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Time for Kickoff

The NFL schedule makers, with their computers and algorithms, got it exactly right. Tomorrow night, the 2014 National Football League season kicks off with a huge battle between two of the NFL’s most attractive teams—the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers. It will be a battle between two top-notch coaches (Pete…

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Labor Day

On this holiday where we celebrate work, most of us get to celebrate with a day of rest. Of course, that isn’t true of most professional athletes. When they are in their seasons, there is still work to be done. In fact, in past years Labor Day was a day when many Major League teams would…

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Not About the Losses

For many athletes, or competitors of any kind, nothing is worse than losing. In fact, this can be the driving force in many athletes’ pursuits. As former professional tennis player Jimmy Connors said, “I hate to lose more than I love to win.” When it comes to losing, no one ever did it better than…

Decision Time

With Sunday night’s preseason NFL game between Cincinnati and Arizona in the books, it is time for NFL coaches to start making some decisions. Yes, there is one more weekend of the exhibition season, but few if any starters will see action in the last round of games. This weekend’s contests are about securing one…

Highs and Lows

Coming into last Wednesday night’s start against the Boston Red Sox, LA Angels’ starting pitcher Garret Richards had enjoyed his best season as a big leaguer. He boasted a 13-4 record, the clear leader of a strong pitching staff for the first-place Halos. He was averaging 9 strikeouts per 9 innings, as opposed to only…

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Not About the Wins

When a football fan hears the name “Dan Marino,” a number of things immediately come to mind. I first encountered that name as a fan of West Virginia University football when Marino played quarterback for the dreaded Pitt Panthers. When Marino entered the NFL, however, he became the centerpiece of a Miami Dolphins offense that…

Off and Running

While NFL fans are mired in the middle of the preseason schedule and college football fans are still waiting to see their teams take the field, supporters of English football were able to enjoy the launch of the 2014–2015 Barclays Premier League season this past weekend. After an exciting World Cup kept world football on…

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Aftermath of Tragedy

Yesterday, NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series was in Michigan for the Pure Michigan 400—and for the second consecutive week, one of NASCAR’s biggest stars was not driving. Tony Stewart is still dealing with the aftereffects of the fatal accident that took the life of driver Kevin Ward, Jr. a week ago in upstate New York. While…

Not About the Game

On October 6, 2001, legendary Hall of Fame and Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. gave his farewell-to-baseball speech. His words were very intriguing: As a kid, I had this dream. And I had the parents that helped me shape that dream. Then I became part of an organization—­the Baltimore Orioles—­to help me grow that…

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Old Faces, New Places

One of the oddities of NFL training camps is seeing longtime veterans in different uniforms. This has occurred once again this summer with, among others, longtime Jet Darrelle Revis surprisingly wearing the uniform of the once-hated Patriots and D’Qwell Jackson, a Browns linebacker for eight seasons, wearing the blue and white of the Indianapolis Colts. These…

A Matter of Love

Some time ago I wrote an article for Our Daily Bread in which I mentioned seeing a young woman wearing a t-shirt which read, “Love is for losers.” I wrote about what a sad worldview that is and about how vital love is. It was a pretty decent article, I thought. Imagine my surprise, however,…

Not About the Fame

Living life in the public eye is a major part of being a modern professional athlete or sports personality—and it isn’t easy. The life of the individual is constantly on display, being scrutinized and analyzed and criticized, which makes it very challenging. Some professional athletes try very hard to keep their personal and private lives…

Wisdom That Matters

In NASCAR garage areas, it is not uncommon to hear comments like, “If you aren’t cheating, you aren’t trying” and “It’s our job to cheat and it’s their (NASCAR’s) job to catch us.” This weekend, as NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series heads to the road course at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York, we will…

Mysterious Days

With the smell of summer sweat and the sound of popping pads, National Football League training camps are now in full swing. For football fans, it is a great time of the year filled with anticipation and excitement—but it is also filled with mystery. Patriots fans wonder if Tom Brady will be the Tom Brady…

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Not About The Money

The film “Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius,” follows the life and career of golfer Bobby Jones. In it, there is a critical scene where Jones is confronted by a professional golfer. In the 1920s, Jones dominated the golfing world, even though he was an amateur, and the professional challenged him about when he might grab…