Airing It Out — A true hero

When the Olympics come to mind, I generally think of one thing: track and field, the oldest sport in the Olympics, which date to 776 BC when the first games were held in Olympia, Greece. Actually, track was the only sport in that first Olympics and there was only one event—a race of approximately 192 meters (210 yards). Like most people who think about track, the names of Olympic greats like Carl Lewis, Usain Bolt, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Ben Johnson and Allyson Felix come to mind. But, given enough time, I end up thinking about Eric Liddell… Continue reading

U.S. archer: God has used struggles to ‘deepen my trust’

LONDON (BP) — Jennifer Nichols admits that the road to this year’s Olympics has been one of the most trying times of her life.

“My faith has been challenged more than ever before in the last few years,” the U.S. archer said. “I really can see how the Lord has used the struggles and hardships I’ve had to deal with to deepen my relationship with Him and my trust in Him…” Continue reading

Victory in the Lord’s hands, U.S. archers say

LONDON (BP) — Brady Ellison, Jacob Wukie and Jake Kaminski became the first Americans to capture a medal in the London Olympics, winning silver in the men’s archery team competition July 28.

The U.S. trio scored a big win over South Korea in the semifinals before falling to Italy 219-218 in a gold medal match that came down to the last arrow. The Italians needed a perfect 10 on the last shot and got it… Continue reading

Old School – Analyzing the MLB Trade Deadline (American League)

With the MLB trade deadline fast approaching (July 31, 4 p.m. EST), I thought it would be a good time to take a look at every team in baseball and see if they should be buyers or sellers and figure out what each team should do. Yesterday, we took a look at the National League. Today, it’s the American League’s turn. Continue reading

Riding the Roller Coaster – Jeff Francoeur

Kansas City Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur, an avid Chick-fil-A fan, has experienced the roller coaster life of baseball, which is why he understands the importance of a love that satisfies. With the MLB trade deadline looming (July 31) and the Royals out of playoff contention, Francoeur could find himself on a new team who might need a strong-armed right fielder… Continue reading

Old School – Analyzing the MLB Trade Deadline (National League)

With the MLB trade deadline fast approaching (July 31, 4 p.m. EST), I thought it would be a good time to take a look at every team in baseball and see if they should be buyers or sellers and figure out what each team should do. Today, we’re going with the National League. We will take a look at the American League tomorrow. Continue reading

Around the Net – Lin leaving New York, Tebow wins ESPY, Brees signs contract, Johnson wins John Deere

The New York Knicks finally decided to let Jeremy Lin go to Houston, and New York Knicks fans are not necessarily happy about the decision. One Linsane fan started a petition to try and keep Lin in the Knicks uniform…

Last week, Tim Tebow won the ESPY award for best sorts moment of the year for his 80-yard touchdown pass in the Broncos overtime win in last season’s playoffs…

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints finally agreed to a long term contract…

Zac Johnson remarkably placed a six-iron out of a fairway bunker to within a foot to secure a win at the John Deere Classic, one of the best golf shots of the year… Continue reading

SPORTS YAPP — Chris Spielman

Every week Bryce Johnson is joined on Sports Spectrum’s official podcast, SPORTS YAPP, by inspiring guests to discuss sports, faith and life. Here are some highlights from Bryce’s interview with Chris Spielman, who lost his wife to cancer in 2009 and recently released a book, “That’s Why I’m Here, the Chris and Stefanie Spielman Story.” He joined Bryce to talk about their story and what to expect from the book.
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Old School – Reviewing our predictions and taking a second chance

Since we just had the All-Star game, I thought it would be a great time to review our predictions from Sports Spectrum’s MLB Preview issue.

Sports Spectrum Managing Editor Brett Honeycutt and I collaborated on all of the predictions in the magazine, and I fully expect to be right about every single prediction. I guess you can read the sarcasm in that sentence. Let’s see how we did… Continue reading

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