Presiding Bishop Michael Curry meets backstage with U2, Bono to…

first_img June 28, 2018 at 11:27 am Church echelon are closely following these comments of which I am glad. Bob French says: Douglas Register says: This photo released by U2 shows Presiding Bishop Michael Curry posing with band members, from left, Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton backstage at Madison Square Garden on June 25.[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry met backstage this week with U2 and front man Bono at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where the Episcopal Church leader and the globally renowned rockers discussed Curry’s Reclaiming Jesus initiative.The meeting happened in the evening of June 25 just before the first of a series of U2 concerts in New York on the band’s Experience + Innocence tour. A photo released by the band shows the foursome posing with Curry.“I know of no other group that has sung and witnessed more powerfully to the way of love than U2,” Curry said June 27 in a written statement to Episcopal News Service. “It was a real blessing to sit with them to talk about Jesus, the way of love, and changing our lives and the world. They are an extraordinary community gift to us all.”U2, which formed in Ireland in the late 1970s, has been one of the most popular rock bands in the world for more than 30 years, and Bono – among that rarefied group of musicians known globally by a single name – makes headlines these days as much for his support for humanitarian causes as for his music.Curry, too, has become something of a minor global celebrity since his sermon on the power of love at the royal wedding on May 19. After the wedding, he was invited to discuss the sermon on a dizzying variety of media outlets, from the BBC to celebrity gossip site TMZ. Curry told ENS last month that he sees the sudden attention as a unique opportunity for evangelism, as he tries in interviews to bring the conversation around to what he often calls the “Jesus Movement.”Reclaiming Jesus is a new initiative he spearheaded this year with the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners to address “a dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership at the highest levels of our government and in our churches” and to affirm what it means to be followers of Jesus in today’s world.U2 and Bono have not yet commented publicly on Reclaiming Jesus, though Curry said he spoke with them about its origins and intention.“I shared with them our commitment to reclaim Jesus of Nazareth as the center of Christian faith and life,” Curry said in his statement to ENS. “And this means a way of faith with love of God and Love of neighbor at the core. A love that is not sentimental but a disciplined commitment and spiritual practice infusing every aspect of life, personally, intra personally and politically.”It’s a beautiful day. @U2 @iamepiscopalian @episcopal_news #JesusMovement #ReclaimingJesus #Episcopal— PB Michael Curry (@PB_Curry) June 27, 2018Curry didn’t say whether he was a fan of U2’s music, though he stayed June 25 to attend the concert at Madison Square Garden. He had at least one prior connection to the songs before this week: A sermon he delivered in 2006 at a U2charist service in Columbus, Ohio.The U2charists were a popular trend in the Episcopal Church at that time, structured as a Eucharist that incorporates songs from the band, whose catalogue is thoroughly infused with Christian imagery. (Bono’s father was Catholic, and his mother was Anglican, according to this New Yorker report on the band’s faith background.)Celebrating a U2charist also held a deeper purpose, calling attention to the push to achieve the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, such as eradicating extreme poverty, reducing child mortality, and fighting HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. The ONE Campaign, co-founded by Bono, was a key advocate for the Millennium Development Goals – U2’s megahit “One” became its rallying cry – and the Episcopal Church endorsed the organization’s work in a 2006 General Convention resolution.More than 700 attended the U2charist in Columbus in 2006. Curry, the bishop of North Carolina at the time, preached in support of the Millennium Development Goals and the ONE Campaign, telling those gathered to “be a witness” for Christ. He called the goals “a way for us to discover life again as a Church … a compelling vision of the world God intended from the beginning,” according to an ENS report on the service.It wasn’t clear whether Curry referenced U2’s music directly in the sermon, though in one unconfirmed transcription of the sermon he is quoted as referring to the band’s leader as “Brother Bono.