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Interesting opinion piece from John Walters...Does anyone else agree with me that the co-joining of religion (particularly fundamentalist Christianity) and sports is just getting to be a bit extreme?
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Does God care who wins? Of course He doesn�t.

Unless He does.

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And yet, what if some Cardinal or Steeler were to be named Most Valuable Player come Sunday and lead off his interview in front of the entire world, by saying, �I�d just like to thank L. Ron Hubbard and the church of Scientology?� Or, �I�d just like to express gratitude to my dark lord Beelzebub?�

That might give NBC�s sideline reporter a moment�s pause, no?
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Originally Posted by Snargle
Interesting opinion piece from John Walters...Does anyone else agree with me that the co-joining of religion (particularly fundamentalist Christianity) and sports is just getting to be a bit extreme?
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Does God care who wins? Of course He doesn�t.

Unless He does.


Seems to me this would be of more interest.

[quote]Is spirituality real or is it simply life�s greatest psychological performance-enhancing drug? Does the answer matter?

Lusk played three NFL seasons. Uncommonly close with his coach, Dick Vermeil, Lusk spent one day at training camp in 1979 and then left to begin his ministry. When he began at his church in run-down North Philadelphia, he had 17 members and two mortgages.

Today? �We have more than 200 employees,� says Lusk. �We give out 8,000 food baskets at Christmas. Mentor 1,000 children of inmates. We train about 3,000 welfare recipients per year on how to enter the work force. The same bank building that used to turn us down for loans? Now we own that bank.�

Kurt Warner was not drafted out of college. Today, every time his family dines at a restaurant, he buys dinner for another table. Anonymously. His children choose the family.

Ben Roethlisberger did not start at quarterback until his senior year of high school. Five years later, in his 2004 rookie season, he donated his first playoff game check � $18,000 � for tsunami relief.

�We serve people who are Christian, who are Muslim, who are atheist,� says Lusk, who considers all these public pigskin proselytizers his sons. �My obligation is to humanity. Why would you take that away from me, that which motivates me to help people?�
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A rare and heartwarming story Issodhos, thank you. It reminds me in a way of a quote from another famous athlete:
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By the way, I have no idea who won the superbowl or even who played in it.


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what is the superbowl? is it similar to the hyperbole?


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It's like the World Series (used to be) in baseball, Schlack - A game where the US is always the world's best, because no other country plays it. grin

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Yes, schakl, it's almost identical to the hyperbole. In fact, it has hyperbole written all over it.

Unlike the World Series, which is to this day the apex of sporting contests.


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It's like the World Series (used to be) in baseball, Schlack - A game where the US is always the world's best, because no other country plays it. grin

Now, you've gone and done it. You've insulted the Canadian Football League -- and some of them are French (or at least Quebecites/ians/ers?).:-)
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Damn! Until Kathy's post in roundtable and a curiosity inspired by this thread's title, I was able to ignore the event totally.


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