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How "Hail Mary" Became Inextricably Linked to American Football

Before a University of Miami–Notre Dame football game in the late 1980s, a team chaplain for the Hurricanes dismissed the notion that the Catholics from South Bend, Indiana, had the Almighty on their side. “God doesn’t care who wins football games,” the cleric huffed. When Lou Holtz, the Fighting Irish coach at the time, heard that, he said, “I don’t think God cares who wins either,” adding with a sly grin, “but his mother does.
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