After Kountze High School Cheerleaders Hold Up Prayer Banner, the Football Team Loses

Remember how the cheerleaders at Kountze High School won a temporary reprieve on their Bible run-through banners this past Thursday?

Well, a day later, under the Friday Night Lights, the varsity football team lost their first game of the season:

That puts them at 4-1 for the year now.

As a coach of a competitive high school team myself, I’m not mocking the football players at all. But it probably takes an atheist to point out that the cheerleaders’ banners didn’t help the team win the game.

I guess God was rooting for the other team.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GodVlogger?feature=mhee GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    Maybe they should have the banners rotate which gods they praise, and see which ones give them them highest percentage of wins. 

    • Stev84

      Given that there are thousands of possible gods, the chance of them randomly picking the right one is pretty slim

      • The Other Weirdo

         That’s why there should be a line-up. Make up a banner for every god there is, or at least all the ones you’ve heard about in mythology class, and for every game use the next banner in line.  Then tally up all the wins and losses.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JBAMPHNDKNSKDNVTY3VRYGWMYQ Jack

           We should also make banners for gods we just made up (I mean, recently made up) and give them to several teams. Some of them will know that their banners’ gods are not real and some won’t. That way we can destablish the psychological effects of this.

          Oh, and there have be some teams without any banners at all, you know, as control groups!

          • http://twitter.com/TOMSISSON1 TOM SISSON

             WELL YOUR ANSWER WAS ONLY HALF DUMB. MAYBE ALL SCHOOLS SHOULD INCORPORATE GOD, IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, IN ALL ASPECTS OF SCHOOL. MAYBE THEN, IT WOULDN’T UPSET SO MANY WHEN GODS NAME OR PRAYER IS USED ON A CAMPUS

      • Baal

         There are lots of high schools.  We could get a list, assign various gods on a rotating basis (so that the best trained most skilled teams don’t get the same god all the time) and then see which god correlates with the most wins.  We should probably also get a measure of team’s skill so we can take those factors out of the equation.

        • http://twitter.com/TOMSISSON1 TOM SISSON

           MAYBE,UNLIKE YOU, THEY ONLY BELIEVE IN ONE GOD. DOESN’T MATTER WHO WINS. WHAT MATTERS IS HIS NAME SPOKE ON CAMPUSES AGAIN

    • http://twitter.com/TOMSISSON1 TOM SISSON

       THATS REALLY DUMB

  • Randomfactor

    They’d have won if it weren’t for those meddling…
     

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      And their stupid dog!

    • http://twitter.com/TOMSISSON1 TOM SISSON

       NO THEY WOULDN’T HAVE.

  • cdogzilla

    Is it wrong that I did the Nelson laugh while reading the headline? http://goo.gl/KPJz

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Schlicht/1566144898 Steve Schlicht

    Well, at least now they have their answer.

    Woodville.

    The team of Woodville is against them.

    Didn’t take much, did it?

  • Parts

    they would just say….”God works in mysterious ways”

  • A3Kr0n

    God did that to teach them to be humble so they could be prepared when they lose the court case over their run-through banners

    • http://twitter.com/TOMSISSON1 TOM SISSON

       DIDN’T LOSE THO DID THEY??????

      • A3Kr0n

         No they didn’t lose

        • A3Kr0n

           Yet…

          • http://twitter.com/TOMSISSON1 TOM SISSON

             I WOULDN’T CARE IF THEY LOST THE NEXT 1,000 GAMES. THEY STRUCK A BLOW FOR ALLOWING GOD BACK ON THE CAMPUS OF OUR SCHOOLS.

            • A3Kr0n

               So you like God in public schools, right? I just want to understand your position.

  • http://profiles.google.com/chriswarr Chris Warren

    They suck at football AND god has abandoned them. I think it says something about a team who believes divine intervention is required to win. 

  • LesterBallard

    Day. Made.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw m6wg4bxw

    I’m pleased that they lost the game. However, the statement about the support of god on the sign probably refers to their personal lives, i.e. they can overcome any adversity in life.

    • LesterBallard

      So, why have it on a big fucking banner at a big fucking public event? How personal is that?

      • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw m6wg4bxw

        You must ask them. I can only speculate. Pride? Evangelism? Braggadocio?

        I’m convinced that some Christians try to elicit a response they can categorize as persecution. Not only are they taught to expect it, but that they gain favor as a result.

