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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Pressure of the Postseason Podcast

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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…

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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….

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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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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…

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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…

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Seasons of Transition

This past Friday, Liverpool Football Club, part of the English Premier League, introduced Brendan Rodgers as the replacement for Kenny Dalglish, who had recently been sacked as manager of the club. Dalglish is a hero at LFC, and it is not going to be easy for the 39-year-old Rodgers to replace a man who is…

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Stepping Up

Sometimes, as an athlete, you are thrust into a trying moment of challenge that comes at you unexpectedly—and you are expected to perform at a high level anyway. Such was the case this past Saturday for Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones. Jones, an Australian international, was the third-string keeper for the Reds one month ago, but…

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