A different breed, praying for the same result

Kindred, Dave
February 2006
Sporting News;2/10/2006, Vol. 230 Issue 6, p56
The article shares the author's views on devotion shown in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, towards football and its football team, Pittsburgh Steelers. A couple Sundays ago, at Beloved Disciple Church an hour north of Pittsburgh, the Grove City College professor Paul Kengor added one prayer to his regular list. He made a petition on behalf of his Steelers, who later that day would play the mighty Indianapolis Colts. Even as he prayed, Kengor felt a tinge of foolishness, impropriety, even guilt. But then he saw his priest. As he passed among the faithful bidding them God's blessing, he waved a Terrible Towel, which has been the symbol of Steelers' devotion, instead of holy water.


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