Tags: commitment

Setting An Example

All my life, I have heard the top-tier of Major League Baseball players referred to as “five-tool players” because they excel in all aspects of the game. The five tools, of course, are hitting for average, hitting for power, running, fielding, and throwing. On one MLB broadcast, however, the announcers referred to Albert Pujols, a…

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Playing Hard

As we approach the final two weeks of the NFL regular season, the focus is on the teams that are setting themselves up for a Super Bowl run—and rightly so. The Broncos, Seahawks, 49ers, and others have had terrific seasons, and they all want to cap off the campaign by hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. At…

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Full Commitment

From 50+ years of watching the NFL, I can only think of one mental image that captures the idea of full commitment. One online source described the performance of San Diego Chargers tight end Kellen Winslow in these words: In a 1981–82 playoff game against the Miami Dolphins that became known as “The Epic in…

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Taking a Stand for Christ

In the film Chariots of Fire, we follow the story of two Olympic sprinters during the run-up to the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. Though the film does not accurately portray all of the details of the story, the overriding theme is that of Scottish sprinter Eric Liddell being pressured to compromise his convictions as…

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Pursuing Excellence

It has now been a couple of months since the London Olympics, and, with college and pro football in full swing and the baseball playoffs underway, it would be easy for the Games to slip quietly into the darker, less-visited places of our memories. However, when I was told that “excellence” would the subject of…

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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…

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Commitment to the Cause

Earlier this year, Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic faced a crisis point in his career. The much-sought-after “Superman of the NBA” was facing the trade deadline and had the opportunity to leave the underachieving Magic and go to a contender. For days leading up to the trade deadline, all the talk on sports TV…

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Running the Race

This is an Olympic year, and because of that I find myself thinking often of Eric Liddell. For many people, all they know of Liddell is that his life was part of the primary story for the Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire. It is a compelling story, as we follow Liddell, a world-class sprinter,…

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Finishing Well

So, here it is—the final race of the long NASCAR Sprint Cup season. What began in Daytona back in February is going to be resolved on Sunday as stock car racing’s top series descends on Homestead, Florida. This weekend, there will, as usual, be 43 cars on the track—but the chase for the championship is…

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Missed Opportunities

Last Saturday, America’s women handily dispatched the Colombian women for their second win in the group stage of the 2011 Women’s World Cup—the most significant women’s soccer competition on the planet. The final score was 3-0, and that would seem to be a very thorough victory. In fact, it was thorough enough that it made…

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