Devotional of the Week — Impact Through Defeat

05coolrunnings_ringsblog-blogSpan“When the centurion and those with him who we regarding Jesus saw the earth quake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God!’” Matthew 27:54

Different isn’t always easy.

Remember the Jamaican bobsled team in the 1988 Calgary Olympics? Seems like an oxymoron, right? Jamaican bobsled?

To cement their involvement in the Olympics, a movie, Cool Runnings, was made about their exploits. The foursome of Devon Harris, Dudley Stokes, Michael White and Nelson Stokes had little practice and they had to borrow sleds from other countries.

And despite the fact they crashed and didn’t finish, their positive attitude and goodwill toward others won the hearts of the fans.

Having an impact doesn’t always have to come through success. Sometimes having an impact comes through defeat or perceived defeat.

God can use our ups and downs to help people see Him, especially when we have a godly attitude. Just like the centurion saw Christ as the Son of God because of the way Jesus took the ridicule and mocking of the self-righteous people and leaders.

Keep that in mind the next time things don’t go the way you would like. God could be using your circumstance to show people who He is so that they have the opportunity to choose eternal life with Him.

Devotional of the Week — Do You Believe In Miracles?

miracle_on_ice-eruzione_goal_celebration“Jesus said to him,‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’” Mark 9:23-24

Al Michaels’ phrase, “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” will be forever remembered as the most famous call in Olympic or sports history. He uttered those words at the end of one of the most shocking upsets in sports history, a 4-3 U.S. victory against the Soviet Union in men’s ice hockey at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics.

It wasn’t the gold-medal game (that would come a game later against Finland), but it was stunning and unbelievable because the Soviets had routed the U.S., 10-3, in an exhibition less than two weeks prior to the upset.

The victory was so unbelievable that a N.Y. Times writer wrote that unless the ice melted that no team stood a chance to beat the Soviet Union, which had trounced a NHL All-Star team, 6-0, in an exhibition before the Olympics.

The U.S. team went in believing they could win, but belief wasn’t enough. They also had to take action.

Is there something that God wants to do in your life, but the only thing in the way is for you to believe? If you’re struggling with a lack of faith, ask God to help your unbelief as Mark 9 shows us. He is willing to help. All we have to do is ask.

By Brett Honeycutt

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Airing It Out — Humility, we need more of it

Richard Sherman’s post-game rant after the NFC Championship game has been a lesson in believability, apologies that carry no weight and a reminder that humility is difficult, but that it’s what God says He desires.

He reminds us of this in Matthew 23:12 and tells us what will happen if we don’t, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Like some of you, I was shocked and disappointed when Sherman, a cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, screamed into the microphone during a post-game interview just after Seattle beat the San Francisco 49ers to advance to the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos.

Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews asked Sherman to take her through that final play of the game when Sherman tipped a pass that was intended for receiver Michael Crabtree in the end zone, and Seattle intercepted to seal the victory.

“Well, I’m the best corner in the game!” Sherman screamed with his deep voice that seemed to be slowly going hoarse from the strain of yelling. “When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get. Don’t you ever talk about me!”

“Who was talking about you?” Andrews asked, somewhat perplexed.

“Crabtree! Don’t you open your mouth about the best or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick!”

If this would have been an isolated incident, I would have still been shocked and disappointed, but I would have passed it off as adrenaline getting the best of someone and/or a player who didn’t care about sportsmanship, and then likely thought little about it.

But it wasn’t an isolated incident. Sherman is known for taunting players, from instigating a skirmish with the Washington Redskins to his infamous post-game rant toward New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

That incident is where my mind immediately went after watching his interview with Andrews. After the New England game, he ran up to Brady after Seattle won and began taunting Brady. Then Sherman taunted even more by tweeting a photo of him screaming at Brady with the phrase, “U MAD BRO?” written on the picture. Later, he went on Fox NFL Kickoff and laughed about it.

