The Gospel Truth

A Political Football Part I | January 30, 2010

I remember when we first moved to St. Louis 40 years ago that we had a party and the sister of a priest friend asked me to make her a scotch and coke.

Now I know very little about chemistry or the fine art of mixology but I do know that what the inexperienced drinker ordered had the potential of being a toxic cocktail.

I am starting to feel the same about sports and religion.  I interviewed Joe Garagiola 35 years ago and he talked of the way baseball players were making novenas before they actually got into the batter’s box.

He said his friend Yogi once wiped out the sign of the cross that Jimmy Piersall used to  draw in the dirt.  Yogi told him “why don’t you just let God watch the game.” (That’s why they had the hole in the old Dallas stadium so God could watch His team.)

Politics and sports, as well as war and sports have always been fair game for analogies.  Friday’s paper had a stern and defiant president demanding that the Republicans get off the sidelines and get in the game.

Oh I think they have been in the game all along.  It has been his horrendous play calling that has driven them off the field.

Maybe his team should just punt since they have done little to advance the ball of prosperity the past year.  Let the other side give it a try.

Franklin Roosevelt used to call himself the quarterback who would use all sorts of plays to advance the economy.

I hate to tell those who thought he scored all the time that he fumbled the ball on most occasions and even tried to intimidate the Supreme Court Referees by bringing in his own pack of judges.

But religion is different!  As I said with the McGwire flap, it was bad enough trying to understand the economics of sports with salary caps, exorbitant contracts, union negations and the season-ending strike of 1994.

Now I have to understand the science of steroid-cocktails, greenies and all sorts of pharmacological mixtures that detracts from the game on the field.

Now it seems abortion has embedded its ugly head on the playing landscape.

An abortion controversy is brewing that involves Tim Tebow, the outstanding quarterback from the University of Florida and the first sophomore ever to win the Heisman trophy.

An outstanding young man, Tim was also the first college football player both to rush and pass for 20 touchdowns in a season. In the past three seasons he led his Gators to two national championships.  This year he fell just short, losing to the eventual champion, Alabama’s Crimson Tide.

At 6 feet 3 inches and 245 pounds, Tim Tebow is an imposing figure.  History might regard him as the greatest college football player who ever lived.

During this coming Super Bowl he hopes to pay tribute to his mother by producing an ad that is scheduled to air on CBS during the February 7th game.

While the ad was produced by Focus on the Family, an admittedly a pro-life group, it is not a negative attack on Planned Parenthood for the evil they do behind closed doors.

Tim’s story and especially that of his mother is an inspiring one.  His parents Bob and Pam Tebow, who was pregnant with their fifth child when they traveled to the Philippines on a missionary trip about 23 years ago.

Pam contracted amoebic dysentery and the medicines used for her recovery threatened her unborn child—Tim.  Her doctors advised her to abort the her son.

Fortunately for Tim, his mother ignored their advice and gave birth to him on Aug. 14, 1987.

She had listened to her heart and her conscience instead of a medical doctor who was living in defiance of his Hippocratic Oath and advising her to do harm to her unborn child.

It is a travesty that the pro-abortionists have politicized  medicine by almost eliminating that oath from its ethical training and trying to force all medical schools—even Catholic ones to teach abortion techniques.

Makes you wonder where your doctor stands when you are elderly and they want to pull the plug on you before your time is up.  Or maybe they just need your bed for a wealthier patient.

Now they are trying to turn the Super Bowl into an a political football issue.

Tim Tebow is a living embodiment of what women sacrifice on their altar of choice.  He’s 245 pounds of human flesh and blood that had his mother listened to her doctor, would have been flushed down the memory hole of history.

There’s more to the Tebrows’ story but I will save it to later in the week.  I will also add some comments about the “coach,” St. Louis University’s Rick Majerus and how every time he opens his mouth off the court he sticks his ample foot in it.  Someone should off him a gag of common sense and verbal logic.



  1. Great article BB….It brought back some great wonderful memories. Thank you.

    Comment by James — January 31, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

  2. Always on track, Bill. I’m proud to see you once in awhile and, especially, to read your blog!

    Comment by Shirley Ducey — February 1, 2010 @ 1:57 am

  3. Hey Bill, Great article on Tim Tebow. Can’t wait for the second installment. See you in the Spring. Pat

    Comment by pat schnarr — February 1, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

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After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at







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