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Unhappy Endings

We are now well into the Wimbledon tennis championships in England, and the field has already been whittled down by the early rounds of the competition. In those early rounds, we have also seen upsets where highly ranked players—players who no doubt arrived in London with a genuine sense that they could win—have been sent packing by largely unknown players…

Loads of Expectations

Tonight, the US Women’s National Team (soccer) begins its quest for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup as they take on Australia in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Ranked second in the world, the US ladies are clearly one of the favorites to bring home the biggest prize in women’s soccer—and are loaded with talent. With Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, and Carli…

Hope Deferred

I remember when the first Super Bowl was played in the 1960’s. The Packers were the neighborhood bully, and the Chiefs never had a chance. Two years later, however, the balance of power began to shift as Joe Namath and his Jets shocked the pro football world by knocking off the feared Baltimore Colts. By the time the 70’s rolled…

Rough And Ragged

Golf fans around the world had waited since August for the Hero World Golf Challenge, played this past weekend at Windermere, Florida. It wasn’t because there had been no golf in the last four months. It was because there had been no Tiger Woods—and Tiger returned at his own select-field tournament this past weekend. After injuries and surgeries had derailed…

Why Trials Come

In sports, all kinds of things test you. You can be tested by the intellectual challenge of a game that requires a significant amount of memorization and study (like football). You can be tested physically by the wear and tear of a sport that has an extraordinarily long season (like baseball); and you can be tested emotionally by disappointment in…

When Life Stinks

Sometimes life stinks. Like when you’re playing golf, and you are facing a shot that offers risk-reward options. After thinking through the options, you choose to play it safe and take the smart shot. Then you blow the “smart” shot and make a double bogey anyway—even after trying to play it smart and safe.

Sometimes like stinks. But in those…

Unhappy Endings

It wasn’t a terrible shock to the college football world when Mack Brown resigned as the University of Texas’ head football coach on Saturday. Rumors had run rampant for weeks, in fact ever since the team started the season 1-2. In spite of going 7-2 in their final 9 games, an 8-4 record was not enough to save Brown’s job.…

Factory of Sadness

As college football kicked off this past weekend, the NFL season launches tomorrow night with the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens traveling to Denver to battle the Broncos. For Cleveland Browns fans, it ushers in another year of hoping—wondering if those hopes will finally be fulfilled or will once again be dashed by disappointment.

One of only four teams to…

Seeing God in Our Disappointment

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Matt Ghaffari is an Iranian-American athlete who represented the United States in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Considered one of the finest Greco-Roman wrestlers of his generation, Ghaffari had plenty of success, including gold medals in the 1991 and 1995 Pan-American Games. But, in the Olympics, Ghaffari was beaten in overtime by his arch-rival, Aleksandr Karelin of Russia. Winning the…

Great Disappointment

To say that Bristol Motor Speedway has not been kind to Tony Stewart would be putting it mildly. In 29 career Sprint Cup races at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, Stewart has only 1 win and 8 top tens. This for a driver who has multiple championships and 47 total career wins. I think Tony could be forgiven if he chose…