To be honest, as a general rule, I'm not a fan of churchy, preachy people. Especially churchy, preachy people at work. I'm not a fan of anyone inflicting their beliefs on others, but I respect that we all have our own opinions. However, what I can't respect is shoving those opinions on anyone else. I find it offensive when people intimidate and threaten others in the name of religion.
|1965 cover of Esquire of NY Giants guard Darrel Dess.|
In the 60s, a player praying on the field was a gag, a joke. Now, praying in sports, in the NFL in particular, is something expected. Guys praying in the locker room, before games, after games, in the end zone and on the sidelines. Guys from opposing teams are getting on one knee together after games to pray.
|Michael Vick and the Cowboys pray after a game.|
Is that a bad thing?
Is it a good thing?
I don't know. If I worked in a profession that every time I went to work, there was someone whose main goal was to knock my block off, maybe I would pray a little more. I don't think that there is anything wrong with being thankful for being OK and happy and successful. So if prayer is the way they go about it, who cares?
|Indianapolis Colts praying in the locker room...notice the SuperBowl trophy to the left.|
|Yankee Mark Teixeira and PGA Pro Ben Crane Tebowing in Cabo|
Are people mocking Tebow? For the most part, I think people are having fun with it.
Except those that aren't.
Tim Tebow has been the target of some pointed comments from opposing teams. The Baltimore Raven's Terrell Suggs said, “With all do respect, we don't pray on sidelines. Once again God had to save Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos..." The Detroit Lions received grief from the media when after in the second quarter of a game, Detroit linebacker Stephen Tulloch openly mocked Tebow's prayer pose after sacking him. Later in the game, tight end Tony Scheffler mimicked Tebow's one-kneed prayer pose in the end zone.
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