Each week host Bryce Johnson interviews intriguing guests on his syndicated faith and sports radio show “UNPACKIN’ it.” This issue, Bryce is joined by New Orleans Saints’ tight end, Benjamin Watson. He was the 32nd overall pick by the Patriots in 2004 after finishing his college career at Georgia, and won a Super Bowl during his rookie season. He discusses family, faith and football with Bryce on his radio show “UNPACKIN’ it.” You can listen to the full interview here… Continue reading
A reporter asks Derek McCartney if he has anything else to say.
He pauses, and thinks.
“I guess I just have one request,” he says.
“Yeah,” says the reporter.
“In the past, when people have done articles on my family, they have described me and T.C. as ‘half-brothers…’” Continue reading
Yawn…yawn. Seemingly just another day at the office for point guard Steve Alford. The smooth 6-foot-2 senior led Indiana University to the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball championship this season, averaging 22 points a game. But his fluid movements on the floor belie the effort and diligence away from the camera that went into his contributions toward the team’s national title.
Alford ended his career as the Hoosiers’ four-time Most Valuable Player. He finished as the number 2 all-time scorer in the Big 10 Conference–a mere deuce behind Michigan’s Mike McGee…
Fresno State quarterback and Heisman Trophy hopeful Derek Carr said his faith in Christ was the No. 1 thing in his life. “You can ask anyone who knows me, that’s the first thing they should tell you, and if they don’t, then I’m not doing the right thing,” he said. “Derek Carr is not the Fresno State quarterback. First of all, he’s a Christian and then he’s the Fresno State quarterback; that is what’s the most important thing to me, to be noticed as a Christian first and a quarterback second…” Continue reading
Carolina Panthers long-snapper JJ Jansen looked at me from across the table. He had an intense strain in his eyes. I noticed sweat forming on his nose. His leg started to shake, causing our coffees to rattle on the table as if there was a coming storm. I looked at him, confused.
“Stephen,” he said, “I have something to tell you.”
“Yes?” I said… Continue reading
This issue features Brooklyn Nets rookie Mason Plumlee, contemporary Christian music artists Tenth Avenue North and Nicole Jennings, the wife of Minnesota Vikings two-time Pro Bowl receiver Greg Jennings. The issue also includes stories on NFL kicker Ryan Succop (of the 8-0 Kansas City Chiefs), and two World Series participants: St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and Boston Red Sox player Daniel Nava. Also, our columns touch on a variety of issues: In “Airing it Out,” managing editor Brett Honeycutt writes about pardons; In “Another Angle” staff writer Stephen Copeland writes about grace, and in “Unpackin’ It,” Bryce Johnson talks with New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson.
Curt Schilling stood outside the Boston Red Sox’s clubhouse following Game 6 of the 2004 American League Championship Series, talking on camera to Kenny Albert, a Fox television reporter.
Schilling had just given up four hits over seven innings against the New York Yankees, helping the Red Sox win the game 4-2, forcing Game 7. With the victory, the Red Sox moved one victory away from the most shocking comeback in baseball history. Schilling ignored the excruciating pain in his right ankle, pain that was caused by a dislocation of the tendons around the outside of his ankle and the stitches inserted to stabilize them. When Albert asked Schilling how he was able to persevere, the reporter was surprised with Schilling’s response…
Mason Plumlee looks out over the floor at Duke University’s practice facility.
It must be weird to be back—returning to campus, his home for the last four years; visiting Cameron Indoor, Duke’s 2010 national championship banner hanging in the rafters of its gymnasium that feels more like a cathedral, with its wooden steeple doors and castle-stone exterior; and sitting here in Duke’s practice facility where his new team, the Brooklyn Nets, are having training camp… Continue reading