The 2022 Super Bowl matchup is set: The Bengals will face the Rams and both teams consider God to be in their side:

Cincinnati Tight End CJ Uzomah is sure that prayers are responsible for the Bengals’ AFC championship.

Los Angeles Wide Receiver Odell Beckham Jr thanks God for the Rams’ NFC championship.

What’s your take? Whose side is God on?

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Our colleagues at the Professional Football Writers of America have selected Tennessee’s Mike Vrabel as the 2021 NFL Coach of the Year. The 46 year old recounts, “I went to Catholic high schools and was raised Catholic, but I was always focused on athletics.” Here he is – at the top of his athletic career remembering his Catholic roots. In one word: CATHLETICS

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Cologne is home to two major players in sports and spirituality: the 1. FC Köln currently ranks 8th in the Bundesliga and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cologne is the biggest Diocese in Europe. Recently, the two meet in the hashtag #outinchurch. The soccer club supports the over 120 priests and employees with the Catholic church community in Germany who came out as queer and launched a campaign demanding an end to institutional discrimination against LGBTQ people. You can love God, love soccer, and be queer at the same time!

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The President of the United Nations General Assembly made a solemn note in connection with the observance of the Olympic Truce:

Since the eighth century B.C., a hallowed principle of the Olympic Games was to cease fighting. Sports bring a glimpse of peace to the world.

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Brandon Royval won his flyweight bout at #UFCVegas46. A few days earlier, Raw Dawg took it upon himself to coin the UFC Word of the Year 2022: Faith!

Royval couldn’t have known it then, but on Saturday his believe in something he couldn’t see came true.

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Albert Rusnák signed a Designated Player contract with the Seattle Sounders. Rusnák has been linked to almost every club in Major League Soccer, and a few overseas. This type of area coverage is well reflected on his body where every part has multiple tattoos. Real Salt Lake featured a special on Rusnák’s ink in August:

“My sleeve was religious. I believe in God, I got the full thing done and they’re all religious things.”

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God’s Will

Guy Kawasaki just interviewed Julia Cameron for his Remarkable People Podcast. Guy asked Julia what God looks like. Her answer is clear and she even made a movie about that: “God is an attractive red-haired lady golfer.” The romantic comedy “God’s Will” is up on her website and quite enjoyable.

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Ryan Smith is excited to join the Real Salt Lake Soccer franchise. On his Twitter bio the Utahn sports a line from one of his favorite LDS hymns: “I’ll go where you want me to go”. We will see what the future holds for the 2009 MLS Cup Champion. Co-owner David Blitzer clarifies that they want championships:

And in the meantime, the choir keeps on signing:

Tabernacle Choir

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The National American Soccer Reporters just announced their newly elected officers. Among them is Rachael Kriger as Vice President. She is a true leader at the intersection of sports and spirituality as a soccer reporter and youth minister. Rachael’s Instagram beautifully merges soccer and church. She works as a social media coordinator, a writer and photographer for The Equalizer and as a Youth Minister for Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Ocala, Florida. Thanks to Rachael and all who promote sports and spirituality.

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