I with the rest of the people of the state of Louisiana continue to enjoy the Saints’ victory over the Colts in the Superbowl. The rest of the week figures as a mild interruption between the great parties of Lombardi Gras & Mardi Gras. Needless to say, remembering where I was in 2005 when the Saints were widely believed to be on their way to San Antonio and the city being abandoned & ignored by those outside LA & the Gulf Coast, this win is very special to me and everyone I know around here.
You should be thankful that the world has not ended yet, as many Saints fans predicted would happen when the Saints won the Superbowl. However, as former Governor Kathleen Blanco pointed out our prediction about hell freezing over seems to be more accurate.
Anyway, I unlike many of you cared far more about the game than the commercials. So when the Tebow commercial came up, I was thinking more about how the Saints would come back and win. But still having seen the ad, there’s only one conclusion: that ad was terrible.
The tackling his mom? Really? Who thought that was a good idea. While I don’t think it encourages domestic violence, I don’t know if I was inspired to the pro-life cause.
That’s not to say Tebow’s ad had no effect but the ad itself was bland, hence why it was allowed. All the good it did was due to Planned Parenthood’s ill-advised pre-emptive strike before they saw the ad, creating an opportunity to discuss Tebow’s story in a way that actually promoted the pro-life cause well, even if the ad itself didn’t.
But during the game itself, it was upstaged by the Superbowl MVP, Drew Brees. You probably know the moment I’m talking about. Just in case you don’t, here it is:
And if you did know what I was talking about, you’re probably just glad to be seeing that cute kid again.
Now, the moment itself was not related to abortion in any way, and I have no idea where Brees stands on abortion (though I’m pretty sure he’s Christian). Regardless, it was amazing that in a sport where most men play the field so to speak that Drew cared to share the moment prominently with his son. Many athletes would have left the kid home; Drew made sure to bring him and share it with him, even though he won’t remember it.
That act of love and family was a powerful display, one that I think shows the beauty of family & children, the kind of beauty the pro-life cause wants to promote to show that they are more than “anti-abortion.”
Even had Tebow’s ad meet expectations, I think that the kind of unrehearsed display of love of family would have been the most powerful. We as Catholics should continue to foster showing people how we are pro-life, even if abortion isn’t even being discussed.
By the way, I apologize for being mean to the Yankees of Washington, D.C. while they’re stuck in the cold. To warm their hearts, I give them this wonderful reminder of how their own team, the Washington Redskins, made wonderful memories.
As a bonus note, here’s a video of the Archbishop of New Orleans admitting that he gets crunk.