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(The New Republic)   Half of all Americans believe God decides the winners of football games. But apparently not the starting lineup, which maybe explains why Peyton Manning and not Tim Tebow will play quarterback for the Broncos on Sunday   ( newrepublic.com) divider line
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2014-01-31 01:27:53 PM  
The only interest God takes in sports is indirectly through His hatred of Cleveland.
 
2014-01-31 01:29:05 PM  

Cagey B: The only interest God takes in sports is indirectly through His hatred of Cleveland.


Done in one.
 
2014-01-31 01:29:55 PM  
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2014-01-31 01:34:37 PM  
Peyton rhymes with

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/Pats fan
//Peyton really is Satan
 
2014-01-31 01:36:42 PM  
Russell Wilson is a pretty pious dude.
 
2014-01-31 01:40:07 PM  
I dunno....there are a few events that sure make ya wonder.  Things like the Immaculate Reception, the Freeze Bowl, and a few others.

X factor can loom large in the NFL, especially in the post season.
 
2014-01-31 01:45:10 PM  
Subby didn't read his own article...

Here's what TFA ACTUALLY said...

Roughly 1-in-5 sports fans (19%) and similar numbers of all Americans (22%) believe that God plays a role in determining the outcomes of sporting events.

The "over half" number is just generically "Believe in some type of supernatural forces", this can be ANY kind of luck-influencing event, such as the belief that wiggling your toes and closing your eyes will make the kicker miss the FG.

That said, I HATE when people pray to God in regards to sports, it's stupid to think that He is gonna influence football, but let kids starve to death.
 
2014-01-31 01:50:27 PM  
6+6+6=18!

Hail Peyton!
 
2014-01-31 01:50:30 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-31 01:51:08 PM  
There are still deadender Tebow fans in Broncos land. People that honestly believe the Broncos would be where they are today with Tebow under center. They also hate Elway with a passion for replacing Tebow with a first ballot HOFer.
 
2014-01-31 01:52:46 PM  
What the fark did I just read
 
2014-01-31 01:58:10 PM  
i22.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-31 01:59:46 PM  

doubled99: 6+6+6=18!

Hail Peyton!



HAHAHAHAHAHA!
 
2014-01-31 02:03:47 PM  
Sorry Subby, you used the wrong example: Link
 
2014-01-31 02:05:59 PM  
Oh, you.  Some might say half of all Americans don't believe God decides the winners of football games.  But you had to take it in that direction.
 
2014-01-31 02:07:24 PM  

Cagey B: The only interest God takes in sports is indirectly through His hatred of Cleveland.


FTFY.
 
2014-01-31 02:18:20 PM  

Mikey1969: I HATE when people pray to God in regards to sports, it's stupid to think that He is gonna influence football, but let kids starve to death.


It's stupid to think there is a god when children starve to death.
 
2014-01-31 02:34:39 PM  

Cagey B: The only interest God takes in sports is indirectly through His hatred of Cleveland.


You win.
 
2014-01-31 02:38:27 PM  
nothing like representing 320 million people by polling 1,000.
 
2014-01-31 02:46:07 PM  
Yeah, something tells me the players imagine they have something to do with the outcome of their games.
 
2014-01-31 02:48:18 PM  

sn0wblind: nothing like representing 320 million people by polling 1,000.


It's how polls are done all of the time. You think they go out and poll all registered Republicans to find out how many think Obama was really born on Venus?
 
2014-01-31 02:48:43 PM  
Hard to believe that Tebowmania was two years ago.  I felt like a raving madman in the streets.  I started thinking "maybe Tebow is a winning winner who just wins games and I'm the crazy one for thinking he's riddled with flaws".
 
2014-01-31 02:57:21 PM  

WinoRhino: Mikey1969: I HATE when people pray to God in regards to sports, it's stupid to think that He is gonna influence football, but let kids starve to death.

It's stupid to think there is a god when children starve to death.


God provided children and plenty of food, both things that many people love and give thanks for. It's not His fault that humans are greedy as hell and can't handle the logistics of distributing food.

/of all the arguments against God, and I don't begrudge anybody's belief that there isn't one, "won't somebody think about the children?" is a pretty disingenuous one.
 
2014-01-31 02:58:01 PM  

sn0wblind: nothing like representing 320 million people by polling 1,000.

Someone

is bad at statistics, but in this case it's not the PRRI.
 
2014-01-31 02:59:56 PM  

Nadie_AZ: [i.imgur.com image 640x960]


That is a wonderful troll.

