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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

By Barnabas Piper
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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

By Barnabas Piper
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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

By Barnabas Piper
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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…

Considering the fairness factor in the NBA’s age limit

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Sports | As another NBA draft approaches, the discussion turns once again to the league’s age limit. This year’s draft will be stocked with players who spent only…

When greatness gets old

By Barnabas Piper
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Sports | Gregg Popovich has won more than 900 games as the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs. He has the longest tenure of any NBA head coach, 18 years, establishing…

The lost mission of the NCAA

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Sports | “The NCAA was founded in 1906 to protect young people from the dangerous and exploitive athletics practices of the time. Today, student-athlete health,

When false narratives fly

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Sports | DeSean Jackson is an explosive wide receiver known for big plays and blazing speed. Last season was the best of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles: He…

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