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On the seesaw of games and life

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Sports | It was disorienting when I heard the news last week about Chris Bosh, the star center for the Miami Heat, who is out for the rest of the season with blood…

‘I’m in the best shape of my life’

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Faith & Inspiration | Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, baseball fans: “I’m in the best shape of my life.” It’s that wonderful time of year when major leaguers…

Our response to public failure

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Culture | Fallenness is in the news every day. In this space I have addressed Joe Paterno, Adrian Peterson, Aaron Hernandez, Bill Belichick, Ray Rice, Johnny Manziel,

Johnny Manziel and the need for change

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Sports | I love Johnny Manziel. I loved him when he burst onto the scene at Texas A&M as a redshirt freshman. I loved his heroics, his swagger, and the wild…

Don’t be blinded by the spectacle

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Sports | We all know that “the big game” is on Sunday, Super Bowl Sunday, that is. And how could we have missed it with all the hype and controversy? It started…

In defense of villains

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Sports | The New York Yankees are the bullies of baseball, always buying other teams’ players and the wins that go with them. The Oakland Raiders are (or were) every…

What sports teach us about perspective

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Sports | Ohio State third-string quarterback Cardale Jones led the Buckeyes to the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship Monday night against an…

Rick Carlisle’s winning combination

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Sports | David Thorpe, an NBA analyst for ESPN, recently tweeted, “One of Rick Carlisle’s best attributes is his intense belief that he can get more from a player…

New Year’s resolutions for sports fans

New Year’s resolutions for sports fans

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Sports | Most of us make New Year’s resolutions about our budgets, waistlines, relationships, or jobs. We commit to a Bible reading plan or just to read more in…

The most significant sports stories of 2014

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Sports | The past year provided several seminal sports stories. There were remarkable performances by athletes and teams, but what marked 2014 was the significance of…

A better way than enjoying failure

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Sports | One of the weirdest and most unpleasant aspects of sports is a fan’s intense desire for opponents to fail. I have certainly been party to this sentiment,

Athletes and influence

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Sports | “I’m not a role model. … Just because I can dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” Charles Barkley, known for his bluntness and…

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