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Church of the NFL


It’s Super Bowl Sunday.  The biggest day of the year for football fans and particularly for those of us that are members of The Church of the NFL.  We go to church every Sunday during the football season.  No chores get done from August to mid-February on that day.  We don’t work on Sunday, we have “NFL Ticket” and we watch “The Red Zone”.  It’s all about chips and dip, hot wings, pizza, beer and jack and coke.  And before you pass judgement, I remind you, that going to church on Sunday doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.  But sitting on the couch all day Sunday watching football, makes you a football fan.

I’m rooting for the Green Bay Packers, because I hate the Pittsburgh Steelers.  It’s not very Christian to hate, but I think they’ve won enough Super Bowls over the last 45 years.  The Packers haven’t won one in a while, and Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback for the Pack, is making his first start in a Super Bowl.  The man who replaced the legend Brett Favre.  Hell, you can even bet on the number of times they will mention Brett Favre during the game.

Aaron was the 25th pick in the 2005 NFL draft.  In other words, he wasn’t highly touted as a successor to the great Brett Favre.  He sat on the bench for three years, just like I did in high school, so I immediately relate to him.  Of course, I sat on the bench because I sucked, Aaron sat on the bench and learned.  Now, in three years, he has thrown for over 12,000 yards and took a team riddled with injuries all season, and the sixth (or last) seed in the NFL,  to the big game.  He deserves to win and I hope he wins the MVP.

I’m off to take a shower and get ready for church.  There are some preparations to be made.  No Super Bowl party.  No noisy sports bar.  I’m all about watching the game.  Living in a gambling town, I have money riding on the outcome.  Serious stuff.  So we’ll pick this up again after the game….

Well, it was a good day in church.  Almost.  The Packers won.  Not too many teams can come back from 4 turnovers, three of which result in a touchdown.  Aaron Rodgers won the MVP of  Super Bowl XLV.  Something the great Brett Favre didn’t do.  But I lost my $1500 parlay card on a difference of 10 yards.  The longest field goal in the game was 33 yards.  My bet was on the Packers and the Steelers kicker did it.  Oh well, I haven’t been lucky all season.  Way to go Packers!  Sorry Shelbers.   

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Green Bay, Pittsburgh and Krispy Kremes…


I couldn’t decide today whether to write about the woman with 24-inch fingernails, or the suspected rapist who stabbed himself repeatedly in the neck while he was being arrested,  or the Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh, NC, which involves running two miles, scarfing down a dozen sugar-laden donuts, and running two miles back, for charity.  WTF  Those were just some of the choices.

I think I could compete in the Krispy Kreme Challenge.  I know I could eat the dozen donuts for sure.  And it’s for a good cause.  The event raised $55,000 last year for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.  I would subject myself to getting violently sick for a children’s hospital, but I really don’t think I can run the four miles, ready to puke at any second on the way back to the finish.

So I decided not to write about any of them.  Instead, I’m going to write about the Super Bowl, again.  Dallas got some snow the other day, and one of the dangers of snow and ice, is that it melts, and as it does, slides off the roofs of domed stadiums.  People standing below could get seriously hurt.  But not to worry, they say the airports will open and the flights restored, and the rolling blackouts will abate, and all those fans used to the snow and ice, from Green Bay and Pittsburgh will be right at home.  They thought they were going to a warm climate where temperatures are usually in the 60s this time of year.  The snow is expected to be gone by game time Sunday.

My major concern at the moment is whether I think the Packers or the Steelers will have the longest touchdown.  Which team will make the first challenge?  Which team will make the longest field goal?  Whether the Packers or the Steelers will be leading in the first half.  Which team will have the first punt?  Who will have the first, first down and in which half?  Who will be the first team to have a charged time out in the second half?  Which team will commit the first penalty in each half?  If I knew any of that with any kind of certainty, I could win $500 for every dollar I bet.  All I need is to get 10 right.

I don’t think anybody really cares who wins, we just want to watch.  Last year’s Super Bowl knocked off the final episode of MASH as the most watched TV show in history.

 

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