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Thursday, January 17, 2019
CNS Obsesses Some More Over Athletes Who Praise God

One of's biased peculiarities is obsessing over sports figures who copiously praise God and/or Jesus in the wake of their victories or other achievements. Well, the athletes-praising-God beat has been pretty busy lately.

Michael Morris wrote a Jan. 8 post highlighing how Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, following his team's victory in the College Football Playoff championship, "said, 'All the credit, all the glory, goes to the Good Lord' and noted that he finds joy in 'focusing on Jesus.'" A few days later, he touted how "In the NFL Playoffs Divisional round matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles, Saints Tight End Benjamin Watson, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, and numerous other players from both squads, knelt, linked arms and prayed together on the field," adding mostly redundantly, "Saints TE Watson and Eagles backup QB Foles are both outspoken Christians."

CNS invoked Swinney's praise of God once more on Jan. 16 under the very meta headline "Republican Sen. Tim Scott Honors Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney for Honoring Jesus Christ."

CNS is also highlighting how athletes are invoking God when they get hurt or if they screw up. A Jan. 7 post by Craig Bannister carried the headline "Bears' Kicker Turns to God after Missing Last-Second Field Goal, Losing Game" and stated:

Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey missed a heartbreaking 43-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in his team’s NFL playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, resulting in a 16-15 loss that eliminated his team. But, that didn’t stop Parkey from joining players from both teams in prayer at midfield immediately after the game.

Parkey’s kick had hit the left upright of the goalpost, then hit the crossbar, before falling just short. As his teammates consoled him, Parkey pointed to the heavens as he left the field - only to return after the game to pray at midfield with other Bears and Eagles players[.]

And Morris used a Jan. 10 post to highlight a college player invoking God following a grisly leg injury:

UCF Knights junior quarterback McKenzie Milton (#10) “went from almost losing” his right leg after suffering a “terrible injury”during a scramble in the second quarter of play against in-state rival USF on November 23, 2018, but Milton is now on the road to recovery, the QB saying, “God is definitely at work.”

“Thanking God for the miracles I see everyday in my life,” wrote McKenzie Milton in an Instagram post. “Went from almost losing my leg to leg pressing 40lbs in a little over a month. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. God is definitely at’s gonna be a long process but it’ll be one hell of a story.”

We're not mocking athletes who invoke God regarding their achievements (or lack thereof) -- just CNS' insistence that this is "news."

Posted by Terry K. at 9:51 PM EST

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