In all seriousness, I know a number of people whose lives have been changed for the better through renewed faith. ;I respect them and their beliefs although they differ from my broader-based spiritual ones. That's all fine and dandy.
My problem is someone proselytizing or shoving their beliefs in my face, even if they sincerely think they're saving me, especially when I'm invested in a sports event. I don't need to have anyone's religious convictions or politics forcefully foisted on me when I've not invited them to do so - just as in turn I wouldn't foist mine, which some might find controversial, on others.
So there is kidding here about blowing up sporting event religiosity out of logical proportion, but more than that, I think it's about someone espousing their views using a non-religious podium to essentially reach a captive audience.. and that IMO responsible for the tongue in cheek resentment. If you tell me that if someone was praising Allah and pulling out a mat kneeling to face the east every time they made a successful play, there wouldn't be outrage, I'd say you're either naive or full of ****.
Now, the punchline to Tyler's joke:
One ordered water since he knew he could turn it into wine
The other ordered a Shirley Temple cause that's the way he rolls
And the third of course ordered a he-brew
Dear Math, please grow up and solve your own problems, I'm tired of solving them for you. -Anon