Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Touchdown Jesus, Southern style ...

I'm sure many of you are familiar with the famous football icon at the University of Notre Dame known as "Touchdown Jesus."

Well, my colleague at the Morgan County Citizen, Angelina Bellebuono, e-mailed me a pic that's almost unbelievable, at the same time not surprising. It kind of speaks volumes about football, religion, and the South. What's funny is that Angelina didn't know she made this image when she pressed the shutter button.

She was simply doing what many of us news photogs do when shooting sports. That is, shooting pictures of the scoreboard after important plays to mark the score, time, down and distance, etc. to help with captioning later on.

"When I began editing, I realized I was looking at DaVinci's 'Last Supper.' Without the supper. I never saw it as I was actually shooting the image," she said in her e-mail.

It kind of reminds me of religious apparitions you hear about on occasion. You know, like the Virgin Mary appearing in a cloud formation or a potato chip shaped like Jesus.

Angelina wondered if it was subliminal. I say not. There's nothing subtle about religion and football here in Georgia.

Some might say they are one in the same.


  1. All I've got to say - is that Morgan County had just scored. Up flashed The Last Supper and Lamar County roared back and went ahead to stay. :p

    I was there...I never saw Jesus. Of course, I was furiously texting play-by-play back to Madison. Scott -- I think you might have a point about it being an apparition. But who's to know???

  2. Hmmmm.

    Perhaps we have a real apparition to investigate.

    Maybe we should call Billy Ray and Trace Cyrus and give them this topic for their new TV show.

    Or maybe the Pope. He'd probably appreciate a break from some recent pressing issues.


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