/national treasures
//even though they're British
///I'm Canadian
 
2014-01-31 03:09:28 PM  

skrame: It's not His fault that humans are greedy as hell and can't handle the logistics of distributing food.


How is that not His fault? It's part of His plan, isn't it? He's the one who designed those greedy humans, isn't He? Or is your god one of the non-omnipotent ones, or one of the non-omniscient ones?
 
2014-01-31 03:09:31 PM  

skrame: God provided children and plenty of food, both things that many people love and give thanks for. It's not His fault that humans are greedy as hell and can't handle the logistics of distributing food.


1) Roughly 5 million children die every year before they are 28 days old.  I guess it's not His fault that humans haven't cured all the diseases He created.

2) It's really not His fault that all those Irish lived in Ireland when He made a potato famine.  He still has no idea where those "Thank Him I'm Irish!" shirts came from.

3) An omnipotent, omniscient, benevolent being could probably handle making more food.  But historically, crop rotation, evolution by selective breeding, irrigation, pesticides, preservation advances, and mechanization have a better track record.  Weird.
 
2014-01-31 03:13:34 PM  
Can we identify that half of Americans and tell them to drink heavily from the Elk River in West Virginia?  Please?
 
2014-01-31 03:13:37 PM  
 
2014-01-31 03:15:17 PM  

sn0wblind: nothing like representing 320 million people by polling 1,000.


Why don't you just change your Fark handle to "F*ckingWoefullyUninformedPotatoAmerican" and have a seat over there.
 
2014-01-31 03:21:01 PM  

Robert1966: Or is your god one of the non-omnipotent ones, or one of the non-omniscient ones?


It's possible he's omnipotent and omniscient and is basically on the "cool, you think you're so smart, figure it out yourselves" plan.

I certainly remember forcing my parents into that plan by ignoring their better ideas over and over, once leading to me totaling my car and losing my job as a teenager (because I didn't have reliable transportation to it anymore).

In any case, if there were an omniscient God, it'd be laughable for us, feeble as our minds are, to act as though we can dictate what's good or bad on a level beyond our own.
 
2014-01-31 03:27:55 PM  

coeyagi: sn0wblind: nothing like representing 320 million people by polling 1,000.

Why don't you just change your Fark handle to "F*ckingWoefullyUninformedPotatoAmerican" and have a seat over there.


He's right.  You just need to unskew the statisticals and study it out.
 
2014-01-31 03:33:01 PM  
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2014-01-31 03:34:56 PM  
Interesting ESPN Stats & Info Tweet.....
Seahawks had NFL's best D in terms of pts & yds allowed. But they faced only 1 top-10 offense all season (including playoffs): No. 4 Saints.
 
2014-01-31 03:36:34 PM  
Randy Newman said it best: That's Why I Love Mankind
 
2014-01-31 03:45:00 PM  
 
2014-01-31 03:45:28 PM  

LessO2: Interesting ESPN Stats & Info Tweet.....
Seahawks had NFL's best D in terms of pts & yds allowed. But they faced only 1 top-10 offense all season (including playoffs): No. 4 Saints.


Interesting info:
Broncos had NFL's best O in terms of pts and yds. But they faced only 2 top-10 defenses all season (including playoffs): No. 7 Texans (well after they'd given up on the season) and No. 8 Giants.

/so each had two games
 
2014-01-31 04:23:26 PM  

skrame: WinoRhino: Mikey1969: I HATE when people pray to God in regards to sports, it's stupid to think that He is gonna influence football, but let kids starve to death.

It's stupid to think there is a god when children starve to death.

God provided children and plenty of food, both things that many people love and give thanks for. It's not His fault that humans are greedy as hell and can't handle the logistics of distributing food.

/of all the arguments against God, and I don't begrudge anybody's belief that there isn't one, "won't somebody think about the children?" is a pretty disingenuous one.


The original post I responded to essentially suggested that god was either unable to, or didn't want to, help hungry children. Or, alternatively, that he is the type of god that couldn't be concerned with either the outcome of human events or their suffering. I sort of boiled that down to just the thought that some people think there is a god that cared enough to create life, but not quite enough to help it. Of course, the answer to that is "no one knows god's plan" which is the most intellectually lazy argument, isn't it?

Anyhow, people can believe whatever they like as long as it doesn't intrude into my life. But the lesson here is that people who believe in god and that he doesn't interfere in sporting events are only one step above those who think he roots for their team.
 
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