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Vail Valley Voices: Broncos finally have a prayer

Greg Ziccardi
Vail, CO, Colorado

The Dallas Cowboys have self-anointed themselves “America’s Team.” Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to “God’s Team.”

This is astonishing, to say the least. People who couldn’t care less about the National Football League are paying attention now. Others who only follow their team when they’re winning are learning how to use the DVR so they can ski and watch the miracles unfold in the evening.

What really blows me away are the fans who go to church on Saturday because the games on Sunday suggest religious undertones. Denver has been “chosen” and much like the religious crusades over 1,000 years ago, our team marches into battle and conquers in the name of the Lord.

Phooey on all of that.

A quarterback points to the sky and a savior is born? Kneels down before or after a game and somehow it’s misconstrued that he is more than the average Christian? Give me a break.

Religion has been part of competitive sport since the beginning of B.C. The Greeks prayed to Zeus at the original Olympic Games. Gladiators surely had something to say to a higher-up before they entered the Coliseum. The jousters paid homage to the corrupt bishops before their chest was punctured by a long stick.

I’m a lifer Bronco fan. I have endured the past eight years of mediocrity with dignity and remained true blue.

It’s not covered on ESPN, nor has USA Today contacted me when I pray out loud: “Please God let the Bronco’s win” or “Just once will ya look like a defense?” More often than not, I have had to exclaim to my God, “Damn this team!”

Now we’re winning and all I know is it’s a whole lot more fun. I don’t care if Tebow holds Mass on the 50-yard line at the two minute warning. In the immortal words of Al Davis, “Just win baby.”

What bothers me is the politically correct crowd that can’t deal with a little bit of religion mixed in with some of America’s pastime. I’m pretty sure there is nothing in the Constitution that even suggests the separation of church and sport.

As far as I’m concerned, not nearly enough is said about the way some of these professional athletes conduct themselves. They have been indicted on everything from possession of weapons, rape, drug charges, dog fighting, and accessory to murder and are all back on the field at some point celebrating their God-given talent.

It’s a breath of fresh air to see that some of these players are really nice kids.

What’s most important to remember is that this is nothing more than entertainment. A TV show. Win or lose, there is no personal consequence from the result (unless you dump a lot of money on the Broncos winning the Super Bowl this year).

So to all the critics and politically correct people who have too much time on their hands, please stand down and let the rest of us enjoy this. You’ve got Christmas and Columbus Day to fix.

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