Does passionate devotion to sports heroes have anything to teach about our relationship with God? Maybe. Consider football.
All the years I was growing up, I couldn't tell you the content of even one of Pastor Smith's carefully researched sermons, but I clearly remember Sunday afternoons spent watching Cleveland Browns football. Clustered in front of our 19-inch black and white TV, we rooted for our favorite players with religious fervor. Even today, stories about Jimmy Brown and the Kardiac Kids rekindle memories of the delirious excitement that delighted my family so long ago.