Archive for the 'Perspective' Category

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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Peacemakers

One of the best things about sports is the heated rivalries that add so much spice to the games we love. In baseball, it is the Red Sox-Yankees or Dodgers-Giants. In football, it might be Packers-Bears or Cowboys-Redskins. In the NBA, the Lakers and Celtics top the list, while the English Premier League offers Liverpool-Manchester…

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Giving Thanks

This is Thanksgiving weekend, and it is one of my favorite times in the year. I enjoy the food (of course) and the football (even if I nap through the Lions game), and I enjoy having some time to reflect on the blessings of God. Psalm 136:1 says, “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is…

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Who We’re Thankful To

This Thanksgiving week, all of us have much to be thankful for—and NFL players will be popping onto our TV screens repeatedly during tomorrow’s games to tell us what they are thankful for. They will express gratitude for lots of things—the big thanksgiving dinner, their health, their abilities, their families, their teammates, the opportunity to…

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Say No

As you read this, I am in a hotel in Asia where I have had the opportunity to watch a bit of Barclays Premier League football (soccer) from England. It seems as if it is on television 24/7 over here. As a former collegiate soccer player, I still love watching the “beautiful game” and am…

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