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Imparting Wisdom

Two of my favorite baseball movies are “The Natural” and “Field of Dreams,” and the two films share a common theme—that, to some extent, baseball is about fathers and sons. In “The Natural,” Roy Hobbs is taught the game as a boy by his father, who then dies prematurely. When Roy reaches big league success, he laments that his father is…

A Salute To Mom

My brother, Dave, went through college on a baseball scholarship—which meant he was busy playing ball most of his time as a kid. As a result, Mom and Dad spent an awful lot of time at Little League and Babe Ruth League baseball fields. And, with that, Mom was the one who would volunteer to work the concession stand or…

Moms Matter

This is a weekend for celebration. Yesterday my wife, Marlene, and I celebrated our wedding anniversary and this weekend we celebrate Mother's Day, a significant time for almost everyone—including athletes.

From NASCAR’s Carl Edwards, whose early career was marked by his ever-present Mom on the pit box, to the football player who looks into the sideline camera to shout “Hi,…

Overwhelmed

It was a wild and woolly weekend in sports, with an unbelievable amount of top flight sporting events piled one on top of the other. For sports fans who wanted to dine at this smorgasbord, the feast began Thursday night (and continued through Saturday) with the annual NFL draft. On Friday, professional golf took the stage with the World Golf…

People Of Influence

Last week, a news website posted a list of the “100 Top Christian Leaders in America.” The list included Bible teachers, religious personalities, and denominational leaders from almost every stripe of Christendom imaginable—and was compiled based on influence, not role.

In fact, the article made it clear that many of the men and women listed exercised their influence in “non-traditional…

Expressing Ourselves

I recently saw a report on ESPN that showed what a dangerous combination fantasy football and social media have inadvertently formed. In the report, there were two emphases—the intrusion of gambling into fantasy sports and the angry use of social media that targets athletes who don’t live up to the points projections that fantasy players are striving for. Angry tweets,…

The Sounds of Sirens

I was enjoying my son’s high school soccer game when the relative calm and normalcy of that warm September afternoon was shattered by a sound that is both distinctive and alarming—the sound of sirens. The shrill whine seemed out of place at such a pleasant moment, and forcibly demanded my attention. Singer Don Henley is right: a siren usually means…

Caring For Our Bodies

Back in the day, baseball players would arrive at spring training and football players would arrive at their training camps with one goal in mind—to get in shape for the upcoming season. This would involve the necessary exercises and running to get into competitive condition for the season, and let them work their way into shape. But that was “back…

Many Ways… One Way

As I am writing this article, I am with my wife, Marlene, in England where we had a Bible conference in Liverpool this past weekend. As Marlene and I explored the city a little bit, I saw a shop for football gear. Not American football, but world football (soccer). Not far from there was another shop featuring rugby gear which is…

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. ESPN.com reported that Lloyd made history in 1950 by appearing in a game for the…