http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/16/super-bowl-prayer_n_460566...

humans have anthropomorphized God to the point where they think He (like them) is a football fan.  

“As Americans tune in to the Super Bowl this year, fully half of fans – as many as 70 million Americans – believe there may be a twelfth man on the field influencing the outcome,”

so we have confirmation that there are at least 70 million very stupid people in America.  i'd like to ask each of the 70 million how they explain why Tim Tebow didn't have more success in the NFL.  i assume their response would either be along the lines of describing God's mysterious nature, or maybe they'd toss in some good old fashioned Christian persecution.  but here's what i'd really like to know - assuming each of these football fans prays for their favorite team to win, yet year in year out the odds say they don't, isn't that direct confirmation of your prayers going unanswered?  

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Yes it is. I don't believe in football just like I don't believe in god, but many are fans. A famous basball player claimed to be religious and his wife took up talking "god and the devil" crap enough to drive anybody away. People need to wake up. Even if there was a god, he don't give a shit about your sports!

Wasn't that famous religious baseball player Poohole? I hated his pointing and his wife talking about the "devil having a field day." WTF was that about?

Jesus screwing with the point spread, yet once again. I'm with Dennis. It's difficult to say which I care less about - gods or football. Probably about an even level of apathy. Fortunately though, I only have to put with the incessant babbling about the NFL a few months of the year. The magic sky daddy, on the other hand....

I'll second that Pat.

Matt,I don't know how to link things, but look up the SNL Tim Tebow and Jesus in the locker room skit on YouTube. It's hysterical! BTW it's not really Tim Tebow, they are making fun of him and religion in sports. It's great.~Mel

oh, i've seen that one.  love it!  here's a link.

http://www.hiphopstan.com/tim-tebow-snl-skit-video/

Hey, if Jesus DOES come back let's see if he can play!

Thanks Matt! I think it's hysterical! I HAVE to learn to link things!

I've always thought how odd it is, the megachurch feel of the Superbowl......

My guess is that there's a higher-than-average number of religious people among football fans due to the similarities: It attracts people who seek a sense of community and something to do with family that enables "participation" for all ages. The spiritual element at work is luck, and things seem to work in mysterious ways, and "miracles" sometimes happen!

People feel as if wishful thinking will save the day. If their team wins, it reinforces their faith.

There's always arguments about what's "acceptable" for the family environment (so strange how a football game has become a family event.) And like so many religious things, there's always a looming threat of something illicit (nip slip) that might happen, despite (or because of??) the extreme repression.

Kinda nauseating how "sacred" this has become. Though February is a good month to have some sort of festive distraction. Chinese New Year can only go so far LOL!!!

How about DARWIN DAY???
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Seriously, IMO professional football is not even a sport anymore. (If it ever was.) It's show business.  Entertainment. Period.  And it is nauseating to see, and hear, how devoted people are to the scam.

College football used to be a sport..(and I wish they would show the half-times on TV!) maybe... among small colleges it still is.

And if you want REALLY crazy fundamentalism with your high school football, go to Texas or Arkansas.  There are public schools where the cheerleaders hold up paper banners with buybull verses on them, or short prayers for victory, for their teams to run through when they enter the field.  Gag me.

Well, my favorite team made St. Timmy cry. ROLL TIDE !!  hahahaha.  I am sick to death of our arch rivals, the auburn tigers, war eagles, whatever, citing gawd as the key to their success (when they have any).

 I am not a crazy fan but I like the college game because it amazes me that it can ever work right with so many variables. And honestly, it is the only thing that gives me any kind of feeling of community with the people I live around. We can talk about football. Not anything else.

Come to think of it, players pointing at the sky after they score really aggravates me.

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