Planning to watch the big game on Sunday? It is kind of hard to believe it has been played for over 50 years. I'm not sure if I'll bother to watch it this year or not. I don't particularly care for either team, but I despise the Patriots. I guess that means I'll root for the Eagles if I watch the game.
For someone who probably watches the Super Bowl only about half the time, I sure have written about it often. Here are some examples:
- Praying for a Super Bowl Win (2017)
- Super Bowl: An Exercise in Reaffirming One's Faith (2015)
- Super Bowl 2014: Go Seahawks! (2104)
- A Super Bowl Prediction (2013)
- Asking Why (2012)
- Why I'm Skipping the Super Bowl (2010)
- Prayer on Super Bowl Sunday (2009)
- Super Bowl 43: Faith on Display in the NFL (2009)
- Did You Miss the Super Bowl Miracle? (2008)
- Superbowl Party: Atheist Style (2007)
I continue to marvel at how the Super Bowl has almost become a religious celebration for some. And no, I'm not talking about the sort of pseudo-religious devotion with which some die-hard sports fans approach their favorite teams. I'm referring instead to the infusion of prayer and other superstitious rituals, god talk, and even "miracles" into the event.
In 2016, Texans' running back and open atheist Arian Foster had some good advice for those playing in the game about how to handle their press conferences, including what should be obvious: there is no need to thank any gods for the outcome or how one plays.
H/T to Friendly Atheist
This post was originally written in 2016 and was updated in 2018.