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Overwhelmed

It was a wild and woolly weekend in sports, with an unbelievable amount of top flight sporting events piled one on top of the other. For sports fans who wanted to dine at this smorgasbord, the feast began Thursday night (and continued through Saturday) with the annual NFL draft. On Friday, professional golf took the stage with the World Golf…

The Long Wait

The opening weekend of this year's NASCAR season, on February 21st, superstar driver Kyle Busch was involved in a horrific accident at Daytona that resulted in a broken right leg and a broken left foot. Following multiple surgeries and extended rehab, Busch is anxiously anticipating his return to the track and the sport he loves. But that return will not…

Outmanned

Last Thursday night a truly rare occurrence took place in college basketball—a team finished a game without five players on the court. In soccer, it is not unusual for a team to play a man down because when a player receives a red card they are disqualified for the remainder of the game—and cannot be replaced. Not so in basketball.…

Surviving Life’s Trials

Steve Stricker is one of my favorite golfers, partly because he isn’t a bomber, hitting the ball for miles and miles, and partly because of his calm demeanor. I have constantly heard comments from announcers and PGA players alike as to how respected and liked he is on the tour.

Some years ago, it appeared that Stricker’s career was going…

Surprising Blessings

I grew up (and am still today) a Cleveland Browns fans—which may explain a lot about my emotional state. In any case, as a boy, my favorite player was Hall of Fame wide receiver Paul Warfield. His grace, elegance, speed, and skill on the field demanded double- and sometimes triple-coverage from defenses, creating opportunities for the Browns vaunted running attack.…

Storms and Struggles

When we think of a sport enduring a weather or rain delay, we usually think of baseball game with players and fans alike rushing for cover. Saturday afternoon, however, stormy weather interrupted two games in the upper Midwest involving Big Ten college football teams. For Minnesota, it was a mere nuisance when thunderstorms intruded on their eventual win over San…

Testing Our Faith

The life of an athlete is a life of almost continual testing. At every level of competition, regardless of the sport, an athlete’s conditioning and mental toughness is tested, both on the practice field and in the game. The pro athlete’s position on a squad is tested by the never-ending stream of free agents and draft choices who, by definition,…

Unexpected Struggles

For the Indiana Pacers, this postseason has been marked by a level of struggle that no one expected for the number one seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoffs. For a team that came through the regular season as a bona fide favorite for the NBA crown, the Pacers have faced a remarkable challenge from the Atlanta Hawks—a challenge no…

Lots of Questions

With the long marathon season behind them, the best of Major League Baseball’s teams enter the postseason for what is usually the most exciting baseball of the year. The rest of MLB’s squads go home to consider what went wrong and what needs to be fixed for next year to be better. As the playoffs begin, many questions will be…

The Testing of Our Faith

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In sports, all kinds of tests await you. You can be tested mentally by the challenge of a game that requires significant study (like football); physically by the wear and tear of a long season (like baseball); or emotionally by disappointment in your performance, the performance of teammates, or the attitudes of fans. This emotional testing is especially acute this…