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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:37 PM

 

One in four Americans think God helps decide the outcome of football games

Rick Chandler
Jan 31, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

More than half of all Americans believe that God rewards athletes who have faith in Him, according to a recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute, and isnít that what Tim Tebow has been telling us all along?

That number is 53 percent, and isnít really that shocking. But this one is, at least to me: according to the poll, 27 percent of Americans believe that God actually plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event. Yes, God is waving that ball fair or foul, like an omnipotent Carlton Fisk. Or to put it another way, God spends all day playing Madden NFL 12 with real players.

Which means that David Akers must have really done something wrong in his life recently. God seems to be steamed at him.

The poll, conducted on Jan. 16, consisted of random telephone interviews with 1,033 subjects.

The percentage jumps even higher if youíre a white evangelical Protestant from the South.

http://offthebench.nbcsports.com/2013/01/31/one-in-four-americans-think-god-helps-decide-the-outcome-of-football-games/related/

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Reply One in four Americans think God helps decide the outcome of football games (Original post)
HarveyDarkey Jan 2013 OP
el_bryanto Jan 2013 #1
randome Jan 2013 #2
HERVEPA Jan 2013 #3
joeybee12 Jan 2013 #4
Fresh_Start Jan 2013 #5
Flashmann Jan 2013 #10
Fresh_Start Jan 2013 #13
Flashmann Jan 2013 #15
Fresh_Start Jan 2013 #16
Flashmann Jan 2013 #17
msongs Jan 2013 #6
LiberalFighter Jan 2013 #18
Marrah_G Jan 2013 #7
pipi_k Jan 2013 #8
LiberalFighter Jan 2013 #19
Journeyman Jan 2013 #9
librechik Jan 2013 #11
Brickbat Jan 2013 #12
HarveyDarkey Jan 2013 #14
longship Jan 2013 #29
Tikki Jan 2013 #30
longship Jan 2013 #33
Tikki Jan 2013 #36
longship Jan 2013 #37
Tikki Jan 2013 #20
KamaAina Jan 2013 #21
hobbit709 Jan 2013 #22
Kolesar Jan 2013 #23
Initech Jan 2013 #24
Whovian Jan 2013 #25
Tierra_y_Libertad Jan 2013 #26
MiniMe Jan 2013 #27
OriginalGeek Jan 2013 #28
cthulu2016 Jan 2013 #31
Ian Iam Jan 2013 #32
WCGreen Jan 2013 #34
arely staircase Jan 2013 #35
d_r Jan 2013 #38

Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:38 PM

1. I wonder how it was asked - that seems odd to me

I know a fair amount of religious people and not that many believe that, if any.

Bryant

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:38 PM

2. No wonder I never win the pool. GOD CHEATS!

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:39 PM

3. You know, you see these subject lines, and you just hope it's going to be The Onion

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:40 PM

4. God needs to be banned from Vegas then...nt

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:42 PM

5. preachers have been doing a great job of propaganda

and a poor job of instilling moral values.

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Response to Fresh_Start (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:46 PM

10. Famine,plague,pestilence,war,all manner of catastrophe

That go apparently ignored by Him,and he's invested in a fucking FOOTBALL game??.......

OOOOoooooooooKaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy!!!

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Response to Flashmann (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:49 PM

13. well I don't hold the preachers responsible for that

but the fact that their followers think that a game is more important than the disasters and the human and natural costs is their failing

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Response to Fresh_Start (Reply #13)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:58 PM

15. I'm sorry

I don't know what happened....My reply was intended to be to the OP.....I must have clicked wrong.......Doh!!..

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Response to Flashmann (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:00 PM

16. its okay, we all do it

funny thing I thought you were agreeing with me...somewhat obliquely.

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Response to Fresh_Start (Reply #16)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:06 PM

17. funny thing I thought you were agreeing with me

I wasn't.....But now that I've read the post I inadvertently replied to,I do,absolutely...

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:42 PM

6. which god? there are so many to choose from nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:16 PM

18. Oh that is what is happening.

The teams all have different gods. And they are coaching through the team coaches.

