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Unsortsmanlike Conduct – for Praying

Last week in the 2A football semi-finals, a star running back from Tumwater was assessed a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty after scoring a touchdown. So what did he do – spike the ball in an opponent’s face; taunt the other players; do a celebratory dance that would win him a spot on Dancing with the Stars; or maybe he took a page out of Chad Ochocinco’s book and played imaginary golf? Nope. He just humbly knelt, raised his hand to heaven, and quickly prayed. It took about 2 seconds. Too much for the referee who interpreted the unsportsmanlike rule of calling attention to himself. Are you kidding me?

I’m all for the WIAA enforcing rules that prevent kids demeaning and taunting opponents. What they view in professional football is unacceptable at this level. But really. If this had been some expanded prayer service held in the end zone that delayed the game or made people even bristle, then okay. But watch the video. It lasts maybe two seconds,. If you blinked or were high-fiving your buddy, you would have missed it.

This was a judgment call by the referee and it was a poor one. In an age of raising kids where social media, technology, texting, sexting, drugs, alcohol, and other crazy things can lead kids down bad paths, it’s sad in my mind to make an example of a kid who prays after scoring a touchdown.

By the way, kudos to the kid and his coach. Neither condemned the referee publicly. The player said he would stop doing it so to not take a chance and penalize his team. These are stand up guys. I think we could all use some more praying going on!

In one last bit of irony, I thought it humorous that Tumwater went on the play Archbishop Murphy, a Catholic school, in the finals.

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