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Sportsmanship

In the 2003 Tour de France, Lance Armstrong was leading by 16 seconds over his arch-rival Jan Ullrich. Ullrich had been trying to win the TDF for years, but had always been beaten by Armstrong. As they were racing, however, Armstrong’s handlebars were caught in the strap of a spectator’s handbag—wrecking him. But, instead of taking advantage of the mishap…

The Audience Of One

I am convinced that there are different types of sports figures—the athlete, the personality, the performer, and the entertainer. The “entertainer” in the NFL seems to often land at the wide receiver position (causing some to refer to it as the NFL's “diva” position). Showing off for the crowd may get you on Sportscenter, but it could also hurt your…

The Art 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 pitcher just could not get…

Something Worth Celebrating

July 4th, is, of course, the day that Americans celebrate our country’s freedom. Tomorrow, many Americans will celebrate the 4th by playing softball or golf, or by watching their favorite sports on television. Additionally, on major league baseball diamonds there will be special fireworks displays and flag ceremonies. NASCAR, in fact, always seems to go further than other sports in their…

What’s Next?

One of the most difficult moments for a professional athlete is when they finally come to the time when they must leave the game. Different athletes will talk about the different aspects of this life-transition that are difficult. Some will talk about the paycheck—candidly assessing how hard it is to walk away from such huge amounts of money. Others will…

Qualities of a Trusted Teammate

How many times have we heard it said, “There is no “I” in team.” It’s true. In a sense, it takes a very different mindset to play a team sport (soccer, baseball, football, basketball) than an individual sport (golf, tennis). We have seen this contrast in the Ryder Cup golf competitions where American golfers have struggled to take their individual…

The Calling Of A Dad

When we lived in southern California, I helped coach the Little League teams of two of our sons. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun, but there were also moments of frustration. I was blessed to have great coaches to work with, and we tried our best to be good teachers and encouragers of the kids…

Sexual Purity

The challenge to sexual purity in the midst of the modern sports environment is a huge issue. This challenge begins in middle school and high school and progresses through college and into the professional ranks. Opportunities for sexual activity run rampant, and the higher an athlete’s profile is, the more opportunities there will be. In the professional ranks, this is…

Suit Up

Part of the challenge of playing football is getting used to the gear. Running effectively in a helmet, shoulder pads, and a variety of other protective devices can feel awkward and clumsy at first. But, after time, the padding and equipment become like familiar friends that provide welcome protection in a game filled with violent collisions and the potential for…

Getting It Right

One of the realities of modern sport is the presence and participation of technology. Whether in motorsports, football, baseball, basketball, or soccer, more and more sports are becoming increasingly reliant on technology like instant replay to check calls that have been made on the field by referees or umpires. Rather than viewing replay as a way to be publicly embarrassed,…