I am a sports fan for entertainment sake first and foremost, not because I believe athletes and football teams can offer wisdom that isn't better found elsewhere. In general I question the idea that athletes (or other entertainers) should be our role models, yet as I reflect on this fantastically magical Bronco season, I believe there are some things to be learned and then applied to our lives outside of the gridiron.
Many posts, and many hours of time have been spent by countless individuals, whether sports fans or not, trying to decipher the code that has allowed OUR team to transcend all common sense in regards to winning football games. All kinds of reasons, excuses, and blames have been thrown all over indicting everyone from coaches, fans, and even God Almighty as to what is happening. This post isn't about that. I want to contrast us as a people with our favorite football team.
We Americans have forgot what it is to work together. We have spent the last number of years (decades actually) tearing each other down in many parts of our society. We, with the assistance of our MSM, have created a very polarized society. It is a society that has drawn divisions in every possible place: race, politics, religion, gender, orientation, wealth, etc. Evidence of this boils all around us, whether you look at our incompetent congress, the Occupy demonstrations, or the discussion around Tim Tebow. We have become a society that lacks unity in virtually every area of our lives. We all know this deep down. I'm sure there will be some reading this that will take issue, but think about it, it's true.
The consequence of this is visible all around us also. We have an unending recession, increasing inequality, increasing indebtedness--the list goes on and on. More of us are hurting in some form or another every day that goes by it seems. Our society mirrors the Bronco team of the last few years.
Going back to the last season of the Shanahan era, being a Bronco fan has been nothing to write home about. In fact it was almost something to avoid mentioning in conversation. We were an embarrassing franchise that was completely out-of-sorts. Poor leadership, disheartened fan base, lousy attitude among players--we were down and out. Every game went worse than the last one. Why? I didn't really understand why until I began reflecting on our current, amazing run.
After watching the 2011 version (the Tebow one not the Orton one) it seems clear to me that most of our problems were pretty comparable to the problems we as a people experience outside of football. We didn't pull in the same direction but rather tried to do our own thing individually and hopefully everything would fall into place. The 2011 Broncos are finding success by believing in each other rather than nitpicking with each other, by putting others on equal footing rather than playing favorites or elevating certain players over others, and by recognizing that we succeed only if everyone works toward a common goal, unselfishly. Sure, there are still a lot of problems that need to be worked on, (life is a complicated journey after all) but the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. How else can you explain it?
Our American society so badly needs this message, and this is why, imho, we are seeing the coast to coast infatuation with everything about this team. Tebow is only the face of it, and he recognizes that. Of course the "dividers" in our society latch on to the MSM's message that tries to tear down or minimize the example that this team is presenting. We need to ignore that noise, and in our own little world, try to be "builders" of a better America. The future of our great country, and our children depends on it.