The Animal Football Game

My pastor used this story as an illustration a few weeks ago…

The big animals and the little animals were having a football game. As the first half went along, the big animals were scoring at will. Every time they got the ball they would run it in for a touchdown. Then came the second half…
FIRST PLAY: The elephant runs the ball up the middle. BANG!! Tackled for a five-yard loss. The little animals go back to the huddle cheering and congratulating each other. “Who made that tackle?” asked the ant. “I did,” said the centipede.
SECOND PLAY: The rhinoceros runs the ball up the middle. WHOP!! Tackled for another five-yard loss. Back in the huddle the flea asked, “Who made that great stop?” “I did,” said the centipede.
THIRD PLAY: The gorilla tries an end sweep, led by the hippo throwing the lead block. SMACK!! Centipede tackles him for a 10-yard loss. Back in the huddle, the gnat asked the centipede, “Hey man, where were you in the first half?”
The centipede replied, “Getting my ankles taped.”


  1. Great illustration for a funny (clean) joke. I’ll probably have to use that joke the next time I teach the Young Couples Class at my church. Great work, Dennis!

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