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Qualities of a Trusted Teammate

How many times have we heard it said, “There is no “I” in team.” It’s true. In a sense, it takes a very different mindset to play a team sport (soccer, baseball, football, basketball) than an individual sport (golf, tennis). We have seen this contrast in the Ryder Cup golf competitions where American golfers have struggled to take their individual…

Getting In Sync

When I was in college, our football team played against Gallaudet—a school for the hearing-impaired in the Washington DC area. It was fascinating to watch, and I wondered how the quarterback would call for the snap at the line of scrimmage. Their plan, however, was for an assistant coach on the sidelines to beat a cadence on a bass drum…

A Sense Of Community

I have mentioned here before  that, for years, I have been a massive fan of Liverpool Football Club in the English Premier League. Because of that, I cannot begin to describe the thrill I recently had to attend a Liverpool FC game at historic Anfield Stadium in Liverpool. It was fabulous. I was amazed by how fast those players are—and…

Getting It Together    

For the people of Cleveland, “The Return of the King” was not just the name of the final movie in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. It was the return of LeBron James to the ranks of their beloved Cavaliers. In spite of the lofty expectations his return brought to their season, the Cavs began the season as a very…

When You Feel Alone

Cornerback may be the toughest position in all of professional football. It is not merely a matter of the skills needed or the challenges faced—it is because cornerbacks are so utterly exposed. Most of the time, NFL corners are asked to match up against the opposition’s best receivers, and to do so one-on-one. Sure, there are times when defenses will…

The Whole Package

One of the ads run on TV in advance of the All Star was promoting baseball’s best player, Mike Trout of the LA Angels. The promo said that Trout, “Hits like Mickey. Runs like Rickey. Fields like Willie.” By the way, that would be Mickey Mantle, Rickey Henderson, and Willie Mays. To call that high praise might be the understatement…

The Global Show

For football (Americans should read soccer here) fans around the world, one of the biggest events in world sport begins this week in Brazil—the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The best footballers in the world have stepped away from their club teams and will now represent their countries playing the world's most popular sport on the sport’s biggest stage. In fact, this…

All Hands on Deck

With tomorrow night’s NFL matchup between the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars, we move into the fourth and final quarter of the NFL season. This means two things: First, everyone is injured. We are at the point of the season where every player has some kind of knick or wobble or bother that keeps him from being 100 percent.…

The Fraternity

With the beginning of the college basketball season approaching, we once again enter what, for many sports fans, is the very best time of the year. For many, no sport is better or more exciting than college hoops—and for them the long wait is finally over.

What I find so interesting about college basketball is that it is the one…

Giving God Your Talent

In sports, one of the most powerful realities we can ever face is the challenge to function as a part of a team. Why? First of all, it requires us to take our personal goals and desires and subjugate them to the goals and the desires of the group. Second, it requires us to yield our talents and abilities to…