If Jesus played basketball

Let me tell you a not very politically correct story.  Almost 30 years ago, when I was still living in Baton Rouge, I had a friend who worked on the LSU campus. LSU was proudly hosting the International Special Olympics that year, and staff who spoke a second language were urged to volunteer as translators. My friend was fluent in French, and, eager to miss a morning of Clerk/Typist II drudgery, he dutifully signed up and was assigned to a soccer game. Well, by the luck of whatever, one of the teams – the French one, I think – happened to be mostly young girls, and the other, from a country I can’t recall, was mostly older boys – really, Keith said, men.  So the whistle blew to start the game, and the older boys’ team, God love them, proceeded to literally trample their opponents.  Irate parents rushed down onto the field, screaming things the officials couldn’t understand, and…well. That’s the story. Maybe you had to be there.

I couldn’t help but think of that incident when DH read me this article from the sports page. Two Christian schools girls’ basketball teams played a mismatched game, and The Covenant School ended up beating Dallas Academy (which only has 20 girls in the whole school) 100-0. They just couldn’t quit scoring.  (Favorite quote: “‘I think the bad judgment was in the full-court press and the 3-point shots,’ said Renee Peloza, whose daughter plays for Dallas Academy.”)

I am happy to report that Covenant is feeling winner’s remorse and has now asked to forfeit the game.

In the statement on the Covenant Web site, [the Covenant headmaster] said the game “does not reflect a Christ-like and honorable approach to competition. We humbly apologize for our actions and seek the forgiveness of Dallas Academy, TAPPS and our community.”

Isn’t that nice? I’m not being sarcastic. We all get carried away and do things we wish we hadn’t, and then we try to make amends as best we can. I think it’s lovely that in this age where win-at-all-costs sports is seen as beneficial to building children’s character, a Christian school (or at least its headmaster – there’s no quote from the coach) is behaving in a Christ-like fashion. Of course, Christ would have probably held back in the fourth quarter, but still.

Happily, the Dallas girls are putting it behind them, viewing the game as a “learning experience.” What’s more, all the hoorah has scored them an invitation from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to see an NBA game from his suite

5 Responses to “If Jesus played basketball”

  1. wheeler says:

    it was a christ-like approach to competition, just the flaming sword wielding, satan’s ass kicking, end of days christ. you know, the left behind jesus.

  2. Kathy says:


    I do have to wonder if the boys’ team would have agreed to forfeit the game. Good for the girls!

  3. Del says:

    Whoops. They fired the coach. He seems to be the kick-ass variety of Christian.

  4. Kathy says:

    Huh. Maybe Dallas Academy will hire him.

  5. Del says:

    And turn those eight girls into a hard-charging, no-excuses basketball team! Now, there’s your screenplay.

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