“If these walls could talk” they would say that the AFL (Arena Football League) is not enough to satisfy NFL fans until August. I am definitely looking forward to Monday Night Football this fall. In fact, Ron Jaworski will join Mike Tirico and Tony Kornheiser on the ESPN telecast. Jaworski replaces Joe Theismann, who has been offered a football analyst job with the network. Jaws is a regular guest on PTI and will be a perfect compliment to Kornheiser in the MNF booth.

And what do we get to see? The schedule has already been released…check it out:
9/10: Ravens at Bengals
(Is it better to have a good offense or defense?)
9/10: Cardinals at 49ers
(Did Leinart stay at USC one more year to avoid being a 49er?)
9/17: Redskins at Eagles
(NFC East games rule!)
9/24: Titans at Saints
(Vince Young vs. Reggie Bush)
10/1: Patriots at Bengals
(Two of my three favorite teams…and the other is NOT Dallas!)
10/8: Cowboys at Bills
(“No one circles the wagons…” vs “no one circles the media…”)
10/15: Giants at Falcons
(This one will be a “dog fight!” – you can bet the house!)
10/22: Colts at Jaguars
(The other favorite team…a classy bunch of guys)
10/29: Packers at Broncos
(Brett Favre is the best quarterback in Denver, too.)
11/5: Ravens at Steelers
(Steelers 75th Anniversary…don’t miss this one)
11/12: 49ers at Seahawks
(Why are the 49ers on MNF twice?)
11/19: Titans at Broncos
(Vince Young vs. Jay Cutler…yes I love the 2006 draft class)
11/26: Dolphins at Steelers
(Joey Porter returns to Pittsburgh)
12/3: Patriots at Ravens
(Tom Brady and Randy Moss…let the Fantasy Football draft begin!)
12/10: Saints at Falcons
(Reggie Bush likes the bright lights of MNF…this will be fun!)
12/17: Bears at Vikings
(Urlacher, the best defensive player makes a MNF appearance)
12/24: Broncos at Chargers
(LT, the best offensive player makes a MNF appearance)

Yes, I am already ready for NFL football in May!
Blame it on the AFL! Blame it on the NFL Draft!
Blame it on the Mavericks losing in the first round!


Christians in Sports – Tony Dungy

Sports Illustrated has hit a home run in their latest magazine issue. Pick up the April 30, 2007 NFL DRAFT PREVIEW issue and read “Life of Reilly” (last page). It is a story of how Tony Dungy continues to allow God to use him in powerful ways! Also, there is a great article on future NFL superstar, Adrian Peterson. Don’t miss this issue!

What’s more important than a Super Bowl to Tony Dungy?

“There is just something different about him.” “He has different priorities than other people of his profession.” “You just sense a certain presence about him when you are around him.” What do all of these statements have in common? They are all statements made by sportscastors in an attempt to describe what they perceive as positive character traits of Tony Dungy, head coach of the World Champion Indianapolis Colts. Tony Kornheiser, Billy Packer and others have recently made the comments above. They can almost put their finger on the fact that Tony Dungy is different because he is a sold out believer in Jesus Christ. It is obvious that the Spirit of God is in him. What a tremendous witness! In the last two seasons he has experienced the most horrific experience of losing his son to suicide and the most exciting moment in sports as victors of this year’s Super Bowl. His response to trials and triumphs should be an example to us all that Christ can be seen in our highs and in our lows. I pray that all of us would have an opportunity for people to say of our witness, “There is just something different about them.”