Brady Is Busted

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OK. Let’s take a poll. Guilty or not guilty? It’s a simple, straight-forward question. What did Tom Brady know, and when did he know it? Sound familiar? For all of you youngins out there, that’s the famous question asked by Republican Senator Howard Baker about President “Tricky Dick” Nixon during the Watergate hearings.  And it continues to be applicable 50 years later. Here’s what The NFL said about Tom Brady’s involvement in “Deflategate:”

With respect to your particular involvement, the report established that there is substantial and credible evidence to conclude you were at least generally aware of the actions of the Patriots’ employees involved in the deflation of the footballs and that it was unlikely that their actions were done without your knowledge.

Moreover, the report documents your failure to cooperate fully and candidly with the investigation, including by refusing to produce any relevant electronic evidence (emails, texts, etc.), despite being offered extraordinary safeguards by the investigators to protect unrelated personal information, and by providing testimony that the report concludes was not plausible and contradicted by other evidence.

It’s hard to argue that someone is innocent when they refuse to come clean. It’s hard to believe that someone is blameless when they hide and conceal and fail to disclose facts. It’s hard to conclude that a person is unsullied and unknowing and untouched by unethical conduct when there’s plenty of smoke in the air. And you know what they say; where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

I don’t like Tom Brady. I don’t. And I like him less and dislike him even more now that he’s determined to try and prove his innocence when it’s been proven that he’s at least partially guilty. Come clean. Admit the deed and diminish the damage. If he’s not an accomplice he was at least complicit. Case closed.

Tom Vincent, the NFL’s investigator and Roger Goodell—who got this decision right, as harsh as it is—basically believe that Brady lied and obstructed. They view Brady as someone who thought he was above it all – the law and the League. The NFL viewed Brady’s actions as arrogance. Brady scorned and spurned and disregarded and disrespected not just the rules but the entire sport. Nuff said.

Brady will appeal the suspension, but the suspension should stand. The only thing worse than being wrong is being arrogantly wrong. Yes Brady’s pride is hurt, but humbling himself will help him heal, and heal his public image, if he’s at all concerned about that.

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.

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 “A successful career in the NFL would seem to be a dream come true. Money, notoriety, and accolades. Tony Dungy was living that dream, coaching the perennially losing Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a regular spot in the playoffs. It seemed that everything was working out as planned, until he was fired for not winning the championship. Just what was he going to do now?

Eventually repeating the same success as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Dungy still battled against doubters in his abilities. Could a Super Bowl victory be the only place of redemption? Or was there another, better way, to understand the big picture of his life?”

Play On In The Playoffs

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The Playoffs are “The Second Season.”  The Playoffs are a competition played after the regular season is over by the top competitors to determine the league champion. Depending on the league, the playoffs are a series of games, or a tournament, and use a single-elimination system.  Win in the playoffs and you play-on; snooze and you lose.

Jim Mora’s comical postgame diatribe about the Indianapolis Colts making the Playoffs is now classic. He was incredulous that some reporter asked if his team could make the playoffs.  Despite both his successes and failures, Mora will always be remembered for a single press conference. His priceless rant after the Colts’ Nov. 25, 2001 loss to the San Francisco 49’ers stemmed from a single dumb question by a reporter and is the moment in his career that will live on forever.

There is a second season. However, some are incredulous about the possibility of “life after death.”   Many don’t believe that there is an “afterlife” so they live their lives loosely and limply; they go through their lives casually and carelessly, and don’t plan for nor work toward what comes after the regular season of life.  Many have this as their motto: “What advantage is it if the dead rise not? Let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we die” (1 Corinthians 15:32). 

The playoffs are the hope and dream of every team. All teams live and breath for this second season.  All teams know that there is more to the season than “just playing the game.”  Clearly, every game is not just a game. Likewise, spiritually speaking, there is more to life than this life; this life we now live can be likened to the “regular season.” The “real life” comes after this life. We are living to live again.   Just like in the NFL, only the strong survive; only those who plan for the second season will play in the second season. 

In the “game of life” there is a second season. The writer of Hebrews said “as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). And Job may have said it best:  “If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come” (Job 14:14, KJV).

The Playoffs. They are the march to the crown. Every team and every player wants to make the playoffs. Likewise, we should strive for the goal of living eternally after the regular season of this life is over. There will be “spiritual playoffs” where we will continue to play on. So think about your own mortality. Think about how everyone’s regular season will end someday.

Plan for the playoffs. We all should plan to keep playing after the regular season of life is over. So think about the spiritual playoffs. Plan for them. Yearn for them.  Give your all for the second season. There is time, and then there will be eternity. We all will live, or die, forever. 

Which will it be for you?

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