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Events Elizabeth Kaeton says: Rector Bath, NC DAVID T BORTON says: Rector Washington, DC Gordon Fuglie says: Douglas Register says: Douglas Register says: Douglas Register says: June 28, 2018 at 9:15 pm Ah, Doug – “Log Cabin (gay) Republican” – Register, who uses a picture of Ben Carson as his profile picture on FB and his newsfeed is filled with clippings from Fox News, was just bounced off Integrity’s page for, among other things, talking smack about +Gene Robinson’s marriage on a thread which celebrated his birthday, smack about the church with regards to the commemoration of Pauli Murray on the church’s calendar and then, finally, objecting to a poster which called Mike Pence on his homophobia and, when folks gave evidence of why it was entirely appropriate to call Pence on his homophobia, lied and said that he had been told by Integrity’s Web page administrator that those comments were in violation of Integrity’s comment policy (They were not and he had not been told that. At. All). Poor Doug’s interior troll must be very hungry. Well, he’s certainly gotten fed here. Truth to Authority, he says? Doug has neither any authority or a close relationship with the truth.Read, learn, mark, note and inwardly digest this name and, in the future, identify him and then encourage everyone to ignore him. June 27, 2018 at 11:20 pm Douglas Register, I sense from your comments that you have not yet experienced the full relationship with Christ that changes you into someone who is guided by the Holy Spirit into the full gospel experience that is there waiting for you.I’m not going to throw anything but prayers that you will find that experience. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem June 30, 2018 at 10:49 am As the Episcopal Church prepares for its General Convention in Austin, presided over by Bishop Curry, all in attendance will be seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We, in our home parishes, will be praying that the Spirit guide Curry and the delegates in their proceedings. And in our home parishes, encouraged by Curry’s exhortation to listen for the Spirit’s leading, we will strive to become the disciples that Jesus needs to build his movement of love and reconciliation.How sad in this context that the troll Register brands his own Resist Curry Movement™ — calling our PB a charlatan. A few Sundays back I recall the deacon reading the Gospel lesson from Mark 3:28 – 30. “Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— for [the accusers of Jesus] had said, “He has an unclean spirit.” June 27, 2018 at 5:38 pm Sometimes real love is stern and disciplined. I can hop on one foot and shout “love, love, love, thou should love” but this is meaningless. Humans do not know by nature how to love. We imitate Christ as the example on how to love through being controlled (not guided by) the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that determines the act of real love. Unlike Bishop Curry, Jesus concerned himself only with saving souls for Heaven. He did not advocate secularism. June 27, 2018 at 6:36 pm Are you sure you are in the right conversation, Mr. Register? Having attended one of PB Curry’s revivals, I can tell you it was mainly Jesus and little else. And the “little else” was an exhortation to learn from the church in the Book of Acts. And “CONTROLLED by the Holy Spirit??” What kind of disciple are you — a spirit-telepathic puppet?? June 27, 2018 at 10:26 pm Join the newly starting Freedom from Curry Movement. A thoughtful, spiritual, introspective union of persons within the Episcopal Church that prayerfully stands strong against the secularism and atheism the Church is now pulled toward. Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Service Dave Garcia says: Douglas Register says: June 30, 2018 at 9:47 am A counter-balance or a Resist Curry Movement is healthy within every church. Rector Belleville, IL By David PaulsenPosted Jun 27, 2018 Comments are closed. June 27, 2018 at 10:53 pm Love is a transitive verb. It always requires an object. You are getting closer to the vacancy in its usage by Curry. June 28, 2018 at 12:17 pm A counter-balance or a Resist Curry Movement is healthy within every church. One must speak truth to Authority. My thank you to Nancy Barrick for reminding us of St. Paul’s 1st letter to the Corinthians 13. Corinth was known as the city of Love. Paul’s words are insightful. Steve Price says: June 27, 2018 at 12:18 pm The foundation of the Jesus Movement that I’m hearing from the P.B.’a words is love of God and love of neighbor.I don’t understand how this strays from the teachings of Jesus. June 27, 2018 at 8:11 pm Again… Show us where Bishop Curry teaches something contrary to what Christ taught and give us one example of where he is a “charlatan” Matt Ouellette says: Submit an Event Listing Comments (39) June 27, 2018 at 7:57 pm I welcome all comments. Join me in praying that our church will be delivered from this charlatan. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Elizabeth Kaeton says: Grace Cangialosi says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Nancy Barrick says: Dave Garcia says: Douglas Register says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Pittsburgh, PA June 28, 2018 at 12:15 pm One need not worry about being called a charlatan by a religious person-after all wasn’t Jesus also called this by religious people? June 28, 2018 at 11:00 am One knows a charlatan when they profess only one cure-all. Curry preaches of love endlessly but the only sin Curry speaks of is racism which he defines as whites towards blacks. (Refer mandatory indoctrination program begun by Curry.) Yet, to reclaim Jesus, one must not only profess compassion toward others but also to identify all sins as Jesus did both. No minister could ever preach of love legitimately without also preaching of sin. Jesus said both exists.