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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Today on the show, Sports Spectrum contributor and “Unpackin’ It” podcast host Bryce Johnson gives his predictions and thoughts on the big storylines heading into the NBA season. Find out who he thinks will win the MVP and who will win the championship. He also has some interesting thoughts on the Jazz and Nets. Click here to listen to Bryce’s views and predications on the 2012-13 NBA season.

This edition of Sports Spectrum "Conversations" features Ryan Mathews, an outfielder in the Oakland Athletics organization. This past spring, Mathews hit 17 HRs and helped his teammates at NC State advance to the Super-Regionals of the NCAA baseball tournament. Ryan joins us to talk about his faith, his NCAA tournament experience, getting drafted, and what life is like in the minor leagues. To hear the full interview, including Ryan's thoughts on the A's playoff run, if he's ever faced a pitcher who throws as hard as Justin Verlander, and how he shares the Gospel though Twitter, click the link to the podcast.

A recent feature on ESPN.com reveals that Christian rapper, Lecrae, has become an inspirational figure and leader amongst Christian athletes. Lecrae speaks at many different teams' chapel services and has developed friendships throughout the sports world. Some of his closest friends in sports include Bubba Watson, Dwight Howard, and Justin Forsett. When asked about the issues he talks about with the athletes at chapel service, Lecrae says, "I think one of the biggest issues is really just significance and purpose, and not having your identity wrapped up in your performance..."

Each Wednesday, Sports Spectrum contributor and "Unpackin' It" podcast host Bryce Johnson tells you about everything going on in the Fantasy Football world. Find out how his two teams did this weekend and hear him tell you what got him very "boiled." Plus he sings the old "Doug" theme song for one of his fantasy players! He gives advice on some players and previews a few fantasy story lines to watch. Click here to listen to Bryce Johnson's daily faith and sports podcast.

While the World Series is about to get underway, there is one storyline that is still sweeping MLB - at least in the New York City area. Last week, the New York Yankees were eliminated by the Detroit Tigers in a resounding sweep. The story around the nation wasn’t about the Tigers’ solid pitching, but the lack of offensive firepower throughout the postseason from the Bronx Bombers. The Yankees are set for an interesting offseason that could include many players being moved; but one player seems to be the one that the organization and its fans care about the most - Alex Rodriguez It got me wondering about all the pressure Our Savior went through on the night He was betrayed...

Today on the show, Sports Spectrum contributor and "Unpackin' It" podcast host Bryce Johnson talks about last night's Bears and Lions game, some college football stories he's interested in, and what we can learn from Tom Brady's comments. Bryce tells us about a cool father and son matchup that took place last weekend, weighs in on a certain dating relationship, and gives his opinion on the Lance Armstrong situation that made him think about some interesting things. Click here to listen to Bryce Johnson's daily faith and sports podcast.

In a moment of defeat, Bucky Badger put his hands on his knees and started dry heaving. It was New Years Day, 2006. Troy Maragos, brother of current Seattle Seahawks safety Chris Maragos, woke up that morning more excited than ever to start a new year. That’s because Maragos was Bucky Badger, one of the most iconic mascots in the Big Ten and all of college football...

Ryan Vogelsong struck out a career-high nine batters in 7 innings Sunday night to help the Giants even the series at 3-3 against the Cardinals. When asked by FOX's Erin Andrews about his start, he gave glory to God... LSU sent an email out last week containing a photo of a fan group, but students were shocked to see their painted crosses missing in the photo... The couch that Jeremy Lin once slept on before becoming an overnight sensation for the New York Knicks is gone...

Trent Dilfer spent 13 years in the NFL and played on five different teams. He was a Pro Bowler (1997), a Super Bowl champion (XXXV), and Bart Starr Man of the Year Award winner (2002). Dilfer now spends his time as an NFL Analyst on ESPN. We ran this story on Dilfer back in the November 1998 issue of Sports Spectrum... It’s the third day of training camp. Trent Dilfer has just endured the day’s final two hours of practice in the Florida sun. He’s tired, the sun has scorched his head, and he misses his wife and two children, who are out of town. He doesn’t complain. You won’t hear him do that. His withered blue eyes tell the story. He smiles and looks sheepishly at a reporter as they sit in the University of Tampa cafeteria.

Aaron Baddeley was wearing sweatpants, a t-shirt and a backwards hat, far from his typical on-the-course attire—an Adams cap and his trendy Ogio clothing. His relaxed, boyish wardrobe (Richelle, his wife of seven years, playfully jokes that he still wears American Eagle sweatpants with a number on them, which he does) isn’t rare for the handsome 31-year-old American-Australian professional golfer...

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