Airing It Out: The Truce Match

Six years before the world’s first intercontinental soccer tournament and 16 years before the first World Cup, an international soccer game was played on Christmas Day, 1914...

Magnificent Mary

An Olympian and five-time world champion works in her garden as her husband looks on and talks to a reporter. But this isn’t an interview for a home and garden show in America’s Heartland, the Northeast or the Deep South...

High Performance

God opened a remarkable door for Chip Smith 27 years ago that radically changed his life and transformed athletic training in the United States. More than four years before the fall of the Soviet Union—mere weeks before President Reagan’s famous “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” speech on June 12, 1987—Smith spent three weeks in Moscow gleaning training secrets at the Soviet Sports Institute...

Steve and Lorri Zeller release sample chapter of new book about parenting, basketball

Below is an excerpt from Raising Boys The Zeller Way by Steve and Lorri Zeller. In the book, Steve and Lorri (parents of Luke, Tyler, and Cody Zeller) provide an inside look at the principles they implemented in their household, and share transparent and entertaining anecdotes about their parenting journey. Luke, Tyler, and Cody each finished at the top of their high school class, won Indiana’s famed Mr. Basketball award, went on to play basketball at Division I universities, and play in the NBA... 

Unexpected Platform

Sitting in a Target parking lot near Clearview Mall in New Orleans, Benjamin Watson opened the Notes app on his phone and wrote something that would end up touching America...

Devotional of the Week: Accomplishment of God’s Promises

The NFL has all kinds of stories about backup quarterbacks patiently waiting to be named the starter of the team. Aaron Rodgers waited behind Brett Favre. Nick Foles waited behind Michael Vick. Tom Brady waited behind Drew Bledsoe. While they waited, they continued to work hard and perfect their craft, knowing that if they were ever given their opportunity, they would be fully prepared...

Unpackin’ It: Charlie Ward

Each week, host Bryce Johnson interviews intriguing guests on his syndicated faith and sports radio show UNPACKIN’ it. We highlight a portion of that interview for your enjoyment and encouragement. This issue, Bryce is joined by Heisman Trophy winner and former NBA player, Charlie Ward. Charlie Ward played in the NBA from 1994 to 2005, after playing basketball and football at Florida State. He won the Heisman trophy in 1993. Listen to the full interview here: www.unpackinit.com.

The Life of a Prince

Fourth-year star cornerback Prince Amukamara is a prince for several reasons. First, “Prince” really is his name—it’s not an overconfident moniker he adopted. Second, Amukamara really is a prince...

Video of the Week: Rich Froning Jr.’s spiritual journey through CrossFit (by Game Plan...

Four-time CrossFit Games champion Rich Froning Jr., opens up to Game Plan For Life about his struggle with pride and his spiritual journey through his many athletic successes...

Devotional of the Week: New Beginning

Starting over is tough. I've had to do it several times in my adult life. With it comes learning new people, fear, uncertainty, etc. It's not always something we do with excitement, but sometimes it is. The story of Adam Loewen is one of those stories about starting over. He was a Major League Baseball pitcher and a high draft pick with the Baltimore Orioles...

Third issue of the fall NOW AVAILABLE

Sports Spectrum's third issue of the fall is now available for online viewing. Log in HERE to view the DigiMag. To receive 12 issues of Sports Spectrum magazine a year, subscribe HERE. This issue includes exclusive feature stories on Auburn University head football coach Gus Malzahn, Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Will Johnson and former Indianapolis Colts tight end Ben Utecht...

Airing It Out: Surprisingly Good

"Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.” I Thessalonians 5:15 Two stories that remind me that good still exists in today’s all-about-me and win-at-all-costs athletic culture come from a little-known college and one of the most unlikely NFL teams...

Devoted

Andy Dalton has been described by teammates as tough, gritty and solid. But now, as Dalton plays in his fourth season as the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, he gets to add another description to his name—father. He and his wife Jordan had their first child, Noah, on July 1, 2014, before the start of the 2014-15 NFL season...

Video of the Week: Justin Forsett – My Story (by The Increase)

Ever feel like you're doing all the right things, but still getting "picked over"? Justin Forsett's life tells that story, and how he experienced God in the process. (Produced by The Increase)

Another Angle: Meeting Norberto

The first time I saw Paraguayan missionary Norberto Kurrle was two years ago on a video screen. I was sitting in the back of an amphitheater at a church service in Roanoke, Va., when a video cued featuring Norberto and his newly adopted two-year old daughter, Anahi, sitting on his lap...

