A SPORTS BOOST
So do you say a little prayer during a pivotal play or wear lucky socks during a big game? You are not alone.
“Fifty percent of sports fans see some aspect of the supernatural at play in sports, meaning they either pray to God to help their team, have thought their team was cursed, or believe that God plays a role in determining the outcome of sporting events,” reports a new survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonpartisan, non-profit group based in the nation’s capital.
A fervent 26 percent of the respondents say they have prayed that “for God to help their team”, while an equal number felt their team was “cursed.” The gridiron tends to bring out this behavior.
“Football fans are also more likely than other fans to say they pray for their team (33 percent ), perform pre-game or game-time rituals (25 percent), or to believe that their team has been cursed (31 percent),” the pollster says.
Twenty one percent have either a special ritual or a lucky item of clothing they associate with a big game. Another 22 percent say that God “plays a role in which team wins a sporting event.” And interesting: 48 percent agree that “God rewards