Re: Tim Tebow and Christianity: Is it the secret of his success?
posted at 12/6/2011 5:03 PM EST
In Response to Re: Tim Tebow and Christianity: Is it the secret of his success?
[QUOTE]Association doesn't prove causality. It may be more accurate to say that Evangelical Christianity goes after football players with a vengeance. Spend, spend, spend! For all of its effort, the Evangelical movement lines up vast numbers of college and high school coaches, who all teach their kids that prayer is the path to wealth in football. And, in fact, if you want to please the coach, prayer is the way to get ahead. So, the kids get in the habit of praying publicly on the football field before games, after games and on every touchdown. Sometimes the prayers are led by the coach in the locker room, sometimes not. The Evangelicals eventually reap football stars who tell kids to go be Evangelicals. The Scientologists tried much the same thing by buttering up Hollywood actors, giving them special guaranteed ins to Heaven and to the Scientology heirarchy, with pretty good success. Given a huge pool of Evangelical Christian football players, it's inevitable that some will be talented. Good for them. Does Evangelical prayer improve performance? I suspect that it does. However, yogic meditation probably also probably improves performance. The same meditative state is reached, and they're probably praying to the same God assuming that all is one. Another possibility is that the Evangelicals believe in a violent God that lets his kids bash their brains out, where the Mennonites would say, "that's crazy talk, do something real with your life". I haven't seen too many Mennonite football stars. Is there any statistical evidence that being Evangelical, as opposed to being Jewish or Samoan, makes you a better player? Not that I've seen.
Posted by Paul_K[/QUOTE]
My half-brother James Eidam was a star baseball player for the Gators circa 1994-1995 as a transfer student. He was 8-balled by Coach Lopez for not abiding Lopez's Evangelical religious doctrine.
So despite a life dedicated to baseball, being an All-American, leading the SEC in slugging and homer runs, setting several Gator records such as longest HR, best single-game hitting (HR, Dbl, Tripl, Walk, HR), also hitting the longest HR at the U's field (570'), and with many other accolades, my brother (and all of his senior peers) was not drafted. Lopez was irked that James, a typical college kid, partied, and that the team only finished third in the NCCA C that year. If Lopez couldn't not get their souls and a championship, he was determined to keep them out of MLB by giving them bad reports with the scouts.
To know my bro was to know the most popular guy on the team, liked by all, disliked by none - no attitude problem. His one hiccup was a wrist injury his sr. year from two fastball pitches to it in the early season. I think he still ended up with the most team HRs that year, too.
To know Lopez was to know a Christian coach that I know for a fact promised a scholarship he did not have left to offer to a player while he coached Arizona. When the kid showed up to school, Lopez told him, to paraphrase, "Tough luck." Lopez, the Pious One, promises more scholarships than he has to give. And the reason that he was coaching at Arizona was because the good folks in Gainesville got wind of the Holy Blackmail he was conducting and ran him out of town on a rail.
My brother was well on his way to be a star MLB player. Instead, an Evangelical with a twisted agenda ended it for him. Check the Gator stats. Note how much better he was than David Eckstein, for example http://www.gatorzone.com/baseball/history.php#16