Archive for May, 2010

Memorial Day

Today, as a nation, we remember those who have given their lives for our country. There will be parades, graveside services, and other activities to mark out the significance of sacrifice and service. These memorials are not only the fabric of a national holiday, however, they are widely seen on the sports landscape as well….

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Dealing With Loss

On the Memorial Day Weekend edition of Sports Spectrum, 33 drivers will line up in hopes of winning the greatest spectacle in racing—the Indianapolis 500. We’ll be joined by an Indy 500 winner, Sam Hornish Junior, former driver Sam Schmidt, and Indy Racing League chaplain, Bob Hills.

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Remembering… And Being Remembered

Throughout US history, men and women have served in our country’s military with honor and distinction—and athletes have served alongside them. From boxer James J. Braddock and major league baseball player Ted Williams of World War 2, to the late Pat Tillman who lost his life while serving in Afghanistan, countless athletes in military service…

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A Different Game

I just returned from two weeks in Australia and New Zealand, where I once again had the opportunity (or challenge) to try and understand Australian Rules Football, or “Footy” as it is called down under. There is definitely more “foot” in Footy than there is in American football (which Aussies call “Gridiron”), but there is…

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Going All Out

All my life, I have heard the top-tier of Major League Baseball players referred to as “five-tool players” because they excel in all aspects of the game. The five tools, of course, are hitting for average, hitting for power, running, fielding, and throwing. When watching a recent MLB broadcast, however, the announcers referred to Albert…

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Winning Well

The pressure is on to compete at such a level that you win more than you lose. That’s the mindset in today’s world of sports, but is that all that matters? We’ll hear from Olympian Elana Meyers, NFL center Jeff Saturday, and University of Virginia head men’s basketball coach, Tony Bennett.

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In Search Of Sportsmanship

When we lived in California and our kids were young, I coached a little league baseball team. There were times when, as a result, I had to umpire games at the minor league level, which created some interesting challenges. The most disturbing happened in a particular game when, for all the world, the 8-year old…

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Where Do You Turn?

It is the NFL’s equivalent of NASCAR’s silly season, and players are moving from team to team so quickly that it seems impossible to keep up. Though the superstars in the NFL make millions, however, many players are just happy to have a job—and that is a sentiment easily understood in the light of the…

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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….

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Money and Sports

It’s no secret that money has a huge impact on athletics. Has it changed your perspective on sports? Hubert Davis will tell us how a big NBA contract affected him. We’ll also hear from sports agent Mike McCartney and former Major Leaguer Don Demeter.

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