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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Dave Dravecky was a Cinderella story – if Cinderella could have worn cleats to a ballgame instead of glass slippers to a royal ball. Sure athletes retire with every season, but America had followed the ups and downs of Dave’s career as closely as the sporting year’s many scandals and tragedies, though for an entirely different reason. Dave Dravecky had overcome cancer surgery on his throwing arm and come back to pitch again in the major leagues. Not since watching helplessly as Lou Gehrig battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis had the nation so intimately identified with a ballplayer’s struggle with illness...

There is a culture war going on and Yunel Escobar is in the middle of it. So is U.S. gymnastics Olympic star Gabby Douglas. The culture war involves an array of social issues involving Christianity, but we’ll address Gabby Douglas first. Her story deals with an attack directed straight at her faith...

Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas' record last night... Andy Pettitte will go for an MLB-record 20th postseason win for the Yankees tonight. Former manager Buck Showalter comments on Pettitte's success... Josh Hamilton may have worn out his welcome in Texas. But he says that wherever he may go in free agency, it will be where God directs him to go... Tebow tweets about playing in the 666th Monday night game, Bubba Watson tweets about a party in heaven, and Jim Irsay tweets about delivering the game ball to Chuck Pagano...

Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees have clinched yet another AL East title in 2012 and the once-retired Pettitte figures to factor into the Yankees postseason success one last time. Pettitte is the all-time leader in postseason wins with 19 and could be going for number 20 in Game 2 of the ALDS. Pettitte has always been a strong believer and family man, Here is our story on Andy from the May-June 2001 issue of Sports Spectrum. It was the perfect day for an all-star showcase. The best baseball players from the Houston area had been invited to show their stuff in front of college and professional scouts. But something was wrong. Where was the Pettitte boy?

Dear Sports Spectrum Readers, We wanted to thank you for your support over the years and your interest in the faith and sports world. We count it as a great privilege to bring you stories that encourage and hopefully challenge your faith, and we will continue to do so in print, digital, and online formats. This letter is to inform you that the Vol. 26 No. 4 (FALL 2012) issue of Sports Spectrum will not be printed and delivered to your home. It will only be available ONLINE, in DIGITAL format.

New York Mets pitcher and Cy Young candidate, R.A. Dickey, revealed that he has pitched hurt for most of the season. And what got him through the season? Prayer... With the New York Jets (2-2) offense struggling with Mark Sanchez under center, may people have been wondering if it's time for the Jets to start Tim Tebow at quarterback. Columnists from around the world of sports are weighing in on if it's Tebow Time... What They Said - Notable quotes and tweets this week from Christians in sports...

You hear about athletes having breakthrough seasons. Well, 2008 turned out to be a breakthrough year for Chicago Bears’ tight end Kyle Adams. But what...

Robert Pershing “Bobby” Doerr, at 94, is the oldest living player in baseball’s Hall of Fame. He “lived to celebrate” his beloved Red Sox’...

PAY TO INJURE Bountygate,’ the great conspiracy? The NFL’s “Bountygate” scandal, on the surface, seems like a justification to an exaggerated characterization of reality. A...

UNPACKIN’ it with Bryce Johnson is a radio show that unpacks the truth about faith, sports, life and entertainment.  Join Bryce as he interviews...

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