As a Chicago Bears fan, I don't want to like anything about their rivals, the Green Bay Packers. And I really don't want to like anything about the Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers. But he again makes it difficult.
Among other things in sports, one thing that I greatly dislike are athletes who in their post-game interviews thank God for helping them win the game. I not only think the Almighty has better things to do than help someone win a game, but I suspect there are players on the other team praying for His Divine Help just as much. The great announcer Bob Costas, who's very devout in his religious, has said it bothers him to see athletes do this, that with all the problems in the world, it's arrogant for them think that God will spend His time helping you win a game, rather than resolve all those other problems. Also, the other day I mentioned (and included a video link here to) a passage in David Javerbaum's hilarious play, An Act of God, where God Himself -- in the play, of course... -- says He doesn't ever help out a player in a sports contest, He doesn't care who wins...though He does occasionally get involved to impact the point spread. In fact, only last year, the Green Bay Packers chided Seattle quarterback Wilson for thanking God for helping him win a big game against the Packers. (In fact, I think it was Aaron Rodgers who made the sardonic ridicule.)
So, it was with great annoyance that I saw a headline in the Chicago Tribune that, of all people, "Aaron Rodgers tweet-thanks 'God' for Hail Mary passes," expressing his appreciation for helping him during the year throw two game-winning, long, desperation touchdown passes. (Though annoyed, it at least gave me the opportunity to have yet another valid reason to dislike Rodgers and the Packers...)
But then, I saw the tweet. And I was pissed off all over again, but a bad, "now I have to like Aaron Rodgers" reason --
For those who may have forgotten several of my postings praising it -- including the one linked to above -- the "@TheTweetof God" Twitter account is the satirical one written by none other than...David Javerbaum!! So, not only does Aaron Rodgers get points for both knowing and liking the hilarious tweets by the author of An Act of God, but he also was again making fun of athletes who thank God for helping them succeed on the field.
Darn you, Aaron Rodgers, darn you!!!
I should also note that the Tribune, to its credit, knew all about Javerbaum's @TheTweetofGod account and referenced in the article, so as not to let readers get the wrong idea.
But most of all -- darn you, Aaron Rodgers!!! Darn...you!
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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