My husband just showed me a Facebook video (I’m Not on Facebook!) post of the amazing Detroit Red Wings vs Colorado Avalanche fight from March of 1997 at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena. What awesome hockey back in the day. We still miss those Red Wings champions (and the ability to watch them on regular broadcast TV)…Here’s a version of that fight as posted on YouTube.com. Enjoy!
Our oldest son just stopped by and mentioned that this fight gets posted to Facebook pretty regularly so apparently a lot of people enjoy reminiscing about that brawl…
We also found a great write up about this momentous event here, it’s worth the time:
I ended up reading the above Detroit Free Press article aloud to my husband and during the reading our son, Josiah, & his Respite Worker came home & started listening in too. Ultimately the Freep recounting of events sparked an interesting conversation amongst the guys about Detroit Sports and some of the many changes (mostly not for the better) in the modern era. It’s great to see my Autistic Spectrum son participate in a lively interaction with other guys in a domain so many love!
Josiah had found a documentary on Netflix about the Detroit Pistons in the Bad Boy era and some of the clips in that “flick” basically amazed our kids…and not just because of the pretty outrageous outfits! Netflix can be such an eye opener when it allows glimpses into a past where masculinity was allowed freer & fuller expression in our society. Sports have become “safer” now in many respects, at least perhaps physically…but certainly not “safe” in terms of the ability of people to communicate freely about their viewpoints without sometimes extreme consequences.
Some commentators that I enjoy reading &/or listening to refer to the “Arena of Ideas” in regards to social/political thought & commentary and how it used to be understood that it could be a knockdown, drag out, free for all. Doing genealogical/historical research in old newspapers can be a real eye opener when you see how the Left/Right divide was clearly on display and openly advocated for by a particular “rag”; now virtually only the left side is on display, but presented as middle of the road…but I digress. Seeing that historical brawl in the hockey “arena” gives us a tangible representation of what a free-for-all of Ideas in the Arena could/should look like. Have an opinion, take a stand, take on all comers, protect your teammates, defend your honor, don’t go down without swinging, don’t deliver nor tolerate the cheap shots, respect your opponents while doing your best to defeat them, never give up, never surrender (in Churchill’s voice, of course), when knocked down get back up again, stay in the game, go the distance…
There are several scriptures that speak to this process as well, at least for me:
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…
New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. Excerpt from BibleGateway.com
Of course, this presumes that you are doing things that the Lord would approve…
Proverbs 24:11 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
— 24 — 11 If you see someone on their way to death or in danger of being killed, you must do something to save them. 12 You cannot say, “It’s none of my business.” The Lord knows everything, and he knows why you do things. He watches you, and he will pay you back for what you do.
Ephesians 4:26 New International Version (NIV)
26 “In your anger do not sin”[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
- Ephesians 4:26 Psalm 4:4 (see Septuagint)
May the Lord Bless & Equip YOU for the battles you face as you seek His Face, surrender to His Will, and submit yourself to His guidance & presence in your life!
Your Fellow Warrior in the Kingdom,
Here’s a final thought…be inspired by what the Lord can do in and through you…and be encouraged by the music & message here!
War in the Heavenlies
WORSHIP LEADER: RON KENOLY
ALBUM: JESUS IS ALIVE
In the heavenlies
Tearing down principalities
In Jesus’ victory
In the heavenlies
Every high thing
We do not
Bow our knee
To the prince
Of the air
For we know
Has set us free
And under our feet
He will shortly
And having done all
Are set apart
For the courts
Of the Lord
And we will not be
Bought or sold (Valerie ammended this line only slightly)
By His Spirit
We will overcome
Both the video clip and the lyrics above are copied from YouTube.com
My special son, Josiah, will often blast the above song on his CD player and it reverberates throughout the house and our souls, encouraging us all to not give up, even in the midst of the fray…Josiah is an amazing warrior in the Kingdom of God!