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Is Tim Tebow the Messiah?


Tim Tebow giving God the glory

Here’s the thing.  If God wanted to get the attention of as many Americans as possible right now, how would he do it?

Would he start small by appearing to a few people and asking them to spread the word that he’s back?  That worked pretty well last time around, except it took a few centuries to really take hold and quite a few people got martyred as a result.

With the internet, the word could spread immediately with posts on Facebook.  What are you doing?  “OMG I saw Jesus today and he said to tell you all he’s back and wants everyone to meet next Saturday night at Mile High Stadium to prepare for the rapture.  Please post this on your wall and ask everyone you know to do the same.” 

But the shelf life of a Facebook post is kind of short.   Twitter might be able to drum up a pretty good crowd for Jesus in Denver with a flash mob shout-out from Ellen Degeneres.  IF she offered a couple grand in cash to the person who could point out Jesus in the crowd.

How is Jesus going to get our attention?  How will we KNOW its really him? I mean, there are so many distractions right now –is it really a good time for Jesus to return?

We’re trying to pick another president for crying out loud!  The Republican Primary is in full swing and has become a platform for discussions of morality and pondering the question of whether certain religions are “true” Christian religions, and, whether, if you commit adultery but are very, very sorry about it, that’s good enough to qualify you as the favorite candidate of true believers.

This is all probably Satan’s doing, of course.  Satan operates not unlike Rupert Murdoch in putting out disinformation that is tantalizing enough to keep us distracted from the truth.  We can’t handle the truth.  It’s just not that interesting.  The primaries are only interesting because they are like a reality show.  On this show, we watch the players scheme to eliminate the other candidates before we get the chance to vote them off the ballot.   Maybe if we got to text our votes in November, more people would play along at home?

What of those who are not paying attention to politics?  They are likely distracted from the news that “Jesus is back in the building” because they have no jobs and fear they will soon be homeless.  Or they are living in fear that their kids will put them out to die on a rapidly melting iceberg (curse you, global warming!) because they can’t afford a proper nursing home.  Actually, that last one might not be so bad — from what I’ve seen, the iceberg might be preferable to the nursing home.

But I digress.

Ok, we have a lot going on in our lives, and we’re pretty focused on day-to-day survival.  But we still have the one simple distraction from our misery that is open to all economic groups, races, cultures, ages, and genders.  And that is sports.  Sports fandom to be exact.  It gives us hope when there often is none.  Where I live, it’s one particular sport: Football.

Enter Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos v. the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“Who wouldda thunk it?” said one of the commentators after the six-time Superbowl Champion Steelers lost in overtime because of a Tim Tebow pass that was taken all the way to the end zone.   Improbable.  But it happened.  Incredible.  Tim Tebow is either the luckiest stiff in the NFL or he truly has God on his side.

Our guys pray too.  They go to church.  They talk about their personal relationships with Jesus Christ too.  But Tebow!  He’s OUT there.  Like it or not, he has created world-wide buzz about his commitment to Jesus Christ not just because he talks about it, and not just because he takes a knee on the gridiron, but because the man just keeps coming through when he has to.

The Broncos could have won that game in overtime by moving the ball steadily down the field yard by yard and then kicking for the 3 points.  But no.  The so-called “inconsistent” passer puts it right in the hands of the receiver and the Steelers’ diminished defensive line is powerless to stop him.  Season over.  Just like that.

The only reason I can find for Tim Tebow’s success is that he actually IS Jesus Christ incarnate.   He’s just enough human to fumble a few now and then and he’s just enough God to deliver when it really counts.  His witness on the field and off is unapologetically directed at drawing attention to God.

If you want to get the American public’s attention, you have to go where they are.  And where they are on Sunday is at the football game — in the stands or in front of the TV.   Tim Tebow is news, and because of last week’s game even MORE people know about him and are talking about his faith and wondering — is God really answering his prayers?  Will he answer mine too?

So there you have it.  There is no other explanation.  Tim Tebow is the Messiah.

See you all in Denver for the rapture!  Dress warm — you won’t need to pack for this trip.  It’s one way.

