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(ESPN)   Criminal students play football against ritzy private school. Parents respond by A) refusing to let them on school grounds, B) demanding their precious snowflakes boycott the game or C) .... these football fields are mighty dusty   (sports.espn.go.com) divider line 76
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2012-10-16 05:23:46 PM
FTA: "Imagine if you didn't have a home life. Imagine if everybody had pretty much given up on you. Now imagine what it would mean for hundreds of people to suddenly believe in you."

Okay...I hate the whole meathead "sports as a metaphor for life" thing most of the time, but this is pretty cool.
 
2012-10-16 05:29:59 PM
This happened three years ago.
 
2012-10-16 05:30:38 PM
Dammit subby, FARK is supposed to be filled with cynicism and hate! I don't know what this liquid substance is that's slowly dripping out of the corner of my eyes, but you can be damn sure I'm blaming you!

/Awesome, for everyone involved
 
2012-10-16 05:31:59 PM
It was rivers running uphill and cats petting dogs.

I got to this part and was like, ugh, who wrote this crap? Then I scrolled up.
 
2012-10-16 05:37:27 PM
Awesome story.
 
2012-10-16 05:40:02 PM
Subby messed up my makeup and is a certifiable jerkhead.
 
2012-10-16 05:49:08 PM
So all those kids are reformed now because of this.

Glad to hear it.
 
2012-10-16 05:59:21 PM
Wait.... Christians actually did their best to behave as Jesus would have? In Texas of all places?
 
2012-10-16 06:23:37 PM
Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Still cool though.
 
2012-10-16 06:58:25 PM
When's the TV movie going to air?

/cool story
//thanks Subby
 
2012-10-16 08:17:42 PM
Old cool story remains both old AND cool.
 
2012-10-16 08:19:15 PM

Staffist: When's the TV movie going to air?

/cool story
//thanks Subby


"The Longest Yard, Part Deux"
 
2012-10-16 08:24:47 PM

Lollipop165: Wait.... Christians actually did their best to behave as Jesus would have? In Texas of all places?


I know the assholes make the news, but we're really not so bad
 
2012-10-16 08:30:19 PM
wait a minute, was their head coach The Rock? ... I think I saw this movie
 
2012-10-16 08:32:56 PM

Di Atribe: Lollipop165: Wait.... Christians actually did their best to behave as Jesus would have? In Texas of all places?

I know the assholes make the news, but we're really not so bad


This kind of story doesn't sell ad-space nearly as much as the "God Warrior" woman, or Westboro Baptist Church, or the "Evolution is from the pit of hell" guy.

There's no profit in reporting this sort of thing.
 
2012-10-16 08:40:15 PM
What I say from the world of sports is usually pretty shameful, this was awesome.
 
2012-10-16 08:41:25 PM

Lollipop165: Wait.... Christians actually did their best to behave as Jesus would have? In Texas of all places?


I come from a religious family and know lots of religious people and can tell you that the wackos represent a minority. Lots of Christians are pro-gay rights, pro-welfare and human rights. And very few believe the Earth is 6000 years old and most don't take the bible literally.

But, this is Fark, so I should expect people to be prejudiced.
 
2012-10-16 08:43:37 PM
Great story.
 
2012-10-16 08:47:03 PM

machoprogrammer: Lollipop165: Wait.... Christians actually did their best to behave as Jesus would have? In Texas of all places?

I come from a religious family and know lots of religious people and can tell you that the wackos represent a minority. Lots of Christians are pro-gay rights, pro-welfare and human rights. And very few believe the Earth is 6000 years old and most don't take the bible literally.

But, this is Fark, so I should expect people to be prejudiced.


Duh
 
2012-10-16 08:49:04 PM

fiver5: So all those kids are reformed now because of this.

Glad to hear it.


No, but if we are lucky one or two are.
 
2012-10-16 08:57:34 PM

machoprogrammer: Lollipop165: Wait.... Christians actually did their best to behave as Jesus would have? In Texas of all places?

I come from a religious family and know lots of religious people and can tell you that the wackos represent a minority. Lots of Christians are pro-gay rights, pro-welfare and human rights. And very few believe the Earth is 6000 years old and most don't take the bible literally.

But, this is Fark, so I should expect people to be prejudiced.


100% accurate, my mother is fairly religious but doesn't disown my sister because she's gay, she doesn't have to like it but she's happy and that's what matters to her.

Most are tolerant and take the whole "love the sinner, but you can hate the sin" line of thinking, its not their place to judge. Hell my sister even goes to church at a place that preach this type of religion.
 
