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Imparting Wisdom

Two of my favorite baseball movies are “The Natural” and “Field of Dreams,” and the two films share a common theme—that, to some extent, baseball is about fathers and sons. In “The Natural,” Roy Hobbs is taught the game as a boy by his father, who then dies prematurely. When Roy reaches big league success, he laments that his father is…

Choices and Consequences

I am just enough of a football nerd that I love watching the NFL Draft. Last week was no exception. Teams made their picks, and I anticipated what the Browns might do to try and take another step forward next year. But, through it all, there was a sad, continuous theme. Repeatedly, players with the talent to be taken in…

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 and their pre-race strategies. Naturally,…

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 are at the same time…

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 always a head coach, however,…

Being a Wise Sports Parent Podcast

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 also hear from former LPGA golfer,…

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 of the final roster spots…

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 to deal with the pressures…

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 as the games themselves.

At…

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 into uncharted territory.

Patrick Reed…