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« on: January 23, 2007, 02:57:36 PM »

I was thinking (a dangerous state for me).....is it really proper to PRAY for a team's success?? Is it okay if you are playing on the team (i.e. weekend warriors) or even if you are just a diehard fan??

Also I know occasionally debates will occur over the presence of religion among athletes...for example the baseball and soccer players that cross themselves etc.

Is there a line to be drawn?? Should there be a patron saint for specific sports??
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2007, 03:03:47 PM »

I know when I play a sport and pray before taking the field, it's always for protection for all the athletes from physical harm and for the strength to play the game by the rules and not be tempted to break any of them, even if I could get away with the offense.  Part of that strength is to also accept any rulings by the officials because they are the authority of that time and place.
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2007, 03:23:41 PM »

I think (realistically) there are a lot more important things to pray for than winning the super bowl or the Stanley Cup.

However, seeing as my favorite sports team (The Toronto Maple Leafs) have not won a Stanley Cup since 1967, maybe divine intervention is in order.  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2007, 03:38:01 PM »

What the other two guys said.

Plus, it's important to remember to play to the best of your abilities on the field, to try to glorify God in what you do, no matter how  unimportant it may seem in the greater scheme of things.

I don't think it's right to pray for a team's success.  But I think it's fine to pray that the team members play to the best of their abilities, and that their play transcends the here and now to show the glory of God, however dimly it may be reflected, just like in any human endeavour.  I think it's fine to pray that what happens on the field exemplifies the best qualities of sportsmanship.

God does not care about which team wins.  God is with everyone.  Of course, I suppose that just like with anything else, God could use a sports team to impart a message.  Why not?
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2007, 03:39:35 PM »

However, seeing as my favorite sports team (The Toronto Maple Leafs) have not won a Stanley Cup since 1967, maybe divine intervention is in order.  Grin

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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2007, 03:50:18 PM »

I would think it would only be wise to pray if you've got a good deal of money on the line.  You don't want to go to the well too often.
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2007, 04:19:54 PM »

Cough...cough....must....restrain...urge.....for....sarcastic reply.....MUST fight....good fight....cough

How did I know you would see that post.  I swear while I was posting it I was thinking "I hope Bob doesn't see this one". LOL
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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2007, 05:05:42 PM »

You can only pray for the Patriots. Otherwise it's heresy!

On Sunday, our priest threw in a "We also pray for the victory of the Patriots in today's game" during the dismissal prayer. Hehe. Guess it didn't work.

Maine is kinda crazy when it comes to the Patriots. Not everyone likes the Red Socks, but if you even DARE go into a bar and root against the Pats you'll leave with a bruise of some kind. Must be the hellish winters that drive us to insanity.
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« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2007, 05:24:44 PM »

^Believe it or not (even though I'm a Cowboy fan) I was pulling for the Pats and the Saints this past Sunday.  Take note... if you want to bet on football, find out who I want to win and pick the other team!!!  Not even your priests good prayers could undo my wicked eye! LOL
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« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2007, 05:30:26 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2007, 05:32:41 PM »

^Another comedian!!! Bad enough I've got Bob killing me about the Leafs... no this! LOL

Actually I'm a Cowboy fan living just outside NYC, amongst the Giants faithful.  Oh, how I loved watching the Gints fall apart this year.

And who do you support dear sir?
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« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2007, 05:36:16 PM »

Actually I'm a Cowboy fan living just outside NYC, amongst the Giants faithful.  Oh, how I loved watching the Gints fall apart this year.

Well, we've got a stray Giants fan in an office full of Cowboys faithful.  Wanna swap?
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« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2007, 05:37:55 PM »

I'm coming (plus the fishing is better over yonder)! LOL (did I say that right???)  I just created a sports thread in the FFA.  Please have a look.
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« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2007, 05:53:35 PM »

Actually I'm a Cowboy fan living just outside NYC, amongst the Giants faithful.  Oh, how I loved watching the Gints fall apart this year.

Yes, any day the Midgets lose is a good day.  Don't feel bad though, I know someone else who suffers the same Cowboys "tendencies", and aside from that obvious personality disorder is otherwise able to function normally and is pretty much a nice guy.

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America's Team (aka the Chiefs).  Although now living in Metro Philly it's hard not to get pulled in to the mass psychosis that surrounds that team throughout the year.
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« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2007, 07:56:23 PM »

How did I know you would see that post.  I swear while I was posting it I was thinking "I hope Bob doesn't see this one". LOL

LOL!   Grin
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