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Go Time

We are now entering a most critical time in the men’s college basketball season. With only a handful of games to go before conference tournaments set the table for March Madness, teams are battling to avoid surprising upsets and to establish their credentials for the Big Dance in March. Syracuse, atop the rankings for much…

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A Daunting Challenge

The PGA Championship this past weekend was being contested at the Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. Major championship winner Ernie Els calls it, “The best, fairest, and toughest championship golf course I’ve ever played in all my years as a tour professional.” This is because of a brilliant combination of challenges for…

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And the Winner Is…

Coming into this year’s U. S. Open Championship, many of the “experts” talked about Merion Golf Club and its apparent vulnerability. It was deemed to be too old, too short, and too easy—causing those experts to predict record low scores as the greatest golfers in the world descended on Ardmore PA for this year’s second…

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Overcoming the Odds

As Memorial Day weekend comes upon us, the Indianapolis 500, one of American sport’s greatest traditions, will roar across our televisions. Considered by many “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indy 500 has long been among the most coveted titles in motorsports, gathering giant race teams like Penske, Ganassi, Andretti, and more to the competition. This…

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Danger and Peril

After months of games, tournaments, and speculation, the field is now set for the NCAA Tournament. The #1 seeds are strong as always—Kentucky, North Carolina, Syracuse, Michigan State—but history has proven that their strength guarantees them very little. Though no #1 seed has ever lost in the first round, second round upsets do occur, and…

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Overcoming Challenges

Until recently, I paid little attention to NASCAR. It seemed that all NASCAR was about was turning left and going fast while turning left. Then, a few years ago, I went to Charlotte, NC, to do some work with Motor Racing Outreach. While there, we visited the car shops and met the teams that build…

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Change of Direction

We now enter that difficult time of year when the coaching carousel in is 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 Over

In recent weeks, the San Francisco 49ers (Jim Harbaugh), Cleveland Browns (Pat Shurmur), Carolina Panthers (Ron Rivera), and Denver Broncos (John Fox) have introduced new head coaches. In a sense, it represents a fresh start for each of these once-proud franchises that have fallen far from the heights of the NFL’s elite. In another sense,…

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Where Do You Turn?

It is the NFL’s equivalent of NASCAR’s silly season, and players are moving from team to team so quickly that it seems impossible to keep up. Though the superstars in the NFL make millions, however, many players are just happy to have a job—and that is a sentiment easily understood in the light of the…

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