This has to be the most electrifying stadium I’ve ever seen!
The game: Virginia Tech vs. Miami @ VT’s Lane Stadium, last Saturday, October 8.
The situation: Down 38-35, Miami takes a time out on 4th and 10 at the 45 with 5 seconds left in the game.
And the crowd went CRAZY!
Have you ever seen anything like this before? What I would have given to be in that crowd at that moment!!! I can’t imagine the goose pimples running all over those hyped fans. It gave me chills, just watching it from my computer screen!
Watch this video and then let’s talk about…
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This video reminds me of…
Make Me A Legend Chapter 11
Celebrate Your Progress
Celebrate what you want to see more of. —Thomas J. Peters, American writer
Frenzied Fans and Home Field Advantages
Everyone loves to watch a huge crowd of maniac fans as they elevate their team into a never before seen phenomenon of strength and skill! Most of us have been right there when sports history was made at least a time or two, knowing that our hyper raving pushed our beloved teams over the edge during their defining moments!
More than likely, everyone has experienced the sheer pleasure of cheering like there was no tomorrow, and we just knew that if we fans held anything back in the stands, our dear players would be mutilated on the field right in front of our eyes. What a rush of adrenaline! We could not hold back; they needed us like they needed their lungs and legs, and when it counted the most—we always came through for them!
So many professional athletes commit to their profession primarily because of the very enticing multimillion-dollar contracts. But really, how many of these athletes would want to compete in professional sports without stadiums and fans? Imagine you are Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots, and you’re playing that crucial game of the season against your arch rival, the Indianapolis Colts, in an empty stadium without television coverage—not one moment of applause, no mascot or cheerleaders, not even a small delegation of family and friends.
There you are with nothing but the sound of colliding pads and the heavy breathing of your teammates and opponents. Even with all the money in the world, who could get energized about this game? Sure, there would still be a few fanatics who would keep on playing for the “love of the game” and a few more who would stay dedicated for the luxury it affords. However, we must wonder how much time would pass before many of these non-applauded superstars would start looking for something else to do.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).
Truly two are better off than one; they do help each other succeed! Anyone who falls alone is definitely in real trouble! I hate to see people all alone, struggling to encourage themselves day after day without a single fan. Fans create the ambiance of a universe worth living in. Just like the soundtrack of an Academy Award-winning film, fans are the unassuming essence many fail to appreciate, yet everyone feels the sheer immensity of their contributions.
Life is so much more animated when people are screaming their heads off on our sidelines. Whenever circumstances turn bleak, our trusty fans help us bust a miracle! Fans are the mysterious blast of energy behind all underdog wins. Every scrape, bruise, and break is no big deal—as long as we can feel just five minutes of thunder in the stadium! Thanks to our fans, we are always conscious of how amazing we already are and how much more amazing we are on our way to becoming.
Special Thanks to My Frenzied Fans
It is a well-acknowledged fact—Green Bay Packer fans are legendary in professional football, going so far as baring naked bellies painted in their team colors and raving like lunatics through entire games at sub-zero temperatures! I know it is hard to believe, but some of my frenzied fans are even more fanatical than that! If you didn’t know any better, you would think I pay my friends to cheer for me. They never hold anything back. Whenever I stumble and fall, they never let me stay down longer than it takes to catch my breath. I can’t share about frenzied fans without publicly appreciating mine:
Dear friends, what a blessing you have been to my family and me. You have carried us on your shoulders with pure love and high expectations. Again and again, in the face of certain tragedy, you have gifted us with victories beyond belief. Thank you for always making an exaggerated big deal over every small sign of progress. Whenever our confidence ran out, you gave us yours. No matter what we’ve faced, your enthusiasm was always more than we needed to rise above our critics and drive forward with our God-sized dream. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” God bless every person who has ever given even just a cup of water to us! I only hope that we are as good to you and others as you have been to us.
Take some time to thank your fans today!
Consider how you will become a better fan to the people who are counting on your cheers!
A shout out to Jacob Dobscha for posting today’s video on his google+ account. He inspired this blog!
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I just prayed for everyone. I’m cheering loudly!! With much, much love…
Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make A Difference!
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