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Unhappy Endings

We are now well into the Wimbledon tennis championships in England, and the field has already been whittled down by the early rounds of the competition. In those early rounds, we have also seen upsets where highly ranked players—players who no doubt arrived in London with a genuine sense that they could win—have been sent packing by largely unknown players…

Loads of Expectations

Tonight, the US Women’s National Team (soccer) begins its quest for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup as they take on Australia in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Ranked second in the world, the US ladies are clearly one of the favorites to bring home the biggest prize in women’s soccer—and are loaded with talent. With Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, and Carli…

High Hopes

Last Friday, when the Chicago Cubs called up wunderkind third-baseman Kris Bryant from the minor leagues to join the big league squad, they were making a statement. A two-fold statement, in fact. First, the long-time strugglers from Chicago’s north side were making a statement that they intend to contend this year. They intend to compete and they intend to win.…

The Promise Of Spring

As a resident of the frozen north, few things signify the promise of spring to me more clearly than the azaleas at Augusta. I recognize that, according to the calendar, spring began on March 20—but, for me, spring doesn’t really start until The Masters. The beautifully landscaped hills of Augusta National that we will see this weekend on our televisions offer…

Confronting Addictions Podcast

Join us on Sport.Org Radio for an important conversation on steps we can take to confront addictions and help those we love find freedom. Dean Bouzeos of Athletes in Action and former LPGA pro, Tracy Hanson, will discuss how the Bible offers direction, hope, and help. Don’t miss this important discussion on Sport.Org Radio.

Hope Deferred

I remember when the first Super Bowl was played in the 1960’s. The Packers were the neighborhood bully, and the Chiefs never had a chance. Two years later, however, the balance of power began to shift as Joe Namath and his Jets shocked the pro football world by knocking off the feared Baltimore Colts. By the time the 70’s rolled…

Grief Is Messy

I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with family, including a nephew who played college football for Marshall University. As we discussed the Thundering Herd’s great 2014 season, I was struck by how far this school and this program have come since its darkest days.

I was living near Huntington, West Virginia, when Marshall’s disaster occurred—a disaster whose…

Don’t Quit

In the award-winning film “Chariots of Fire,” one of the characters chronicled (alongside Scottish sprinter and missionary to China, Eric Liddell) is legendary British sprinter Harold Abrahams. Abrahams is obsessed with winning, but in a preliminary 100 meter dash leading up to the 1924 Olympics, he is soundly beaten by his rival, Liddell. His response is deep despair. When his…

God’s Choice, Our Hope Podcast

From athletes to coaches, from teams to fans, everyone needs a sense of hope. It gives us the strength to keep going when we feel like giving up. On Sports Spectrum, we’ll take a look at the ultimate hope God has provided in Jesus Christ. Join us as we talk with former LPGA pro Tracy Hanson and Ohio University assistant football coach…

A Time to Mourn

Once again this past weekend, tragedy hit the world of motorsports. On Saturday night, at Beaver Dam Raceway in Wisconsin, sprint car driver Scott Semmelmann was killed when his car made contact with another car during practice and the resulting flipping threw the car into the wall, killing the 47-year-old driver.

This was the second fatality in American motorsports in…