I am a parish minister currently serving the Eliot Church of Natick MA. Eliot Church is a Community Church affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. Any statements made and postions held in "Unity," however, are solely mine(of course, they may be used with appropriate atribution). Therefore if you disagree, please do not blame the church!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Suits and Such

I just got back from my weekly Natick Rotary lunch. Today's speakers were the captains of the Natick High School Football team. In these parts, at least, most teams play a game on Thanksgiving Day against some cross town rival or other. This is the 100th anniversary of the Natick-Framingham turkey bowl and the pressure is on. Not surprisingly, many of the Rotarians present have played in the game themselves. I, however, am hopelessly uncoordinated...

Also today, the Rotarians helped out with the Natick Service Council Turkey deliveries. Harriett Buckingham, Dan Mahoney and I drove about town dropping off Thanksgiving meals to various folks who otherwise would not have had one. The Church donated three baskets (thank you to Aileen Zogby for her work on this). In addition to being a Rotarian, Harriett is also a long-time member of Eliot. Therefore we were doubly proud.

OK, one last thing for the football-minded this week. Sunday marked the first time in a long time that an NFL coach wore a suit on the sidelines. Mike Nolan of the SF 49ers wore one and then on Monday night so did Jack Del Rio of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Why haven't they worn them in the past? Well...way back when, many coaches certainly did. Then there was the small issue of an exclusive contract to Reebok and the NFL started to require all of its personnel to dress in painfully awkward ways.

The solution: a Reebok suit. It is still unclear as to whether or not this will be allowed in the future. I say allow it. It doesn't hurt--every once in a while--to let something graceful slip through the firewall of profit. Besides, some coaches could really use better options and I bet there's a way for everyone to make money...