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Defending the Faith

This weekend, the 2014 National Football League season kicks off; and the Seattle Seahawks have begun the defense of their Super Bowl crown with the season’s home opener last night against the Packers—which the Hawks won convincingly, 36-16. And it is very appropriate to think of it in terms of a title defense, for the…

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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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Violence And Danger

I don’t know about you, but for me, one of the things I love most about sports is that it creates a kind of release for the pressures of life. Whether playing golf with the guys, watching my favorite team play, or watching my favorite driver race, sports gives us a place to go where…

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Good News… Great News

Late last week, I got a piece of really, really, really good news. My beloved Liverpool Football Club announced their 2014 summer tour schedule, and one of the games is going to be played in Chicago—just three short hours from my home in Michigan! For a long time, I have wanted to see the Reds…

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A Glimmer of Hope

Where we live in West Michigan, it has been an unusually brutal winter. At this writing, we are approaching 100 inches of snow for the year, and we’ve had two bouts with polar vortex conditions that have produced sub-zero temperatures and high winds. To say it has been bleak would be putting it mildly. Then,…

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Great Disappointment

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. US Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn had worked for 10 months at rehabbing her right knee in which she had torn two ligaments early last year. Then, late last fall, she reinjured her knee in a training run, redamaging her previously torn ACL. But Vonn continued to work and…

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Hot Stove Hopes

You could make a very strong case that, for baseball fans, the hot stove season is almost as much fun as the actual baseball season itself! Watching the trades, free-agent signings, and rising prospects from teams’ farm systems is a fascinating thing, as rosters are reshaped by general managers with one eye on the World…

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The Finish Line

And so, it comes to an end. After almost 10 months and 35 races, NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series moves to the final race of the season this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in south Florida. The Ford Ecoboost 400 will be the final flourish in a season that has been marked by the advent of the…

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The Pressure Mounts

With only a few weeks left in the Major League Baseball season, the battles are still raging as teams fight for playoff spots. Some teams, like the Tigers and the Dodgers, are in the driver’s seat for divisional titles that will give them some time to set their rotations and take a breath before the…

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Playing Through Pain

This past weekend was notable for its sheer breadth of sporting events—NBA and NHL playoffs, great golf from North Carolina, intense NASCAR racing from Talladega, baseball, soccer, and the Kentucky Derby all combined to make for a smorgasbord of sporting delights. What caught my attention, however, was the reminder that sometimes sports is not about…

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