Bad news: Bills receiver blames God after dropping game-winning TD pass

posted at 4:55 pm on November 29, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via TMZ, a desperately needed palate cleanser as we await the next round of document-dumping this afternoon by Wikileaks. (Word on Twitter is that it’s set for 5 p.m. ET.) To set the scene: 16-16 in overtime in Buffalo, the 2-8 Bills trying to salvage their season with an unlikely upset of the 7-3 Steelers. They were down 13 points in the third quarter and rallied to tie it; now in OT and just out of field-goal range on Pittsburgh’s 40-yard line, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick spots receiver Stevie Johnson breaking towards the end zone downfield. Annnd … heart-ache:

“I had the game in my hands and I dropped it,” Johnson said. “Humbled. Humbled.”

Then, growing emotional, Johnson added: “I’ll never get over it. Ever.”

Watch the clip and behold a pro wideout letting a highlight-reel-worthy game-winner clank right off his fingers. Frankly, I’m not sure I’ll ever get over it either. How shaken was the poor guy after the game, won by the Steelers on a field goal on the ensuing drive? This shaken:

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…

The Twitter account isn’t verified so it’s not 100 percent certain that that’s the real Stevie Johnson, but c’mon — you can tell from the all caps that this is a serious crisis of faith. Two things, then. One: By tacking that offhand “THX THO” onto the end of his spiritual cri de coeur, he’s now officially my favorite player. Two: Give the man points, at least, for applying his standards on faith consistently. Most pro athletes give glory to God when they catch the winning TD but won’t blame him when they have a bad game. Johnson’s view: The big guy upstairs has to take the bitter with the sweet. Awesome.

He’ll bounce back once he decides that God is just testing him or that this is all part of the plan, etc. Exit question: Isn’t the real lesson here simply that God is a Steelers fan?


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Blasphemy … isn’t that what all those Danish cartoonists keep getting threatened over? Oh, that’s a completely different monothesitic religion with its roots in the Middle East – gotcha.

elcapt on November 29, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Because to an atheist, a Christian joking about an atheist being paid OT for working holidays is the same as a death threat.

malclave on November 29, 2010 at 6:59 PM

… this is a serious crisis of faith.

Over a football game? If true, it would only serve to reflect immaturity and shallowness.

Likewise of the article’s author for constantly searching the highways and byways to find any tittle of “news” where Christianity can be belittled.

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

AZ_Redneck on November 29, 2010 at 7:07 PM

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canopfor on November 29, 2010 at 7:19 PM

You know, angry as it seems, that looks more like a prayer than a curse to me.

rihar on November 29, 2010 at 7:19 PM

It would be nice if some of the Christians and some of the atheists would stop with the chide remarks. (Notice…some).

Christians (I’m one) are taught to love our fellow man…And atheists, if you don’t believe, you shouldn’t be forced to. It’s gotta come from the heart.

JetBoy on November 29, 2010 at 7:19 PM

He was revealed as a conditional believer, not a believer. BIG diff Allah.

leftnomore on November 29, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Kinda refreshing, actually. After seeing all those players point up to the sky after they do something good I’ve been waiting for one of them to point down at the ground and give credit to Satan when they miss a field goal. This is close.

curved space on November 29, 2010 at 7:21 PM

gotcha.

elcapt on November 29, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Another sensitive atheist without a clue. Dude or dudette get a life. Seriously.

CWforFreedom on November 29, 2010 at 7:23 PM

I wonder what part of “all” he didn’t understand. You know “for all things give thanks”.

chemman on November 29, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Wow – your god must be a Steelers fan considering how much sexual aggression he’ll tolerate by Big Ben. Tell you what – this atheist will work holidays for straight time if your church and every other church will start paying taxes on its collection plate earnings. Deal?

elcapt on November 29, 2010 at 6:37 PM

This Christian will agree to tax church contributions when atheists prove to be as charitable as the religious. And citing a single very wealthy atheist does not count–I’m talking across the board giving. Atheists love to talk about how philanthropic they are, but it’s proven that they give much less money, time and resources to charity than the religious.

