “hissy fits” they are mocking can destroy relationships, families, businesses and nations. My personal take is that this mirror can invite us to look at our own relationships, the way we talk to and about others, and allow the Light of Christ to give us clarity. I’m grateful to you for helping me to stop and think about the more serious side of our wonderful Lent Madness.

      • April 1, 2017 - 1:49 pm | Permalink

        Well said, Diana. My mind was swirling with inchoate thoughts along those lines, but you got them organized.

  108. Creawford Lincoln's Gravatar Creawford Lincoln
    April 1, 2017 - 11:41 am | Permalink

    Prince Albert is still laughing in his can as are Messrs. Lyon and Foxx at the zoo. Thanks for the 21st century update on the annual fool’s day. Methusalah

  109. Nanese A. Hawthorne's Gravatar Nanese A. Hawthorne
    April 1, 2017 - 11:47 am | Permalink

    April Fool!!!

  110. April 1, 2017 - 11:57 am | Permalink

    When I read this my heart almost stopped! Lent Madness canceled?! Then taking a deep breath & looking at what the date was I was greatly relieved that it is not!

  111. Bill Moorhead's Gravatar Bill Moorhead
    April 1, 2017 - 11:58 am | Permalink

    Ah, if only the last 72 days had all been April Fool’s jokes….

    • John's Gravatar John
      April 1, 2017 - 1:54 pm | Permalink


    • Sally Clark's Gravatar Sally Clark
      April 1, 2017 - 2:12 pm | Permalink


  112. Ellen Beno's Gravatar Ellen Beno
    April 1, 2017 - 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Such fun, early in the morning. NPR had a good one too.

    • April 1, 2017 - 1:51 pm | Permalink

      Yes! Wasn’t it great? Mud soup indeed! 🙂

  113. April 1, 2017 - 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Fine. Be that way. But who won yesterday?

    • April 1, 2017 - 1:44 pm | Permalink

      Franz won. You can always check out the winner by looking at the bottom of the write-ups after the 8am-8am EST polls close.
      Happy April Fools, Gloriamarie!

  114. Heather's Gravatar Heather
    April 1, 2017 - 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Ha, ha!

  115. Barbara B.'s Gravatar Barbara B.
    April 1, 2017 - 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Had ne there for a moment! This Presbyterian so enjoys Lent Madness! Would love to get the congregation I serve (Lutheran) involved next Lent! Keep up the great work, you guys!

  116. Joan Phelps's Gravatar Joan Phelps
    April 1, 2017 - 12:07 pm | Permalink

    After suffering defeat when my beloved UCONN women were struck down last night (actually this morning) and lamenting that disaster, you guys scared me half to death when your so called breakup was announced. I will be left to my grieving my team and renewed that you guys are just fooling around. Thanks for a great wakeup this day.
    So glad to welcome April 1 with such a jolt.

  117. April 1, 2017 - 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Cover your inboxes, Lads. Any journalist could have warned you. April Fool’s stories and headlines never make friends or funnies. You will be the anathema of Lenten hyperspace. Haven’t you been warned enough about the sin of fake news? You will go into the Orson Welles Hall of Shame and the Newseum of alternative facts where it is said one can drink beer and break wind to your heart’s content even at vestry and pledge committee meetings!

  118. Freddie Dwyer's Gravatar Freddie Dwyer
    April 1, 2017 - 12:26 pm | Permalink

    HA ! Happy Fool’s Day !!!

  119. Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
    April 1, 2017 - 12:38 pm | Permalink


  120. Carol's Gravatar Carol
    April 1, 2017 - 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Very funny! One off the best April Fool jokes ever! You made my Lent!

  121. Jan's Gravatar Jan
    April 1, 2017 - 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Ha! April fools

  122. Willo Fuhr's Gravatar Willo Fuhr
    April 1, 2017 - 1:04 pm | Permalink

    You almost got me.
    That’s a great Zapril Fool’s joke.

  123. Pamela Payne's Gravatar Pamela Payne
    April 1, 2017 - 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Ah, love that April Fools’ Day, done as only Tim and Scott could do!! A reminder that we risk losing all the joy and camaraderie on this hallowed site, especially if we cannot be civil and charitable. Love the MADNESS!! Happy Lent!

  124. Maggie Krueger's Gravatar Maggie Krueger
    April 1, 2017 - 1:07 pm | Permalink

    April Fools

  125. Ann Knight's Gravatar Ann Knight
    April 1, 2017 - 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Of course on the Feast Day of St Fooll

  126. Karen's Gravatar Karen
    April 1, 2017 - 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Rotfl! You got me!

  127. Susan Bollfrass's Gravatar Susan Bollfrass
    April 1, 2017 - 1:20 pm | Permalink

    April Fools!!!

