The Supernatural and Sports

Tim Tebow TebowingI suspect that like me, most of you won’t have associated the supernatural with sports, but according to a report in the Washington Times more than half of sports fans believe there are supernatural aspects at play in sporting events:

So do you say a little prayer during a pivotal play or wear lucky socks during a big game? You are not alone.

“Just ahead of the 2014 Super Bowl, 50 percent of sports fans see some aspect of the supernatural at play in sports, meaning they either pray to God to help their team, have thought their team was cursed at some point in time, or believe that God plays a role in determining the outcome of sporting events,” reports a new survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonpartisan, non-profit group based in the nation’s capital.

A fervent 26 percent of the respondents say they have prayed that “for God to help their team”, while an equal number have entertained the notion that their team was “cursed.”

The gridiron tends to bring out this behavior.

“Football fans are also more likely than other fans to say they pray for their team (33 percent ), perform pre-game or game-time rituals (25 percent), or to believe that their team has been cursed (31 percent).

White evangelical Protestants (38 percent), white mainline Protestant (33 percent) and minority Protestant (29 percent) sports fans are considerably more likely than Catholic (21 percent) or religiously unaffiliated (15 percent) fans to say they have prayed for their team, the survey found.

Twenty one percent have either a special ritual or a lucky item of clothing they associated with a big game. Another 22 percent say that God “plays a role in which team wins a sporting event.”

And interesting: 48 percent agree that “God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success.” Forty seven percent disagreed with this idea, however…

[continues in the Washington Times]


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7 Comments on "The Supernatural and Sports"

  1. It’s like what Lenin said, you look for the person who will benefit, and, uh, uh.. You know what I’m trying to say.

  2. Add all the percentages and you got a whole lot of who F’ing cares.

  3. BuzzCoastin | Jan 23, 2014 at 12:01 pm |

    professional sports & religion
    serving the manipulators of the mass mind
    since the Greek Olympics

  4. Simon Valentine | Jan 23, 2014 at 1:55 pm |

    when anything anyone can say is true
    then you know (something true)
    {and should think at least twice about it, on contrary terms}

    (un)surprisingly, the morass is as algorithmic as everyone and no one says it is
    but religious conversion is the ‘euphamism’ of the philosopher’s stone
    and there’s no sword to be pulled from it or anyone’s mouth

    “So who then had pulled the sword?”
    Circus Verisimilitudinous Maximus

    • Simon Valentine | Jan 23, 2014 at 1:57 pm |

      how did the horse-betting criminal come manifest to evolve within a natural environment?

      found by the bigger criminal, perhaps?

      • Once Upon a Time in America, Rico got suave and connected the dots allowing him to have a slice. Digging in deeper beneath and on the flesh. Webbing out lucratively, Donnie none the wiser.

  5. Match fixing is not supernatural.

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