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Wide out blames God for dropped ball
November 29th, 2010
11:22 AM ET

Wide out blames God for dropped ball

By CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor Eric Marrapodi

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson dropped a game-winning touchdown in the end zone Sunday in overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Anyone who has ever tossed the pigskin around in the back yard dreams of that scenario - minus the drop, of course.

Johnson did not even have to work for the ball. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's pass was text-book perfect, landing squarely in Johnson's hands.

After the game, Johnson's twitter account filed this faithy tweet:

@StevieJohnson13

I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO...

Johnson was emotional in the post game press conference.

"It was a great call; it was something we knew we could beat them on....It came to the back of the end zone. I had the game in my hands and then dropped it. That's it."

He said the play was something he would never get over.

"How would you feel? You've got this game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and you got this kid coming up in the NFL making plays..All of a sudden, when the biggest play needs to be made, you don't make it. You feel bad. I'm devastated right now."

Just last week Johnson was fined $5,000 by the NFL by for wearing a t-shirt under his jersey that said, "Why so serious?" After scoring a touchdown, he lifted his shirt to reveal the Batman-inspired quote from the Joker.

Interestingly enough, he praised God for helping him make that catch.

At a press conference last Wednesday, Johnson said, "It happened. And if it wasn't going to happen, I wouldn't have caught the ball." Then he was asked by reporters if he regretted his actions. "I don't really regret anything. I'm playing under God. So if it happens, it happens," he said.

This brings us to a larger theological question: Does God hate the Buffalo Bills? You may remember this is the very team that lost four straight Super Bowls.

What do you think?

Check out a piece we did on this earlier: When did God become a sports fan?

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: New York • Sports • United States

soundoff (616 Responses)
  1. RJ

    I don't know why anyone would thank or in the case of Johnson, blame someone/thing that doesn't exist. This "being" did NOT put you on the field, did NOT make you drop the ball. YOU dropped the ball, scored a touchdown, scored the winning basket, etc. etc. Lay the blame squarely where it belongs: on your shoulders.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
    • flux

      Likewise, take the credit when you make a big play.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  2. Jim

    God Knew Every Thought, Word Action of every person who will ever live Before He laid The Foundation of the World –
    Each of us will stand alone & give an account for our thoughts, words, actions -His Righteousness is as far above all of Combined Man kinds Heads as the Farthest Stars in the Heavens His Ways are Perfect Ours are Not & can never be without HIS Help- Don't like it- Take it up with Him when You meet Him Face to Face – He that Created Gold From Nothing Made the Rules.
    If You think Your Arms are long enough & that Your Smart enough to Box with God Then You are just as Stupid as The Devil & His Demons.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
    • Jim X

      You could get arrested for smoking whatever that stuff is. You just described God as a sadist and an egomaniac. Wow.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
    • flux

      Try diagramming either of those 2 sentences!

      I'm still trying to figure out what a Word Action is.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
    • Maybe

      Jim,
      "God Knew Every Thought, Word Action of every person who will ever live Before He laid The Foundation of the World –"

      So, therefore, "God" knew from the start whether each one of us would eventually be "saved" or "damned". We can't change it. So, why bother? Nice guy, he made us anyway, knowing exactly who will "suffer for eternity".

      November 29, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
    • Howard Markowitz

      But I have free will. So I must be the devil.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Jim

      You Said:-"God Knew Every Thought, Word Action of every person who will ever live Before He laid The Foundation of the World –
      Each of us will stand alone & give an account for our thoughts, words, actions -His Righteousness is as far above all of Combined Man kinds Heads as the Farthest Stars in the Heavens His Ways are Perfect Ours are Not & can never be without HIS Help- Don't like it- Take it up with Him when You meet Him Face to Face – He that Created Gold From Nothing Made the Rules.
      If You think Your Arms are long enough & that Your Smart enough to Box with God Then You are just as Stupid as The Devil & His Demons."

      What...? 😯

      Peace...

      November 29, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  3. Pete

    If there were a god, people wouldn't be making millions just for playing games while millions of people work hard and only fall further behind.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  4. Samantha

    God is too busy hating the Lions to hate the Bills.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
    • Uncle Beasley

      Yeah, ever since the unfortunate incident with the Christians at the Colisseum, God's had it in for the Lions.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  5. Jim X

    God's on Twitter now? Who knew? Does he Tweet back?