I also thought about the children who saw what he said after Seattle’s game against San Francisco and whether they were influenced to do the same. But then I thought about the parents who likely used it as a teaching moment about how not to act after winning and teaching them about humility and what God says about it: “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6

Later, though, when I read that Sherman had apologized, I thought that he had had time to digest things and saw how wrong he had been (that’s what an apology is; someone realizes they were wrong, admits it and moves on).

He texted this apology to ESPN’s Ed Werder: “I apologize for attacking an individual and taking the attention away from the fantastic game by my teammates … That was not my intent.”

He even wrote the following in a column on Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning QB website on Jan. 30 (he has been writing a column since July): “If I could pass a lesson on to the kids it would be this: Don’t attack anybody. I shouldn’t have attacked Michael Crabtree the way I did. You don’t have to put anybody else down to make yourself bigger.”

But those were just words. Convenient, I guess, because of the firestorm he found himself in after the game.

How do I know that he still wants the attention and that his lesson to kids was as empty as a deflated football?

Because on his personal website he is still selling t-shirts with the phrases he uttered to attack people, “Don’t you ever talk about me” and “You mad bro?” and a copy of his signature and logo on each shirt, bringing attention to himself.

Humility doesn’t look like that. It looks like someone who Richard Sherman texted and wrote about (apologetic, sorry for a wrong committed, teaching lessons to children), but not what Richard Sherman is displaying by his past and current actions (his attacking rants and promoting and profiteering from what he said was wrong).

Humility isn’t just saying something, it’s putting into action what you say.

It’s difficult, but it’s required and desired by God.

By Brett Honeycutt

This column was published in Sports Spectrum’s February 2014 DigiMag. Brett Honeycutt is the managing editor of Sports Spectrum magazine. His column addresses topics from a biblical perspective. Follow him on Twitter-@Brett_Honeycutt

Feature Story — Michael Robinson: Peace Within The Storm

Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day

Dehydration.

Kidney failure.

Liver failure.

Rapid weight loss.

Job loss.

All were part of a whirlwind of bad news for Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson.

And though the seeming chaos would likely have been too much to handle for most, Robinson never feared in the midst of his trial.

Jump back to the morning of August 17, just before Seattle was to host a preseason game against the Denver Broncos, the same Super Bowl XLVIII opponent of the Seahawks.

Robinson had been taking Indocin, an anti-inflammatory medication prescribed by the team, when he says he began feeling dehydrated. That, coupled with oncoming sickness, led to near liver and kidney failure.

He lost weight and missed several weeks of practice.

From there, Robinson’s news got worse – Seattle released him on Aug. 31.

Sick, weak and without a job, Robinson had to think about recovering and gaining back the more than 30 pounds he lost (he dropped from 245 pounds to 212 pounds) before he could think about playing again – for any team.

“I went to the hospital three separate times,” he said during the week of the Super Bowl. “Two times they sent me home and just told me to keep getting fluids. I went two weeks without eating, so I lost a lot of weight.”

On the third time to the hospital, they figured it out.

“(The doctors) hadn’t seen anything like this,” he said. “Then, once we brought the liver specialist in and the kidney specialist in, they had seen these types of reactions before and they were all over it.”

Slowly, he regained his strength and weight, and later visited the Tennessee Titans and New York Giants, but circumstances brought him back to Seattle, which signed him on Oct. 22 when his replacement, Derrick Coleman, went down with a hamstring injury.

Before being signed, thoughts of playing in the Super Bowl didn’t even cross his mind because he quietly wondered if he would ever play football again – for any team.

When asked during the week of the Super Bowl if he would have been content with his career had he not played this season, he said, “Yeah, I think I would have been because I don’t want football to define me. I’m a man, a Christian, a husband and a father who just happens to play football, so I would have been okay with it. It would have been in God’s plan.”

“I didn’t fear it, but yeah I did think about it. I definitely didn’t fear it because football doesn’t define me. I think that’s the big problem with players in this league. When they try and transition out of this game, football defines them. They don’t know what else to do. I encourage younger players all the time in the offseason to think of this offseason as if you’ve played your last season. What are you going to do? Get involved in other things. Have a drive, have a motive to get up in the morning other than football.”

Many saw the tears he shed after the Seahawks won the NFC Championship against their rivals, the San Francisco 49ers and he’s been asked about them quite a bit.

