Freshly mown grass, newly lined field, colorful band uniforms, zealous cheerleaders, the smell of hot dogs and popcorn under a Friday night sky in the fall.
Back in the day, high school football practice began on August 1st. That was the day that we all had to run 5-miles around the field – for God and all to see what kind of shape we were in.
That kind of routine marks you. It was only a few years ago that I realized August 1st had come and gone and I’d not thought of the smell of that freshly cut grass and the rigors of the game.
On another note, I’ve been doing the Orthodixie Podcast for almost five years now … and it’s time to take a break. But, more on that later.
Y’all? Let me just say, right at the start, God is a Pittsburgh Steelers fan — at least that’s what I’ve always thought. So this whole Tebow-Jesus thing will go nowhere. It’s a media created stir-fry which has no bearing on the salvation of souls. The NFL is big business – and if a buzz can be created, even using Evangelicalism – whatever sells! – the NFL is all for it.
Frankly, I prefer the days when the game was rough and tumble without hair extensions, sharpie marks all over the arm, girlie looking men doing fairy dances in the end zone. Yep, back in the days of Jack Lambert — when mud and blood and teeth (or not) prevailed.
Sure, I’m biased. These days, I prefer the quiet and frequent witness of Troy Polamalu’s signing of the Cross to someone who can’t complete a paragraph without mentioning “mylordandsaviourjesuschrist”.
But as a Christian, I guess I prefer that to …
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