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Many Ways… One Way

As I am writing this article, I am with my wife, Marlene, in England where we had a Bible conference in Liverpool this past weekend. As Marlene and I explored the city a little bit, I saw a shop for football gear. Not American football, but world football (soccer). Not far from there was another shop…

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Pioneers and Pioneering

Last Friday, I was saddened to hear of the death of Earl Lloyd. While not as widely known as Jackie Robinson in baseball, Lloyd was a pioneer in his own right—becoming the first African American player to play a game in the National Basketball Association. ESPN.com reported that Lloyd made history in 1950 by appearing…

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What’s In A Name?

I recently saw an article about a young LPGA golfer named Brooke Pancake—an unusual name to say the least. What made the article so interesting to me was that it told of her signing a new sponsorship agreement—with the Waffle House restaurant chain! One Waffle House representative said that it would be the first time…

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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…

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Facing Consequences

Sports is an area of life where consequences are consistently faced, whether it be a penalty flag that costs your team a first down or a more serious action resulting in being ejected from the game or even being suspended for the next game. Some consequences are more far-reaching. We have seen athletes suspended for…

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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….

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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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