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… Continue reading

Unpackin’ It — This NBA season, I’m convinced…

1. I’m convinced there are three great teams this year. The three best players in the NBA, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, all have a strong chance of winning a title this season. I always enjoy when the best players are on good teams instead of being on rebuilding teams. Those three guys are the obvious leaders, but each is surrounded by tons of talent that allows for success. You can make a case that the Thunder, Heat, or Lakers will win it all, but I’m convinced the Lakers win this year. I believe Steve Nash will do such a great job of getting Kobe, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol their touches that teams will have a tough time stopping them, despite their difficult 0-3 start to the season. 2. I’m convinced the most exciting team to watch this year will be the Los Angeles Clippers. Chris Paul Read More

Angelic Host

Angel Goodrich was the key last season in Kansas’ improbable 70-64 upset against third-seeded Delaware, helping the Jayhawks advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament for the first time since 1998. Goodrich’s 27 points led the 11th-seeded Jayhawks, who surprised many by even making the tournament and surprised even more by beating a Delaware team that entered with a 31-1 record and was led by the nation’s leading scorer, 6-foot-5 Elena Delle Donne. Even though Kansas lost in the next round to perennial national power Tennessee, the run was a testament to Goodrich’s hard work to overcome setbacks in her own life. Goodrich enters her senior season as one of the nation’s best point guards after leading the nation in assists (7.4 per game) last season and setting Big 12 and Kansas single-season records for assists (250). But the road to the Sweet 16 was tough, Read More

One Year Gone

There’s a stairwell that leads to a lonely apartment on Hinesley Avenue, down the street from Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Rotnei Clarke, one of the nation’s top college basketball players, used to crawl up the stairs to the second floor, casts on his feet, questions on his mind, doubts flying like arrows over the walls of his soul… Continue reading

Zealous Faith

When you grow up a Zeller, you have some big shoes to fill. And it’s not just because Luke and Tyler wear size 18 and 19 shoes, respectively.

The eldest brother, Luke, led Washington High School to an Indiana Class 3A championship, swooshing a miracle heave from mid-court his senior season in 2005. The middle brother, Tyler, the 17th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, led the Hatchets to another title in 2008 and set an Indiana scoring record during his senior campaign. And to top it off, both received the illustrious Indiana Mr. Basketball award and were named McDonald’s All-Americans their senior seasons… Continue reading

“Conversations” with Aaron Craft

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SPORTS SPECTRUM: Talk a little about your faith story and how you became a Christian. Aaron Craft: I had friend in high school that invited me to a bible study in junior high school, from there I started going to church with the girlfriend that I still have and from there I came to Ohio State and was really close to John Diebler and he introduced me to Athletes in Action and that’s kind of how, I’ve gotten to the point that I am now. SPORTS SPECTRUM: You’re involved with Athletes in Action on Campus, tell us a little about that. Aaron Craft: Yeah, it’s awesome. I actually live with two guys that I met through Athletes in Action right now and we just have a lot of fun. Monday nights, student athletes lead a Bible study, which is really cool hearing from one of your peers. And then Wednesday Read More

The Cardinal Way

Adam Wainwright’s 2011 season had ended before it began. On the first day of spring training, on the very first day of batting practice, he blew his arm out.

“It was one of those things that was just hard to believe,” Wainwright says. “We had literally just started spring training and, on the first day of BP, I completely blow my arm out. The pain was just excruciating and I couldn’t even lift a shampoo bottle with my throwing arm for a long time. It was very disappointing at first because we were all coming into camp, ready for a new season to start. And, suddenly, my season was really over before it began.” Continue reading

From the Archives – Kevin Durant

NBA superstar Kevin Durant and the Thunder came up short in the NBA Finals last year, but he has a promising future and leads a quiet life as he seeks to walk closer with the Lord.

When Kevin Durant signed an extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder on July 7, 2010, he did so with virtually no fanfare save an understated, yet highly grateful message to the fans via Twitter. That extension was later revealed to be for five years and roughly $86 million… Continue reading

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