Touchdown Jesus

There was a small article in The Times last week that caught my eye.  A six-story statue of Jesus Christ that was located in Ohio was  struck by lightning and burnt to the ground.  The statue, “King of Kings” had stood near a church off of Interstate 75 near Cincinnati.  It was about 60 feet tall, showing Jesus from the torso up and was nicknamed Touchdown Jesus because of the way the arms were raised, similar to a football referee signaling a touchdown.      

This got me thinking about the possibilities that there may be statues and monuments affiliated with other religions that American  sports culture has lent its name to.  And, of course, with a little research, I’ve found that  is exactly the case.  On Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, not far from the old Ebbets Field is a statue of Moses nicknamed Yer Safe! Moses.  (This is not to be confused with the Yer Out! Moses  which is on the site of the old Polo Grounds).   But  though the Judeo-Christian roots are deep in this country, even the Buddhists have made their mark.  There’s this wonderful statue of the Buddha in Flushing that the locals refer to as the Time Out! Buddha (the call, not the magazine).  Multiculturalism reigns!    

I’ve always believed that football is the true religion in most of America.  And that it is mostly a Christian enterprise.  So, the Touchdown Jesus comes as no surprise and makes a lot of sense.  But, if you think about it,  at the heart of every football team is the team plan, the offensive and defensive scriptures.  So, is it any wonder that in downtown Green Bay, you’ll find  a statue that the sole Jew living there calls Playbook Moses.   

"Yer Out!?... you'll be hearing from my lawyer!"

Six points for the faithful!

"Yer Safe!" (But is a Jew ever really safe)?


Time Out (No exclamation point....said calmly)

Thou Shalt Not Fumble






2 Responses to “Touchdown Jesus”

  1. LB Says:

    Who is your new research assistant? I’m very impressed with his or her work.

  2. iron(ic)man triathlon Says:

    Thanks… I hired someone with the weirdest name…..oogle, or goggle; something like that.

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