Posted on: October 12, 2009 3:16 pm

The Golden Era of Football

One day you will be watching a game with your sons and grandson (maybe some granddaughters too) and you will tell them you were able to see the best that ever played in person.  Today, I believe, we are watching the best football that has ever been played.  The era of the great quarterbacks.  You know them, Manning & Manning. Brett Favre, Tom Brady.  Perhaps even Brees and a few others will slide into that great catagory some day.  We are seeing spectacular football out of Peyton.  We are seeing an aging athlete in Favre continue to win games. We are seeing great rivalries like Patriots and Colts, the clash of the (real) Titans.  I don't mean to diminish the outstanding play of great defensive players like Freeney, Sanders, Reed, Palomalu, Haynesworth and Ray.  They are also great.  Some fantastic running backs like Tomlinson.  Some with incredible quickness and others with brute force.  We are privileged to see some great players.  Can't leave out the coaches. They add to the greatness.  Dungy and Bellichek and Fisher and more.  Coaching has become an art and a science.  Lets appreciate what we are experiencing guys.  Sure there will be a new batch of great players that come along.  And records were made to be broken.  But right now, our cup runnesth over.  This is the Greatest Era of Football ever.  Here's to the NFL and the players who make it great!

I send out a salute to the player I believe is most responsible for the great era we are watching...Peyton Manning.  Who do you call out?
Posted on: February 17, 2009 11:34 pm

Je'rod Cherry's Play of the Day

Now you know I am a Colts fan, but there is at least one Patriot I tip my hat to. Listen to this story. I've got a fantastic pastor named Jim Brown from Goshen Indiana. He was speaking at a national church youth conference challenging them to think global.  A group of about 3000 students was there ready to be challenged. A ministry called Asia's Hope was there to talk about the large number of kids stranded by war and poverty. Those kids, just teenagers, gave nearly $100,000 to save those children. Many gave the last dollars they brought to the conference. Also in the crowd was former New England Patriot defensive back Je'Rod Cherry. Cherry was also moved to action. Je'rod gave one of his super bowl rings to be auctioned and donated to help build God's kingdon in Cambodia and Thailand.  Awesome. These kids saw a man give a prize posession and lay it at the feet of God to be used as he wished. Three of my own kids were there.  They arrived home penniless but energized. Somehow that didn't make ESPN's plays of the Day, but it was. Praise God!

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 13, 2009 6:11 pm

Dungy: Taking a More Important Position

Today we have elevated sports and our sport stars to an unparalleled level.  I do it too.  I love sports and find myself very interested in what is happening.  But if we stop a moment, we realize that they are playing a kid's game. We envy their skill and their lifestyle and sometimes we really like their personalities too.  We put their images on our walls and talk about them with our buddies.  But these athletes and coaches are playing a kid's game.  They are entertainers and we are nearly addicted to what they provide....escape, euphoria, thrill. Somehow, Tony Dungy has operated on a whole different plane. He was won and won the right way.  But his life, we find, is about something much bigger that the sport.  He is moving on to work with fathers and help build families. He is giving his life to help shape the lives of men and women to God.  Some shake their heads not undertanding how a man could step down from such an awesome job to do what? Social work? Makes no sense.  A missionary named Jim Elliott said it best in his diary years ago, "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. "  Football will go away, but the souls of men and women are forever.  Thanks for continuing to be a great role model Tony.  May God bless your socks off!

Posted on: January 5, 2009 8:56 am

Thanks for the Memories Mr. Farve

Brett has not announced his retirement, but let me predict that he will. Why? Because I think he learned that he did have some left in the tank, but his tank has less capacity than it used to.  If the season was 12 games, he would be an affective QB in the NFL.  Don't get me wrong, I really admire Brett Favre for what he has accomplished.  I still think he is one of the top 20 QBs on the planet.  But there is another reason I think he should retire. He has not seemed to become the true leader of the Jets. Those men don't know him and respect him as a team needs to.  Comments by players suggest they really don't have a relationship with this man.  Will they give him another chance for 2009-2010?  Who knows.  All I do know is that if his aging body diminished his skills more next season, his players and fans will create an ugly ending for this great player.  This was a winning season, even if they missed the playoffs.  End with some class and be remembered as a winner that you are Brett.
Category: NFL
Tags: Brett Favre, Jets, NFL
Posted on: June 6, 2008 5:39 pm

of Manning & Ripken

I read an interesting article in the IndyStar today about Peyton starting his 11th season.  He is number 2 on the consecutive starts list. Now that Farve is retired, he is first among active QBs.  Peyton's excellence and ability to age well in the NFL is based on his mind, his passion and technique.  He is a smart dude.  I can see Peyton as a beloved grey-templed QB that everyone loves because we love excellent aging athletes.  I see Peyton doing all the things it takes to last until age 40 (if he wanted to) in the NFL.  He says he wants to play a long time unless he was no longer starting.  Just watch, the Pro Bowl in Hawaii 2014 and Manning is on the stat sheet for 2 TDs.  He is not a greedy player that will pout about money.  The next George Blanda baby.  How long do you see Peyton staying in there?
Category: NFL
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