“I’ve gotten a lot of questions about me crying and all that type of stuff, but it was just I had a long year being cut, being sick, not really realizing the extent of the sickness,” he said during the week leading up to the Super Bowl. “I didn’t know that my kidneys were failing and my liver was failing. I had no idea. I just thought I was getting a bug. But again, hindsight is 20/20 and I’m glad I’m here now. I’ve got my weight back, got my strength back, and it was an opportunity to come back (to Seattle) and I’m glad it opened up.”

It was tough, though, coming back to a team that had cut him, but he also understood the business side of the team’s decision.

“I wrestle with it, but it was easy when I looked at my relationship with the guys on the team,” he said during the week of the Super Bowl. “That’s why you play this game, and I feel like a big reason why we’re here is that every man in that locker room thinks the same way. We all play because of the guy next to you. You all perform because the guy next to you is counting on you. Peer accountability, the biggest thing is accountability, so that’s what we try to do.”

“I got released because I was sick early in training camp. It’s the business of the National Football League. If you can’t put a product on the field, you can’t be on the team. It’s definitely gratifying to be back here with the team and in the Super Bowl.”

By Brett Honeycutt

Brett Honeycutt is the managing editor of Sports Spectrum magazine. This article was published in the February 2014 DigiMag.

Super Bowl Predictions — Clyde Christensen: The Keys to Beating Denver and Seattle

Indianapolis Colts v Pittsburgh Steelers

Clyde Christensen is the quarterbacks coach for the Indianapolis Colts, the only team this season to beat the Denver Broncos (the NFL’s best offense of all time) and Seattle Seahawks (the NFL’s best defense this season).

Sports Spectrum asked Christensen, “What are the keys to beating Denver and Seattle?”

HOW TO BEAT DENVER

1. Kidnapping Peyton would be the easiest way. But if you can’t do that, then a couple things you have to do is keep him off the field. That offense, the more snaps they get the more points they score, so you have to be able to run the ball on their defense, you have to be able to run the clock, you have to be smart with the ball, you can’t give them a short field, you can’t give them extra possessions. They drive the ball, but you have to make it take some time. You’ve got to give them a little chance to somewhat self-destruct, which they don’t do often.

2. You have to be able to have somebody to play (Wes) Welker in that slot; he just gnaws away at you. He just eats away your foundation. The ball comes out so quick to him. And if you’re not all over it, he just takes it, and he just kind of keeps slicing you up. You don’t lose any limbs, but you sure do bleed profusely. You have to have someone who matches up to him. Seattle actually does have good defensive backs; they’re very strong in the secondary.

3. Try and make Peyton and their offense single-dimensional. When they can get both (the passing and running games) going like they’ve been able to do this year, they’re extremely, extremely hard to stop. You don’t know which to defend. Both running backs are hard-nosed tough guys who get yards after contact, and if you let them have their way and start running their draws and start running around the corner and hitting the screens, combined with the passes, they’re going to have some trouble.

4. You have to not give them the big play. (Wide receiver) Demaryius Thomas, whether it’s a screen that’s thrown one yard over the line of scrimmage and then run for 90 (yards), or whether it’s a 90-yard bomb over top of everything. You just not cannot give them long balls. You’ve got to make them go the long way. Give them at least a chance to make them stop themselves and give yourself a chance to pop a ball loose.

5. You’re not going to win the game 7-6, or 10-7. It’s just not going to be one of those kinds of games. (Peyton is) too gritty. He’s been doing it too long. You have to be conservatively aggressive, if you will, offensively, because you know you do have to score points if you want to have any chance to win this thing. Again, it’s the end of the rope here; you’re playing to win the game. There’s no other consolation prize. You know you have to find some spot where you can grab a possession with an onside kick that you can get a turnover, where you can flip the field somehow with your special teams and get some help that way.

HOW TO BEAT SEATTLE

1. They play that good defense. You have to be able to get off the line of scrimmage with your receivers. They’re going to get hands on you. They’re corners are big, long, good players, and you have to get in some stacks and clusters and get some guys free to get up the field. If you can get off the line of scrimmage, you have some chances to complete some balls and you actually have a chance to complete a couple of big ones. They will gamble, they will take chances.

