That summer, John Morris would sit in church every Sunday and feel his eyes well up. His wife would look at him, concerned.
“It’s okay,” he’d say. Then she would hold his hand.
But he wasn’t okay. How could he be?
How can you be okay when a player kills—kills—another player? When the town you’ve lived in for 25 years—Waco, Texas—is a media circus, the center of one of the most catastrophic scandals in college basketball history? When the school you love—your employer for the last eight years—is like an exploding building, collapsing in slow motion for the entire nation to see… Continue reading →
Just the mention of his name elicits a collection of defeated, almost fearful responses from major league hitters.
Some shake their head and laugh nervously. Others ponder their fate for a moment…then shrug their shoulders in resignation. Still others take a deep breath and slowly exhale as if they’ve narrowly escaped death… Continue reading →
Coach Mark Richt will lead the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday in their matchup against the Alabama Crimson Tide for the SEC Championship. Coach Richt joined us earlier this season on our podcast to talk about faith, family and football…
This edition of Sports Spectrum “Conversations” features the head football coach from Georgia, Mark Richt. Coach Richt has been in charge of the Georgia football program since 2001 and has a 117-39 record, 5 SEC Eastern division titles and 2 SEC Championships… Continue reading →
It was a simple request. Let me stay on the New York Knicks roster.
That was the prayer request uttered by Jeremy Lin on January 27 at a pregame chapel with teammate and friend Landry Fields teammate Jerome Jordan and Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem.
“The chaplain asked us to share a prayer request, and I knew February 10th was right around the corner, so that was what was on my heart, just that I would be able to continue to stay on the roster and be with the team the rest of the year…” Continue reading →
New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey went 20-6 and posted a 2.73 ERA in 2012. His win total and ERA were 2nd in the National League. Dickey also led the NL in strikeouts with 230. R.A. Dickey is one of the top candidates for the NL Cy Young award, which will be announced later today. Here is his story, from the March issue of Sports Spectrum:
The knuckleball. It dips and dives, darts and drops, and is the most unpredictable pitch in baseball. It seemingly takes a wild journey before reaching its destination to the plate. No one knows exactly where it will go. The batter doesn’t, the fielder doesn’t, even the catcher, and most importantly the pitcher, aren’t exactly sure where the ball will land.
It’s so tough to tame that there is just one active major league knuckleballer: R.A. Dickey… Continue reading →
Sports Spectrum contributor, and faith and sports podcast host Bryce Johnson interviews Fox6 sports reporter Britton Lynn about Alabama football, her faith, the Cowboys, being a female sports broadcaster and cheering for her alma mater. Britton has covered BCS Championships, the ESPYS, and has been seen on ESPNU and Fox Sports. She brings some great energy to the UNPACKIN’ It podcast. Click here to listen to Bryce’s interview with Britton Lynn.Continue reading →
Remember when the Bears played the Lions on Monday Night Football a few weeks ago? The third presidential debate was that night, too, and there was a great divide across the entire nation. No one knew which to watch, and I understand why. After all, what’s more American: democracy or football? It’s a good question… Continue reading →
There’s a stairwell that leads to a lonely apartment on Hinesley Avenue, down the street from Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Rotnei Clarke, one of the nation’s top college basketball players, used to crawl up the stairs to the second floor, casts on his feet, questions on his mind, doubts flying like arrows over the walls of his soul… Continue reading →
This edition of Sports Spectrum “Conversations” features Ryan Mathews, an outfielder in the Oakland Athletics organization. This past spring, Mathews hit 17 HRs and helped his teammates at NC State advance to the Super-Regionals of the NCAA baseball tournament. Ryan joins us to talk about his faith, his NCAA tournament experience, getting drafted, and what life is like in the minor leagues.
To hear the full interview, including Ryan’s thoughts on the A’s playoff run, if he’s ever faced a pitcher who throws as hard as Justin Verlander, and how he shares the Gospel though Twitter, click the link to the podcast. Continue reading →
Ryan Vogelsong struck out a career-high nine batters in 7 innings Sunday night to help the Giants even the series at 3-3 against the Cardinals. When asked by FOX’s Erin Andrews about his start, he gave glory to God…
LSU sent an email out last week containing a photo of a fan group, but students were shocked to see their painted crosses missing in the photo…
The couch that Jeremy Lin once slept on before becoming an overnight sensation for the New York Knicks is gone… Continue reading →
Sports Spectrum magazine seeks to highlight Christian athletes of all sports and levels to help motivate, encourage
and inspire people in their faith through the exciting and challenging world of sports.