A SPORTS BOOST

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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

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