While driving home from delivering my son to football practice, I heard about a football team in Michigan that is holding the annual two-a-day football practices between 11:00 pm and 4:00 am. In the Texas heat, I see this as just plan smart. They are doing this because, according to an article at ESPN.com, 95% of the team is fasting for Ramadan. See the article here. I am not complaining. I am congratulating the team and the individuals on the team. They are all making sacrifices so they can fast and prayer during these High Holy Days of Ramadan.
Do we as Christians, take our holidays (this comes from the words HOLY and DAYS) as seriously? How many of us will attend and or watch the Cowboys play on Christmas Day, or watch a double header of NBA basketball? Major League Baseball tends to love playing on Easter. Even Southern Methodist University has followed the mighty TV money and will be opening their season on Sunday, September 4th in Lubbock on ESPN.
Now, we can argue this several ways. First, they are all following willing money. The teams are simply doing what they have to do to make a buck. Second, we can blame TV. They have times slots to fill and will offer good money for teams to play and get TV time. Third, we can blame the owners of professional teams. I like to blame Jerry Jones for almost everything anyway, so this is all the same to me. Finally, we could and should blame us. We are the ones who demand, watch, and ultimately pay for games to be played on Christmas, Easter, and Sunday afternoon.
What if, we turned off our TVs, radios, and did not attend games on Sundays? What if we avoided sports on Christmas and Easter? Would the sports marketing crumble? Probably not. They might find other times to play the games. But, let's be honest. We are almost Christian and lazy at that. If we were not watching our beloved Cowboys on Christmas Day, we would be at the movie theater laughing it up over popcorn.