Originally Posted by Fourputt
If they feel that God is a personal being, then why not thank him in private instead of waiting until the cameras are rolling? That is just about the most impersonal forum I can think of. I doubt that He is watching the broadcast, so He should get the message just as clearly if the player waits until he has some privacy, or at least until he's with friends who understand his feelings and intentions. I isn't his place to thrust his beliefs into my living room without my permission and against my wishes.
Some do wear their religion on their sleeve and some do not. There is biblical authority for private prayer and worship versus ostentacious in-your-face declarations of piety. Matthew 6: 1-8, quote:
1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. 5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. ["King James" Version, amusingly so called for one of the more famous homosexuals of history.]
Assuming an omniscient God, why pray in words at all? Public "prayer" is nearly always a disguised lecture to those humans listening and not genuine prayer. An effort by the person leading the prayer to aggrandize himelf before others.