Nothing incompatible about faith and football

Athletes say spirituality helps during tough times

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  • TheProudDuck Newport Beach, CA
    Aug. 29, 2011 1:05 p.m.

    If you take Mormon scripture at face value, the Prince of Peace did a real number on various Nephite towns a while back. Laman, Gilgal, Gad, Jacobugath, Mocum, and so forth got big steaming helpings of divine whup-deleted, with all kinds of fire, floods, earthquakes, whirlwinds, buryings-alive, and other unpleasantness. And the Book of Revelation? Just wait 'til He *really* gets ticked off.

    Makes a spine-crushing blindside tackle seem almost like a sweet little baby hug, in comparison. Football isn't just compatible with Christianity, it's darn near Quaker in comparison with what scripture records.

  • Michigander Westland, MI
    Aug. 28, 2011 5:02 p.m.

    True. There is nothing incompatible about faith and football, EXCEPT when it is played on the Sabbath Day (Sunday). Why not move all pro football games to Monday or Tuesday nights when it could be FHE (Family Home Evening or Football Home Evening, however the head of the family decides (after consultation with the wife & kids). Fridays remain for high schools, Saturdays for colleges. The true modern-day Moroni will NEVER play football on Sunday.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Aug. 28, 2011 4:59 p.m.

    If you think football fans are fanatical, you ought to see soccer in Europe or Latin America.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 10:20 a.m.

    TV has taught me that God intervenes in sporting events. He picks winners, and by definition, losers. Same thing for celebrity awards ceremonies. In a world with famine and war, the big guy is in front of the tube on Sunday.

  • The Dixie Kid Saint George, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 11:20 p.m.

    Good article. And I believe NFL players can be just as faithful, even if they play on Sundays. Give me a break!

  • bluecoug89 Highland, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 11:07 p.m.

    I really like this article. You always hear about BYU and faith but you hardly hear it from other schools. It's a breath of fresh air to hear that others feel the same way.

  • Tom Smith Sandy, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 7:44 p.m.

    For at least three decades in the past century (50's, 60's and 70's) the explanation for BYU's win-loss record was the standard "how can you go off for two years saying 'bless you brother' and then come home to play aggressive football? FORTUNATELY... we have overcome!

  • IQ92 hi, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 6:54 p.m.

    Does any know first hand if some players were actually told that they will do more for their church by playing pro than by going on a mission?

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 6:13 p.m.

    "Christian ideals help you get through the game," added Rogers' teammate [Ute player], Luke Matthews, a wide receiver and a Christian from Phoenix, Ariz. "Sure, we're competitive out there. We play hard, and we want to win. But as a Christian I don't hate my opponents."

    Proof positive that Max was wrong.

    And non-LDS player Di Luigi and coach Weber are proof that stereotypes that BYU players are all LDS and non-LDS players and coaches can't enjoy being at BYU are are wrong.

  • teleste Provo, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 4:43 p.m.

    NFL athletes put their own personal gain ahead of God and choose to spend their careers breaking the Sabbath...

    Considering this is smiled upon (or at least OKed) by the Church membership as a whole, then I guess I'd say yes, there is nothing incompatible about faith and football.

  • The Rabbit (in Spanish) Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 3:51 p.m.

    Di Luigi - "So really," he said as he trotted off the practice field, "you can't lose!"

    How long until this quote becomes fodder for Utah fans trying to hyperventilate that a BYU player thinks they can't lose?

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    Aug. 27, 2011 2:36 p.m.

    A good article to ask this question on.

    Do you believe that God intervenes in sports games?

    meaning, do you believe that God cares who wins and affects the outcomes?