The NY Times has a nice story on Bubba Watson dealing with his sudden fame since winning The Masters. The story talks about Bubba and his wife's adoption of Caleb, his recent charity event Bubba Bash (catered by Waffle House), and his unique golf swing. Growing Up Bubba: Bubba Watson Deals With His Sudden Fame
Kurt Warner on concussions Last week, NFL Network analyst and former Super Bowl MVP, Kurt Warner, appeared on the Dan Patrick show and said that he would prefer that his sons don't play football. After the comments, Warner was hammered by football analysts like Merrill Hoge calling Warner "uneducated and irresponsible" and Amani Toomer accusing him of trying to "trash the game." Well, after their accusations, Warner fired back on his blog at KurtWarner.org... What is most interesting about this whole situation may be Warner's observations about how society has become when it comes to voicing an opinion: First, let me say that it always disappoints me that we can no longer respect others opinions... London Fletcher talks about Junior Seau's death Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher talked with SI's Peter King in his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column about Junior Seau's death and what the NFL should do to try and help players when their NFL career is over... Teen takes Tim Tebow cutout to prom A teenager in Iowa decided to take a cardboard cutout of Tim Tebow to her senior prom... Christian Athletes in the Headlines Wells Fargo Champ Rickie Fowler on being a role model (blog.beliefnet.com) How Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow became bigger than their accomplishments (ESPN.com)
Tim Tebow A controversial infidelity website is offering $1 million for anyone who can prove they've slept with Tim Tebow: AshleyMadison.com founder and CEO Noel Biderman says Tebow should embrace his status as a sex symbol. “Sports and sex (and of course, infidelity) go hand in hand. If Mr. Tebow is indeed abstaining from adult relationships, I would encourage him to find a nice lady or two and enjoy his youth and fame as much as possible. We are beyond the days where pre-marital sex has a social stigma, and it is my hope that soon we will also feel the same about infidelity. I guarantee that no man of Tim Tebow’s stature could survive a season in New York without succumbing to the temptations of the city (i.e. pull a Brett Favre).” (AshleyMadison.com) Bubba Watson Bubba Watson will return to the course for first time since winning the Masters. He will play in the Zurich Classic New Orleans where he is the defending champion. "That stuff is more important to me, but right now with this platform that I have of winning the Masters, it's going to give me a better chance to raise good dollars for cancer, for the center in Africa and different things like that." (The Associated Press)... Christian Athletes in the Headlines Should Drew Brees sit out the entire 2012 season? (Business Insider) Kaka tops 10M Twitter followers (Associated Press) Hockey (Mike Fisher's) wife Carrie Underwood on playoffs (ESPN.com)
Tim Tebow New York Jets new quarterback Tim Tebow was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time Magazine, and interestingly enough, New York Knicks point guard, Jeremy Lin, wrote the profile:
Watching Tim Tebow play football, you can observe many things about his character...Jeremy Lin Jeremy Lin was also named to Time's most influential list. Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, wrote about Lin:
Jeremy Lin's story is a great lesson for kids everywhere because it debunks and defangs so many of the prejudices and stereotypes that unfairly hold children back...Torii Hunter's Taxes Tax day isn't a fun day for anyone, with all of the complicated forms and deductions and write-offs, but it's an especially difficult day for pro athletes, who have to pay taxes throughout many different states. Marcia C. Smith from the Orange County Register gets an inside look at Torii Hunter's (who was featured in the spring 2012 issue of Sports Spectrum) complicated tax filing process... Christian Athletes in the Headlines Christian Website Aids NASCAR Driver After He Loses Major Sponsor (Christian Post) Trevor Bayne sidelined for Texas Nationwide race despite high ranking (Yahoo Sports) R.A. Dickey and Tim Wakefield star in Knuckleball! film (AmazinAvenue.com)
Bubba Watson wins the Masters Bubba Watson won the 2012 Masters, clinching the tournament win after a two-hole playoff against Louis Oosthuizen. Watson, who was featured in the Winter 2012 issue of Sports Spectrum, finished at 10-under and won his first major tournament. When asked about how special it was to win on Easter, Bubba said: "Yeah, this is the day Jesus is risen..." Tim Tebow speaks to thousands at Easter service 15,000 people showed up for an Easter service in Georgetown, Texas with Tim Tebow as the guest speaker. Celebration Church hosted the service and their pastor, Joe Champion, and Tebow talked for about 20 minutes. "It's OK to be outspoken about your faith... Carlos Pena makes return to Rays, gets 7 RBIs verses the Yankees Carlos Pena made a big return to the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend. Pena had 7 RBIs against for the Rays in their series vs. the New York Yankees. Pena was featured in Sports Spectrum in the Summer 2009 issue and said this about his relationship with Christ... Christian Athletes in the Headlines Masters winner Watson not ashamed of his Christian faith (BillyGraham.org) C.J. McCollum: Why I'm returning to Lehigh for my senior year (Sporting News) Tim Tebow connects with inmates during prison visits (NFL.com)
