“Talent is a Gift, but character is a Choice.” (Anthony Grant, Head Basketball coach for Alabama.)
It’s the Big Day: EURO 2012 Championship Game starts in a few short minutes.
There’s been so much talent & so much character to this point. I usually cheer for Germany (my Grandmama was German, i was an exchange student to Germany in high school & a German major in University : ) but those Italians came out the other nite On Fire & zoomed right onto the business of Scoring Goals. 2 in quick succession (!!)
Papa said he thought the Germans were ‘a bit arrogant’ … maybe. They are a Very Talent-filled Team. I thought they would dominate… & they did, a bit… but then the Italians WON.
What a joy to see all that talent…it’s been amazing this whole tournament (especially in that incredibly exciting, ‘nail-biting’ Denmark/Portugal match)…
Then there’s character. Mario Balotelli’s make-it-happen spirit (goals, goals!) & Andrea Pirlo’s continued perseverance (at 33..) keeping focused on The Ball…
‘Twas heartening to see the English Team during the Quarter-final Italy match as the defensive players held back what seemed like a zillion attempts on goal. Talent… and LOTS of character.
Talent may be a gift… but character doesn’t give up. It’s a choice.
Must go dash (Spanish Orange cake just out of oven to accompany our Italian meal for the EURO 2012 Championship Soccer Party at the Woodwards : )
grace, peace & Footballers (with Character)
Virginia : )
p.s. it’s Sunday… & i must confess my mind did wonder a wee bit during church this morning. What’s it like Above during these big sport events? Do the Saints place Heavenly bets on the outcome?
Just imagine Italy’s cheering section: woah! – St. Francis, St. Benedict, St. Catherine of Siena + So Many Others… Then for sure, St. Teresa of Avila & St. Ignatius (& his buddies – St. Xavier et all) would rally the Spanish sidelines…
Whatever the Heavenly Cheering, may God bless & anoint the talent given the amazing players on both sides… and may He strengthen their character (& ours, too!)