On Good Friday, Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt was featured at Loyola-Chicago’s media day, as the Ramblers prepare to face Michigan in the Final Four on Saturday.
And against the backdrop of Christianity’s Holy Week, Sister Jean made a bold claim.
She says God is a basketball fan. And in quite the bombshell, she claims that God prefers college basketball to the NBA.
“He probably is, and he’s probably a basketball fan, more of the NCAA than the NBA,” said America’s favorite Jesuit nun.
She added that “these young people are playing with their hearts and not for other financial assistance.”
Sister Jean said she thinks God is a basketball fan, and that He likely prefers NCAA hoops to the NBA. pic.twitter.com/sfl2uV4egt
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If you interpret the Bible a certain way, her remarks do make sense.
After all, according to 1 Timothy 6:10, “the love of money is the root of all evil.”
And in Matthew 19:24, Jesus says, “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”
Loyola has used a combination of skill and luck to get through the tournament so far.
On their side of the bracket, they faced traditional favorites like sixth-seeded Miami and third-seeded Tennessee, beating those squads by a combined three points.
They then faced a No. 7 (Nevada) and a No. 9 (Kansas State), and after squeaking out a one-point win over the former, they got their first decisive victory of the tournament in the Elite Eight, smashing Kansas State 78-62.
Three wins by a single possession? Maybe that’s why Sister Jean thinks God is on Loyola’s side.
Sister Jean isn’t the only famous nun in sports, but the notion that God prefers the NCAA to the NBA is hardly universal.
Consider Sister Regena Ross, the Golden State Warriors’ holiest fan, who wears Andre Iguodala’s No. 9 jersey to games and also brings an Iguodala-autographed sign to Warriors games.
Gonzaga, another Jesuit school, has Sister Madonna Buder, also known as the “Iron Nun,” who completed an Ironman triathlon at the age of 82, according to ESPN.
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