(Thank you all for your comments.) Matt Ouellette says: June 28, 2018 at 12:01 am Why was the audience so aghast at the Curry homily during the May royal wedding? The humiliation in Curry’s homily was that it was a direct take off of that old Beatles’ song: Love Is All You Need. The Queen knew. I noted in his homily as well no objects, as in the song, to the verb love.Love, love, loveLove, love, loveLove, love, loveThere’s nothing you can do that can’t be doneNothing you can sing that can’t be sungNothing you can say, but you can learn how to play the gameIt’s easyNothing you can make that can’t be madeNo one you can save that can’t be savedNothing you can do, but you can learn how to be you in timeIt’s easyAll you need is love, all you need is loveAll you need is love, love, love is all you needAll you need is loveAll you need is love, love, love is all you needThere’s nothing you can know that isn’t knownNothing you can see that isn’t shownThere’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to beIt’s easyAll you need is love, all you need is loveAll you need is love, love, love is all you needAll… Rector Hopkinsville, KY June 30, 2018 at 2:27 pm Naturally, the Integrity USA banning will be appealed to Michael Curry. I continued this long to develop a transcript. If readers of Episcopal News Services do not hear from me again then you’ll know Curry did not overturn it. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Douglas Register says: June 29, 2018 at 8:19 pm My citing that a post calling upon God to strike Michael Pence dead was contrary to shared Facebook community standards was what got me banned. Your reply confirms that Integrity USA does not think so. What sends a chill upon the Church is that Integrity USA says that this behavior is appropriate and approved by Michael Curry. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Youth Minister Lorton, VA Douglas Register says: Gordon Fuglie says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY June 29, 2018 at 11:53 am Log Cabin Republicans claims to be a gay organization,sort of the American gay baby boomers version of “*Jew’s for Hitler” thought they were long gone.Last time I saw one was in Atlanta airport.He was flying to attend a party celebrating Hitler’a birthday Steve Price says: Greg Garrett says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS June 27, 2018 at 4:13 pm Show us where Bishop Curry teaches something contrary to what Christ taught and give us one example of where he is a “charlatan” June 29, 2018 at 3:58 pm Thank you, Elizabeth. Your research explains a lot on this thread. In the case of Doug Register, context appears to be everything. Blessings to you! Doug Desper says: Elizabeth Kaeton says: Submit a Press Release The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books June 27, 2018 at 10:43 pm Perhaps Mr.Register misunderstands what love is.I suggest he read 1 Cor.13.P.B.Curry is a disciple who spreads Christ’s message ‘that love is also an action word’. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK June 28, 2018 at 12:02 pm I think we have fed the Douglas Register troll long enough… move on folks, we have better things to do with our time like living out the mission that Bishop Curry is calling us to. June 30, 2018 at 9:25 am I will let this “discussion” go. Mr Register has created a storm about himself rather than about the gospel, the love imperative of Jesus’ gospel, and how it impacts our lives.Best to all the posters as they seek the risen Christ in their walk.Dave Borton Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI June 29, 2018 at 10:52 pm Doug, normally I would not dignify anything like your post with a response but what you have written is absolutely not true and, in fact, delusional. A cartoon was posted on Integrity’s FB page for Pride Month which depicted a Hebrew male of antiquity painting a rainbow over his door with the humorous admonition: “Don’t forget to paint a rainbow on your doorpost so Mike Pence passes over”. No threat to the VP. Just a humorous way of handling a man whom the POTUS joked is so homophobic he wants to hang all gays. Nothing approved or disapproved by the PB. You have just clearly demonstrated why you were banned. June 27, 2018 at 6:26 pm I’m not aware that Jesus talks at all about how to save souls for heaven. As NT Wright points out, the language of Heaven in the NT is about the Kingdom of Heaven, not about a realm where we will wind up if we believe the right things. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA June 28, 2018 at 10:13 pm Ah, Doug – “Log Cabin (gay) Republican” – Register, who uses a picture of Ben Carson as his profile picture on FB and his newsfeed is filled with clippings from Fox News, was just bounced off Integrity’s page for, among other things, talking smack about +Gene Robinson’s marriage on a thread which celebrated his birthday, smack about the church with regards to the commemoration of Pauli Murray on the church’s calendar and then, finally, objecting to a poster which called Mike Pence on his homophobia and, when folks gave evidence of why it was entirely appropriate to call Pence on his homophobia, lied and said that he had been told by Integrity’s Web page administrator that those comments were in violation of Integrity’s comment policy (They were not and he had not