In the game, Robinson was badly beaten on the 80-yard touchdown pass that broke things open for the Denver Broncos, but no one (to my knowledge) said, "Obviously this hypocrite has incurred God's wrath. The Lord has decided to punish Atlanta." On the other hand, had Robinson (or some other publicly pious player) been the hero of the Super Bowl, all we'd have heard is evangelical talk of how the Lord had rewarded his Christianity by making the victory possible.

Don't expect the Robinson saga to change much -- on Sunday, commentators' "hearts went out to him and his family" -- but maybe at least a few people will learn one little lesson. It's the same one that came through, from the opposite direction, in St. Louis last week:

Spirituality is priceless. Talk is cheap.

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