This happens almost every single time an athlete is interviewed after a great performance.
The athlete sees a chance to make himself seem humble and kind in front of all the moms in the audience, so he says something along the lines of: "I would like to thank God for the opportunity to go out and perform at a high level." Oh, would you?
The most recent example I can think of is after LeBron James made the jump from prodigy to superstar in Game 5 against Detroit. "I just want to thank God for blessing me and allowing me to go out and perform," said LeBron. Cool.
O.K., quick show of hands. How many of us believe that LeBron James, whose humble, Christian home features a bowling alley, a barber shop, a movie theater, and a walk-in closet bigger than the average American house, reads his Scripture every night before he goes to bed? Nobody? Yeah, me neither. What is it about scoring 30 points in a playoff game, or throwing the game winning touchdown, that turns these athletes into Jehovah's Witnesses?
And what does that say to the children watching their hero LeBron? "Mommy, why did God make LeBron so good at basketball, and all he gave me was a pot-belly and a lithp?" Why doesn't an athlete ever -once- say that his performance was the result of hard work and practice? It's for the same reason that America will NEVER elect an atheist President. Because we love Christians! You want a public relations boost? Profess to be a man of God.
What did Kobe do after he was charged with rape and admitted to adultery? Asked for people's prayers.
And I, for one, wasn't aware that God had a favorite team. When LeBron thanks God for his game-winning shot, I have to wonder, Really? What did the Pistons do? Why did the Man Upstairs smite them with such fury? Or does Cleveland simply have it's most famous fan since Drew Carrey?
Wouldn't it be great if -for the sake of entertainment value, and maybe just plain old sanity- LeBron beat San Antonio and than said, "And I just want to thank Satan. Yeah, it cost me my soul, but it was worth it. And how else is a guy supposed to bring a championship to Cleveland?"