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:



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. Chase

    I think athletes are way overpaid, especially when they don't take responsibility for your actions. If he were really a Christian, he would know the verse "God gives and takes away"

    December 22, 2010 at 11:38 am |
    • ybs

      Folks like you that filled the world with dung!

      December 24, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  2. wreee

    Makes a change. Have you noticed everytime a sportsman ( sorry, person ) wins something he thanks Jesus. When he loses he blames his team. Win – win situation.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm |
    • ybs

      Right, sheep use jesus/god to show off their humbleness! What a crock (pile of dung)! 🙂

      December 24, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  3. AntiPalinAlaskan

    It's surprising this doesn't happen more frequently. After all, given that, in most team sports, part of the pre-game ritual is a prayer for victory, you'd think that the losing teams would suddenly become hardline athiests, or perhaps embrace some pre-Judeo/Christian faith(say, druidism, or, better still, the old Norse religion, which was started by guys who wore helmets in the first place.

    We could also ask:why does anybody think God would actually CARE who won a football, baseball, basketball or hockey game anyway? Doesn't She have bigger stuff to worry about?

    December 5, 2010 at 4:26 am |
    • ybs

      If god doesn't care about giving me a b low job, why should he care about anything else?

      Of course, he doesn't exist and is not offended! 🙂

      December 24, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  4. ybs

    Can't blame something imaginary, coo coo!


    December 3, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  5. Scott

    I think if there is a god he's got more important things to do than to help (or hurt) spoiled rich brats chances of winning at a kids game.

    December 3, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  6. DYork

    Thats only true if you hold to a view of God that is more like a genie.

    Our God is in the heavens, he does whatever he pleases.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:07 am |
    • sk8eycat

      "Our God is in the heavens..."

      Where? In the clouds? Above the atmosphere? In another galaxy? Outside the visible universe altogether?

      Can you point to it? Can anybody?

      December 4, 2010 at 3:50 am |
    • ybs

      If god doesn't care about giving me a b low job, why should he care about sports or anything else?

      Of course, he doesn't exist and is not offended! 🙂

      December 24, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  7. Will

    I'm sorry I meant who are we as FALLIBLE man to question an infallible God ?

    December 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
    • sk8eycat

      An "infallible god" who supposedly "repented of himself" because of the disobeience of what he had "created," and killed everything on Earth except for one man and his family, and a wooden box full of animals, insects, bacteria, viruses...

      Then, centuries of mayhem later, he reproduced himself by knocking up a virgin, and then had the result of that pregnancy (which was also himself) tied or nailed to a stake as a "human" sacrifice to himself...to satisfy his own ego. But there were no impartial witnesses to any of that at all. No historian of those times mentioned the crucifiction of an itinerant self-appointed rabbi. Ever.

      WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE? There isn't any.

      That collection of fables is so preposterous that I am still embarrassed when I remember that I used to believe that nonsense.

      December 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
    • ybs

      Do sheep question, mental midget? 🙁

      December 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
    • ybs

      If god doesn't care about giving me a "b l o w" job, why should he care about anything else?

      Of course, he doesn't exist and is not offended! 🙂

      December 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  8. Will

    In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And God saw everything that He had made and it was very good. Genesis 1:1 and 1:31 When an omnipotent ,omniscient,God says it is good then it has to be GOOD! It wasn't untill after satan tempted man and man fell into sin that the earth became filled with greed resulting in hunger and murders, lust of the flesh not being loyal to one spouse resulting in aids etc.,lovers of self rather than lovers of God,resulting in humans living lavish life styles instead of using that money to glorify God by feeding and blessing the less fortunate. Friends,God blessed us with various talents and has given us the ability to use them and practice them so we can improve ourselves,REALLYwe are only infallible man ,so why wouldn't we do something as simple as dropping a ball ??? Has God blessed us ??No ,He didn't promise health and success while on this earth but He did promise us hope peace and a home in heaven and made it possible by Jesus dying on the cross for the remission of our sins. If we accept Him as our Savior and repent of our sins . Jesus was without sin but He died for us ! If that isn't love WHAT IS ???

    December 1, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
    • dirty sancheez

      If God really loved him, he wouldn't have dropped the ball.
      How is God going to be a better player if we don't point out his mistakes.

      December 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm |
    • sk8eycat

      @Will ... You said, "When an omnipotent ,omniscient,God says it is good then it has to be GOOD! It wasn't untill after satan tempted man and man fell into sin that the earth became filled with greed resulting in hunger and murders,..."

      Who created "Satan," and why? "Omniscient" means "all-knowing." That implies that the buybullgod already knew what was going to happen, so why was she/he/it surprised and angry when Adam and Eve did precisely what he already knew they were going to do? (And what he set them up to fall for by putting that very unnecessary Tree in their yard.) It makes no sense. That is, IF that story were true instead of being the myth invented by some primitive human beings that it really is.

      If you believe every word of that dreadful book, you must also believe that the Earth is flat...with corners. Ever look at any of the photos of this planet taken from the space shuttle, or the magnificent "Lunar Earthrise" taken by the Apollo astronauts?

      Change your perspective. http://www.abc.net.au/science/moon/earthrise.htm

      December 2, 2010 at 8:31 am |

    Keep God out of Football!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  10. sk8eycat

    What arrogance...to believe that there is a mythical sky-monster actually gives a *bleep!* about 1) any football game, in any country (or on any planet) and 2) his own personal little life.

