Faceoff – Learning from the Jim Tressel/Ohio St. Scandal

Tom Krattenmaker and Matt Dunn give their take on the Jim Tressel and Ohio St. scandal.

Would you feel the pressure to cheat or bend the rules as a head coach in college football? Tom Krattenmaker believes he would if he was subject to the same intense pressures, byzantine rules and tantalizing rewards…

Matt Dunn argues that when Christians elevate a football coach to be more of a preacher of the gospel, not only is it unfair to the coach (in this case Jim Tressel) but it is a disservice to the body of Christ… Continue reading

Do-or-Die – Colossians 2:4-5

During this year’s men’s NCAA basketball tournament, I heard an interesting argument re- garding Butler’s postseason success. Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star columnist, said one of the keys to their success is their conference, the Horizon League, a conference that most likely won’t get any at-large bids and therefore must be won to advance to the Big Dance. Every game was a “must win” game and significantly affected Butler’s hopes of making the tournament. That’s why, when Butler did make the tournament, the players’ attitudes didn’t change. They’d been playing “do-or-die” all year… Continue reading

Diligence – 2 Peter 3:14

On September 19, 1985, the Chicago Bears played at the Minnesota Vikings in a Thursday night football game.

The Bears offense was struggling until half-time when Coach Mike Ditka changed quarterbacks and brought in Jim McMahon in the second half. In his first series of plays, he called for a play-action pass.

He faked a hand-off to Walter Payton (“Sweetness”) and dropped back to pass. As he was searching for a receiver, a Minnesota linebacker came charging through a gap in the pocket, intent on sacking McMahon.

“Sweetness” promptly moved into position and stuck the linebacker with a bone-jarring block… Continue reading

The Prayers of the Righteous

“The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.” Proverbs 15:29 In a devotional on June 13 I wrote about the power of prayer and the importance of prayer. I asked those reading the devotional to pray for me and for Sports Spectrum. We really needed it that day. I had actually written the devotional about five months earlier. What amazed me was all of the things that happened for it to be placed on that particular day. Managing Editor Brett Honeycutt had placed the devotional on June 13 way back in February just before we went to print. On June 10, a few days before most of you read the devotional, a meeting was scheduled that was going to be a tough meeting. On June 13, I was out of town for this meeting, picked up my Blackberry around 5:45 a.m., and began Read More

Wells Thompson – So Much Bigger Than Soccer

On a cold night last November, Colorado Rapids midfielder, Wells Thompson, ended the 2010 MLS season on his knees after a hard fought battle between Colorado and FC Dallas for the MLS Cup.

When the final whistle blew, the Colorado Rapids were named the MLS Champions with a 2-1 victory.

That’s when Thompson dropped to his knees and thanked God.

“I was thanking God for everything, because without Him none of this would have happened, and without Him none of us would be here,” says the 27-year-old Thompson… Continue reading

Airing it Out — The Whole Story

It was a great story and most of the major print media outlets like ESPN.com, the Associated Press, The New York Times, L.A. Times and Yahoo Sports picked it up and wrote about it. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and his new bride, Ellen, went to Zambia on a goodwill trip to help orphans by building a schoolhouse and providing education for them… Continue reading

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