Wrestling and The Lord’s Prayer

In wrestling, we would say the Lord’s Prayer before each match. I think that this is a pretty common thing with many athletic programs, but Tennessee is the buckle of the Bible Belt. Most of us were basically religious, but it made me slightly uncomfortable. That’s beside the point, though. We shouldn’t have been allowed to by any normal means, but we were because the state turns a blind eye to it. Our coach thought it helped us in some small measure, but I think it made him into an atheist after our line-up would get smashed by some hillbillies. Even the religious kids didn’t really think that it did anything, but – hey – it was just some thing that we always did before each match.