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Keisel’s beard shaving event benefits Children’s Hospital cancer patients


Pittsburgh Steeler Brett Keisel’s beard donated itself to charity today with the first snip coming at the hands of team president Art Rooney II.  Keisel introduced Rooney by saying “I hope this is the only time he cuts me.”  400 fans paid $25 each to view the event, raising over $30,000 for the hospital.

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AFC Championship Night at Heinz Field


Photography by Lucinda Wiebe, January 23, 2011
Pittsburgh PA, www.weebeedesigns.com  all rights reserved

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Steelers will be leavin on the Jets’ Plane


Steelers will soon be taking the (US) Airways to Seven (rings)!

Our bags are packed, we’re ready to go

We beat the Jets, in the cold and snow,

They bet us their team airplane, thats no lie!

Now the paint is dry, we’re on our way

Our fans are wavin, we’re glad they came

To send us off to Super Bowl Forty Five…

So we’re leavin’ on The Jets’ Plane

Don’t think that they’ll be back again

Praise Tomlin and LeBeau!

And we’re leavin’ on The Jets’ Plane

Gonna play in Cowboys Stadium!

Green Bay?

           OKay!

                   Here we go!

(With apologies to the late John Deutschendorf!)

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We are (almost) the Champ-yinz


Pittsburgh - Historic City of Champions!

The Steelers have done it again!  Payback time for the Ravens.  Trash talk about breaking Ben’s nose again didn’t help their chances, even though they had us on the ropes after just the first quarter.   It is a great feeling to be in a town with a legendary football team whose players take the high road.   This team was hot in the 70’s and then took a couple decades to get back to form, but here we go again.   Ben seems to have redeemed himself personally (reports are he’s even engaged) and on the field — he didn’t even play the first four games.  Even the Raven’s players said “it isn’t all Ben.”  Its the team.  And this year we got ourselfs a nice new little ditty to sing — a ripoff of a Beyonce song called ” Steeler Ladies” which I will direct you to now for your listening pleasure.

And here is an interesting numbers game from someone on Facebook.  No idea of its origins:  Steelers are chasing a 7th super bowl in their 77th season, BEN is # 7, who is in his 7th season, he was also the 11th pick. In order to advance, he must beat the Ravens for the 7th straight time, for a chance to possibly avenge a loss 7 seasons ago, against the team that just so happened to win the Superbowl 7 seasons ago. If Ben wins number 7 in 11, it would also be his 11th playoff victory.  AND the city is in SEVENTH HEAVEN!

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Motorcycle Accident Flashbacks for Ben Roethlisberger?


I can only imagine what went through Ben’s mind when Ravens Nose Tackle (irony obvious) Haloti Ngata broke his nose in the game in Baltimore on Sunday.  

Early in the game he took a punch to the face from Ngata right through his face mask causing a bloody broken nose.  The telestrator traced the shape in a screen shot that showed his schnoz in the shape of  sideways “v.”   There had to be some trauma to his state of mind given his history and it must have hurt like bloody hell.  He also had an injured foot and was playing with a specially fitted shoe. 

I have been the recipient of an elbow jab to the face delivered completely out of the blue by an impulsive teen in a residential treatment home, which sent me into a state of shock and gave me a taste of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) — I was afraid to go near that teen or in the room where the indicent occurred for weeks.

So my theory on Ben’s lack luster performance in the game is that he was having flashbacks about his motorcycle accident a couple of years ago which required extensive cosmetic surgery to close the cuts and repair the bones in his face. 

Ben played every minute of that game and played DOWN the attack afterwards even though his nose started bleeding again during a post game interview.  But we barely squeaked out a win and Ben’s poor performance was part of the problem.  I can’t blame him for lack of concentration after that hit.  I CAN blame coach Tomlin for not sitting him out for the quarter. 

Today the NFL fined Ngata (see link above).  It was a dirty hit and it was completely ignored by the referees on the field.  So it is wise that the NFL took some action lest it appear that there is a contract out on the Steelers by la Famiglia (not to be confused with the fan group Steel City Mafia’s famiglia).  But $15,000 compared with the numbers James Harrison has been charged this season for hits that didn’t break anybody’s nose amounts to chump change for Ngata.   If I were him, I would find a reason to be off the active roster next time Baltimore plays Pittsburgh.  Because, as they say, “paybacks are a bitch.”

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