This is a video conceived by Christina Jones, and created by Pat Jones, played at Christ Church this past Sunday. Especially if you live in Lake County, it's very moving. It's not easy to make a video using only music and printed words that will move you to change the world. But this one does just that.
Tyler Schwartz attended SHYG and graduated from high school back in '03, and is now a sax player/chess teacher in NYC. He has a nice role in this clip featuring a chess-playing Amp Energy Drink can. He's the one with the "I ♥ Chess" pin. You devil!
If you haven't yet seen Zombieland, you should check it out (as long as you don't mind zombies, gore, and language). It's really funny, features an outrageously hysterical cameo in the middle of the movie from the great Bill Murray (as Bill Murray), and has a nice message. Plus, former SHYG-ite (SHYG is the name of the youth group I run) Victor Paguia has an amazing stunt that you can watch here. Yes, that's him being jettisoned through a car into a store window. (Part Two tomorrow).
Regardless of what you think about Brett Favre, the fact that he's playing in the NFL this year makes it so much more interesting. For those of you that don't follow sports, let me bring you up to speed and don't worry-- this is way more about drama than sports. So let's put it this way: Favre was to the Green Bay Packers what Jesus is to Christianity...the focal point. The center. He was their quarterback and leader for 16 seasons. Won a Super Bowl for them. And then Favre said he was leaving, cried at his news conference, and a few months later changed his mind. At that point, the Packers had already committed to their QB-in-waiting, and so traded him to the New York Jets. Favre desperately wanted to be traded to the Minnesota Vikings so he could stick it to the team that he felt had abandoned him. He must have momentarily forgotten that HE was the one that retired. Old age will make you forget things.
So anyway, he played for the Jets last year and this year, after much waffling, signed with the Vikings. He has now led them to a 3-0 start after a miraculous last-second touchdown pass on Sunday. And this Monday, the Packers come to Minnesota. This will be a good game, but the even better one to watch will be when the Vikings go to Green Bay on November 1st. I honestly don't know what will happen in Green Bay that afternoon. I feel like the people there will be under unbelievable stress, especially the ones with "Favre 4-ever" tattoos, the ones that have named their children Brett and Favre (Note: I made this joke to a Wisconsin resident and he said: oh yeah, I know someone whose children are named Brett and Reggie-- after former Packer great Reggie White. This is not a joke). What will they do? How can they bring themselves to hate the man they adored? But how can they not hate this man who left them for a hated rival? I feel like the whole universe might just get sucked into a vortex that day, right at Lambeau Field.
I do think the Vikings look like they are Super Bowl bound, which pains me to say as a Bears fan. They have two of the most explosive players in the league in Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin. They have solid receivers, and a monster defense. The key is whether Favre's body can last all 16 games, plus the playoffs.
But I feel like Favre should legitimately fear for his life because there will be a deranged Packers fan who will gun him down before they see him lead a rival team to the Super Bowl. And when it happens, it won't even be a shock in Green Bay. It will just be like "In other news, former Packer Brett Favre was gunned down by an angry fan today. And we turn now to weather: Kevin, how much snow will this system bring us?"