Starting Anew

Ben Pike will not be charging into “The Swamp” on Aug. 31 when the University of Toledo opens its football season at the University of Florida.

He also won’t be running onto the field at the Glass Bowl, the Rockets’ home turf, on Sept. 14 when Toledo plays its first home game this season against Eastern Washington.

Instead, his surroundings will be a little different and more than eight hours away… Continue reading

Devotional of the Week — Breaking the Mold

Doug Flutie was someone who didn’t fit the prototypical quarterback. He only stood 5-feet, 9 inches tall, but he had a strong arm, a huge heart and a belief that his team could win.

On Nov. 23, 1984, with six seconds left on the clock, and Flutie’s Boston College team trailing the defending national champion Miami Hurricanes, fans saw all of Flutie’s qualities and more… Continue reading

August 2013 DigiMag now available!

We are happy to introduce to you our August 2013 DigiMag featuring Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr. This issue includes in-depth features on college football stars around the NCAA to prepare you for the upcoming season. Read about how University of South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson went from performing to living, Toledo defensive end Ben Pike chose the love of his life over football, and Derek Carr is continuing what his brother started at Fresno State. Managing editor Brett Honeycutt writes about Mike Vick, Riley Cooper and forgiveness in his column “Airing It Out;” staff writer Stephen Copeland writes about the recent passing of his grandfather and his interview with Toby Mac in his column “Another Angle;” and Bryce Johnson talks with Washington Redskins backup quarterback and former Michigan State star Kirk Cousins in his his column “Unpackin’ It.” Log in here to view the August DigiMag and our past digital issues from 2013 included in your subscription… Continue reading

Airing It Out — Michael Vick forgives; why can’t you?

If the statement below came from anyone else other than Michael Vick, we would glance over it, miss the potential lesson that we could learn (or be reminded of) and not think about how impactful it could be if we all did what Vick did. When asked about his teammate Riley Cooper, who used a racial slur while at a concert, Vick told reporters this: “As a team we understood because we all make mistakes in life and we all do and say things that maybe we do mean and maybe we don’t mean. But as a teammate, I forgave him… Continue reading

From the Archives — Covered

In a controversial season for Alex Rodriguez because of his involvement in the Biogenesis case and his appeal to Major League Baseball, we dug up this story from our Summer 2009 issue about A-Rod’s teammate Andy Pettitte. Pettitte admitted in 2008 to using performance enhancing drugs; and his road to confession, forgiveness and redemption is chronicled in today’s archived story.

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Devotional of the Week — Starting a New Chapter

At the end of the 2013 MLB season, the greatest closer of all time, Mariano Rivera, will hang up his Yankee uniform and retire at the age of 43. The Yankees closer for the last 17 years is still excelling at an age most players, and pitchers specifically, are long gone from the game, and he was just named the 2013 MLB All-Star Game MVP. It’s unlikely there will ever be another like him. And yet, while the watching world believes his purpose on this earth is coming to an end, Rivera believes it is only beginning… Continue reading

Survival In Death Valley

The Badwater Ultramarathon has been recognized as the toughest footrace on the planet according to National Geographic magazine. From the starting line in the bowels of Death Valley, athletes traverse 135 miles with temperatures at 130 degrees or higher on scorching, 200-degree pavement with several elevation changes from sea level to the finish line high on Mt. Whitney.

Frank McKinney, real estate mogul, a 5-time, best-selling author… Continue reading

Japhet Korir

At 19 years old, Kenya’s Japhet Korir became the youngest senior men’s champion in the history of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships when he won the event this past March in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The humble Korir, who turned 20 on June 30, was not aware he was the youngest to have won the race. On the finish line, Korir showed his excitement with the news, “Ah okay!! I didn’t know I have the record.” Minutes before, he had floored defending champion Imane Merga of Ethiopia in spectacular style. Korir, who announced his desire to compete in the 5000m event for the World Athletics Championships, will have to be at his best when Kenya holds her national championships and trials in June and July. In the past, Kenya has produced even greater athletes in that distance. In order for Korir to make it on the Kenyan team for Moscow, he Read More

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