As many of you know I am a diehard Bronco fan. I was born in Denver and my dad used to take me a bar to watch the games in the late 70s and early 80s. He would ask me, “Son, which team do you want to win?”
I would say, “Whichever team wins is the team I wanted to win!”
He would respond, “Son, it doesn’t work that way. You need to pick a team to root for!”
I would say, “Well, then I want the team that you’re rooting for to win.” – which was the Denver Broncos.
I really didn’t care who won, all I cared about when I was four and five years old is that I got to hang out with my dad. At half time we would play darts and have a little friendly competition. Then he would show me how good he was at darts and tell me to turn around facing away from the dart board as he would throw the darts over his shoulder backwards. He would always hit the bull’s eye and I never understood how he did it. I was amazed!!!
Then one time I peaked and saw that he would throw the dart, it would totally miss the board and a friend of his nearby would take it and put in on the board right in the center. We had a good laugh and I became a little wiser.
In 1983 John Elway was drafted by the Broncos. This is when I truly became a fan. He had a rocket for an arm and dazzled fans with his come from behind victories. But he struggled to win the big one.
In 1998 the Broncos were playing in the AFC Championship against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Their game was the early game, 12:00pm (we were in college in Minnesota). I wanted to ditch church to watch the game, but my then fiancé (who was the true spiritual leader at the time) encouraged me to go to church. So we went and I thought, “Maybe Pastor Gary will preach a short sermon and be done by noon. Then we can zip on down to a nearby restaurant and only miss a couple minutes of the game.”
But the preacher went on-and-on. I had told Katy that we were gonna leave at noon regardless if the service was over. So at noon I whispered, “It’s time to go!” She whispered back, “You never know, maybe God is testing you and wants you to hear something the Pastor will say. Stick around, it’s okay, you’re only going to miss a few minutes of the game.”
But the preacher went on-and-on. I looked at my watch and it was almost 12:30pm. I said, “That’s it, we’ve missed almost the entire first quarter.”
To which my fiancé said, “If you stay the Lord might reward you with your team going to and finally winning a Super Bowl.” [The italicized portion she didn’t really say, but it sure felt like it.]
When Pastor Gary was finally done you never saw someone leave church so fast. We missed the first quarter, but my team ultimately won and then beat the Packers in the Super Bowl.
What’s the point of this Pastor Chat?
Only to say that I’ve been there! I’m excited for the Seahawks to play in this game. I hope they win and I hope our two teams play in the Super Bowl. If they do you can razz me all you want (as long as it’s all in fun).
I’m disappointed the NFL schedules games in the morning during the time of most Church services. And I want you to know I will not judge anyone if they ditch this Sunday’s service to watch the game. At the same time, you never know – perhaps the Lord has something to say and perhaps recording the game and watching it later is not such a bad thing to do.
Either way, blessings on you this Sunday! Go GOD and go Hawks!