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Holy crap! 27 percent of Americans believe God will determine the Super Bowl’s outcome

CONSPICUOUS displays of religious fervour sit more easily in US sport than they do in Britain, where few punters seriously believe that God can be prevailed on to favour their team any more than He can tell us in advance what’s going to win the 3.30 at Ascot.

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But just how many of our cousins across the pond truly believe that the Almighty has a divine hand in significant sports events?

The answer: Three out of ten!

According to a study released yesterday by the Public Religion Research Institute 27 percent of Americans believe that Him Upstairs plays a role in determining which teams wins sports events. A majority — or 53 percent — also agree that God rewards believing athletes with success and good health.

The findings were published ahead of Sunday’s annual American football extravaganza, the Super Bowl, which will see the Baltimore Ravens square off against the San Francisco 49ers.

Said Robert P Jones, PRRI’s chief executive:

In an era where professional sports are driven by dollars and statistics, significant numbers of Americans see a divine hand at play.

According to the poll, Americans living in the country’s South are most likely to think God has a stake in who wins sports games, with Christians from racial or ethnic minorities and white evangelical Protestants more likely to feel that way than other Catholics, white mainline Protestants and the religiously unaffiliated.

The survey was carried out between January 16 and January 20 and involved a random sample of 1,033 adults aged 18 and older. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

UPDATE: Whilst God’s influence on the Super Bowl is thought to be both real and good, gay involvement in American football is most certainly not.

Last week, Baltimore Raven’s defensive tackle Brendan Ayanbadejo, an outspoken advocate for LGBT equality, said he hoped to use the Super Bowl as a platform to advocate for marriage equality and anti-bullying efforts. This prompted one of his opponents – San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver – to declare this week:

I don’t do the gay guys man. I don’t do that. No, we don’t got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do.

He added:

Can’t be with that sweet stuff. Nah…can’t be…in the locker room man. Nah.

The 49ers became the first team to film an anti-bullying “It Gets Better” video last August, and, in a moment Culliver probably wouldn’t enjoy, Sports Illustrated featured a picture of two male 49ers fans kissing in a bar as part of the magazine’s Super Bowl preview issue.

27 Responses to “Holy crap! 27 percent of Americans believe God will determine the Super Bowl’s outcome”

  1. David Anderson says:

    Absolute rubbish. Everybody knows Himself supports Barcalona.

  2. remigius says:

    ‘Everybody knows Himself supports Barcalona.’

    Not Real!

  3. Broga says:

    So they believe that their God, boss man of billions of stars and billions of galaxies, is intervening in a sporting event. Oh my Gawd, what is wrong with the USA? Add this to the Intelligent Design nonsense, the sheer craziness of wanting creationism taught as science, and you can see why the USA is rapidly going belly up. And on top of that with the NRA lavishly funded by the gun manufacturer, they want everyone to have a gun despite the continuing slaughter. Does the UK really want the USA as part of our supposed special relationship? Our role, of course, being to play the poodle.

  4. barriejohn says:

    If God knows everything, and controls everything, then of course he has determined the outcome of every football match. Meanwhile, news just in:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21265555

    During the hearing, reports of another mass shooting emerged from Ms Giffords’ home state.

    Police in Phoenix, Arizona, said three people had been shot, and one of them was critically wounded, at an office complex. The gunman’s whereabouts were unknown.

  5. ZombieHunter says:

    But according to half the religious nuts in Glasgow god supports celtic, the other half claim he supports rangers.

  6. Marky Mark says:

    (According to the poll, Americans living in the country’s South are most likely to think God has a stake in who wins sports games,)

    …when you have more churches than petrol stations as they do in the south USA…this is what you get.

    (So they believe that their God, boss man of billions of stars and billions of galaxies, is intervening in a sporting event.)

    …and they believe this all powerful creator speaks directly to them, so any thought, no matter how deranged, that enters their head came from their creator. This is dangerous stuff. Ask the surviving members of Jim Jones, David Koresh…ect.

    BTW…the Young Turks had L. Ron Hubbard’s great grandson on again yesterday.

  7. Marky Mark says:

    …So what happened to Tebow and all the help god was giving him?
    Guess there are still to many homosexuals out there so Tebow will suffer and he’ll give the win to the 49er’s.

    Or was it the Ravens…guess the great cloud god wasn’t clear on that during my bookies prayer session.

  8. The Vicar says:

    According to the poll, Americans living in the country’s South are most likely to think God has a stake in who wins sports games

    Other poll results: water is wet, the sky is blue, and one plus one is two.

    It’s not that there are no religious crazies up north; they’re just somewhat thinner on the ground and not running the place.

    Take a map of mainland America in the usual “north is up” orientation. The bottom two states, all the way from the west coast to the Carolinas, are basically right-wing loony bins, minus California (which is just a plain loony bin, divided into left- and right- enclaves) and the occasional urban area where people are forced by pressure of population to realize that hate and fear aren’t actually practical.

