Archive for the 'Perspective' Category

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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Guard Your Heart

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, the more opportunities there will be. In the…

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The Dangers of Sports Parenting

I recently heard youth sports described as “an adult-driven, hyper-competitive race to the top in both academics and athletics that serves the needs of the adults, but rarely the kids.” I was reminded of this when I attended my 6-year-old nephew’s flag football game a few weeks ago. As I looked on, enjoying watching the…

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Why We’re Here

There are different kinds of sports figures—the athlete, the personality, the performer, the entertainer. Showing for the crowd may get you on Sportscenter, but it could hurt your team (penalties, etc.), it could cost you relationships with teammates, or it could hurt your reputation. When Barry Sanders played in the NFL, he scored many touchdowns, but…

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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….

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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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