43% of Americans think God is helping Tim Tebow win football games

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Okay, quick summary for those of you that have been thus far blissfully unaware of any of this: Tim Tebow is the quarterback for the Denver Broncos. He is, by most accounts, a stunningly mediocre quarterback who is devoutly religious, and he inspired a meme called "Tebowing" where people are photographed kneeling in silent prayer, mirroring Tebow's post-and-sometimes-pre-everything-he-does-during-a-game habit. And he's lead his team to a series of victories that could be described as either stupidly lucky or luckily stupid. In all fairness, he actually seems like a pretty swell guy. That is all.

But what is most assuredly not all is that there seems to be a whole contingent of people that actually believe God is taking an active hand in helping Tim Tebow win his little sports matches. People like a Colorado pastor loosely affiliated with Tebow's parents, for instance, who, when asked if Tebow would be winning these games if he weren't so religious, replied, "No, of course not." Speaking of the Broncos' six-game winning streak, he said:

"It's not luck. Luck isn't winning six games in a row. It's favor. God's favor."

So, whatever, that's a pretty predictable position; of course a pastor would say that. But what I'm a little concerned about is Poll Position's recent poll of around 1,000 Americans. When asked "Do you believe that any of Tim Tebow's success can be attributed to Divine Intervention," forty-three percent said they believed Divine Intervention was "at least partly responsible" for his success.

Now, forty-two percent also said they disagreed, so the whole world hasn't lost their fucking minds, but really, various religious people? That's what God cares about? The fucking Denver Broncos? I mean, I suppose that would explain why it seems like He's asleep at the watch on literally everything else, but seriously? I'm not a religious person, so maybe someone that is can explain this to me: I seriously need some help understanding how someone that believes in the existence of a just and loving God could also actively believe that God was intervening in the NFL. 

I mean, why isn't God working harder to bring back the XFL? That was about heart, not stats.