If You Think The Ballgames Over…

Think again.  Last night I watched one of my favorite collegiate teams win their 14th National Championship.  I know there is and always will be a dispute pertaining to how Alabama got fourteen national titles.  All I can say about that is, ‘it is what it is’.  I didn’t cast a vote any more this time than I did when they were given the title in the 1920’s, 30’s, 60’s or 70’s.  They’ve had a tradition of winning the right game at the right time and that’s what they did last night.  More than one person in this country down through the ages of college football thought this team or that team was the best there was and no other team in the nation could beat them. So that’s how they got ranked and that’s how they were able to get into a bowl game or even a championship game.  It’s not for you or me to decide and it’s not for one person to decide but a great number of people around the country.

If you really want to know about the best collegiate football team that has ever been in college football read up on the 1899 Suwanee Tigers football team also known as the “Iron Men”.  There is not a team that had been able to accomplished the feat of these men in one season before nor ever will.

Recently I saw a commercial on television where it showed all these different athletes and it said they will go on to other things besides sports.  In other words there are more important things in life than just football, basketball or baseball. It is good to win a game and it’s great to win championships but one game we all are playing in is the game of life and it takes a lifetime commitment to reap the rewards of winning that game.  One big victory we all can have is the victory over character.  Win or lose our character is a reflection of both. A good attitude toward others will go farther and last longer than the wounds that any one game had ever caused.

If the other team won I would congratulate them and wish them the best and move on. It wasn’t the end of my world (thank God) or the end of my life (really thank God).  Last year when Auburn beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl then went on to win the National Championship I congratulated them and the fans, was proud for them then I began looking forward to the next season.  I wanted Alabama to win but when they didn’t I’d rather have Auburn bring the title home to this great state than to see it go anywhere else.

I have my picks and if they don’t win so be it.  We may agree to disagree but I’m not going to call anyone all kinds of names and wish the worst on them or their team because I wouldn’t want it done to me.  I would rather have my character intact, win or lose, than anything else in life.  Nope, the ballgames not over quite yet.

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1


Christmas is over the tree and lights are taken down,
Another birthday is behind me another new year has come around.
We’re all looking forward to this New Year,
The wife and I decided we’ll make new changes here.

A New Year’s resolution, quit a bad habit or go on a diet,
Start doing some exercises get our bodies back right.
Of course after all the bowl games is when I plan to start,
Because dieting during bowl week isn’t quiet smart.

I flip through the channels until I find ESPN,
I kick back in the recliner the wife says, “Not again.”
I feel I’m in total control with the remote in hand,
I tell her I need to know who is going to win.

I’m taking in the ball game with anticipated glee,
“I can’t believe that call! Apparently that Ref can’t see.”
The defenses are strong neither team can score,
Eventually I fall asleep, the punting has become a bore.

I wake to find that something isn’t quite right,
The wife had changed the channel thus began our first New Year’s fight.
I get mad and call her a name,
She gets mad and calls me the same.

Both of us are mad and she’s really irate,
I think as she throws the remote ‘Boy can she throw straight.’
She storms into the kitchen, I’m rubbing my head,
I lay back in the recliner and yell, “I heard what you said!”

But before the night is over and more words are said,
We’ll make up and I’ll kiss her goodnight before retiring to bed.
Yep, it’s going to be a mighty fine year, I do declare,
I’ll just hold off on my resolutions until next year.