Tag: Basketball


Cruz, Hoops and Quiet Time: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (March 23-27), we discussed decision-making, downtime, religion in politics and grief. We also shared news from our co-founders: Irwin Kula’s panel at the U.N., and Brad Hirschfield’s Daily Wrap collaboration. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   The Role of Faith as the 2016 Campaign Frenzy Begins – Brad Hirschfield The?race for the presidency formally kicked off when U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) tweeted: “I’m running for president and I hope to earn your support!” Later at Liberty......

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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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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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When Punishment is a Reward - What We Learned from Donald Sterling

Punishment is a funny thing, as anyone who has ever punished someone else, or even themselves, can tell you. The punishment often looks fitting and feels right in that instance, but may take you in some odd or even undesirable places as it gets put into effect. It’s not that I am opposed to punishment per se, but the ongoing story of Donald Sterling and the future of the LA Clippers reminds me of just how weird the consequences of punishment can be. In this case, they may include the larger, and......

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The Spirit of March Madness

Have you even wondered why March Madness – seemingly just a series of college basketball games played by athletes, the vast majority of whom we will never hear about again – captures our imagination in a way unparalleled by any other major American sports tournament? Here is my Elite Eight list of reasons: Passion – Players are not playing for money (even if schools are) and you can feel the intensity, sacrifice, hard work, energy, and love that capture the meaning of amateur – “lover of”. Community – Between university bands, insane......

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God and Basketball

At an NBA Oklahoma Thunder game you can expect the usual hoopla of lights and noise and dancers. But for at least a couple moments preceding each game, the lights are dimmed and people are asked to rise as the arena is turned into a mega church and a local minister or priest (and very occasionally a rabbi or Native American spiritual leader) offers a stadium wide prayer to God – “non-denominational” of course. The Thunder pre-game prayer tradition began a number of years ago with an owner promising that if he......

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