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The Super Bowl Ball: It’s Official!

AP Photo, Wilson Sporting Goods Football Factory; Ada, OH

As the crowd cheers and the confetti flies, its easy to overlook one of the most important players in this year’s Super Bowl:  the football.   

The Colts and the Saints didn’t just pick up their favorite balls from the local Walmart in Miami on their way to the game.

Noooo, the official Super Bowl balls have been carefully stitched together at The Wilson Sporting Goods Factory in Ada Ohio since the Green Bay Packers tromped the Kansas City Chiefs, 35 to 10, at the first Super Bowl game in Los Angeles in 1966. The football’s measurements have to be just so, “28 inches end to end, 21 inches around the middle, and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces”.**  No more, no less.

Wanna see how it’s done?

So, if the ball says Wilson, the NFL knows they can trust it.  In the same way, we can trust in the name of the Lord our God:

“Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10

And just as Wilson knows footballs, God knows people and sews them together with skill and love.  See?

“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.  I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.”  Psalm 139:13-14

And, just like the players huddle together to form the best plan for their ball, God has formed the best plans for us:

“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11

The Football’s prayer:  (highlighted words/phrases are links to the verses we’ll be praying.  If you like one, in particular, you can click on it and copy it down to “store it in your locker” [Ps. 119:11] for future play. 🙂 Same for the verses above. ) Let’s pray:

“Oh, Father in heaven, you are the best coach there is.  Better than Vince Lombardi, who lead his team to win the first Super Bowl in ’66.  You have the BEST plays.  Help me to follow your lead and trust that in your hands is a safe place to be.  Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.  In Jesus’ name, AMEN!”

Do you know The Coach ?  Click on the pic below to be introduced:

Vince Lombardi, Time Magazine cover, "The Sport of the 60's"

What do you think?  Got any thoughts to add to this post?  Comment below…

** ball facts from Journal Star, 2/7/2010, front page

Who Dat?!!

 

 

Super Bowl celebration in New Orleans

 Never mind the rain, c’est une belle journée in New Orleans for a Super Bowl Parade!  (that’s Cajun for, “It’s a beautiful day!”, I googled 🙂 )  

 

And what will ring in everyone’s ear as they fill the streets of New Orleans: “Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?!”

And why will the cajuns be shoutin’ this? The Saints’ quarterback, Drew Brees, and his wife try to explain it to Katie Couric: 

 

You know,  our heavenly père (that’s cajun for father, don’tcha know) calls us saints. ( Click HERE for a list of verses that shows that.)  

And we saints have a team of enemy tacklers that surround us every day.  Although they don’t wear  jerseys and shoulder pads and we can’t see them as easily as the Saints could see the Colts at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, they’re just as menacing and always hovering about trying to “beat dem saints”:  

 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  Ephesians 6:12  

And we would be too faible (cajun for weak) and soon be estropié (crippled) if we tried to face them without our uniforms: 

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
 
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Eph. 6:13-17) 
 
And when we’re armoured up and following our coach, who can defeat us?!  Shout it with me: “Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?!  Nobody!!!”
 Now, pray it with me!  

Drew Brees with son after 2010 Super Bowl victory

(We’ll be praying Bible verses, so click on highlighted sentences, if you like, to see which ones we’re praying.  If one stands out to you, you can write it down to “hide it in your heart” )   

Oh, Father in heaven, thanks be to you who gives me the victory in Christ..  If you are for me,   who can be against me? 

 Who shall separate me from your love?  ‘Shall  trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things I are more than a conqueror through him who loved me. 

“So, Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say dey gonna beat dis saint?!  NO BODY!!!  Thank you, Jesus!  Amen!”  

Are you on the team? Click on the confetti to join the victory parade:  

  

confetti photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/adoseofshipboy/216516964/in/photostream/   

Super Duper Bowl!

The Saints were the underdog team going into this year’s Super Bowl.  Their running back, Pierre Thomas  had “numerous doubters” about his abilities as a player in the past.  And noo one wanted their quarterback, Drew Brees after a shoulder injury awhile back.

And, remember, it wasn’t too long ago that Katrina left their home dome in New Orleans  filled with cries of pain and despair instead of victorious shouts of “Who Dat?!”

 So, the chance to win the Super Bowl this year meant a lot for New Orleans.

And, they won!!!!!  Go Saints!!! 

You know, we’re on a team, too, Christian; a team full of down-and-outers:

“Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.” 1 Corinthians 1:26

God is our coach and he picks His players very carefully:

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are,  so that no one may boast before him.”  :27-29

So, are you an underdog? You’re on the right team!  Have people doubted you’re abilities? You’re on the right team!  Have you been put-down, under-rated?  You’re on the right team!  Go saints!!!

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.   2 Corinthians 12:9