The World Cup is just about to start in South Africa, and while I'm an avid fan and looking forward to it (apart from those infernally annoying trumpets the South African crowds use), I really dread the moment I know I will see a player making the sign of the cross or kissing a crucifix around his neck after scoring a goal. What are everyone's thoughts? Is it acceptable? If so, then what of the reverse? I recall seeing a tennis player recently thanking Jesus for giving him/her the strength to win the final (and lots of money). My immediate thought was so Jesus wanted the other player to lose? What if the losing player got up there and cursed and blamed Jesus for their loss? Can you imagine the outrage? Personally, I can't really see why Jesus would care who won a million dollars in game of sports while people are starving in the world. I understand religion may give them self confidence and suchlike, but please can they keep their private arrangement between them and their god and not make a public display of it to the world that 'Jesus is on my side'. I always like to go for the underdog, so I've decided that when I see a player crossing himself I will instantly start rooting for the other team to win instead. You can't get more underdog than playing against God.