Another Angle: Cheapening the Brand

The other day, I was listening to The Dan Patrick Show on the way to work, as I usually do, and Patrick was interviewing Jim Parsons, who is most known for his endearing role as “Sheldon” in The Big Bang Theory. Patrick was talking to Parsons about the new Broadway play he was starring in called “An Act of God...”

Home Again

Heather Dobbins sits inside Enzo Martinez’s Salt Lake City apartment and holds his baby daughter, Arriana, for the first time. It’s the summer of 2013, and Dobbins has traveled all the way from Rock Hill, SC, to Utah, where Enzo is playing on Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake, just to be with him and his wife, Holly, and meet their daughter. The fact she has traveled so far just to be with Enzo’s family is really no surprise. Dobbins has always gone out of her way to care for Enzo and his brother Alex, who is only eleven months younger than him. And she has never expected anything in return...

Devotional of the Week: Your Favorite Course

“I hate this course.” “I never play well on this course...”

Airing it Out: Encourage or Destroy?

The stories of Laura Bassett and Steve Bartman are great examples of what it takes to truly embrace, love and encourage someone or to truly crush, hate and destroy them... Most sports fans will remember both people (famous and infamous now), but Laura Bassett’s incident is still fresh in most people’s minds...

In The News: Zach Johnson

From Zach Johnson’s first PGA Tour win to his most recent victory in the British Open on July 20, he has remained consistent. Not just in his play, but in how he talks after each win...
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Steve Cishek discusses journey to the majors (by Game On Liberty University)

New Cardinals reliever Steve Cishek shares how his faith in God has guided his path to the majors....

In The News: Stephen Curry

NBA All-Star. NBA MVP. NBA Champion. The success seemed to come all of a sudden for Stephen Curry, who earned his second consecutive All-Star berth this season before winning the NBA MVP in May and leading the Golden State Warriors to the NBA title in June...

From the Archives: Masterful Performance

For many golf fans, the final round of the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, is the high holy day of professional sports. It's a chance to worship all things green and beautiful in the aptly named Cathedral of Golf...

Devotional of the Week: Whom Shall I Fear?

Tim Tebow embodies the trait of never seeming to be afraid. He’s not afraid to make guarantees like he did at Florida when, following a 31-30 upset loss to Mississippi on Sept. 27, 2008, he promised that no one would work harder than him or the team the rest of that season. The Gators didn’t lose again that season and won the national championship...

Breaking Barriers

There is a popular phrase: “Timing is everything.” For the Corban University baseball team, that phrase could not have been more true when the Warriors traveled on a historic mission trip to Caimanera, Cuba. As the first American baseball team in Caimanera in nearly 60 years, and one of the few American teams to play on Cuban soil since the Cuban revolution of 1959, the local Caimanera population was ready for a message. That message that Warrior head coach Jeff McKay and the entire team delivered was one that would ring through the streets and set the stage for generations...

Devotional of the Week: What’s Your Perspective?

The golf swing only lasts a few seconds. But think how complicated those few seconds are, and the fact that they determine everything. You can focus on dozens of little pieces if you break the swing down: ball height, grip, grip pressure, club selection, club angle, stance and much more...

From the Archives: Charles In Charge

"(My grandfather's death) altered my thoughts on life. I always had a knowledge of Christ, but my faith didn't come alive until that point; I said a prayer that day asking Christ to come into my life..."

In The News: U. S. Women’s Soccer Team

Leading up to the women’s World Cup title game between the United States and Japan, the experts had fans believing the U.S. was struggling...
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Video of the Week: Lauren Holiday allows joy to shine through soccer (by FCA)

U.S. women's national team member Lauren Holiday sits down with FCA to talk about her faith, playing on the game's biggest stage, and being a role model for young women. For more visit www.FCA.org...

Devotional of the Week: A Good Choice vs. A Wise Decision

Every basketball player can tell you of a time that a coach has preached about the opportunity to pass on a good shot for a great shot. For example, if a player on the wing has a chance to shoot but has a defender contesting the shot, the result may be that he makes the basket, which could be considered a good choice. However, the better decision would have been to make the extra pass to an open teammate who would have a higher percentage of making the shot. This would be considered a wise decision...

