Bradford, McCoy and Tebow: Heis-men

This is the first of what we hope to make a part of the regular rotation here on SportsSpectrum.com. Every Thursday we are going to dig through the Sports Spectrum archives to find one of our great features from yesteryear. We're calling it "Throwback Thursdays." Enjoy. Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford are – gulp – good friends. Wait! Take a deep breath. Don’t do anything rash. This might help ease the pain a bit: Both quarterbacks are also friendly with fellow signal-caller Tim Tebow, whose Florida Gators chomped the Sooners in last season’s Bowl Championship Series title game. “Sam, Tim and I have a lot in common,” McCoy says. “It was fun getting to know those guys at all of the award events last year, and we’ve stayed in touch. I don’t know if our fans would like it, but Sam and I have gotten really close. We talk pretty regularly.” A Longhorn (McCoy) befriending a Sooner (Bradford)? Will wonders never cease?...

Faceoff – Learning from the Jim Tressel/Ohio St. Scandal

Tom Krattenmaker and Matt Dunn give their take on the Jim Tressel and Ohio St. scandal. Would you feel the pressure to cheat or bend the rules as a head coach in college football? Tom Krattenmaker believes he would if he was subject to the same intense pressures, byzantine rules and tantalizing rewards... Matt Dunn argues that when Christians elevate a football coach to be more of a preacher of the gospel, not only is it unfair to the coach (in this case Jim Tressel) but it is a disservice to the body of Christ...

Do-or-Die – Colossians 2:4-5

During this year’s men’s NCAA basketball tournament, I heard an interesting argument re- garding Butler’s postseason success. Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star columnist, said one of the keys to their success is their conference, the Horizon League, a conference that most likely won’t get any at-large bids and therefore must be won to advance to the Big Dance. Every game was a “must win” game and significantly affected Butler’s hopes of making the tournament. That’s why, when Butler did make the tournament, the players’ attitudes didn’t change. They’d been playing “do-or-die” all year...

Diligence – 2 Peter 3:14

On September 19, 1985, the Chicago Bears played at the Minnesota Vikings in a Thursday night football game. The Bears offense was struggling until half-time when Coach Mike Ditka changed quarterbacks and brought in Jim McMahon in the second half. In his first series of plays, he called for a play-action pass. He faked a hand-off to Walter Payton (“Sweetness”) and dropped back to pass. As he was searching for a receiver, a Minnesota linebacker came charging through a gap in the pocket, intent on sacking McMahon. “Sweetness” promptly moved into position and stuck the linebacker with a bone-jarring block...

The Prayers of the Righteous

“The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.” Proverbs 15:29 In a devotional on June 13 I wrote...

Wells Thompson – So Much Bigger Than Soccer

On a cold night last November, Colorado Rapids midfielder, Wells Thompson, ended the 2010 MLS season on his knees after a hard fought battle between Colorado and FC Dallas for the MLS Cup. When the final whistle blew, the Colorado Rapids were named the MLS Champions with a 2-1 victory. That’s when Thompson dropped to his knees and thanked God. “I was thanking God for everything, because without Him none of this would have happened, and without Him none of us would be here,” says the 27-year-old Thompson...

Airing it Out — The Whole Story

It was a great story and most of the major print media outlets like ESPN.com, the Associated Press, The New York Times, L.A. Times and Yahoo Sports picked it up and wrote about it. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and his new bride, Ellen, went to Zambia on a goodwill trip to help orphans by building a schoolhouse and providing education for them...

NCAA Closeup — Gordon Hayward

Sitting in a parent seminar on the eve of the NBA draft, Gordon Scott Hayward couldn’t help but look around. He didn’t belong in...

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Fire and Ice

Meet Jarome lginla, superstar forward for the National Hockey League's Calgary Flames. Jarome is one happy guy, and he's not afraid to show it through his words, actions, and a great big smile. It is virtually impossible for a room not to light up when he walks in grinning from ear to ear after a hard workout or a well-played game. So the question arises, what makes Jaromc lginla so happy?