I have never heard Matt Nagy quote from the Bible. But as I mentioned yesterday, there is something spiritual in Nagy’s quest for the Bears. At times the Bears battle this season reminds me of a Morality Play. It is also a struggle for a championship. Whenever you battle for something that is tough to reach, it reminds me of the words of the great “sports” evangelist Saint Paul:
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the LORD, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day-and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
In our age of faithlessness, that may sound a little “high-faluting” to some, but I believe athletes and teams that keep their eyes on the prize and keep looking forward with confidence will find success. It might not come when they expect it, but it will come. Those who start to listen to the naysayers can lose confidence in their abilities. Or worse yet, they can point fingers at others on the team, which can take a team down. Those who fight the good fight will win.
Today, I suppose the media is worse than ever because it is open to everyone (including myself). People can attack you from so many different angles and their “facts” can be all wrong. But “keeping the faith” is the only way to go. At the end of the season, after the last whistle blows, a kind of judgment will take place and teams will start to reorganize and make changes for the coming year. Then it all starts again.
That is the beauty of sports. You often get at least a few seasons.
But as fans, let’s keep our eye on the prize. Let’s enjoy the season to the max.