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32 Questions about Football, CTE and Christianity


 

Including: Is loving football antithetical to loving our neighbors as ourselves?


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The Reliable Sadness of Tony Romo


 

A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Sound familiar?


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The Pressure's Off: Reflections on the Retirement of No. 18


 


Peyton Manning retired last week. A speech 18 years in the making brought his career to a close. And in that retirement speech, Peyton let us in to his inner world. What was behind this man’s enduring greatness, his cutthroat preparation? He ended his speech this way:

 

There’s a scripture reading, 2 Timothy 4:7: I have fought the good fight and I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Well, I’ve fought a good fight. I’ve finished my football race and after 18 years, it’s time. God bless all of you and God bless football.

 

Manning’s words made me immediately think of the end of Paul’s life as he wrote 2 Timothy 4:7. I felt as though Peyton was saying that there was not only a finish to his football career, but a death, as well. A death of his constant fighting and never-ending racing for quarterback perfection. In sharing a passage from the end of Paul’s life, it was as if Peyton allegorized his football career into a life. And that life has now died to retirement. It’s a wonder what now awaits someone who has died while they’re still alive.

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Super Bowl 50 Prediction: We Win! (But It's a Long Story)


 

What Peyton Manning, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ can teach us about Jesus and the unfolding of history.



Editor’s note: If you have not read/watched Lord of the Rings or Star Wars, this may not be the post you’re looking for. Lots of spoilers ahead.


Two years ago, Peyton Manning played in his first Super Bowl with the Broncos. He and his team arrived there by way of beating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. However, the result in the Super Bowl was, um, how should I put this? Not good? Catastrophic? Let’s go with catastrophic.

This year, Peyton Manning is playing in his second Super Bowl with the Broncos. He and his team arrived there by way of beating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. We’ll know the results in a few days. For fans of the Broncos and Manning, the hope is that the Sheriff can ride off into the sunset a winner.

These fans are waiting for history to stop repeating itself.

What we’re talking about here is history, and not in the arbitrary and inflated sense of professional football in America or Manning’s career win-loss record in the Super Bowl or the Broncos’ ability to not get shellacked in two consecutive Super Bowl appearances. We’re not talking about that history. We’re talking about history. History in the sense of the grand narrative of the universe. The story of all the big things and all the little things; the story of us; the story of you; the story of me; the story of why the story matters; the story about good and evil; the story about how it ends.

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Together We Make Football: 'Concussion' and the Implications of Loving Football


 


“Tell the truth! Tell the truth!” – Dr. Bennet Omalu

Looking down the barrel of the smoking gun of decades of medical evidence, Concussion demands the truth be told about America’s favorite sport. The film reveals how — for fame, money and recreation — football players of all ages expose themselves to life-altering injury.

The film opens by following Mike Webster, the former center for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the “Steel Curtain” days of the 1970s. On every snap for 16 years, Webster faced a head-on collision with a defensive lineman. After retiring, Webster found himself depressed, homeless and living out of a truck. Only 51-years-old, Webster died of an apparent suicide. His body was healthy and he had money. He had a successful career and four Super Bowl rings. What would compel him to take his own life?

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