They actually won.
My two sons and I sat there dumbfounded. The Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Mighty Oregon Ducks. It wasn't a fluke, nor was it a dream, they actually won...quite handily I might add.
For a serious college football fan, this game was a very big deal. Maybe the biggest?
And with our mouths hanging wide open in disbelief, my boys and I sat there simply enjoying the moment. You need to realize I have rooted for the Buckeyes ever since I could put on my own scarlet and gray onesy pajamas. I am no fair-weathered fan-- in fact I suffered much abuse living in Michigan Wolverine country for the last 19 years. The John Cooper years were especially brutal. One traumatic memory of those days was when Jon Potes made me wear a rotten stuffed wolverine in front of church after I lost a friendly wager.
So you can imagine my excitement as I watched "my team" cruise to victory last night in arguably the most important college football game of the present era!
But guess what? That was yesterday, it is now over. Today the discussion is about next year. Who is the favored team to win it all? Who is going to be the team to beat next year? Wait a minute, hold on!!! Can't we relish one single win even for a moment? Can't we allow the victory to stay for awhile..."Oh no, don't you understand little fella, time marches on?"
But I have been anticipating this and wanting this to happen for most of my life? And now, what do I get for all the sleepless nights and moments of anguish after watching the Buckeyes lose all those heart-breakers over the years of faithful football devotion? What do I have to show for all my ESPN surfing and Urban Meyer cheering? Sure I can brag, but no one really cares; especially when the new coaches poll for next year has just come out.
I had the same feeling after Christmas was over when the Christmas station my wife had on the radio since Halloween instantly changed over to top ten pop music. For months we listened to Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Mannheim Steamroller and the moment the calendar changed to December 26 it was back to Celine Dion and hearing her telling me how my heart must go on! We never allow life to linger. We work for years to accomplish something grand and yet once it is finished we must move on.
Maybe that is why I long for heaven? I want to finally be able to take a good long eternal rest in joy instead of just taking a quick cat nap down here in fleeting momentary happiness.
This weekend I have three funerals to attend. Three human beings full of dreams, plans and expectations are gone. The laughter and love they shared has faded like paint on an old barn. If this is all we got, and all our effort only goes to procuring fleeting momentary happiness, we are to all be pitied and counted as fools.
For now, I cheer on my team to "Go!" But soon, very soon my cheer will be "Gone." At least I know where I am going...do you?