Concordia St. Paul vs. Minnesota State Mankato, the homecoming football game, was the excitement of September 24, 2011. Crowds filled the stands to root on the home team. Comet the Concordia mascot kept them on their toes and excited. Concordia was losing by a large amount but it didn't stop students from enjoying homecoming. The carnival for homecoming began at halftime and many students went to enjoy the festivities planned. Those that stayed in the stands watched a well-played football game. The game may not have ended how Concordia students would have liked but it was still a wonderful experience and a hard fought loss.
Football is one of America's favorite pastimes. At first one may not see football as an enrichment activity, but it can be. What does it mean to be human in this interconnected world and, what does it mean to be human and Christian in this interconnected world? Being human in this interconnected world at a football game involves cheering on one's favorite team, enjoying the friendly atmosphere, and eating delicious stadium food. Sometimes games become hectic and crowds get worked up. This is where the difference tends to come in between being human vs. being human and Christian. Being a Christian at a football game many times involves good sportsmanship. If one's team is winning then there aren't many problems. If one's team is losing then the Christian must accept that and work hard to be a positive loser. Yes this sounds bad but sportsmanship is an important part of Christian priorities. Life is not going to be how people expect it to be. Sometimes it's better to face defeat and have a good attitude about it. Football games are just a small aspect of this priority in Christians. At a football game all the fans are connected in some way, whether it be rooting for the same team or just being part of a group. It's these times where most people only see the human side, but when the crowd gets angry sometimes it's possible to catch a glimpse at the Christians and their perspective on sportsmanship.
I really enjoyed this football game. It was a lot of fun to be in the stands with my friends, cheering on the football team. It was sad watching them lose but I knew, as a Christian, I had to be positive. I was raised to have a lot of sportsmanship and to never get angry and upset at my team. This has followed me into college and even the football game Saturday. Instead of getting mad at the football guys I focused on having fun and goofing off with my friends. I accepted that Mankato brought their best game today and Concordia just wasn't prepared. It did however show me something about myself. I see that I can be positive even in a negative situation. Like the quote says, "there's always a silver lining". I truly believe this, especially knowing that God always works for the good of those who love Him. I believe that even in the hardest of times something good will come out of it. After the homecoming football game and the new perspective I have of it, I truly feel that I can handle disappointments and get through them. I have good sportsmanship and am very blessed to have gotten this far in life. The football team fought hard and I'm proud to be able to call myself a golden bear. God is great!!