Superbowl 2009, Arizona Cardinals verses the Pittsburgh Steelers.
I am not a big fan of either team that will be playing in this years big game. I am however a big fan of some of the individuals who make playing football their career. Kurt Warner for example, is in my opinion a great role model. He understands that his life is much more than just playing football and he will tell anyone who is willing to listen. Kurt Warner has made more than one interviewer uncomfortable by invoking the name of Jesus during an interview. "If you ever really want to do a story about who I am, God's got to be at the center of it. Every time I hear a piece or read a story that doesn't have that, they're missing the whole lesson of who I am." - Kurt Warner
During a visit to The Oprah Winfrey Show, Warner "basically had three sentences to say, so, in the middle one, I made sure I mentioned my faith, because how could they cut it out?" he said. "I went to watch the show on replay . . . and they cut it out!". This really upsets me because Oprah has gone out of her way to be accepting of some really off the wall belief systems and has even claimed to be a Christian herself. It seems to me that the main stream media is only interested in seeing the "off the wall", wacky and just plain weird folks who claim to be Christians. They (The Media) are simply not interested in sitting down with someone who loves and glorifies God with their lives, so unfortunately you don't often see real Christians on TV.
After playing football for many years, I think I watch the game from a little different perspective than those who have never played. For me it is not simply a game between two teams but to me it is much more like many little battles between individuals. Many games are won or lost based upon these one on one competitions. I am in no way trying to negate the importance of teamwork but would simply point out the whole analogy of a chain only being as strong as its weakest link. So when you watch the game on Sunday, pay attention to the little battles that contribute to the overall game... it will add a new dimension to your football watching pleasure.
I'm going to be cheering on the home team from here in Arizona, hoping that Kurt Warner will get another Superbowl ring and that he would have many more opportunities to share his faith because of it. I further hope that Kurt would somehow see this article and would contact me about speaking to the Men's Ministry that I lead (Can't fault a guy for trying). I won't censor you Kurt, I promise!
In conclusion, what's so super about the Superbowl? For me, it will be spending time with family and friends. Sharing time together, talking and snacking. Having the opportunity to meet some new people and to deepen relationships with some I don't know so well... oh yeah, there will also be a football game on.