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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. Like that

    Its obama's fault. Not Gods. How dare he blame God for clearly something done by this black president.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  2. Ken Andrews

    Probably God was trying to answer this tweet when Leslie Nielsen was asking for help. Shirley he was.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
    • AG

      Of course he was asking for help. And don't call him Shirley. "Psycho" might be a better choice.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
    • Uncle Beasley

      AG, have you ever been in a Turkish prison?

      November 29, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
    • AG

      No, but I did have to ask the guy next to me to pinch me to make sure I wasn't dreaming.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
    • some emo kid

      Do you guys like gladiator movies?

      November 29, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  3. Uncle Beasley

    God has always hated the Buffalo Bills.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
    • AG

      Why, because of Super Bowl XXV, Super Bowl XXVI, Super Bowl XXVII, and Super Bowl XXVIII?

      November 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
    • Uncle Beasley

      It was implied at the end of the X-Files TV series that the Cigarette Man and/or the aliens had something to do with that.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
    • flux

      haha yeah it's the smoking man's fault. The Bills will never win the super bowl as long as he is alive, lol.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  4. Joe in Kalispell

    What a moron! You are paid to catch the football. You have nobody to blame but yourself.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  5. Ken Andrews

    Maybe God bet on the "UNDER."

    November 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  6. Joseph

    He is insane and a narcissist. God really cares who catches the ball or not? This guy thinks that this is what God is worried about? If he catches the ball? This guy drops a perfectly thrown ball and goes home to a beautiful home that is warm and full of clothes and food while others are starving and freezing and all of the horror that so many around the world face. But this guy thinks that God cares if he catches a pass or not. What a pathetic narcissist.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
    • Brian

      They guy is a 24 year old kid who just dropped the most important pass of his life to this point. He's upset about it, he's not handling it the best possible way but he's still just a young player. I don't get where all this "narcissist" crap is coming from.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
    • AG

      Hopefully he'll publish his book "Tweeting for Twits" for the holidays. The religious holidays.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
    • AG

      Not sure if he's insane. He's definitely ignorant.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  7. PT

    Everyone knows God is a Steeler Fan. After all they have 6 SuperBowl WINS!!!

    November 29, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
    • Howard Markowitz

      Then he must be a bigger Montreal Canadian fan and love the Yankees the best!

      November 29, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  8. AG

    All professional sports leagues need to ban the genuflecting on the field. Players should also not be so quick to point to the sky after doing something, as this is the stance that Barry B*nds emulated, and now it's called the BALCO Salute.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  9. Paul E

    There is no God. Even if there was, he/she/it would have better things to do than decide the outcome of a football game.

    Seriously, it's 2010 – time to come out of the Dark Ages.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
    • Brian

      Then how are we all here?

      November 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
    • Uncle Beasley

      How are we here, Brian? Easy. We descended from the apes. And, from the evidence in stories like this one, we haven't really come very far, have we?

      November 29, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
    • Brian

      Uncle Beasly, that doesn't tell us how we are all here, or how life began

      November 29, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
    • Chrissy Montagne

      Religious retards waste their Sundays listening to bad poetry instead of planting forests or otherwise making the world a better place. All the religious Mexicants in Austin destroy where they live and get mad at white people for their situations, whilst living off welfare....

      KILL RELIGION NOW!!!

      November 29, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
    • jdubbs

      I 100% don't believe in God, but I would never force my views on someone else.

      But, seriously, @"Chrissy Montagne" – CHILL. You sound like a fat childish clown. You give atheism the same distaste that's usually reserved for overzealous bible quoting born-again-christian's.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
    • Chrissy Montagne

      JDubs- you sound like another religious apologist who sends his life "chill" meaning you never accomplish much... Be a loser, that's cool. I'm a published author, professor, world traveller and I have a great family and home... Not that it should matter in a debate, I certainly don't care to attract you, but I'm generally considered a knockout so you lose on that attempt as well..

      Go watch your stupid sport in disgusting Buffalo and know you'll never influence as many as I have. You've inspired me to just keep up my efforts whereas your occasional, uninspired & middle of the road online posts will just go ignored...