  128. Jan Curtis's Gravatar Jan Curtis
    April 1, 2017 - 1:22 pm | Permalink

    I nearly cried, until I realized it was April Fool’s! Honestly…!

  129. Lurlene's Gravatar Lurlene
    April 1, 2017 - 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Ah, sighs and faints!
    What fun we’ve had with our glorious saints
    Who’ve provided a pleasant Spring diversion
    A respite from sport and political aversion
    Hopefully this is an April Fools’ ploy,
    Or else what will there be to enjoy?

    • Diana's Gravatar Diana
      April 1, 2017 - 2:05 pm | Permalink

      Two thumbs up for this one Lurlene!

    • Sally Clark's Gravatar Sally Clark
      April 1, 2017 - 2:25 pm | Permalink

      Brava, Lurlene!

  130. Heather Prichard's Gravatar Heather Prichard
    April 1, 2017 - 1:42 pm | Permalink

    April Fool! You guys had me for a second or 60.

  131. John's Gravatar John
    April 1, 2017 - 1:51 pm | Permalink

    I was warned by my CLLO (CHIEF LAY LITURGICAL OFFICER) at our men’s fellowship breakfast this morning of your dastardly deed. You might have actually fooled some gentle souls, making them griefstricken. The walk of shame for you!

  132. Madelyn Alyce Richards's Gravatar Madelyn Alyce Richards
    April 1, 2017 - 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Stupid play! whose wide awake enough to know this was April 1??

  133. Marybeth Wright's Gravatar Marybeth Wright
    April 1, 2017 - 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Good going you two! Great April Fools Joke!! haha

  134. Candace's Gravatar Candace
    April 1, 2017 - 1:59 pm | Permalink

    I was 2 sentences in when it struck me, Happy April Fools Day, you two jesters!!!

  135. Dorothy's Gravatar Dorothy
    April 1, 2017 - 2:03 pm | Permalink

    O, the Fool am I in April—thanks for the heart attack

  136. Elaine Marshall's Gravatar Elaine Marshall
    April 1, 2017 - 2:04 pm | Permalink

    What idiots. How can two people not be able to work together to do a job. I don’t think they will be up for sainthood anytime soon. Oh, gee. It is April 1. You got me.

  137. James Lodwick's Gravatar James Lodwick
    April 1, 2017 - 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Here in Mexico the equivalent to April Fools’ Day is Holy Innocents’ Day on December 28.

  138. Kathy in Nicaragua's Gravatar Kathy in Nicaragua
    April 1, 2017 - 2:10 pm | Permalink

    This has got to take some kind of prize as a relief from the dreaded LMW. Thanks, guys.

    • Pamela Payne's Gravatar Pamela Payne
      April 2, 2017 - 12:08 am | Permalink


  139. Brian of Thomaston's Gravatar Brian of Thomaston
    April 1, 2017 - 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Oh dear. And, I had given up working for Lent (for me and for all employees in my one-man business) while a full 15 minutes was used each morning to pursue Lent Madness in reading and prayer. Back to ordinary prayer until Easter. Perhaps a post April Fools reconciliation is possible before Monday. May God preserve us all.

    I still have my blessed Lent mug,…and my memories.

  140. Frederick Mann's Gravatar Frederick Mann
    April 1, 2017 - 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I just cancelled all my contacts with the Episcopal Church. I notified my Bishop that I am leaving ECUSA for the Greek Orthodox Tradition. Stunned, after 38 years of me being an Episcopal Priest, he asked what could have provoked such radical behavior. With tears, I told him that I was completely disheartened by the cancellation of Lent Madness and the actions resulting therefrom. After a long silence, he expressed his understanding. Agreeing with the travesty, he will begin the appropriate protocol for fulfillment of my request. My informing him of my reason has precipitated a crisis in his own vocation. Sigh….

    • Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
      April 1, 2017 - 11:11 pm | Permalink


  141. george barnette's Gravatar george barnette
    April 1, 2017 - 2:33 pm | Permalink

    “Distinguished Celebrity Bloggers…” Should that be “Extinguished Celebrity Bloggers…”? Happy April Fool, both today and on the government-designation observance on the 15th,

  142. Cecile Torbergsen's Gravatar Cecile Torbergsen
    April 1, 2017 - 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Happy April Fools’ Day, everyone!

