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Cincinnati Bengals beat the Ravens within the NFL Wild Card MNF Recreation


Yesterday Steven and I went to the Wild Card NFL recreation between the CINCINNATI BENGALS and the Baltimore Ravens!

Oh my gosh we had one of the best time ever! We walked round downtown beforehand the place there was a city-wide tailgate occurring. Cincinnati LOVES their Bengals, and boy did downtown prove for the massive recreation final night time.

We received to the sport proper because the doorways opened and had 90 minutes of pregame leisure to whet our whistle earlier than the principle occasion.

There have been fireworks, electrical guitar solos, fried stadium meals, and naturally Joe Burrow.

The sport was superb – it was each Steven and my first ever, in-person Bengals recreation! I do know, I’ve lived right here my entire childhood, and by no means as soon as went to a recreation! However there’s all the time a primary time for all the pieces, and the way particular to observe with my great fiancé!

I don’t know if it’s as a result of I’m about to get married, and have the will to begin a household quickly after, however I discovered myself periodically stepping again, outdoors of myself, and viewing the expertise as a mother, with youngsters in tow. Possibly it’s as a result of Steven talked about that it could be enjoyable to get season tickets when we’ve got youngsters, however regardless, I discovered myself typically watching the sport via that lens.

And I discovered that the entire NFL itself, could be very household pleasant. No less than on the Bengals stadium. All of the music was the “radio edited” variations. The cheerleaders had been in yoga pants and jackets. There was the Play 365 marketing campaign to encourage youngsters to play outdoors. They did the “youngsters cam” on the jumbotron, and just about all the pieces was household pleasant.

Besides…properly, the followers.

There was a lady behind us who introduced her eight 12 months outdated son to the sport, and it was only one factor after one other that made me simply *shut my eyes* and take a deep sigh for this girl.

For starters, the drunk man subsequent to her spilled her full White Claw (throughout my seat) as he was strolling by. And in order that’s the way it kicked off.

However to her different aspect, had been one other group of 6 or 7 drunk frat-type guys, and so they had been all simply yelling profanities the entire recreation. Each dangerous name was a “F-You, Ref!” Or “Su*ok my [expletive], Ref!”

It was simply — yikes. Even I, — who doesn’t have youngsters, and have lived in New York for the final 12 years — was uncomfortable with what was popping out of those guys’ mouths.

However the kicker was that these guys had been speaking to this eight 12 months outdated baby, and being like, “solely 13 extra years till you’ll be able to drink, my man!”

Like — how inappropriate to say that to a baby? Ask him who his favourite participant is on the staff. Ask him what he needs to be when he grows up. Ask him if he performs soccer.

Why on earth would you suppose it’s okay to speak to an eight 12 months outdated about how lengthy he has till he can drink alcohol?!!

I needed to cease listening at that time, as a result of I used to be simply too upset.

And to be utterly honest within the matter — I do imagine the subject was mentioned as a result of man #1 who spilled his mother’s White Claw did find yourself shopping for her one other one, and this dialog ensued throughout the supply. BUT nonetheless. I don’t suppose that makes it any much less inappropriate.

Anyway.

Again to me, watching the sport, half with a watch like a mother or father.

It simply struck me that, as dad and mom in at the moment’s world, it’s actually the steepest of uphill battles to boost your kids with their head on straight anymore.

To instill in your kids a Christian worldview, the place they really feel protected to be the kids God created them to be, and striving to comply with Christ’s instance…there are simply so many elements actively working towards us.

We will’t belief Disney anymore, or the Disney channel. Public faculties are feeding our youngsters anti-Christian “truths.”

You may’t even carry a baby to an NFL soccer recreation anymore with out being bombarded by drunken seat mates.

It simply is a bit discouraging.

However I’ve received to suppose, that our youngsters are formed by the folks we encompass them by. The media – each social and conventional will do their finest – however surrounding them with a robust household; a vibrant group of believers; pals who share the identical values; and a bedrock of church attendance (and pleasure)… I’ve received to suppose that we’re equipping youngsters with a sturdy sufficient basis to at the very least give them a preventing likelihood towards this loopy world we’re up towards.

Or perhaps I’m trying on the glass half-empty. Possibly I’m lacking one thing.

Possibly I’m forgetting that I’m not in NYC anymore, and the group right here in Ohio is rather more Christ-loving, and household oriented. Possibly I must depend these blessings that I’m out of New York, and look to the positives round me.

Possibly.

However till then, I’ll proceed to cheer on my Cincinnati Bengals, and luxuriate in this stunning new metropolis, and let drunken frat-guy conversations be regretful accidents that hopefully, led to a formative parenting alternative within the automobile on the best way house.

Till Wednesday…

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