SERMON DATE AND TITLE:20120205: "Who Cares Why Wins the Superbowl?

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        One football recruiter worked hard to assemble the perfect team. The only thing he was missing is a good quarterback. He has scouted all the colleges, and even the high schools, but can't seem to find a ringer quarterback that will ensure a Super Bowl win.

        Then one night, while watching CNN, he sees a war zone in Palestine. In the background, out of the corner of his eye, he spots a young Israeli soldier with a truly incredible arm. First, he throws a hand grenade straight into a 15th story window over 200 yards away -- ka-BOOM! Next, he throws another hand grenade into a group of about 10 soldiers a good 110 yards away -- ka-BLOOEY!

        Then, a car passes going 90 miles an hour-bulls-eye! Another grenade right into the barely open window.

"I've got to get this guy," the recruiter says to himself. "He has the perfect arm!"

So he brings him to the states and teaches him the great game of football.

Predictably, the young man breaks all NFL records for completed passes, accuracy, and touchdowns. His team goes on to handily win the Super Bowl.

The young Israeli is lionized as the Great Hero of the Super Bowl and when his coach asks him what he wants, all the young man wants to do is call his mother.

His coach arranges for the call and hands the phone to his young quarterback: "Mom," the young man says into the receiver, "I just won the Super Bowl!"

"I don't want to talk to you," the old woman says. "You deserted us. You're no longer my son."

"I don't think you understand, mother," the young man pleads. "I just won the greatest sporting event in the world! I'm in the middle of thousands of adoring fans."

"No, let ME tell YOU," the mother implores. "At this very moment, there are gun shots all around us. The neighborhood is a pile of rubble. Your two brothers were beaten within an inch of their life last week, and this week your sister was attacked in broad daylight...." The old lady pauses, in tears.

"...I'll never forgive you for moving us to Miami."



1. The Super Bowl is the second largest day of food consumption in the United States; Thanksgiving is the first.

2. The average Super Bowl viewer will consume 1,200 calories while snacking during the Super Bowl.

3. Antacid sales increase as much as 20% the day after the Super Bowl, according to 7-Eleven.

4. There are a Big Five Favorites people will consume while viewing the Super Bowl: chips, pizza, pop corn, hot dogs and chicken wings

5. As many as1.5 billion chicken wings will be devoured. If the wings were laid end-to-end they would circle the circumference of the Earth — more than twice — a distance that would reach approximately a quarter of the way to the moon! That's a lot of chicken wings!

6. Domino Pizza delivert persons will log in more than 4 million miles on Super Bowl Sunday. Their tips will range from $2.00 to $20.00 per delivery.

7. The big three — Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — will see the most sales. Pizza Hut anticipates selling 2 million pies, Domino's predicts 1 million, and Papa John's expects to deliver 9 million slices.

8. More than 8 million pounds of Guacamole will be consumed.

9. The spending doesn't stop at the food or beverages for Super Bowl. People need their football-shaped chip bowls, the stadium plates, and team napkins and cups, right? You better believe it. The National Retail Federation predicts Americans will spend a record 11 billion dollars on this year's Super Bowl bashes.




1. Last year's Super Bowl drew the largest audience in American television history, averaging 111 million viewers. All total, 163 million people watched at least part of the game. That's more than half of the population.

2. Each of the past four Super Bowls showed an improvement in number of viewers. They averaged over 103 million per game.

3. The past two Super Bowls have set records and this one is expected to do the same. The New York Giants and New England Patriots are projected to average 117 million viewers.

4. Advertisements have been the best indicator of how much the Super Bowl has become as mass-media event. 30-second advertisements are running for $3.5 mllion on Sunday.

Super Bowl Sunday - February 5, 2012

Sheepfold Ministries - Pastor Phil Roland



"Mankind and God operate in opposites. The world makes everyone a loser in its quest to extol winners. Everyone can be a winner with God."

                                                                                                                          Pastor Phil

"For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives but to save them." Luke 9:56 (NKJV)

Today is Super Bowl Sunday.

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN, tonight at 6:30 pm the New England Patriots vs. New York Giants. There are 1,538 tickets left. The highest prices are $1,525.00 per ticket to $1900.00 per ticket.

80,000 to 110,000 people will be attending. 130 Million people will be viewing.


"Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows." Matt. 10:31

          A. Athletes have one value to the team: Can they help us win?

                        1. Tonight night one team will be estatic

                        2. The other team will be dejected "losers."

            B. Sportswriter, Grantland Rice, wrote in 1927

            “For when the Great Scorer comes to write against your name, He marks                 not that you won or lost, but how you played the game.”

C. Today's Philosophy is Opposite

            "Winning isn't everything: it's the ONLY thing."

D. Vince Lombardi Quote,

            "I was hired here to produce winning football teams and that's what I'm                     going to produce."      

                        1. Football is seldom played for enjoyment

                        2. Developing character and sportsmanship is "Back Burner"

                        3. Football Grandmother funny

            E. Paul Harvey said on one of his awesome radio broadcasts,

            "A great man is not one who has the courage of his convictions. Hitler and              Nero had the courage of their convictions. A great man is one with the                      courage to examine his convictions."



          A. The World says "Use Others"

                        1. The destruction of others is OK if it helps you win

                        2. Do whatever is necessary to win

            B. Vince Lombardi is one of the Greatest Coaches of all time

            "A man whose profanity was unbridled. His temper knew no bounds. He often was so mad at ball games that he would pass out and need oxygen. He fired players because they were late to meetings and humiliated players in front of others. He played on the insecurities of his men. He was so insecure personally, he was always afraid of losing. He dressed all this up in the thin veneer of religious talk."



