Is It Time For Peyton Manning To Walk Away?

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The Question really is, “Who’s Up and Who’s Down?”

Who’s down? Try Dallas and Baltimore and Green Bay (they lost to Detroit!) and San Francisco and New Orleans and Chicago, and let’s not forget my beloved Eagles. And now Denver. All are perennial playoff powers, most of whom have been to or won Super Bowls in the past decade or two, and yet, neither of these teams may even make the playoffs.

And if the news weren’t bad enough, it gets worse for us old timers who love winners and want our old teams to keep winning. Tony Romo’s been down for seven games, and the Dallas “Cowgirls” are 0-7 without him. And they just lost 10-6 to Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay? And now Sam “Badford” is down. He’s hurt AGAIN. My man Tony Kornheiser called Bradford “an ace bandage waiting to happen.”  Ain’t that the truth. Can Philly win without him? Heck, they’re barely winning WITH him.

Who’s down? Peyton Manning is down. Way down. Peyton Manning had a bad game. He threw four – count ‘em — four interceptions yesterday on the way to being benched. He’s 39 years young, or old, and his skills seem to have deteriorated overnight. But it’s only one game, not a season or his whole career, right?

Peyton Manning is one of the best NFL QB’s ever. But the surpassing of Brett Favre as the NFL’s all-time passing leader is overshadowed by his four interceptions in the Broncos’ 29-13 loss to the Chiefs. Even though he just passed for more yards than any other QB ever, his future is far from decided at best and is fairly debatable at worst. And the question is, “is it time?”

Who’s up? For all you youngins’ out there, I’m sure you love Cam Newton and maybe even Andrew Luck and the kid from Cincy, Andy Dalton (whoever he is); but heck, Cincy is 8-0.

Quarterbacks win games. Period. Get a good QB, and you got something. Lose your QB to injury or deteriorating skills, and you got Dallas at 2-7, Philly now at 4-5, and Denver dropping their last 2; and the worst of it is this: Peyton may be done.

Quarterbacks are leaders. They lead by precept and example. They lead with their play and by what they say. As they go, so goes the team. So while you need a good coach, while you’re at it, get yourself a good, sound and solid quarterback.

Get someone in your corner and on your team and on your side who can call the right play at the right time. Because your “football” life is at stake. Get yourself a good quarterback; someone who can lead you and guide you and take you all the way. Your standing and status and reputation and successful operation may well depend on it.

I Believe In Luck 2.0

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Colts 24 – Broncos 13

I believe in Luck. Andrew Luck, quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts.  In October 2013, Luck and his team bested his predecessor, Peyton Manning and the previously undefeated Denver Broncos in Peyton’s return to Indy, the most anticipated game of last season.  And now, in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs, with Luck on their side, Indy bested Manning again.

Quarterback Andrew Luck has shown that he’s got skills before, as he was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in both 2010 and 2011, but now I’m really believer. I believe in Luck. Andrew Luck.

While I believe in Andrew Luck, as he has proven that he can “hang” with best of them, I know that there’s no such thing as luck. Luck or chance is an event which occurs beyond one’s control, without regard to one’s will, intention, or desired result. Saying it was luck or attributing anything to luck denies that God is in control.  We need to give credit where credit is due: the credit for everything that happens to us is God’s. There’s no such thing as luck, because God is alive and well. He cares about us, and is involved in our lives.

While I believe in Andrew Luck, I firmly believe, trust, rely and depend on and have faith in God. Not luck. Not fate nor flukes; not chance or coincidence; not happenstance or circumstance; I believe God.  God has blessed us, so we don’ t have to resort to luck.

Unfortunately, we don’t trust God like we should all of the time. We hope and we wish, but we don’t trust the Lord with all of our hearts. Instead we lean to our own understanding. Such was the case when it came time to choose a replacement for Judas; unfortunately Peter relied on chance, not God.

