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Paring back on being a sports nut

I’m 4 months into a little experiment of paring back on my sports fanaticism. I don’t know how it’s going so far, but I know:
– sports really, truly, are not that important
– my attitude is atrocious when one of my 4 favorite teams (Gators, Braves, Jackets, Falcons) lose
– sports mostly come on tv when my wife is off work and she’s a billion times more fun than sports
I know it’s easy to look at this year and think I’m doing this in a very down year for the 2 college teams, but I decided this in June when my Braves (who rival the Gators for my top sports team love) were killing it and running away with the East. I decided then I would no longer post anything – win or lose – about any of my teams on Facebook (I made one tiny deviation by putting simply ‘Gators’ on the first day of the season).

Here’s why I post this now: Florida-Georgia. I was born with my fist raised in disgust toward Athens. I can’t stand that horrible genetically altered dog, that embarrassing woofing by the fans – and those fans.. Sigh.

But it really comes down to this: what’s my identity? Is it as the Gator guy? The rabid spots fan? The trash talker in every sport?

Or, am willing to let Jesus redeem even this?

Before the arrogant Bible jerk music starts playing, I am not condemning sport as some terrible evil. I will always enjoy sports, cheer w my dad, watch my kids (youth group) at the middle and high school level, and hope my teams do well. But I want it to be under the banner and umbrella of my Lord. May He forgive me if ever my identity gets clouded by anything other than His glorious name.

Thoughts?

Wayne