Do you enjoy professional sports? I’m not one for any type of violence, but I’m definitely impressed by the power—and often the grace and beauty—of trained athletes. To me, hockey is one of the fastest, most graceful,and most exciting competitive team sports. Here in GR we have the Griffins, a farm team for the Detroit Red Wings, and they are great!
If you’re a hockey fan at all, you may know that the Red Wings are in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for their 25th straight season, which means the Wings have the honor of holding the world’s record for the longest active winning streak of any of the four major North American professional sports leagues (including the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB). Congratulations! If you love hockey the way Alan does but can’t make it to a Wings’ Game, it’s not too late to get tickets for a Griffins game! Tickets for the first two home games of the Calder Cup 2016 playoffs just went on sale 2 hours ago. Alan says he grew up with skates on his feet, and he was on hockey teams even after we were married. With six sons, he always considered that we had our own hockey team, and the kids (Kathy and me too) grew up playing sandlot hockey in our backyard ice rinks during the winters.
So, Alan was especially touched when Aaron and Carlie gave us 6 tickets to see the Griffins for a Christmas present. We hadn’t been to a professional hockey game in 40 years, and we were totally unprepared for the rock-star, circus atmosphere…$2 beers and $2 hotdogs (although I didn’t get either), mascots, flashing lights, games, and disco music…but their skating last Friday night against the Chicago Wolves in a 4:3 win was super impressive, and we’re looking forward to watching them again tonight. For those of you who can’t go, I’d like to offer a staple sample from our family’s childhood cult classics.
(Below…)Going to the game wasn’t quite as harrowing as “Hockey Homocide,” but Goofy definitely gives you a little feel…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1-YL9S53bk
“Train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:7-8, ESV).