I believe that Andrew Luck may win a Super Bowl, but I also believe what the Bible says “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our step.”  and “We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.” (Proverbs 16:9 and 16:33, New Living Translation)

Let’s trust God to determine our steps.  Let’s trust God to determine how the chips will fall. He knows what’s best for us, and if we acknowledge Him in all of our ways, He will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:6).

So, let’s root for the up and coming Andrew Luck OVER Tom Brady and the New England Patriots next week in the 2015 AFC Championship Game; and let’s NOT believe in Lady Luck, and leave it at that.

Do You Believe In Luck?

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Colts 45 – Chiefs 44

I believe in Luck. Andrew Luck, quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts.  In October, Luck and his team bested his predecessor, Peyton Manning and the previously undefeated Denver Broncos in Peyton’s return to Indy, the most anticipated game of the season.  And now, in the Wild Card Game of the Playoffs, with Luck on their side, Indy came from 28 points down to defeat the favored Kansas City Chiefs in the 2nd biggest comeback in NFL history.  KC was in the lead by four touchdowns – countem’:  FOUR TDs – in the third quarter and yet  managed to lose.  Remember, “Don’t Blow the Lead,” right?  (December 16, 2013)

Quarterback Andrew Luck has shown that he’s got skills before, as he was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in both 2010 and 2011, but now I’m really believer. I believe in Luck. Andrew Luck.

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While I believe in Andrew Luck, as he has proven that he can “hang” with best of them, I know that there’s no such thing as luck. Luck or chance is an event which occurs beyond one’s control, without regard to one’s will, intention, or desired result. Saying it was luck or attributing anything to luck denies that God is in control.  We need to give credit where credit is due: the credit for everything that happens to us is God’s. There’s no such thing as luck, because God is alive and well. He cares about us, and is involved in our lives.

While I believe in Andrew Luck, I firmly believe, trust, rely on and have faith in God. Not luck. Not fate nor flukes; not chance or coincidence; not happenstance or circumstance; I believe God.  God has blessed us, so we don’ t have to resort to luck.

Unfortunately, we don’t trust God like we should all of the time. We hope and we wish, but we don’t trust the Lord with all of our hearts. Instead we lean to our own understanding. Such was the case when it came time to choose a replacement for Judas; unfortunately Peter relied on chance, not God.

In Acts Chapter 1, while the disciples were waiting for the Holy Spirit, Peter and the others were searching the Scriptures, looking for guidance as to what was going on and what to do.  Peter found that God knew all about Judas, it was no surprise to God (Psalm 69:25 and 109:8). Yet Peter takes it upon himself to direct the choosing of the new apostle.  God knew about Judas, his betrayal of Jesus, his suicide, and the need for him to be replaced. God did not say Peter needed to facilitate this. This was Peter’s deduction, Peter’s “therefore”, Peter’s reasoning. Peter went ahead of God.

Peter added something God didn’t require. An apostle is one chosen by Jesus (Acts 1:2); Peter did allow God to choose. God must have felt like me on election day-only 2 choices!

God had a person all picked out for the position, but the time was not right. Peter was impatient. In that time and culture 12 was considered complete; 11 was not. By the end of Acts, there are 13 apostles, not twelve. God picked someone the disciples would have never dreamed of, someone they would have voted against unanimously. Saul-the man plotting to destroy the church, who would meet Jesus on the road to Damascus, witness Jesus resurrection, be chosen as an apostle by Jesus Himself. The man who would become the Apostle Paul. (Sermon by John Beehler, June 2000) 

I believe that Andrew Luck may win a Super Bowl, but I also believe what the Bible says “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”  and “We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.” (Proverbs 16:9 and 16:33, New Living Translation)

Let’s trust God to determine our steps.  Let’s trust God to determine how the chips will fall. He knows what’s best for us, and if we acknowledge Him in all of our ways, He will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:6).

Let’s root for Andrew Luck, and not believe in Lady Luck, and leave it at that.

Repost from October 21, 2013