Posts Tagged ‘Super Bowl’

Courage, Confidence, and Recklessness

February 10, 2010

The New Orleans Saints are Super Bowl Champions.  There were several key moments.  Towards the end of the first half, the New Orleans Saints went for the touchdown on fourth and goal.  They were stopped short.  However, they managed to get the ball back, move it downfield and score a field goal in the little time that remained.

At the start of the second half, the Saints tried an onside kick.  It worked, they recovered the ball, and went on for a touchdown, and the lead.

These calls showed the courage of the Saints coach, Sean Payton, and the confidence that he had in his team to make the gambles pay off.

What if things had gone the other way?  What if they had been unable to get that field goal at the end of the first half?  What if the Colts had recovered the onside kick, and they had gone in for the score?

Then Sean Payton would be the goat, instead of the hero.  There would be lots of people vocally criticizing the calls that they now praise.  He would be called reckless, instead of courageous.

His courage to make risky calls, and his confidence in his team, may have been a part of what inspired them to perform so very well.  The reception by Lance Moore for the two-point conversion was a beautiful example of a player going beyond expectations, as he managed to gain control, and reach across the goal line, while tumbling head-over-heels.

Congratulations to the Saints. 

It worked.

This time.

It’s All About The Heart

February 9, 2010

Yesterday, I was running mindlessly in circles at our local gym. There are fourteen laps to the mile.  Every other week I go for a long run.  I am trying to work up to ten miles.  I am currently running a little over eight.  That means yesterday I ran 117 laps. 

It gets a little tiring.

And a little boring. 

As I was running in circles I again reminded myself that it was for my heart.  There is a history of heart disease in my family and I would like to live to a ripe old age, should Jesus tarry.  So I diet, and exercise and run.

As I was running I thought again about how much difference “heart” makes in an athlete.  I had watched the last two games of the football season and it was obvious that the men playing those games had a lot of heart. 

I also thought about how God is concerned about our hearts.  He knows everything about us, and still loves us.  He wants to heal the broken-hearted.  He sees our hearts, and if we turn to Him in repentance and faith, he will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Indeed, He will even send His Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts, through our faith in Jesus. 

Thats more important than exercise, or a game.

A “Super” Super Bowl

February 2, 2009

Over the years I have had the opportunity to watch a number of Super Bowls.  Often they are less than super.  However the game last night was an excellent game.  Both teams played well and the lead changed twice in the final minutes.  It was truly an exciting game with a great ending.  Of course, not the ending that you desired if you were a Cardinal’s fan, but a great game non the less.  

Even though it was a great game,  I wonder how many people’s lives were adversely affected by it’s outcome?  How many people placed bets of money that they could not afford to lose?  How many people said, or did things during, or after the game, that this morning they regret?  How many people made a great game into something that has negative effects?

I  think that some of us need to re evaluate our attitude towards sports, and indeed life in general.  Our priorities and decisions should be examined regularly, so that we are keeping the proper focus in life.