Archives: September 2009

Sending The Best

On Saturday, Virginia Tech defeated the University of Miami (FL) by a score of 31-7 in a game that solidified the Hokies as the top team in the ACC and a genuine top 10 team early in this season. It was a typical game for Tech, with a lot of defense and just enough offense. Most importantly, however, was Frank…

Ray Melick – College Football – Florida Gators

The first month of the college football season is over. And what a month it has been. Florida is ranked number one, but are the Gators the best team?   

We talk with sports columnist Ray Melick on Sports Spectrum Today. Ray is a sports columnist with the Birmingham News.    

Ray shares his perspective on the concussion suffered by Florida quarterback Tim Tebow in a game at Kentucky this past weekend.  

Don't miss a college football visit with sports writer Ray Melick on Sports Spectrum Today.

Orioles Roberts is a Role Model

Brian Roberts

If you are the parent of a young baseball player, make plans to take your youngster to see Brian Roberts play next summer. If you don’t know of Roberts, you should.

Roberts is one of the best players in the talent rich American League. He plays for the Baltimore Orioles and is one of the best second basemen in baseball. He…

Travis Ishikawa – Major League Baseball – San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants have been an interesting story. Not much was expected. But, the Giants hung in the playoff picture for most of the season.

They do it with a good pitching staff and a nucleus of young players. One of those young players, first baseman Travis Ishikawa, is our guest on Sports Spectrum Today.

Travis talks about how the older players on the team have been mentoring him as a baseball player and as a young Christian.

It’s a visit with Travis Ishikawa—yours to enjoy on Sports Spectrum Today.

Day To Day

Last Friday night, in a crucial game to kick off a crucial series between the Yankees and the Red Sox, Boston starting pitcher Jon Lester was hit in the knee by a hard line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera. As they enter the playoff push, the loss of Lester would be a huge blow to the hopes of…

Reggie Torbor – Professional Football – Miami Dolphins

Last year the Miami Dolphins were the NFL’s Cinderella story. They shocked everyone by going from a one win season to an 11 win season and the AFC East title.   

This year it’s a bigger challenge, the Dolphins face the toughest schedule in the NFL.

On this edition of Sports Spectrum Today, we talk with one of the defensive leaders of the Dolphins, linebacker Reggie Torber.

You may remember Reggie was a member of the New York Giants team that won the Super Bowl two years ago. Reggie talks about playing for the Dolphins and tells us about how his life has changed since he became a Christian while playing at Auburn.

Start off your week with an NFL interview on Sports Spectrum Today.

Sports Spectrum Week in Review – Audio Blog

The Yankees return to post-season play…the Colts win a squeaker in Miami and the Coyotes face more upheaval in Phoenix.

Major League Baseball, College & NFL Football

This Saturday Sports Spectrum features baseball, the NFL, and college football.

The San Francisco Giants are just about out of the playoff chase in the National League. But, they have opened some eyes in baseball with a talented group of young players. We talk with first baseman Travis Ishikawa.

The Miami Dolphins were the Cinderella story of the league last season. This year, the Dolphins are saddled with the league's toughest schedule and are off to an 0-2 start. We visit with Miami linebacker Reggie Torbor. Torbor played collegiately at Auburn and won a Super Bowl ring with the New York Giants two years ago.

And, Christian athletes struggle with wanting their own plan over God's plan. Maybe you do to. Which is better? Sports Spectrum chaplain, Bill Crowder, addresses the subject and it may be encouraging to you.    

Finally, we hear from listeners by phone. We ask them to tell us the name of their favorite baseball manager of all time.

We talk about the NFL, Major League Baseball, and hear about your favorite baseball manager on the next Sports Spectrum Saturday. 

Unwanted Change

Toward the end of the NFL preseason, the New England Patriots surprisingly traded one of their best defensive players, Richard Seymour, to the Oakland Raiders for future draft picks. It was a shocking deal—especially to Seymour. For several days, he refused to report, apparently because he was so disappointed by being traded from a great team where he was an…

Blaine Boyer – Major League Baseball – Arizona Diamondbacks

It has been a difficult year for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona is currently languishing in the basement of the N. L. West.

On this edition of Sports Spectrum Today, we talk with Diamondbacks pitcher Blaine Boyer.

Boyer shares about his baseball journey in the Braves, Cardinals, and Arizona organizations. He also includes his story of faith along the way.

