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Survey: 27 Percent Of Americans Believe God Helps Decide Who Wins Sporting Events


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#1 Floppin

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:40 PM


Because it's Super Bowl time, everyone has to get in on the football. The Public Religion Research Institute conducted a survey earlier this month, and asked its random sample of 1,033 adults a bunch of questions about the NFL. Most of the responses aren't surprising or interesting (Lots of people watch football! Even more people watch the Super Bowl!), but two specific questions and results are worth highlighting.

Perhaps the most shocking is that 27 percent of those polled—more than a quarter—believe that "God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event." Watch a game with three of your buddies. Odds are that one of you wholeheartedly believes that God has a vested interest in the outcome of the game, and will influence it to get His way. This could really throw off Vegas's lines.

There's more. You know how athletes, in postgame interviews, often thank God? They believe God is specifically looking out for them and their health. A majority of Americans agree. According to the survey, 53 percent of respondents believe that "God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success."


http://deadspin.com/5980273/

Well isn't that nice.

#2 rayzor

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:42 PM

so?

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:42 PM

27% would be wrong

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:43 PM

Well good for them.

I always loved that saying, hows it go?

"If God is with us, who the hell could be against us?"

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:46 PM

That percentage is probably pretty low compared to the number of people who think the following things help their team win:

-the food the person eats beforehand
-the brand of beer
-which direction said beer is facing when his team has the ball
-which item of clothing he's wearing
-which TV he watches said team play

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:51 PM

Find this funny, because I go to Liberty University (a huge Christian school) and one of our coaches says "God doesn't give a piss about who wins or loses this game, so you better work hard one way or the other".

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:53 PM

I'm not surprised.. 50% of the time it works 100% of the time

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:55 PM

That percentage is probably pretty low compared to the number of people who think the following things help their team win:

-the food the person eats beforehand
-the brand of beer
-which direction said beer is facing when his team has the ball
-which item of clothing he's wearing
-which TV he watches said team play


True... but the beer, food, clothes, etc... don't have anything better to do.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:58 PM

Randomly selecting a group of people that small seems like a pretty terrible way to determine something like this.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:02 PM

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:18 PM

According to the survey, 53 percent of respondents believe that "God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success."


you gotta be kidding me

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:22 PM

They probably think He decides the winner of the game after He chooses:
  • which town/community to send a hurricane to
  • who wins the lottery this week
  • which child gets cancer . . . and which does not
  • who gets stuck in traffic
  • when the next speedy checkout line will open


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:25 PM

god isn't real idiots

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:28 PM

Would be a story if it were a higher percentage.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:30 PM

God Shammgod was a stud at Providence. I would in no way be surprised if he accounted for at least 27% of their victories the year they made that E-8 run.

Austin Croshere was a close second at 19%.


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