Friday, February 24, 2012

Thank Goodness For Real Role Models

I've been a Denver Broncos fan for as long as I can remember. Well, actually, since 1983 when they drafted John Elway to be precise. I loved John Elway. He was by no means a perfect quarterback. He certainly had his ups and downs along the way throughout his career. But isn't that what his two Super Bowl victories that much more sweet? We loved him when he won. We loved him when he lost. He was a good sport and did good things for his community. He didn't whine or complain. No matter how much the sports media tried to knock him down he always smiled and loved playing football.

When he won the first Super Bowl his team and his coach all dedicated the win to him because they said he deserved it. And we all knew he did. John Elway was a good role model for a lot of kids growing up during my generation. Never give up. Play a good game and be a good sport. Love your country and be a good Christian.

Peyton and Eli Manning are two more examples of good role models for kids.Chris Carter from the Vikings ranks right up there with John Elway. Terrel Davis, Jerry Rice, I could go on and on.

Now we have Tim Tebow and Lin. Good Christians doing good things for people and setting a good example for our youngsters.

We see a lot of crap on TV these days. The news is driven mainly by sensationalized news, most of it negative. We've been force fed divisive politics so much it is no wonder we forget about the good things. At what point did backyard gossip become so powerful?

Remember when Princess Diana died and we all stood in awe at "How can a country become so obsessed with itself that it drives a princess to her death being chased by tabloid leeches in a car"?  I remember thinking how we could never become that way here in the US. Well, we have become that way. Look at the Britney Spears debacle. The news media was well on their way to destroying her and if her parents had not intervened they would have probably succeeded.

Hollywood is force feeding us a bunch of crap and unfortunately a lot of people thrive on it. Good family shows are practically non-existent. We watched a sweet family in PA with six kids who appeared to be good parents turn into a 3-ring circus with the mother turning into a media whore and exploiting her children so she could get her nails done.

We need to look for the positive things like Tim Tebow and focus on the good things around us. There is a lot of good in this world. We just have to choose to see it.

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