  143. Anne Clayton's Gravatar Anne Clayton
    April 1, 2017 - 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Okay you April Fools, on with the show. But good joke, nonetheless.

  144. Wendy Webster Coakley's Gravatar Wendy Webster Coakley
    April 1, 2017 - 3:09 pm | Permalink

    My senior superlative was “Most Gullible.” Thirty-five years later, it still has the capacity for heart-stopping moments of incredulity. This was one of them.

  145. April 1, 2017 - 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Diana, thanks for sharing the https://illegiterati.com/2008/05/16/st-simeon-fool-for-christ/ link. I just now read it, and agree he should be the patron saint of today. 🙂

  146. April 1, 2017 - 3:22 pm | Permalink

    The mobs with pitchforks and torches are truly disappointed! I guess we will have to be satisfied being old school – back to homes base in Transylvania, that sure has gotten old!

  147. Beth Parkhurst's Gravatar Beth Parkhurst
    April 1, 2017 - 3:31 pm | Permalink

    With Lent Madness cancelled, I see no reason not to go straight to Easter. I realize this doesn’t give us much time to prepare, so I’d like to offer a little hymn I whipped up — in the spirit of the day — with the help of my friend Bill Card. Bill’s a cradle Unitarian, by the way, and I’m a cradle Episcopalian.

    Tune: Easter Hymn, Hymnal 1982, 207, Jesus Christ is risen today

    1. Jesus Christ is still alive, Alleluia!
    Risen this morn at half-past five, Alleluia!
    He will bring us bread and wine, Alleluia!
    Ain’t it great that he’s divine, Alleluia!

    2. He is Godhead incarnated, Alleluia!
    Drinks his coffee caffeinated, Alleluia!
    Mocha java raised him up, Alleluia!
    Resurrection in a cup, Alleluia!

    3. Jesus Christ, to thee we pray, Alleluia!
    Hope you liked our song OK, Alleluia!
    Give us now our daily bread, Alleluia!
    Give us coffee when we’re dead, Alleluia!

  148. Joyce's Gravatar Joyce
    April 1, 2017 - 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Good one! I had my moment of fear as I had just submitted an article for local paper praising Lent madness and encouraging all to join in the fun. Then it dauwned on me- it’s April Fool’s Day.

  149. Connie Hartquist Jacobs's Gravatar Connie Hartquist Jacobs
    April 1, 2017 - 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Sighhhhh. Oh well, we’ll always have St. Elsewhere…

  150. April 1, 2017 - 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Hee hee hee!

  151. Alrc Clement's Gravatar Alrc Clement
    April 1, 2017 - 4:25 pm | Permalink

    GOOD GRIEF!!!!!!!!

  152. Elinor Cowell's Gravatar Elinor Cowell
    April 1, 2017 - 5:03 pm | Permalink

    April fools?

  153. Tessa Lucero's Gravatar Tessa Lucero
    April 1, 2017 - 5:05 pm | Permalink

    At least we know the SEC can’t pull this prank again next year.

    Because in 2018, Easter Sunday IS April Fool’s Day…

    • Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
      April 1, 2017 - 11:09 pm | Permalink

      In a way the Resurrection is the ultimate April Fool’s joke.

      You can’t keep a God Man down . . . .

      • Tessa Lucero's Gravatar Tessa Lucero
        April 2, 2017 - 12:18 am | Permalink

        Ouch! Congratulations on the pun, Jan.

  154. andrea's Gravatar andrea
    April 1, 2017 - 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Read the headline. Happy April Fools’ Day! Happy Lent!

    • andrea's Gravatar andrea
      April 1, 2017 - 5:37 pm | Permalink

      oops-should say “I read the headline…”

  155. Mary Lynn's Gravatar Mary Lynn
    April 1, 2017 - 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Geez Tim and Scott! This was cruelly intense also incredably awesome. Happy April and happy weekend

  156. Deb Harris's Gravatar Deb Harris
    April 1, 2017 - 6:12 pm | Permalink

    ! I love April 1st! Always keeps me on my toes!

  157. Ginny Berkey's Gravatar Ginny Berkey
    April 1, 2017 - 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Trying to make April Fools of all of us??

  158. Bonnie Caudell's Gravatar Bonnie Caudell
    April 1, 2017 - 6:27 pm | Permalink

    There should have been a disclaimer early-on. Such a message would have been deadly if my heart were not so strong.

  159. Jill Liberty's Gravatar Jill Liberty
    April 1, 2017 - 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, right. Nice try, Supremes.

  160. Charlie Hinckley's Gravatar Charlie Hinckley
    April 1, 2017 - 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Excellent April Fool’s Day jest! Photo was hilarious.