    Grow UP, dood!

    December 1, 2010 at 1:37 am |
    • Buddha

      Assuming that there are roughly an equal number of people praying on each side of the end zone, god must be playing some sort of spread with our lives.

      December 1, 2010 at 4:37 am |
  11. dirty sancheez

    Finally someone with the huevos to say it.
    Every time these knuckleheads wipe their a$$es correctly we get to hear,ad nauseum, how God's hand guided theirs.
    It's about time the Lord was held accountable for his $crewup$.

    November 30, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
    • Buddha

      'Our Lady of Guadalupe' is going to be mad at you

      November 30, 2010 at 9:51 pm |
    • dirty sancheez

      Actually I'm Irish. Maybe St. Patrick?

      November 30, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  12. Frank P

    "A man's own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD" – Proverbs 19:3

    November 30, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  13. 0x1B

    If people can praise god for winning, then it follows to blame god for losing..
    I cracks me up that the winners always thank god, but the losers don't say anything about god.
    If god chooses one to win, then he is choosing the other to lose, it is only logical.

    November 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
    • Kevin Mitnick

      Esc ? very clever.

      December 1, 2010 at 12:42 am |
  14. Think for yourself, please....

    And my post above is specifically referring to Christianity, but all religions are just as ridiculous simply because they spawned from the same original source and just took on slightly different ideas from their predecessors.

    November 30, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  15. Think for yourself, please....

    For those people who still believe in the idea of "God", if there is a state of consciousness after this existence (in another words, an afterlife, and I'm not talking about heaven & hell), what are you going to do when you find out that you just wasted 80 years (or however long it takes you to die) of your existence believing in a story that was invented by humans for the purpose of controlling the mass population? Do you even realize why you people believe in God? I'll tell you why. Because your mommy told you to. Because your afraid of the consequences of going to hell. That's it. So you believe in God because someone told you to believe in him & because of fear. Wow, those are great reasons to believe in something. Why don't you try questioning the idea of God, and do some research into the whole upbringing of the story. If you actually had the ability to think for yourself, and gather information from various sources, rather than just your mommy, you would realize how ridiculous the idea of God is.

    November 30, 2010 at 10:51 am |
    • Mike, not me

      Your premise is wrong... "Because your mommy told you to. Because your afraid of the consequences of going to hell. That's it. "
      I did not become a Christian until my mid-30's after reading the Bible, other sources like CS Lewis, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell and listing to sermons from the Villiage Church in Flower mound texas... I did exactly as your name suggest.

      November 30, 2010 at 10:56 am |
    • Buddha

      @Mike, you may be an exception, but his point is right on. 99.9999 % of the people on this earth are of a particular religion because of their parental and community preferences. It has nothing to do with choice or reason.

      November 30, 2010 at 9:47 pm |
    • ybs

      Why do you think

      1. Romney, a Mormon from MA, got 90% of the Utah primary votes in 2008?
      2. O.J. Simpson's family still insists on his innocence?
      3. The Vatican protected the child abusing priests for decades?
      4. 95%+ of parents think (I.e. believe) their kids are the smartest?
      5. 95%+ of GOP thought Reaganomics works when David Stockman (mastermind) admitted its failure? 'http://bit.ly/reagancon

      It's because 99% of us are sheep, but who'd want to admit that!

      Sure, 100% of the religious sheep 'think' they think!

      Sheep are always sheep!

      December 24, 2010 at 8:40 pm |
  16. Michael England

    Finally, as orangeboy says, a proselytizing athlete who has the guts to blame God for his choke. And why not? Why is it that everyone thinks that God only does the good things to them? It's not an either/or thing. If you want to believe that God grants you the good and successful things in life, then you have to accept the fact that he also will torment and torture you for whatever reason He chooses. Either as punishment or just for the heck of it.

    I tend to believe that if there really is a "God", he/she/it has much better things to do with his/her/it's time than worry about silly things like American football and one wide receiver...

    November 30, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  17. orangeboy

    At last, some consistency from a religious athlete! If you thank god for the successes, you have to "thank" him for the failures. Or, you could just realize that there is no magic man in the sky and stop polluting sports with pointless god talk.

    November 30, 2010 at 9:43 am |
    • ybs

      Athletes might take a little longer to comprehend!

      December 24, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  18. K L

    It's very easy and popular to praise God and give him the glory when things are going good, but what you need to do is double that praise when things go wrong. The Bible is full of examples of folks who've face adversity, but always kept their eye on who would carry them through. A measure of a man is not what he does ...when he's on top, but what he does when he gets knocked down.

    November 30, 2010 at 9:02 am |
    • ybs

      why not tripling it, mental midget? Does it matter whether you ate 1 pile or 3 piles of dung?

      Sheep are always sheep! 🙁

      December 24, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  19. moondoggie

    God does not interfere in football games, or any other sports for that matter. How silly. How frustratingly stupid. When do grown ups begin to own their behavior?

    November 30, 2010 at 8:06 am |
    • Buddha

      If god doesn't intervene with selfish agendas, do you think he actually responds to individual prayers ? Praying is pretty pointless, right ?

      November 30, 2010 at 9:43 pm |
  20. Phil

    I sure don't think god had anything to do with it. We all know that's a big myth.

    November 30, 2010 at 5:03 am |
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