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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. Jim

    God doesn't exist. For those who think he does, how wouldn't bad things be his fault? In most Christians minds, God only does good, but then when bad things happens its either because its his plan (I don't see how a deathly ill baby is a good plan though) or he took a break.

    November 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
    • FactNotFiction

      True

      November 29, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  2. Stephen Guptill

    God is f***ing with Football players again:

    "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."

    "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..."

    Can't you see what is happening!?!?!?!?! You wore a T-Shirt that asked a trillion football fans "Why so Serious" then God pulled some shinnanigans on you to find out why YOU'RE SO SERIOUS...

    If dropping a football and loosing a point and causing the Buffalo Bills to lose another game is a devastating blow to your Life, then you need to wake up and realize... Your playing for the Buffalo Bills fool, what the hell is wrong with you?

    Why so serious about a dropped ball?

    If I was God I would constantly mess with pro football games...

    November 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  3. Pete

    God replies, "I still love you Stevie"

    November 29, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
    • cheekbrown

      In spite of the fact the at Stevie is a spoiled, ungrateful numbskull.

      November 29, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  4. Donna

    Mr. Johnson,
    Maybe the lesson is that you are successful because of your diligence and perseverance and you messed up because of your mistake. I don't think God has anything to do with either direction.

    November 29, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  5. Pete

    I guess he should have asked God to "part the green sea" (end zone) to better see the ball!

    November 29, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  6. J.E.T.

    It was Buffalo..if there was any time that could feel like God didn't like them..unless it was to be the 2nd best..it'd be Buffalo...how else do you explain all those trips to the big game with no wins???

    November 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  7. Edward Nashville, TN

    The supreme being and creator could give a rat's a** about sports. He is not sitting in front of some giant TV in the sky controlling all the worldwide sports games. Anyone who blames God for the poor playing skills has serious issues. If you want to thank god let it be for your being alive, good health friends and family and that you have food and a roof over your head not trivial bs.

    November 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
    • Scott

      But what if you dont have those things either? Then can you text hate at god?

      November 29, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  8. Moses

    Maybe God was a little bit busy with world affairs and had no time for the thug millionaire Thootball player.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
    • Mike Texas

      If an omnipotent god was working on world affairs don't you think the global situation would be at least a little better then it is?

      November 29, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  9. mark

    finally someone puts the blame where it belongs...on god...the athletes praise him when they do good....I always wondered why they did not blame him when things went wrong. It took courage for Johnson to say this. I am sure he will recant his tweet tomorrow...after giving the church a few more dollars I'm sure. Wait...he may go to Allah, Jehovah, or L. Ron Hubbard next...who knows. Also, to the next child murderer and rapist out there....PLEASE find God just before you kill the child...not after your caught....that would really impress the rest of the world.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  10. Mike Texas

    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 3:55 pm |
  11. allanhowls

    It's about time to see God take as much blame for the losses as he receives for the wins.

    "Jesus made me fumble...he hates our team."
    That's every bit as plausible as thinking that God has nothing better to do than bestow blessings on you because you and your friends all wear the same color pants. I mean, really...

    November 29, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  12. Drew Williams

    Yeah God, why can't you help da multi-millionaire keep his hands on da ball? It's not like you really have anything else going on.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  13. Bob

    We have the opportunity to learn far more from our "failures" than our successes. That being said, most folks have a hard time taking advantage of those opportunities. Why do you think that is?

    November 29, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  14. OneWhoLovesGod

    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.

    You assume that there is no God becuase there is pain and suffering in the world – reasoning that if there was a God he would remove pain and suffering from our world – but you see that is flawed reasoning, God gave us free will to do good as well as free will to do evil – unfortuatley many people use their free will to do evil. One more thing God is soverign meaning he does what he likes and he does not need to ask anyone – he could easily take evil from our world but that would also remove our freewill as we could no long do evil only good. But God wanted a people that worshiped him voluntarily, and it pains him greatly when we use our freewill to do evil, God allows us to do evil (for a short time) but make no mistake all will be held accountable for the evil that they do.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
    • Mike Texas

      If god took away only our ability to do evil wouldn't then still have the free will to decide what kind of good we wanted to do.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
    • Mike Texas

      Correction; If god took away only our ability to do evil wouldn't WE then still have the free will to decide what kind of good we wanted to do.

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

      Mike Texas

      JOHN QUEST wrote – Correction; If god took away only our ability to do evil wouldn't WE then still have the free will to decide what kind of good we wanted to do.

      What kinda free will would that be if we could only do certain things but not other things?

      November 29, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
    • Bubba

      So why did He make that poor football player drop the ball? Was He arguing with His co-pilot?

      November 29, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
    • Mike Texas

      Onewholovesgod you said "What kinda free will would that be if we could only do certain things but not other things?"

      That argument does not hold water, I am not free to do many things, fly like a bird, swim under water like a fish, choose to be a duck. In fact I am not free to do most of the things I can imagine. Therefore adding one more limit to the billions I am already denied will not sizeably reduce my free real.

      if there is a God; it already limits us alot, one more restriction would not change that.

      November 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
    • OneWhoLovesGod

      Bubba – wrote So why did He make that poor football player drop the ball? Was He arguing with His co-pilot?

      did he MAKE him drop it? or did the player mess up and take his eyes off it for just a second possibly looking to see who was going to hit him as he caught it?

      November 29, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
    • Bubba

      No, it was God all right. Pretty sure about that.

      November 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
    • God

      Nope...it wasnt me....I just went to the head when it happened. Or was it...you know I work in mysterious ways.

      November 29, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  15. Cat MacLeod

    Gives new meaning to the word "Fantasy Football". Player fantasizes that an invisible man in the sky is responsible for the outcome of a play.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
    • Daisy

      ...or invisible woman. Equity dude, equity. You may offend the ladies now.

      November 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  16. Anthony

    God did not make him drop the ball. How can he blame God.. Gods return is very near and all should repent and accept him into your hearts.. The Time is Very Very near.... God loves us all... Let Jesus in your hearts.. TODAY!

    November 29, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  17. Bud

    All of the other teams should take note that this proves God is part of Steeler nation.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  18. Get Real

    Hubris

    November 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  19. Anthony

    God did not make him drop the ball. How can he blame God.. Gods return is very near and all should repent and accept him into your hearts.. The Time is Very Very near.... God loves us all...

    November 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  20. kevin

    He asks God "Why?"-
    The answer seems obvious- God is a Steelers fan!

    November 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
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