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey writes a book New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey has released his memoir called, "Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball." The book is a very open and honest look at Dickey's life as he tells about his struggles growing up in a broken home, sexual abuse, adultery, and even suicide. “I have spent so much of my life running and hiding, and I wasn't going to continue doing that in the book," Dickey says... Jeremy Lin out for regular season New York Knicks point guard and Sports Spectrum spring cover boy, Jeremy Lin, will miss the rest of the regular season... Bubba Watson and wife adopt boy Golfer Bubba Watson and his wife Angie have adopted a 1-month old baby boy. The couple tweeted a picture of their new family member, Caleb. Watson will make an appearance on Faherty tonight on the Golf channel to talk about his adoption... Christian Athletes in the Headlines Lin has lunch with fired editor (Yahoo Sports) Tim Tebow Among Speakers at Chick-fil-A Leadercast Event (Sacramento Bee) Lance Berkman gives away Adam Wainwright’s truck in April Fool’s prank (Big League Stew)
Dodgers' Kershaw unhappy with slider, happy with Magic Johnson as owner Despite the struggles with one of his best "out" pitches, Kershaw is ready for the start of the season, and is thrilled with the new ownership group that just bought the Dodgers for a record 2 billion dollars, which includes legendary LA Laker, Magic Johnson... Tyler Zeller talks faith after loss Zeller, a senior, has played his final game for North Carolina. “It all comes back to my faith..." Butler's Nored named high school head coach That didn't take long did it? Butler's senior point guard Ronald Nored, who just played in his final game for the Bulldogs last week, has been named the head coach of Brownsburg High School, where former Butler teammate and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward attended... Christian Athletes in the Headlines Brother of Ohio State men's basketball player Aaron Craft deploys for Afghanistan (Cleveland.com) Tim Tebow at center of lawsuit by Nike filed against Reebok (NJ.com) Angels' Pujols in no rush for Opening Day to come (Orange County Register)
Tebowmania in New York Last night, the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets finalized a trade to send Tim Tebow, and subsequent Tebowmania, to New York.... Now with the Jets, Jeff Darlington of NFL.com writes that Tebow has the biggest platform in America, New York City... Ohio State's Aaron Craft The Ohio State Bukeyes play the Cincinnati Bearcats tonight in the Sweet 16, but for the Buckeyes Aaron Craft, basketball is only a part of who he is. "I choose to be a Christian, a student and then an athlete," Craft said. (thelantern.com) Craft is involved in Athletes in Action at Ohio State, attending bible studies and weekly meetings... Louisville's Peyton Siva "Stop being selfish," Siva said to his dad. "He saved my life," Peyton Siva Sr. said. (Seattle Times) Louisville and Michigan State play tonight in the Sweet 16 but Cardinals point guard Peyton Siva's biggest assist in life was to his dad; who was contemplating ending his life before Peyton Jr. boldly said those words... Christian Athletes in the Headlines: Namath on Jets trading for Tebow: 'I think it's just a publicity stunt' (NFL.com) Tim Tebow and the Jets: What could possibly go wrong? (Washington Post) Tim Tebow: King of New York? (ESPN.com) Drew Brees is befuddled, wants an explanation for Payton’s suspension (Yahoo Sports)
#FreeTebow Former Colts QB Peyton Manning has decided to sign with the Denver Broncos, picking the other horse-related nickname in the NFL, but while everyone should be talking about Manning, they are talking about Tim Tebow. On Twitter, ESPN First Take personality, Skip Bayless, has started the #FreeTebow hashtag... Tom Crean has the Hoosiers back in the Sweet Sixteen When asked about the significance of getting IU back to the Sweet 16 after many years of struggling, head coach Tom Crean had this to say: "Oh, absolutely. There's no question about it. And as I said to them, again, you know, the way God has brought us all together and touched everybody's life, everybody is better for what they've had to deal with... Christian Athletes in the Headlines Louisville's Siva's biggest assist was as a 13-year-old (Seattle Times) What's Tim Tebow's trade value? (USA Today) Browns need to say no to Tim Tebow (ESPN) Broncos' trade market for Tim Tebow not looking good (Denver Post)
Sports Spectrum featured former tight end and current musician Ben Utecht in its Fall 2009 issue. Utecht won a Super Bowl with Peyton Manning in the 2006-07 season and wrote this for Sports Spectrum and "The Jersey Effect" website in light of Manning's era coming to an end yesterday. The end to an Indiana dream but not an NFL legacy... Peyton Manning is more than just a quarterback. He is a symbol and a beacon for what is right about the NFL. I had the privilege and honor of playing with Peyton for four years. In those four years, I learned more about myself as a player but more importantly as a man...
