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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Testing of Our Faith

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…

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Shock and Awe

Last Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Daytona was expected to be an exciting, action-filled launch to the 2013 NASCAR season, and it lived up to that expectation—until the final lap. Trying for the win, Regan Smith moved to block Brad Keselowski and set off a chain-reaction that crashed out what was left of the…

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Home Run Derby

Tonight, in America’s heartland, some of Major League Baseball’s top sluggers will gather in a spectacle of oohs and aahs known as the home run derby. This is not about winning the World Series or making the playoffs or even advancing your team in the standings. It is completely about one thing—having fun. These sluggers…

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Character and Trials

With NFL training camps underway, some of the best athletes in the USA are being tested in every area of their lives. When we think of training camps, we usually think (appropriately) of the physical tests athletes will endure. Lifting weights, conditioning exercises, grueling drills, hours and hours in the hot summer sun. All those…

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Hard to Forget

Memorial Day weekend is, by definition, a time for remembering—remembering sacrifice, service, and devotion. For the fans gathered at the Brickyard for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 yesterday, it was not just about remembering. Actually there was something pretty hard to forget. No one watching last year’s 500 would forget the last-lap pass…

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