Start off the weekend with the baseball story of Blaine Boyer on Sports Spectrum Today.

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Today marks the final day of the regular season for Major League Baseball, and some of baseball’s top teams (most notably the reigning World Series champs, the San Francisco Giants) will be heading home after today’s games are finished—missing the playoffs. The Arizona Diamondbacks will not be joining them, however, having won the National League West for the first time…

> Coaching

Modeling and Mentoring

Anyone who coaches youth sports, whether it is little league baseball, rocket football, girls soccer, or a myriad of other activities for kids, is a mentor. Professional athletes sometimes debate whether they are, or should be, role models for young people to look up to—but no such debate exists in the world of youth sports. If you are a coach,…

Death of a Giant

Sunday, the college basketball world was saddened by the news that Dean Smith, former head men’s basketball coach at University of North Carolina, had passed away at the age of 83. Smith’s record with the Tar Heels was nothing less than spectacular. His teams won 2 national championships, 13 ACC tournament championships, and 17 ACC regular season championships on his…

A Winning Game Plan

Welcome to 2015—a new year that will undoubtedly be filled with new opportunities and new challenges.

New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick is considered one of the greatest head coaches of his generation, with multiple Super Bowl trophies and, perennially, one of the most dominant teams in the National Football League. He was not always a head coach, however,…

> College Sports

A Heart Of Concern

Jason Ray was a bright spot on the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill. He had portrayed Ramses (the UNC mascot) for 3 years, hauling his giant ram’s head costume to sporting events one day and children’s hospitals the next. Then, in March 2007, while with the Tar Heels in New Jersey for part of the NCAA basketball…

The Power of Story

One of the first times I heard a Christian athlete tell his faith-story was when I was a mere freshman in Bible college. It was John Cartwright, who had followed Roger Staubach as the quarterback at the Naval Academy and broken many of Staubach’s passing records there. He had come to help coach our school’s new football team, and actually…

Filling Big Shoes

We are now well-into the 2015 college football season, and already the pressure is beginning to mount. Every game is critical, as a single loss could knock top teams out of the possibility of the NCAA playoffs later in the season, and everyone feels a measure of pressure to stay on top of their game.

For some players, however, all…

> Competition

> Fellowship of Christian Athletes

> Golf

The Power To Persevere

Professional golfer Paula Creamer had worked all year long to earn a berth in the 2008 ADT Championship, the year’s final tournament. When the event began, however, Creamer was suffering from peritonitis, a painful inflammation of the abdominal wall. Throughout the four days of the tournament, she was in constant pain, unable to eat, and spent at least one night…

Building A Support Network

Golf has always been a solitary sport—the athlete (and their caddie) battling against the golf course. One on one. Mano y mano. But, in recent years, this situation has changed fairly dramatically. Now, we see the top professional golfers in the world building teams. In addition to the ever-present caddie, they may also have a swing coach, a short game…

When Life Stinks

Sometimes, life stinks. Like when you’re playing golf and you are facing a shot that offers risk-reward options. After thinking through the options, you choose to play it safe and take the smart shot. Then you blow the “smart” shot and make a double bogey anyway—even after trying to play it smart and safe.

Sometimes like stinks. But, in those…

> Major League Baseball

Salt and Light

In his book Eight Men Out, Eliot Asinof records the events surrounding the notorious “Black Sox” scandal in Major League Baseball. Eight members of the Chicago White Sox were accused of taking bribes from gamblers in exchange for “throwing” (intentionally losing) the 1919 World Series. All eight players were banned from baseball for life because of cheating.

Of the eight,…

Hot Stove League

For fans of major league baseball, this is a strange time of year—the hot stove league. It is the season of player movement through trades, arbitration, and free agent signings. During the hot stove league, every team is looking for those elusive missing pieces that could put them in position to make a run at the World Series—and it can…

Showing Appreciation

Bobby Abreu, a key to the great 2009 season enjoyed by the Los Angeles Angels, was quick to sign a new 2-year contract with the team rather than once again venture into the waters of free agency. What is interesting is that, in an article in the LA Times, there was a very critical key to that decision. Appreciation.