been told that. At. All). Poor Doug’s interior troll must be very hungry. Well, he’s certainly gotten fed here.Truth to Authority, he says? Doug has neither any authority or a close relationship with the truth.Read, learn, mark, note and inwardly digest this name and, in the future, identify him and then encourage everyone to ignore him. June 28, 2018 at 8:19 am As others have asked you before, show us where PB Curry is promoting secularism or atheism. I doubt you can, because the Presiding Bishop has done no such thing. What he has done is proclaim the gospel. The Episcopal Church is blessed to have as a leader someone who is so on fire for Jesus like PB Curry. Susan Salisbury says: June 28, 2018 at 9:44 am Thank you for your comment. June 29, 2018 at 6:28 pm Susan – Doug is gay. As I wrote, I know his positions from his FB page and his numerous posts on IntegrityUSA FB page, which were so nasty (I gave examples in my comment) that the administrator permanently blocked him (that rarely happens on that page). Calling someone on their meanness and inappropriate behavior is not mean. It’s called “accountability”. Jesus did it all the time. As to your vision, I have no way to judge that, but I do suggest you take five minutes and review the posts that this man has made and the responses of others to him (Why you chose to address mine is curious). My issue is not that he’s either gay or conservative – both are fine with me – some of my best friends are ;~). My issue – as several here have also pointed out – is that the man is a troll. Enjoy the holiday weekend. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Shreveport, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Steve Black says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group DAVID T BORTON says: June 28, 2018 at 8:11 am This all sounds great…social justice is very important, but if you claim to be Christian, you have to follow ALL of Christ’s teachings, like “Thou shalt not kill.” Bono has come out publicly in favor of abortion in the recent Irish referendum. And he also thinks same-sex marriage is just fine, saying that marriage is “now an idea that transcends religion.” Jesus loves all people, and the moral code of Christianity can’t be separated from his loving plan for us. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Elizabeth Kaeton says: June 29, 2018 at 11:41 am Ah Elizabeth, why does someone who claims to be motivated by love, assert that someone who disagrees with her is gay? I’m confused. That used to be a tactic I associated with people who have contempt for gay people. Especially when it has zero to do with the discussion. But let’s get to the meat here. I am a conservative. Not because I’m stupid. I have a law degree from a top 20 law school. Nor because I inherited my beliefs. I was raised by my Franklin Roosevelt supporting single mom. But because life and caring for other people and what happens to them have taught me the humble understanding that we humans really cannot fix everything, and further, that sometimes the measures we think are helpful turn out to be harmful.So getting back to PB Curry, when he decided to speak in support of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest, I was very unhappy with him. What the messy lawbreaking protesters did to the environment was far worse than the threat the pipeline posed. When they were eventually evicted they left a colossal mess that cost over a million dollars to clean up and it had to be cleaned up right away because it posed a serious and immediate threat of contaminating waterways. Yet I heard nothing from the PB nor Social activists like you even gently chastising people who would do such a thing. By comparison , and just as a reference. Burning Man hosts over 70,000 people in the desert each year and leaves the desert clean. Your remark here just looks kind of mean and self righteous to me. I don’t see any love for enemies in it at all. Nor do I see respect for those who disagree. Maybe my vision is limited Matt Ouellette says: June 28, 2018 at 8:26 am No, his sermon was not just a rift on The Beatles. In his sermon, the Presiding Bishop used several examples from the Scriptures to define what he meant by love. He wasn’t talking about sappy, sentimental love or a romantic love between spouses, although he did use those as analogies (as did the Apostle Paul). He was talking about the divine love that was revealed to us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is a much more powerful form of love that can change lives and societies. And the people were not aghast at the sermon. While there were some naysayers, most people loved PB Curry’s sermon and found it a refreshing expression of the gospel compared to the more hateful expressions often portrayed in the media. Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Knoxville, TN Presiding Bishop Michael Curry June 28, 2018 at 11:56 am Again, PB Curry is not a charlatan. He is genuinely on fire for Jesus, and preaches on Jesus constantly. You may disagree with the focus of some of his sermons (I do not. I think he’s right to call attention to the sin of racism in society), but you can’t argue he isn’t a genuine Christian unless you have good evidence to back it up (which I doubt you have). And how is preaching the love of God equivalent to the cure-all of a charlatan? Is it not the gospel that God’s love as revealed through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is the cure to sin? How is that not the Christian message? Curate Diocese of Nebraska Douglas Register says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET June 27, 2018 at 1:47 pm PB et al begin: “Jesus is Lord…” and conclude: “…The best response to our political, material, cultural, racial, or national idolatries is the First Commandment: “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). Jesus summarizes the Greatest Commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, your soul, and your mind. This is the first commandment. And the second is like unto it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:38). As to loving our neighbors, we would add “no exceptions.”Drift away from Christianity? Afraid not. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit a Job Listing July 3, 2018 at 2:45 pm Elizabeth – since Integrity is in the mood to use Old Testament images (rainbow over a doorpost), your further imagery of Mike Pence as “death” to pass over (for which painting doorposts was the curative) is itself uncalled for. No, it wasn’t a threat, but yet the Talmud describes insult and slander against others as bloodless murder. Think on that for awhile – especially since you weaken your arguments by going low. (I know, time wasted). Gordon Fuglie says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Tags Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Douglas Register says: Douglas Register says: Steve Price says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY Douglas Register says: June 27, 2018 at 11:05 am “Reclaiming Jesus” movement continues it drift away from Christianity. Our Lord did not teach what Curry claims. God deliver us from this charlatan. Douglas Register says: June 29, 2018 at 11:23 pm Hi Douglas. This is Mel Soriano and I’m the moderator for the Integrity board. The guidelines for communications are at … I contact people when others feel that the communications on the page isn’t in the spirit of the community standards. One of your comments on the birthday of Bishop Robinson was felt to be a personal attack, especially on a post that was celebrating his birthday. I ask that we all remember the guidelines so that the group can be a place of spiritual support and grace. Thank you and God bless.(Douglas Register) Thanks. Read the policy. You will be limiting the personal attacks on the Trump Administration. It is agreed. No more from me or Integrity.[Actual textual exchange.] Douglas Register says: Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Collierville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Dave Garcia says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC June 27, 2018 at 12:01 pm Which part of Curry’s message is not in keeping with Jesus’ teachings? Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Presiding Bishop Michael Curry meets backstage with U2, Bono to talk about Reclaiming Jesuslast_img read more

Former garda reserve charged with fraud

first_imgAdvertisement Print Facebook NewsBreaking newsFormer garda reserve charged with fraudBy admin – October 17, 2013 899 Linkedin Report by Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A COMPLEX and lengthy investigation is underway concerning a former member of the Garda Reserve in connection with allegation of fraudulent claims made for job seekers allowance,38-year-old Cameroonian, Charles Eyombo, with an address at Bru Na Gruadan, Castletroy is charged with making gain through loss or deception contrary to section 6 of the theft and fraud offences act 2001.It is alleged that the former garda reserve who served in Shannon, presented to the Department of Social Protection on Dominick Street, Limerick on February 20, 2013 and signed on for Jobseeker’s Allowance and failed to notify the Minister of a change in his circumstances.Sgt Donal Cronin told Limerick District Court that the directions of the DPP were being sought and asked for a lengthy adjournment due to the complex nature of the investigation. Judge Eugene O’Kelly heard that the matter is alleged to span a “number of years”.Dates from August 2009 to March of this year are understood to be under investigation for a defraud totalling in the region of €36,000.The matter, which first appeared before the courts earlier this summer, was put back to February 19 next year.center_img Twitter Email WhatsApp Previous articleParamedic to be sentenced for video recording woman in toiletNext articleTerrible secrets of abuse at Limerick family guesthouse adminlast_img read more

Hughes: Musings on Packers’ super season

