UNPACKIN’ it INTERVIEW — Pat Williams

Joining Sports Spectrum contributor and faith and sports podcast host Bryce Johnson today is Pat Williams, co-founder and senior vice president of the Orlando Magic. He’s also a motivational speaker and has spent 50 years in professional baseball and basketball as a player and executive.

Williams is the author of over 75 books. He and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of 19 children, including 14 adopted from four nations.

Bryce asks him about Dwight Howard, the state of the NBA, and his faith. Pat also discusses his battle with cancer. Click here to listen to Bryce’s interview with Pat on the “Upackin’ It” podcast… Continue reading

Old School – Ten college basketball questions to be answered…

What will the 2012-13 college basketball season bring? Here are ten questions to be answered in college basketball this season.

1. Is this the year of the Hoosier?

The Hoosiers haven’t been a national favorite since Bob Knight was head coach. The IU fanbase has gone through many down years, bad hires, and NCAA sanctions, but head coach Tom Crean has the Hoosiers poised for a championship run this year… Continue reading

Another Angle — Cody Zeller, a man of mischief

Who is Cody Zeller?

What’s behind the even-keeled Indiana University freshman who acts the same whether he’s the victim of a bad call or catalyst behind a highlight jam—who would probably show the same seemingly emotionless stare whether he was swimming in a pool of crocodiles or a pool of beautiful women?

The answer is simple: A mischievous grin… Continue reading

UNPACKIN’ it DAILY — NFL Preview and Lakers

Listen to Sports Spectrum contributor and “Unpackin’ It” podcast host Bryce Johnson give his thoughts on the upcoming NFL weekend. Find out what 4-4 team he believes will make the playoffs in the NFC. Also, has he finally given up on the Eagles? Plus, will he pick the Panthers to beat the Broncos? Bryce also discusses what’s going on with “his” Lakers. Click here to listen… Continue reading

Devotion of the Week — The Lord Uplifts

Over the last week, I have been thinking about the proper ways to express my thoughts after the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Sandy made her presence known on the East Coast, in particular the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Houses have been damaged, lives have been lost, and power and heat have been out for people for days. I live on Staten Island, so seeing my borough for the first time since the storm broke my heart… Continue reading

UNPACKIN’ it DAILY — The Fantasy Football Show

It’s Wednesday! That means Sports Spectrum contributor, and faith and sports podcast host Bryce Johnson is lending his expertise to the fantasy football world. He answers the question, “What’s Boiling, Bryce?” and also gives you two players to pick up this week off the waiver wire. Find out if Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin helped or hurt his team last week. Click here to listen to Unpackin’ It podcast host Bryce Johnson’s Week 9 fantasy football thoughts. Continue reading

From the Archives – Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints Super Bowl MVP quarterback Drew Brees doesn’t possess the speed of a Michael Vick, the prototype frame of a Peyton Manning, or the arm strength of a Jay Cutler.

“He’s not the biggest guy. He’s not the strongest, or the fastest,” said brother Reid Brees, who is two years younger than Drew. “But he’ll still find a way to beat you.”

Therein lies what makes Brees special… Continue reading

UNPACKIN’ It INTERVIEW: Britton Lynn

Sports Spectrum contributor, and faith and sports podcast host Bryce Johnson interviews Fox6 sports reporter Britton Lynn about Alabama football, her faith, the Cowboys, being a female sports broadcaster and cheering for her alma mater.  Britton has covered BCS Championships, the ESPYS, and has been seen on ESPNU and Fox Sports. She brings some great energy to the UNPACKIN’ It podcast. Click here to listen to Bryce’s interview with Britton Lynn. Continue reading

Another Angle – The beauty of politics

Remember when the Bears played the Lions on Monday Night Football a few weeks ago? The third presidential debate was that night, too, and there was a great divide across the entire nation. No one knew which to watch, and I understand why. After all, what’s more American: democracy or football? It’s a good question.

For me, I didn’t have to think twice about what I was going to watch. I wanted to watch the debate. I love political season. To me, it has every aspect of sports but magnified… Continue reading

NCAA Women’s Basketball Power Rankings

 1. Baylor: Reigning national champs. Reigning national player of the year Brittney Griner. All five starters return. Need I say more? 2. Connecticut: Perennial national power Uconn is seemingly always in the hunt for the title. This year is no different. 3. Duke: The Blue Devils haven’t won national titles like the men’s program, but they have been one of the best in women’s hoops for a while. 4. Stanford: All-American Chiney Ogwumike (15 ppg, 10.1 rpg) leads a program that has made five straight Final Four appearances and won 12 straight conference titles. 5. Maryland: The Terrapins return three all-ACC starters, including ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas who helped Maryland to a 31-5 record and an Elite Eight appearance. 6. Kentucky: Second Elite Eight appearance in three years coupled with first SEC regular-season title in 30 years makes this team a true contender. 7. Notre Dame: Skylar Read More

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