Five Incredibly Profound and Life Changing Lessons I Learned From the Super Bowl

Being sick and without an appetite can actually be beneficial for your health. Only at a Super Bowl party would you hear someone say, “I’ll have some of this buffalo chicken dip. Oh, and I’ll have some of these buffalo chicken wings. And, yummy, I’ll have some of those hot dogs that are wrapped in bacon and dipped in lard. Hey who brought the hamburgers with bratwurst on top?”

The Steelers were not the best team in football. Neither were the Packers, for that matter. For the most part, the Steelers controlled the game but just couldn’t close it out when they needed to. The Packers missed all kinds of opportunities, although they got what they needed to win. The best team in football was the Patriots, who, unfortunately for them, happened to catch the Jets on a bad day.

Players are not very creative when interviewed. “We really played as a team.” “We all came out here and gave 100%.” “We did what we had to do to win.” Just once I want to hear a player say something like, “Well, to be honest, the team had some wicked bad taco meat last night and every one of us was sick as a dog. It was like a dysentery plague. I didn’t think we were going to win but it turns out my lucky 8 ball was right after all.”

Announcers have an uncanny ability to talk about the same thing over and over again. If I hear one more announcer talk about this being a year of ‘redemption’ for Roethlisberger…well I don’t know what I’ll do. Something extreme and rash that I’ll probably regret for many years. Like light a foam cheese head on fire.

I’m grateful that my joy is in Jesus not ultimately in football. Notice I said ‘not ultimately’. I like football a whole lot, and I was dishing out my share of high fives and over-enthusiastic screams when Pittsburgh scored. But in the end they lost. Which stinks. And which makes me glad that Jesus is an unshakable joy.

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  • Thank you for recognizing the Pats as the best team in football. I was talking with someone a few days before the Super Bowl, trying to define what it is. "It's a game between the two best football teams," I attempted. "No," they responded. "It's a game between the teams that won the important games."

    Also, the reporters also ask the most ridiculous questions. "Coach, what you going to have to do in order to win this game?" How is Coach supposed to answer that question reasonably? A dumb question deserves a dumb answer. :)

  • Stephen says:

    When I watched the Super Bowl, I was the only Steelers fan in a house with four families of Packers fans. It felt strange every time I was cheering and everybody else was moaning. :)

  • Dave Wilson says:

    Most profound things I learned?
    1. Bacon-wrapped hot dogs are all kinds of awesome.
    2. Steelers and Patriots have very loyal (but misinformed) fans.

  • I watched the game with the Lotinskys. Good to watch a Steelers game with them.

    As I was discussing to a friend who was a Packers fan last night, after repenting in sackcloth and ashes, once the playoffs started, my "teams I was concerned about" list had Patriots 1, Packers 2. Part of that was because the Pats would face us first out if the two if all went according to plan. But I also saw the Packers destroy the Eagles in the Wild Card round. And then, I realized the Packers were like the Steelers the year we won three in a row on the road: a good team that had been hit by injuries, and was now at their best and back to full strength just in time formthe playoffs.

    And we were making fun of the sportscasters by saying things like "Now if this team scores more points, Bill, I think they will win the game!" The guys in the booth seem to feel like the game is being watched primarily by 5 year olds who don't understand basic math.

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