Daily Devotional – Friday August 4, 2017

No matter what they’re doing, most people I meet generally want to do their very best. They usually want to excel in their chosen field, and they’re willing to put in the hard work...

Preseason Coaches Poll released, Alabama No. 1, defending champs Clemson No. 5

The unofficial start of the college football season has begun with the release of the preseason Amway College Poll. The Alabama Crimson Tide takes the top ranking and 4 of the top 10 spots...

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh’s busy in-season work schedule

Football is back! The NFL preseason will kickoff Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET. The Arizona Cardinals take on the Dallas Cowboys in the annual Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio. The game is vital...

THE INCREASE: What kind of Father are you going to be? – Benjamin Watson

Back in May my newest book came out. The New Dad’s Playbook: Gearing Up for the Biggest Game of Your Life has been a few years in the making. In fact, it was the...

Predators Mike Fisher announces retirement, says God has given him peace about decision

Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher announced his retirement today in a letter he wrote in the the Tennessean newspaper. The 37-year-old center played 18 seasons in the NHL with Senators and Predators, playing in two...

Throwback Thursday: Heather and Heidi Burge, March/April 1992

At 6'5", identical twins Heather and Heidi Burge have always been a tall order, especially on the basketball court. Former Guinness World Records holders as the world's tallest identical twins (they were edged out...

Daily Devotional – Thursday August 3, 2017

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” —Proverbs 14:30 Last season, Brandon Marshall and I were going through the book The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. We...

Watch: Paralyzed football player Devon Gales plays catch for first time since injury

Need a heartwarming story to help get you through hump day? Allow Devon Gales to be your source of motivation. Gales suffered a serious neck injury in a football game against the Georgia Bulldogs on...

THE INCREASE: Transparency brings about real change – Steven Souza

I once heard Trip Lee talk about how to share your faith as a Christian and I love the way he put it. He said there are two different ways to do it—you can...

Instagram post gives insight to life as a ‘Football Wife’

As the calendar flips to August, many football fans celebrate the beginning of America’s favorite sport. The excitement has begun, yet so has the somber reality for wives of coaches and players. Carlie Buys, wife...
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Increase Story of the Week: Drew Brees

Drew Brees had what he thought was a career-ending injury to his knee during his junior year of high school, and as a result accepted Christ into his life. Years later as an NFL quarterback...

Kentucky QB Stephen Johnson healed from Tourette’s syndrome, ready for 2017 season

Stephen Johnson II is a senior quarterback at the University of Kentucky. Once a projected starter at Grambling State, injuries led Johnson down the junior college path before landing at Kentucky as the projected...

Daily Devotional – Wednesday August 2, 2017

“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.” —Proverbs 17:3 My 2015 postseason with the Mets was a really special time for me. Not only was I playing...

Pirates Andrew McCutchen is red hot

On May 23, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen found himself going hitless in five at-bats in a 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves. His average dropped down to .200. It was the lowest point in...

Seahawks Kam Chancellor signs three-year extension

Kam Chancellor has been a mainstay for the "Legion of Boom" defense that has made 5 straight playoff appearances and a Super Bowl title in 2013. The 29-year-old safety has agreed to a three-year contract...

THE INCREASE: God cares for you – Dave Dravecky

As a former Major League pitcher, I’ve had the privilege of speaking to many players, teams, coaches, and fans about my story. Recently I was asked to speak to a group of Major League...

Daily Devotional – Tuesday August 1, 2017

“Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore…” —John 21:4 (NIV) There He Stands In the last chapter of the Gospels, John describes a final encounter with Jesus by the Sea of Galilee, which includes...

THE INCREASE: Why Worry? – Matt Forte

Throughout this offseason, I’ve been learning a lot about how to defend against anxiety. It’s easy to become anxious, but the Bible warns against letting worry overtake our lives. In fact, anytime we allow...

Matt Holliday excited to have former teammate joining the Yankees

On the road again. The song made famous by Willie Nelson could be the motto of new Yankees pitcher Jaime Garcia. On Sunday, Garcia was traded to the New York Yankees in exchange for 2 prospects. Garcia, 31,...

Daily Devotional – Monday July 31, 2017

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that...

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson wants to play 25 years in NFL

This week, Russell Wilson will begin his sixth season as the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks. Selected in the third round of the 2012 Draft, Wilson has taken his team to five straight playoff appearances,...

This rock was meant to be climbed

The following article is featured in the latest edition of Sports Spectrum. To get a full subscription to the magazine, including it’s online content, click here to subscribe. This is the story of a little girl, big rocks, and...

THE INCREASE: Through the Storm – Kyle Gibson

“That day when evening came, He said to His disciples, ‘Let us go over to the other side.’ Leaving the crowd behind, they took Him along, just as He was, in the boat. There...

NEW PODCAST: Matt Forte, New York Jets Running Back

Matt Forte is entering his 10th NFL season in 2017. He was selected in the 2nd round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Bears. He spent 8 years in Chicago before signing a...

Daily Devotional – Friday July 28, 2017

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”...

Purdue quarterback stresses unity, cites Bible verse in powerful speech

David Blough is a junior quarterback with the Purdue Boilermakers. As he gets ready to do battle in the Big Ten this college football season, the former Elite 11 QB looks to build off of...

Throwback Thursday: Reggie Williams, May/June 1989

Transitioning out of the pro lifestyle is a tough road for any athlete. Questions of identity and self-worth are common, and some athletes succumb to substance abuse, addiction, and bankruptcy. Reggie Williams was not one...

Daily Devotional – Thursday July 27, 2017

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22 Practicing the Fundamentals Fundamentals are a crucial part of every sport. To be a good basketball or...

Matthew Slater ‘chuckles’ at 19-0 prediction

New England Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater has several reasons to smile as he and his teammates report to training camp. The 10-year vet is fresh off the Super Bowl LI title and was...

Diary of a Minor League Baseball Player (Part 12)

Ethan Chapman’s dream to make it to the Big League level hasn’t happened yet. This past winter, Ethan signed to play 2017 in the Mexican League (AAA level) with the Vaqueros Union Laguna club. Off...