2. You have to control their pass rush. It will help having a neutral site. They’re hard to handle. (Like Denver) we had (Seattle) at home also, but they’re hard to handle at their place where their crowd is so loud and your offensive tackles can’t get off on the snap count. Denver will have a little advantage that they don’t have them in Seattle, but they have to control those outside guys. You can’t let Peyton get hit there. They’re excellent on getting the sack.

3. (Quarterback) Russell Wilson is a neat, neat, neat kid, and has had two great years. You have to keep him kind of contained. You can’t let him start getting 15-yard runs. On third down, you’ve got to control him and not let him run for first downs. He’s been a master of third-and-10; you’re almost off the field and he pulls that thing down and finds a way to get a first down.

4. (Running back) Marshawn Lynch, he’s probably one of the best in the business. It’s hard to play them not in your eight-man front because he breaks tackles, they have a good offensive line, and they run the ball well. Once they get running that thing, and all of a sudden you can’t get that ball back, the time of possession swings Seattle’s way, then they’re hard to handle also.

LEARNING IN THE DESERT

Two years ago, Peyton Manning was released by the Indianapolis Colts, and the organization made changes from the front office to the coaches and also within the team. Staying, though, was Indianapolis Colts assistant Clyde Christensen, who had been with the Colts since 2002 coaching various offensive positions. He is now the quarterbacks coach and is mentoring Andrew Luck, the young gun who took over for Manning, who is now leading Denver in the Super Bowl.

He shares with Sports Spectrum what God has been teaching him these last two years:

“We had such a neat bunch of Christian coaches…For whatever reason, the Lord just kind of moved everyone on…and it’s been a lonely couple of years for me. I lost a bunch of Christian brothers. I think what I have found is that God fills that void. It’s just been precious time with Him. He is the treasure. The relationship with Him is what sustains you. The brothers in Christ are the dessert, if you will, but He is the whole meal in itself, and so it’s been fun to spend my time with Him and not with quite as many brothers.

“And the other thing is that you don’t know what He’s up to. The Lord’s given us a neat opportunity to share around here and He’s brought some new faces, and believers, some unbelievers.

“I’ve been reminded that God knows what He’s doing and to just relax in Him and relax and know He’s got a plan. We don’t know what that is, it’s not all been revealed to us. You don’t know what He’s up to, you don’t know where He needs other people. You don’t know what he’s preparing you for here or this is preparation for doing something different, somewhere else, a different team, a different position. All our (former coaches and players) are out in the league now. Was it for us all to encourage each other, get strong, and then He sends us out in the mission field, in what we’ve been called, the NFL, to reproduce in Him and for Him at other franchises? I’ve been greatly encouraged.

“I get more and more peace that He’s so sovereign, so good, that He’s got such a magnificent plan, and just to make sure that I’m in it and getting myself and my ego and my selfishness, and all those things I continue to wrestle with, out of His way so that His work can be done.”

By Brett Honeycutt

Brett Honeycutt is the managing editor at Sports Spectrum magazine. This story was published in the February 2014 Sports Spectrum DigiMag.

Devotional of the Week — Are You Ready?

New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI Victory Parade

“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

PGA golfer Tiger Woods once said, “Everyone knows what the Masters is, even if you’re a non-golfer. People know what Wimbledon is. They know what the Super Bowl is. There are certain events that people just know about.”

That’s true. Some events are just known, especially the Super Bowl.

As Christians we know about certain events that have taken or will be taking place, with one of them being the rapture of believers. However, I think we take it for granted that everyone knows.

According to statistics, two-thirds of the world’s population – more than 4.4 billion people – live in the 10/40 window, an area of the world that lies across Africa and Asia from 10 degrees latitude north of the equator to 40 degrees latitude north of the equator.

And of those people, statistics show that 90 percent of them are unevangelized.

You would think everyone would know about one of the greatest events in history, but they don’t.

