Here at More Hardball, though our primary focus is on baseball, occasionally we like to cover stuff outside the baseball realm.
For my weekly post, I chose to do this unusual story that I found on deadspin.
Somewhere out there in North Carolina, a fundamentalist Baptist church has come out with an "Index of Ungodly Athletes". The Amazing Grace Baptist Church created this now-infamous (and quite funny) list and "singles out the worst offenders in sports", including the usual suspects of Mike Tyson, Michael Vick, and Pete Rose. It was on their website, but when I tried to check it out, the page was pulled. Here's the partial listing that was reported on deadspin. Most of the "condemned" are basketball or football players (with the exceptions of Richard Petty, who is a NASCAR driver, and Torrie Wilson, who is a female wrestler):
Marko Jaric: Engaged to the Victoria's Secret supermodel (porn magazine) Adriana Lima.
Richard Petty: As a public figure Richard Petty makes it clear that the two most important things in his life are his family and his fans. "I don't particularly tell my guys to cheat. I just tell them not to get caught." Richard Petty's god is racing, not God Almighty. He teaches that is okay in life to cheat just don't get caught doing it. Is Richard Petty your idol?
Joakim Noah: Has long hair, which is disobedient to the Word of God.
Adam Archuleta: Engaged to a Playboy Playmate Jennifer Walcott. They have one son. This is called fornication, and we all know what their son is called, the same thing the Bible calls him.
Matt Leinart: Matt is telling your people all over this world that it okay to drink, be immodest, and to be in an sexual situation with more than one girl. He is teaching teenagers not to save themselves for their spouse, but to live it up because you only live life once. Is Matt your idol?
Torrie Wilson: Committed an abomination by kissing a female wrester "Sable" on the lips.
Tom Brady: Tom Brady has an unwed child, but it's okay because he wins Super Bowls....Tom Brady is teaching us to have sex outside of marriage, to commit fornication, don't marry and do the right thing, don't take responsibility for your actions, have a good time no matter who you hurt in this world, go from sex partner to sex partner, and it's okay because of who I am. How many of you dad's cheer on Tom in the Super Bowl while your kids are watching?
My favorite is the one about Joakim Noah and his long locks. Does this apply to me too, cuz I too have hair that's pretty long ('bout mid-back length and getting longer).
In response to the article, a commenter named "The Gizmo from Pismo" replied "They must have a total shitfit when they see Polamalu then..."
Now, I'm not all that religious myself, but doesn't the Bible condemn people who judge others? Just something to think about.
I guess it's obvious as to why the page was pulled. It would give us sports bloggers a strange subject to write about!
Enjoy the video, and have a nice day!