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Planning For… The Contractually Obligated Awkwardness

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At the end of Superbowl 5, Dallas Cowboy linebacker Chuck Howley drove off the field in a brand new car.

Ever since that day Superbowl MVPs have been treated to a string of incentives including cash, usually $5,000, and vacations, typically to a Walt Disney park.  The fêteing of the games Most Valuable Player has become something of a Superbowl tradition.  Who can forget hearing Joe Montana announce, during the 49’ers moment of ultimate victory, that he was on his way to Disneyland?

All of that tradition was derailed this Sunday when Eli Manning, the Giant’s Quarterback and deserving MVP, was faced with a proposition like no other MVP has.

He won a car that he isn’t allowed to drive.

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You Don’t Hate Brady’s Game…

Let’s get a few things straight about Tom Brady. He’s really good looking. I don’t mean attractive, I mean that he’s good looking enough that your eyes don’t naturally “bounce off” of him after spotting him.

Aside from having a square jaw and a noble forehead, Brady also has straight teeth and a head of hair thick enough to make a Baldwin look like a Bolton. He’s also 6’4″, and has the forearms of a pipe fitter.

He’s so handsome that you can photograph him with a goat and still sell the pictures for money.

That’s not to say that he’s often photographed with unattractive creatures. Generally he’s photographed alongside his ridiculously good looking wife, who just happens to be celebrated internationally for helping Victoria become the world’s worst kept secret.

They are both successful, wealthy, and powerful in their own right. Together they are an empire of fashion, beauty, and fortune. They are the American equivalent of David and Victoria Beckham.

Which is why it’s interesting that much of America is not thrilled with the prospect that Tom Brady might win his fourth Super Bowl today. In fact, the pairing of Brady’s New England Patriots versus the New York Giants in Super Bowl 46 has been met with nearly 2 weeks of underwhelming malaise.

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What Our Response Reveals…

Regardless of where I’ve travelled in the world, I’ve found people to be self-centered and opinionated.  I find this is especially true whenever I look in the mirror.

Because of this selfishness our opinions generally begin in a place that considers our own viewpoint first and most important.

The more mature we are the more often our opinions become informed by perspectives outside our own frame of reference.

It’s quite rare that a self-centered opinion isn’t offensive, often because human beings like to be taken into consideration when opinions are being formed and expressed… even if they don’t often take others into consideration themselves.

All of this self-focus places us into circumstances where personal opinions compete for the attention of an audience of people; sometimes in just a room full of people, other times in front of an entire nation.

Because no one can perfectly share our perspective, or our self-regard, going through life without getting offended is impossible.  As Christians, our job is to have a godly response in those moments when someone says, or does, something that we don’t like or agree with.

This weekend the cast of Saturday Night live expressed their opinions about “Tebowmania” in a sketch that featured Jesus Christ making a post-game appearance to the Broncos in their locker room.  While taking credit for the Bronco victory and inferring that Bill Belicheck was the devil, Jesus took some time out to tell Tebow to “tone it down” and add “studying the playbook” to “studying the good book”.

There were plenty of funny moments.

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