Why the Steelers Have Already Lost (Even If They Win)

Every good story has generally 3 things: a protagonist (the good guy), an antagonist (the bad guy) and a plot line in which these two encounter each other. And just as these stories unfold in books and movies, they tend to crossover into the world of sports as well. And in Super Bowl XLV (which kicks off in, oh, about 3 hours) there is a clear-cut good guy and bad guy. A clear cut winner and loser. And no matter what the outcome of the game is: the Steelers have already lost.

As a Vikings fan, it pains me to say that the Green Bay Packers are the good guys in this year’s Super Bowl. However, the story is not necessarily how they have become the good guys (15 guys on IR, good Mid-western attitudes and a quarterback that doesn’t rape co-ed’s in a bathroom stall). But more about how the nearly-always-neutral national fan base has nearly unanimously turned its back on the Pittsburgh Steelers. The fact that Roger Goodell has talked to Steelers players more often than his own family is a prime reason for this. Big Ben, James Harrison, Hines Ward, and Troy Polamalu, have all been in the news (and at least this year, not necessarily because they really are great players).

The bottom line is this: If the Steelers win, it’s because they are rotten and cheap, or that’s what people will say. If they lose, they will have deserved it, because they are rotten and cheap, or that’s what people will say. Now that the roles of good and bad have been clearly defined, we now await their battle.

Now (regrettably) hand me my cheesehead.

It’s that much closer to kickoff.


A Little Bit of Theological Nerdery

Over the course the J-term I’ve been diving into some Karl Barth. Faced with the decision of 14 volumes of his Church Dogmatics or 220 pages of “Dogmatics in Outline”, I (wisely) opted for the latter. Just wanted to drop a few quotes by.

From Karl Barth’s Dogmatics in Outline

On God, the Creator:

“Creation is grace: a statement at which we should like best to pause in reverence, fear and gratitude. God does not grudge the existence of the reality distinct from Himself; He does not grudge it its own reality, nature and freedom.”

On the idea of Hell:

“Should the teaching about hell be a part of the proclamation of the gospel? No, no, no! The proclamation of the gospel means, rather, the proclamation that Christ has defeated hell, that Christ suffered hell in our place, and that it has allowed for us to live with Christ and so to have hell behind us”

On the inability to describe the divine:

“We must be clear that whatever we say of God in such human concepts can never be more than an indication of Him; no such concept can really conceive the nature of God. God is inconceivable.” (Not exactly unlike the main theses of How (Not) to Speak of God by Peter Rollins)

Just had those gems on the tip of my fingers and wanted to share them. Much better than sifting through the 14 volumes… although I’m sure that’ll happen at some point. That’s all for the theological nerdery for today. I’m sure there will be more later.


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