Is it un-Christian to win too much?

This is just weird:

DALLAS — A Texas high school girls basketball team on the winning end of a 100-0 game has a case of blowout remorse.

Now officials from the winning school say they are trying to do the right thing by seeking a forfeit and apologizing for the margin of victory.

In a statement Thursday on The Covenant School’s Web site, the head of school said, “It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened.” He went on to say that Covenant has made “a formal request to forfeit the game recognizing that a victory without honor is a great loss.”

Now, granted:

Dallas Academy has eight girls on its varsity team and about 20 girls in its high school. It is winless over the last four seasons. The academy boasts of its small class sizes and specializes in teaching students struggling with “learning differences,” such as short attention spans or dyslexia.

But clearly they were going to lose anyway. It wasn’t even sporting for the two teams to play each other. But since they did…how many times in basketball can you roll up a score like 100-0?

UPDATE 1/26: The coach has been fired. Now Covenant can hire the loser they want.

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8 Responses to Is it un-Christian to win too much?

  1. nefworldwide says:

    Having coached high school sports, allow me to say there was something clearly wrong with the coach from the winning school. He knew he should hold back for sportsmanship, as evidenced when he did so with four minutes left in the game and 100 points on the board, but why wait for that number? Of course Dallas Academy was going to lose, but the fact that he did not coach his girls at halftime to let up on the full-court press, and to stop shooting three pointers, then yes. since Compassion is a hallmark distinuishing quality of a Christian, in this game, winning in this unsportsmanlike way was clearly un-Christian… but the blame lies with the coach who should’ve known better and should’ve had the maturity to act on that knowledge. It is interesting that in the apology that has come forth from the winning school, none of the comments from the coach resemble an apology.

  2. Linda Morgan says:

    “It wasn’t even sporting for the two teams to play each other.”

    Particularly if the superior team — whoever’s up against Dallas Academy — is always expected to cramp its style enough to make its inevitable victory “honor”able.

    Everyone who’s played the team in the past four years has won against it, making the invariable beating of the girls with the “learning differences” a time-honored tradition. But Covenant’s playing ball like they came to play ball has somehow overstepped the bounds of compassion? What was the deal? That each team in the take the win, but hold back enough to leave the, um, different learners thinking that dang! they were just sooooooo close?

    For a team — a coach — to finally drop the pretense of near-parity doesn’t impress me as shameful or in any way harmful to the girls on either team. It’s the apparently conference-wide practice of using Dallas Academy as an easy win year in, year out while blatantly misleading the team members about their true competitive status that the grown-ups involved ought to apologize for. And end. The dishonest play-acting doesn’t do any of the kids any real good.

  3. chris says:

    They lost, that’s it, too bad. Let them learn from this. And it dosen’t take a village to raise a child, it takes two responible parents.

  4. rwp says:

    “He knew he should hold back for sportsmanship”

    You’re an idiot.

  5. nefworldwide says:

    That “you’re an idiot” is the best response you can come up with, clearly shows which of us lacks intelligence.

  6. Linda Morgan says:

    I just read the update. Wish I could say “Unbelievable!” and really mean it.

    One of the commenters on that story, Teazur, provides a few facts that make the whole crazy story even crazier than I knew when I commented above a few days ago.

    Seems that none of the girls on the losing Dallas Academy team are themselves “special needs” kids. Also, both of the teams have only 8 players and the 100-point winners come from the smaller school, which has 59 students to Dallas Academy’s 94.

    You know, really . . . this whole preposterous thing is unbelievable and I do by golly mean that. It’s just the damnedest damned thing that it happens to be true.

  7. rwp says:

    And something else not covered that I saw on Sports Soup last night, when the girls on the losing team were interviewed, they said, “We don’t play to win. We play to learn things and bond with each other.”

    And there you have it.

    What I don’t get is all the self-described conservatives who are moaning and whining about how awful it was the winning team didn’t “back off,” and call it “sportsmanship.” Crap. Complete crap.

  8. jeffreyquick says:

    The only argument I’ve heard in favor of “backing off” (and it’s generally been implied rather than stated up front) is that the win was a failure of Christian charity, that Covenent had a moral obligation not to beat DA too badly. This sounds suspiciously like a “red-letter Christian”, liberal argument. I believe that Jesus wants us to be “all we can be”. He didn’t go easy on Satan by redeeming man from the sins that are easiest to resist. He didn’t send His disciples out to teach and baptize just “the nations it’s easy to get to by boat.” He didn’t multiply precisely enough loaves and fishes to feed the crowd; He made sure there were leftovers.

    It’s just a game! Covenant did no harm. If they caused harm by winning big, then they caused harm by playing a shutout; DA was embarrassed either way. If beating somebody in a game is harm, then maybe Covenant shouldn’t be playing competitive sports. It’s a lot easier to make the case for that than for pretending to play the game.

    What would Sarah Palin do? 😉

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