America's new civic religion is big time sports and football is its central sacrament
Designating those who identify with no religious tradition at all.
1.Modern sports stadiums function much like great cathedrals bringing communities together and focusing their colletive energy
2.Many children parents and grandparents would not miss a scheduled practice, much less a game or competitive event
3.Secularization does not necessarily mean the disappearance of religious faith, but merely the demotion of religious involvement and identification to a level lower than those granted to sports.
The Shared Inclinations of Sports and Religion
4.The Concept of Destiny
5.And the aforementioned ability to influence events you're not directly involved in
From the Book (Where Religion and Sports Collide and Sports Win) by Derek Beres