Archive for October, 2012

The Coaching Fraternity

With the beginning of the college basketball season around the corner, we once again enter what, for many sports fans, is the very best time of the year. For many, no sport is better or more exciting than college hoops—and for them the long wait is nearly over. What I find so interesting about college…

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No Ordinary People

As the NBA season gets underway, I am always fascinated by the athleticism of these players. To see individuals who are so huge, yet so graceful, is amazing. Similarly, I look at NHL hockey players and marvel at the moves they can make on ice—movements that many of us would be challenged to do on…

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Working Through a Slump Podcast

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Things are going great. Everything is falling into place perfectly . . . until life throws you a curve ball. On Sports Spectrum, we’ll hear from Jimmy Page of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Penn State gymnastics coach, Randy Jepsen, as they share steps for “Working Through a Slump.” That and more on this edition of…

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Working Through a Slump

Months that start with “A” were not kind to the Los Angeles Angels during this past baseball season. The Halos got off to a dreadful start in April, starting the season 6-14, so that they were 8 games under .500 before they even got to May! Then, the bats—Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Mark Trumbo—started heating…

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Extremely Average

Coming into this past weekend’s action in the NFL, there were nine teams—several of them preseason Super Bowl picks—that were log-jammed at 3-3. For years it has seemed that the NFL was marching toward a designed parity, primarily by the structure of the draft, that would try to make all the teams equal. While that…

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Surprising Heroes

Living in Michigan, I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the Tiger fans celebrate their impending visit to the World Series. Certainly, the Detroit squad has its fair share of stars, with Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, power-hitting Prince Fielder, and dominating pitcher Justin Verlander all doing their part to drive the Tigers to the Series. In…

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Pursuing Excellence for the Right Reason Podcast

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When our goals are out of line, we can work hard, but the results never truly satisfy. The Sports Spectrum team talks with Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator, Alan Williams, and Indiana Pacers chaplain, Dr. James Jackson, to understand what it means to “Pursue Excellence for the Right Reason.” Listen to this edition of Sports Spectrum.

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Pursuing Excellence

It has now been a couple of months since the London Olympics, and, with college and pro football in full swing and the baseball playoffs underway, it would be easy for the Games to slip quietly into the darker, less-visited places of our memories. However, when I was told that “excellence” would the subject of…

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The International Break

World soccer experiences something several times each season that is utterly unique in sports—the international break. For the last 10 days, the greatest players in the world have left the clubs that pay their salaries and have brought them fame to spend these days competing for their respective national teams. Frankly, it is an extraordinary…

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Extraordinary Drama

Last Wednesday was one of the best days of baseball in recent history, with a quadruple-header of postseason action featuring two elimination games. To add spice to the day, two of the games (Yankees-Orioles and Tigers-A’s) had exciting, come-from-behind finishes, allowing the Yanks to take the lead in their series, while the A’s were able…

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