I'm pretty sure Dave the Swede (might be his real name) is wanting to see a few more sports-related, worldview-focused posts appear on The Point. And since my football team just happens to be playing a game in South Florida next weekend, I will oblige as much as possible.
This used to be a little easier when the "Wilberforce of the Gridiron" was our coach. But even without Tony Dungy at the helm, the Colts still seem to baffle observers and analysts with their unorthodox—or perhaps ultra-orthodox—methods. In an ESPN column, Paul Kuharsky writes about the team's remarkable (at least these days) professionalism in front of the microphone:
The Indianapolis Colts don’t generally say a whole lot. Last week while preparing for the Jets, they turned it down a notch. Now, with Super Bowl XLIV approaching, they’ll really scale things back.
Peyton Manning will lead a majority of his answers with 'I can’t really get into that,' or one of several alternative versions of it, mixing in good humor in a way that helps offset the dearth of actual information.
We’ll try to ask the Colts about trends, matchups, X's and O's and philosophy.
And they will tell us only what they’ve predetermined is sufficient and allowable, leaving us wanting. It’s as much a part of their strategy as they head toward Miami as their plan to protect Manning or their methods for slowing down New Orleans Saints star Reggie Bush.
This seems like a gameplan right out of Proverbs, which reminds us that "when words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise" (10:19), and that "he who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity" (21:23). And one doesn't need to search very far in the sports world to witness the alternative.