    November 29, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
    • AG

      He used to do weather forecasts on the Howard Stern radio show, back when he was on WNBC and before he became the a**hole he is today.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  6. nitrous

    Could someone please tell this moron that there is no god – and if there was – he wouldn't be on Twitter and he could give a rat's ass whether or not some moron dropped a friggin' pass in a friggin' football game. The worst part is that this jerk-off makes more money than most of that are commenting. Jesus H. Christ! (alleged son of god).

    November 29, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
    • AG

      I'm pretty sure that God has a Twitter account ... and a Facebook account ... and probably owns an iPad, too.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
    • Uncle Beasley

      Oh yeah? Well, if He has an iPad, how come he gave Moses those Commandments on stone tablets? Couldn't He have just e-mailed them?

      And don't give me that "the Flood took out the server" nonsense. The Dude's omnipotent.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  7. Jim

    I guessed he prayed to the wrong God. Maybe he should try switching religions. Maybe that will help him become a better football player.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
    • Uncle Beasley

      If he flossed more often, the Tooth Fairy would have delivered the ball into his hands. And, he would have found a quarter under his pillow when he woke up the next morning.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  8. Thom

    God is either busy with other work, or is a Steelers fan. OR he buttered Stevie fingers so we could get better draft picks next year, this year is obviously a wash.

    But seriously, does this guy think he has a major diety (or Fairy Tale charecter depending on how you feel) follwing him on TWITTER? Say a prayer dood. Posting a childish rant on twitter means you put the Twit in Twitter.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  9. Not Just God

    Not just God – everyone hates the Buffalo Bills.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  10. Nahom

    GOD, your people are crazy. Those who hate you deny you and those who claim to love you, use you to justify there every little stupid lifes choicesand those in the middle are just confused. Thank God I am not any of them. lol

    November 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  11. Brian

    Put something on CNN mentioning the word "God" and all the atheism-pushing jerks come out bashing religion and people who are religious. They are almost as bad as the anti-semites that come out whenever Israel is mentioned. Let people believe what they want, is it any dumber than believing that life just somehow formed out of nothing (which according to the Scientific Law of Biogenesis is impossible)

    November 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      Sure, and Christians worship sheep, or books, or something. Let's just make up slurs about what people believe, very Christian of you.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
    • jdubbs

      @Brian – I'd group atheist-pushers more with the born-again christian types than anti-semites. Anti-semite is more hate based, whereas born-again christians have an overzealous need for people to believe in what they do (or as far as atheists go, what they DON'T believe in).

      That being said, 'HE' is a crutch for medieval-minded clowns. Much respect. Peace out.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
    • Brian

      I'm not christian you loser

      November 29, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      I'm not a loser, you christian.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  12. Dan

    Finally god gets the blame for something!
    My whole life I have watched as god gets all the credit for the good and somehow skirts responsibility for the bad!
    The situation is so biased that it's not unusual to hear someone declare (for example) that the survival of a baby after a plane crash to be a "miracle" despite the fact that this "miracle" killed dozens of other people.
    So... even though this football incident is a trivial matter, I'm glad god is getting blamed for something.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
    • Uncle Beasley

      But, at the same time, doesn't He get the credit for the Steeler victory at the same time? Tough to be God, when you've got people in Pittsburgh praying one way, and people in Buffalo praying the other.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  13. vel

    ah, football players and fans. It's hilarious that you think God cares about your pathetic games. I mean, really, why should God care about football when God doesn't even care about the starving and the dying?

    November 29, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
    • Howard Markowitz

      Well said. If the Vatican just sold 1/10th of 1% of its riches, there wouldn't be any starving.

      November 29, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  14. Paul

    if there is a God, I'm pretty sure he's too busy working to keep the Universe in order to worry about some little football game. It never ceases to amaze me how self-important people can be.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  15. Eddie

    It's true, he does hate the bills God is a Bears Fan

    November 29, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  16. Jim

    Well if you are going to look like a fool and praise God for doing good in a football game than you might as well blame him for doing bad, it's only fair.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
  17. Brad

    Sorry it hit you in the hands...

    If you really think God kept you from catching the ball, then maybe you should quit playing on the Sabbath, His day...

    November 29, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  18. Blake

    Keep it up Stevie! You're having a great year and you made a bad play. Life goes on. What's important is how you respond to this.....

    November 29, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  19. oh please

    LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLooooooooooser

    November 29, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  20. GOD

    Oh, Stevie...its alright buddy....remember last week when I helped you catch the ball? Its all good....I probably shouldnt have been worried about listening to that dying Hatians prayer right when you needed me most. No worries guy...OH and dont forget to follow me on Twitter Stevie....@GODisdabombunlessuraBillsfan. God bless....oh I mean...ME bless 🙂

    November 29, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
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