Why I Hate Your College Football Team
Some friends and I were discussing football and the teams we liked versus the teams we hated. It was determined that I hate pretty much every team they mentioned save about two. Chances are, I hate your favorite football team as well.
I’m glad you asked.
I hate your football team because of you.
Yes, the reason I cannot stand to even speak your team’s name in a sentence is almost always because of you, the football fan. It doesn’t matter if you are an alumnus, a born and bred fan, or a fair weather bandwagon sheep. You are the reason that I don’t like your team simply because of the way you represent them. I can tell you blood curdling stories of how obnoxious fans have driven me near insanity. I can tell you about their rudeness, their lack of tact, and don’t even get me started on fair-weather fans who run their mouth.
Can the argument be turned against my beloved Tennessee Volunteers? Maybe. I know plenty of horrible fans. I can only hope that my orange blooded antics do not drive you to hate the Vols, but in the end I don’t need your acceptance of my team to validate my life. Go Vols! My blood runs ORANGE!!!!! VOL FOR LIFE!!!!!
Seriously though, shouldn’t we consider the way we carry on in public? Are you an obnoxious snot that people cannot stand to be around on game day? What about on other days? How well do we represent this program that we love so dearly? Think about it. Don’t be the reason someone hates your team.
Can you guess where I’m going next?
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. 15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Pay the most attention to verse 16. “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and give glory…” Another way of translating that is “Let your light shine in such a way…” We are talking about the manner in which our light shines. It cannot be hidden. Your “light” shines regardless, so the question is in what way are we advertising our Faith and our God? Just like our favorite team, we can run the risk of souring persons toward Jesus Christ and His Church by the way we carry our faith.
The Catholic Faith lived out rightly is an attractive faith. It draws men toward God because lived rightly, it is not we who attract, but the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives that draws. If we allow our own sorry attitudes and behaviors to get in the way, we obscure the message of Christ and His Gospel, which we must never do. May it never be said that our life was someone’s reason for staying away from God or the Church.
As countless saints have advised, most especially St. Ignatius of Loyola, may we spend time each day making an examination of conscience, focusing first on the many blessings and graces we have received and next on how we have been stewards of these gifts from God. The practice of a daily examen is life changing, and it will help us to keep from being the “obnoxious fan”.
Catholics, may our faith reflect our Lord Jesus Christ in such a way that others will be drawn to Him and the glorious free salvation that He offers. May God continue to draw all men unto Himself that we might all love Him as deeply as He loves us.