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Upsets

We are now reaching the point in the college basketball season when every win and every loss is magnified by the looming presence of March Madness. Upsets of every stripe set the hoops world abuzz with talk of bubble-busters and bubble-sitters, while “bracketologists” speculate over who will end up where, and what deserving teams will be left out. It is…

The Pressure Mounts

This weekend, the NASCAR season comes to an end. What started in February at Daytona has now wound its way back to Florida for the final race of the season—the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. With the Sprint Cup championship on the line, the pressure will be great, but that is nothing new. Not this year.

With this year’s…

Performing Under Pressure

Saturday night in Anaheim, the Angels were trailing the Chicago White Sox 5-1 in the 8th inning. With what certainly must have felt like a comfortable lead, it would be understandable if the Sox sensed that they were cruising to victory. But then, with the bases loaded, Mike Trout came to the plate. Trout, considered by many baseball analysts as the…

Under Pressure

One of the things that makes sports so riveting to watch is pressure. How people handle pressure can be very revealing—whether it is the relief pitcher coming in with a one run lead and the bases loaded, or the basketball player with two free throws to win the game, or the field goal kicker faced with a 47-yarder for the…

Take A Deep Breath

In the Barclays Premier League, the  long season of England’s top football (soccer) league is winding down. The campaign that began last August and has been waged through the cold winter months has only three games left for league-leading Liverpool Football Club.

For Liverpool FC, one of the world’s most popular football clubs, it has been 24 years since they…

The Pressure of the Postseason Podcast

The pressure to win can be overwhelming during the regular season. But in the postseason, the burden to succeed can be unbearable. On this Sports Spectrum we’ll discuss biblical strategies for dealing with pressure. As we gear up for the World Series, we’ll hear from former big league players Chris Singleton and Scott McGregor as they discuss dealing with stress in both Major…

Postseason Pressure

It has been said that pressure increases proportionally according to how much is at stake. And the ultimate pressure for an NFL player is the Super Bowl—where the championship could hinge on the slightest mistake. This was certainly the case with the Buffalo Bills’ first trip to the big game back in January of 1991. The Bills and their cross-state…

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 postseason gets underway. Other teams,…

Closer

Few positions in sports carry with them as much inherent pressure as being the closer on a Major League baseball team. Whenever the closer takes the mound, they know that the game is in their hands. They are protecting a small lead, and the final outcome is far from settled. That is why the ability to cope with pressure is…

Fourth and Goal

It’s the fourth quarter. The game is tied. You are out of timeouts. It's fourth and goal on your opponent's 12-yard line. This is the time when you have to perform. The game is on the line and this one play will likely determine the outcome of the game. For some quarterbacks, this is the worst possible moment in a…