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Damaged goods need a healer

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Sexual Abuse | This week police at the University of Missouri handed over details of a rape case to local police for investigation. Sasha Menu Courey, a member of…

The best leader in sports retires

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Sports | I fell in love with the National Basketball Association in 1995, when the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted a gangly high schooler named Kevin Garnett. From that…

It’s time to put the old dog down

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Sports | When I was 23 my family put our dog Sable to sleep. She was nearly 14 years old, deaf, and could barely walk anymore. I was living away from home at the time,

Chris Kluwe and our rush to judgment

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Sports | Last week, Deadspin published an article by former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe titled “I used to be an NFL player until I was fired by two cowards…

The Peter Principle and the NFL

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Sports | Black Monday is not a big shopping day and it doesn’t refer to a stock market crash. It’s the day after the final day of the National Football League’s…

A new kind of leader in the NBA

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Sports | A decade ago the National Basketball Association’s roster of coaches matched the caliber of the league’s All-Star players: Phil Jackson, Don Nelson, Lenny…

What is a win worth in college football?

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Sports | I went to Wheaton College, a small school in Illinois. It is an NCAA Division III school, which means two things: It cannot offer athletic scholarships and…

All of life is practice

All of life is practice

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Essay | In his best-selling book Outliers , Malcolm Gladwell popularized the “theory of 10,000 hours,” the idea that it takes that much time practicing something to…

Tim Duncan: The fundamental superstar

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Sports | In NBA years Tim Duncan is ancient. At age 37 and in his 17th season he is a basketball geriatric. But my, oh, my, what a 17 seasons those have been. Duncan…

Tradition, progress, and the Baseball Hall of Fame

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Sports | The holiday season is upon us and with it another annual tradition has arrived: baseball’s Hall of Fame debate—although it might be more accurate to call…

How root, root, root for the home team can go wrong, wrong, wrong

How root, root, root for the home team can go wrong, wrong, wrong

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Sports | “Just wait till we kick your [expletive deleted] on Saturday!” These words were brashly proclaimed on Twitter by a Wisconsin Badgers football fan and…

The anti-bullies

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Sports | The proliferation of bullying stories from around the Web is somewhat depressing. You can find them on business and in church ministry sites—and, of course,

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