While the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League stole most of the headlines in the 1970’s as America’s Team, another team only cared about one thing. As owner of the Oakland Raiders, Al Davis adopted a simple strategy, “Just Win Baby!” Instead of seeking approval and recognition like the Cowboys, Davis developed a win at all cost mentality. Thus, as the Dallas Cowboys bandwagon grew in stature using their famous cheerleaders as eye candle, Oakland built a two time Super Bowl Champion using arrogance, intimidation and swagger. Raider fans embraced being the bad boy team of the NFL, forming the Black Hole with crazy dressed fans sitting in the front row of the end zone.
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable, 1 Corinthians 9:25.
During the 2012 presidential campaign between Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid accused candidate Romney of not paying taxes for ten years. When a reporter approached Reid, asking for proof of this allegation, senator Reid replied, “don’t ask me, go ask Mitt why he hasn’t paid his taxes in ten years.” This false statement was repeated so many times by members of the media that American voters believed this lie to be true. Thus, president Obama easily won his re-election in 2012, becoming a two term president. Upon his retirement from the Senate, Harry Reid was asked by a reporter, “don’t you feel bad about spreading this lie about a political opponent?” Reid’s response would make the late Al Davis proud, “We won didn’t we.” This comment speaks volumes about the “Just Win Baby” mentality in politics, even if it mean spreading lies to gain a victory.
Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1.
If you follow current events or politics, the past three years has become a combination of Big Brother, the Jerry Springer Show and a real life Survivor series. This soap opera began with a Russian Conspiracy Theory, moved to Obstruction of Justice and now is fueled by a phone call between President Trump and the new Ukrainian president. While this is all going on, some Democratic leaders in Congress are leading protests, participating in chants of “Impeach the Mother F’er.” When the dust settles, I won’t be surprised if ten years from now when another retiring Democratic Senator is asked about the present will boast about spreading more lies. While adopting a Just Win Baby mentality in sports seems logical, applying this same mindset to politics will disenfranchise voters, further divide this country and threatens to destroy our Constitution. May God help us all.
by Jay Mankus