Football - Sightings (Martin Marty)
I must confess my love of football. I'm an ardent fan of the Oregon Ducks. I have long been a fan of the 49ers, though I have had a wandering eye over the years that led in the 1970s to an embrace of the Pittsburgh Steelers and living as I do in Metro Detroit, I join with long-suffering Lion's fans in hoping that one day success will be visited upon them. At the same time, I understand that this is a violent sport that can lead to serious long-term injuries, including dementia. There is even something verging on the demented with regard to the business side of things. NFL games are played on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays on multiple channels. Even college football has become big business, with the coaches pulling down salaries in the millions, dwarfing what even the presidents of institutions make. And yet, I love my football. So what do we make of all of this -- from a faith perspective? Martin Marty offers us some suggestions as he overlooks Soldier Field from his condo.