Fact.

Grace_is_sufficient on November 29, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Dear Mr Johnson,

There is but one cure for your failures on the football field.

Practice.

Happy Holidays!

Freddy on November 29, 2010 at 8:04 PM

God loves the Steelers cause their owner is an Obama lover who thinks the whole league should be blacks only.

PrezHussein on November 29, 2010 at 8:25 PM

What true believer has not struggled with life and argued with God?

texanpride on November 29, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Oh Allah, those silly religious people give you so much mocking joy!

Have you ever read Job? I mean seriously contemplated Job? He complained. He didn’t curse God but he certainly was not happy about his situation. He struggled, but in the end he gave God the highest praise of all the scriptures. The life of our Savior would not have been considered carefree and easy, I bet he prayed more than any footballer. Accepting God’s will is not easy.

Don’t atheists learn from set backs? Perhaps patience and long-suffering come more naturally to atheists than the rest of us poor souls who must overcome adversity through the help of God.

(Disclaimer: just because I use the term atheist does not imply I actually believe in such a thing as an atheist.)

petunia on November 29, 2010 at 8:38 PM

This Christian will agree to tax church contributions when atheists prove to be as charitable as the religious. And citing a single very wealthy atheist does not count–I’m talking across the board giving. Atheists love to talk about how philanthropic they are, but it’s proven that they give much less money, time and resources to charity than the religious.

Fact.

Grace_is_sufficient on November 29, 2010 at 7:53 PM

It is also a fact that government subsidies cause inefficiencies. Don’t you think that today there are more churches and religious organizations in the US than there would be if churches and religious organizations were not tax exempt and if people could not deduct their contributions to those organizations for federal income tax purposes?

Jimbo3 on November 29, 2010 at 8:40 PM

I’m perplexed. Did he actually blame God in his tweet or not? Seems more like he was blaming himself.

As for the angryed statememnt about God not giving a hoot who wins or loses…he’s right about that.

But…his ridiculous assertion that the notion is just as unreasonable that God actually exisits is based upon his lack of experiencing the love of Christ in his own life. It’s sad that he cannot take the testimony of millions of his countrymen as evidence that God does indeed exist. His statement is arrogant and unfair based completely on ignorance.

Al-Ozarka on November 29, 2010 at 9:11 PM

” This Christian will agree to tax church contributions when atheists prove to be as charitable as the religious. And citing a single very wealthy atheist does not count–I’m talking across the board giving. Atheists love to talk about how philanthropic they are, but it’s proven that they give much less money, time and resources to charity than the religious.”

Fact.

Grace_is_sufficient on November 29, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Grace, this is because in reality it’s only lip-service being paid.

Al-Ozarka on November 29, 2010 at 9:14 PM

I’m a Bengals fan. I was rooting for the Bills to win, even after what happened last week. I still believe in God.

RustBelt on November 29, 2010 at 9:19 PM

It’s deja vu The Onion‘s “Basketball Star Blames God For Defeat” all over again.

Christien on November 29, 2010 at 11:58 PM

He seems to love the blessing more than the Blessor. That isn’t faith, it’s idolatry.

Dubya Bee on November 30, 2010 at 12:34 AM

I have been a Bills fan since the 1970s and knew that somehow this 2010 version of the team would lose this game in ridiculous, heart-breaking fashion. When I watched that play live, it seemed as if stupid Stevie flung the ball out of his own hands… it was weird.

And blaming God for it? Sheesh. That’s all the Bills need – for God to be even more annoyed at them.

Logic on November 30, 2010 at 6:54 AM

It’s amazing how many Christians just don’t get it. No wonder you atheists are confused.

Yo Stevie – you think God jiggled your elbow or something?

disa on November 30, 2010 at 7:13 AM

It almost looks like he threw it down. On purpose. I can sympathize w/the guy. I’ve been there. thankfully the Lord allows us to get back up and try again.

