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2.3.13 …. Jack is safely in Madrid, hello Hope! … Super Bowl Sunday and the ads … I love the Clydesdales …

Jack, travels, Madrid: Jack is safely in Madrid!  So as the mother of a college grad, I can say I still am restless when my children are in motion.  So I was quite happy to get a text at 9 this morning.  So what’s he doing in Madrid … He’s taking a vacation from Vail Mountain Club for 10 days and visiting a high school friend who  is teaching second graders English and science for year as part of a cultural exchange program.  He is loving his year in Vail, but this worked out for a great vacation.  Now if he will only send me a few pics …

2013 Super Bowl Sunday, football and religion, FPC, kith/kin, 2013 Super Bowl ads, Clydesdales, Dodge Ram,  Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, 2013 Super Bowl blackout, Davidson College – Class of ’82,  Astronaut Tom Marshburn, Baltimore Ravens, SF Forty-Niners, Harbaugh brothers, Downton Abbey:

It was beautiful day in Charlotte … NB: no mention of Super Bowl in FPC prayers …

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A survey released days before the big game shows that more than a quarter of Americans – and about four in 10 evangelicals – think God will help decide the winner of the Super Bowl. So certainly God is rooting for one side or the other, no?

This year’s NFL championship game, however, is especially challenging for those who like their Christian faith to align with their sports loyalties.

The problem is not that evangelical poster boy Tim Tebow isn’t in the big game; heck, the celebrity quarterback had such a lousy season with the New York Jets that no one knows if Tebow will ever make it back to the pros, much less to the playoffs.

Instead, the heart of this moral conundrum is that both the Ravens and Niners have more than their share of Bible-quoting believers — as well as card-carrying cads. And to make matters worse, the saint and sinner can be the same person.

Take Ray Lewis, Baltimore’s defensive standout and future Hall of Famer.

Not only is Lewis a great player, but he is so outspoken about his Christian faith that Sports Illustrated dubbed him “God’s Linebacker” in a 2006 cover story. Moreover, Lewis is retiring after a 17-year career and a season in which he made an improbable (miraculous?) return from a triceps tear that should have ended his year. Redemption, anyone?

via Ravens or Niners? Christians face a ‘Super’ dilemma | Religion News Service.

I liked having good food and good friends together …

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I thought Alicia Keys was great, Beyonce, too … And I loved the ads.  The Clydesdales rocked;  if I buy a truck, I’ll buy a Dodge Ram … I already knew I liked the Clydesdales ad …

We are thinking that some of our friends might agree… via Black Mountain Colorado Dude Ranch

Photo: We are thinking that some of our friends might agree...

Awww….what can I say. :)

Has a commercial for beer ever made you cry? Watch the Budweiser commercial that aired during the 2013 Super Bowl because it very well might make you tear up!

The spot features the song “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac and chronicles the bond a Clydesdale foal shares with his trainer.

The commercial was directed by Ridley Scott‘s son Jake and features a horse that was only born two weeks ago.

FYI: The actor portraying the Clydesdale trainer is Houston native Don Jeanes, who played Neil Armstrong in the movie Transformers.

via Budweiser Super Bowl Commercial: ‘Clydesdales Horses’ (Video) | 2013 Super Bowl Commercials : Just Jared.

But I was blown away by the awesome Dodge Ram ad … I miss Paul Harvey … As my brother says, ” You are a farmer’s granddaughter to the end.”

[I did note the commentary on 2/4 ... I am white ... and realize this never crossed my mind ... but I do wonder about the ad's creators ... they are paid to think about these things. ]

Obviously, a Dodge ad isn’t on the level of the government’s deportation programs or the long-time cognitive dissonance of American immigration policies. But it’s the kind of cultural substrate in which our laws and prejudices grow.

via The Whitewashing of the American Farmer: Dodge Ram Super Bowl Ad Edition – Alexis C. Madrigal – The Atlantic.

But  the blackout gave the game drama; and the last half/after the blackout was fun football.  How do people think of this stuff so fast ..

Somewhere in New Orleans

via (1) Camaradas El Barrio.

And a side note, which may only be interesting to a few … but to Davidson  Class of ’82 Tom Marshburn … What did you do for 34 minutes in the dark? .. And did you get to watch the ads, too?

Six astronauts living in space may not have gravity, fresh food or a shower, but there is one Earth necessity they won’t miss Sunday: The Super Bowl.

NASA’s Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center in Houston will beam the Super Bowl XLVII showdown between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens live to the International Space Station so its astronaut crew can watch the big game along with every other football fan on Earth.

“Yes they are going to watch it this weekend,” NASA spokesman Josh Byerly told SPACE.com in an email. Byerly said Mission Control made a special point on Friday (Feb. 1) of asking the station astronauts if they wanted to catch the game.

“And they said they definitely wanted to see it,” Byerly said.

via Astronauts Are Watching The Super Bowl From Space.

Congrats to the Ravens.  Great almost comeback, Forty-Niners.  And thank you Harbaugh brothers for a great event.

After the Ravens’ 34-31 win in Super Bowl XLVII, the two met on the field surrounded by a pack of photographers, and the meeting lasted less than seven seconds. As they shook hands, John later said he told his brother, “I love you.” Jim said he responded with, “Congratulations. And that I was proud of him.”

It appeared as if Jim was ready to turn away from the postgame meeting, but John pulled him closer for another moment. Jim then affectionately touched John on the face, and John patted Jim’s chest before they walked away.

“It was a great joy, but it was also the most difficult thing in the world to understand that he is over there,” John said. “I just think that Jim is a great competitor. I just love him, obviously. I think anybody who has a brother can understand what that is all about. … I look up to him in so many ways, and I am hurting for him in that sense.”

via Super Bowl 2013: John and Jim Harbaugh share postgame moment – CBSSports.com.

And as the game wound down, the friends departed, the Teague beasts informed me that they  really didn’t care who won  … they got the sofa …

And I turned on Downton Abbey. :)

Lent, LOL, United Methodist Memes:  Thank you,  United Methodist Memes, for this one!

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