Michael Oher, offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens and inspiration for the Award-winning 2009 biopic "The Blind Side," received support from actress Sandra Bullock, her adopted son Louis, and his real-life adoptive family, the Tuohys, while playing a stellar game at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, La. on Sunday.
Bullock, who played Oher's mother in the 2009 film, attended Sunday's game at the New Orleans Superdome with her 3-year-old adopted son Louis, who wore an Oher Baltimore Ravens jersey with the number 74 imprinted in the sleeve.
"The Blind Side," which earned Bullock her first Academy Award, features the story of a Christian family that adopts a homeless teen and encourages his love for football, and is based on the real life of Oher, who was born to a crack-addicted mother and an absent father in Memphis, Tenn. He grew up with 11 biological brothers and sisters before being adopted as a teen. more >>
A study released by the Barna Group on Friday shows that the majority of Americans consider professional athletes more influential than faith leaders.
Of the 1,008 American adults surveyed by the research organization, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) said professional athletes hold more sway on society than professional faith leaders. Only 19 percent said the opposite was true, while eight percent said the two groups share equal amounts of influence and another 10 percent were unsure.
Some athletes regularly speak about their faith in interviews, but only 32 percent of adults believe this kind of talk helps listeners become more spiritually-minded. more >>
An ad created by Chrysler that uses conservative Christian and celebrated broadcaster Paul Harvey's 1978 "God Made a Farmer" tribute has emerged as a favorite among Super Bowl viewers.
"And on the 8th day God looked down on His planned paradise and said, 'I need a caretaker!' So, God made a farmer," begins Harvey's remarks that play over Chrysler's dramatic Super Bowl commercial. "God said I need somebody to get up before dawn and milk cows and work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board. So, God made a farmer."
The "Farmer" ad played during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVII in which the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31. The commercial drew praise Sunday night and has become one of the most-talked about ads among viewers, including many Christians who took to Twitter to share their reactions. more >>
GoDaddy.com and Calvin Klein ads left more to be desired among Super Bowl watchers.
Some Super Bowl viewers posted comments of disgust and disapproval at the racy GoDaddy commercial featuring super model Bar Refaeli and a regular "Joe" displaying too much PDA that included unnecessary slobbering and sound effects. Meanwhile, Calvin Klein featured a male model's body with obscene close ups during an underwear ad that raised the issue of sexual objectification of male (as opposed to female, in this case).
The former chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele tweeted, "That #godaddy commercial was VERY DISTURBING." more >>
Although some people poke fun at professional athletes like Ray Lewis, who glorified God throughout his journey to the Super Bowl, a new study has found that Americans look to these types of high-profile individuals more than they do to faith leaders for inspiration.
The Barna Group, a market research firm that specializes in studying religious beliefs among Americans and how they impact faith and culture, recently released a study claiming that athletes have more influence than pastors. An estimated two-thirds of Americans- about 64 percent- believe that professional athletes influence people in American society more than professional faith leaders, according to the report released on the Barna Group website.
This belief seems to be most prevalent among whites, parents, people who have graduated college and those who make more than $60,000 a year. However, some still believe that faith leaders impact their lives the most, including those who attend church weekly and take in earnings of less than $40,000 each year. more >>
Ray Lewis ended his 17-year NFL career with his second Super Bowl ring on Sunday and made sure to let the world know that God had a hand in his career ending on a victorious note.
After Lewis and his team defeated the San Francisco 49ers in a 34-31 Super Bowl win, he took to the CBS podium to describe ending his career as a champion.
"It's simple: when God is for you, who can be against you?" Lewis said. more >>