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Yes, I know. The Superbowl is in Indianapolis and all the football crazies are descending upon my capital city even as I dictate this. Just in case you were wondering, I consider myself under siege. I instructed my staff to stock up on carrots, blueberries and all my favorite salad greens. My plan is for all of us to stay in and hide. It’s going to be a very long weekend.

In general, I think it is probably best that the San Francisco 49ers did not end up coming here. Oh, I am a fan and I would have loved to have seen them play in the Superbowl, don’t get me wrong, I just don’t think Indiana has the wine list to support even the most basic needs of the San Francisco fans. Beer you say?  Yes, that’s true but we don’t really have the density of micro-breweries necessary either and Lord knows we don’t have enough brie.

As for the Giants, I suppose if I must have an opinion, and, of course that is what you all expect of me, since we in Indianapolis broke our Manning, it’s nice that the emergency back-up Manning has had such a good year. I’m rooting for him.

As far as the Patriots go…*yawn*… … … … zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Opps! *blush* What was I saying? Oh yes, Madonna! Really! The last time she was relevant I wasn’t even born – and I’m TWELVE years old. I suppose she is fine but if they were going to get someone who stopped being topical more than a decade ago all they had to do was look a few miles to the south. I’m sure John Mellencamp could have been talked in to singing Jack & Diane and Small Town one last time before he dies and at least he has been spending his down time trying to keep families from losing their farms.

In the end of the day, Indianapolis will make a massive amount of money. Fans will drink way too much beer and I will laugh, politely (or not) at a few commercials. One really has to wonder, when one observes our collective priorities, if we don’t get the country we deserve. In 2008 132M Americans voted in the Presidential election. Last year 111M watched the Superbowl. That isn’t a margin that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and I am warm and fuzzy all over.

 

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It is just as I suspected, God hates Tim Tebow. As a form of closed captioning for those of you who have been living under a rock or, perhaps, have spent the entire 2011-12 NFL season catching up on Downton Abbey and drinking wine with your friends while discussing favorite showtunes*, Tim Tebow is the new quarterback of the Denver Broncos who lead his team to the play-offs only to have them crushed flat and tossed far afield just as if they were a dried cow patty in the hands of the mighty New England Patriots.

So how does God figure in this manly drama? I first saw Tebow when he was in college and carrying the University of Florida Gators to a national championship…with a cross painted on his face and executing his signature move, Tebowing. I should clarify here that by “Tebowing” I mean conspicuously dropping to one knee, raising his hand to your face and praying as opposed to the sexual position of the same name. The latter would be, I am certain, more interesting but was not included as part of the televised Gator game. Tim Tebow is an open, in-your-face Christian who completely ignores the part of the Bible where Christ said:

“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

Mathew 6:5 – 6

Apparently, Tim Tebow feels free to determine what parts of the Bible shall and shall not be followed. Personally, while I have pointed out that much of Leviticus is totally and completely ignored by Christians, except for the part about homosexuality which they randomly selected as essential, I would have thought that the actual words of the guy after whom the religion is named would have carried more weight. *blush* Obviously, I am wrong.

To be honest, my big gripe here has nothing to do with Tim Tebow, or at least, not with Tebow specifically. My big gripe is that ANYONE ANYWHERE thinks God cares about sports, much less one sports team or player versus another. Seriously people, if God was involved I for one would expect to see something truly miraculous, like the Indianapolis Colts winning the 2012 Superbowl. In my humble (or not because, let’s be honest, I’m a rabbit with a blog, what to I have to be humble about) opinion, when players and fans pray for a win or for help in “being all that they can be” they are being selfish. REALLY SELFISH.

In a world where peace is lacking, thousands upon thousands are dying of hunger and desease and we exist on the precipice of environmental oblivion I’m thinking that if God was actually involved in our day-to-day affairs, THAT is where I would want him to be focused. Maybe it’s just me but I’m hazarding a guess that peace in the Middle East is more critical for humanity than victory in a high school baseball game. It isn’t that I don’t think God can multi-task, it’s just that I’m not yet seeing swords beaten into plowshares in the Golan Heights so I have to assume that the setting of priorities may be important. Also, it seems to me that if all of us, no matter our faith, prayed for peace and understanding every single time we prayed and never, ever entered prayer with our own self interests in mind, the world might improve just by virtue of bringing the most important things to the forefront of our own minds.

The world may well be what God made it but it’s what we make it too. Go Niners!

Niners Huddle

*Craig & James- this means you! 😉

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