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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Monday, I had a chance to catch up with former Indianapolis Colts head coach and current NBC Football Night in America NFL analyst, Tony Dungy. To see the interview, click below.

On Saturday night at the Rock and Worship Roadshow, we got a chance to go backstage and interview one of the biggest names in hip-hop, Lecrae Moore. Sure, Lecrae may not be someone we typically feature in Sports Spectrum. He's not an athlete. He's a musician. But he relates to athletics because of hip-hop's influence in the athletic sphere. He recently delivered a message for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and his event manager showed us a number of pictures from a golf round Lecrae played with Bubba Watson, who we featured in our Winter 2012 issue...

Family first. I was sitting at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center listening to NFL alum Freddie Scott speak, when I noticed one of the kids to the left of me. There were 100 kids and 35 parents gathered in the Detention Center’s gymnasium that day, but this kid in particular caught my eye. As he listened to Freddie, elbow on the table, sitting with his fellow detainees, he rested his head on his right hand. Tattooed on his right hand was the word “Family.” Eventually I noticed something else tattooed on his left hand: "First..."

Starting Sunday, Sports Spectrum will have coverage all week from the Super Bowl. We've sent our staff writer, Stephen Copeland, to Indianapolis to cover the week's festivities and events. Steve will be blogging daily about his experiences with exclusive interviews, videos and more. You can also follow Steve on Twitter @Steve_Copeland for live updates.

"He’s blue! He’s blue!” George Briscoe cried, as they wheeled his son, Travis, into the operating room. “In the name of Jesus! In the name of Jesus! In the name of Jesus!” screamed Travis’ mother, Debbie, who was signing documents at the nurse’s desk. Perhaps that’s all you can say when your 16-year-old son is on his deathbed—when a typical Thanksgiving weekend in 2003 is transformed into a traumatizing nightmare—when your son is mistakenly rushed to the operating room without his oxygen tank, his life source. The doctors and nurses quickly retrieved the oxygen tank, which, at the very least, prolonged what little life he had left. “I need to talk to you,” said the anesthesiologist before the surgery...

SS: What's your biggest dream after football? Reggie: I want to be used by God. To bring people into the Kingdom. And I pray more and more every day that God will give me, Sarah, and my children more of a compassion for people. A compassion for one another, a love for Him, and I believe that once He gives us even more love for Him, we'll be more and more compassionate to people. And yet we'll be more determined not only to share the gospel with them, but also to live the gospel out. And to be able to use our time and resources to help people who are in need. SS: How would you like people to remember you in terms of a football player and a person? Reggie: For people to remember my life, Sarah, and me, as people who loved God. I want people to be able to say to my children, "You know that your mom and dad were a woman and a man after God's heart." I want my grandchildren to be able to say that to their children. That's the legacy I want to leave. I want people to say that Reggie and Sarah were a man and woman of God. That would mean more to me than anything...

This year's Power to Win DVD features Colts center Jeff Saturday, Redskins linebacker London Fletcher and former Colts punter Hunter Smith. Hosted by former Saints fullback and current NFL Network Analyst Heath Evans. Order for the big game, or other ministry events. To pre-order, head over to http://www.powertowin.org

On Championship Sunday, both the AFC and NFC title games were marred by mistakes in the final moments. Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff shanked a game-tying field goal against the New England Patriots, and San Francisco 49ers returner Kyle Williams fumbled on the punt return, giving the New York Giants a game-winning field goal. But that's life. We're human. And we mess up. How do you react when you're the one to blame for defeat? How do you respond to God when you lose? Former Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins punter Hunter Smith, who is featured on this year's Power To Win DVD, dropped the snap on a game-tying extra point, which ended up being the last play of his otherwise successful career. But as a Christian, he used the moment of blame, shame and defeat to lead people to the Cross. It was drizzling rain at Washington’s Fed Ex Field on Dec. 12, 2010, and seven seconds remained on the clock...

John Harbaugh and his Baltimore Ravens will take on the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The Ravens finished 12-4 in the regular season and 8-0 at home to win the AFC North. Harbaugh was featured in the Fall 2010 issue of Sports Spectrum. The “Hello Kitty” poster was the first clue: Something was amiss. This couldn’t actually be the office of an NFL head coach, could it? Where were the pithy motivational placards about success, endurance and teamwork? Where were the ostentatious odes to football or the coach’s own achievements? And how did this girly paraphernalia make it past security? This is, after all, the NFL, which has annals filled with stories of blustering men who rule football fiefdoms like medieval lords and treat their serfs accordingly...

At 36-years-old, Meb Keflezighi won the Olympic marathon trials last weekend. Keflezighi's story below was featured in the Winter 2010 issue of Sports Spectrum. Nearly two years ago Meb Keflezighi couldn’t walk. Even moving around in his bed required help from loved ones. His predicament was the result of a fractured hip he incurred Nov. 3, 2007, at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in New York City...

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