Divine Intervention At The 20-Yard Line: One In Four Americans Thinks God Decides Football Game Outcomes
Roger Goodell may want to think about banning pre game prayer rituals, as one in four Americans believe that this could be the biggest performance enhancing advantage players are now using.
A new study conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute has concluded that roughly 27 percent of people in the country are crediting God for determining the outcome of football games.
Roughly 4-in-10 minority Christians (40%) and white evangelical Protestants (38%) agree that God does play a role in the outcome of a sporting event, compared to less than 3-in-10 (29%) Catholics, less than 1-in-5 (19%) white mainline Protestants, and approximately 1-in-10 (12%) religiously unaffiliated Americans.
More than one-third (36%) of Americans who live in the South agree that God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event, compared to nearly 3-in-10 (28%) Americans who live in the Midwest, 1-in-5 (20%) Americans who live in the Northeast, and 15% of Americans who live in the West.
While this would be nice to actually believe, just look at Tim Tebow as the ultimate example of why this just can’t be true. He spends all his days praying for a chance to compete only to be swept under the NFL’s rug of free agency.
Then again, I could be totally wrong and the team with the most faith will be winning Super Bowl XLVIII. We’ll have to wait and see come Sunday.
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