First, I'd Like to Thank God...

There was a lot of thanking God for the Colts victory today.  I would love to see the losing coach come on TV after such an interview and say "you heard it -- God was against us.  What chance did we have?"

Update:  I would love to see this on John Madden's etch-a-sketch.  "OK, here's Grossman dropping back for a pass, he throws it across here, and BOOM, God knocks it right out of the receiver's hands.  First down Colts, game over."

  • Craig

    No, we don't think God made the Bears fumble so many times, but I think it's safe to say that Peyton Manning's Super Bowl-winning talent came from somewhere.

  • A.Flood

    I thought it came from Archie Manning...

  • I thought Peyton's talent came from years of hard work and study of the game. And in the end, it wasn't Peyton's (individual) talent that won the game, it was the combined effort of an entire team.

  • Tim

    I think the fact that they thank God shows great humility. I believe that it would be more arrogant to say " Yeah, it was all me...". Personally, I don't think it is possible to be at the top of your game in anything and truly believe that God or providence or something bigger than just you had a hand in it. Also, I like it better when this blog sticks to economics and freedom.

  • I like it when this blogs points out silliness in all aspects of life, including the (sometimes hypocritical, considering police records and gossip) "praise to God" the millionaire athletes give, as if a higher being cared about the game and favored the player or the team to win.

    It's like thanking the government when you find a good deal on a winter jacket.

  • To paraphrase Dennis Green:

    Rex Grossman is who we thought he was.

  • mjh

    I don't think that Dungy or Irsay were saying that God had some divine impact on the outcome of the game. I thought that they were thanking God for everything: for the fact that we have life, and a planet, and whatever, that allows us to play a game like the superbowl, and that all of those things (provided by God) combine to allow them to experience joy. I really don't think it meant: thanks for causing Grossman to fumble the snap 3 times, or anything like that.

    Of course, I could be wrong. They may very well have been thanking him for direct intervention in the outcome of the game. I think that you can still believe in God AND disagree with other believers in exactly how God intervenes in the world.

  • Analogously, I expect the Bears didn't "want it" enough and didn't "know how to win."

  • Ryan Cupples

    "I think the fact that they thank God shows great humility. I believe that it would be more arrogant to say " Yeah, it was all me...". Personally, I don't think it is possible to be at the top of your game in anything and truly believe that God or providence or something bigger than just you had a hand in it. Also, I like it better when this blog sticks to economics and freedom."

    Why not just thank your teammates? Either God helped, or he had nothing to do with it. Humility is a silly trait when an ego is justified.