Darvin Dowdy on November 30, 2010 at 7:56 AM

Over a football game? If true, it would only serve to reflect immaturity and shallowness.
AZ_Redneck on November 29, 2010 at 7:07 PM

No, football is the guy’s vocation received from God. We honor and serve God through our vocation, whatever it may be. So if we’re fulfilling our vocation, why does God let bad things happen? The answer is to teach us a lesson and to make us more reliant on Him; another answer comes from Job, are we to receive good things at the hand of God and not bad ones?

A crisis of faith? I would say not because the guy, if that was his tweet, did what every Christian would do—he cried out ‘why God?’, and then he thanked God because the thing happened to him and not to somebody else.

So, the atheists might be jesting, but that’s okay cuz only a fool says there’s no God. Steve’s experience is the normal Christian experience, except it’s lived out large in front of the whole world.

SilentWatcher on November 30, 2010 at 8:15 AM

I’d say we shouldn’t be so certain that God “doesn’t care who wins a football game”. If he does, it’s not because he loves the members of one team more than the other. But perhaps a player on one team, or a fan of the other, needs the encouragement of a win. I never would assume that God HAS ordained the outcome of a game, and I suspect He rarely does; but it’s presumptuous of us to assume that a particular outcome doesn’t serve some larger purpose, and that God absolutely wouldn’t intervene.

As to this particular player, I did a quick Google search, and didn’t find anything to indicate to me whether he has been known to be a believer. If so, it sounds as though his faith is immature; but you can’t reach a point of mature faith without going through a period of immature faith. I hope he learns and grows, and places football into its proper priority.

RegularJoe on November 30, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Steve should first re-examine if such an outburst is a good thing, then follow Tom Jackson’s advise and go to bed with the football in his hands. And after practice spend extra time catching the ball, that is the only way to make use of the talents he has been given by God.

TQM38a on November 30, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Clarification: He should re-examine if the outbust was a good thing to make public.

TQM38a on November 30, 2010 at 9:44 AM

The interview after the game, where Johnson is on camera saying that he feels “humbled” and admits that HE cost his team the game, took a lot of courage, and displayed a lot of character.

Whether Johnson actually “tweeted” that message to “God” (who is never mentioned in the “tweet”) may be in doubt, but if he did write that, it shows an immature faith. Lots of believers can doubt God’s love and care for them if they suffer from an injury, a disease, or some suffering inflicted on them by other people, and Jesus Himself asked God “why have You forsaken me” on the cross. God does allow bad things to happen to good people, and this is one of the great mysteries of faith.

But catching (or dropping) this pass was totally within Johnson’s control, the dropped pass is Johnson’s fault, not God’s. Lots of receivers have dropped crucial passes thrown straight into their hands, and those with character march back to the huddle and apologize profusely to their quarterback, and work twice as hard to hang on to the next pass. What can Johnson learn from this? He’s human, and he needs to practice more and concentrate on every play in every game, and he will probably have another chance to make a game-winning catch in the future.

When he does, after he spikes the ball in the end zone and high-fives his teammates, he should THANK God for having the body and talent to make big money playing games, while the vast majority of people on earth have much more difficult lives.

Steve Z on November 30, 2010 at 10:05 AM

I have been a Bills fan since the 1970s and knew that somehow this 2010 version of the team would lose this game in ridiculous, heart-breaking fashion. When I watched that play live, it seemed as if stupid Stevie flung the ball out of his own hands… it was weird.

@Logic,
Hang in there buddy !!! I went to SUNY, Buffalo (graduated in 03) and became a lifelong Bills fan…i cannot think of a more loyal fan base that has gone through so much pain.

I am immediately reminded of last season’s opener at Foxboro where we were winning and all we had to do was to run off the clock in the final 2 minutes… instead, the Bills fumbled the kick return..and the rest is history

But i thought that the team showed a lot of character to play the type of game they did- their season was already gone and they were down 13 points against one of the best teams in the league… they could have folded rather easily. But they did’nt.

Go BILLS !!!
- from a Bills fan in India

nagee76 on November 30, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Well, God gives you cancer and makes planes crash, so obviously he also makes people drop footballs.

Dave Rywall on November 30, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Reminds me of the George Carlin bit about athletes and God. “Jesus tripped me up at the line of scrimmage!”.

