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In The News: Albert Pujols

The invitation came in the mail one day, and 24-year-old Shawn Hoskin was all aflutter for weeks. He had been invited to the Pujols Family Foundation’s annual autumn prom, the jackpot of all invitations.

Every October the Pujols Family Foundation – the charitable organization established by St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols and his wife Deidre in 2005 – holds the prom for teenagers and young adults with Down syndrome. Albert and Deidre have a daughter, Isabella, with Down syndrome, and they wanted to use their resources to make a difference in the lives of others with the same condition – like Shawn.

In the days leading up to the event, Shawn got more and more excited. It was all he talked about to his parents. The day of the prom came, and Shawn got a shoe shine, a haircut and a bow tie. His father Ron chauffeured him to the prom in the family Cadillac, used only on special occasions. Then Shawn abandoned his dad in favor of the dance floor, but Ron didn’t mind a bit… Continue reading

Another Angle: My first rodeo

Last Friday, my colleague Aaron May and I had the opportunity to report on (and attend) our first rodeo. Let’s just say, as the night unraveled, my eyes were opened to, what I believe, is a hidden American gem and masculine masterpiece called bull riding… Continue reading

Forgetting the Past

“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” Philippians 3:13 Most of us have played sports at an organized or competitive level. We learn that you have to adjust and move on when you perform poorly. If you think too much about what went wrong it affects the rest of your game. I believe it is similar in our Christian life. We make a bad choice, a decision that is not pleasing to God. Our choice and the circumstances surrounding it bring us sorrow and grief. We tend to dwell on the results. We continue to think on and ponder over our past mistake(s), “What got me into this bad situation?” When we do this, its holds us back from glorifying God, continuing in His ways, will and desire for us. Read More

SPORTS YAPP: Week 3 Recap and Week 4 Fantasy Predictions

Most Impressive Performance: Wes Welker had a monster day that will be tough to beat by anyone this year. His stat line was: 16 receptions for 217 yards and two touchdowns. He single handily won fantasy matchups for owners.

Bandwagon Riding: Torrey Smith (WR) made a splash on Sunday for the Ravens. The rookie scored three touchdowns, and I think he will continue to be a deep threat all year long for Joe Flacco. He is a great compliment to Anquan Boldin.

Bandwagon Jumping: Mike Tolbert is losing carries and potential impact in the Chargers offense. He looked really strong the first week, but now Ryan Matthews is the running back you want to own in San Diego. Continue reading

Old School – Top 10 Contenders to the BCS Title Week 4

Last week we talked about the BCS process and I said we would talk about the corruption of the entire process. Well, you’re gonna have to wait one more week.

Last night I had a chance to attend my first rodeo. PBR had a faith night here in Charlotte, and fellow Sports Spectrum staff writer Stephen Copeland and I had a chance to attend the bull riding competitions, get some pictures, and take a little video.They had a worship band play for faith night and a really cool gospel presentation that involved the training of a wild horse. It was a lot of fun an we should have a write up sometime next week, but until then, here’s a picture of a guy getting thrown off of a bull…

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