Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Modern Day Rudy

I love football. I love Eagles football, but what I love the most are great football stories. I remember watching the movie "Rudy" with my Dad, which featured a walk-on whose dream was to play in a Notre Dame football game, and got his chance. "Brian Song" is another moving true story about two NFL players from the 60's. Featuring Gail Sayers, an African-American running back who helped his White teammate, Brian Piccolo with his struggle with terminal cancer. Every time I see that movie, every time I hear that theme song, I am buckets... and so is my Dad. (Side note: see the original with Billy Dee Williams and James Caan from 1971, the remake from a couple of years ago pails in comparison.)

What I love about football is not so much great Eagle wins, epic Cowboy losses, or even beating my brother in fantasy football. What I love are true stories of people overcoming challenges and beating the odds that inspires us all. Matt Ziesel is a 15 year old high school student with Down Syndrome who overcomes the odds and scores the only touchdown in his team's blowout loss. The final score may not be remembered, but the final play of this game and the courage of one player will not be forgotten.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Thank God For Real Heros

Today's American music is definitely frustrating. Where Top 40 radio plays the same stuff over and over again; sped up and generic. Seriously... Lady Gaga, really?! She make Britney Spears look like... well, let's just say they won't be remastering their music after 30+ years (Thank You Beatles). A band worth mentioning in the midst of this garbage (not the 90's band, they actually were pretty good) is Skillet. In their latest music video Hero they feature Real Heros, which include Fire Fighters, Doctors, and Marines. These are people that need to be recognized, looked up to, and have celebrity status. These are the people that make a real difference every day. I love the line from the song, "A hero is not afraid to give his life..." a great line from a great band that has been around for more than 10 years, plus they Rock!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Video Blog: Skit Guys- Lost and Found... Brilliant sketch on God' Love

I've always related to the parable of the prodigal son. I don't know if it is because I am a second child and can relate to a story of two brothers. There to was a time when I worked in a college cafeteria, not a far cry from a pig troff. The skit guys banter is really well done and I love the simple truth from this parable: God's love never fails.