Fantastic means extravagantly fanciful; marvelous; incredibly great or extreme; exorbitant. A “Fan”, the word being derived from the word fantastic, is a fanatical enthusiast or supporter, especially with regard to entertainment and sports. Its root comes from the Greek word “phantastikós”, meaning able to present or show (to the mind). Our English rendering means conceived or appearing as if conceived by an unrestrained imagination.
For 30 years, the Redskins’ most recognizable fan group was “The Hogettes”, a name was inspired by Redskins offensive line coach Joe Bugel in the 1980’s, who referred to his lineman as hogs.
The fan group was founded in 1983 after one member went to Halloween party at his grandmother’s retirement home wearing one of her old dress as his costume. This state was posted on the Hoggettes website; “After 30 seasons, the Hogettes® are hanging up our pig snouts & dresses. It has been an honor being a part of the greatest 12th Man fans in the NFL. We will forever be Redskins’ fans and cheer for our beloved team. It is a new era and we will continue to support RG3 and his teammates. HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!! We will also continue to help (incognito) raise money for Children’s Charities.” (Mikey T. Boss, Hogette)
If grown men were willing to wear dresses and pig snouts to cheer on a sports team, then shouldn’t we go all out for our Lord? We are not just fanatical supporters of a team, but we are dedicated disciples and faithful followers of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He did more for us than a sports team could ever do. He defeated death, Hell and the grave. He Purchased our salvation on Calvary. Jesus is the reason we can sing “It was my Savior’s blood . . . I know it was the blood for me.” We should yell louder, scream harder and jump higher for Jesus than we do for the Redskins or Eagles (pronounced “Iggles”) or Cowboys or NY Football Giants.
Fantastic. That’s how we should be for the one who deserves all the glory and the honor. We should lift our hearts, we should lift our hands, and we should lift our voices. We should lift our voices in jubilant praise. We should lift our hands in fervent worship. And we should lift our hearts as we are “filled with His goodness and lost in His love” in expectant devotion to Him. So lift every voice and sing.
“Lift up your hearts!” We lift them, Lord, to Thee;
Here at Thy feet none other may we see;
“Lift up your hearts!” E’en so, with one accord,
We lift them up, we lift them to the Lord.
H. Montagu Butler, 1881