With millions of America engrossed in the finish of Super Bowl XLIX, one of the most incredible catches of all time will be forever vacated by a brain fart caught on camera. With the New England Patriots clinging to a 28-24, Seahawk receiver Jermaine Kearse went up for a 45 yard pass on 3rd and 10 which was deflected and bounced off his knee before reeling in Russell Wilson’s pass while on his back. After Marshawn Lynch advanced the football to the 1 yard line, Seattle was less than 3 feet from repeating as NFL champions. As television commentators were considering whether or not New England should allow Seattle to score, Seattle’s play caller had a brain fart, failing to give the ball to their best option. Instead a 2nd down pass was intercepted, leaving most football fans in shock, with Patriots fans thanking God for this bizarre ending.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6
Beyond the field of competition, brain farts are a daily reality, especially for those who must make tough decisions. When faced with pressure or under duress, the human mind may not function properly. Stress tends to alter one’s ability to make quick judgments. Perhaps an overwhelming disappointment early on in life may cause some to avoid seeking positions of leadership, afraid to fail. Known as gun shy, this may explain what happened in the final minute of this year’s Super Bowl. Somewhere during the 40 seconds between plays, doubt, hesitation or uncertainty cost a franchise a title.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:7.
Unfortunately, the media will likely ridicule this decision for years to come. Some may even call it the worst decisions in Super Bowl history. However, in the grand scheme of life, this is just a game that men get paid to play. Thus, the costliest brain farts occur in the real world, where one bad choice has consequences. Once the emotion of victories and losses fade, make sure that you don’t fall into a pattern of neglect. Just ask Aaron Hernandez, a former New England Patriot, who is now on trial for double murder. Regardless of your current mood, may the Lord give you a peace that surpasses all understanding to press on after any brain fart moment that you have to endure.
by Jay Mankus