So how many people are praying to the wrong god or following the wrong team?

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:43 PM

7. pretty sure 1 in 4 Americans are dumbasses!

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:44 PM

8. No...not God...

GODS

I'm not at all religious in the usual sense, but I do firmly believe in The Football Gods.

Do not anger them!



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Response to pipi_k (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:18 PM

19. The football gods can't play their tricks with the weather when stadiums are domed.

No rainstorms or snow. Damn!! That is what makes football fun.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:46 PM

9. "But Democrats . . . are slightly more likely to think that God is manipulating box scores . . .

"But Democrats (28 percent) are slightly more likely to think that God is manipulating box scores than Republicans (25 percent) or independents (26 percent)."


Not sure what to make of that.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:47 PM

11. my San Francisco cab driver convinced me it's the NFL "Mafia"

which really decides who wins the games. That's why Baltimore won against Denver--it was predetermined by PTB

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:48 PM

12. Cartoon: "This touchdown's for you, Jesus!"



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Response to Brickbat (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:52 PM

14. That's funny

 

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:38 PM

29. Nah! Everybody knows that Jesus watches only Footy.



Just to piss everybody off.
Just kidding.

Go Sydney Swans!

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Response to longship (Reply #29)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:51 PM

30. Oh, I believe you might be correct there...

...I forgot to get a chair close enough to the SON last GF...this year
I'll be talking to him at his feet..and a Premiership for the HAWKS.


Tikki
CARN the Hawks..

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Response to Tikki (Reply #30)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 05:01 PM

33. Okay. As long as it isn't freaking Collingwood. nt

But wouldn't the Suns make a premiership interesting.

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Response to longship (Reply #33)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 05:10 PM

36. ...or Essendon....

The Suns, yes..

Six weeks to go ...this year I get to see at least two games a week on TV from March on...
...any or all on radio.

I'm PST/PDT out here in L. A. so I stay up late/early AM and hope this season is as thrilling as last.

Tikki

CARN the HAWKS

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Response to Tikki (Reply #36)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 05:17 PM

37. Sadly, MHz Networks stopped carrying AFL.

I became a huge fan, but they stopped doing sports. I like the Suns because I've always liked Ablett.

(Still love the Swedish, Italian, French, and German language mysteries on MHz. Broadcast locally from Grand Rapids. No cable or Inet broadband here.)

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:24 PM

20. Someone, something has been kind to San Francisco..(think World Series, also) Wait, it's the...

teams: the players, the coaches, the fans, the community that makes the game
go around and around.

GO 49ers...

Tikki

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:26 PM

21. So that's why Notre Dame put such a hurtin' on Alabama in the BCS title game!

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:26 PM

22. 1 in 4 Americans don't have the sense to come in out of the rain.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:28 PM

23. So the jocks are the figurines from Clash of the Titans

Instead of Zeus at the controls, it's our monotheistic God.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:30 PM

24. According to the late great George Carlin:

"You ever notice these Christian athletes who praise God every chance they get but when they lose you don't hear a peep? God is undefeated in their book!"

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:32 PM

25. The percentage of total idiots in America never ceases to amaze me. n/t

 

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:32 PM

26. He must be betting against himself seeing as how he's broke all the time.

Pass the basket.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:37 PM

27. So explain Tim Tebow

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:38 PM

28. I honestly believed that the Cowboys lost because god was punishing me

for masturbating.


I should have pretended to be a Steelers fan for superbowls X and XIII.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:54 PM

31. Then three in four don't believe in much of a God

If there was a God I don't see why determining the winners of football games would be any different from all the other universe-running.

It is no different than curing a sick child while killing another sick child.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 05:00 PM

32. Terribly sorry to correct you, but you misspelled "God"

 

In America, it's Gawwwwwd.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 05:03 PM

34. And I thought Luck Was A Lady...

At least tonight....

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 05:04 PM

35. ridiculous

no loving, merciful god would allow tom brady and the patriots to ever win a game. satan? sure.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 05:18 PM

38. one in 4 Americans

Has an iq below ~92 or so

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