The Strong and the Weak

The play above doesn't look like one that will make SportCenter play of the day, but it was the best play for the weekend. It seems the Benton (MO) Cardinals football were losing 46-0 against Maryville with ten seconds to go. Benton coach Dan McCamy called a timeout and went across the field to confer with Maryville coach David McEnaney. Together they called the play captured on the YouTube video.

The player who scored the touchdown is Matt Ziesel, a freshman at Benton who suits up for every game and cheers on his team from the sidelines. Matt has Down syndrome, a disability that will keep him from ever playing for real. But with this game out of reach, the two coaches conspired to give Matt him moment in the sun. The crowd went wild as Matt went 60 yards for the touchdown, a moment that he will remember for his entire life.

The Spoofhounds gave up their shutout, but Coach McEnaney said it was a small price to pay in comparison to what they got in return, "It was a great opportunity for our kids to kind of realize that while, yes, winning is a big deal, there's bigger life lessons out there." Former Ohio State Woody Hayes once said, "Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get." But sometimes even in football, "It is more blessed to give than receive."

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. (Romans 15:1-2)