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Sounds Of Conflict

In spite of the frigid temperatures that stretched all the way into Florida, the NASCAR season began this past week—and it was marked by lots of sounds. Of course, there was the sound of the 900+ horsepower engines roaring to life. There was also the sound of drivers and crew chiefs describing their off-season activities…

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Wanting To Hit Back

We’ve all seen it—an NBA forward takes a hard foul, and gets up swinging his fists. A pitcher throws at a hitter’s head, and both benches clear for an on-field shoving match. Hockey players drop their gloves and start going at each other. The intensity of emotions that are stirred in the midst of competition…

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A Winning Game Plan

Welcome to 2015—a new year that will undoubtedly be filled with new opportunities and new challenges. New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick is considered one of the greatest head coaches of his generation, with multiple Super Bowl trophies and, perennially, one of the most dominant teams in the National Football League. He was not…

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Being a Wise Sports Parent Podcast

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If you have children or even grandchildren involved in competitive sports, you know the joys, the pressures, and the impact it can have on the entire family. On Sports Spectrum we’ll be discussing what it means to be a wise sports parent. Former college coach and now pastor Scott Kessler will be joining in the discussion, and we’ll…

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Decision Time

With Sunday night’s preseason NFL game between Cincinnati and Arizona in the books, it is time for NFL coaches to start making some decisions. Yes, there is one more weekend of the exhibition season, but few if any starters will see action in the last round of games. This weekend’s contests are about securing one…

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Pick Your Battles

Baseball managers must also be amateur psychologists sometimes. When a player is under-performing, they have to try and understand why. Is it because of a physical problem, perhaps an unreported injury? A personality conflict in the clubhouse? Problems at home? Lack of confidence due to a long-running slump? Distractions from a contract dispute? An inability…

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Significant Preparation

With the completion of last night’s Super Bowl in New York/New Jersey, the nation can now catch its collective breath and move forward from football—but not really. The National Football League has developed itself into a 12-month-a-year reality. Upcoming rookie combines lead to the draft—which, for many teams and fans, has become almost as important…

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Uncharted Territory

The PGA Tour was in La Quinta, California, this past weekend for the playing of the Humana Challenge Golf Tournament. The tournament, historically linked with Bob Hope, marked the tour’s return to the mainland after two weeks in Hawaii. This year, however, something special was going on as a relatively unknown golfer blazed his way…

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Reaching Goals

In the NFL, as in all sports, everyone sets goals. For some teams, it is to have a winning record. For others, to make the playoffs. For the elite teams, they start off the year determined to win the Super Bowl. Setting goals is an important in professional sports, but, in some ways, that is…

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Leaving the Past Behind

One of the toughest things for professional athletes is moving beyond the game when it is time to retire. Sometimes this causes them to try and hang on long after their abilities have faded. Sometimes it causes them to live in the memories of past achievements and past glories. Sometimes it causes them to allow…

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