Jewish Journal


October 15, 2010

Bob Knight: God doesn’t care about baseball


MLB playoffs resume tonight, and you might care or you might not. But you know who doesn’t? God.

That’s Bob Knight’s opinion, shared without invitation at the SMU Athletic Forum this week:

Knight jumped in before his speech officially started - heck, before lunch was even served - after the Rangers’ series win over Tampa Bay was mentioned in the invocation.

“I think Cliff Lee had a hell of a lot more to do with it than the Almighty,” Knight said, after grabbing the microphone at the podium unexpectedly. “If in fact the Almighty was involved in the game, what he ended up doing was screwing the other team. And I don’t think he works that way.

“You’ve got to get up there and throw the ball over the plate and swing at good pitches. You know, He doesn’t give a damn about that. Let him help the Republicans.”

Though my in-laws are both IU grads and Bob Knight can always be counted on for a comical blow-up, I’m not too found of the guy. He has been a total homer as an ESPN “analyst,” and I really despise the lack of credit he gives UCLA basketball.

But I couldn’t agree with this statement, via the Dallas Morning News’ sports blog, more. Unless, of course, the Dodgers were still in the race for the pennant.

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