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The last two years have been a whirlwind for Brad and Tracy Stevens. The 2009-2010 season was crazy enough, when Brad and his Cinderella Butler University Bulldogs nearly knocked off almighty Duke in the NCAA men’s basketball national championship game. Then came the 2010-2011 season when No. 8 seeded Butler made another unexpected run to the title game—the only Indiana team ever to advance to back-to- back Final Fours...

Michael Redd already had the best preparation an NBA player could get for the upcoming season. Now it seemed appropriate to carry out the proper celebration for the gold medal Team USA won in the FIBA Americas tournament. Redd, an All-Star guard for the Milwaukee Bucks, was certainly in the perfect place--Las Vegas--to indulge in the party as well. Casinos were to his left, nightclubs bouncing into the wee hours were on his right, and everything else was in between. So what was the dead-eye left-hander doing to celebrate the moment? "I'm up in my room playing some dominoes, beating up on my man Rick Davis," Redd said with a chuckle. So much for the juicy nightlife. Then again, Redd has always been more about storing his treasures elsewhere...

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may not have the Hall of Fame numbers that predecessor Brett Favre has, but he has succeeded in winning over diehard fans who mourned Brett Favre’s controversial exit prior to the start of the 2008 season. These aren’t typical football fans either. Packers fans actually own their hometown team, boasting more than 112,000 local shareholders, and enthusiastically endure sub-zero temperatures in the stands at Lambeau Field. They also wear their game gear to church on Sundays...

The invitation came in the mail one day, and 24-year-old Shawn Hoskin was all aflutter for weeks. He had been invited to the Pujols Family Foundation’s annual autumn prom, the jackpot of all invitations. Every October the Pujols Family Foundation – the charitable organization established by St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols and his wife Deidre in 2005 – holds the prom for teenagers and young adults with Down syndrome. Albert and Deidre have a daughter, Isabella, with Down syndrome, and they wanted to use their resources to make a difference in the lives of others with the same condition – like Shawn. In the days leading up to the event, Shawn got more and more excited. It was all he talked about to his parents. The day of the prom came, and Shawn got a shoe shine, a haircut and a bow tie. His father Ron chauffeured him to the prom in the family Cadillac, used only on special occasions. Then Shawn abandoned his dad in favor of the dance floor, but Ron didn’t mind a bit...

New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey took a no-hitter through 7 innings Saturday vs. Philadelphia before Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino recorded a line drive base hit to left field. Dickey finished the day with 7 IP, 3 H, 1ER, and 1BB and no decision. The Mets went on to win the game 2-1. This was Dickey's last start on the year for the Mets, and it wraps up another solid year for the knuckleballer. Dickey finishes the year with a losing record (8-13) but a very solid ERA of 3.28, which is first among Mets starters. I had a chance to speak with Dickey in spring training, and the story was featured in the Spring 2011 issue of Sports Spectrum. The knuckleball. It dips and dives, darts and drops, and is the most unpredictable pitch in baseball. It seemingly takes a wild journey before reaching its destination to the plate. No one knows exactly where it will go. The batter doesn’t, the fielder doesn’t, even the catcher, and most importantly the pitcher, aren’t exactly sure where the ball will land...

Some people seem to have been born knowing just what they want to be when they grow up. David Robinson isn't one of them. The possibility of a career in professional basketball didn't even occur to Robinson until he was nearly through the Naval Academy. It's hard to believe that Robinson—one of the 50 greatest NBA players ever—never played on a school basketball team until his senior year in high school. Unlike many of his peers in the NBA, he didn't spend countless hours of his childhood playing pick-up games at the playground or signing autographs for imaginary fans. The thoughts of being a basketball superstar never entered his mind...

Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell led his team to a 23-20 victory on Monday night against the Denver Broncos. Larry Campbell sighs wistfully and daydreams for a moment. His son, Jason Campbell, has been a star quarterback for much of his life. He took his high school team to the state semifinals and produced a 13-0 season at Auburn in 2004 when he was the SEC Player of the Year and MVP in the SEC title game. He is now a multimillionaire in the NFL. Yet Larry still wonders...

Get ready for the first week of the NFL season by checking out our 2011 NFL Capsules. Read up on each division, team, and check out our encouraging quotes from Christians in the NFL. Sports Spectrum staff member Bryce Johnson provided his insight for the AFC, and Sports Spectrum Editor-in-Chief Brett Honeycutt gave his opinions about the NFC...

Webb Simpson shot a six-under-par 65 for a 15-under-par 269 to win the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday. The victory was his second win in three weeks. “I’m a big believer in prayer…” PGA rookie Webb Simpson told the largest room of reporters and television cameras he had ever faced in his young career. He had just earned his way into the national spotlight with a three-under 68 that placed him at the top of the leaderboard on the second day of the first FedEx Cup tournament of 2009. He would go on to finish eighth in a field that had some of the best and far more experienced players in golf...

This is the first of what we hope to make a part of the regular rotation here on SportsSpectrum.com. Every Thursday we are going to dig through the Sports Spectrum archives to find one of our great features from yesteryear. We're calling it "Throwback Thursdays." Enjoy. Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford are – gulp – good friends. Wait! Take a deep breath. Don’t do anything rash. This might help ease the pain a bit: Both quarterbacks are also friendly with fellow signal-caller Tim Tebow, whose Florida Gators chomped the Sooners in last season’s Bowl Championship Series title game. “Sam, Tim and I have a lot in common,” McCoy says. “It was fun getting to know those guys at all of the award events last year, and we’ve stayed in touch. I don’t know if our fans would like it, but Sam and I have gotten really close. We talk pretty regularly.” A Longhorn (McCoy) befriending a Sooner (Bradford)? Will wonders never cease?...

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