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By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine, Feb. 10, 2022

Eric Sammons is the editor-in-chief of Crisis Magazine. His most recent book Deadly Indifference (May 2021) examines the rise of religious indifference and how it has led the Church to lose her missionary zeal.


The most important day of secular America’s calendar is fast approaching. I’m talking of course about Super Bowl Sunday—the highest holy day of our land. As a native of Cincinnati whose father had season tickets to Cincinnati Bengals games in the 1980’s, I’ve been more attuned to this year’s Super Bowl (featuring my hometown Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams) than most years.

For those unaware, the Bengals have been a dismal franchise over the past three decades. Yet even this historically awful team has its devoted followers, fans who attend the games week in and week out, in spite of the team’s mounting losses. After the team made the Super Bowl last week, I saw many images of grown men weeping, not over their sins, but because some guys wearing their favorite uniform won a game.  …

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