On Football and Prayer

I don’t understand all the fuss over Tim Tebow because I pray all the time during football.

In fact, everyone in my house can hear me praying during NFL games, invoking the name of our Lord and Savior, especially when the NY Jets are playing.


My wife will call out from the other room, “No swearing!”

I inform her that I am not taking the name of the Lord in vain, but in fact praying for strength. And what could be holier than screaming out the name of the Lord on the Sabbath? Then, another incompletion.


“Stop that,” she will shout back.

What is with this infernal woman — does she not recognize my prayers?

I should mention here that I am not praying for God to alter the outcome of the game — no, I would never pray for victory, except maybe during the playoffs. Instead I am asking the Lord to help me survive a brutal ordeal. I pray for patience, resolve, fortitude. And maybe just a little for the Patriots to lose.

2 thoughts on “On Football and Prayer

  1. This post should be read in concert with Jon Meacham’s brilliant essay in Time this week:


    If memory serves, Tim wrote the famous John 3:16 on his eyeblack in the BCS title game in 2009. (After his pass beat the Steelers in the 1/8/12 wild-card playoff game, John 3:16 became the leading Google search in the United States) However someone needs to get through their day is fine with me. If embracing the Lord helps Tim be a better QB, G-d speed. Especially when I pick him for my fantasy football team.

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