> National Basketball Association

The Need For Hope

As the NHL and NBA seasons are getting underway, the comments of basketball and hockey fans across North America focus on their hopes for the new season. Fans of the Golden State Warriors (NBA) and the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) are hoping for a repeat of championship glory. Fans of the previous champs, the San Antonio Spurs and the LA Kings,…

Setting Goals

There is a wise saying that declares, “If you aim at nothing you’ll hit it every time.” It’s true… we need goals and targets if we are to be successful in almost any endeavor. This especially applies right now to the NBA. With the new season coming up in a matter of just a few weeks, every team and every…

Pioneers and Pioneering

Last Friday, I was saddened to hear of the death of Earl Lloyd. While not as widely known as Jackie Robinson in baseball, Lloyd was a pioneer in his own right—becoming the first African American player to play a game in the National Basketball Association. reported that Lloyd made history in 1950 by appearing in a game for the…

> National Football League

The Value of a Good Reputation

“A reputation is a funny thing,” said Wyatt Earp to a friend in the film “Wyatt Earp.” It’s as true in sports as it was in the old west. If you have a reputation among teammates and competitors as being a diva, then that will mark how your ability (or willingness) to contribute to the goals of the team will…


One of the more familiar mental images sports has given us is the word-picture, “The loneliness of the long distance runner…” Having run cross country during my college days, I certainly understand the analogy.

That sense of isolation, however, is not limited to running. What about the kicker who misses the game winning field goal or the closer that gave…

The Need For Community

Cornerback may be the toughest position in all of professional football. It is not merely a matter of the skills needed or the challenges faced—it is because cornerbacks are so utterly exposed.

Most of the time, corners are asked to match up against the opposition’s best receivers, and to do so one-on-one. Sure, there are times when defenses will go…

> National Hockey League

The Need For Hope

As the NHL and NBA seasons are getting underway, the comments of basketball and hockey fans across North America focus on their hopes for the new season. Fans of the Golden State Warriors (NBA) and the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) are hoping for a repeat of championship glory. Fans of the previous champs, the San Antonio Spurs and the LA Kings,…

Keeping Control

We’ve all seen it—an NBA forward takes a hard foul, and gets up swinging his fists. A pitcher throws at a hitter’s head, and both benches clear. Hockey players drop their gloves and start going at each other. The intensity of emotions that are stirred in the midst of competition are at the same time part of what makes sports…

Every Game Counts

With both the NBA and the NHL playoffs moving toward their respective conclusions, it is a good time to be reminded of how spectacular game sevens can be. The same thing will be true this fall when Major League Baseball hits its own postseason stride. A game seven is one of the best moments in sports. Two teams have fought…

> Olympics

The Right People

Two weeks ago, the National Football League held its annual draft—and ever since there has been plenty of analysis, criticism, and argument about who was selected, who selected them, why they selected them, and whether it will turn out to be a wise choice or a wasted pick. Every team—and their fans—are concerned that they get the right people in order…

Don’t Quit

In the award-winning film “Chariots of Fire,” one of the characters chronicled (alongside Scottish sprinter and missionary to China, Eric Liddell) is legendary British sprinter Harold Abrahams. Abrahams is obsessed with winning, but in a preliminary 100 meter dash leading up to the 1924 Olympics, he is soundly beaten by his rival, Liddell. His response is deep despair. When his…

Getting into the Race

In the award-winning film Chariots of Fire, one of the characters chronicled (alongside Scottish sprinter and missionary to China, Eric Liddell) is legendary British sprinter Harold Abrahams. Abrahams is obsessed with winning, but in a preliminary 100-meter dash leading up to the 1924 Olympics, he is soundly beaten by his rival, Liddell. His response is deep despair. When his girlfriend,…

> Paralympics 2008

Blessings Out of Disappointments

Today on Sports Spectrum, we hear Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Matt Capps talk about his disappointment, as a minor leaguer, when he was shifted from his dream of being a starting pitcher to a new and unwelcome role in the bullpen. His initial disappointment, however, became a terrific gift, as this shift rapidly accelerated his climb from the minors to…

Sports Spectrum Week In Review – Audio Blog

Detroit and St. Louis welcome the men’s and women’s Final 4…John Calipari takes over at Kentucky and Jay Cutler bids farewell to Denver.

Climbing the Mountain

It isn’t that they don’t try hard enough, or that they are less committed than No. 1 seeds. It’s just too big of a mountain to climb.

