27% of Americans Believe God Wants Their Team to Win

In light of this Sunday’s Super Bowl match-up, the Public Religion Research Institute polled over 1,000 Americans on their feelings on the entanglement of sports and religion. (Note: The survey is limited to sects of Christianity and a broad “unaffiliated” group. I wish they had included other groups, but so it goes.)

As it turns out, 27% of those surveyed think that God plays a role in determining which team will win a sporting event. A majority of those surveyed (53%) also think that God rewards faithful athletes with “good health and success.” [Read more…]

Why Religion is Like Mark Sanchez

In this week’s issue of the New Yorker, James Surowiecki digs into the frustrating problem now confronting the New York Jets: They owe less-than-stellar quarterback Mark Sanchez $8,250,000 next year whether or not he plays… but he’s not playing well at all. What should they do? Stick with him and hope he improves or go with a different quarterback (Tim Tebow?) altogether? [Read more…]

Christian News Site Thinks Neil Patrick Harris Is Going To Get His Gay All Over The Super Bowl

World Net Daily is continuing on down the path to journalistic excellence with this one.

The Super Bowl will be shown on CBS next month, so obviously they are promoting the crap out of it. (Why? Because… um… I don’t know, otherwise people wouldn’t watch the Super Bowl?)

Anyway, CBS started advertising for the Big Game during the Colts/Ravens game on January 6th, and here is one of the images they used:

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Why Notre Dame Doesn’t Deserve a National Championship

You may not like sports.

You may be tired of hearing coworkers and friends talk about the BCS National Championship Game, where the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will play against the Alabama Crimson Tide. [Read more…]

Tradition Doesn’t Justify Bigotry, Not in Religion and Not in Soccer

Sports fans tend to be loud, obnoxious, and in your face. I should know; I’m one of them. Because of this, bigotry can often be displayed publicly by a country’s sports fans.

Earlier this week, fans of a Russian soccer team, Zenit St. Petersburg, called for non-white and gay players to be excluded from the team. [Read more…]


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