  161. Joan Reyes's Gravatar Joan Reyes
    April 1, 2017 - 6:57 pm | Permalink

    April Yule – Ogden Nash.

    Thanks for the laugh! I know I needed it!

  162. Gloria Flowers's Gravatar Gloria Flowers
    April 1, 2017 - 7:03 pm | Permalink

    I was almost in tears, then I remembered it’s April 1st.

  163. Aleathia Dolores Nicholson's Gravatar Aleathia Dolores Nicholson
    April 1, 2017 - 7:11 pm | Permalink

    The name of the game is LENT MADNESS
    supposedly formed to bring gladness
    But with Tim and Scott acting up a Holy F—
    They’re the epitome of SEC badness !

  164. Stevens's Gravatar Stevens
    April 1, 2017 - 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Let’s just declare Stephen as top doG; er….God, and move on!

  165. Giovan king's Gravatar Giovan king
    April 1, 2017 - 8:55 pm | Permalink

    April fool?

  166. JoAnn Bach's Gravatar JoAnn Bach
    April 1, 2017 - 9:45 pm | Permalink

    April Fools??? I know your headlines are an untruth…….

  167. John Crittenden's Gravatar John Crittenden
    April 1, 2017 - 11:39 pm | Permalink

    What if it isn’t an April Fool’s josh?
    We’ll have to wait till Monday to know for sure.
    The suspense will be killing me, but either way we will have to enter into the battle.
    Two more saints..
    It is too soon for Allelulia’s/Hallelujah’s but they will be on my lips on Monday if it is all a joke.
    Boy, a real test of faith here!

  168. Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
    April 1, 2017 - 11:48 pm | Permalink

    If this wasn’t an attempt at an April Fool’s prank, I suspect that Scott & Tim would have been summoned to 815 Second Avenue to explain their unpriestly behavior to the Presiding Bishop. I also suspect that if they did not pass the Peace and make up, they would have had some serious punishments imposed on them by their respective diocesan bishops which would pale in comparison to the punishments bestowed upon them by the Convocation of the Most Blessed and Saintly Possessors of Golden Halos, a group chaired by a certain honorary member named Mary, who as Patron Saint of the United States of America has had a very busy last 145 days and doesn’t have time for any additional foolishness.

    • Sarah SSM's Gravatar Sarah SSM
      April 2, 2017 - 10:46 am | Permalink

      Love it!

  169. Rev Douglas McLemore's Gravatar Rev Douglas McLemore
    April 2, 2017 - 1:00 am | Permalink

    I sure hope this has come out now because of the special day that it is.
    I plan to be no fool and will look forward to seeing what happens on April 2nd and 3rd when this foolish day passes.

  170. Lucy Wieland's Gravatar Lucy Wieland
    April 2, 2017 - 7:03 am | Permalink

    April Fools Day to you, too!!

  171. Lynn Turner's Gravatar Lynn Turner
    April 2, 2017 - 8:37 am | Permalink

    Yeah for humor!!, may we hear it in the pulpit every Sunday particularly laughing at ourselves.

  172. Carol Oppel's Gravatar Carol Oppel
    April 2, 2017 - 11:10 am | Permalink

    Are you people serious? Or is this a TRUMP-Like palace coup/twitter storm/all points bulletin to divert attention from March Madness NC v GONZAGA? I think the latter. At any rate, you got my attention. Carry on!

  173. Lucille's Gravatar Lucille
    April 3, 2017 - 7:30 am | Permalink

    Um, hey folks, they aren’t kidding! No April Fool’s Day prank. I just now realized that there was NO Lent Madness email in my inbox this morning. Our beloved bracket seems to really be done! I guess I’m a little confused, because the Cacelled post didn’t make sense to me, nor did I make the 4/1 connection until I read the first post. The joking didn’t register, and now I’d simply like to know what really happened, in plain English.

    • Beth Parkhurst's Gravatar Beth Parkhurst
      April 3, 2017 - 8:45 am | Permalink

      Amelia Bloomer vs. Fanny Crosby

  174. Mary C.'s Gravatar Mary C.
    April 3, 2017 - 9:48 am | Permalink

    Tee hee! I didn’t open this message until today (April 3), but after a few lines I checked the posting date and saw whet I suspected. 🙂

  175. Rita OConnor's Gravatar Rita OConnor
    April 3, 2017 - 1:20 pm | Permalink

    The title gave it away! I am hyper-attentive to April Fools Day, because it happens to be our anniversary:)

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