>Soccer, Baseball, and the Old Testament

>The results are in: Manchester United defeated Liverpool by the score of 1-0. For anyone to appreciate this victory, they must love soccer in general and British soccer in particular.

I have to confess that I do not follow British soccer, but if I understand correctly, Liverpool is a great team that has won many championships. But this time Manchester United won. The secret: the Old Testament.

According to a report in the Manchester Evening News,

United’s backroom staff have been using Old Testament readings to inspire the Reds during their gym work – well they certainly seem to get some divine inspiration when they travel to Liverpool!

There you go! The Old Testament inspired Manchester United into victory. Now, let us hope that the Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella will take this example from Manchester United and hope that what works for soccer will also work for baseball.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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2 Responses to >Soccer, Baseball, and the Old Testament

  1. kwilson says:

    >If I am not mistaken, there is a prophecy in Revelation concerning the Cubs:”When the little bears from the windy place shall capture the flag, then shall be the end of the world.”Do you know the W.P. Kinsella short story, “The Last Pennant before Armageddon”?


  2. >Kevin,Thank you for your comment. If the people who specialize in predicting the future are correct, the Cubs will win the World Series in 2012 for this is the new date for the end of the world.Thank you for calling my attention to W. P. Kinsella’s book. I will need to find it and read it. I also discovered that Kinsella has written several other books about baseball.Claude Mariottini


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