First Female to Play in the NFL
—Breaking news this morning as the Cleveland Browns announced they have signed the first female in NFL history. Contrary to popular belief that the first female in the NFL would be a kicker, the Browns have signed linebacker Becky O’Shea, who is better known by her nickname Icebox.
Becky came into our offices late last night to sit down with us and explain the emotions she was going through. “I have only been this excited before once in my life and that was winning a peewee game against my uncle. I never thought I would feel that way again. I always loved football even if it wasn’t what most girls would do. I got caught up trying to fit in and actually was a cheerleader for a short time, but it wasn’t me. The turning point in my career was when a teammate of mine named Spike told me he didn’t play with girls. That stuck with me and is something I have used for motivation ever since. I hope to be an inspiration to all the girls out there but more importantly I hope to kick some butt.”
We asked her what the first thing is she would buy with her new contract. She smiled and said “A new car for my dad. He is getting to old to be driving a go-kart around.”
Becky who is married to her longtime sweetheart Junior has two kids and hopes to show them anything is possible. Her husband Junior couldn’t be more excited for her and actually played some small college football as a QB. He currently works as a district manager for a well-known toilet paper distributor, but may have to resign to stay home with the kids.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
I had the idea to write about Convenient Jesus two weeks ago during the NFL season kickoff. I wrote it down but didn’t do much with it. 2Two weeks later after skipping church twice the message hits close to home for me so I figured it was time.
The church I go to averages around 300-400 people on a given Sunday. I am located in Washington State home of the 12th man. The first week of the season the Seahawks were playing a 10:00 AM game. 10:00 AM games are always rough for church. Combine that with the fact it was week 1 and that made it even rougher. Church was down 150 people from the previous week. 150, and it’s not like the previous week was Easter either. The previous week was Labor Day with people out of town for the three day weekend.
Whether we like it or not this is what are actions are saying.
I love going to church except for when the Seahawks are playing. I love Jesus so much except for when my friends want to go out drinking. I hate sin except if it is a sin I do all the time. I pray every night except for when I am tired. I would read my bible more except that I am super busy. I would give to the poor except I don’t make enough money. I would pay attention in church except I need to update my fantasy roster. I would be on fire for the Lord except…
We have turned Jesus into someone we go to and spend time with only when nothing else is going on. How many times have you read about Moses and laughed when they made a gold cow to worship instead of God? It is quite humorous to me. That is until I skip church to watch grown men play a game and spend more time on my fantasy team than I do in the bible. Then it’s not so funny. It’s actually depressing.
The reason we do all the above things is simple…
We don’t need Jesus.
Or at least we act like we don’t.
You hear stories in India where pastors are digging their own graves before they go out and preach knowing they could get killed in doing so. You also hear in India about a place where God is doing great things. How can we count it all joy when we endure trials if we never go through trials? We all have housing, clothing, food, and water. We have more right now than at any time in the history of the world. We have it all. Except for a REAL relationship with Jesus. The places where the Holy Spirit is doing the greatest work are also places where the Devil is trying to do is greatest work.
One of my favorites quotes is “I hope to live a life worthy of the devil noticing me and have him send a demon to try and stop me.”
I do have good news though. Being a Christian in America is getting tougher. Try being against homosexuality right, you will get some push back. Try saying you are waiting for marriage to have sex. Try not swearing regularly when everyone around you is. All of that is considered crazy. All of that is good news. It is joy.
When you lean into the Lord and you fight addiction, you fight sin, you fight unrighteous. Those are the times when you feel Him the most. Look at Job who was the most righteous man on earth. Read all he went through. Being a Christian is not supposed to be easy because when life is easy you start to feel like you don’t need Jesus.
Know what you believe in and take a stand. Go through struggles for being a Christian because that is when you will feel joy. Have so much hope and faith in the Lord that you choose him over everything else on a daily basis.
Deny yourself in order to find your true self.
Football season starts tomorrow!!! It is the second greatest day of the year besides when the NBA starts. I want to brag a little today about my fantasy team names, make some predictions that way I have them in writing, and name the two teams that will be in the Super Bowl this year.
I take great pride in naming my fantasy teams. I like to have something funny, offensive or a combination of the two in my name. Two years ago during the whole Aaron Hernandez trial I went the team name Aaron Hernanderris. An instant classic. Last year all I heard was about the Washington Redskins names being offensive so I really pushed the envelope with my team name…The Washington Whiteskins. This year I was struggling to think of something. I thought about doing a name referencing deflated footballs, but thought that was to easy. Only chumps would do something that easy. Then I got lucky and Geno Smith got punched and broke his jaw. Poor Geno. Lucky Derris. In fact, after that happened I didn’t even have to pick the name, the name picked me. Fitzpatrick’s Hit Man.
If you think you can top that leave a comment with your fantasy team name. My second favorite name I have heard this year is JPP’s Missing Finger.
Also while on the subject of fantasy, I am a 12 team league and got stuck with the 7th pick! That’s the worst spot you could possibly be. There are only 5 or 6 guys on the top level and none of them were left for me to pick. It’s like having a draft picking The Office characters. Michael, Jim, Dwight, Pam, Kevin, and Toby would be gone instantly. There is nothing wrong with Angela, Meredith, Oscar, etc…They are just not on the same level the first six. If you disagree with Toby being there, you’re wrong. What Michael does to him a daily basis in the show makes him one of the top 6 characters.
If you don’t watch The Office and didn’t get the metaphor here’s one you might understand. If you don’t watch The Office you should probably start as it is the greatest show ever. Secondly imagine it’s Star Trek or am I thinking about Star Wars? I’m not sure, there both pretty much the same exact thing so it doesn’t really matter. Imagine the first 6 (I guess I’ll go with Star Wars movies) are off the board. You are then stuck with Clone Wars. It’s just a horrible spot to be in.
All I want to do is be able to bet on sports. I would do it in a wise way and not bet too much, although I feel like I know enough about sports to be successful at it. Saying that though it is easy to pick the winners looking back at them once the season ends. I figured this year I will get them in writing and will have stick with what I picked. If I have good year I may or may not be moving to Las Vegas for next year. My bags are packed though.
Here are my AFC division winners:
I know I know, I am going with the exact teams that won them last year, but I don’t see that changing.
In the NFC I am going with:
A little more variety from last year in the NFC.
In the AFC Wild Card I will go with:
Texans (I love JJ Watt so I am a little biased)
And in the NFC
Lions or Cowboys
If I have to pick one I will go with Lions. Sorry Cowboy fans.
In the NFC it has never been easier to pick the Super Bowl participant. The Detroit Lions. Kidding. Sorry Lions fans. I am a Lions fan and I know how much that just hurt. I probably shouldn’t have even brought it up. I will go with the Seahawks.
In the AFC I have zero idea. How about the Steelers for a little Super Bowl rematch of XL.
The Super Bowl winner will be…..
The Seattle Seahawks.