Some might say that the New Orleans Saints football team has long been the sporting soul of a city that has suffered so much. On Sunday, less than five years after Hurricane Katrina battered New Orleans — and considering that the Saints nearly moved out of town permanently not long after Katrina — the franchise won its first Super Bowl. Many people in New Orleans, which is still recovering from Katrina, compared the team’s championship game victory to a miracle and a sign of the city’s resurrection.
These and other words with religious connotations have been bandied about since the Saints won Sunday, the most Biblical of days. For example, Monday’s edition of the local paper, The Times-Picayune, carried a one-word headline: “Amen!”
Do you think that sports can have a spiritual effect?
The miracle is a walk on the pier, attending a club soccer game or watching the Super Bowl on TV with family and friends. When applying Zen to an activity such as archery, the archer tries to clear his or her mind of thoughts about hitting the bull’s-eye and concerns about winning, focusing instead upon the drawing of the string, the breath and the smooth release of the arrow.