“Put on the hope of salvation as a helmet.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:8. The Apostle Paul did not have the Panthers in mind when he wrote to the church in Thessalonica, but his words of encouragement apply. Helmets protect our skulls. Skulls protect brains. Brains sometimes think too much and hope too little. Let’s hope 2021 brings peace, joy, and changed hearts.
You have to be brave to be a Braves fan. Oh sure, there was that decade in the 90s when they dominated the National League. But like Cinderella’s Ball, Atlanta’s magic ended when the clock struck 2001. COVID almost delivered, but it’s the Braves we’re talking about. Stockings filled with coal hang over the fireplace of Braves fans and we’re good with that.
App St. provided many wonderful memories. By far the best was love found and families united. App St. moved up and our kids grew up, but the good times shared in Boone created memories that burn brightest during Christmas.
When the Panthers came to Charlotte they bumped my beloved Redskins from local televised games. My family roars for the Panthers. I still root for “The Football Team.” With COVID the canned roar of the crowd sounds hollow. Still we check the scores. Do our teams stand a chance this year?
Not every college pick sticks. One year at Elon and Win moved on to State. From the Ashes of Phoenix sprouted an engineer grad.
Christmas is a time for bowling. Most years State gets an invite. Where will they land this season?