Tag: Sports


A New, Holistic Path to Redemption in the NFL

How does a football team whose defense is known as the Legion of Boom, and whose running back is wont to go into “beast mode,” come back from one of the most gut-wrenching losses in Super Bowl history? With yoga classes, of course. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is taking a Zen approach to leading his team back from the depths of last season’s tough loss, according to the New York Times, by bringing on a “human optimization specialist” who focuses on each player as a whole being – not just a......

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What It Means for ESPN to Celebrate Caitlyn Jenner

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: ESPN will soon give the Arthur Ashe award to Caitlyn Jenner, causing critics to have a field day on social media. In particular, many think an award for courage is more deserved by an athlete such as young Lauren Hill, who died of brain cancer in April. But awards tell us a lot about who’s giving the award, as much as (if not more than) the recipient. And remember, “ESPN isn’t telling the world the only athlete who’s made a contribution in bravery beyond......

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Should the Boston Bomber Be Executed?

The defense has rested, and now 12 people will decide whether or not to send Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev to his death. What would you do, and why? Despite the prosecution’s best efforts to keep her from answering those questions in front of the jury, the famous anti-death penalty nun (remember the film Dead Man Walking?) Sister Helen Prejean did just that. She told jurors she’s come to believe, in light of her many conversations with Tsarnaev, that he’s “genuinely sorry for what he did” and does not deserve to die.......

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Hope, Harm and Honesty: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (May 4 – May 8), we discussed the enduring outrage and inequality so evident in Baltimore, the refreshing candor of a reformed racist, the illusion of words being “harmless” because we want them to be, the brave gender transition of a famous American icon and the “Deflate-gate” scandal in the NFL. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Words of Hope and Action, Inspired by Baltimore – and Amy Grant – Brad Hirschfield Maryland’s governor, Larry Hogan, has......

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Deflated NFL Fans and Blame Games

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: What’s next, now that the NFL has investigated – and essentially confirmed – the New England Patriots’ role in deflating footballs to their advantage? Tom Brady is being scapegoated and Coach Bill Belichick is evading accountability, while fans feel deeply disappointed in the pattern of cheating. “It is a moment to look at ourselves, and ask: What is it we really value about sports? And how do we keep the sports we love as great as they are meant to be?” Watch my video......

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The Aaron Hernandez Trial: A Just Verdict?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: The jury has returned a guilty verdict against Aaron Hernandez, ending his trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, and sentencing the onetime NFL star to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Were jurors too lenient, or too harsh? Was justice served? “Are people fed up with misbehaving professional athletes, and punishing them more aggressively?” Watch my video for more insight and discussion.   Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore......

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Your Bracket Is About More Than Basketball

It is March Madness – college basketball’s two-week sacred time where 64 NCAA teams become 32 teams, and then a Sweet Sixteen, an Elite Eight, a Final Four and a Championship. The communal act that millions of people enjoy is filling out a bracket predicting who, from the initial chosen, will emerge victorious. Even President Obama participates in Bracketology. Over the past few days, I’ve done an informal poll on how people fill out their brackets. The responses, of course, reflect profoundly different worldviews. There are the rational-logical decision makers. They focus......

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Devon and Leah Still's Thrilling Moment of Victory

I love this photo of NFL star Devon Still and his daughter Leah! How can you not? Both their faces are filled with love and joy, their body language projecting strength and fearlessness. It’s moving on so many levels – and that’s before you factor in their circumstances. Leah was diagnosed last year with stage 4 neuroblastoma. And now, initial testing indicates that the four-year-old has no active cancer in her body. If that isn’t cause for celebration, what is?! You can understand why I – and hundreds of thousands of others......

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What Defines Winners and Losers?

In the last week there were two big sports stories that invite us to think about what defines winners and losers. The Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots were accused of deflating footballs in their 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC title game. Especially in the cold and rain, underinflated balls (did I really just write that?) are easier to handle. Though Patriots coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady denied any knowledge of underinflated footballs, or of breaking any rules, football players past and present believe it was......

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Kobe Bryant Shows Us Greatness... with Failure

It is natural to feel a fear of failure and mistakes and easy to say we need to get over it. But recently we saw how greatness and failure are intricately intertwined. Los Angeles Lakers superstar shooting guard Kobe Bryant, playing in his 19th NBA season, became the all-time leader in missed shots in the NBA a week ago when he missed his 13,418th shot. No one in the history of the NBA has missed this many shots and no one will probably ever miss more. One of the greatest players in......

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