Archive for the 'Perspective' Category

Facing Consequences

Sports is an area of life where consequences are consistently faced, whether it be a penalty flag that costs your team a first down or a more serious action resulting in being ejected from the game or even being suspended for the next game. Some consequences are more far-reaching. We have seen athletes suspended for…

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Wanting To Hit Back

We’ve all seen it—an NBA forward takes a hard foul, and gets up swinging his fists. A pitcher throws at a hitter’s head, and both benches clear for an on-field shoving match. Hockey players drop their gloves and start going at each other. The intensity of emotions that are stirred in the midst of competition…

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Don’t Quit

In the award-winning film “Chariots of Fire,” one of the characters chronicled (alongside Scottish sprinter and missionary to China, Eric Liddell) is legendary British sprinter Harold Abrahams. Abrahams is obsessed with winning, but in a preliminary 100 meter dash leading up to the 1924 Olympics, he is soundly beaten by his rival, Liddell. His response…

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Airing Dirty Laundry  

During this past year, we have been reminded of the human frailty of some big names in sports. It is painful to watch a person’s life being systematically shredded and exposed before the gawking eyes of a voyeuristic world. In the midst of wrongdoing, disruption of family, and, in some cases, even death, we witness…

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Looking Back

This is the time of year when sports publications, analysts, and networks are compiling their “Year In Review” lists. Top players, best games, notable teams, and great plays all get compiled to try and capture the essence of the year in sports. Even lists of the worst plays or most embarrassing moments of the year…

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Special Times

Today is Christmas eve, and, as we move ever closer to the celebration of Christ’s birth, there is much to be excited about. Christmas morning and the times together as a family around the Christmas tree are memorable and special, indeed, and every year I anticipate those special times all the more. This year, however,…

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Danger And Tragedy

It is too easy to forget that the sports we love can often be very dangerous. Baseball fans cringe when a screaming line drive is hit back through the middle and the pitcher has to duck wildly to avoid getting hit. Football crowds go eerily silent when a player is down on the field and…

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A Grateful Heart

This Thanksgiving week, all of us have much to be grateful for—and NFL players popped onto our TV screens repeatedly during Thursday’s games to tell us what they are thankful for. They expressed gratitude for lots of things—the big Thanksgiving dinner, their health, their abilities, their families, their teammates, the opportunity to play a kids’…

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Why Trials Come

In sports, all kinds of things test you. You can be tested by the intellectual challenge of a game that requires a significant amount of memorization and study (like football). You can be tested physically by the wear and tear of a sport that has an extraordinarily long season (like baseball); and you can be…

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A Different Fight

For as long as I can remember, the National Football League has been analyzed with much of the same vocabulary used to describe military conflict—blitz, warrior, going to battle, attack, bomb, and on and on it goes. Now, the NFL is fighting a different fight, and it is also a battle that has combative elements…

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