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Summer 2012 Issue

Our Summer 2012 issue (Vol. 26 No. 3) is complete, and you’ll be receiving it early July! Here’s the cover featuring Olympians Bryan Clay, Ryan Hall and Dawn Harper. Enter the promo code “JOY10″ in the SS Store to subscribe for a limited-time offer of $19.95, saving 28 percent off the original subscription price! Click “Subscribe” on the SS website.

This issue features several Olympic closeups and features along with themed devotionals that the Sports Spectrum staff believes are the best yet. There are also stories on first-round MLB Draft choice Mark Appel, Texas Rangers outfielder David Murphy, San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers, PGA Tour favorite Ben Crane, and the Zeller family’s basketball ministry. In the editorials, managing editor Brett Honeycutt writes about… Continue reading

God’s Plan

Despite injuries his first two seasons, Tyler Zeller’s faith and trust in God remained strong, and on Thursday, the middle Zeller was selected 17th overall in the NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. Sports Spectrum’s feature on Tyler was published in the Fall 2011 issue.

Most Christians are of the firm belief that God does indeed have a plan for each of them and that they can claim the promise of Jeremiah 29:11 – a plan of hope and a promising future… Continue reading

New Release: The Jersey Effect

Hunter Smith, twelve-year NFL punter and Super Bowl XLI Champion, partners with Darrin Gray of All-Pro Dad, a national fatherhood program, and Stephen Copeland of Sports Spectrum, to write “The Jersey Effect.” Seeking to help athletes, parents, and coaches gain a proper perspective on sports, they use real-life examples and biblical principles to address negative cultural trends and illuminate the truth and lies in athletics.

Fame and fortune can hijack even the most well-intentioned players, feeding them subtle lies that football is a god.

Order in the Sports Spectrum store to purchase the book for $12 with free shipping and handling, a limited offer: http://www.sportsspectrum.com/sstore/.

To learn more, check out http://www.jerseyeffect.org. Continue reading

Around the Net–Dickey stays in the headlines, Mahan makes boy’s day, Viola Olympic bound

Though R.A. Dickey’s scoreless inning streak came to an end and he looked ordinary in the Mets’ loss to the Yankees on Sunday, his breakout season remains one of the top sports stories in 2012. Like Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin, Dickey–Sports Spectrum’s May DigiMag cover boy–is another Christian athlete who has captivated the nation and dominated the headlines. Continue reading

Another Angle — Major champions come through me

Golfers are superstitious.

I know that firsthand. My senior year of college golf, I would always, always shower before my round, eat two doughnuts and a banana on the way to the course, and listen to Coldplay in the van…that is, until I played poorly. Then I’d start a different routine.

But I didn’t know golfers were this superstitious… Continue reading

From the Archives: Josh Hamilton

Not twice or three times but eight times Josh Hamilton went to drug rehabilitation—and not once did his trips lead to recovery.

With no place to go and a court order preventing him from going to his own home where his wife Katie, along with his daughter and stepdaughter lived, he arrived on the doorstep of his grandmother, Mary Holt, at 2 a.m. after a drug binge. He had lost one-fourth of his weight from a 6-foot-4-inch frame that today carries muscled, can’t-pinch-an-inch 240 pounds.

“I had nowhere else to go,” said Josh, “but something clicked in my head. My grandmother had always told me I could come to her for any reason, at any time…” Continue reading

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