Growing up Catholic, I prayed a lot to the virgin Mary. Since it was customary to do so following confession, I prayed A LOT of Hail Mary’s in my youth.
Now, the Hail Mary is reserved primarily for football. It is a term that became popular with the sport in 1975 following the Dallas Cowboys’ last-minute win against the Minnesota Vikings. Said Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, “I closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary.”
Although the intensity of my fandom for the Miami Dolphins has significantly diminished over the years, I still follow and cheer for the team. This means also keeping track of what is going on with the other teams in the Dolphins’ division. It goes without saying every time a division rival loses, that’s a good thing for the Fins.
So there I was watching NFL Redzone having watched Miami defeat the Chargers and hoping the Arizona Cardinals would keep their three-point lead over Miami’s AFC East rival Buffalo. When the Bills scored a touchdown with less than a minute left to play in the game, an exasperated sigh left my lungs.
But then something amazing happened. With only eleven seconds left in the game, Cardinals QB Kyler Murray eluded the Buffalo defense and heaved up a pass into the endzone against his body. The ball sailed in the air for what seemed like an eternity and, amongst an obstinacy of Bills defenders, Arizona wide receive DeAndre Hopkins came down with the catch.
Touchdown! Victory for the Cards! And now the Dolphins sit only half a game out of first place in their division. Not sure if the play was a result of divine intervention or not, but Hail Murray indeed!