Category Archives: NFL

Coaching the right way?

Congratulations to the Indianapolis Colts.  They were clearly the better team in Super Bowl XLI last night.  In the first Super Bowl played in the rain, they executed all the plays they needed to, converted first downs at ease, and wore down a Bears defense known for wearing down offenses.

The Colts defense dominated the line of scrimmage, forcing Rex Grossman to make snap decisions.  Unfortunately for the Bears, their quarterback either 1) made bad decisions or 2) there were no good plays available.  This loss wasn’t Rex’s fault alone, but there are 11 players on the field and he was their leader.

My big problem with the night came after the game ended. 

Colts coach Tony Dungy (who is perhaps the most-deserving coach this side of Marty Schottenheimer to win a Super Bowl) held up the Vince Lombardi trophy and addressed the crowd about the character of his team. 

He then talked about how proud he was to be a Christian coach and to coach “the lord’s way.”  And that’s where he lost me.

I have nothing but respect for Dungy and the way he conducts himself in a respectful, professional manner at all times.  He has more self-control in his pinky finger than most of us do in our entire bodies.

But to say that he coaches “the lord’s way,” to me, mixes too much together.

It’s safe to say (and the ratings numbers back this up), that football is the secular equivalent of religion in America, and the Super Bowl is the most important gathering of the year.  No other event accrues the massive viewership numbers in the days of Tivo, On Demand, Digital Cable, iPod, and every other form of distraction.

Therefore, one can conclude that the Super Bowl brings together the nation like no other event can even dream of doing. 

Watching that speech unfurl last night, it felt more dividing than uniting.

Let me reiterate, I have nothing but respect and admiration for how Coach Dungy lives his life. 

But the words he said sounded to me like he was holding Christians who coach football at a higher plane than non-Christian coaches. 

The closest most football coaches generally get to the Bible is spewing fire and brimstone rhetoric generally seen in the Book of Revelations (Check out the Jew knowing the New Testament!).

If all people are G-d’s creation, wouldn’t that mean Dungy and Ditka would be on the same level?  Even if one uses “curse” words and one doesn’t?

Four-letter words may be viewed as obscene, but are they SINFUL?  Are you a bad person for using language that some segment of society deems “dirty?” 

I am no religious authority (although six years of orthodox Jewish Day School and six years of conservative 3-nights-a-week Hebrew school have given me a good background), so I won’t even try to answer those questions.

What I will say is this: The Super Bowl is not a religious pulpit.  You may have won the NFL’s championship trophy, which is the ultimate team sport prize in our era.  But don’t use that platform to spread any gospel.  I know it’s America, and we have the right of free speech.  But there is a time and a place.  You had me as part of your captive audience.  Then you lost me.  

Again, congratulations to the Colts, who deserve (and get from me) unlimited respect on and off the field as football players and human beings.  Just the wrong place and the wrong time to send the message that was sent.

My Super Bowl Pick – Daaaaa BAYRSH!

As a self-respecting Baltimore Ravens fan, it would be sacrelig to pick the flippin’ Colts in today’s Super Bowl.  I was less than 2 years old when the Irsays moved the team, yet I still get a shiver up my spine seeing the footage of the Mayflower moving vans leaving Charm City.

It’s not a lingering bitterness towards the ownership, because I was never in my life a Colts fan.  In 1996, the Ravens came to town.  In a bit of twisted irony, the Cleveland Browns left their city to come to mine.  I’m glad that the NFL did the right thing and restored the Browns because, let’s be honest, the Dawg Pound deserves a team.

At the end of the day, Baltimore got our Ravens and we’ve got a Super Bowl trophy.  Still can’t root for the Colts, though.

So, even though I think I’ve posted one of these in the past, enjoy this collection of Bears videos!

And I saved the best for last!

Go Bears!

Easterns Motors – Where Your Job Is Your Credit!

This is quite possibly the catchiest commerical in recent memory.  From bad lip-syncing (LaVar Arrington) to bad car-dancing (Clinton Portis) to bad-snitching (Carmelo Anthony–don’t worry if you don’t get the joke), it’s got it all.

You will have this stuck in your head for at least seven weeks.  Thank me later.

NFC Championship > Birth of Child

Stories like this one are the reason I created this blog:

Thanks, honey
Wife induces labor so husband can go to Bears game
Posted: Sunday January 21, 2007 4:01PM; Updated: Sunday January 21, 2007 4:01PM

PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Nine months pregnant and married to a fervent Bears fan with tickets to Sunday’s NFC Championship game, Colleen Pavelka didn’t want to risk going into labor during the game against the New Orleans Saints.

Due to give birth on Monday, Pavelka’s doctor told her Friday she could induce labor early. She opted for the Friday delivery.

“I thought, how could [Mark] miss this one opportunity that he might never have again in his life?” said Pavelka, 28, from the southwestern Chicago suburb of Homer Glen.

At 10:45 p.m. Friday, Mark Patrick Pavelka was born at Palos Community Hospital after close to six hours of labor.

While her husband watched the Bears play the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field Sunday, Colleen planned to watch in the hospital with the baby wrapped in a Bears blanket — a Christmas gift from his grandmother.

The couple named Mark after his father, who wore a “Monsters of the Midway” shirt during the delivery.

“If he wasn’t born by Sunday and the Bears won, I would have named him Rex,” after Bears quarterback Rex Grossman, joked Mark Pavelka, 28.

Mark is the couple’s second son.
People like that remind me of this: