Last night, I watched the Italy vs. Paraguay game that I missed during the day. I’m not going to be able to watch many of the World Cup Games real time.
There was a point after Italy scored its game-tying goal that the cameras fixed on a fan who I thought was praying to the heavens for Paraguay. I could be mistaken. This person could have been Italian too. But let’s go with Paraguay. The camera stayed on this person for what seemed like a long time.
Many discussions, blogs and articles have circled around the inanity of praying for one’s team. I don’t think it would be useful for me to talk about it again here in detail.
Between the superstitions on the field when people do the sign of the cross and other religious actions, I wonder what the rest of the world thinks. Paraguay will probably not go far in the World Cup, but that won’t change the minds of its religious citizens who go so far as to pray for victory.
Sports and religiosity has to be one of the most conceited behaviors that you hear about or experience on a regular basis.
When will it ever stop?
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Athletes always thank God when they win, but I never hear them blaming God when they lose. As with everything, God gets credit for good things but never the bad.