March Madness is almost here. And the Colorado High School Athletic Association is getting into the Madness spirit. Leave it to a bunch of beanie-wearing sharpshooters to cause some people to go mad.
The Herzl/RMHA boys basketball team made it to the regional
championship. Herzl/RMHA is a jewish school. The game is scheduled to
be played on Saturday. But observant Jews cannot play on its Sabbath.
The CHSAA will make some kind of accommodation, right? Ha. CHSAA
commissioner Bill Reader says that if Herzl/RMHA refuses to play on
Saturday, another school would be chosen to take Herzl/RMHA's place.
Reader's rationale: "We speak for 110,000 athletes and 340 member schools
that all have
different needs and desires. It's impossible for us to be all things
for all people." (I hope this is not the answer to WWJD?)
However, as Colorado State Senate President Peter Groff points out: CHSAA's decision was
"ironic because it has a rule barring games from being played on Sunday
for religious reasons." Apparently not all Sabbaths are created equal.