Aaron Rodgers Does Dallas!

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Rodgers does it again!  And the 13-3 Cowboys will have to wait until next year.

The Dallas Cowboys will not win Super Bowl LI. They won’t even go to the NFC Championship Game. Not this year. Why? Because of Aaron Rodgers.  That’s it and that’s all. Case closed. Rodgers basically beat Dallas all by himself, with an award for best supporting actor to Jared Cook.

Rodgers threw for 356 total yards, but none bigger than a 36-yard pass to a toe-dragging Cook down the sideline just after he had been sacked. Talk about being stagy and cagy. Then, field goal kicker Mason Crosby kicked a 51-yard field goal as time expired, sending the Packers to the NFC championship game with their eighth straight win. In so doing, the suddenly resurgent Rodgers thwarted a huge Dallas rally in a 34-31 victory in the divisional round of the playoffs Sunday.

Cook, who led Green Bay with 104 yards receiving, kept both feet inbounds with a knee just above the ground out of bounds. And it came after the Cowboys tied the game TWICE in the final 5 minutes behind rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott in their playoff debut.

Dak Prescott has nothing to be ashamed of. And Ezekiel Elliot did the best he could. But Dallas started slow and spotted Rodgers an 18 point lead. Yes they finished strong but they also came up short. That’s it and that’s all.

So what can we learn?

Wisdom and prudence beats hubris and ego every time.  Aaron Rodgers may be old and aging but he’s also senior and shrewd.  Yes he’s elderly in football years, but he’s also wily and savvy. And the veteran QB outlasted and out-dueled his rookie counterpart Prescott on the opposite sideline in a playoff game for the ages.

Wisdom and the spirit of wisdom are more to be desired than gold, yea even much fine gold. The Bible says that wisdom is the principal thing.  Remember that wisdom personified is Sofia, a delicate, dainty dame that is to be procured and protected. So get wisdom. Ask for her. Treasure her. She will never let you down.

And while Dak and Zeke are no dummies, I offer this scripture to emphasize how important wisdom is, and how dangerous it is to be stupid:

If you crush a stubborn fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, even then his stupidity will not leave him.

Proverbs 27:22, GOD’S WORD Translation

Wins That You Just Have To Have

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Tonight’s Monday Night.

And that means Monday Night Football. And tonight’s football game between my Philadelphia Eagles (pronounced Iggles for those that don’t know), and the New York Football Giants, is a must win. It’s a must win for my Eagles in every way. https://godandsports.net/2014/11/21/a-must-win/

Some games mean more than others. Some games count for more than others. And some games are weighted heavier than others. I know what you’re thinking; no they don’t. Every game is weighted the same, you say. Not so. Some games are bigger and larger and greater in size and scope and significance than others. And I’m talking regular season here. I’m not even talking playoffs (Playoff’s? Are you kiddin’ me?) https://godandsports.net/2014/01/11/play-on-in-the-playoffs/

Anyway, all Eagles fans can do tonight is sing our fight song and hope that the home team comes with their “A” Game, because they’re gonna need it.

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There are times when you just have to have a win. Any kind of win. A win can be a break when you’re late on anything or a favor from a friend or a hand from a stranger. Those are wins, and when you’re in a straight or in a fix or in a bind of any kind, you just have to have a win.

And, believe it or not, these wins come by faith. Because sometimes, in order to get a break, you have to make a break.

Spiritually speaking, we need to discern when to go for broke and when to play the averages. We need to know when to tune it up and when to tone it down. We need to know when to holler and when to whisper. We need to know what’s urgent and what’s just important. And that takes maturity and sagacity and wisdom and understanding and insight and foresight. 

All of these come from God. And to get there, it sounds like we should pray the Serenity Prayer. Because there are some things that you CAN change. And in order for things to change, you have to know what you can change, and know what you can’t.

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That’s God’s Playbook.

How To Get Thrown Out Of A Game

Jun 12, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) before their game against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Bryce Harper, right fielder for the Washington Nationals, is a good player on his way to being a great player. He was the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year, he’s playing the best ball of his career, and he has ALREADY been twice named the National League Player of The Week by MLB.  And it’s May. Wow.

That being said, Harper is also known to be somewhat of a hellion. In addition to being on a hitting hot streak, Harper’s also earned a reputation at times for being a hot head, which has now in some way contributed to two ejections during that same stretch.

Since launching three home runs against the New York Mets on May 6th, Harper has been baseball’s hottest hitter. Over a 12-game stretch that began that afternoon leading up until Wednesday’s game against the New York Yankees, Harper hit .535/.630/1.349 with 10 home runs and 23 RBIs over 54 plate appearances. Not too shabby.

But for the second time in a week, Bryce Harper and Manager Matt Williams were ejected from a game for an exchange with an umpire. The first came on May 13th, when Harper’s temper clearly got the best of him following a strikeout in Arizona. Following the ejection, Harper launched into a heated tirade against home-plate umpire Rob Drake.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 20:  Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals argues with home plate umpire Marvin Hudson #51 after being thrown out of the game in the third inning against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park on May 20, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

And I witnessed a similar scene play out last night at the ‘ole Ball Game. Harper was mad at a strike call and mad when Home Plate Umpire Marvin Hudson told him to get back in the batter’s box. Harper, being the head case that he sometimes can be, stuck just his BIG TOE in the box, which irked Hudson to no end and caused the ejection. The funny thing is, Harper was in the box until Hudson turned his attention to the Washington dugout. Either way, there doesn’t seem to be nearly enough here to warrant an ejection, but Hudson clearly took Harper’s maneuvering as a dismissal of his authority.

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In this case, Hudson could have easily squashed the problem without letting it escalate. By the same token, Harper may have baited a bit by not just getting back in the box. You can find fault in how both men handled the confrontation, but here’s hoping both will be wiser the next time they’re in this position.

But here’s why Harper REALLY got ejected. He said this after the game:

I don’t think 40,000 people came to watch him ump tonight,” Harper said after his fifth career ejection. “Plain and simple. Especially when we’re playing the Yankees. The Yankees are a good team, we’re a good team and we’re rolling. I don’t want to get tossed. There’s no reason for me to get tossed in that situation. I don’t think I did anything bad to get tossed. Maybe he just had a bad morning or he didn’t get his coffee.

So there. It’s as plain as day and as the nose on your face. If you’re a logical and reasonable and sensible person, you don’t have to be an old-fashioned fart to understand that Harper’s hubbub and hullabaloo helmed from his line of thinking, and his lack of logic is EXACTLY why he got tossed. Harper has an attitude problem. His taunting of the ump by sticking just his big toe into the batter’s box was a clear dismissal and disdain of authority. And, being the Millennial that he is, Harper didn’t see anything wrong with the taunt and the tease.

So let’s learn the lesson. Use wisdom. Don’t make matters worse. Don’t make an ugly situation uglier, a dumb situation dumber, or a sticky situation stickier. Don’t make a dim situation darker. Don’t make a harsh situation harder. And don’t make a difficult situation utterly intractable. Don’t do it. You may want to, but in the end, you’ll wish you hadn’t.