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All Because of Jesus

Baseball is a team game, requiring the successful coordination of players with distinctive roles. Each of the 9 defensive positions on the field demands a particular skillset, which usually means that if you are good at one position, you will probably struggle at several others. On May 13, 2008, however, Florida State University baseball player…

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Group of Death

Fans of 32 nations around the world watched with anticipation last Friday as the draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup took place. This random draw distributes the 32 national teams into 8 groups of four, which will play down to the final 16 teams in the competition next summer in Brazil. In every soccer…

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The End of the Journey

Tonight, the college basketball season will come to an end. In the Final Four, Michigan survived a scare from Syracuse and Louisville barely escaped being shocked by the Wichita State Shockers. Now the Wolverines and Cardinals will face off in the Georgia Dome for the national championship—and for both teams, it is the end of…

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Impressive

I am not much of an NBA fan, but I have to say it has been hard to not get caught up in the two recent winning streaks in the NBA. The Miami Heat have now established the second-longest winning streak in NBA history. They have eclipsed the previous second-longest of 22 games by reaching…

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Level Ground

And now the field is set for the Big Dance—college basketball’s championship tournament. And, in a sense, all of the teams have one thing in common. They all start the tournament on level ground. There are no more wins or losses. RPIs are out the window. Records are now moot. Everyone has the same thing—the…

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A Wonderful Story

As the National Football League moves into its postseason playoffs, this first week of the New Year is a good time to reflect on the season just past. It was marked by the frustrations of the referee lockout, the return of Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson, and the brilliance of rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert…

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The Greatest Gift

As a kid growing up, I was one child in a very large family. This meant that, of necessity, Christmas giving was sometimes a little bit thin. One year, I got a dictionary. Another year, I got clothes. As a child, it was sometimes hard for me to get excited about Christmas presents like that,…

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Backup Plans

The National Football League is at its core a quarterback-driven league. Yet there is only a small handful of elite quarterbacks—Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees—at the top of that list. In the past few weeks, however, one of the biggest stories in the NFL has not been about elite quarterbacks but about…

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Need for Decision

It was amazing how, in the wake of the destruction of super-storm Sandy, so much scrutiny and focus was given to the decision regarding whether or not the New York Marathon would be run. While NBA and NFL games went on unquestioned, the appropriateness of running the Marathon was being argued in the media. Why…

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Switching Sides

Last Thursday morning, NBA fans woke up to the shocking news that Phoenix Sun point guard and longtime Laker tormenter Steve Nash had switched sides—having requested and secured a trade to the Los Angeles team known as “Showtime.” Nash himself had long maintained that if he ever left the Suns it would not be to…

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