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Becoming a Game Changer

It was a dark day for West Virginia football. It was the seventh game of the 2005 season, and the Mountaineers were trailing Louisville 24-7 when starting quarterback Adam Bednarik was injured. In came backup Pat White—and the rest, as they say, was history. White, along with fellow freshman Steve Slaton at running back, led a furious WVU comeback to…

Sacrifice That Matters

As the baseball season really cranks up, I find myself thinking about baseball terminology. It is interesting to me that a seriously strategic baseball term is the word sacrifice. In trying to manufacture runs, sacrificing can be critical to success—whether it is a sacrifice bunt to move a runner into scoring position or a sacrifice fly that scores a runner from…

Making A Difference

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 whose life was so brief,…

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 come—whether their team wins or…

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 featuring rugby gear which is…

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 in a game for the…

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 that “Waffle Nation” had ever…

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 it is followed exactly. This…

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 multiple games or an entire…

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 events in the NBA,…