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The Calling Of A Dad

When we lived in southern California, I helped coach the Little League teams of two of our sons. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun, but there were also moments of frustration. I was blessed to have great coaches to work with, and we tried our best to be good teachers and encouragers of the kids…

Deflate-Gate

The two weeks following the NFL conference championship games are supposed to be a time of celebrating the National Football League and its grand finale—the Super Bowl. It is a time to polish up the Lombardi Trophy and to reassert the NFL’s death-grip on the title “America’s Favorite Sport.” Most years, that is the script and it is followed exactly. This…

Embracing Your Role as a Leader

When the Baltimore Ravens captured the Super Bowl XLVII this past February in New Orleans, their tangibles were very strong. An aggressive defense designed to punish quarterbacks and disrupt their rhythm on one side of the ball and, on offense, a running game equally designed to punish the opposition were the trademarks of the style of game that took the…

Behind the Mask Podcast

Genuine Christlike behavior is the goal for all of us, but sometimes we lack consistency. On Sports Spectrum, we’ll address the issue of our true character as we go “Behind the Mask.” Among our guests, Major league umpire, Ted Barrett, and Grand Canyon University baseball coach, Andy Stankiewicz. I hope you’ll join us for this edition of Sports Spectrum.

Consistent Excellence

Last Thursday, when pro golfer Steve Stricker teed it up at the TPC Deere Run course in Silvis, Illinois, for the John Deere Classic, he was stepping into an extraordinary opportunity. He had the chance to win the John Deere tournament for the fourth straight year. While not one of golf’s major tournaments, the Deere is a solid tournament with…

Character and Trials

With NFL training camps underway, some of the best athletes in the USA are being tested in every area of their lives. When we think of training camps, we usually think (appropriately) of the physical tests athletes will endure. Lifting weights, conditioning exercises, grueling drills, hours and hours in the hot summer sun. All those create a kind of physical…

Winning at All Costs

In recent years, we have seen a steady stream of sports scandals—all of which seem to point to one thing—the preeminence of winning. It led to recruiting scandals in college football, “video-gate” scandals in the NFL, steroid and PED scandals in baseball, and on and on it goes. Legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi said, “Winning isn't everything; it's…

The Importance of Character

At almost any level, playing games can be easy. If you have the right opportunity and the right set of skills and talents, you can perform and play and even succeed. What is infinitely more difficult, however, is winning the battle for character. If, in training our youngsters to play the games without leading them into the lessons of character…

Credibility Crisis

This coming Sunday, on Christmas Day, the NBA will begin its truncated, late-starting season with five top-flight games (Boston-NY, Miami-Dallas, Chicago-Lakers, Orlando-Oklahoma City, and the Clippers-Golden State). This basketball bounty of top teams was intended to be a flashy reboot of the 2011–2012 season, but flash is not what is needed right now. The NBA is suffering from a severe…

A Matter Of Integrity

During Friday’s second round of the Women’s British Open in Carnoustie, Scotland, American Angela Stanford faced a series of odd circumstances that put her in a difficult spot. On the 18th hole, her approach shot went left of the green and rolled up against a fence that marked the out-of-bounds. Marshals at the green signaled the ball was out of bounds…