"The proper focus of holiness is not on being set apart from something (i.e., the world), but on being set apart for something."

- Michael Horton
Why You Should Be Glad The Seahawks Won



I'm hoping that they are true to their word and that they tell people that Jesus really is better than winning the SuperBowl.

This video is the reason that I rooted for the Seahawks. Didn't know who to go for originally. This video pushed me over the edge. By the way, this is just a short excerpt from the 20 minute "half-time show" that Mars Hill produced that you could use as an outreach if you had people over to your house or church or whatever. How cool is that?

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Comments on "Why You Should Be Glad The Seahawks Won":
1. Karl - 02/04/2014 9:11 pm CST

We have family in Seattle who sent us this video before the Super Bowl. Definitely some good guys on that team. I rooted for them b/c Russell Wilson is from here in Virginia and Kam Chancellor played 35 minutes down the road from me at Virginia Tech, where I saw him in person a number of times. Great guys, both of them.

2. NHE - 02/05/2014 7:06 am CST

Pretty cool, really liked Russell Okong - big guy, big heart.

3. Neo - 02/05/2014 11:20 pm CST

All of these guys should just be glad that they have the capacity to walk off the field after a game...

But hey, bodily-mangling, violence and cripling injuries are all good because, it just is.

4. Shrode - 02/06/2014 11:51 am CST

Hey Neo,
How long have you been a thinklings reader?

I seem to recall that you have been around a long, long time. I appreciate that and you. I have to admit that I don't know much about you, and I feel guilty about that. (I don't know if you are male or female. I don't know where your general geographic location is. Your family environment. Your general age, occupation etc...

I just know that you have been a loyal thinklings reader and commenter for a long time. That's awesome.

I notice that often when we have a football post, you make mention of your feelings about it. (you seem to be against it. :-) I'd like to make a suggestion: How about if you write a full/article/post/treatise or whatever and post it here in this thread? We can let people dialogue with you and have you express and defend your position. Who knows? You might even change some minds.

Whatever happens, I further suggest that you leave it here. That after we have explored/discussed/argued/dialogued etc... that you leave it alone at least at thinklings. It's honestly a bit _____________ (not sure what word to put here. "repetitive"?) when you refer to the heinousness of football almost every time we post about it. In other words, let's get it out and move on.

Thanks Neo!

Oh, I've decided to start posting more around here. Do you have any suggested topics? What else would you like to read about or talk about?

5. Flyaway - 02/07/2014 11:29 am CST

I know you asked NEO about football, but I would like you to write a blog on how many of the Thinklings and their offspring have ever, or will ever play football. I have a theory that those born with strong wills are more likely to play football. Those who are more passive will play in the band!

6. Tony - 02/07/2014 1:09 pm CST

Flyaway, You have a start on your theory. There is an element of naturally being born athletic. After awhile, your athletic ability will allow for more and more confidence which I imagine plays into developing your strong will. Of course, with any sport there is a mental part of the game to overcome that has more weight then being born athletic - overcoming fear. You could say that either athletes are 'too stupid' to realize the fear of getting injured, death etc...or they have enough intelligence and mental will to overcome the fear. I propose the latter. All athletes high school and up are pretty tough mentally. Now there is the issue of overconfidence which leads to bad decisions off the field which can make athletes appear unwise which can be misunderstood as 'dumb jock'.

7. Shrode - 02/08/2014 10:37 am CST

Flyaway,
I have thought about such things. I will need to think about what that post would look like. As far as I know the only thinkling offspring to play American Football is my oldest son Joel, who is in 7th grade. He played several years of Upward Flag Football, and two years of middle school with pads, tackle 6-man football for his small Christian school. His big goal - NFL. :-)

I have to admit that there was a time, before kids, that I said that no child of mine would play football, because of the injuries. In fact, I also said something like "Show me an adult who played High School football, and I'll show you a guy with knee, shoulder or back problems."

But then I had a kid, whose dream was football. (I never played or was even all that into the sport.) It's all he's really cared about since Kindergarten. The love came from watching the Dallas Cowboys with his Grandpa every Sunday afternoon. I couldn't tell my boy whose dream was to play for the Dallas Cowboys that he couldn't play football. Just couldn't do it. I must say that I'm glad that he's in a small school, playing 6 man. He's going to get plenty of playing time all the way through High School and I think his likelihood of serious injury is quite a bit less (though still possible).

As for "why" kids play. I don't think it has anything to do with how driven or competitive they are. I think it has a lot to do with Dad (or Grandpa) and also the child's individual interest. And then there's physical size...kids who are bigger get told "you should play football". It just happens. People mean well, but they do it. And I think that can be a factor.

8. Flyaway - 02/09/2014 10:33 am CST

Thanks Tony and Shrode, good explanations. Now I need to ask my daughter why she played powder puff football in high school and why she played co- ed football at the large tech firm where she works. She enjoys watching football also.

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