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Who Does God Root For?

Mathew N. Schmalz | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Mathew N. Schmalz

I thought all along God was rooting for the Patriots. But now I'm asking myself: Did God invent the tuck-rule that saved the Patriots from the Raiders in 2001?

Does Religion Have A Place In The NBA?

USA Today | Sam Amick | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Long before head coach Doc Rivers found himself defending his Los Angeles Clippers players who were the unwelcome participants in team owner Don...

Surprising Number Of Americans Say God's Behind Super Bowl Winner

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

If you pray and wear your underwear inside out, will your team win the big game? Two weeks ahead of the Super Bowl, half of American sports fans sa...

Mariano Rivera Talks 2001 World Series And Salvation Only Through Jesus With New York Magazine

Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion

The fever surrounding Mariano Rivera's retirement continues to rise as the New York Yankees closer takes a long last lap around the field of America's...

Who Is Winning The Competition Between Sports And Religion?

David Briggs | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

Survive and advance is one mantra of teams in the NCAA basketball tournament culminating in the Final Four. One strategy for churches struggling in a sports-obsessed culture may be a similar strategy: Adapt and advance.

Can The Super Bowl Make You More Spiritual?

Next Avenue | Posted 02.03.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Suzanne Gerber If you watch the Super Bowl only for the ads, you’re missing out on some valuable Buddhist teaching...

Why God Cares About the Super Bowl

Rabbi Joshua Hess | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Hess

So does God care who wins the Super Bowl? Well, not exactly. But He will be at that game rooting for each player, owner, fan, and concession stand worker hoping that the experience of the Super Bowl will, win or lose, enhance and deepen their relationship with Him.

UPDATE: Jewish Basketball Team Forced To Forfeit Over Sabbath Observance

Posted 03.06.2012 | Religion

UPDATE: Houston's FOX 26 News reports that the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, which previously scheduled the Jewish basketball te...

Faith, Tebowing And The Super Bowl: Does It Pay To Pray For Play?

David Briggs | Posted 04.02.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

Research provides evidence that for both athlete and fan, prayer may serve to help them cope with the pressures of sports, and help them keep in perspective that, in the end, it is just a game.

When Tim Tebow Loses

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 03.20.2012 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Yet as Tebow's season-ending defeat demonstrates, Jesus' favorite quarterback is capable of great failures, too. As is any athlete to whom Christians might point.

Touchdown Theology

Lillian Daniel | Posted 03.11.2012 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

Do people really think God is sitting up in Heaven on a Barcalounger, with a beer, a bratwurst and a Bronco's jersey, handing out touchdowns?

Prayerful Players: The Top 10 Religious Athletes

Posted 06.21.2013 | Religion

For the love of the game, or the love of the Lord? While sports may be religion for some spectators, the athletes who play them often submit to a h...

Fox Sports Rejects Super Bowl Commercial Featuring Bible Verse (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Fox Sports has rejected a proposed Super Bowl commercial featuring a reference to a Bible verse, John 3:16, that has been part of the culture of footb...