High school coach throws a prayer ball

Team prayers are commonplace for high school football teams, but a Kentucky school is catching heat for taking its religious motivation to a higher level.

At least one parent of a 16-year-old player at Breckinridge County High School near Louisville wasn’t pleased after learning the coach took a group of about 20 players last month to a Baptist church for a revival and baptism.

The teenager, Robert Coffey, told the Louisville Courier-Journal that coach Scott Mooney said the trip would include a steak dinner and a motivational speaker. Nearly half of those on the trip reportedly were baptized.

School superintendent Janet Meeks, who attended the revival, told the newspaper the trip was voluntary and fuel for the school bus was paid for by another coach.

Michelle Ammons, the teen’s mother, said she has contacted a lawyer but has not decided whether to take legal action.

Since the religious retreat, the Fighting Tigers have lost their three games this season, getting outscored 120-28.

• QB OFFERS RELIEF — Athletes long have endorsed swilling beer, soda and sports drinks, with little thought about a side effect from becoming too hydrated.

Jordan Palmer, a Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback, has thought about it and helped come up with a way to manage a bloated bladder while at a movie.

The younger brother of Bengals starter Carson Palmer helped Rock Software develop a product that might not help those with overactive bladders at football games, but it can provide relief for moviegoers.

On HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” which has chronicled the Bengals’ preseason, the Palmers wore RunPee.com T-shirts to promote the iPhone application that helps those in movie theaters determine when best to take a restroom break.

• MISSING THE POINT — A baseball game held to help quell gun violence in Chicago provided the backdrop for a disgruntled player to shoot his coach.

Deangelo Williams, 21, was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempted murder for shooting his coach Sunday after they argued over playing time. The 44-year-old coach, Glynn Hall, was treated and released from an Oak Lawn, Ill., hospital early Monday despite having two bullets still lodged in his body.

Williams was upset that he had been pulled from the game, a teammate said. Williams went to retrieve a gun from his car before shooting Hall, police said.

Williams now can worry about doing time instead of playing time.

• A BETTER TIME — USAtoday.com’s Game On! blog reflects on 1992, the last year the Pittsburgh Pirates had a winning season.

“What do these events all have in common? Mobster John Gotti getting shipped to the Big House. Bill Clinton getting the keys to the White House. Johnny Carson swinging his imaginary golf club for the final time on stage.

“They all occurred during the last year that the Pittsburgh Pirates had a winning season.”

At least there’s hope for Pirates fans; Gotti and Carson are dead, and Clinton is alive but playing second fiddle to his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


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