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Winter 2016 print magazine now available for online viewing

Log in HERE to view Sports Spectrum's Winter 2016 print magazine, our first magazine of this winter. This special extended issue includes feature stories on Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, New England Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater, University of North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, Bubba Watson's caddy Ted Scott, PGA Tour players Cameron Tringale and Chesson Hadley, University of Washington forward Katie Collier, and the family of late Hall of Famer Reggie White...

Three faith-based stories on Masters champions

“Just because our plan is easier doesn’t mean anything because His plan is best. We may struggle, but what’s really a struggle when you know you are going to heaven? If I never won...

Video of the Week: NHL Champion explains how faith helped with his fear of...

On an injury-riddled Pittsburgh Penguins team, veteran center Matt Cullen has stepped up and played a major role since All-Star break. This video, produced by CBN Sports last year when Cullen played for the Nashville Predators, highlights how Cullen's faith has helped him deal with his fear of failure.

Devotional of the Week: Eternal Plan

It was gratifying, as a purist, to watch how the Kansas City Royals hustled to the World Series title last season. Their game plan throughout the playoffs was to be aggressive on offense, put pressure on their opponent’s defense, and hopefully benefit from it.

From the Archives: Quiet Fire

Tony Dung's gimmick is not having a gimmick. After a decade that made anti-heroes cliche (the 1990s), Dungy's single most rebellious act may be the fact that he flies under the radar and lives quietly...

Devotional of the Week: Taking a Bold Stance

Throughout history various athletes have stood up for (or against) causes. Some athletes have stood against war, others for equal rights, while others stood for various other causes...

Another Angle: Entering another level of learning

In our Winter 2016 print issue of Sports Spectrum, I wrote a story about Sara White, wife of NFL Hall of Famer Reggie White, one of the most renowned outspoken Christians (nicknamed “The Minister of Defense”) to ever play in the NFL...

Airing It Out: Mess-ups are hard, but can be overcome

Probably the most devastating thing that can happen to us is to mess up publicly. When you’re someone known by only a few people, messing up publicly is bad, but it can be overcome. But when you’re a pro athlete, the public mess-up can be more damaging. When you’re a pro athlete in the NFL, the most popular of the major four U.S. sports, and that mess-up comes in a playoff game that will rank in the top 25 pro sports events watched on TV that year, it can be devastating...

Unpackin’ It: Will 2016 be a better sports year than 2015?

Bryce Johnson is the host of the nationally syndicated sports and faith radio show UNPACKIN’ it and is the president of UNPACKIN’ it Ministries...

Reflecting on the last year in sports: Free commemorative DigiMag now available for online...

Click HERE to view Sports Spectrum's FREE Winter 2016 DigiMag #2, our second magazine of the winter. Upon the completion of the 2015-16 NFL season, this issue reflects on the last year in sports...

Devotional of the Week: Protecting Our Home

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton made headlines in Week 9 of the 2015-16 NFL season for tearing down a Green Bay Packers banner in Bank of America Stadium, home of the Panthers. When asked about it by the media, Newton basically said that it didn’t seem right to have a Packers banner hanging at their home field. So he ripped it down...

Unpackin’ It: College basketball analyst Clark Kellogg discusses family life, faith

It is my privilege to be joined by Clark Kellogg, a CBS college basketball analyst. He played college basketball at Ohio State and in the NBA for the Indiana Pacers. He has a wife and three grown children. He joins us today to talk about basketball, faith and family...

Video of the Week: Dave Bliss gets second chance, experiences redemption (by GameOn LU)

Game On LU recently sat down with former NCAA Division I basketball coach Dave Bliss, whose career fell apart in a scandal at Baylor University in 2003 after 500 NCAA victories as a head coach. Watch the video HERE...

Devotional of the Week: Relinquishing Perfection

As an athlete, I often struggled with aiming for perfection. In gymnastics, all of our routines in competition are scored out of a 10.0, also known as a “Perfect 10,” emphasizing the importance of making as few mistakes as possible, if any...