76United on November 30, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Blasphemy … isn’t that what all those Danish cartoonists keep getting threatened over? Oh, that’s a completely different monothesitic religion with its roots in the Middle East – gotcha.

elcapt on November 29, 2010 at 6:37 PM

retard Christianity was started in Judea and Turkey aka in the middle east

snoopicus on November 30, 2010 at 1:39 PM

thx for the post, allahpundit, I enjoyed it.

audiculous on November 30, 2010 at 2:13 PM

I’m a Bills fan. Pray for me.

georgealbert on November 30, 2010 at 2:40 PM

A class act:

@StevieJohnson13 I asked same thing when released in STL & benched 3 times, But then God did his thing… Be ready! Enjoy watching you play!

Twitter / @Kurt Warner

pain train on November 30, 2010 at 2:48 PM

retard Christianity

snoopicus on November 30, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Nice.

Atheists are so pathetic. Their whole belief system is nothing but an excuse to act out of pure selfishness.

malclave on November 30, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Nice.

Atheists are so pathetic. Their whole belief system is nothing but an excuse to act out of pure selfishness.

malclave on November 30, 2010 at 2:51 PM
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Uh, no. Thinking a supreme being who runs the f’ing universe gives a sh*t about the outcome of a football game is far, far, far, far more pathetic.

Dave Rywall on November 30, 2010 at 2:57 PM

The Bible is packed full of examples of the Heroes of Faith crying out to God their disappointment or doubt in testing situations. Truth is, we all have those thoughts sometimes when the pressure is on. Why not be honest with God and tell Him about it? He already knows our thoughts.

CG - Colorado on November 30, 2010 at 3:17 PM

The Bible is packed full of examples of the Heroes of Faith crying out to God their disappointment or doubt in testing situations. Truth is, we all have those thoughts sometimes when the pressure is on. Why not be honest with God and tell Him about it? He already knows our thoughts.

CG – Colorado on November 30, 2010 at 3:17 PM
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Exactly – why do you have to tell him about it?
He already knows since he can read your mind.
He’s reading your mind every second of the day for your entire life.
Every.
Single.
Second.
Every single thing you think about, he knows.
What a horrible horrible life that would be.

Dave Rywall on November 30, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Dave Rywall on November 30, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Typical atheist bigotry.

malclave on November 30, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Dave Rywall on November 30, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Typical atheist bigotry.

malclave on November 30, 2010 at 4:12 PM
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Stating the facts about a Christian’s perception of reality and then saying I think it would be a horrible existence isn’t being bigoted, you jacka$$.

Dave Rywall on November 30, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Dave Rywall on November 30, 2010 at 4:41 PM

If you had done that, I might agree with you, dickweed.

malclave on November 30, 2010 at 5:40 PM

What a horrible horrible life that would be.

Dave Rywall on November 30, 2010 at 3:36 PM

To be known by a God who sees us at our absolute worst and chooses to love us in spite of that? No. The real horror is to be without Him, in this life and through eternity.

infidel4life on November 30, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Every single thing you think about, he knows.
What a horrible horrible life that would be.

Dave Rywall on November 30, 2010 at 3:36 PM

In your case, that would be terrifying.

Inanemergencydial on November 30, 2010 at 9:30 PM

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…

This stuff always cracks me up. With all the suffering and sickness in the world. God sitting on the side line making touch downs happen or not. Doesnt he have better things to do?
Dude maybe your just not as good as you think you are.
I wonder if say a person had a max of 20 prayers during life that would come true, are people wasting them on “Their” team winning the game?

Greed on December 1, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Stating the facts about a Christian’s perception of reality and then saying I think it would be a horrible existence isn’t being bigoted, you jacka$$.

Dave Rywall on November 30, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Obviously (obvious to everyone else, I guess), you didn’t do that. You really come off as petty and angry here. It’s rare that people this angry about a flawed perception of God don’t believe in God. You truly sound like you’re projecting from an angry adolescence.

Esthier on December 1, 2010 at 6:00 PM

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