Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Everyone Wins A Ring

After 21 years the Chicago Bears are back in the Super Bowl!

The team that brought us “the Fridge”, “Sweetness” and the “Super Bowl Shuffle” will be meeting Tony Dungy, Payton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, the 4th of February, for Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida.

This will be the first Super Bowl with a team coached by an African-American head coach.

On Sunday, January 21st, Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears became the first black head coach to play in the Super Bowl. Just a few hours later Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts, Lovie Smith's mentor and friend, became the second.

For Midwesterners Super Bowl XLI will be a great contest since the competing teams are both from the Midwest, specifically Chicago and Indianapolis.

I, for one, cannot wait to witness the severe beating the Bears are going to inflict upon Tony Dungy’s Colts.

The Super Bowl is one of the most popular and anticipated events of the year. According to the
Neilsen ratings some 90 million Americans will watch the Super Bowl.

Due to the high visibility of the game advertising during the Super Bowl comes at a premium price. In 2006 the cost for a 30 second commercial was $2.5 million! ( )

The Super Bowl is a great American contest.

The Chicago Bears quarterback is Rex Grossman. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback is the great Peyton Manning.

Joseph Addai, Marvin Harrison and Adam Vinatieri are just a few of the Colts great players.

The Chicago Bears have a much longer list of outstanding athletes.

Brian Urlacher, Cedric Benson, Desmond Clark, Lance Briggs, Brenden Ayanbadejo, Muhsin Muhammad, Thomas Jones, “Tank” Johnson, Rashied Davis, Bernard Berrian, Tommie Harris, Charles Tillman and the great record-setting rookies Devin Hester and Robbie Gould.

These are the 15 or 16 players that will be remembered for making the great plays and winning the Super Bowl. However, the Chicago Bears employ 61 athletes to play football.

Should the Bears do what they’re expected to do they will win the Super Bowl. When they do, everyone will get a ring. Therein lies the beauty of being a part of the winning team.

When the Chicago Bears defeated the New Orleans Saints to win the NFC Championship Rex Grossman declared himself to be “one game away from wearing a ring the rest of my life.” However, It won’t be Rex Grossman’s victory alone.

Chicago Bears second string quarterback Brian Griese, who has not started a single game this season and only took 6 snaps in actual play, will also wear a ring. So will third string quarterback Kyle Orton.

The entire team will wear a Super Bowl ring for the rest of their lives, not just the players in the headlines. It’s the greatest thing about being on the winning team. All 61 players, whether they break a sweat or not, will go home with a ring because their team won Super Bowl XLI.

It’s not just the playmakers and the sensational athletes but every second and third string player on the team will have a ring and a memory the rest of their lives.

That’s also the beauty of being apart of the winning side in eternity. Everyone wins a crown.

Not just the preachers, singers and evangelists. Not just the ones we revere and respect but every Christian who was a part of the “team” will win the victors crown!

By the way, “Go Bears!”

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