On my way into work, though, I noticed this message of hope and redemption on a church sign:
Good to know that combining deity and sports is a cross-religion phenomenon
It's fun to play a bit with the Game, and to enjoy it like this. Some people are, of course, against any reference to sports in their religion, which has always confused me.
In particular, I noticed that making small, friendly wagers between other Big Ten schools (I've made bets with sleepingwolf about Penn State-OSU games for two years now, and will make wagers with his Grove, should he ever get around to starting one. . . hinthinthint) are good for bringing the Groves a bit closer. We now have Groves in many Big Ten cities (working on Purdue, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan State, and Penn State. . . remember that there are 11 teams in the Big Ten Conference), so it might be fun to expand to a few other schools with wagers, too.
Last year, we had a small procession from Ann Arbor come down and attend our Imbolc rite. . . something that wouldn't have happened without the OSU-Michigan game.
I suppose, in the end, that it all depends on how you see it.
Btw, the terms I suggested for this year?
If OSU wins, Shining Lakes donates an equal number of canned goods to the shelter/foodbank of their choice as we collect this quarter.
Pending their half of the wager.