Why? Because enough of us aren’t going, and enough of us aren’t telling others.
Maybe you can’t go to the 10/40 window, but you can tell someone about the hope you have in Christ. Others are waiting to hear.

By Brett Honeycutt

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Airing It Out — Memories etched in stone

Brett Honeycutt at Knights I have an odd recollection of names like Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Ted Williams and other baseball greats from the 1940s, 50s and early 60s, even though I was born well after they played the game.

Sure, I remember watching 1970s greats like Mike Schmidt, Tom Seaver, Willie Stargell, Reggie Jackson, and Nolan Ryan play on TV, where I also saw the Big Red Machine, the “We Are Family” Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers in those great World Series matchups.

But the names that seemed to stick with me more, and the players I revered more, were the greats from years I could never reach down in my memory and recall—because I had never actually seen them play.

Those names stuck with me because of my dad, who enjoyed the game of baseball. I think he liked it for its seemingly simplistic nature, but I think he also liked it because of the laid back way you could watch a game. Innings could go fast or slow, depending on how many runs were scored and how many pitchers were used, and you could casually watch things develop (a bunt, a stolen base, a bloop single to right field, anything small could end up meaning something big in the final result).

I learned a lot about the game from growing up around minor league baseball at an old, wooden ballpark named Crockett Park in Charlotte, N.C. We started going to games there in 1979 or 1980, when the team was a AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. We went to more games in 1981 and then decided to buy season tickets in 1982. We kept them even when the park burned down in 1986 and a temporary structure was built, but gave them up in 1987 or 1988, when the team moved just over the border in South Carolina to Fort Mill.

In between all of those days in Charlotte, we visited minor league parks from Florida to New York, while also catching a few major league games in Atlanta.

Baseball was a big part of our life—but it was only the instrument to spending time with each other.

So when I heard about a commemorative brick program by the Charlotte Knights (now a AAA team of the Chicago White Sox), who were moving back to Charlotte (and into a new stadium) from just over the South Carolina border in Fort Mill after 25 years away, I thought what better way to honor my dad (and my mom, too).

On the brick, I simply had inscribed:

IN MEMORY: PAUL
HONEYCUTT, LOVING
HUSBAND, DAD WHO
TOOK US 2 GAMES
@CROCKETT PARK
MOM, BRETT&MARK

My dad and mom gave me and my brother those memories (my mom went to plenty of games with us, too, because she just wanted to be with us and she enjoyed what we were enjoying). In reality, time at the ballpark was really family time. The ballpark was just the means to spend time doing something we enjoyed —watching baseball, being with each other and learning about life along the way.

My parents really lived out Psalm 127:3, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” They loved us and treated us as a “heritage from the Lord” and a “reward,” not an inconvenient burden or career-ending moment in life.

They loved us and we didn’t think any differently.

So as I look back at the past and the fond memories I have of my dad, mom, brother and the time we spent with each other, I also look to the future and even more memories that will be made.

Life is different now; my dad passed away in 1998, my brother and I are married, and my mom lives by herself (but she is still as giving, kind, patient and loving as she’s always been).

What won’t change, though, are our memories. We’ll always have them and others will know about them because they’re etched in stone.

By Brett Honeycutt

This column was published in Sports Spectrum’s January 2013 DigiMag. Brett Honeycutt is the managing editor of Sports Spectrum magazine. His column addresses topics from a biblical perspective. Follow him on Twitter-@Brett_Honeycutt

Sports Spectrum’s Co-Coach of the Year: Clint Hurdle

Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh PiratesSome of the biggest impacts Clint Hurdle had on people this year wasn’t while he was managing the Pittsburgh Pirates to their best season in more than 20 years. 

They happened off the baseball diamond in PNC Park, Pittsburgh’s beautiful home field that sits on the Alleghany River and to the left as you come off the famous Roberto Clemente Bridge.

After a game on Aug. 1, with Pittsburgh’s skyline peering over his and other player’s shoulders as they sat and stood just off the field, Hurdle shared with fans during Faith Night how he starts every day by reading II Chronicles 16:9, “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.”

He doesn’t just read God’s Word for self-encouragement, he feeds off of that so that he can encourage and impact otherslike those fans and people within the Pirates organization.

