Saturday, October 12, 2013

He Said It

"I would be lying if I didn't say it's a little disappointing and frustrating. But I'm not going to get too discouraged about it. I'm a man of faith and I know God's in control. I don't know what's going to happen. I don't know what the next few weeks, few months hold. We'll see how everything plays out. But I'm working on a lot of things during practice and trying to get better as a quarterback. I'm enjoying it, being out here with the guys. Who knows how it's going to play out." –Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, via Fox Sports, October 10, 2013. 

One of my pet peeves is invoking God or Jesus for just about anything related to sports. Thank God we won the game. Thank you Jesus for letting me score that touchdown. I feel blessed I didn’t get hurt.


When someone like Christian Ponder says “I know God’s in control”, we all know he’s not talking about Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier. At least we hope not. You know what The Bible says about worshipping false deities!

If I were a Vikings fan, I wouldn’t be praying to God for anything other than to have the inner strength to restrain myself from giving Ponder a kick in the butt for that comment.

God’s in control? Hello, Christian. I have news for you. God doesn’t care whether you win or lose a game. God doesn’t care whether or not you throw a touchdown or a pick six. And I’m sure God doesn’t care if you sit at the end of the bench and let your NFL career go by the wayside while Josh Freeman comes in and takes your job.

But a lot of Vikings fans do and that’s what matters. Grow a set and take control of the situation. Dedicate yourself to becoming the quarterback everyone in the Vikings organization thinks you are. Stop making stupid mistakes. Throw with more accuracy.

God can’t help you get your job back. You’re on your own there. Don’t believe me? Ask Tim Tebow if it’s still God’s will for him to be an NFL quarterback.


Brent said...

Vikings fans want Ponder to be almost perfect. They don't want to understand that the Elite QB's have had their problems in the early part of their careers.

2nd Year of Ponder
10-6 record, 62.1 Comp%, 2.5 Int%, rating 81.2

2nd Year of Brady
9-7 record, 62.1 Comp%, 2.3 Int%, rating 85.7

2nd Year of Manning
13-3 record, 62.1% Comp%, 2.8 Int%, rating 90.7

Now I am not saying that Ponder will rise to the legendary status as the other 2, but it goes to prove that fans and pundits have real short memories. Ponder can be an upper echelon QB if somebody actually lets him develop and not give him ultimatums after 2 years of learning the position in the NFL.

Brent said...

I left out that I agree with R.J. about the God stance.

Zebster said...

Exactly. Hey Christian, yeah god's in control...he just likes the other guy more

Michael said...

Okay, so if god is to thank for that touchdown, how come no one curses him for that dropped pass?

Just a thought.