        • LesterBallard

          You’re the one who wrote that it was probably meant to be about their personal lives, so I addressed my question to you. It sounded as if you were defending the banner. I wish that they would keep it personal. I’d have much less of a problem with religion.

          • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw m6wg4bxw

            I commented on the meaning of their message, which is a separate issue from why, how, and where they chose to express it. 

            I wanted it to sound as if I was defending Christians from being criticized and mocked about a statement they haven’t made.

      • http://twitter.com/TOMSISSON1 TOM SISSON

         YOUR DOCTOR DROPPED YOU WHEN YOU WERE BORN, DIDN’T HE? YOUR MOTHER HAS GOT TO BE PROUD OF HOW YOU GREW UP AND ALL THE BIG WORDS YOU USE…

  • FractalHeretic

    Excellent! Now we know two of God’s weaknesses: iron chariots and football.

    • http://twitter.com/TOMSISSON1 TOM SISSON

       DIDN’T KNOW HE HAD A WEAKNESS. UNLESS IT’S LETTING IDIOTS LIKE YOU WALK AROUND

  • Aaron Scoggin

    What really happened is that all the negative ATHEIST energy made the school a target for SATAN, and as a result, they lost. 

    Because that totally makes sense.

    • Michael

      Although what actually happenned is they put too much effort into defending the banners that ought to have gone into training.

      • http://www.facebook.com/don.gwinn Don Gwinn

        The cheerleaders didn’t train hard enough?
        :D

        • Michael

          Absolutely, don’t you know that cheerleaders win matches?

    • Beelzebub

      Actually it does. let’s see how strong their faith is after a few more losses, a tornado or five and an epidemic of herpes.

      • http://twitter.com/TOMSISSON1 TOM SISSON

         YOU GOT THE RIGHT BLOG NAME. THAT OR IDIOT

    • http://twitter.com/TOMSISSON1 TOM SISSON

       NO, IT TOTALLY DOESN’T.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

    Aah, I love the smell of schadenfreude in the morning!

  • http://www.facebook.com/don.gwinn Don Gwinn

    Wow, there’s some petty stuff happening here.  People are “pleased that they lost the game,” people are saying a 4-1 team “sucks at football,” and that’s as far as I cared to scroll down.

    People, I don’t think you’re helping here.  It’s worth a chuckle that a team that proclaims that the Almighty wants them to win . . . . well, didn’t . . . . but these people already suspect that people like us aren’t as interested in principle as we say we are. They already think we’re just having fun bullying kids and schools because we can.  It doesn’t help when you make fun of them for losing a game.

    That doesn’t mean you can’t do it, of course, if you still think you should.  I’m just a random guy on the internet.  But I think it would be great to follow Hemant’s example on this, politely pointing out that their sign doesn’t seem to have worked, so maybe they won’t be as devastated as they think when they have to give up the signs.

    • Drew M.

      Damn your eyes for getting  in our faces and being all reasonable and shit.

    • http://twitter.com/the_ewan Ewan

      The making fun of them shows no lack of interest in principle. The principle is that their silly fairly stories are silly fairly stories, and this does actually show that in practice.

      Everyone’s treating this as an amusing joke, which is it, but it’s also serious – these idiots have set themselves up a situation of claiming that their god is a) powerful, and b) on their side. Then they lose. At that point, at least one of those claims has been falsified.

      • http://twitter.com/TOMSISSON1 TOM SISSON

         GOD IS POWERFUL AND HAVING HIM ON YOUR SIDE, WHETHER YOU WIN OR LOSE, IS ALWAYS A GOOD THING

    • http://twitter.com/TOMSISSON1 TOM SISSON

       MAYBE SOME OF WHAT THEY DID WAS WONG BUT BRINGING GOD INTO THEIR SCHOOL AND FOOTBALL PROGRAM ISN’T WRONG. MORE THAN ANYTHING, THEY WERE BRAVE. OF COURSE THEY WON’T WIN ALL THEIR GAMES BUT BY BRINGING GOD BACK TO SCHOOL, THEY’VE ALREADY WON.

  • John

    Maybe the other team had iron chariots.

  • Chuck VonDerAhe

    The banner wasn’t the only sign at the Kountze High game on Friday. http://imgur.com/9mIiS