One of the single most consistently annoying things in sports are athletes who praise God for their performance or team's win, as if any supreme being cared about a game. In October, we had Daniel Murphy of the Mets saying "Jesus is good" when asked why he was hitting so well in the National League playoffs.

The latest came Sunday when Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton played against the Denver Broncos despite a foot injury that appeared bad enough to keep him out of action for a month.

Unless his God specializes in podiatry, I doubt divine intervention had anything to do with it. If so, Hilton's God is an odd dude, since that would mean he was also responsible for these players getting hurt on Sunday:

  • Colts defensive end Henry Anderson, torn ACL.
  • Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks, torn pectoral muscle.
  • Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, torn pectoral muscle.
  • Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, injured foot.
  • Jets kicker Nick Folk, injured quad during warmups.
  • Patriots running back Dion Lewis, torn ACL.
  • Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware, injured back.
  • Chargers receiver Malcolm Floyd, injured shoulder Monday night.

It's funny how athletes like Hilton always praise God for success, but never discuss him when they have failed or get hurt. Murphy, for example, couldn't stop talking about God when the Mets were winning, but got strangely silent on the topic after he made a key error in the World Series that helped cost the Mets a game.

If God really cared about Hilton — and by extension the Colts — why did he allow one of Hilton's teammates to suffer a season-ending injury in the same game? I know there are likely to be some comments about why this is all part of some master plan, but I am not buying any of it.