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  1. John 20:29 says:

    a God thing… i was watching the end of the game (didn’t stay with it from kick off all the way through)… as the quarterback threw that pass, i remarked it will take a miracle of God…. that was as far as i got as the next thing i knew i was yelling like a kid as Diggs did that pivot, didn’t go out of bounds and somehow staying on his feet … i sit like a buddha as i watch football these days – very dispassionate, but that was a once in a lifetime experience

    “It’s a God thing to turn a history of defeat into blessing and victory.” AMEN worth repeating – we all need to hold that thought through difficult times… and the victory is the Lord’s
    and the really big one will happen in the last 10 seconds…

    sorry got carried away again 🙂

    Michael, speaking of computers can your OS still be upgraded? (read the response to Dr. Duane)

  2. Michael says:


    By all means, feel free to get carried away…I think a lot us us are living lives of resignation instead of hope.

    No, I can’t upgrade anymore…I’m stuck on El Capitan.

  3. Dan from Georgia says:

    “You’re still in the game”

    I like that.

    I’ll make my own application…

    Turning 50 recently had me thinking about my mortality and if anything is worth starting up or pursuing. But then I remember Grandma Moses…who painted at 100.

    I’m still in the game.

    And, by the way Michael, thanks for including Paul Allen’s call…I know he can be a homer, but that call is classic. By comparison (and not to bring up one of the many bad memories), listen to his call on that touchdown during the 2003 season of the Vikings-Cardinals game…the touchdown that knocked the Vikes out of the playoffs…

    The Keenum to Diggs call perfectly balances out that call from 2003!

  4. Michael says:


    I love homers…I’m listening to the game because I’m a fan of the team.

    That’s my message for the day…we’re still in the game.

  5. Dan from Georgia says:

    BTW Michael,

    Not ripping Paul Allen AT ALL…loved listening to him on KFAN 9 to Noon while I lived in Minneapolis, and loved listening to his game calling too!

  6. Michael says:

    I hear you…and that call will be played at my funeral. 🙂

  7. bob1 says:

    This TD almost gives me as much joy as watching the Cubs get the final out in the 2017 WS. Almost. 🙂

  8. Michael says:

    Didn’t take long for the NFL to block that video…

  9. Babylon's Dread says:

    Loved the play… listened on the radio running an errand.

    Love that the fans were not bailing out.

    Love that there might be a home game for a Super Bowl team.

    Love the lesson …

    Love that the Vikings are not the Tigers … Then it would have been a cat story.

    Hope it goes on…

  10. Michael says:


    “Love that the Vikings are not the Tigers … Then it would have been a cat story.”
    LOL! 🙂

  11. Kevin H says:

    E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!

    That’s all I’ve got to say. Carry, on. 🙂

  12. Michael says:

    Kevin is probably a dog lover too…

  13. John 20:29 says:

    #s 11 & 12 made me smile… My daughter the cat lover is rooting for the Eagles…
    I refuse to conclude that the winner of that game will show who is the more devout Believer, Michael or Kevin. LOL
    The only thing that tips my neutrality is the thought of the Vikings having the home field advantage in the Super Bowl… imagine a stadium full of hostiles thinking that coulda been us…. the world is massively quirky now…. or so it seems to me….
    should the rapture occur before the game, remember Lot’s wife. ?

  14. Dan from Georgia says:

    Sorry for the following Pats fans…

    Want to see the Patriots in the Super Bowl…because the higher up you are, the greater the fall….

  15. A remarkable game. To attribute miracle status is an insult to God who does real miracles. Remember the fiery furnace episode? The Lazarus incident? Etc. I know, relax right? Conformity to the world system happens by degree. Why, you wonder is the Church so powerless? Maybe there are so many distractions in this world that we seldom set our minds on the things above.

  16. bob1 says:


    I don’t agree.



    Nobody’s conflating this play with a heavenly miracle.

  17. Michael says:

    There’s one in every room…


    Pastorally, I learned a long time ago to never diminish anything that brought people joy or hope, no matter how theologically or practically insignificant.
    If they believe God did this trifling thing to encourage them, I say “amen”.

    It’s a sport of sort for some of the pious among us to do deny such.

    There are many here just like me who are desperate for a little hope, a little light, a little joy, in the midst of difficult circumstances.

    This play is irrelevant in the scope of redemptive history…but it brought a Godward perspective for me when my back was bowed under so much affliction.

    You don’t have to receive it as such…but it takes a cold piety to deny it to others.

  18. JoelG says:



    Maybe you have a point Richard. Just think how many people Jesus could’ve converted instead of wasting His time at a wedding and turning water into wine. Maybe he should’ve been more heavenly minded. ?

  19. John 20:29 says:

    Richard H, I think you were right about distractions – we live in perilous times… teaching caution and self examination of our priorities is essential, no doubt
    that said, IMV, a mature, well taught Believer can balance his life without being double minded and unstable…
    Some have no use for games, some reserve their Sundays as Sabbaths with all waking hours edifying their souls in Scriptures (our host here was teaching his parishioners in lieu of game watching)… long ago you wouldn’t dare mow your lawn on Sunday
    but our Lord just might enjoy the game, but it would be a stretch to claim He loves one team or their fans dunno
    The Book does have some sports analogies… and it isn’t beyond the possible that He’ll answer an occasional frivolous prayer – IMHO – dunno

  20. KW Sutton says:

    You have experienced loss but many of us have experienced very good things because of your blog…these last years. Thank You. Go Vikings.

  21. Jeff Sheckstein says:


    Do you think these promises are possible for a lifelong Charger’s fan? One Super Bowl loss in 50 odd years. I feel like a radical Islamist at an orthodox bar mitzvah.

  22. Linnea says:

    Love this, Michael. He is the master of the unexpected!

  23. The New Victor says:

    “If you aren’t a football fan…” and my eyes glazed over.

    But I watched the video and I smiled. Great victory.

  24. Captain Kevin says:

    Sheck, Go Chargers!!!
    Captain Kevin
    Born and raised in Oceanside, CA

  25. JoelG says:


    I’m sorry for my snarky reply to you.

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