Monday, December 12, 2011

I watched football turn into the gospel last night.

Sports analysts said they had never seen anything like it.
They were using words like "magical" and "unexplainable" and "redefining."
"There has never been a player like this in the history of the game."
"In my thirty years of being involved with this league, I have never seen anything like it."
Talk of completion percentage and quarterback ratings turned into talk about character and "something bigger than football."
I watched ten or twelve different commentators reference their "loss of words" as they tried to piece together how Tim Tebow and the Broncos could possibly come back to win another game.
"That just shouldn't have been able to happen. Time was running out. He'd gone 3 for 16 in the first three quarters. He isn't an efficient passer."
The rigid professionalism was gone from their voices and mannerism. Their gigantic neckties loosened for a few minutes as they became just as human as you and me. The script was gone.

They "just don't get how it happened."

And that is the best part.
Everyone is just a part of something bigger.
We all run out of explanations at some point.
We all realize we are finite and susceptible to unknowns.
Tim Tebow and the Broncos are showing us that the numbers and facts don't matter.
Perfect form only goes so far when things can "just happen."
I don't know if they knew it, but ESPN stopped covering football and started covering humanity.
Boomer and the boys were throwing all the statistics and traditions to the wind and saying, "We believe."
"Maybe there is a different way to win."
We all (even the guys on TV wearing fancy suits) have to admit that there is an unknown force out there that can make anything happen.
Some of us are just still wondering what to call it when we see it.

Packers vs. Broncos Super Bowl?

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