Athlete Blog: Standing firm on truth, persevering through life

As I grabbed my laptop in the airport to start typing away at my first blog before catching yet another flight, my most immediate thought was to write about how busy my schedule has been this fall. Between college soccer and World Cup qualifying, being a color commentator for ESPN and FOX has kept me on the move...

Around The Net: Ryan Clark

During a 2007 game against the Denver Broncos, NFL free safety Ryan Clark had to be rushed to the hospital. Clark, who had suffered from sickle cell trait since his childhood, had endured a splenic infraction, which is common in high altitudes for those with sickle cell. He had to have both his spleen and gallbladder removed, which resulted in losing 30 pounds...

Women’s Ice Hockey: Anne Schleper

If someone read Anne Schleper’s bio from the past five years they would wonder what she hasn’t accomplished. In 2011, she won a gold medal at the World Championships for women’s ice hockey...

In The News: Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw won nearly everything except a World Series ring this past baseball season. The 25-year-old, who, along with wife Ellen, travels on mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Zambia, as well as to U.S. cities Dallas and Los Angeles each offseason, became the first National League player in 46 years to take home both the Cy Young Award (league’s top pitcher) and the MVP (best overall player)...

Tribute Closeup: Alvin Dark

On Nov. 13, two weeks after the San Francisco Giants won their third World Series title in five years, one of the all-time Giants greats, Alvin Dark, passed away at the age of 92. In 1951, Dark helped lead the then-New York Giants to their first pennant since 1937; and in 1954, he led them to their first World Series title since 1933...

Around the World: Emerson Fittipaldi

"Yes, I’m back!” Those three words, in large print, were in a photo collage and placed just above a photo of a candy apple red Ferrari GT 458 and just under another photo of Emerson Fittipaldi’s eyes, which were peering through the opening of his racing helmet...

Unpackin’ It: Interview with Bobby Bowden

BRYCE JOHNSON: What area of your faith has grown the most as you’ve gotten older and stepped away from football? Bobby Bowden:  The older I have gotten, it seems the more faith I have. It hasn’t diminished. The faith I had as a child has grown and grown and grown. I have faith in God and my Savior is Christ. I’m a Christian...

Under the Radar

Pittsburgh Steelers fans didn’t find Will Johnson’s rushing stats impressive through his first 11 games this season. Two attempts, 0 yards. Or his receiving stats for that matter. Five catches, 30 yards. If they knew, they likely wouldn’t...

Ben Utecht: Why the Mind Matters

"Are you ever afraid, Ben?” the reporter asks. He doesn’t answer right away. How could he not be afraid? What would it be like to have symptoms of brain loss? Holes in your memory that you...

Athlete Blog: We Are What We Do?

Playing professional soccer for Major League Soccer (MLS) at the highest level in America over the past eight years has, without question, been a huge accomplishment of mine. Little did I know growing up that, one day, I would be living my dream as a professional soccer player! While it would be easy for me to list all of my soccer achievements, these accomplishments do not define me. Others will be drafted higher than I, trophies will fade, records will be broken, and our championship teams will long be forgotten...

From the Archives: Aiming to Please

After a long, hot day of practice at the University of Florida, Steve Spurrier is the first one off the field. He has made it his custom to lead the way into the press barrage. Spurrier steps to the sidelines and is assaulted with television cameras and tape recorders. "Nothin' too exciting happened today, nothin' too disappointing happened," he reported one afternoon early in the season, "just another day out in the sunshine. What else y'all wanna know?"

Devotional of the Week: Directionally Challenged

Moe Drabowsky was born in Poland in 1935. In 1956, he broke into the majors as a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. Over the next 10 years with four different teams, his record was a paltry 48-81. Three times his teams finished last. It seemed as if his career was going no- where, a dead end, with the then hapless Kansas City Athletics...

Airing It Out: Life lived out

Imagine if we were encouraged every day. Or taken care of every day. Or loved, celebrated, or even supported in our endeavors— every day. Imagine. How would that make you feel? Would you feel encouraged? Would you feel taken...