From the Archives — John Wooden, his legacy, and his top five “Woodenisms”

Simply the best. John Wooden is, without question, the most successful, most respected, most everything collegiate basketball coach in the universe. Wooden passed away at age 99 on June 4, 2010, about fourth months from his 100th birthday...

Devotion of the Week — Sin and defeat

“So about three thousand men went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai, who killed about thirty-six of them. They chased the Israelites from the city gate as far as the stone quarries and struck them down on the slopes. At this the hearts of the people melted and became like water.” Joshua 7:4-5 The year was 1991 and the Duke men’s basketball team was in the Final Four, facing an undefeated and defending NCAA champion UNLV team that had beaten Duke 103-73 for the national championship the previous year in the most lopsided title game in NCAA history...

The Heart Of A Man

On Tuesday, Ben Crane and the "Golf Boys" released their second single, "2.Oh," as they continue to revolutionize the image of the PGA Tour. Our feature on Crane, "The Heart Of A Man," was published in the Summer 2012 issue of Sports Spectrum. Ben Crane was walking off the green after a birdie on the par-5 15th in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, NC...

Devotion of the Week — Take Dead Aim

“But as for you, man of God, shun all this; aim at righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.”  I Timothy 6:11 Harvey Penick wrote “Take Dead Aim.” In just three words he emphatically says your aim should be sure and clear, focused directly on the goal or target. Do not step up to the ball until you have made sure where you are aiming. Every golf instructor makes a similar point by saying that we must have a clear vision of the target and focus on it. The target must be something specific such as a certain tree in the skyline, a marker, or the middle of the green...

The Year That Changed Him

Blessings tend to make life’s imperfections dissipate like a cloud of smoke. That is, if you let them, if you focus on them, if you realize you’re blessed. If not, you’ll end up like most people, trapped in the smoky thickness with bloodshot eyes, probably coughing and complaining, your vision clouded, lacking sufficient depth and perspective...

From the Archives — In The Cards

Gruesomely cool images of St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols dance into your living room like a Dominican Republic merengue. Pujols wears a warrior mask as he menacingly swings his bat to the rhythm that Nike dictates. The Cardinals' superstar, the apparent future cornerstone of the new Busch Stadium in 2006, is a commercial success. Pujols has come a long way from just four seasons ago when he first suited up in the Cards' famous double-birded home jersey. "I remember 2001 when I first made the team," he says. "I was really scared because I was a young Christian, and I didn't know how things were going to go-until one of the best teammates I had, Mike Matheny, took me under his wings and told me everything was going to be all right...

Fisher and Underwood have strong foundation in marriage

Mike Fisher is used to defending the goal. He’s known for doing so with hard, physical play on the ice. Fisher is also accustomed to defending his beliefs. He’s never shied away from sharing the Christian values that set him apart within much of the NHL community. But on February 10, 2011, Fisher was put in the unusual position of defending his character and his motives. On that day, the 10-year veteran Ottawa center was traded to the Nashville Predators...

TobyMac, ‘Eye On It’ and golf

Review: Eye On It TobyMac writes hit albums in his sleep. At least that’s what I’ve decided. I mean he’s had hit albums dating all...

Life is a hard drive

Cigarette smoke sunk into my skin like cologne. I was in a random man’s garage—I think his name was Bob—and I had just met him. Bob had wrinkles in his face like he had been tanning and smoking for decades and an unbuttoned shirt that revealed his skinny, almost sickly, chest and stature. I’ve never met a mass-murderer, but if I ever do, I imagine him looking like Bob...

Airing It Out — Winning = Happiness?

Mountaintop experience. Overwhelming. Elation. Joy. Happiness. Freedom. Those words would aptly describe the feelings of most players and coaches who win the Super Bowl, the most popular sporting event in the U.S. as evidenced by the record-breaking number of television viewers the last three Super Bowls (more than 111 million watched last year’s game making it the most-watched TV show in U.S. history)...

Lesson Learned

Vernon Davis had just made a seven-yard catch, and after being tackled he slapped the helmet of a Seattle Seahawks defender that resulted in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty. Normally that would be the end of the story, with a few mentions on ESPN that day or in the sports section the following day. But for Davis it was only the beginning...

Along for the Ride

The “Hello Kitty” poster was the first clue: Something was amiss. This couldn’t actually be the office of an NFL head coach, could it? Where...

Without A Doubt

Some love him. Some hate him. Some say he has matured, born again, in a sense; others say he’s a womanizer (six children, four...

Super Bowl XLVII issue is now available (FREE!)

Our Super Bowl XLVII issue is now available for FREE! Click to read! Feature story: Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis - Feature story: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis - Feature story: Ravens coach John Harbaugh  - Exclusive video interviews from Sports Spectrum at Super Bowl Media Day (Anquan Boldin, Patrick Willis, Michael Oher and more!)

Devotion of the Week – No Weapons Against Us

The NFL playoffs brought great drama this year. There were many high-scoring games and most were tightly contested. But one player's story came to the limelight - Ray Lewis. At the beginning of the postseason, he announced it would be his last ride...

Reggie White – Minister of Defense

Reggie White is best remembered as the “Minister of Defense,” a nickname given to him because he was an ordained minister (at age 17) and a great defensive player. White was named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams 13 times during his 15-year career and was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, 13 months after...

Devotion of the Week – “Chuckstrong”

There is one story and one team that I have enjoyed following this year that emphasized the motto of always having hope: Chuck Pagano and the Indianapolis Colts. On October 1st, Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and would not be able to continue coaching due to cancer treatment...

Tom Landry – Man of Honor

Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Thomas Wade Landry was born in a place with a name that’s a good description for his life – Mission. As a young man he left that Texas town for his first task – taking to the air. No, he wasn’t developing serious hang-time as a punter, but he was...