Catholicism and Jimmy Connors: Blood on the Court

Tennis Abides

What am I supposed to do?  I could only give my blood.  Was I a fool because I was happy to give it to them?

– Jimmy Connors, 30 for 30 This is What They Want

When I heard that quote from Jimmy Connors while watching his 30 for 30 documentary, I thought, “That sounds so Catholic!” For the sake of full disclosure, I am a Roman Catholic, and I have either studied at or taught at a Catholic school for 31.5 of my 39 years on earth.  I am also in the latter stages of a PhD program at the University of Dayton focusing on the US Catholic experience.  So my ears might have picked up on something others would miss (or maybe I am reading into something that is not there).  Still, this recent tweet from Patti Connors convinced me to spend some time unpacking my impression of…

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