Pat McCaskey is the guest on The Palin Radio Update with Kevin Scholla! McCaskey, co-owner of the Chicago Bears talks to Kevin about faith and sports and his involvement in Sports Faith International. McCaskey also looks back at the great faith of his grandfather, ‘Papa Bear’ George Halas and he addresses how pro teams get along despite having so many differing views on politics and religion. For more information please visit Catholic Speakers Bureau. Also, Governor Sarah Palin talks about TIME Magazine’s selection of Barack Obama for Person of the Year. Plus, SarahNET Radio’s Steel Resolve, our weekly commentary is featured. Martha Zoller, who was endorsed by Sarah Palin during her 2012 run for Congress in Georgia is this week’s guest commentator.
The Apostles as Football Players
On how faith and sports interwine, McCaskey said, “If the Apostles would have been football players, they would have been a great team. Peter would have been the quarterback. Andrew, his brother would have been playing catch in the backyard. Andrew could have been a receiver. James, the son of Zebedee and his brother John were known as the Sons of Thunder. They would have been the running backs.”
He continued, “we don’t know much about Philip and Bartholemew, James, the son of Alpheus, Thaddeus, and Simon the Cananaean, so they would have been the linemen. Doubting Thomas would always be encouraging his teammates to play harder. He would have been a middle linebacker. If Mike Singletary had been an Apostle, the other Apostles wouldn’t have slept in the Garden of Gethsemane.”
In completing his Apostles analogy, McCaskey said, “Matthew the tax collector was used to dealing with money. Let’s put him at end like George Halas. Matthias – replaced Judas – would have been the kicker. Paul would have been the writer like me. He wrote a lot of letters, even though the Corinthians were the only ones who ever wrote back.”
Tebow Should be Linebacker; Faith a Major Part of Bears History
McCaskey said Tim Tebow is mocked because he “is a great leader who should be playing linebacker and is simply in the wrong position….He doesn’t have a good touch on his passes.” He said the Bears and other teams in other sports have mass and chapel services before games, both home and away. He recounted how his grandfather used to work in the office at 55 East Jackson catty cornered from St. Mary’s church on Wabash and Van Buren. Halas would go to confession and mass there, and say his penance at his desk. The TV Miniseries Jesus of Nazareth premiered in 1977 and McCaskey invited Halas to watch the final installment at a Christmas dinner. He said Halas “did not talk about his faith much, but he lived it very well.”
Chicago Bears greats who were men of faith include Bill Wade, quarterback from 1961 to 1966, and the quarterback’s coach in 1967. He published a track, “Quarterback for Christ” in 1962. He turned the name, “Christ” into an acronym: Confidence, Humility, Respect, Intelligence, Sincerity, and Truth.
He said faith improves athletes, because “God does not grade on a curve,” and we are expected to do the best we can do.
Bears Teammates and Staff Respect Each Others’ Views
Scholla asked how players of different religions and political views remain tight and if these subjects come up in the locker room. He cited Mike Ditka who introduced Gov. Palin at a rally in Latrobe, PA in 2008 and Jay Cutler’s support of Romney this past election. McCaskey said the Bears’ coaches, players and staff are respectful of each other’s religious and political views.
Scholla asked McCaskey, “how’s mom?” She works out three days a week, eats for nutrition and goes to church. Scholla had met McCaskey’s mother previously and described how he and his family have been Bears fans since an early age.
Martha Zoller, Steel Resolve: Obama Out of Touch
This week, former congressional candidate for GA-9, Martha Zoller substituted for Sarah Steelman. Zoller said Obama and his administration is out of touch with America, because he issued an executive order lifting the pay freeze on federal employees. “Though the .5% pay raise doesn’t sound like much, it’s an increase all the same at a time when we don’t have the money,” Zoller said. “If the feds were a company, they’d be bankrupt,” Zoller continued, adding that the federal balance sheet is a shell game where money is robbed from Iraq and Afghanistan savings and the practice is called a “spending cut.”
Biden made $225,000 last year. The pay increase brings his earnings up to $232,000. She said when we’re approaching a fiscal cliff and have not had a budget in nearly four years, the President has the gall to sign a pay increase into law. Zoller urged listeners to call their Representatives and Senators and urge them to pass legislation rescinding this pay increase. Obama says it’s “only” $500 million. But over a ten-year period, it will be more than $11 billion. Zoller reiterated he support of legislation to the effect that legislators don’t get a paycheck if they don’t balance the budget.