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Faith Bowl to air before and after Super Bowl on Sunday


Want to watch some sports programming with a Catholic twist before or after the Super Bowl on Sunday?

CatholicTV will air “Faith Bowl III,” a round-table discussion with former and current major league baseball players Mike Piazza, Mike Sweeney and Bobby Keppel about the challenges of living the Catholic faith amidst the glitz and glamour of professional sports.

This is the third year that Family Theater is producing Faith Bowl in collaboration with the organization Catholic Athletes for Christ.

Faith Bowl will air on CatholicTV and at 5:30 p.m. eastern time and again at 10:30 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday. Catch Catholic TV on certain local stations (check your local listings or the Catholic TV site), on Skyangel Faith and Family Television or streaming on the CatholicTV Web site.

  From the left: Baseball player Mike Sweeney speaks
  on the set of Faith Bowl III as former major leaguer
  Mike Piazza listens and moderator and pitcher Bobby
  Keppel watches. Faith Bowl III, a round-table discussion
  with pro athletes about the challenges of living the
  Catholic faith while playing professional sports, will air
  on CatholicTV before and after the Super Bowl on Sunday.

  (Photo by CatholicTV)

Among the issues the ballplayers will discuss are the importance of family life and the important role of a father in being a true man.

“Being a man in this culture is tough because they tell you it’s about what you have rather than who you are,” Keppel said.

“That’s where we have to redirect our energy, to teach our young men, this is what a real man is, being a faithful husband, present father and as well as a provider,” Piazza said. “Don’t live the life others want you to live. Live the life God wants you to live.”

Former major leaguer Piazza was a 12-time All-Star. Free agent Sweeney, who played for the Seattle Mariners in 2009, is five-time All-Star.

Faith Bowl moderator Keppel was a relief pitcher for the Minnesota Twins last year and was the winning pitcher of the Twins' playoff game with the Detroit Tigers for the American League Central Division title last season.


  • Kevin Cesarz 5 years ago

    I'll take faith and give the points. I would be curious to see Mike Piazza - thought he was a little stuffy, smug at the peak of his career. Good to know there is another side to him.

  • Kevin Cesarz 5 years ago

    Also, I didn't have either of these guys on my roto team.

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