Dear Mr. Commissioner:

Recently, Buffalo Bills wideout Stevie Johnson dropped a game winning pass in the end-zone against the Pittsburg Steelers. After the game, Johnson was naturally disappointed in his game-losing drop and in his misery blamed God as the culprit behind his board like hands. Aghast at such an outrageous accusation, the media demanded an unnecessary apology from Johnson.

Johnson is just one of the many NFL athletes that sky point after a score to praise God for a multitude of reasons. If God is responsible for the amazing passes and receptions in a football game, then blaming God is not only correct, but necessary.

For too long, the all-powerful creator of the universe escaped blame for all the terrible things that happened on his watch like the Jackie Smith end-zone drop in the Steelers-Cowboys Superbowl.

“I had the game in my hands and I dropped it," Johnson said. The distraught receiver Twittered his disappointment saying, “I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO”...Sun Nov 28 22:12:33 via Twitter for iPad--Stvie Johnson

Clearly, the “Almighty,” has the best job in the universe where he gets all the glory for the good things and no blame for the bad things that happen. In a rare moment, Johnson said what many others probably think. As a noted Skypointer, Johnson is just one of many professional football players strolling into the end-zone pointing to the sky.

In the world of professional football, the time honored end-zone ball spike is gone. Instead, pointing to the sky is now de rigueur. Pointing to the sky and thanking God is not only unnecessary and annoying, it is also false advertising.

My response to this unnecessary intrusion of religion into NFL football games, I am calling for a ban to end-zone pointing. The former NFL commissioner banned the end-zone group jump calling it excessive celebration. Sky pointing should fall under the same rule. At the very least, the sky point lacks creativity and to those that are bullshit intolerant causes violent reactions.

I.M. Seriousfan

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Comment by Donald R Barbera on March 14, 2011 at 2:40pm
Absolutely! A fair book talking about religion and the NFL is "Onward Christian Athletes." It has ssome interesting stories.
Comment by Brent Feeney on March 14, 2011 at 12:25pm

Not the worst letter out there, but do you think Roger Goodell's really going to take it seriously? He and the rest of the National Football Corporation won't be happy until every player, coach and fan are acting like programmed robots speaking the company line.


Wait a minute, a lot of the players and coaches already do...



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