Never. Give. Up.

Never. Give. Up.

Today we celebrate the Reverend Martin Luther King’s birthday. He never gave up, no matter the odds, the threats, the assaults, the murders. Although his voice was silenced by a coward’s bullet, his spirit lives on and in the end,

We Shall Overcome.

No matter what it takes. No matter how long it takes.

Yesterday, I witnessed what can happen when people refuse to quit.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times describes what spirit and heart can accomplish.

For this one, injured Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman had to play the closing minutes with one arm.

For this one, punter Jon Ryan had to throw a touchdown pass to backup tackle Garry Gilliam, and Chris Matthews, a practice-squad player for most of the season, had to recover an onside kick.

For this one, to win the most trying game in a most trying season, the Seahawks defense had to counteract five turnovers, and Marshawn Lynch had to make CenturyLink Field tremble again, and Luke Willson had to catch Russell Wilson’s rainbow miracle of a two-point conversion.

And at the end, for the Seahawks to return to the Super Bowl, Wilson had to throw deep to Jermaine Kearse — a futile connection on this day — ignoring that all four of his interceptions occurred while targeting Kearse, including two picks that went through the wide receiver’s hands.

Kearse caught it. Later, Kearse wept. Wilson did, too. In an NFC Championship Game that felt like a replay of the Seahawks’ entire, strenuous season, Seattle had staged an amazing comeback that embodies the redemptive charm of this team.

The Seahawks outlasted Green Bay in a 28-22 overtime thriller, overcoming a game opponent as well as their own mistakes. It was an ideal Super Bowl encore for this team, an accomplishment that defines its toughness and determination.

The Seahawks were down 16-0 at halftime. The deficit was still 12 with less than three minutes remaining. And then the miracles started happening. Or rather, the Seahawks were rewarded for refusing to quit.

“No matter what you do to us, no matter how hard the pressure gets, no matter what you throw at us — no matter what happens — we bend, but we don’t break,” Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor said.

Take heart. If they can do it, we can do it.

Remember these words.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I will go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.

With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning: “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.” And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California.
But not only that.
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Never. Give. Up.

17 Responses to Never. Give. Up.

  1. so jaded says:

    BREAKING NEWS! Justice dept clears darren wilson; they may as well clear staten island’s choke cop white they r at it. F——g bullsh–t!

    • Malisha says:

      I lost all respect for, faith in, and belief in the possible non-corruption in DOJ after the Fogen charade. DOJ would easily have completed their evaluation of the Sanford PD and brought charges against them in 2013 at the latest, if there was any honesty at all in that agency. They are as corrupt as, if not more corrupt than, everyone else. Any possible “evidence” to the contrary is simply fakery and more elaborate theater at taxpayers’ expense. They are thugs. Every word they utter and every paper they publish is filled with lies and psychopathic fraud. We are governed by gangs of thugs overlapping each other in their disgusting stinking deceptions. If they ever got what they deserved we would be the biggest example in recorded history of a violent bloodbath revolution but that will never happen because in this case, all the murderers are already on the WRONG side and nobody on the right side has the murderer genes. You know why Fogen killed, why Wilson killed, why Pantaleo raped and killed? For one reason: Because they KNEW THEY COULD.

    • MDX says:

      More people who are anti-Kilson need to move into the county, register, and vote in a prosecutor willing to make a case. I don’t know much about the demographic trends in that area. It could take decades, but he is still under jeopardy. And I believe murder has no time period for charges. IOW, “white flight” could be Wilson’s blight.

    • Nef05 says:

      This is beyond infuriating. My understanding was that they weren’t looking for something under civil rights, which would require proof of malice or racial bias. I thought they were looking at it under the “excessive force under color of law” federal statutes, which does not require racial animus at all.

      So why go after something they already knew wasn’t there, instead of something seems pretty clear on it’s face. Yes, he was on duty (color of law) and yes, he used excessive force (see: dead body, distance, number and placement of shots).

      • gblock says:

        While racial animus was probably there, it is true that it would probably be hard to prove it to the extent required for federal civil rights charges.

  2. Malisha says:

    Oops. St.Louis County Police Chief apologizes because his racist cops beat up the WRONG African American??? As if they should have beaten up the RIGHT one?

  3. Best analysis of this wild game I’ve seen!

  4. colin black says:

    Theres a ball In that mellee some where.
    Orkney Islands are Mystical Beutifull.

    We camped out one night at skara brae a fivet housand year old home.
    At least the ruins.

    It was a clear night no light pollution I was 12 an had never seen stars in such clarity an ubundance

    An camping in such an ancient abode.

    The Orkneys are tiny an yet you cant walk far before you encounter Stone Circles an Monuments.

    Every Summer Holidays untill I was 15 my Scout Group took us up to the Orkneys.for 3 weeks..Magical times .

    I think I will go again some day

  5. MDX says:

    That was a hell of a finish. I give credit to the Packers for tying the score, rather than folding in shock. And the Hawks, IMO, faced a must score situation at their own 15 yard line to start the OT. And they faced that task, and then some. Great game.

  6. colin black says:

    I get the impression you are somewhat fond of the Seahawks .

    As a sportsfan I know the passion involved .

    Hibernian F.C are my team Football Club .

    I am intrerested In the History of Team Sports Involveing a ball.

    Both oval an round.

    An the way they have evolved .

    Forinstance football /soccer was the dominant team sport played In the early 19th century.

    Handling the ball was prohibited except by the keeper of the goal.

    There where no nets an crossbars as we see today.

    Two sticks placed In the earth seved as the goal.

    Also today 10 out feild players one goalkeeper…

    Back then there wher no limits could be 9 each side ,

    Or 20 even more just depended of the number of players each side could feild..

    Entire Villages would line up against each other.

    And the amount of Goal Keepers

    Depended on the size of the goal .

    They were allowed to manhandle an get reasonbly violent?

    To prevent the opposition scoreing.

    Theres a Town Called Rugby an nearby a School Named after the Town.
    A boy fed up of not getting enough touches of the ball picked it up an started running with it..

    Thats the beging of the evolution of the code of Rugby Football.

    Aussie Rules an Galec rules are other games thrown into that type of sport.

    Ancient Aztec s developed a game involveing a ball/head.

    A stone circle about ten ft up a wall was the hoop the players had to fight to gain the ball an propell it through the stone circle.

    Thease games where used as war by proxy.

    The players were the cheiftians strongest bravest warriors.

    Pittted against a Rivals best men.

    Historians think there were 3 each side and the ball could be either a ball formed from the rubber sap In the Jungle.
    At times a human head was used.

    The Upps v The Doons Orkney

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