Last night, the Raiders reported that Jon Gruden resigned as head coach with a seemingly smooth quote:
That last phrase there packs a real punch though, “I never meant to hurt anyone.” It speaks to the sinfulness of Gruden’s actions. The Apostle defines sin as exactly that: actions not matching our intentions, “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” (Romans 7:15)
The Raiders beat the Seahawks 20:7 last weekend. Tight end Darren Waller sat out the game. He is recovering from an ankle injury and should be good to go by the beginning of the regular season according to SBNation. There is also another kind of recovery the TE is going through: on August 12 Waller celebrated 4 years of sobriety, thanking his Higher Power.
The biggest sports news of the day is that Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib came out as gay as the first active NFL player: The timing for this announcement is very appropriate as the NFL and the world at large are observing pride month. But Carl has professed other personal things on his Instagram in the past. In December 2020 he shared a Christmas greeting:
In June of 2020, Carl confessed to being a God-father, which in the Christian tradition means, he takes charge of the spiritual well-being of a little person.
In April 2020, Carl’s birthday happened to coincide with Easter. The feast of resurrection is so important to the defensive end that he mentions it in his birthday post:
In August 2019, Carl instructed his fans loud and clear: “Don’t let a day go by without thanking God for all that you’re blessed with.”
Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib came out on Instagram big time: as a gay man who cares for the spiritual well-being of a little person, thanks God for his opportunities, and finds meaning in Christian rituals and holidays.
The Christmas Linebacker brings the Christ back to Christmas.
Did you know Tom Brady was a priest of the new responsibility?
Check out this month’s Esquire:
“Look at the attention I get: It’s because I throw a football. But that’s what society values. That’s not what God values. God could give a shit, as far as I’m concerned. He didn’t invent the game. We did. I have some eye-hand coordination, and I can throw the ball. I don’t think that matters to God.”
But, he’s reminded, the guys you play with routinely state that God does care. “Maybe,” Tom Brady says, “but that’s not the way I feel. It’s a game, man. I have a hell of a lot of fun playing it, don’t get me wrong. And it’s very competitive and very stimulating. And that’s why I do it. But we invented this game.”
This is what inspired the guys at epiccarnival to putting together a list of the TOP 10 THINGS THAT GOD VALUES IN TOM BRADY.
EPIC CARNIVAL lists Top 11 signs that the Favre retirement coverage has been overblown. The No. 1 sign is:
“1. Holy Ghost bumped from Christian Trinity, with only a successful mid-season comeback keeping Favre from the second spot”
Let’s restrain to the facts:
– Brett Favre was a Super Bowl winning and a three time MVP
– Brett, his wife Deanna Tynes and their two daughters, Brittany and Breleigh are members of the Roman Catholic Church
A real hero of sport and spirituality has retired.