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Sacrifice That Matters

As the baseball season really cranks up, I find myself thinking about baseball terminology. It is interesting to me that a seriously strategic baseball term is the word sacrifice. In trying to manufacture runs, sacrificing can be critical to success—whether it is a sacrifice bunt to move a runner into scoring position or a sacrifice fly that scores a runner from…

The Not-So-Final Four

This is Final Four weekend for men’s college basketball, and the eyes of the sporting world will be fixed on Indianapolis where, beginning tomorrow night, the four surviving squads will fight it out for the national championship. It is always an exciting weekend of basketball that people will talk about for days and weeks to come—whether their team wins or…

Defining Moments

When I think about the Big Dance, my mind goes back to two defining moments from NCAA Tournaments past—and both are rooted in North Carolina schools. The first was in 1983, when Jim Valvano’s NC State Wolfpack stunned the basketball world by upsetting the top-seeded University of Houston (Phi Slamma Jamma) 54-52 on a last second dunk by Lorenzo Charles…

Many Ways… One Way

As I am writing this article, I am with my wife, Marlene, in England where we had a Bible conference in Liverpool this past weekend. As Marlene and I explored the city a little bit, I saw a shop for football gear. Not American football, but world football (soccer). Not far from there was another shop featuring rugby gear which is…

What’s In A Name?

I recently saw an article about a young LPGA golfer named Brooke Pancake—an unusual name to say the least. What made the article so interesting to me was that it told of her signing a new sponsorship agreement—with the Waffle House restaurant chain! One Waffle House representative said that it would be the first time that “Waffle Nation” had ever…

Invictus          

I love sports, and I love sports movies (“Remember the Titans,” “Miracle,” “The Natural,” “We Are Marshall” to name a few), so I was excited to grab the DVD of “Invictus” and watch it again.

The movie shows some of the struggle in South Africa to overcome apartheid, and the role sport played in helping the nation heal the wounds…

Historic Venue

This past weekend, NASCAR made its once-a-year visit to the most famous and historic race track in the world—the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The site of the legendary pagoda tower overseeing the 2.5 mile oval is one that stirs the hearts of racers and race fans alike. Like Yankee Stadium in baseball, Anfield Stadium in English football, Madison Square Garden in…

The Importance Of Recognition

Last week, NFL training camps got into full swing and that meant that rookies—especially rookie quarterbacks—were drinking from a fire hose. For rookies (and players who have switched teams), there is an enormous amount of playbook information to process. There is a huge amount of vocabulary and terminology to learn. And, for quarterbacks, there is a necessary skill that must…

Ageless Wonder

Beginning tomorrow, the world’s greatest golfers will assemble at Royal Liverpool Golf Club for golf’s oldest major, The Open Championship. American Phil Mickelson will be defending the Claret Jug that he won last year at Muirfield, making him but one of the previous winners to be part of the field. Among those previous winners will be Tom Watson, who has…

The Global Game

Yesterday, the world’s greatest sporting spectacle, the World Cup, came to a conclusion with the final match being played at the Estadio de Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. What began with 32 teams from across the globe was settled with Germany defeating Argentina for the Cup. The 2014 edition has been widely praised as one of the most exciting World…