"Are you ready for some football?! Are you ready to party?!....."
These lyrics of song uttered by Saint Hank Williams, as he is known to American NFL footbal fans, are more than just a song this morning. They are revered by 1,000's of USA JW's who will find excuses, not to attend Watchtower studies across the land.
"Honey, I think the kid is coming down with the Flu. You go to the meeting, I will volunteer to stay home with him."
For many of these Religio-Football Fanatics, its the dawn of a new day. A new day of the "sacred" NFL Football season. What could be more important than the opening kick off of the new season?
In Kingdom Halls throughout the land, attendance will be down. Today, there are only two kinds of JW's. Those who stayed home to see their team, and those wishing they stayed home to see their team.
Before Satan invented DVR's, faithful JW's that still went to meetings, because they had to. (example: like CO visiting, or you were giving the Public Talk) Used radios from their cars to check on scores. I can still remember vividly the speaker, right after his talk coming to me, the sound servant and asking. "What's the score?"
Understanding the importance of the Big Game, one CO started his final service talk with this question. (I swear on a stack of Watchtowers, this is the truth.) "Does anyone know the score?" You could see why the WTS appointed this man CO, he was smart. He knew, no one would pay attention to his talk if they were distracted with the game.
Amazingly, a bold and foolish MS raised his hand. (the Elders were to smart to raise the hands on this one, even though they new the score. This is why they are Elders and no longer MS's)
He gave the score and we all laughed. The CO said thank you, and then said he wanted to see him after the meeting. We all laughed again thinking he would be counseled, but really the CO only wanted the updated highlights.
Whether it be American Football, "Real Futbol" or Rugby. You know what I'm saying is true. To the JW's, the Kingdom is first and formost, except "On any Given Sunday"