2012-10-16 09:13:02 PM
I'm not even TF but I know we've done this one already, but hey, whatever, it's your Internet.


/Mondale in '84!!!
 
2012-10-16 09:21:24 PM
Man, those religious wackjobs sure are horrible, right?
 
2012-10-16 09:38:07 PM
That's the good stuff. Thanks, Subs.
 
2012-10-16 09:46:09 PM
You know, for some reason the letter from a player on the other team is very striking for me. I wonder why that is?
 
2012-10-16 09:50:59 PM
As the Tornadoes walked back to their bus under guard, they each were handed a bag for the ride home-a burger, some fries, a soda, some candy, a Bible and an encouraging letter from a Faith player.

Always a catch.
 
2012-10-16 11:02:15 PM

GoldSpider: As the Tornadoes walked back to their bus under guard, they each were handed a bag for the ride home-a burger, some fries, a soda, some candy, a Bible and an encouraging letter from a Faith player.

Always a catch.


If it spawns them to treat humans like this then its a positive.
 
2012-10-16 11:12:07 PM

Staffist: When's the TV movie going to air?

/cool story
//thanks Subby


It's right here, actually.
 
2012-10-16 11:22:41 PM
First time I have seen this story, so it's new to me. Very nice gesture from that coach, and I hope that it made a difference to those young men. I wonder if they ever did this type of game again?

Anyway, thanks for the post subby. Liked it a lot.
 
2012-10-17 12:05:20 AM

GoldSpider: As the Tornadoes walked back to their bus under guard, they each were handed a bag for the ride home-a burger, some fries, a soda, some candy, a Bible and an encouraging letter from a Faith player.

Always a catch.


So I suppose it's ok if someone hands out goody bags with anti religion pamphlets in them?

It's a two way street...
 
2012-10-17 12:18:29 AM
Surprising

You'd think the criminals would be way better at football... ya know... cause of the... well... c'man... ya know what I'm talking about.
 
2012-10-17 12:20:38 AM

Sargun: It's right here, actually.


Wow, that's pretty cool. Thanks!
 
2012-10-17 12:23:13 AM

steamingpile: GoldSpider: As the Tornadoes walked back to their bus under guard, they each were handed a bag for the ride home-a burger, some fries, a soda, some candy, a Bible and an encouraging letter from a Faith player.

Always a catch.

If it spawns them to treat humans like this then its a positive.


Yeah, I don't have a problem with that at all. Private school is private. It could help one of those boys get on the right track, whether they go full-Jesus or not.
 
2012-10-17 12:26:49 AM

steamingpile: my mother is fairly religious but doesn't disown my sister because she's gay, she doesn't have to like it but she's happy and that's what matters to her.

Most are tolerant and take the whole "love the sinner, but you can hate the sin" line of thinking, its not their place to judge. Hell my sister even goes to church at a place that preach this type of religion.


See, I would argue that your mother does have to like it, at least if she's being a good mother, person, Christian, etc. Your sister is not a murderer, thief, adulterer, or anything else "bad." She doesn't need to be judged. Until that way of thinking changes, I feel secure in my "prejudice" against Christians, since apparently the standard for being a good Christian is not disowning your child for how they were born, when they're doing nothing wrong.
 
2012-10-17 12:53:05 AM

whenIsayGO: See, I would argue that your mother does have to like it, at least if she's being a good mother, person, Christian, etc. Your sister is not a murderer, thief, adulterer, or anything else "bad." She doesn't need to be judged. Until that way of thinking changes, I feel secure in my "prejudice" against Christians, since apparently the standard for being a good Christian is not disowning your child for how they were born, when they're doing nothing wrong.


She doesnt have to like anything, but shes likes that shes happy, she doesnt preach to her about it, doesnt harp on it, or biatch to her that shes going to hell for being gay, you dont have to like anything but you accept what you can handle, she decided if thats her then shes still her daughter and that is more than most kids who come out get from their parents. If she was judging her then she wouldnt speak to her at all or would biatch that shes going to hell, well she could even say the same to me since I am living with my GF without being married and before you ask she does say we should get married if we are living together.

Any prejudice a person has is counter productive, I have a good friend who is an atheist and I have no problem with him or him with me but for some reason a few of his friends seem to think anyone who dare believes there is a remote possibility god could exist is a moron. Prejudice is a closed mind, I was raised in a church atmosphere but I wouldnt say I am religious, but Im not naive enough to say I know without a doubt what goes on once we die, I wasnt around when the planets came to be and I doubt I will be able to report back to you after I die.