Trevor Bayne in the Daytona 500 Tonight, after rain delays and postponements, NASCAR will open it's season with the Daytona 500 at 7 p.m. Trevor Bayne, last year's out of nowhere rookie winner, will be looking to make it two straight. Despite the attention and fame that Bayne received from being the winner of America's most famous stock car race, Bayne is still the same guy who loves the same God... UPDATE: After being involved in a wreck in lap two, Bayne finished 35th in the 2012 Daytona 500. Kevin Durant wins MVP of NBA All-Star game Kevin Durant scored 36 points and led the Western Conference All-Stars to a 152-149 victory Sunday night, beating the Eastern Conference All-Stars. Durant was awarded the the MVP of the game; the first time he has ever received this award... New Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine bans beer from the clubhouse New Boston Red Sox manager, Bobby Valentine, has banned alcohol from the Red Sox clubhouse. This comes on the heels of a season where the Red Sox blew a 9 game lead in the Wild Card and have numerous reports from the Boston media about some of its pitchers drinking beer during games... Boston's Adrian Gonzalez looks to become a better leader Adrian Gonzalez, featured in the Fall 2011 issue of Sports Spectrum, will shoulder more of a leadership role with this year's team... Christian Athletes in the Headlines Butler coach Brad Stevens not worried after loss to Valparaiso (News-Sentinel.com) North Carolina's Tyler Zeller Named Academic All-American Of The Year (digtriad.com) Wells Thompson: Scoring a Goal with the Gospel (JesusNSports.com)
"Around the Net" is your source for Christian athletes in the news. Each week, we will post some of the best and most relevant stories about Christian athletes that we see from around the internet. Gary Carter Baseball Hall of Famer Gary Carter passed away last week, succumbing to his battle with brain cancer at the age of 57. Carter was featured in Sports Spectrum multiple times... (Read more inside) Jeremy Lin Controversy Over the weekend, ESPN Mobile published a headline with a racial slur in regards to Jeremy Lin. ESPN has fired that editor who claimed that it was an "honest mistake" and had used that headline "at least 100 times" in other headlines. The editor apologized for the headline and said he is a big fan of Lin, especially because Lin is outspoken about his Christian faith, like himself. More on the story inside... Josh Hamilton undergoing a makeover Josh Hamilton appeared on Glenn Beck TV last week in an interview with pastor Dr. James Robison to talk about his relapse with alcohol, battling demons, and how he is undergoing a makeover with the help of Christian counseling. Watch the Interview inside... Christian Athletes in the Headlines NY Mets great Gary Carter, dead after bout with brain cancer, got to say goodbye on Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball field (NY Daily News) Kevin Durant scores career high 51 points in an overtime win vs. Denver (NewsOK.com) New York Yankees sign DH/1B Raul Ibanez (MLB.com) Josh Hamilton undergoing "makeover"
"Around the Net" is your source for Christian athletes in the news. Each week, we will post some of the best and most relevant stories about Christian athletes that we see from around the internet. This past week, Jeremy Lin became the talk of the country in the NBA. He's gone from his brother's couch to the starting point guard for the New York Knicks. One of the coolest things about Lin's story has been about his faith in Christ... Last week, Josh Hamilton had a relapse with alcohol. Instead of condemning / judging / abandoning Josh Hamilton, Dr. Jim Denison, a pastor/author in Texas, urges that we should pray for him. Hamilton immediately faced the press the next day and owned up to his mistakes. Watch the press conference is inside... Christian Athletes in the Headlines: Lin and the Knicks steal one at Minnesota Former St. Louis Cardinals will speak at Christian athletes event at Busch Stadium Redskins' London Fletcher honored as 2012 Bart Starr Award Winner KU walk-on Christian Garrett talks about his faith in Christ
Jen Floyd Engel of foxsports.com writes that John Fox should have faith in Tim Tebow. She even starts the article out with a quote from C.S. Lewis. Engel says that Fox's play calling was so conservative in the Broncos loss to Kansas City, it showed that Fox has zero faith in Tim Tebow. In order for Denver to have a chance against the Steelers this weekend, Fox must show faith in Tebow.
In what ESPN and other press members deemed "Black Monday" (at least they didn't call it Fire-gate or something like that) two NFL coaches got the pink slip and one father and son dynamic duo were booted off of the ranch on Monday. Head coach Steve Spagnuolo and along with GM Billy Devaney were fired from the St. Louis Rams (2-14) and Raheem Morris was fired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12) after ending the season on a ten-game losing streak, who just one year ago coached the team to a 10 win season. In Indianapolis, a 14-year run ended for Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian. Bill and his son, Chris Polian, Vice President and General Manager, were let go by Colts owner Jim Irsay, who declared that it was time for a new direction in Indy.