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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. Mike Texas

    I see no evidence that god, if there even is a god, cares one way or another about anything in the human experience.If it exists god is probably not even aware of our existence.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  2. hilarious

    this is the perfect metaphor for why religious "faith" obscures real awareness and responsibility. people go through life on auto-pilot as if a "higher power" will take care of everything and absolve them of responsibility – thus dropping the ball while not really paying attention. classique. and hypocritical.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  3. Fricsaid

    I've alway's said, show me a story about God, and I'll show you an atheist in close tow, giving believers heII. And you all can come up with some funny excuses for it too. God Bless to All 🙂

    November 29, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      Is this story about God? I thought it was about a football player with a brain the size of an apple. Well, you worship whoever you want there, fella, this is a free country.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
    • Mike Texas

      I cant believe that a person would be so shallow as to ask god for help with a ball game. If I had gods ear, i would hope i could come up with something worth while to implore him/her/it over. I mean what kind of person would use thatkind of opportunity for something so mundane and selfish.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  4. Rej

    "Does God hate the Buffalo Bills?" Is this journalism written by adults? Go figure USA.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
    • kevin

      But what if He actually *does* hate the Bills? I'm just saying....

      November 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  5. OneWhoLovesGod

    JohnQuest
    JohnQuest wrote – how exactly is an earthquake man-made or tsunami or a hurricane or cancer or any of the millions ways man suffers on this tiny little rock we call home?

    I am pretty sure that Al Gore could answer that, but since he is not here now, we have been messing up this planet for years and now all that "messing up" is causing climate changes and other natural disasters.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
    • Bubba

      Totally agree; most cancer is from chemical or smoke exposure, and we've been burning wood and coal for centuries but have just now really got going with the big smokestacks. Al Gore's not the only one pointing this out. I don't think you can blame us for earthquakes and tsunamis though.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
    • OneWhoLovesGod

      Bubba wrote -Totally agree; most cancer is from chemical or smoke exposure, and we've been burning wood and coal for centuries but have just now really got going with the big smokestacks. Al Gore's not the only one pointing this out. I don't think you can blame us for earthquakes and tsunamis though.

      we have been cutting down those Brazillian rain forrest (and dumping all kinds of yuk into our environment) for years you don't think that MIGHT cause global problems?

      November 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      AlGoremageddon aside, there is no way to pin tectonic shift on human beings. Neither becoming carbon neutral nor praying really really hard can stop earthquakes (and the tsunamis that result from them).
      However, attributing these phenomena to God is as ridiculous as asserting that thunderstorms are caused by angels bowling.

      November 30, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  6. unthankful little brat

    If I was God I'd take his fortune away and give it to Haiti.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  7. Vernon

    Everybody knows that god is a Steelers fan.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  8. JohnQuest

    OneWhoLovesGod, that's an easy questions, just look around the world works as if there were no God (s). If you think otherwise, please explain how the world would be different if there was a God.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
    • some emo kid

      If God was real, my dog would talk.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  9. bill

    what is this thing about god. Is it a myth that certain people feel they have to hide behind. There is no god or afterlife, just people, family, friends that is what we have. Nothing else.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      bill, thanks, that means that every moment that we spend with our loved ones (and the rest of the planet) is precious and should be cherished, because that is all we have.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  10. JohnQuest

    bulldog2036, how exactly is an earthquake man-made or tsunami or a hurricane or cancer or any of the millions ways man suffers on this tiny little rock we call home?

    November 29, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  11. Chrissy Montagne

    Here we go again, another one of these people playing victim to get out of taking responsibility.

    O.J. would be proud.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
    • Joel

      whether or not you believe in God The Bible says In all things give thanks to God. that mean good or bad.

      December 1, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  12. Alex

    LOL! This is sooooo funny. If you would know that god doesn't exist you wouldn't be mad at anyone but yourself!

    November 29, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  13. Shappens

    Sh_it happens, deal with it and quit blaming others (God) for your own mistakes!!!!

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

      Likewise, give yourself credit when you do something good.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  14. OneWhoLovesGod

    nitrous wrote – Could someone please tell this moron that there is no god

    How do you know he does not exist? Just curious

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

      There is no evidence. The burden of proof is on the people who have faith in the mythological. It is like you and many others asking, 'how do you know that the Great Pumpkin doesn't exist?'.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
    • Bubba

      I asked Him and He told me so.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  15. ohyeah

    What a crap! Why to you bring God to your junk games? If God reallly exists (s)he/it does have greater work to do than watch your game. And why does this guy pumps the ego of God by prasing 24/7.

    May be if he really puts more effort on game than praising God 24/7 he could have won.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  16. marconi darwin

    At least you can say that Steve is consistent. If you can thank God, you can blame God.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  17. Bill

    Why is this such a big deal? Players give God credit for their successes all the time. They can't blame Him for their failures too? Sounds like a certain Someone wants to have it both ways...

    November 29, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  18. flux

    I have always wondered why God didn't get credit for failures as often as he does successes. For every winner there's a loser, and God has zero to do with it.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  19. Pete

    There are so many athletes that claim to be religious and then go out and make fools out of themselves. Those who profess to be Christians are exactly that, professing to be Christians. They say so much in the name of God, yet use it in vain. One of the few football players that is a true Christian is Tim Tebow. He lives what he preaches. Most athletes are far from worshipers of the Christian God. In reality, they worship themselves more than they do God.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  20. Leo

    People need to get away from the blaming AND thanking "god" for what they do. Guess what folks! God didn't do it! YOU DID. You caught, dropped, won, lost, succeeded, failed, and so on... ON YOUR OWN.

    And besides... if some omnipotent being of cosmic power and reach (let's call him "Q") actually were to exist... i doubt he cares about sports games.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
    • Jim (not that Jim, the other Jim)

      let's call him "Q". . . LOL. I like it.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
    • Uncle Beasley

      Q? Ah, yes. But, a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the hooded Dark Lord of the Sith did NOT die. Though he was vanquished, he escaped. And now, the Hooded One walks the sidelines as an NFL head coach....

      November 29, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Jim(not that Jim, the other Jim)

      Good to know...! And, good move for you to disassociate yourself from...'the other Jim.' !!! Drank a bit too much of the kool-aid, that one(the other Jim).

      @Uncle Beasley

      Very Nice...

      Peace...

      November 29, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
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