Hail Mary pass: half of football fans believe God is a force in football

Details:  Two weeks ahead of the Super Bowl, half of American sports fans say they believe God or a supernatural force is at play in the games they watch, according to a new survey. That percentage includes Americans who pray for God to help their team (26 percent), think their team has been cursed (25 [Read More...]

The Jewish football giant who loved and supported Catholic schools

That would be Art Modell, one-time owner of the Baltimore Ravens, who died this week at the age of 87.  George P. Matysek, Jr. of the Catholic Review remembers him: A few days before the then-owner of the Baltimore Ravens was to be honored by the National Catholic Educational Association in 2003, I was assigned [Read More...]

Tebow didn’t win, but his bible verse still scored on TV

Maybe things didn’t turn out Saturday the way Tim Tebow might have hoped. But the gang at Focus on the Family used the big game to run the ad below — which, imho, is a winner. UPDATE: Melinda Henneberger in the Washington Post is less impressed: Though not exactly a Benetton commercial – I think [Read More...]

A Vatican observer weighs in on Tim Tebow

The director of the “Church and Sport” section at the Pontifical Council for the Laity — yes, there is such a section at the Vatican — has offered a few thoughts on the Tim Tebow phenomenon. From ZENIT: Legionary of Christ Father Kevin Lixey works in the Roman Curia helping the Church make a contribution [Read More...]

Tim Tebow’s gospel of optimism

It’s not everybody’s favorite gospel, particularly in the world of professional sports, but it’s got a lot of people talking and thinking — including Frank Bruni in the New York Times: He genuflects so publicly and frequently that to drop to one knee in the precise way he does has been given its own word, [Read More...]

Wearing your faith on your back: the Tim Tebow “Jesus” shirt

It’s the latest sensation for some devoted — and devout — football fans: Tim Tebow delivered another miracle for the Broncos on Thursday night – at least that’s what many of the quarterback’s devout fans believe. After doing next to nothing all game, Tebow took his team the length of the field, scoring the winning touchdown [Read More...]

On the blue tongue of Brian Kelly: "Hypocrisy at the highest levels of Catholic academia"

Did Notre Dame coach go too far during a recent f-bomb attack on national television? Peter Finney, Jr., of the Clarion Herald newspaper in New Orleans, thinks so: Just a pooch punt from the towering icon called “Touchdown Jesus” in athletic homage to Christ’s eternally upraised arms, Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly, with bulging [Read More...]

Tim Tebow wears his faith on his sleeve … or wrist

The celebrated football star — and Christian — is still using the game he loves to spread his message. From the Christian Post: Tim Tebow, the evangelical darling who uses football as a platform for ministry, has found a way around the NFL rule that bans writing on the eye black. He was seen Sunday [Read More...]

A Raven Catholic

A couple years ago, I posted this interview with the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, John Harbaugh, who talked candidly and passionately about his Catholic faith. Now the reporter who did that interview, George Matysek of the Catholic Review, has posted excerpts as a video online.  Check it out below. [Read more...]


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