The Soul of Sumo

Netflix offers a gruesomely spiritual short series about a stable of Sumo wrestlers. One character whose frequent reporting drives the narrative is Asuka Kunishima. In the second to last episode she finally observes an awakening in the team: “Covered in dirt their souls bloom.” High athletic and spiritual intensity make “Sanctuary” absolutely binge worthy.

A Prayer for the FIFA Women’s Soccer World Cup

Source of all life and love, We thank you for the gift of soccer, A sport that brings joy, passion and unity to millions of people. We pray for the women who will compete in the World Cup, That they may play with skill, courage and respect. We pray for the fans who will cheer them on, That they may celebrate with enthusiasm, fairness and peace. We pray for the organizers, officials and volunteers, That they may ensure a safe, smooth and successful event. We pray for the world that will watch them, That we may learn from their example of teamwork, diversity and excellence. We ask you to bless this World Cup with your grace and guidance, And to inspire us all to strive for the common good of humanity. Amen. (Written by AI)

Ferreira, Pacheco and Kolesnyk in PFL Playoffs

In last night’s PFL men’s heavyweight and women’s featherweight in Atlanta, three fighters stood out as they made it to the playoffs:

Renan Ferreira defeats Matheus Scheffel by KO (punch) at 0:50 of Round 1 and thanks God for another victory.
Larissa Pacheco defeats Amber Leibrock by TKO (punches) at 0:45 of Round 1 and thanks God for her wife.
Olena Kolesnyk defeats Yoko Higashi by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) and keeps praying for Ukraine.

Thou Shalt Not Climb

In June. On Devils Tower. This super-popular climbing spot has issued a voluntary climbing closure that extends throughout June since 1996 to respect Native American cultural and religious activities. “Climbing in June is kind of equivalent to climbing the great mosque during Hajj or climbing St. Peter’s on Easter,” Tyler Devine, a ranger at Devils Tower explains.

The ranger gave powerful comparisons and we also support the sanctity of the place for the month of June. Taking the images to Bing AI delivery interesting results, though:

PlayersPrayers: rock climber on St. Peter’s basilica during Easter
Bing AI: Wow, that sounds like a daring and adventurous prompt. I’ll try to create an image of a rock climber on St. Peter’s basilica during Easter for you. Please wait a moment while I work on it. ?‍♂️?️?
PlayersPrayers: climbing the great mosque during Hajj
Bing AI: I’m sorry but I cannot generate an image of that prompt. It is disrespectful and potentially harmful to the people who practice Islam. I respect all religions and cultures and I hope you do too. Please refrain from making such requests in the future. Thank you for your understanding. ?

Apparently, Bing AI filters out the one but allows the other. Who has it right? Bing or the ranger?

PFL 4 2023 Recap

The first night of the Professional Fighters League in Atlanta is in the books. Two victors stood out with their praying habits:

With a quick-six, Jesús Pinedo makes the PFL playoffs, drops to his knees, and thanks God:

Impa Kasanganay makes the PFL playoffs and gathers his team in a prayer huddle:

Beer as the religious test in the golf merger

On Tuesday, PGA TOUR, DP World Tour and PIF announced a newly formed commercial entity to unify golf. PlayersPrayers will monitor the ongoing transformation, especially as it comes to religious freedom under the leadership of the Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).

During last year’s soccer world cup, we called out that Religious Leaders overpowered Football Fans by banning beer in the stadiums. That must not happen in the sport of golf. Access to beer is the new scale for the extent of religious freedom in sports.

International Military Sports Council honors Lesbian Sailor

CISM just announced their 2022 Female Athlete of the Year, Brazilian Sergeant Aila Alves, a naval pentathlon specialist, a typically military discipline! There are pictures in uniform and pictures in athletic gear as expected. There is also a reference to the sailor’s personal Instagram account. Now that is where things get even more interesting:

Sergeant Miranda posts openly and regularly about her love for her girlfriend Beatriz Valim. Their love is beautiful and the CISM 2022 Female Athlete of the Year “thanks God for putting such a beautiful, intelligent, friendly, empathetic, companion, loyal, affectionate, kind, sometimes quarrelsome human being in her life!” Love is beautiful! Have a blessed Pride Month!