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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

God and the NFL

            My mother taught me that it’s dangerous to bring up religion and politics in polite conversation, and she was right. However (sorry, Mom), I find that I must weigh in on the tweet from Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson following last Sunday’s game.

            The tweet was this:

I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO...,"

            Yes, this tweet was directed at…God.

            You see, Mr. Johnson dropped what would have been the game-winning pass in overtime. He was in the end zone, the ball was thrown to him, and he – there’s not really a nice way of saying this – let it slip through his fingers. The Bills lost the game. And it was…God’s fault.

I find this fascinating (and funny) for several reasons:
1.      Twitter allows celebrities (and anyone else, for that matter) to share their private issues instantly with millions of people, and it does not in any way require those celebrities to think before pressing the send button. (This is a general observation, not specifically directed at Mr. Johnson although it does apply to him.)
2.      I didn’t realize that God accepted prayers via Twitter. I really need to get with the program. Do you suppose Allah and Vishnu et al read tweeted prayers as well? I guess they must.
3.      If God personally directs the action in NFL football, does it follow that he wanted the Buffalo Bills to lose? If so, what have the Dallas Cowboys done to deserve the wrath of God this season? Cowboys’ fans are tired of the plagues of locusts and boils already.

I would like to offer this advice to Mr. Johnson, and I mean this in the nicest possible way: GROW UP! Sometimes you’re going to make a mistake and drop the ball. It’s YOUR fault. Man up and accept responsibility. You might try apologizing to the rest of your team, too. Maybe that’s the lesson you’re supposed to learn. Oh, and I’m pretty sure God would like it if you would think twice before pressing the send button on your tweets from now on.

You can read more about Steve Johnson and his highly-publicized Twitter prayer at: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2010/11/29/buffalo-bills-wide-receiver-blames-dropped-pass-god/?test=faces


Want to watch the game-losing drop? Try this website: http://thebeatofphilly.com/sports/1003thebeat/buffalo-bills-wideout-blames-god-on-twitter-after-dropping-game-winning-pass/






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