Archive for the 'Perspective' Category

Every Tribe and Nation

In the sports film “Remember the Titans,” we go back to the racially-charged days of the early 1970s and a high school football program in Virginia that was experiencing forced integration. It is a terrific, inspiring, and well-told story of the struggle to come to grips with racial and ethnic biases, fears, and injustices. Recent…

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Testing Our Faith

The life of an athlete is a life of almost continual testing. At every level of competition, regardless of the sport, an athlete’s conditioning and mental toughness is tested, both on the practice field and in the game. The pro athlete’s position on a squad is tested by the never-ending stream of free agents and…

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Domestic Violence

In recent days, several high-profile cases of domestic violence involving NFL players have dominated the sports media. Questions are being posed about a variety of things in these incidents, but, in the process, it seems as if the conversation has shifted to the specific personalities and details of these particular events—while shifting away from the…

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Not About the Fame

Living life in the public eye is a major part of being a modern professional athlete or sports personality—and it isn’t easy. The life of the individual is constantly on display, being scrutinized and analyzed and criticized, which makes it very challenging. Some professional athletes try very hard to keep their personal and private lives…

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Under Pressure

One of the things that makes sports so riveting to watch is pressure. How people handle pressure can be very revealing—whether it is the relief pitcher coming in with a one run lead and the bases loaded, or the basketball player with two free throws to win the game, or the field goal kicker faced…

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When Life Stinks

Sometimes life stinks. Like when you’re playing golf, and you are facing a shot that offers risk-reward options. After thinking through the options, you choose to play it safe and take the smart shot. Then you blow the “smart” shot and make a double bogey anyway—even after trying to play it smart and safe. Sometimes…

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Live At Peace With Everyone Podcast

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Whether it’s on the field, in the workplace, or within our home, competition can swiftly become fierce. On Sports Spectrum, we discuss what the Bible says about “Living at Peace with Everyone,” and how to incorporate that into our daily lives. Learn how to keep peace while competing, on this edition of Sports Spectrum.

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Pick Your Battles

Baseball managers must also be amateur psychologists sometimes. When a player is under-performing, they have to try and understand why. Is it because of a physical problem, perhaps an unreported injury? A personality conflict in the clubhouse? Problems at home? Lack of confidence due to a long-running slump? Distractions from a contract dispute? An inability…

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Violence And Danger

I don’t know about you, but for me, one of the things I love most about sports is that it creates a kind of release for the pressures of life. Whether playing golf with the guys, watching my favorite team play, or watching my favorite driver race, sports gives us a place to go where…

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Going into Saturday night’s NFC Wild Card game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the focus of all the analysts seemed to be on the weaknesses of the New Orleans Saints. Sure, they have Drew Brees. Of course, they have Darren Sproles. Yes, Sean Payton is back calling the plays, but the Saints are a dome team…

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