A man with whom I used to coach soccer and I were talking before the football game Friday night. He had brought up the fact that the jerseys now have the name of each kid on the back. This is a new development from last year.
We discussed how it seems they respond better with their own identity, and not just a number. People like to hear their names. There’s another change from last year to this year. Instead of seeing “LC” on the middle of the field, you see “Lee.” Obviously the uniforms are new. As we continued with our observations, it was put forth that maybe this wholesale change is for a greater purpose.
Maybe the “grand design” was to completely disassociate from the imagery of past seasons and start afresh. About my friend who remains “nameless,” I could not find his name in the phone book to ask his permission to give him credit for some of these observations.
After our conversation, I moved to the press box, where I do the pregame and halftime announcing for the band. In the press box was this gentleman I hadn’t seen before. He commented about how good the band was. He then asked me if it is because the football team has started to win. (Yes, we count the scrimmage with Monroe a win.) I said “no,” and explained how the band had been working hard for weeks in the summer to get to where they are. He responded, “You can tell hard work!”
He asked me if the football team’s winning brought more identity between the band and the team. I replied, “No, we’ve always been one team.” They play football and we do the band. After the losses, they came over to the band for the singing of the alma mater. Their heads hung low with dejection, the band and cheerleaders would sing to encourage.
This year, after having won both games, the band played and the football team sang and swayed like a huge men’s choir! It’s a team song. It turns out that this gentleman was a reporter another newspaper and I was being interviewed for an article. I had no idea. You just never know about these conversations at football games!
Here’s a name we enjoy at Lee County High School: Dean Fabrizio. He’s coached two blow-out wins these past two weeks with scores of 46-8 over Baconton Charter and 56-13 over Crawford County. These could have been worse. I was informed he put the second string in at the end of the second quarter against Baconton. His wasn’t concerned about preserving the shutout as much as he was giving these boys an opportunity to experience high school football on the field. A whole new slate of names hit the field but all were still under the main name: Lee.
Do you ever wish you could just change your name and start over? “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”(2 Corinthians 5:17) Does God care about the individual? Will He take an interest in you? “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”(Revelation 2:17)
What is the Name under which all shall be? “For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those in heaven and earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)