Hodge podge

Well, no football yesterday but plenty today! Enjoy and thanks for reading.

Cardinal receiver

This story has some interesting perspectives about the temptations surrounding players at the Super Bowl from a Cardinals wide receiver.


Sports and spirituality

This LA Times columnist wrote a satirical column from Jesus. Here’s where he responded to his numerous critics. I think both should be required reading for Christians because right or wrong, it’s a lot of people’s perceptions of Christians. However, I haven’t heard any athletes asking for a win Super Bowl week, just asking for a chance to glorify him. However, I think this writer/preacher sums it much better than Mr. Streeter from the LA Times.


View from Canada

This little story originates North of the Border, and does one of the better jobs I’ve seen of examining faith and the Super Bowl. Interesting part, other than the well-done story, was the fact one of the subjects of the story, Kerry Joseph, is from my hometown, New Iberia, La.


Sadly, a rarity…

This comes from ESPN’s Rick Reilly’s Epilogue, that falls under his GoFish column. This links directly to the column, but I’ve got my favorite part below. The first part sets up a quote from Grapevine, Texas, high school football Kris Hogan.


Remember Kris Hogan, the Grapevine, Texas, high school football coach who asked half his fans and cheerleaders to cheer for the other team one night? Story goes, Hogan’s guys were playing a prison team from Gainesville that not only hadn’t won a game all year, but had to play every game on the road. So over 200 fans sat on Gainesville‘s side of the field and cheered on the players by name. They made a spirit line and a banner for the team, and even sent them off with dinner and some gifts. Well, Troy Aikman read it, then made sure NFL commissioner Roger Goodell read it. Goodell thought so much of Hogan he brought him Tampa for the Super Bowl. The Commish even honored Hogan during his Friday news conference. “I hate it that this thing that we did is so rare,” Hogan said. “Everybody views it as such a big deal. Shouldn’t that be the normal? “Well said…



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2 responses to “Hodge podge

  1. Thanks for the up to date information on Kris Hogan. I just read the original story this past week and wrote a post about it on my blog “An Uncommon Grace”. Here is the link to the post if you want to let me know what you think:


    In the Grip of His Grace,

    • joelalangton

      Thanks for the kind note. I thoroughly enjoyed your post. I’m a military guy living in Texas at the moment, but you summed things up very well. They take their football very seriously. If you get a chance, check my blog out most mornings. I always try to post some new sports news. BTW, saw you’re from Georgia. Meeting Mark Richt was a high point for my last deployment! Have a great day and I pray you lead your congregation in a fabulous service tomorrow.

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