On this one of the most spiritually significant days of the year, the Philadelphia Seventy Sixers just gave sports and non-sports fans alike a reason to believe in miracles. Again. My Sixers just beat the New York Knicks 105 – 98 at MSG (that’s Madison Square Garden) in what was a Christmas Day Miracle for Philly fans everywhere.
New York, this Christmas, Joel Embiid has come to town.
This was the first time Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons played on Christmas and they played before an amped and anxious, national TV audience full of fans who want to believe. We want to believe that Philly sports are back on track to stay, and that the Sixers will only get better as time goes on. But this win wasn’t pretty or easy.
The miracle was that as good as the Sixers can be, they can be just as bad as well. They can be lights out pretty, scary good or turn the lights out ugly, horror movie bad the next week or the next game or the next possession. Sheesh.
The professional basketball team from Philly needs to learn how to finish and complete and accomplish a total team win. There are some things that we can control. So control them. You can’t avoid making mistakes, but you can minimize your faults and your flubs. Falling apart in the fourth quarter is always a bad thing, and protecting the lead is always good thing, especially when the game is on the line. Hear that Sixers?
It sports and in life, we all need to think things through and think things over and try to stay cool and calm and calculated, even and especially when we’re under pressure. When you get rattled and you don’t reason, you tend to throw the ball away or rush the shot or commit a silly foul when a prudent, practical and pragmatic play would be warranted. Discretion is always the better part of valor. Because it’s always better to make the safe play than trying to be the hero and trying to be Superman.
That’s why we thank God for grace. When we can’t or don’t play or live as best as we should, grace steps in and delivers a gift wrapped miracle just for us.