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Walking by Faith

When the Cleveland Browns opened their 2014 NFL season, they did so with a new head coach—Mike Pettine. In fact, they started this campaign with their third new head coach in the last three years. While that kind of instability can produce plenty of uncertainty and a sense of organizational disorientation, it also forces the…

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A Glimmer of Hope

Where we live in West Michigan, it has been an unusually brutal winter. At this writing, we are approaching 100 inches of snow for the year, and we’ve had two bouts with polar vortex conditions that have produced sub-zero temperatures and high winds. To say it has been bleak would be putting it mildly. Then,…

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Rise And Fall

It has not exactly been the season the Atlanta Falcons had hoped for. For years a middle-of-the-pack to poor team, the last few years have seen the Falcons rise to a level of one of the NFC’s elite. Now, with their loss last Thursday night to their rival New Orleans Saints, Atlanta has dropped to…

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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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Practicing Everyday Faithfulness

With the opening of NFL training camps just days away, preparation for the preseason schedule, as well as the 2013 NFL season itself, is about to fully get underway. And with the selection of offensive tackles (Eric Fisher by the Chiefs and Luke Joeckel by the Jaguars) with the first two picks in April’s NFL…

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Of Davids and Goliaths

Gonzaga #1. If there is any justice in the world, that will be the headline when the new weekly AP college basketball poll is released this afternoon. Last week, as the Goliaths of college basketball—Indiana, Florida, Duke, Michigan—all fell, it was a historic week. Not only because all four of these teams, projected as top…

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Perseverance and Prayer

In a matter of days, major league baseball spring training camps will begin springing to life. Pitchers and catchers will report first, of course, followed by the position players and, with that, the marathon begins. No other sport anywhere in the world plays as many games over as long a period of time as the…

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Breaking the Logjam

Last week, the annual Major League Baseball owners’ meetings took place, and everyone expected lots of wheeling and dealing. But the expected flood of player movement was not happening—it was more like a trickle. Analysts maintained that the logjam was created by the two top free-agent players, pitcher Zack Greinke and outfielder Josh Hamilton. Once they…

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What’s Next?

As the calendar turned to October, the quality of games in college football ramped up dramatically. This past Saturday, there were numerous matchups of great significance—and with even more significant results. Florida upset #4 LSU, West Virginia beat Texas, and, in the day’s biggest upset, North Carolina State toppled #3 Florida State. It was a…

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Finally!

Tomorrow night, at long last, college football returns. I love the NFL, but college football is just special—and this weekend boasts a great slate of games to kick off the 2012 campaign. On Friday night, Michigan State hosts Boise State in what should be a cracking game. Saturday night, two preseason top 10 teams, Alabama…

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