Tags: spiritual growth

A Giant Leap

With the conclusion of group stage play in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the US Men’s National Team has gone from many, many small steps of progress to a giant leap forward—not only in their place in world football (soccer) but also in a vastly heightened awareness among American sports fans. The USMNT not only…

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Play Ball!

I know, I know . . . it’s still March, and for many sports fans, it’s still all about March Madness. For all you basketball fans, that’s fine, but yesterday and today mark the real start of the new baseball season—and I am far more interested in that! After the long, dark, cold winter, the…

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The Peril of Complacency

As they did in 2005 and 2008, the Boston Red Sox once again will start the new baseball season as the defending champions. Last year’s World Series win for the Sox was the perfect storm for a team that had been worse than bad the previous year—for now they had a new manager who had…

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Still Growing

This past week, as Major League Baseball’s annual award winners were being named, right-handed pitcher Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers won the American League Cy Young Award for the league’s best pitcher. That wasn’t surprising. After all, Scherzer had a career year, starting the season 13-0 and finishing 21-3—easily the best performance of the…

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Moving the Chains

Arguably no other sport has such a tangible way of marking forward progress (or moving in reverse) than football with its first-down chains. Ten yards. That’s the goal. If you make it, the chains move and you continue to try and advance the ball down the field. In doing that, you are accomplishing a number…

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A Break in the Action

The next few days mark the annual All-Star break in Major League Baseball, and, as we discussed last week, it is generally considered to be the unofficial halfway point in the season. In sports publications, on sports cable channels, and on sports talk radio, one of the recurring themes at the break is to pick…

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Praying to Win

We hear it often in post-game interviews in almost every sport. “I was just praying that I’d make that field goal . . . we really needed a win.” Or, “That last pit stop was really crucial . . . I was just praying my guys would get us to the front for this win.”…

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Getting Out of Practice

It was frustrating. I had been playing the best golf of my life, in part due to playing every chance I could get, but then I left on a two-week trip to Malaysia. Since I am no longer 20 years old, and wasn’t exactly the world’s greatest athlete when I was 20, those two weeks…

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Old School

It was interesting last week when I saw a feature on one of the players from Wisconsin who, because he had been struggling with his shooting, had taken to shooting jump shots even when he was shooting free throws. The practice didn’t surprise me as much as the to-do that seemed to be being made…

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Staying On Top

Regardless of the sport, it has long been understood that when a team is on top, they are wearing a target. This has been particularly true in college basketball this year. In fact, last Thursday night, when Illinois upset #1 Indiana, it became the fifth consecutive week when the top team in the nation had…

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