> Racing

Honoring the Boundaries

In NASCAR garage areas, it is not uncommon to hear comments like, “If you aren’t cheating, you aren’t trying” and “It’s our job to cheat and it’s their (NASCAR’s) job to catch us.” Each weekend that NASCAR’s top series heads to a speedway, we are reminded why it is so tempting to flirt with gray areas, or to straight out…

The Long Wait

The opening weekend of this year's NASCAR season, on February 21st, superstar driver Kyle Busch was involved in a horrific accident at Daytona that resulted in a broken right leg and a broken left foot. Following multiple surgeries and extended rehab, Busch is anxiously anticipating his return to the track and the sport he loves. But that return will not…

True Source

That giant roar you may have heard coming from the southeastern part of the United States this week was the firing up of the engines of NASCAR teams as they begin preparation for next Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited and the following week’s Daytona 500.

NASCAR (like any other big league sport) is packed with pressure to perform and to succeed—because…

> Rugby


I love sports, and I love sports movies (“Remember the Titans,” “Miracle,” “The Natural,” “We Are Marshall” to name a few), so I was excited to grab the DVD of “Invictus” and watch it again.

The movie shows some of the struggle in South Africa to overcome apartheid, and the role sport played in helping the nation heal the wounds…

Anxious Moments

This past Sunday night, I was in Melbourne, Australia, where I had been doing some Bible teaching. That night, the New Zealand All Blacks played against France in the finals of the Rugby World Cup—the most significant rugby competition in the world. What spiced up the evening even more was that several of us watched the match on TV with…

Many Ways, One Way

Last year I was with my wife, Marlene, in Dublin Ireland where we had an RBC Bible conference. As Marlene and I explored the city a little bit, I noticed something that got me thinking—it was a shop for football gear. Not American football, but world football (soccer). Not far from there was another shop featuring rugby gear which is…

> Soccer

The International Break

World soccer experiences something several times each season that is utterly unique in sport—the international break. During those days, the greatest players in the world leave the clubs that pay their salaries and have brought them fame to spend time competing for their respective national teams. Frankly, it is an extraordinary interruption in the league competitions for teams in most…


This is the time of year when football fans are waiting anxiously to hear those fabulous words, “Are you ready for some football?” I know I am, and for me, it has already started with the beginning of the English Premier League season.

Ever since the season ended in May, the anticipation has been building, especially for my Liverpool Reds—with…

Familiar Face In A Different Place

As a fierce supporter of Liverpool Football Club, I have to say that I cannot get used to seeing Steven Gerrard in a LA Galaxy shirt. Stevie G. spent 17 years with Liverpool, and had grown up as a boy in their academy program. He spent 12 years as the Reds’ captain and led them to victorious campaigns in the…

> Sports Camps

> Sports Talk

Starting Fresh

One of the things that makes football so tough is that when you fail and lose, you usually have to wait an entire week before you can try and make it right. This is where baseball players, I think, have a bit of an emotional advantage. Since they play almost every day, they usually have an immediate opportunity to turn…

Courage and Fear

In the realm of sports, we often hear courage discussed and applied to athletes in high-pressure game situations. But I wonder about that. Is that really the best way to think about those things? Courage, it would seem, should be reserved for soldiers on the frontlines, firefighters entering a burning building, or police officers facing a potentially deadly standoff with…

Winning at All Costs

In recent years, we have seen a steady stream of sports scandals—all of which seem to point to one thing—the preeminence of winning. It led to recruiting scandals in college football, “video-gate” scandals in the NFL, steroid and PED scandals in baseball, and on and on it goes. Legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi said, “Winning isn't everything; it's…

> Tennis

A Matter Of Love

I once wrote an article for Our Daily Bread in which I mentioned seeing a young woman wearing a t-shirt which read, “Love is for losers.” I wrote about what a sad worldview that is, and how vital love is. It was a pretty decent article, I thought. Imagine my surprise, however, when I received a note from a Mom who…

Unhappy Endings

We are now well into the Wimbledon tennis championships in England, and the field has already been whittled down by the early rounds of the competition. In those early rounds, we have also seen upsets where highly ranked players—players who no doubt arrived in London with a genuine sense that they could win—have been sent packing by largely unknown players…

A Matter of Love

Some time ago I wrote an article for Our Daily Bread in which I mentioned seeing a young woman wearing a t-shirt which read, “Love is for losers.” I wrote about what a sad worldview that is and about how vital love is. It was a pretty decent article, I thought.

Imagine my surprise, however, when I received a note from…