Archive for July, 2014

Historic Venue

This past weekend, NASCAR made its once-a-year visit to the most famous and historic race track in the world—the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The site of the legendary pagoda tower overseeing the 2.5 mile oval is one that stirs the hearts of racers and race fans alike. Like Yankee Stadium in baseball, Anfield Stadium in English…

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The Importance Of Recognition

Last week, NFL training camps got into full swing and that meant that rookies—especially rookie quarterbacks—were drinking from a fire hose. For rookies (and players who have switched teams), there is an enormous amount of playbook information to process. There is a huge amount of vocabulary and terminology to learn. And, for quarterbacks, there is…

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Trades and Today’s Athlete Podcast

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Today’s professional athlete can play for one team today and end up competing for an entirely different team tomorrow. On Sports Spectrum, we’ll discuss how we can honor God in the midst of changing circumstances. We’ll talk with former Major League baseball infielder, Tony Graffanino, as well as Julie McKay, wife of Virginia basketball assistant…

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Making the Move

I think the very first time that I ever understood the reality that sports is a business was as a boy of thirteen when Frank Robinson, my favorite player at that time, was traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Baltimore Orioles. Robinson was outstanding in every phase of the game, and played with a…

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The Whole Package

One of the ads run on TV in advance of the All Star was promoting baseball’s best player, Mike Trout of the LA Angels. The promo said that Trout, “Hits like Mickey. Runs like Rickey. Fields like Willie.” By the way, that would be Mickey Mantle, Rickey Henderson, and Willie Mays. To call that high…

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Kicking It into Gear

With the All-Star break behind us, Major League Baseball now begins its marathon dash to the finish line—and the post-season. For teams that are fading out of contention, it is time to ponder whether or not to sell players and bring in young prospects to build with for the future. For teams in contention, it…

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Maintaining Self-Control Podcast

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We all face moments when our witness for Christ is put to the test, especially when it calls for maintaining self-control. When you join us on Sports Spectrum, we’ll seek direction on keeping our cool from Cincinnati Reds infielder, Skip Shumaker. We’ll also gain valuable insight from Tim Maloney, director of basketball operations at Baylor…

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Maintaining Self-Control

In every sport, there is potential for a flashpoint: A moment where tempers can easily boil over because the individuals snapped. They reacted to the moment, rather than stopping to think before acting. In NASCAR, it’s when someone else’s mistake wrecks your car. In football, that flashpoint may come when someone takes a cheap shot at another…

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Ageless Wonder

Beginning tomorrow, the world’s greatest golfers will assemble at Royal Liverpool Golf Club for golf’s oldest major, The Open Championship. American Phil Mickelson will be defending the Claret Jug that he won last year at Muirfield, making him but one of the previous winners to be part of the field. Among those previous winners will…

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The Global Game

Yesterday, the world’s greatest sporting spectacle, the World Cup, came to a conclusion with the final match being played at the Estadio de Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. What began with 32 teams from across the globe was settled with Germany defeating Argentina for the Cup. The 2014 edition has been widely praised as one…

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