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The Dangers of Sports Parenting

I recently heard youth sports described as “an adult-driven, hyper-competitive race to the top in both academics and athletics that serves the needs of the adults, but rarely the kids.” I was reminded of this when I attended my 6-year-old nephew’s flag football game a few weeks ago. As I looked on, enjoying watching the…

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Leading By Example

In a few weeks, NFL training camps will open and the summer grind of heat, humidity, and hard work will begin for players anticipating the 2014 season. The coaches will be there—some of them (like Mike Pettine in Cleveland) will be leading their first ever NFL camp and others (like Bill Belichick in New England)…

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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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Consistency

In baseball, they are called “innings eaters.” Pitchers who go deep into games and consume 200 or more innings in a year. They often do not have the best stuff, the lowest ERA, or the most strikeouts. They usually don’t have the largest number of wins. But what they do have is consistency. Last season,…

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Making the Most of Your Platform

When I played intercollegiate soccer, our coach challenged us with a couple of simple facts. First, playing as a representative of both Christ and our school was a privilege, not a right. As a result, that privilege carried with it responsibility—the responsibility to conduct ourselves as players in such a way that would reflect appropriately…

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A Lasting Legacy

Legacy-building is not only true of second-term presidents. It can often be the overriding concern of long-term coaches who have won all that there is to win and are now looking to leave their mark on the game. This was certainly true of the final seasons of college football coach Bobby Bowden’s career; and longtime…

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Innings Eaters

With spring training in full swing, pitchers are starting to get to game fitness, and for some pitchers in particular, this is vitally important, because conditioning is key to their success. They are called “innings eaters.” Pitchers who go deep into games and consume 200, 225, or 250 innings in a year. They often do…

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Engaging Your Audience

We are very blessed here at Sports Spectrum to be able to interview athletes, coaches, broadcasters, and other sports personalities and hear them share their faith and experiences as followers of Christ. But, let’s face it, not every sports personality is able to do a good interview. Maybe public speaking just isn’t their thing. Maybe…

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The International Break

World soccer experiences something several times each season that is utterly unique in sports—the international break. For the last 10 days, the greatest players in the world have left the clubs that pay their salaries and have brought them fame to spend these days competing for their respective national teams. Frankly, it is an extraordinary…

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Youth Is Served

Arguably, the biggest story of the 2012 Major League Baseball season to this point is the emergence of two kids. Yes, we have seen several no-hitters, fantastic defensive plays, and towering home runs—but this season, so far, is about Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. Both are leading their teams toward postseason berths, both are playing…

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