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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. MortalC01l

    It's the sheer arrogance of these "Sportsmen" that is so shocking.. Do you really think that God cares about your stupid Football game? And why would he care about YOU making a catch? Praising God by pointing to the sky when they catch a ball, or make a tackle... How about when the other team beats you, or makes a catch or a tackle? Does that mean God has forsaken you? Or does it mean that you are not worthy enough to catch this particular ball?

    Maybe when you fumble a ball, it's SATAN'S doing??? As usual.. the fairytales of the invisible Man in the sky lead to idiocy.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
    • Bubba

      Actually, I think he thought it was funny.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  2. don

    The dude needs to get a grip. How many high school/college players wish they had the job he has? Maybe he should talk to Peyton Manning who threw 2 interceptions, the most he threw in how many years...or decades. C'mon man.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
    • Bubba

      Heh, if he had a grip we wouldn't be having this discussion.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  3. Tom H.

    And after God got the tweet, he opened his robe, and there was a T-shirt under it that said "Why so serious?"

    November 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  4. trush

    I think he should thank Santa for all of his gifts. Santa is the great giver of presents and he is responsible for our wonderful fates. No one ever needs to work or dedicate themselves to their passions; Santa does and is all.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
    • trush's parents

      "Trush, we have something to tell you about Santa Claus. You might want to sit down."

      November 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  5. Dtruth

    We all can understand the disappointment of the dropped pass but as a person of faith, we know we can't always what we want or what we think we need. We know God is the father, if we are believers yet we can'tbe like spoiled brats toward our parents as far as God is concerned. Sometimes it is because God has not delivered us the good things of life which we specified, as a greedy child that makes an impossible list for Santa Claus. More often though we had met up with some major calamity and to our thinking lost out because God desserted us. Belief means reliance not defiance! We must calmly accept impossible situations. In this case dropped balls. Seeking to neither to run nor incriminate God. This is not only faith, this is a faith that works under all conditions. We will come to the conclussion that what ever price in humility we must pay, we will pay! God is not be blamed here. It is something that just happened. It is a sad event yet we can't blame God for our problems. We must grow from it and continue to trust inGod as well as ourselves!!!! To Johnson, Keep practicing and keep your head up. All in all it was a great game!!

    November 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  6. OneWhoLovesGod

    Bubba wrote – In the Bible. Try to keep up.
    Bubba
    It would indeed be wise to know what the Bible really does say (not what this man or that man says it says) before you go saying the Bible says this and/or the Bible says that and I am simply asking you to backup your unfounded comments about what the Bible says with facts.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
    • Bubba

      It's right next to the part about football.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
    • some emo kid

      I'm sure God appreciates you sticking up for him like this.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
    • flux

      Same thing goes with the healthcare bill actually...

      November 29, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  7. The Other Rachel

    It's just a game, get over it.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
  8. wahoo69

    Skill, chance and fate come into play when playing sports. In this case, butter-fingers. Blaming god for damnable acts or praising him for supposed miracles is unfounded because faith is not proof of existence. If it faith is proof of existence then show one civil or criminal court case where faith not evidence won the day... There is none on record, minus the Salem witch trials.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
  9. gracie08

    Is he kidding? Johnson should spend more time thanking God that he has been lucky enough to land a career that others just dream of. Someone should explain to him that God is not his errand boy! Things go wrong in sports that why they call it a game. It;s one thing to be upset about a bad play but blaming God? Give me a break. Maybe he should speak to someone who has a real problem...like a parent who has lost a child.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  10. Bobby B.

    you got religion! the J. man stood up like a man and did not make or look for any excuses, you should try acting like a man and take responsibility for your actions. grow up kid, your in the big leagues now.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  11. John in Sacramento

    This is a fine example of what religious fundamentalism does to an adult when they are deeply indoctrinated from an early age.
    I'm sure "God" could care less if he makes his silly catch or not...

    November 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  12. collegekid

    the hand of God reached down and blocked that pass. GO STEELERS!!!

    November 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  13. Sydney

    God gives us what we need even if it means losing sometimes. He cares about us enough to not let us win all the time. Kurt Warner nailed it when he said, win or lose, God knows what we need and loves us enough to give it to us. And yes, God does like football and remember, HE watches everything else that happens also, so behave yourself.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  14. JDK

    The major religions have become completely disconnected from their origins. Christianity lost the essence of Christ's message long ago. The kingdom of the God is within you. See ye first the kingdom of God (within) and all else shall be given unto you.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  15. pastafaria

    This just in, a spokesman for god has issued an apology to Bills fans for what was indeed divine interference in yesterday's Bills game. Apparently Sarah Palin asked god to strike down all non-patriots during a Sunday morning prayer service. Unfortunately god misunderstood her to mean the New England Patriots and unleashed his wrath on other teams in the AFC East instead of liberals and the lamestream media like Palin wanted. He also wanted to apologize to dolphins fans as a few of the millions of locusts he was in the process of sending to Sun Life Stadium have already arrived. The rest, however, are being diverted to Katie Couric's dressing room at CBS News headquarters in NYC.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  16. God

    How could he say such a thing about me? I do nothing but good things to the Bills, except for Scott Norwood, sorry buddy. Wait, who am I kidding, I dont exist.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
    • Bubba

      Hey! If you don't exist, then who made this post? You MUST be real!

      November 29, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
  17. FatSean

    Dude, that god ordered the ancient Hebrews to commit genocide! Don't bother with that guy.

    Why would anyone worship a "diety" that lets an underling like Satan do bad stuff? Just silly. Get over your fear of death people!

    November 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
    • Bubba

      Maybe Satan's in charge of football? I'm just sayin' . . .

      November 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  18. Larry

    What was god's dumber move – telling george bush to bomb Iraq or making Steve Johnson drop that pass? This imaginary guy does not seem very nice. Oh, I forgot, he works in mysterious ways.

    November 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  19. MiddleOfTheRoad

    I think god is telling Stevie to get over himself.

    November 29, 2010 at 1:56 pm |
  20. feet4hands

    truth is, He was too busy possessing Matt Ryan's arm.

    after the game, god tried to make a twitter account and reply, but @burningbush was already taken by an extremist.

    seriously though, we're responsible for all of our actions, good or bad, and no amount of prayer is going to look the ball safely into your arms for you.

    November 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
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