Martin Luther: King of protestants
What a great, fun-filled sports weekend we just had, amirite? The Cats completed a multi-sport, multi-gender sweep of Tennessee with a hard-fought (albeit exhausting to watch) game behind gritty performances that showcased tenacity and spirit. Football playoffs were equal parts exhilarating and heart-breaking, as my man Tim Tebow got absolutely demolished (“Serves you right!” -Commenters, inevitably), and the 49ers came back TWICE to beat Drew “Bahama” Brees in an absolute thriller. Oh, and the Clippers beat the Lakers for the first time in like a hundred years. That DeAndre Jordan’s pretty good, huh?
The only thing that made the sports-filled weekend even better was the knowledge that you could stay up late and watch every single event on TV, because you didn’t have to wake up early to go to work today. And I have a pretty good guess as to how that makes you feel.
But on days like today, when we, as a nation, take time to relax and remember, it’s important to take a step away from sports and commemorate something that’s a little bigger. Today, we celebrate the fact that, thousands of years ago, Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses to the door of a Wittenburg cathedral, declaring himself the king of his own church, where he could do whatever he wanted and get away with it, including taking a Monday in February off of work. It was a brilliant plan that we still embrace, hundreds of thousands of years later. Thus, MLK (Martin Luther: King) Day.
So please, instead of treating today as “just another day off”, remember the reason for the season (if that phrase works for Christmas, it works now). Of course, you can always enjoy your downtime by watching some elite high school recruits on ESPN just be sure to consider why you have that downtime in the first place. We all love the Cats, and we all love having time off, but it’s only right to put things in proper perspective today.
To help you in celebrating, since you’re likely out of work or school for the next several hours, take a look at some things going on around Lexington to commemorate MLK Day 2012:
–1st Annual ML5K: Sponsor yourself to take a nice jaunt around the city to raise awareness for Martin Luther’s enduring ideals. Today’s supposed to be the warmest day of the week, so it’s a perfect opportunity to get a little exercise and help a good cause. Invitations will be, well, nailed to your door. Meet at 10 a.m. to register.
-If you have kids, be sure to bring them to the “Pin the Theses on the Cathedral” contest being held downtown. Contest will be going between noon and 3 p.m., so get those kiddos out there and show them what peaceful protest is all about. Grand prize is a copy of the new “Good Parenting” cookbook Diet of Worms: The New Paleo Regimen, for those of you interested in alternative sustenance.
-Finally, try to take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to call that old flame who broke your heart into a million pieces, since today also happens to be “Ex Communication Day” in most of the contiguous United States and Canada. Sure, he/she may have treated you poorly in the past, but in the spirit of the holiday, it’s never too late to reconcile.
Stick around all day as we continue to make fun of Tennessee (except Jarnell Stokes; he’s scary), and look ahead to tomorrow’s game against Arkansas at Rupp.
(Obviously, I’m being facetious with the above events/”commemoration” business. Martin Luther King, Jr. was truly a great man and a visionary, and our country is a better place for having had him in it. Gandhi said that we are to “be the change [we] wish to see in the world”, and MLK, through his conviction and action, was an agent for the change that we all needed.)