Click here to read the story of The Covenant School's high school girls' basketball team defeating Dallas Academy in a conference game last week by the score of 100–0. After a public outcry, Covenant has asked to forfeit the game and has issued an apology for winning by so much.
Two developments in this story make me care about it:
The Covenant School has issued a statement (click on their link above) apologizing for their victory, and in doing so they have made the statement that the skunking "clearly does not reflect a Christ-like and honorable approach to competition." I'm just wondering, can anyone give me the chapter and verse where Jesus tells us the maximum margin by which one can appropriately win a basketball game? I'm playing forty-two with some folks from the church tomorrow night, and I would like to study up on those Christian scriptures dealing with recreational competition so I can be careful about the way that I play.
And along with the relevant passages of scripture, can someone articulate for me what the actual ethics are here that are derived from these rules? What, precisely, WOULD Jesus do? Would He base His actions entirely on how the other team might feel? The SMU Mustangs looked pretty despondent when they lost by a mere three points scored by Marshall via a 75-foot "Hail Mary" shot at the buzzer. Would Jesus lose every game on purpose? If not, why not?
What would Jesus do? I'll opine that Jesus would question why we take recreational games so seriously in a world simply chock full to the brim of life-and-death problems. Perhaps we ought to refrain from cheapening what Jesus actually did do and say, which we inevitably do by putting our words into His mouth about things that matter to us much more than they do to Him.
Mark Cuban has reportedly invited the skunked Dallas Academy team to watch a Mavericks game in his suite. I'm wondering, rather than inviting them to the American Airlines Center to watch, say, Golden State, wouldn't it be more fitting for Cuban to take the girls from Dallas Academy on the road to watch the Mavericks take what is coming to them from the Orlando Magic? ;-)