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Every Tribe and Nation

In the sports film “Remember the Titans,” we go back to the racially-charged days of the early 1970s and a high school football program in Virginia that was experiencing forced integration. It is a terrific, inspiring, and well-told story of the struggle to come to grips with racial and ethnic biases, fears, and injustices. Recent…

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Not About the Wins

When a football fan hears the name “Dan Marino,” a number of things immediately come to mind. I first encountered that name as a fan of West Virginia University football when Marino played quarterback for the dreaded Pitt Panthers. When Marino entered the NFL, however, he became the centerpiece of a Miami Dolphins offense that…

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Aftermath of Tragedy

Yesterday, NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series was in Michigan for the Pure Michigan 400—and for the second consecutive week, one of NASCAR’s biggest stars was not driving. Tony Stewart is still dealing with the aftereffects of the fatal accident that took the life of driver Kevin Ward, Jr. a week ago in upstate New York. While…

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Historic Venue

This past weekend, NASCAR made its once-a-year visit to the most famous and historic race track in the world—the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The site of the legendary pagoda tower overseeing the 2.5 mile oval is one that stirs the hearts of racers and race fans alike. Like Yankee Stadium in baseball, Anfield Stadium in English…

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Free Indeed

The Fourth of July weekend in the United States is always a time of celebration—and that celebration includes sports. Baseball games will have special tributes, fireworks displays, and patriotic gear for players and fans alike. This weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race, the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Motor Speedway, will also carry a decidedly patriotic…

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Falling Short

Last Friday night, Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish was, again, dominant as he faced the Boston Red Sox in Arlington, Texas. Darvish struck out 12 while walking only two, and went 8 2/3 innings in the 8-0 Ranger victory. Unfoirtunately for Darvish, it was with 2 outs in the night inning that he lost a…

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Casting a Long Shadow

A story appeared in Golf Digest some time ago in which the greatest golf courses in America were ranked. Number one? Augusta National in Georgia, where once again last weekend the greatest golfers in the world gathered for one of golf’s great spectacles: The Masters. Both Augusta National and the Masters were the dream of…

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Desire to Be Used

When our sons were younger, I sometimes helped coach their Little League baseball teams. One of the things you learn when coaching kids is the value of interpreting body language, because there are moments when you don’t need to hear a word to know where a kid is in terms of preparation. When the time…

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Busted Brackets

Anyone who has ever filled out a bracket for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament knows how fickle the Big Dance can be. For most of us, it is impossible to anticipate all of the upsets that inevitably occur—and this year has been no exception. The first warning of another topsy-turvy tourney came on day one…

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The Impossible

We are now on the threshold of the first round of March Madness, and in a very few days people across the country will be looking at their brackets, scratching their heads, and asking, “Why did I pick them?” Always, someone picks a #16 seed to beat a #1 seed—but, coming into this year, #16…

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