From the Archives: Full Cup

"It's easy to get caught up in the hoopla of the moment or get lost in the darkness of a trial, but because God has so demonstrated His grace and power to me, I hold steady to what is most important and crucial in my life: My relationship with God and the privilege of being His kid." -- Michelle Akers, FIFA's Female Player of the 20th Century, and 2-time World Cup winner CLICK HERE to read Michelle Akers' story from Sports Spectrum's September 1999 issue...

Another Angle: The Opry Stage and Honky-Tonks

Genuine joy and passion can shine most brightly through the simplest things and most ordinary actions. I began thinking about this whenever I was in Nashville at the end of May for the annual K-LOVE Fan Awards with the Sports Spectrum staff, a weekend-long celebration centered on Christian music that incorporates some of the top bands in the industry. The weekend is filled with concerts, activities, and an awards show on Sunday evening at the iconic Grand Ole Opry House...

Catching Breaks

When A.J. Ellis goes to work, he finds himself exactly 60 feet, six inches from the best baseball player in the world today. For the past three seasons Ellis, has been the starting catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the consistent battery mate for Clayton Kershaw, reigning National League Most Valuable Player and winner of three of the last four Cy Young Awards for best pitcher in his league...

Unpackin’ It: Dru Joyce II talks about coaching journey, LeBron James, new book

Coach Dru Joyce II went from being a salesman to one of America’s most successful high school basketball coaches and mentor to hundreds of young men, including LeBron James. As head coach at St. Vincent-St. Mary in Ohio, he has won a national championship, three state championships, and been named the National Coach of the Year. He has written a new book, Beyond Championships: A Playbook for Winning at Life, with a foreword by LeBron James...

Devotional of the Week: Words to Say

On May 1, it was announced that Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry would be the recipient of the 2014-15 NBA MVP Award. That evening, Curry delivered a humble, gracious, 50-minute acceptance speech at the Oakland Convention Center. The speech reflected his interview with Sports Spectrum in 2013 when he said...
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Video of the Week: Benjamin Watson talks about faith, culture and winning the 2015...

Sports Spectrum talks to 2015 K-LOVE Sports Impact Award winner Benjamin Watson on the red carpet at the K-LOVE Fan Awards in Nashville, Tenn....

Summer 2015 print issue NOW AVAILABLE

Log in HERE to view Sports Spectrum's Summer 2015 print issue before it arrives in your mailbox. To receive eight issues of Sports Spectrum magazine a year, subscribe HERE. This issue includes feature stories on Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, newly signed N.Y. Jets quarterback Bryce Petty, and former MLB player Bernie Carbo. Also included is Sports Spectrum's usual 13-week devotional book, the Training Table, and a special eight-page section with tons of video content from the 2015 K-LOVE Fan Awards...

Devotional of the Week: Unbelievable Underdogs

The ending of the NFC Championship on Jan. 18, 2015, between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks was, in Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s own word, “Unbelievable!” Seattle was down 19-7 with more than five minutes in regulation. The Packers had just intercepted a pass. They had the ball around midfield. It looked hopeless that this would end well for the Seahawks...

Airing It Out: Love Through Life

When I was a child, my mom would take me and my brother to youth baseball and football practices at the nearby elementary school. She took care of us, joyfully, because we were her young children, but it was also laborious, because it required doing something else after a long day of work. I’m sure she would rather have rested, or done something different, but she knew we enjoyed it, and she liked things that we liked...

From the Archives: The Mark of a Champion

With the Cleveland Cavaliers advancing to the NBA Finals, here is an archived story on Mark Price (who spent the first nine years of his career with the Cavs) from our January/February 1993 issue...

Weekend With Bernie

I’m up to bat now and Carbo is pitching. Like Babe Ruth, I make a big show of pointing to the centerfield wall, calling my shot. “Be on time for camp tomorrow, Jimmy,” Carbo admonishes from the mound...

Bearing Down

Former Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty entered the 2014 season as the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year, leader of the highly ranked Bears football team, on the Heisman watch list and the finalist for many prestigious individual awards...

Texas-Sized Growth

James Barton’s college baseball career is proof God is always working in our lives, whether it’s the way we envisioned or not. An all-state and all-central Texas first team catcher born and raised in Austin,...