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Blaming God for a dropped ball

by Brad A. Greenberg

December 5, 2010 | 2:32 pm

Steve Johnson of the Buffalo Bills did not have a monster game today. ESPN’s fantasy guru Matthew Berry had predicted that Johnson would in response to making a disastrous drop in the end zone last Sunday during overtime against the Steelers.

That drop was tough to watch—not as tough as the two chip shots missed by the Boise State kicker, but tough still. And Johnson was visibly shaken at the post-game press conference. I recall him saying something to the effect of: I’ll never get over this.

That seemed a bit dramatic. I mean: Why so serious?

The Bills aren’t playing for anything but pride and Johnson has emerged as their brightest star. But the misery continued after the press conference. Thanks to Brian for tipping me to Johnson’s loathing on Twitter:

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…

THX THO ... wow. I get fighting with God. Some great biblical men have done that. But this seems just a tad entitled.

I’m used to seeing athletes blame God for their mistakes—but usually only when they got caught doing something stupid. See: A-Rod getting busted for steroids or Michael Vick for dog fighting. Johnson, instead, did the opposite of the end zone prayer.

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