This issue features stories on Texas A&M head basketball coach Billy Kennedy and Spain Park High School star baseball player Hunter Dawson. We also have closeups on Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown, Houston Texas quarterback Case Keenum, New York Giants safety Ryan Mundy, Baylor University men’s basketball guard Brady Heslip and Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant. Our columns also touch on a variety of issues. Managing editor Brett Honeycutt writes about Johnny Manziel and humility in his column “Airing It Out,” and staff writer Stephen Copeland writes about former NCAA men’s basketball coach Dave Bliss and grace in his column “Another Angle.”
Baseball is a simple game. Throw strikes. See the ball and hit it. There are three outs, per team, per inning and nine innings in a game. Teams that play well together are usually successful.
Team unity is enhanced in the clubhouse by energetic leaders like Orlando “Cha-Cha” Cepeda, who led the St. Louis Cardinals to the World Series in 1967 and 1968. It can also be augmented by quiet leaders like Carlos Beltran, who leads by consistent performance and is there to be an example and mentor to younger players… Continue reading
For even the world’s best athletes, the Olympics represent the chance of a lifetime. Years of sacrifice and training culminate in fleeting minutes, perhaps only seconds, of effort. And then…only one winner stands atop the award platform.
Going for the gold is one thing. Getting it is another. Just ask Jim Ryun.
Though not one, not two, but three Olympiads, he chased the gold. But every time he ran, its glitter remained just beyond his grasp…
Who won the Super Bowl last year? How about two years ago? Three? Four? Five? Six? Seven?
If you could name each Super Bowl champion from the last seven years, I would be impressed. But my guess is that recalling the Super Bowl winner from two or three years ago was a struggle. Most people, outside of Indianapolis Colts fans, have forgotten that my teammates and I won a Super Bowl in 2006. That was six years ago… Continue reading
(Originally published in Sports Spectrum’s April 2013 DigiMag)
We heard the same sermon twice on the Wednesday night we went to West Monroe, La.—and both were unexpected.
We had just finished our interview with Miss Kay, Al, Willie and Phil Robertson, cast from the popular TV show, Duck Dynasty. It was interesting listening to Phil talk about sex and relationships, Willie talk about his early days when he and his wife, Korie… Continue reading
Dylan Thompson had strings.
He moved the right way. He said the right things. He danced across the stage and nailed his lines. He was a shell of a man, a marionette that moved but had no life inside.
One day, the strings broke, his body fell, and he lay all twisted up and lifeless on stage.
The lights went down. And the curtains closed.
University of South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson was the Tim Tebow of Boiling Springs (S.C.) High School.
He fit the mold perfectly… Continue reading
Below are segments of Sports Spectrum’s interview with Mark Jackson from our February 1995 issue.
SS: How have you changed since your college days at St. John’s? Has being an NBA star affected you?
Jackson: No, I think the things that have changed me are being married, having two children, and most important, becoming a Christian. That changed my life more than anything else. That changed my perspective, changed my attitude, changed my whole outlook, and that really was the greatest thing that happened to me… Continue reading
Tony Romo has undergone a spiritual transformation the last few years (which we talk about on pages 40-43 of this issue). During that time, he has been mentored by godly men, gotten married, become a father and has seen what’s most important in life.
“One thing as I grow into a husband is being a spiritual leader of my family, my wife and the people I surround myself with,” Romo told Sports Spectrum. “I heard John Wooden, the UCLA basketball coach for all those years, once said success is peace…” Continue reading