Archive for the 'Perspective' Category

Pioneers and Pioneering

Last Friday, I was saddened to hear of the death of Earl Lloyd. While not as widely known as Jackie Robinson in baseball, Lloyd was a pioneer in his own right—becoming the first African American player to play a game in the National Basketball Association. ESPN.com reported that Lloyd made history in 1950 by appearing…

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The Art Of Constructive Criticism

I’m fascinated by what the television networks call “analysts” or “color commentators.” Their role is to inform the viewer about what is happening and why it is happening that way. Sometimes they do that through praise, and sometimes they do that through criticism. Both have their place—but they must be measured. I think about this,…

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Building A Lasting Marriage

Relationships are hard. They require effort, and they require commitment—and often we struggle with both. This becomes even more real when we consider marriage. Marriage is the most significant of human relationships, yet it seems to often get our leftovers, instead of our best. Imagine an NFL player taking that approach to his career or…

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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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