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Making A Difference

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Lauren Hill died late last week following a prolonged battle with cancer. At the age of nineteen, she lived to accomplish one of her goals—to play in an intercollegiate basketball game—but she also accomplished much, much more. Lauren brought a heightened awareness to pediatric cancer, eventually raising nearly $2 million for cancer research. For someone…

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The Not-So-Final Four

This is Final Four weekend for men’s college basketball, and the eyes of the sporting world will be fixed on Indianapolis where, beginning tomorrow night, the four surviving squads will fight it out for the national championship. It is always an exciting weekend of basketball that people will talk about for days and weeks to…

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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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