Around the Net – Tim Tebow to New York, Christians in the NCAA Tournament

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)

Around the Net – #FreeTebow, Indiana’s Tom Crean, Louisville’s Peyton Siva

#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)

Around the Net – Ben Utecht reflects on Peyton Manning

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...

Around the Net – Trevor Bayne back in the Daytona 500, Durant named All-Star...

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 – Gary Carter passes away, Jeremy Lin headline controversy, Josh Hamilton’s...

"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 – Jeremy Lin, Josh Hamilton

"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

John Fox must have faith in Tim Tebow

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.

Black Monday

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.

Tim Tebow responds to Jake Plummer

Tim Tebow responded to Jake Plummer's comments on his faith on ESPN's popular show First Take. Tebow: "I respect Jake's opinion, and I really appreciate his compliment of calling me a winner. But I feel like anytime I get the opportunity to give the Lord some praise, he is due for it." Here's what Plummer said the day before on a sports talk radio show: "I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ, then I think I'll like him a little better. I don't hate him because of that, I just would rather not have to hear that every single time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff."
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