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God Dropped the Ball?

November 29, 2010

A personal pet peeve of mine is when athletes thank God for victories or stellar play. I mean, I’m down with thanking God for the ability to play the game- but when an athlete thanks God for a win, it just rubs me the wrong way. The idea that the Creator of the universe has his hand in pushing a field goal wide left at the end of a game just strikes me as silly. However, thanking God for victories is just as much a part of football as the halfback draw…

Which is why I have a hard time swallowing the public outcry over Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson’s tweet after the game yesterday. After dropping a fairly routine ball in overtime that would have won the game for his team, Johnson had the following to tweet:

Johnson seems to blame God for his drop. Honestly though, if a player gives credit to God for catches… doesn’t it sort of make sense to blame him for drops as well?

Maybe we can just accept the fact that football games are generally won on the field, and by the players who have worked harder and are more prepared. If you need proof that God doesn’t play favorites, go look at Notre Dame scores from the past few years…

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  1. November 29, 2010 11:21 am

    Call me crazy, but I get the sense that he’s not just blaming God, but threatening him, i.e. “ILL NEVER FORGET THIS”. So what happens the next time he drops a pass??

    Does he stay seated during the music at church that week? Skip his tithe? Or maybe he pulls a Sinead O’Conner type thing and tears up a picture of Jesus on the sideline.

  2. January 4, 2015 3:22 pm

    That kind of thniking shows you’re on top of your game

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