Archives: July 2010

Preparing For Battle Podcast

How often do we think that possessions, status, or power will help us in the daily battles we face? On Sports Spectrum, we’ll discover the real path to victory as we “Prepare for Battle.” We’ll have plenty of insight from former NFL quarterback Todd Blackledge, Detroit Tigers infielder Adam Everett, and we’ll bring you a moving conversation with NASCAR analyst…

Preparing for Battle

Anyone who has ever played high school or college football knows what it is to suit up. You get taped, you get on your pads, you put on the uniform, and, of course, you put on your game face. But that is only part of preparation for battle. There is the preparation of training and conditioning that allows an athlete…

Matt Capps - Major League All-Star and Closer, Washington Nationals

Matt Capps is a Major League All-Star and the closer for the Washington Nationals.  This, of course, means he is called upon to shut the door on the opposing team in the late innings of a game.  Sports Spectrum’s Frank Giardina sat down with Matt to discuss the excitement surrounding another Nationals pitcher, Stephen Strasburg.  Matt also discusses why his…


Following the recent sports news makes it clear that college athletics has arrived at a crisis point. Money, the influence of agents, the contracts of top-tier coaches, and television dollars have all conspired together to create an atmosphere in college football and basketball where choices are being made based on the mood of the moment to "get what I can"—and…

Chad Pennington – Quarterback, NFL’s Miami Dolphins

In this visit with Dolphins quarterback, Chad Pennington, you’ll hear how he’s learned to pace himself on and off the field. He’ll discuss how he has surrendered his career to God.

John Croyle – Former Alabama Defensive End

In this conversation with former Alabama defensive end, John Croyle, you’ll find out why he did not pursue an NFL career. Instead, he has dedicated his life to children who needed someone to love them. He’ll also tell us how you can honor God as a sports parent.

Brian Bannister – Pitcher, Kansas City Royals

Brian discusses the “roller coaster” of professional baseball and how his faith in Christ brings peace and purpose. He’ll also provide a behind-the-scenes look at the spiritual side of the Kansas City Royals.

Eddie Gran – Associate Head Football Coach, Florida State University

Eddie Gran is a respected member of the college football coaching fraternity and when you hear his insight on sports and life, you’ll understand why! This conversation with Frank Giardina will give you plenty of “college football talk” while also providing you with some great encouragement for the Christian life.

Jody Gerut – Outfielder, Milwaukee Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Jody Gerut visits with Frank Giardina to discuss the trap of finding significance in Major League Baseball. This is a conversation that will help you understand how a relationship with Jesus Christ will give you direction for keeping the pressures of life in their proper perspective.

Rick Horton – Former Major League Baseball Pitcher & Current Cardinals Broadcaster

In this Sports Spectrum interview, St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster, Rick Horton visits with Frank Giardina on the topic of sportsmanship. Rick tells us why we can learn a lot about sportsmanship by watching two sports . . . and baseball is not one of them. Listen for an honest, in-depth look at sportsmanship in this conversation with Rick Horton.