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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Gruesomely cool images of St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols dance into your living room like a Dominican Republic merengue. Pujols wears a warrior mask as he menacingly swings his bat to the rhythm that Nike dictates. The Cardinals' superstar, the apparent future cornerstone of the new Busch Stadium in 2006, is a commercial success. Pujols has come a long way from just four seasons ago when he first suited up in the Cards' famous double-birded home jersey. "I remember 2001 when I first made the team," he says. "I was really scared because I was a young Christian, and I didn't know how things were going to go-until one of the best teammates I had, Mike Matheny, took me under his wings and told me everything was going to be all right...

Mike Fisher is used to defending the goal. He’s known for doing so with hard, physical play on the ice. Fisher is also accustomed to defending his beliefs. He’s never shied away from sharing the Christian values that set him apart within much of the NHL community. But on February 10, 2011, Fisher was put in the unusual position of defending his character and his motives. On that day, the 10-year veteran Ottawa center was traded to the Nashville Predators...

Review: Eye On It TobyMac writes hit albums in his sleep. At least that’s what I’ve decided. I mean he’s had hit albums dating all...

Cigarette smoke sunk into my skin like cologne. I was in a random man’s garage—I think his name was Bob—and I had just met him. Bob had wrinkles in his face like he had been tanning and smoking for decades and an unbuttoned shirt that revealed his skinny, almost sickly, chest and stature. I’ve never met a mass-murderer, but if I ever do, I imagine him looking like Bob...

Mountaintop experience. Overwhelming. Elation. Joy. Happiness. Freedom. Those words would aptly describe the feelings of most players and coaches who win the Super Bowl, the most popular sporting event in the U.S. as evidenced by the record-breaking number of television viewers the last three Super Bowls (more than 111 million watched last year’s game making it the most-watched TV show in U.S. history)...

Vernon Davis had just made a seven-yard catch, and after being tackled he slapped the helmet of a Seattle Seahawks defender that resulted in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty. Normally that would be the end of the story, with a few mentions on ESPN that day or in the sports section the following day. But for Davis it was only the beginning...

The “Hello Kitty” poster was the first clue: Something was amiss. This couldn’t actually be the office of an NFL head coach, could it? Where...

Some love him. Some hate him. Some say he has matured, born again, in a sense; others say he’s a womanizer (six children, four...

Our Super Bowl XLVII issue is now available for FREE! Click to read! Feature story: Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis - Feature story: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis - Feature story: Ravens coach John Harbaugh  - Exclusive video interviews from Sports Spectrum at Super Bowl Media Day (Anquan Boldin, Patrick Willis, Michael Oher and more!)

The NFL playoffs brought great drama this year. There were many high-scoring games and most were tightly contested. But one player's story came to the limelight - Ray Lewis. At the beginning of the postseason, he announced it would be his last ride...

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