"The Lipan (Texas) High girls basketball coach led her team to a regional semifinal victory on Friday, then gave birth to her third child a few hours later. With the regional final scheduled for Saturday, it was assumed that the coach would miss her team's chance to advance to the state playoffs, but Branson had other ideas.
Instead of taking a well-earned day off, Branson returned to the bench on Saturday, leading Lipan to a come-from-behind, 45-41 victory over Newcastle, sending the Indians to the state semifinals for the first time in eight years.
I was pretty tired," an incredibly understated Branson told the Associated Press of her return to the court just hours after giving birth. "I never felt like I couldn't do it. God's been good to me this week."
In fact, Branson's claim that her between-games birth was fated may have something to it. The coach reached a hospital in Abilene, where the regional finals were being played, about 9 p.m., shortly after her team's regional semi victory. By 10 p.m., daughter Leslie had already been born, a labor too quick to even allow for an epidural injection.
Yet, had Branson received that epidural shot, she might not have been able to recover in time to coach the game on Saturday, even though doing so did require her to leave Leslie behind in the hospital for a few hours.
"That was all part of God's plan. If I had the epidural, I might not have been able to make [the game]," Branson said."
Jesus Fucking Christ. This is so fucked up I don't even know where to start!
The woman just gave birth to her child, but she thinks it is OK to leave her newborn daughter behind to go coach a fucking high school basketball game?!?
What kind of fucked up values and priorities elevate a fucking basketball game above, well, anything?
I'm thinking the birth of your own child takes absolute, unprecedented priority above everything else in the world.
Personally, I think the fact that she would elevate a fucking sport, a goddamn high school basketball game, above her own newborn daughter should call in to question her fitness to be a mother.
All sports are just stupid jocks playing games for the entertainment of even dumber and less talented fans.
There is absolutely nothing in this world less important than sports.
They don't feed the hungry, they don't save lives, they don't educate children.
They are the equivalent of the Roman Colosseum games meant to distract the citizens from the actual issues and problems that need to be addressed.
When mothers start viewing their own children as less important than a Goddamn basketball game, our society is doomed.