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a win-win situation



sunday was a good day for me.  we started off with some great worship led by our youth as we celebrated youth sunday.  after church i came home, ate some pumpkin pasta and settled in to see the steelers play the undefeated minnesota vikings.  it was yet another heart attack-inducing game, but in the end the steelers were the victors, thanks to two incredible defensive scores on turnovers.  i am particularly enjoying the pictures above where the indecisive one (favre) is watching our backup linebacker, keyaron fox, run down the field with the ball, and the one in which james harrison is driving favre into the heinz field turf.  it reminds me of something i blogged about.  anyway, the steelers won their fourth in a row, moved to 5-2, and now have a bye week to rest up before facing the denver broncos.  all in all, they are in a pretty good place for this point in the season. 

but my day wasn't over.  a few hours later was the first pitch in game 6 of the american league championship series, angels and yankees at yankee stadium in the bronx.  it was a beauty by andy pettitte, and the yankees were able to win their 40th pennant in team history, which sends them on to the world series on wednesday to face the phillies. 

i know some of you tire quickly of sports posts, but you need to just understand that i'm at an incredible time in my life as a sports fan.  some fans go through their whole lives without their team reaching the pinnacle of their sport.  here i am in 2009 with the steelers having won the last superbowl and the yankees one of the last two teams competing to win the world series  (not to mention that my favorite college football team - the gators - are the reigning champs and are ranked #1 right now).  i won't have this forever.  the steelers and the yankees were both awful in the 80's, and there will be dry spells like that again.  so i have to appreciate this while i have it! 

Comments

Laurie said…
On behalf of Packer fans everywhere, I'd like to thank the Steelers for helping us in our division standings. :) It is no surprise to us to see Favre making big turnovers at key points in the game. It happened here all the time--especially as each season progressed. Hopefully your guys softened them up for our guys next weekend!
greg. said…
umm...you're welcome?
revdon64 said…
I dunno Greg. Maybe it's because I'm a little older and a Philly guy, but your post seems to beg me to understand your suffering as a fan of the Steelers and the Yankees. As a fan of the Eagles and the Flyers, in fact as a Philly sports fan period, I think you need to understand my suffering. Other than last year's Phils it was 1983 when Philly last tasted a major sports championship and that was in basketball.

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