Religion is not evil, its the people in charge that are given too much power that makes it evil.
 
2012-10-17 01:05:53 AM
cineplex.media.baselineresearch.com
 
2012-10-17 01:28:37 AM
fta
"You can see it in their eyes. They're lookin' at us like we're criminals."

hmmmm
 
2012-10-17 01:48:01 AM
Here's a news story about the game: Link

From a few other videos I saw, other schools that play them are now doing the same thing, and a coalition of churches organize fans to support them as well
 
2012-10-17 01:49:23 AM
One of the best stories I've read in a long time. Those faith fans are a true example of how Christians should act
 
2012-10-17 03:20:18 AM

GoldSpider: As the Tornadoes walked back to their bus under guard, they each were handed a bag for the ride home-a burger, some fries, a soda, some candy, a Bible and an encouraging letter from a Faith player.

Always a catch.


Considering they were going back to a maximum security prison, don't worry. Those bags were taken away from them and thrown in a dumpster as soon as they were out of sight. The guards would have to be morons to get on a bus with a bunch of violent convicts that had just been handed mystery bags.
 
2012-10-17 03:46:54 AM
good sportmanship. i like it.
 
2012-10-17 04:35:21 AM
Odd. The worst thing on my personal record in life is a traffic ticket, was an honor's student with a not-so-great home life, yet I've never been treated this well by a random group of people, even when it literally could have changed my life for the better during the dark years of my health.
Kids with nothing more than drug convictions? Yeah, THEY deserve this. Something makes me think that the vast majority of these kids were well beyond simple drug possession crimes.

Good for these kids, even if there are many, many kids who have done more positive things in life, and clearly fewer negative things in life, who are shiat upon each and every day.
 
2012-10-17 04:38:55 AM

Lollipop165: Wait.... Christians actually did their best to behave as Jesus would have? In Texas of all places?


Yeah, they stand up and cheer these kids, yet when a ballot measure comes along that gives mandatory sentencing for drug crimes or that bans homosexual couples from having equal legal access to their loved ones, they support it like wildfire.

Most Christians in this nation, honestly, have some grand principles that they toss aside when they're not in the public eye. There's an honest-to-God attitude that He SEES what you do, but doesn't care what you think or how you treat others in an indirect setting.
 
2012-10-17 04:45:13 AM
damn, 3 year old story? Sure rustled up some dust around my office.
 
2012-10-17 05:02:04 AM
This is a sweet story and much more representative of Americans that all the bad stories that make the news.
 
2012-10-17 05:07:15 AM
This coulda been such a pleasant thread. Kind of a touching story with a tiny bit of hope for humanity riding shotgun. Once that writer mentioned both giving away bibles and praying on some football field at a schoo.l in Texas though, well this thread was doomed. You mention those thengs together with any positive spin on FARK and all hell breaks loose. Every time. No exceptions. Well not all hell breaks loose every time or at least not full strength hell every time. The strength seems to have a recognizable annual cycle of ebb and flow. The hell breaking loose sorta builds during the holidays, starting around Halloween building in November something awful and reaching its firey crescendo the last two weeks of every year. Then is catcjes its breath until april for another mini eruption then tapers down until the next years cycle. In some ways its fascinating habit/pattern of behavior to witness when it isnt actively pathetic.
 
2012-10-17 05:42:16 AM
That coach taught every kid on both teams a lesson on being a good man. Probably some parents as well.
 
2012-10-17 05:50:26 AM

FishyFred: This happened three years ago.


I wondered about the "Anyway, with the economy six feet under and Christmas running on about three and a half reindeer" line that sounded much more December 2009 than October 2012.
 
2012-10-17 08:48:58 AM

HotWingAgenda: GoldSpider: As the Tornadoes walked back to their bus under guard, they each were handed a bag for the ride home-a burger, some fries, a soda, some candy, a Bible and an encouraging letter from a Faith player.

Always a catch.

Considering they were going back to a maximum security prison, don't worry. Those bags were taken away from them and thrown in a dumpster as soon as they were out of sight. The guards would have to be morons to get on a bus with a bunch of violent convicts that had just been handed mystery bags.


But, they got to eat the burgers, right?
 
2012-10-17 08:55:50 AM

Lollipop165: Wait.... Christians actually did their best to behave as Jesus would have? In Texas of all places?


Red Cross, Salvation Army, food banks, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters, hospitals and schools throughout the world, AA, prison rehab programs in nearly every US prison.

Even as an atheist, I can respect that the faith of a lot of Christians (as well as Jews and Muslims) drive them to serve their fellow man.
 
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