NCAA Baseball Profile Closeup (Summer 2012 DigiMag): Mark Appel

Yesterday, Stanford’s starting pitcher, Mark Appel, was selected 8th overall in the MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Stanford is currently competing in the College World Series and just advanced to the super regionals and will play Florida State. Appel is featured in our current DigiMag, read his story below:

It would be easy to sympathize with Stanford’s Mark Appel if he felt pressure.

He is the top pitcher on one of the nation’s best college baseball teams, and he is taking classes at one of the nation’s toughest academic institutions… Continue reading

Airing It Out — Wake up, it’s dark

“I guarantee that no man of Tim Tebow’s stature could survive a season in New York without succumbing to the temptations of the city.” – Neal Biderman, CEO of an internet site.

That statement by Neal Biderman alone would irk some people, but knowing the context would, likely, disgust everyone… Continue reading

Airing It Out — From Tebowing to Linsanity

On the surface, it seems kind of crazy that people in the Christian and secular communities have all of a sudden latched themselves to Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin as if Tebow and Lin were the first ever Christian athletes.

Don’t get me wrong, I think all of the attention is great… Continue reading

Coming this week: Sports Spectrum’s 2012 MLB Preview DigiMag

Sports Spectrum managing editor Brett Honeycutt and staff writer Aaron May provide division capsules, top tens, and editorials about the upcoming MLB season while SPORTS YAPP host Bryce Johnson interviews 2011 Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw (cover). Look for the digital issue this week on, your hub for news connecting faith and sports.

To view our other digital issues (Fall 2011 featuring CFL star Anthony Calvillo, 2011 Year in Review, and Winter 2012 featuring Indiana University freshman Cody Zeller) click here. These are only available free of charge for a limited time. To get more of Sports Spectrum and receive four 100-plus page issues a year in print, subscribe here. Continue reading

Airing It Out — Our responsibility

When we fall, we learn a lot about ourselves.

When others fall, we learn even more about ourselves because of how we treat the fallen—and most of the time what we learn in that moment, and through our actions, is just as bad, or worse, than what we learned when we fell… Continue reading

Airing It Out — Tuck it away, not worth fighting

Seems Justin Tuck created quite a stir, in the secular and Christian community, when he bought each of his Super Bowl-winning New York Giants teammates, coaches and front office staff a memento to mark an occasion that only 45 other teams had ever experienced… Continue reading

The Scapegoat: Dealing with Blame and Defeat

On Championship Sunday, both the AFC and NFC title games were marred by mistakes in the final moments. Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff shanked a game-tying field goal against the New England Patriots, and San Francisco 49ers returner Kyle Williams fumbled on the punt return, giving the New York Giants a game-winning field goal.

But that’s life. We’re human. And we mess up. How do you react when you’re the one to blame for defeat? How do you respond to God when you lose? Former Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins punter Hunter Smith, who is featured on this year’s Power To Win DVD, dropped the snap on a game-tying extra point, which ended up being the last play of his otherwise successful career. But as a Christian, he used the moment of blame, shame and defeat to lead people to the Cross.

It was drizzling rain at Washington’s Fed Ex Field on Dec. 12, 2010, and seven seconds remained on the clock… Continue reading

From the Archives: Meb Keflezighi

At 36-years-old, Meb Keflezighi won the Olympic marathon trials last weekend. Keflezighi’s story below was featured in the Winter 2010 issue of Sports Spectrum.

Nearly two years ago Meb Keflezighi couldn’t walk. Even moving around in his bed required help from loved ones.

His predicament was the result of a fractured hip he incurred Nov. 3, 2007, at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in New York City… Continue reading

SPORTS YAPP Podcast #21 — Colts, Tebow, and the NFL Playoffs

Brett Honeycutt, editor of Sports Spectrum magazine, joins “SPORTS YAPP” to discuss Jim Caldwell and the Colts while Bryce gives his thoughts on one of his favorite players, Peyton Manning, and what the Caldwell firing means for him. The two of them disagree on the NFL games this weekend and give their final thoughts about Tim Tebow and the Broncos.

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Musings: Does God Care About Tim Tebow?

With the recent success that Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos have had since Tebow took over as the starting quarterback eight weeks ago (he has gone 7-1 as a starter after people in the media said he couldn’t play in the NFL), several questions have arisen among believers as well as non-believers.

They are: Is God showing favor on Tim Tebow or the Broncos? And does God care about the outcomes of sporting events, and in particular NFL games, or does He choose one team over the other?

This topic has multiple levels of discussion, but below are a few. However, before we tackle (no pun intended) these topics, let’s remember this: We let God’s Word form our opinion and our theology. We don’t find Scripture to support our opinion or our view just because we believe it (which, in essence, would be man-made theology)… Continue reading

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