Another Angle: Rooming with New York Jets punter Ryan Quigley

In this issue of Sports Spectrum, we featured New York Jets punter Ryan Quigley in our “Closeups” section. In case you have not yet read the story, I’ll give you a summary... After being cut...

Chosen: Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis is making the most of his time on, off...

Thomas Davis sits in the quiet of his Charlotte, North Carolina, home, wearing a silvery, Glen check suit and a striped, burgundy tie, his diamond earrings glimmering in the dim of his living room. It...

Parenting Today: Don’t be an overbearing sports parent

With basketball season now in full force once more, I am reminded of the battle my husband Steve and I faced time and time again as parents. Whenever we were watching our children play basketball when they were younger, the temptation was always present to become overly involved in our sons’ sports careers...
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Around the Net: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney talks about football, faith (by the Associated...

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Clemson football head coach Dabo Swinney talks about his Christian faith and its influence in how he coaches his team. "I just try to be who I...

From the Archives: Last Dance, Mike Minter’s greatness on and off the field

Mike Minter is no Michael Jackson. That much was clear two years ago at the swanky 30th birthday bash he threw for his wife, Kim. Minter, the Carolina Panthers' venerable safety, went all out, renting the ballroom at The Cornhusker, a posh hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska, and filling it with ice sculptures, a deejay, and 100 guests -- "the whole enchilada," as friend Chris Bubak put it. But the highlight came late in the evening when the deejay, at Kim's request, surprised Mike by asking him to perform "Beat It" on a karaoke machine...

Devotional of the Week: Resilient Heart

Have you ever had a bad season as an athlete or a coach? Have you ever felt like everything that could go wrong did go wrong during a game or season (or at least a high percentage of things went wrong)? What about in your life? What sustained you through that?

Airing It Out: Mark Richt responds with grace, gratitude in adversity

Is a college coaching position, or any coaching position for that matter, only about wins and losses? Most people would agree that it’s not, but that wins and losses are a huge determiner of coaches keeping their job...
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Video of the Week: Sylvia Hatchell opens up to SS about journey through leukemia

University of North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell recently sat down with Sports Spectrum and shared with the magazine her journey through leukemia. Her story is an inspiration to anyone who is facing adversity. You can watch the five-part series above or read her story by clicking HERE.

Devotional of the Week: Firmly Planted

Professional men’s sports are dominated by young men. The players who seem to produce the best results are between their late teens and mid-30s. There are some notable exceptions...

Reggie Remembered: Family of late Hall of Famer Reggie White reflects on journey through...

It is December 8. Eleven days before Reggie White’s birthday. Eighteen days before the 11th anniversary of his death...

Unpackin’ It: A conversation with Tony Bennett, University of Virginia head basketball coach

It’s my privilege to be joined by the head basketball coach from the University of Virginia, Tony Bennett. He’s been there since 2009 and his teams have been the ACC regular season champs the last two seasons...

Video of the Week: Georgia head coach Mark Richt talks about departure, faith

The University of Georgia held a news conference on Monday morning to discuss Mark Richt's coming departure as head football coach. Richt and athletic director Greg McGarity mutually agreed on Sunday that Richt would step down after the season, and they held a press conference on Monday to discuss the decision with the media...

Another Angle: How counseling saved my career

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to write. In grade school, I wrote a three-part series, probably 200 pages long, about flying dogs and cats that were at war with one another (it actually turned out to be kind of a gruesome tale, with backstabbing and blood and death, and I’m sure my parents were at least a little concerned)...

NFL Closeup: Ryan Quigley reflects on roller-coaster journey to NFL

Ryan Quigley found himself at a crossroads. After a successful four-year punting career at Boston College, Quigley, undrafted, had an opportunity to make the Chicago Bears roster during the 2012 preseason...