Faith Looks Forward

Mason Plumlee looks out over the floor at Duke University’s practice facility.

It must be weird to be back—returning to campus, his home for the last four years; visiting Cameron Indoor, Duke’s 2010 national championship banner hanging in the rafters of its gymnasium that feels more like a cathedral, with its wooden steeple doors and castle-stone exterior; and sitting here in Duke’s practice facility where his new team, the Brooklyn Nets, are having training camp… Continue reading

Faith Looks Forward

Mason Plumlee looks out over the floor at Duke University’s practice facility.

It must be weird to be back—returning to campus, his home for the last four years; visiting Cameron Indoor, Duke’s 2010 national championship banner hanging in the rafters of this gymnasium that feels more like a cathedral, with its wooden steeple doors and castle-stone exterior; and sitting here in Duke’s practice facility where his new team, the Brooklyn Nets, are having training camp… Continue reading

Airing It Out — Freely pardoned

Parents, in general, rear their children to get an education, excel at sports, and excel at life, sometimes in that order, and sometimes with sports before education, but usually, excelling at life seems to come last on the importance meter.

Strangely, those same parents wonder what happened when their children fail at life. Questions abound like: Why did they disobey? Why did they get involved with the wrong crowd? Continue reading

Back to Fresno

The phone rang. It was sometime in 2008 and Pat Hill, then Fresno State’s football coach, was calling to see how David Carr, the oldest of son of Rodger and Sheryl Carr, was doing.

David was a former Fresno State record-setting quarterback who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft by the expansion Houston Texans and was featured on the cover of Sports Spectrum that year… Continue reading

From the Archives — Striking Back

The last time we had a Detroit Tiger on our cover was Travis Fryman in our May 1996 issue. Read his story below…

Travis Fryman’s dream had come true.

He found himself in the visitor’s clubhouse at Fenway Park–covered with ketchup, mustard, and every other condiment that could be rustled up from Fenway concession stands.

Some wise guy had come up with two eggs that were added to the mix, along with some Coke and cold coffee. Yellow ooze was dripping from Fryman’s hair and into his eyebrows. This was the fulfillment of a dream?

Click here to read the remainder of Travis Fryman’s story. Continue reading

Taking Flight

Jason Avant is used to dodging defenders as a receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles. But before he made it to the NFL he had to literally dodge bullets.

Twice he was cornered by rival gangs as a youngster growing up in Chicago. And the house he lived in was shot up numerous times. His mother left him as a toddler and his dad was in and out of prison. But the former Gangster Disciple is now a disciple of Christ and has developed into one of the Eagles’ steadiest receivers… Continue reading

NFL Closeup — David Akers

Each time David Akers was cut by his last two NFL teams, his departure oddly followed deep runs by his teams in the playoffs. It didn’t deter him from continuing to succeed, though. Now with his fourth NFL team, he is once again one of the NFL’s top kickers, this year playing for the Detroit Lions and their high-powered offense. Akers, who has made six Pro Bowls, played in two Super Bowls (2005 with Philadelphia and 2013 with San Francisco) and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 2000s, owns three NFL records. During the 2011 season, while playing for the San Francisco 49ers, he set single-season records for most points by a kicker (166) and field goals made (44). Last season, he tied the NFL record (held by three others) for the longest field goal when he kicked a 63-yarder at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Read More

NFL Closeup — Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson, one of the top rookies in the NFL last season while guiding the Seattle Seahawks to the second round of the playoffs, had Seattle off to a fast start again this season and dreams of making another postseason appearance. Last season, Wilson passed for 3,118 yards and tied Peyton Manning’s NFL rookie record with 26 touchdown passes in the regular season, before passing for an NFL rookie playoff record 385 yards in a 30-28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons and earning a spot in the Pro Bowl. But Wilson, who became a Christian when he was 14, isn’t all about football. He is known for his strong faith and uses his popularity to point people to Christ by tweeting Bible verses to more than 380,000 of his Twitter followers. “You have to stand for something and (God) has given me this tremendous platform,” said Wilson, while speaking at Read More

Airing it Out — Someone else’s responsibility?

Parents, in general, rear their children to get an education, excel at sports, and excel at life, sometimes in that order, and sometimes with sports before education, but usually, excelling at life seems to come last on the importance meter.

Strangely, those same parents wonder what happened when their children fail at life. Questions abound like: Why did they disobey? Why did they get involved with the wrong crowd? Continue reading

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