Some of that happens through encouraging quotes and stories that he sends through daily texts and emails to his players, coaches and front office staff as a way to impact those around himmotivating them not just on the field, but off the field, as well.

It’s one way Hurdle lives his life each day in front of his players, who he coached to the franchise’s first winning season, and first postseason, since losing the National League Championship series in 1992. 

Winning on the field was a long time coming for the Pirates organization and is the reason why the 56-year-old Hurdle was named the National League Manager of the Year. That, combined with winning off the field in life, is the reason Sports Spectrum named Hurdle co-coach of the year in 2013.

By Brett Honeycutt

This story was published in the January 2014 Sports Spectrum DigiMag. 

Sports Spectrum’s Co-Coach of the Year: John Harbaugh

AFC Championship - Baltimore Ravens v New England PatriotsAs the seconds ticked off the clock and the San Francisco 49ers failed to run back a Baltimore Ravens punt for a score, John Harbaugh could finally breathe.

His Ravens had won Super Bowl XLVII, 34-31, in front of a packed Mercedes-Benz Superdome crowd in New Orleans.

The game had been billed as a battle between two brothers, John and Jim Harbaugh.

But no storyline ever trumps the biggest game in the U.S. sporting world, no matter who’s involved.

What does trump winning the Super Bowl, though, is that John Harbaugh has a faith that means more than winning a game, as trivial or as important as we might think of it or make it.

“The biggest thing I’ve learned (this year) faith-wise is that God is in the driver’s seat,” Harbaugh told Sports Spectrum at Super Bowl Media Day in New Orleans. “That is what faith is. It’s the belief in the things that are unseen, that are uncertain, that we can’t be sure about. It’s a certain trust in life and in our Creator and God himself. I happen to be a Christian. That’s my faith. If you can do that, it brings you a peace. It brings you a certain peace that surpasses all understanding. I think if you have that, it gives you a chance to accomplish whatever it is you are supposed to accomplish.”

The peace that Harbaugh spoke of was missing from his life at one point, but when he gave the reins to God things began falling in place.

“The irony of the whole thing was when I finally gave up trying to move up in the profession, that’s when God took over and things that I hadn’t even dreamed possible … became realities,” Harbaugh says.

It’s just one example of the source of John Harbaugh’s success and is the reason why Sports Spectrum named him our co-coach of the year.

By Brett Honeycutt

This story was published in the January 2013 Sports Spectrum DigiMag. 

Top 10 Christian Athletes to Watch in 2014

1. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles: Leading the Eagles to the playoffs as a first-year starter earned Foles, then 23, respect around the NFL.

2. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors: In his fourth year in the league, the 25-year-old set the NBA record for three-pointers made with 272.

3. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: Two National League Cy Young Awards made fans think of legendary Dodgers ace Sandy Koufax. Kershaw, 25, was humbled to be mentioned in the same sentence.

4. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates: Winning the National League MVP would be enough, but McCutchen, 27, also helped the Pirates end a 21-year losing streak and playoff drought.

5. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles: Straightening out his swing helped the 27-year-old slugger lead Major League Baseball in home runs (53) and RBIs (138).

6. Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx: After the 24-year-old led her team to a second WNBA title in three years, Minnesota fans are hoping this will be a common sight.

7. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks: Two playoff appearances and two Pro Bowl selections in two years. Nothing else needs to be said about the 25-year-old.

8. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins: After a breakout rookie season in 2012, the 25-year-old Morris’ consistency was one of the lone bright spots for a beleaguered franchise.

9. Derek Ernst, PGA golfer: The 23-year-old turned pro in 2012 and won his first PGA Tour event in 2013, the Wells Fargo Championship, in a playoff.

10. Kevin Streelman, PGA golfer: Though he turned pro in 2001 and won his first event in 2013, it was a breakout year for the 35-year-old. He also had five Top 10 and nine Top 25 finishes, and represented the U.S. in the World Cup.

By Brett Honeycutt

This story was published in the January 2013 DigiMag of Sports Spectrum.

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