Jim Boeheim Is a Big Ol’ Winner. And, He Hates Guns.



There’s little on ESPN’s homepage that will make your eyebrows jump. The occasional Liam Neeson sighting. Some offensive-for-the-purpose-of-being-offensive line from Rick Reilly on another one of his phoned-in columns.

Then, there’s this: “Jim Boeheim wins 900th, talks guns”

“If we cannot get the people who represent us to do something about firearms, we are a sad, sad society,” the Syracuse Orangemen bench boss said on Monday after his team beat the Detroit Titans, 72-68.

“If one person in this world, the NRA president, anybody, can tell me why we need assault weapons with 30 shots — this is our fault if we don’t go out there and do something about this. If we can’t get this thing done, I don’t know what kind of country we have.”

Kudos. You rarely have a chance to make your voice heard — unless you’re a free blogger for the Huffington Post, although, I guess, you’re still not being read, are you? — and Boeheim chose to use it on something he cares about.

And, something the rest of America cares about. Boeheim’s comments obviously follow last Friday’s massacre of 20 schoolchildren and seven teachers and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.


“The Assault Weapons Ban: What As It and Did It Work?” — ABC News (Dec. 18, 2012)


As for his 900th win… well, it pales in perspective, doesn’t it?

“To me, it’s just a number,” he said. “If I get 900, have I got to get more? That’s why maybe it’s just not that important to me because to me it’s just a number, and the only number that matters is how this team does.”