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Monthly Archives: January 2012

There was a time when Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell used to sink in adversity. Literally. Caldwell was five years old when he, his six-year-old sister and his four-year-old brother convinced their mother to take them to the “Big Pool,” a neighborhood pool in Rockford, Ill., with a deep end, shallow end, high dive, low dive and even a slide (probably a little better than their inflatable pool in the back yard). “We told her we’d stay in the shallow end, so we did,” Caldwell remembers. “But I was a pretty adventurous kid..."

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Mother Nature doesn’t want me to work at Sports Spectrum. All I wanted was snow for the holidays. And, well, she gave it to me—just not when I wanted it...

With the recent success that Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos have had since Tebow took over as the starting quarterback eight weeks ago (he has gone 7-1 as a starter after people in the media said he couldn’t play in the NFL), several questions have arisen among believers as well as non-believers. They are: Is God showing favor on Tim Tebow or the Broncos? And does God care about the outcomes of sporting events, and in particular NFL games, or does He choose one team over the other? This topic has multiple levels of discussion, but below are a few. However, before we tackle (no pun intended) these topics, let’s remember this: We let God’s Word form our opinion and our theology. We don’t find Scripture to support our opinion or our view just because we believe it (which, in essence, would be man-made theology)...

Picks: Atlanta wins on the road against the New York Giants because their offense will play a little bit better down the stretch. Denver upsets Pittsburgh because the Broncos are dealing with fewer injuries, and they are playing with less pressure to win.

Jen Floyd Engel of foxsports.com writes that John Fox should have faith in Tim Tebow. She even starts the article out with a quote from C.S. Lewis. Engel says that Fox's play calling was so conservative in the Broncos loss to Kansas City, it showed that Fox has zero faith in Tim Tebow. In order for Denver to have a chance against the Steelers this weekend, Fox must show faith in Tebow.

In what ESPN and other press members deemed "Black Monday" (at least they didn't call it Fire-gate or something like that) two NFL coaches got the pink slip and one father and son dynamic duo were booted off of the ranch on Monday. Head coach Steve Spagnuolo and along with GM Billy Devaney were fired from the St. Louis Rams (2-14) and Raheem Morris was fired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12) after ending the season on a ten-game losing streak, who just one year ago coached the team to a 10 win season. In Indianapolis, a 14-year run ended for Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian. Bill and his son, Chris Polian, Vice President and General Manager, were let go by Colts owner Jim Irsay, who declared that it was time for a new direction in Indy.

Tim Tebow responded to Jake Plummer's comments on his faith on ESPN's popular show First Take. Tebow: "I respect Jake's opinion, and I really appreciate his compliment of calling me a winner. But I feel like anytime I get the opportunity to give the Lord some praise, he is due for it." Here's what Plummer said the day before on a sports talk radio show: "I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ, then I think I'll like him a little better. I don't hate him because of that, I just would rather not have to hear that every single time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff."

He went north. I went south. Walking across the floor at the iconic Hinkle Fieldhouse, the sun beaming through those trademark fieldhouse windows, it hit me that never had I been this inspired after an interview. I’d been inspired a lot, but this interview was special...

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