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.
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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…
Read the remainder of our story from our March/April 2005 issue here. Continue reading
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
“Stephen,” my golf instructor told me in high school. “We’re going to make a list.”
“Okay,” I said. “Of what?”
“Of all the positive things that are true about your golf game,” he told me.
I think my instructor knew the exercise would be difficult for me. He knew how much I beat myself up, how much I convinced myself I was worse than I actually was, how much of a pessimist and perfectionist I am… Continue reading
Parents, in general, rear their children to get an education, excel at sports, and excel at life, sometimes in that order, and sometimes with sports before education, but usually, excelling at life seems to come last on the importance meter.
Strangely, those same parents wonder what happened when their children fail at life. Questions abound like: Why did they disobey? Why did they get involved with the wrong crowd? Continue reading
The 2012 St. Louis Cardinals baseball team exhibited unusual power. Five players: Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday, Allen Craig, Yadier Molina and David Freese each hit 20 or more home runs. This had never happened in franchise history.
They made it to the postseason, winning the wild card playoff and division series. They were up 3 games to 1 in the National League Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants until San Francisco’s excellent pitching took over… Continue reading
Bryce is joined by former star quarterback at Texas, and current backup quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Colt McCoy. Drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2010, McCoy was traded in April to the 49ers. He has also co-authored a new book called, The Real Win: A Man’s Quest for Authentic Success. Listen as Colt McCoy candidly unpacks his life. Click here to listen to Bryce’s full interview with Colt McCoy… Continue reading