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It’s Game Time

Okay, for all of you NFL fans who have been holding your breath since the Super Bowl, you can now exhale. The 2013 season is officially underway with last night’s game between the defending champion Ravens and the Broncos. While all NFL fans have been anticipating the start of the campaign, that anticipation must be…

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Setting a Course For Success

This weekend marks the close of the first week of the Major League Baseball season, but it is not only the end of the first week—it is the beginning of the long, long journey for which teams have been preparing all winter long. This is particularly true of teams in the American League East. Arguably…

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Preparing for Game Time

Top athletes do an awful lot in preparation for their games or seasons, and these activities fall into several different categories. First, of course, is conditioning. Top athletes get their bodies ready for action through training, exercise, and all those hours of hard work that fans never see and sometimes never even know about. Beyond…

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Life’s Training Grounds

Each sport has a different name for it. In football, it is the practice field. In soccer, it is the training ground. In baseball, it might be the batting cage. In golf, it is the driving range and the practice green. As someone who loves to play golf, I can tell you that it is…

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Ready for Trouble

NASCAR racing at Talladega is never uneventful, often featuring multicar pileups at 190+ miles per hour, with plenty of raw nerves, bent sheet metal, and exposed tempers along the way. Saturday’s Nationwide race was no exception, but the dangers were unusually high—even for Talladega. In the closing laps, a massive crash in Turn 3 collected…

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The Priority of Preparation

This month we have been looking at elements of baseball that can wonderfully picture elements of the life of the Christ-follower. Today is no exception as we have been looking at how to build for success—and much of that building is rooted in wise preparation. In the major leagues, this process of preparation is both…

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Game Planning

Perhaps no other sport spends as much time preparing for any particular game as does the National Football League. It is called “game planning,” and no detail is left unconsidered as teams prepare to go to battle throughout the season. However, there may be no game planning for any game that is more intense than the…

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The Importance of Preparation

In a matter of days, baseball training camps will open in Florida and Arizona. Teams will play 30+ exhibition games to get ready for the long season ahead, but isn’t that overkill? These guys have been playing baseball their entire lives. How hard can it be for them to get ready for yet another year…

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Know Your Opponent

This Sunday is one of the best days of NFL football for the entire year—with the four best teams squaring off for a chance to compete in the Super Bowl. Chinese philosopher and general Sun Tzu wrote, “If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.” Knowingly or unknowingly,…

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The Danger of Living in the Past

Major League Baseball old-timer games used to be all the rage, but when I have attended these old-timer affairs, they had a level of sadness about them—like the Olympic gymnast who by age 14 has done the most important thing they will ever do. It is sad to see people who seem to be living…

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