first_imgIndianapolis gave Edgerrin James a ring when it won four years ago even though he left the team in the offseason before. Harris was cut midseason. The Packers can honor him with the same gesture.6. I hope A.J. Hawk returns next season in a Packer uniform. He may not be the big name linebacker he was believed to become when he was drafted No. 5 overall, but the five-year pro has been dependably solid over that time and he’s coming off his best year yet, posting 134 tackles and three interceptions en route to earning a Pro-Bowl alternate tag. He’s also never missed a game in his career. It was an ugly defeat, but it exposed the fact that the Packers had the two bare essentials for a title: (1) They had a phenomenal defense and (2) they had a phenomenal quarterback.The Packers lost that game because the offense shriveled up without Aaron Rodgers. As admirable as Matt Flynn was the next week against New England, the offense floundered in Detroit.Because of the defense, Green Bay never trailed by more than seven points this year and never lost by more than four points. They were always in the game. A ground attack, even for a team that plays in the northern winter like Green Bay, is not a necessity when you have a great quarterback. Five out of the last 10 Super Bowl winners did not have a running game that finished in the top half of the league. Only four were in the top 10.But if there’s no ground game, the defense and quarterback need to be extraordinary to deliver the Lombardi trophy, like the Packers’ were.4. Desmond Bishop, Howard Green, Charlie Peprah and Frank Zombo - how many Packer fans knew those names during training camp (Hell, Green wasn’t even on the team until Week 8)? Both spent the majority of their careers elsewhere before spending a good amount of time in Green Bay late in their careers. Neither player slowed down with the Packers and neither player had a Super Bowl title among their repertoire of accomplishments. Both felt they were running out of time to earn a championship.For their teams, both stood for the best kinds of football players. The ones that were humble, beloved, worked hard their entire careers, never gave up and deserved everything they hadn’t yet received. They were pillars of inspiration and played important roles in their championships.2. Super Bowl XLV represented the Packers’ entire season in a nutshell. Green Bay overcame 15 players on injured reserve to reach the grand stage and when they finally got there, the injuries did not halt. More than that, the injuries claimed two of Green Bay’s biggest emotional leaders in Donald Driver and Woodson. If you’re a fan of sports teams in the state of Wisconsin, days like Sunday are about as rare as “””?ice storms in Texas.It’s not awful to be a fan of Wisconsin-based sports teams. It’s not a relationship rife with despair. Cleveland fans have it much worse, as do others.But Green Bay’s Super Bowl victory is just the second time a Wisconsin professional sports team has won a title since Lew Alcindor and Oscar Robertson led the Milwaukee Bucks past the Baltimore Bullets in the 1971 NBA Finals.So, basically, winning Super Bowl XLV tastes better than every cheese curd, brat and beer I’ve ever had.I don’t know how else to describe the happiness other than “being pregnant with joy.” After the game, I could only marvel at the season and the team. One random thought sporadically entered my head one after another. I could hardly string them all together into one cogent thought.So here’s a tidbit of the musings that rushed through my skull Sunday night:1. When looking at the leaders of the last two Packer Super Bowl teams, it’s easy to spot the similarities between Charles Woodson and the late, great Reggie White. Although their games may have been up and down, Jordy Nelson (nine catches, 140 yards) and Jarrett Bush (four solo tackles, one interception), kept the season-long drumbeat going without stutter.3. It was in the unlikeliest of places I realized the Packers had a legitimate chance of winning in Dallas this year, but it came after the embarrassing 7-3 loss to Detroit.center_img Maybe it was the extra lighting that comes with a dome, but I swear those green jerseys never looked more beautiful and the yellow never looked so bright.Yeah, the Packers were a true road team, but they embraced the Super Bowl as their home. Being the second-youngest team in the NFL, don’t be surprised if they get comfortable there for the next couple years.Elliot is a junior majoring in journalism and sweet, sweet glory. What thoughts do you have on Green Bay’s achievement? Email them in written form to [email protected] Hawk has a $10 million dollar pay stub coming soon, and Green Bay likely won’t pay it. He’ll have to restructure his deal or find a new team. With the emergence of Bishop and the likes of Brandon Chillar and Nick Barnett returning from injury, it’ll be interesting to watch.7. I’m glad the Packers wore their green jerseys for the Super Bowl. As the home team, they had a choice to revert to the white, like the Steelers did six years ago when they traversed three away games in the postseason to the Super Bowl. The Steelers wanted to keep the theme of winning on the road going and the Packers could have done the same. Bishop had eight tackles – three for loss – and a fumble recovery. Green helped force Nick Collins’ pick-six. Peprah led the team with 10 tackles – nine solo – and didn’t get beat in coverage. Zombo had a sack, another tackle for loss and has the coolest name I’ve ever heard.All of them capped off superb season-long play with the above stats in the biggest game. Here’s to hopefully seeing more from them in the coming years.5. I hope the Packers give a ring to Al Harris. Why not? For seven seasons he was a big reason why the Packers were a playoff team. After his devastating injury and subsequent departure from the team, he left thanking the Packer nation for the time he spent there.last_img read more