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Lessons learned from LeBron

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Sports | By now you’ve all heard that the biggest star in the NBA—and one of the biggest stars in all of sports—made an unprecedented announcement last Friday:

Seeking perfect moderation as a fan

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Sports | If LeBron James leaves the Miami Heat, his teammate Dwyane Wade and Heat president Pat Riley will be devastated. But if he spurns the Cleveland Cavaliers he…

Celebrate freely today

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Sports | Earlier this week I was listening to a podcast hosted by Bill Simmons, who was talking to Fox soccer commentator Rob Stone about the U.S. men’s national…

From off-season optimism to playing the game

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Sports | Only one pro sports league is in season now, but somehow it’s one of the busiest, most exciting times of the year for sports fans. The NFL draft was a…

Why we love athletes like Tony Gwynn so much

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Sports | What makes us have affections for athletes? We don’t know them. We’ve never even met them. So it’s not a personal connection. But it feels personal,

The religion of sports

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Sports | This week I had a chance to go to a baseball game in Baltimore with a couple of coworkers. Camden Yards is one of my favorite places to watch a game, so I was…

Degrees of courage

Degrees of courage

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Sports | The sports announcer gushes into the microphone, “What a courageous performance!” He and his colleague in the TV booth then proceed to extol the athlete…

Lead with your work, not your mouth

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Sports | Here’s advice every athlete should heed: “Let your play speak for itself.” Instead, Richard Sherman, the outspoken cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks,

Churches should stay away from the MLB way

Churches should stay away from the MLB way

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Sports | A couple weeks ago one of my favorite podcasts, Gleeman and the Geek, disappeared from iTunes. But within a day or two it was back, with hosts Aaron Gleeman…

Rooting against your rival

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Sports | Earlier this spring, Jared Allen, one of the better pass rushers in the NFL and a longtime Minnesota Viking, signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bears. If…

Does religion belong in the locker room?

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Sports | USA Today basketball writer Sam Amick recently wrote a good, objective article about the effect of overt religion on NBA teams, sharing stories of how coaches…

Punishing Donald Sterling doesn’t fix the problem

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Sports | On Tuesday, one of the most significant moments in recent NBA history took place. League Commissioner Adam Silver levied a lifetime ban on Los Angeles…

 
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