I just finished watching Superbowl 51. WOW what an amazing game. As I watched, I realized just how much this “American Football” game reflects our country and what’s going on here and through the world…but especially here.
First off, I want to start in the middle. I found it both humorous and appropriate that Lady Gaga (whom some say is crazy) is/was the half time entertainment was “51/50.” I joke, (hoping everyone knows that 51/50 is a term used for locking up a crazy person) but I’m serious at the same time. Honestly, I loved the show. I’m not a big Lady Gaga fan, but the effects blew me away (my creative juices are flowing) and the message of hope in her music and performance lifted and inspired me as well.
On a similar note, the commercials held a similar theme to Lady Gaga’s message and what I hear from those around me: “We are all equal (or should be.) Take care of those who are down and lift them up. Celebrate and embrace the differences, don’t use them to ‘divide and conquer.’” Most of the commercials and music sought healing, peace, and unity. This brings me to the game.
Who or what are the “Patriots?” (aside from being a football team) “Patriots” are people who fight for and support their country. They fight against anyone or anything that comes against their country and give their all to support, defend and protect it.
Who/what are “Falcons?” A Falcon is a sleek, predatory bird. Though elegant, strong, and beautiful, they seek only to devour for their own, personal (including their offspring) gain, or edification.
“The Patriots” VS “The Falcons.” Does this not reflect our country right now? “The working man” vs “Corporate Elite?” “The 99%” VS “The 1%?” For the first time ever, the game went into overtime. It started out with the “Falcons” swooping down and attacking and flying around and through the Patriots. They quickly gained a HUGE lead over the lowly Patriots. At the beginning of the 4th quarter, it looked hopeless! The Falcons had 28 points to the Patriots 3 points. It was over. No hope for Patriot fans…..or was it. (Does this not sound like America, today?)
Then, in an unexpected comeback, the Patriots pounded the Falcons. The score was soon tied. Now (again, for the first time in 51 years) the game goes into overtime. This is “sudden death,” the first team to score will win the game and take all the winnings. The Patriots pushed with all they had…it’s win or die…and they WON!
This is where we are headed. Yes, there are dark days ahead, and it will get darker, believe me. This game, I think, is (for lack of a better word) a prophetic word of encouragement for us all: as things get darker, keep up the good fight…stick together…..lift each other up….fight oppression…celebrate the differences and use them to strengthen the group. Like the Patriots of Superbowl 51, we will be victorious in the end. Fight the good fight, and never lose hope.
…and that’s no mishaguyas.