    The difference is that in the southwest you have maniacal wannabe totalitarians (and the state of traitorous homophobic magical underpants), then you have people who think stupidity is actually a superior state of being (Texas, Oklahoma), shading into Dumb As Rocks And Unable To Let Go Of Pervasive Systematic Racism on the east end. (And don’t get too smug, Brits — in the American Civil War, you guys favored them over the north, and your industrial revolution was fueled almost entirely by raw materials from slave-holding areas including the American south.)

    If the American Civil War were to be relaunched today, the north wouldn’t fight to keep those idiots around; we’d go make popcorn and watch as the Confederacy imploded over the next few decades.

  9. Robster says:

    Is this the same invisible silent god that if famous for not doing anything? The same god that’s unable to do anything that’s actually discernable as having been done? A god’s that about as useful as a fart in a spacesuit. That same god.

  10. Buffy says:

    Meanwhile he obviously doesn’t give a shit about all of the starving children in Africa, the billions of homeless people, all of the sick and injured people, etc.

    Oy, I’m so ashamed of my nation sometimes.

  11. jay says:

    This has got to be a huge embarrassment to any conscientious believer as well.

  12. Marky Mark says:

    (Meanwhile he obviously doesn’t give a shit about all of the starving children in Africa, the billions of homeless people, all of the sick and injured people, etc. )
    …coarse not, those people deserve it since they did not believe in gaud the last time they were here on earth, don’t ya know.

  13. Marky Mark says:

    (The bottom two states, all the way from the west coast to the Carolinas, are basically right-wing loony bins, )
    …and they have the most poverty and incarceration rates in the country.
    Christianity in the south means, “God wants me to be rich and you suffer”…as to why they were so big on slavery. Color has nothing to do with it anymore, they enslave their christian followers through religious brainwashing, lack of education and low wadges.
    And it is these religious leaders that want to impose their selfish beliefs upon all of us. That’s why this country really became screwed up when the Christian Bush regime stole power.

  14. John A says:

    I thought everybody knew that this is why major sporting events are always held on the weekend, because Monday to Friday God is busy smiting or giving AIDS to babies. Come Saturday God relaxes and decides who is going to win the event before having a bit of a flutter.

  15. RabbitOnAStick says:

    We have come so far, yet we have so far to go.

    The universe – which is expanding – is 13.72 billion years old.

    Our planet about 4 billion years old. A planet so inhospitable in many places. And it was made ‘perfect’ by gawd.

    And according to statistics at least half’ of the US believes the planet is less than 10,000 old. And was made by gawd, as was the universe.

    And gawd, who performed so many miracles 2000 odd years ago hasn’t been available in recent times to perform any miracles or any new prophets performing new speeches, wonders for us all, etc. and when we now have such magnificent recording & communications equipment, fabulous sensitive cameras etc, and yet gawd does interact at sporting events. Deciding their outcomes.

    How unbearably sad these people are.

  16. Angela_K says:

    RoaS “And gawd, who performed so many miracles 2000 odd years ago hasn’t been available in recent times…” Maybe he is in another part of the Universe messing that up too.

    So is it Dieu et mon droit or Gott mit uns or….?

  17. RabbitOnAStick says:

    It has been said (and proven by medical science) that every human being starts out life as an arsehole, as it’s the first part of the body to form in the womb.

    If gawd makes us humans in his image, therefore gawd is an arsehole.

    I can’t fault this logic myself.

  18. barriejohn says:

    A Christian site to which I linked before was promoting the Upward League.

    http://www.upward.org/Site-Upwardorg/article.aspx?id=9987

    “Most Christ-like player”: would that be the one who upturns the souvenir stall, or the one who distributes Chick tracts whilst haranguing the other players with threats of hell-fire and damnation!

    The church to which I belonged engaged in similar insidious practices amongst children and “young people”.

  19. John c says:

    So thats what hes doing instead of watching out for suffering and evil in the world,no wonder we see no evidence of him.

  20. barriejohn says:

    JamesB: Spot on. This guy is really funny as well – restores your faith in Americans!

    http://youtu.be/dPpNHZdLuH4

  21. tony e says:

    I hare to point out the obvious, but if the outcome has already been decided by god, why turn up for training sessions?

  22. tony e says:

    I hate to point out the obvious, but if the outcome has already been decided by god, why turn up for training sessions?

  23. valproic says:

    Yahweh is anti-gay so SF is screwed!

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  25. It’s a worrying statistic, but strangely, twice as many respondents seemed to think God rewards athletes who believe in Him with health and success. How does He do that without influencing sporting events in some way? I don’t have any answers, but I’ve got some suggestions.

    http://recoveringagnostic.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/27-percent-of-americans-think-god-will-decide-the-super-bowl-how-do-the-rest-think-it-works/

  26. Matt Westwood says:

    Where did I see someone recently post up: “Monday to Friday he’s hard at work smiting the ungodly, and giving orphan children Aids, and all the other harsh-but-fair retributions on the decadence of modern life, but on Saturday he kicks back on the sofa with a beer and determines the outcome of the day’s games.”