Tag Archive: the big game

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Now that the Biggee Game is over, we get to pick over the remains of the best ads, the worst plays and just what the hell Gisele Bundchen is thinking.

If you ask me, she looks like a wife who is concerned about her husband.

Last week one of the stories the press covered was the contents of an email in which she request that family members and close friends pray for Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots. She wants him to win and she wants prayers to make that happen.

First thing I want to know is who leaked the email. One story has her wondering the same thing as she states the email was only sent to  a small group of people.  I would not rest till I found out who was the leaker.

Secondly, I am wondering why she is getting crap for a private e-mail about praying that her husband does well at his job. How many of us wives do that at crunch time. Does the wife of a surgeon pray for him to be crappy at his job? Or a banker or accountant? I don’t think so. And how many of us pray for our husband’s safety at his job? Every time my husband says he is going ice fishing, I make sure to find out if he is going with someone.

While there have been too many athletes who make a big deal that God helped them win, too many who have thanked God giving their team the win, I think a wife asking for prays is a different thing. The former glorifies that person but the latter is a prayer for wellbeing.  When your husband comes home with a big ‘win’ at work, chances are it is better being with that person. And if he does not get hurt with a serious injury, that is even better.

The marriage vows say ‘for better or worse’ and if we can make it more better than worse, well then more power to that couple. I think Gisele was asking for the prayers in order to see her husband have continued success. For crying out loud, Brady is being compared to Joe Montana. What spouse would not want their husband to have another win under his belt to prove his greatness to the world?

Here is another thing to consider. The average lifespan of a football player ranges from 52 – 59 years of age. Perhaps her prayers were a desire for her husband to avoid a concussion. The NFL has been under fire for the amount of head injuries in the past year, and a number of players have pledged to have their brains studied upon their death in regards to the effects of concussions. Because I listen to more sports radio than a wife of a sports nut should, I routinely hear stories about former players who are suffering from brain injuries.  I routinely hear stories about how the NFL is changing rules to safeguard players.

Praying together, picture by taliesanSo Gisele asked for prayers and support for her husband. She asked for positive vibes to come her husband’s way as he and his team prepared for the biggest game of the season, one that would determine contractual bonuses and endorsement deals. Maybe she just wanted that free trip to Disneyland for their family. Maybe she wanted a game to go well and his safety insured.

What I love is that she asked for prayers for her husband. In a portion of society that appears to push away faith as being ridiculous (look at how people make fun of Tim Tebow), it interests me that Gisele admits to praying and believing in a higher power. Maybe, just maybe, this will encourage others at her level to pray, to believe, to find a space in their heart for God.

And that should not be laughed at or dismissed.

Do you ask friends and family to pray for you or people in your life?


Oh, Say Can You Sing?

I have been trying to keep my mouth shut about Christina Aquilera’s Star Spangled performance at the “Big Game.” 

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Friends on Facebook are complaining. They don’t like her added notes, she skipped an entire verse, a professional would know all of the words all of the time.

Here is the real problem.

When Aquilera blew it, she didn’t run. We need her to be a coward to truly vilify her, to run off when things don’t go exactly as planned.

But she didn’t. Even in her apology she stated that she hoped people would feel the patriotic spirit that she felt as she performed. With true American spirit, she kept going despite her mistakes. Isn’t that part of what makes America great?

Yes, Aquilera messed up. Lots of performers mess up that un-singable song. You need to have at least two octaves of singing range to get it right. Perhaps you need to be like Freddie Mercury who had a reported four-octave voice to truly do it justice. I hear bad versions of the National Anthem on The Boers and Bernstein Show on WSCR in Chicago all of the time. Her screw up was minimal at best.

Instead of running off, as we have seen other performers do, Aquilera kept going with gusto. She hit the final notes just as the flyover happened. And she did it ‘a capella,’ meaning there was no accompaniment. That was all her, right there, in front of  a huge crowd and an bigger TV audience. She didn’t  have a taped version backing her up as other singers (Whitney) have in the past.

When she sang “What so proudly we watched” instead of “O’er the ramparts we watched” it was a goof. But a goof that she almost instantly corrected and powered through.

I hear people saying she shortened the song and still made it to the alloted 1 minute, 54 seconds. I read the lyrics  of the Star Spangled Banner as she sang the song. From what I can see, she started the second line again and quickly got back on track to the fourth line.  Her syllable  count was the same, there was no shortening of the song to make room for the runs she added.

I loved her version but perhaps it was that I was caught up in the moment. After Michele Lea’s nice but staid version of God Bless America, I was ready for something more.  Considering  it was the “Big Game” staged in Dallas, Texas where bigger is better and that stage is meant  for BIG stars with vocal power, what did people think was going to happen when Aquilera was announced for this role?

I enjoyed Aquilera in Burlesque. While I am not always interested in her skanky persona, I do love her voice and how her talent has grown over the years.

So am I going to give Xtina grief for her goof? Nope, because I am not sure I would not have made the same mistake and came back as strong as she did. Do you sing this song every day? I don’t. But it might be fun to see people take videos of themself singing the anthem in one shot without accompaniment.

Wonder if that is going to happen on YouTube any time soon?