                        1. Lombardi USED people

                        2. Who you were was not important to him

                        3. What you could contribute to the team was everything

                        4. Never take time with people to work with them

            C. Players sometimes mortally injured were insulted by their coaches

                        1. One player actually broke his neck in practice

                        2. His coach cursed him and yelled at him to get up and play

                        3. He wasn't able to get up

                        4. His doctor told him later he was close to dying at that point

            D. Jesus just Loved People where He found them - See Luke 8,9

                        1. He calmed a Stormy Sea

                        2. He cast devils  out of a man and a child

                        3. He raised a 12 year old girl to life

                        4. Healed a lady with an issue of Blood

                        5. Fed Five Thousand Miraculously

            D. Samaritan City Leaders refused Jesus and his followers entry

                        1. James and John asked in Luke 9:54

                        "And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord,

                         do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and

                         consume them, just as Elijah did?"

                        2. Jesus' answer in Like 9:55,56

                        "But He turned and rebuked them, and said, "You do not know what

                         manner of spirit you are of. 56 For the Son of Man did not come to

                         destroy men's lives but to save them."

                        3. Jesus told us about our enemies, "Bless those who use you."



            A. Dallas Cowboys from 1966 to 1970

                        1. Won their Divisional Championships

                        2. Lost in their playoffs or in the Superbowl

                        3. People remember them from that era

                                    a. Not as unable to win big games

                                    b. They are remembered only as Losers

            B. Four valuable suggestions from God's Kingdom Point of View

                        1. Learn to enjoy Sports as Fun and Relaxation

                            a. The "Game" isn't the most important thing in the world

                            b. Relationships with people is a higher priority than a Game

                            c. Americans spend billions pursuing their sports

                            d. Every year we enjoy our leasure less

                            e. We have forgotten how to "play"

                        2. We have Upended the Purpose of Athletics in Young People

                            a. We are Obsessed with winning Coaches and Leaders

                            b. We have ignored their Values, Lives and Character

                            c. For example, Jerry Sandusky and the Penn State Debacle

                            d. We have forgotten the real purpose of any athletic activity

                            e. The task is to shape lives and develop character



                        3. Character Counts - The Six Pillars of Character

                            a. Trustworthiness - Be Honest. Don't lie, cheat or steal

                            b. Respect - Follow the Golden Rule

                            c. Responsibility - Do what is expected of you

                            d. Fairness - Play by the Rules - Be open-minded

                            e. Caring - Be kind and compassionate. Help those in need

                            f. Citizenship - Do your part to make your community better


                        4. We must Win in areas of Life that are really Important

                        1 Corinthians 9:24-25
                        "Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one                                     receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.

                        25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all

                         things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an

                         imperishable crown."

a. Jesus' Good News Gospel can makes us all Winners

                            b. Believers especially want to win in vital matters:

                            c. We must win over Worry, Temptation, Family Problems

                            d. We must win over Personality Flaws, Death, Hell, Satan

5. Through Jesus, God has made us Victors - 1 Cor. 15:57

                        "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord

                         Jesus Christ."



At one point during a game, the coach called one of his 9-year-old baseball players aside and asked,

"Do you understand what cooperation is?
What a team is?"

The little boy nodded in the affirmative.
"Do you understand that what matters is whether we win or lose together as a team?"
The little boy nodded yes.
"So," the coach continued, "I'm sure you know, when an out is called, you shouldn't argue, curse, attack the umpire, or call him a pecker-head. Do you understand all that?
Again the little boy nodded.
He continued, "And when I take you out of the game so another boy gets a chance to play, it's not good sportsmanship to call your coach 'a dumb jackass' is it?"
Again the little boy nodded.
"Good," said the coach. "Now go over there and explain all that to your grandmother".











When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit-

Rest if you must, but don't you quit.


Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a fellow turns about

When he might have won had he stuck it out.

Don't give up though the pace seems slow -

You may succeed with another blow.


Often the goal is nearer than

It seems to a faint and faltering man;

Often the struggler has given up

When he might have captured the victor's cup;

And he learned too late when the night came     down,

How close he was to the golden crown.


Success is failure turned inside out –

The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,

It might be near when it seems afar;

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –

It’s when things seem worst that you must not   quit.

Author Unknown



The world needs men and women. . .

  • ·        who cannot be bought;
  • ·        whose word is their bond;
  • ·        who put character above wealth;
  • ·        who possess opinions and a strong will;
  • ·        who are larger than their vocations;
  • ·        who do not hesitate to take risks;
  • ·        who will not lose their individuality in a crowd;
  • ·        who will be as honest in small affairs as in greater;
  • ·        who will make no compromise with wrong;
  • ·        whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires;
  • ·        who will not say they do it "because everybody else does it;"
  • ·        who are true to their friends through good and bad, in adversity as well as in prosperity;
  • ·        who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning, and hardheadedness are the best qualities for winning success;
  • ·        who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular;
  • ·        who can say "no" with emphasis, although all the rest of the world says "yes."

~~ Author Unknown ~~



It is not what we eat, but what we digest that makes us strong;

    not what we gain, but what we save that make us rich;

    not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned;

    and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us Integrity.

~~ Author Unknown ~~