Further update on the 100-0 game

January 27, 2009 in Basketball, Religion by pacejmiller

It seems the 100-0 game between Covenant and Dallas Academy has caused an international media storm.  Some people agree with those who say that it was bad form to run up the score against a helpless team of girls with learning difficulties.  Others (like myself) have expressed outrage at Coach Micah Grimes’ sacking for trying to teach his team how to compete hard (and Covenant apparently trying to forfeit the game).

It’s only natural that there are 2 sides to every story.

Follow this link to Coach Grimes’ personal account of what REALLY happened.  There are also quotes from girls on the team.  On the other hand, there are plenty of articles such as this one that put gloss on the loss for Dallas Academy while at the same time implying what Covenant did was reprehensible.

I think there’s a couple of things that can be taken from what’s been said.

First, getting absolutely trounced in a basketball game (where there is no mercy rule) happens just about every day – some teams are just that much better than others even if they are in the same division.  As pointed out by Coach Grimes, they’ve lost almost just as badly before.  Plenty of teams have lost by more than a hundred points in a single game.  That’s just the way it is.  It’s a little unfair to single this game out as an anomaly.  Perhaps it was the perfect 100 and the big zero that made this one stand out.

Second, it’s unfair to point out that Dallas Academy is a small school and that the girls have learning difficulties.  I don’t think the Dallas Academy girls would want anyone to make that an excuse for them.  I don’t complain when we lose because the other team had 7-footers and supreme athletes and we are short and slow.  Rather, they should be commended for continuing to play and competing despite never having won a game.  Besides, Covenant is not a big school either with only 8 players, and some of those girls noted that they have learning difficulties too.

Thirdly, if you look at the box score, Covenant only scored 12 points in the 4th quarter.  Apparently they also did not score in the last 4 minutes of the game.  For a team that scored 88 in the first 3 quarters, you can hardly say that they continued to intentionally run up the score.  This casts doubt on some of the reports which say that they did.  Also, saying that shooting 3-pointers equates to trying to run up the score is wrong.  It is obvious that this team could have scored easily on lay-ups and close-range shots whenever they wanted.  Unless you are a 3 point specialist (like myself), attempting the much more difficult 3-point shot actually slows the scoring down when you can pour in 2-pointers with ease all night long.  The only other option would have been to just not attempt any shots at all or, even better, score baskets for the other team – now that would be a great lesson for the kids.

Lastly, the most irritating thing out of all this has to be the unnecessary Christian angle that has been thrown in the mix.   Say what you want about how the game should have been played, but to say what happened was “un-Christian”, especially to these obviously extremely religious people, is a very low blow.