March Madness Blog – Sweet 16 Thursday night games

Considering the madness that has happened in the NFL with Peyton Manning, Sean Payton, and Tim Tebow, it seems like the NCAA tournament has been a little overlooked. But hype or no hype, it’s here, and it should be good. We still have the heavyweights (Syracuse, UNC, Kentucky) and we still have some underdogs (NC State, Ohio, Xavier) which always gives us good storylines and teams to root for. Let’s get to the action… Continue reading

Around the Net – Tim Tebow to New York, Christians in the NCAA Tournament

Tebowmania in New York

Last night, the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets finalized a trade to send Tim Tebow, and subsequent Tebowmania, to New York….

Now with the Jets, Jeff Darlington of writes that Tebow has the biggest platform in America, New York City…

Ohio State’s Aaron Craft

The Ohio State Bukeyes play the Cincinnati Bearcats tonight in the Sweet 16, but for the Buckeyes Aaron Craft, basketball is only a part of who he is.

“I choose to be a Christian, a student and then an athlete,” Craft said. (

Craft is involved in Athletes in Action at Ohio State, attending bible studies and weekly meetings…

Louisville’s Peyton Siva

“Stop being selfish,” Siva said to his dad.
“He saved my life,” Peyton Siva Sr. said.
(Seattle Times)

Louisville and Michigan State play tonight in the Sweet 16 but Cardinals point guard Peyton Siva’s biggest assist in life was to his dad; who was contemplating ending his life before Peyton Jr. boldly said those words…

Christian Athletes in the Headlines:

Namath on Jets trading for Tebow: ‘I think it’s just a publicity stunt’ (

Tim Tebow and the Jets: What could possibly go wrong? (Washington Post)

Tim Tebow: King of New York? (

Drew Brees is befuddled, wants an explanation for Payton’s suspension (Yahoo Sports) Continue reading

SPORTS YAPP Episode #36 – Peyton Manning a Bronco, #FreeTebow, and March Madness


Today on the show:

Greg Arnold returns to the show to join Bryce and Aaron to talk NFL and March Madness.

- We yapp about Peyton going to the Broncos.

- Where will Tebow end up? (Breaking: Tebow to the New York Jets)

- Bryce explains why Duke lost.

- UNC PG Kendall Marshall has a broken wrist, will he play and will it dash North Carolina’s championship hopes?

- We make our Final Four predictions.

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Coming this week: Sports Spectrum’s 2012 MLB Preview DigiMag

Sports Spectrum managing editor Brett Honeycutt and staff writer Aaron May provide division capsules, top tens, and editorials about the upcoming MLB season while SPORTS YAPP host Bryce Johnson interviews 2011 Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw (cover). Look for the digital issue this week on, your hub for news connecting faith and sports.

To view our other digital issues (Fall 2011 featuring CFL star Anthony Calvillo, 2011 Year in Review, and Winter 2012 featuring Indiana University freshman Cody Zeller) click here. These are only available free of charge for a limited time. To get more of Sports Spectrum and receive four 100-plus page issues a year in print, subscribe here. Continue reading

Around the Net – #FreeTebow, Indiana’s Tom Crean, Louisville’s Peyton Siva


Former Colts QB Peyton Manning has decided to sign with the Denver Broncos, picking the other horse-related nickname in the NFL, but while everyone should be talking about Manning, they are talking about Tim Tebow.

On Twitter, ESPN First Take personality, Skip Bayless, has started the #FreeTebow hashtag…

Tom Crean has the Hoosiers back in the Sweet Sixteen

When asked about the significance of getting IU back to the Sweet 16 after many years of struggling, head coach Tom Crean had this to say:

“Oh, absolutely. There’s no question about it. And as I said to them, again, you know, the way God has brought us all together and touched everybody’s life, everybody is better for what they’ve had to deal with…

Christian Athletes in the Headlines

Louisville’s Siva’s biggest assist was as a 13-year-old (Seattle Times)

What’s Tim Tebow’s trade value? (USA Today)

Browns need to say no to Tim Tebow (ESPN)

Broncos’ trade market for Tim Tebow not looking good (Denver Post) Continue reading

March Madness Blog – Observations from Sunday’s day games

Eight more games to watch today, which by the end of the night, will bring the total to 52 NCAA tournament games watched for the entire week. There were four games in the First Four, 32 in the 2nd round, and 16 in the the third round. I think I’m on basketball overdose!

In the first four games Sunday, we finally got our first upset of the 3rd round, as NC State(11) took down Georgetown(3). Everything else remained with the chalk… Continue reading

March Madness Blog – Observations from Saturday’s day games

I hope everyone enjoyed the running diaries of the first two days. There were 32 games on TV the past two days. A ridiculous amount of basketball to watch. To keep from overdoing that format, I’ll be switching up to a more critical analysis of each game.

In an update to the Sports Spectrum bracket challenge, through the round of 64 and these four games, Richard R. is in first place and the Sports Spectrum staff of Bryce Johnson, Steve Copeland, Brett Honeycutt, and I are all in the middle of the pack. Shows what we know… Continue reading

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