      November 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  10. Ken Andrews

    Brian, I have no problem with you "wanting something bigger to hold on to," but why not stand up and face your fear without trying to establish a religious "mommy" to handle your life?

    November 29, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
    • Brian

      Well I'm agnostic, so i don't really follow a religion. But religion is still a good thing for lots of people, so why is there a need to try and attack people who celebrate their religion?

      November 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  11. Reflecting Pool Discourse Blog

    God disfavors egotistical morons and embraces humility, honesty and compassion. Hence, the egotistical dolt who was watching himself on the Big Screen while galloping to the end zone ended-up fumbling the football and creating a turn-over instead of a touchdown. God rigorously approves of the NFL's strict enforcement of the "excessive celebration" infraction, so innocent by-standers would not be subjected to the disgusting bravado of grossly over-paid egotistical pinheads whose hubris thoroughly eclipses whatever modest brain functionality they may have been born with. As this story makes unmistakably clear, Johnson's hubris obviously jumped out in front of his 'here & now' consciousness and started yet another episode of "excessive celebration" BEFORE the heroics had captured the prize. Then there's the sociopathic bravado of the dog-fight champion Michael Vick. If his compassion was as omnipresent and immense as his ego, he'd make Mother Theresa look like slime-bag sinner. For that matter, if either Vick or the NFL had any compassion whatsoever, he wouldn't be playing football today. So, yes, God favors compassion, humility and sincerity over the antics commonly foist on the public at NFL games.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
    • Chrissy Montagne

      Don't confuse nature with god. Nature is what is real, god is the childish fantasy which led people to overpopulate and destroy the planet. Get it straight.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  12. SERIOUSLY

    DONT KNOW ABOUT ANYONE ELSE BUT LAST I CHECKED, GOD DIDN'T DROP THE BALL SO WHY BLAME HIM. MAYBE HE SHOULD LEARN A LESSON ON THIS. MAYBE THE LESSON ON HOW NOT TO TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THE BALL AND COMPARE THAT TO THE BIBLICAL TEACHING OF KEEPING YOUR EYES ON CHRIST NO MATTER WHAT.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
    • JOHN MCCAIN

      I HAD JELLO TODAY

      November 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  13. Mike

    Somebody needs to tell him not to feel bad... There are people who have horrific things happen to them on the daily basis, like war, famine, abuse, disease, etc. And they pray everyday 24/7 only to have it all happen to them again, over and over again, day after day.

    He got off easy when it came to having prayers unanswered.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  14. Brian

    I feel bad for this kid. What he tweeted wasn't the answer, and wasn't really a smart move, but he was upset and he's a young guy. He has a good career ahead of him, this will be nothing but a small skidmark in a solid career

    November 29, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  15. Chrissy Montagne

    Did God, what?!?

    Seriously, all this talk of God, how old are you morons and why is my country full of religious retards!!! No wonder you waste your lives watching other people playing sports, you're retarded & pathetic!!! LOL.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
    • Brian

      What's pathetic is people like you who rail against religious people for wanting something bigger than them to hold on to

      November 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
    • flux

      I'm kind of blown away at the above reply. What is the definition of pathetic, other than wanting (I say needing) something bigger to hold on to?

      November 29, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  16. Steeler Nation

    Isn't it obvious, God is a Steelers fan.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  17. JustPlainJoe

    Fascinating. Why invoke any religion at all?
    If there really is a personal god, why would one team carry more moral favor than another?
    Narcissism at its finest.
    Why is the concept of personal equality so difficult for the ultra-religious. It's always WE are better than THOU.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
    • GBart

      "Narcissism at its finest." – passed off as humility. How do they get away with that?

      God is man's way of avoiding responsibility.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  18. Evil

    Player Tweets, CNN reports.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  19. JustPlainJoe

    Fascinating. Why invoke any religion at all?
    If there really is a personal god, why would one team carry more moral favor than another?
    Narcissism at its finest.
    Why is the concept of personal equality for difficult for the ultra-religious. It's always WE are better than THOU.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  20. Josh

    Yeah, why DOES CNN have 10 different ways to comment. FOR REAL! Also, Jesus is just allright with me, also, butterfingers, also whatever.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.