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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Baseball fans rejoice, the World Series is here. The St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers hit their way through the playoffs and will collide in a best of seven series starting tonight at 8:05 p.m. Here's our preview of the 107th World Series...

WNBA Rookie of the Year Maya Moore helped lead the Minnesota Lynx to its first franchise championship on Oct. 7 when they completed a 3-0 sweep against the Atlanta Dream. Maya was featured in the latest issue of Sports Spectrum. To order the issue click here or call 704-821-2971. When the WNBA’s latest sensation signs an autograph, she includes a reference from Paul’s letter to the Colossians: “Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (Colossians 3:23, New Living Translation) For her teammates on the Minnesota Lynx, that verse summarizes the essence of rookie forward Maya Moore, the four-time All American at Connecticut and the top overall selection in April’s WNBA draft...

“I am sending him back. You therefore receive him, that is, my own heart, whom I wished to keep with me, that on your behalf he might minis- ter to me in my chains for the gospel. But without your consent I wanted to do nothing, that your good deed might not be by compulsion, as it were, but voluntary.” Philemon 12-14

1. Green Bay Packers- Aaron Rodgers puts on a show every week. It's not unrealistic to wonder if they can go undefeated. 2. Detroit Lions- They probably should have held on to the lead against the 49ers, but one loss may be beneficial for them. They were starting to get a lot of attention, and this loss can be a mini wake up call. 3. New Orleans Saints- Drew Brees has been such a clutch quarterback in New Orleans, but he was the opposite of that down the stretch against the Bucs. No need to panic, but it was surprising. 4. Buffalo Bills- Ryan Fitzpatrick took the blame for the loss to the Giants...

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” Hebrews 13:5

Each week, Sports Spectrum staff writers Aaron May, Bryce Johnson, Stephen Copeland, Managing Editor Brett Honeycutt and Vice President of U.S. Sports Ryan DiNunzio will make their NFL picks. Email your weekly picks to sportsspectrumpicks@yahoo.com and compete against our staff for a chance to win SS prizes...

“The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior.” Proverbs 1:1-3

Lance Berkman has carved out a rather formidable reputation as an unstressed, underdressed Texan, an ultra-loose character, a chortling clubhouse comedian who isn’t afraid to take his act on the field. There are at least three recorded incidents in which the Houston Astros’ five-time All-Star has impersonated a mascot—including the time when, rehabbing an injury in Triple-A while on the disabled list, he went into the opposing team’s clubhouse, jumped into the River Rat outfit and was seen dancing in his own team’s dugout. He also has frolicked with a mascot (the Phillie Phanatic)—trumping it up into a Wrestlemania spectacle by pretending to be floored by a forearm shiver—and taken batting practice while wearing a sumo-wrestler costume. Then there was the time at Wrigley Field when the Bleacher Bums in left field were riding him about his physique, calling him “Fat Elvis” and some other unprintable names. One of them was shaking a pack of Twinkies, so Berkman motioned for the fan to toss it to him. Berkman retrieved the Twinkies, ate one and stuffed the other one in his back pocket, sending the Bums into hysterics...

Now, a couple of weeks ago I concluded that corruption is the reason we don’t have a college football playoff. In the current system, we determine a national championship game by a mix of human polls and computers, all of which have conference alignment and personal bias in the mix. (After all, the computer formula is formed by a human). And a lot of these guys who vote in the polls admit they don’t see all of the games, which is why the AP Poll pulled themselves out of the process in 2005. It’s pretty insane that we determine who’s in the national championship game by opinion, when there is plenty of opportunity to let it be settled on the field...

“Being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience. “ Colossians 1:11

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