Archive for the 'Perspective' Category

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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A Fresh Start

Welcome to 2014! It should be a fascinating year in almost every arena of life, and sports is no exception. The upcoming (and final) BCS Championship game is only the start of a year that will once again crown champions in sports both here and around the world (most notably the 2014 World Cup of…

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Change of Direction

We now enter that difficult time of year when the coaching carousel is in full swing—both in college football and in the NFL. It is the time of year when athletic directors and general mangers (or owners) decide it is time for a change of direction. The usual comment is that the outgoing coach has…

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Starting Fresh

One of the things that makes football so tough is that when you fail and lose, you usually have to wait an entire week before you can try and make it right. This is where baseball players, I think, have a bit of an emotional advantage. Since they play almost every day, they usually have…

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God’s Greatest Gift

How many times have we heard an athlete referred to as a natural born player—a natural born shooting guard (Michael Jordan), or outfielder (Roberto Clemente), or middle linebacker (Ray Lewis)? Everything in their makeup—mentally and physically—seems to point to them having been born with purpose—to excel in that specific area of sport to which they…

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