The Holy Huddle: Hamels's Plunk and the Root of Sports Violence

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. Bryce Harper is a punky 19-year-old baseball phenom. And Sunday night, Cole Hamels put Harper in his place . . . sort of. With a flick of the wrist, Hamels sent a 93-mile-an-hour fastball into Harper's upper back, and with it a message: "Welcome to the big leagues, kid." With that pitch, Hamels's actions revealed something universal about the human condition as i … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Is Albert Pujols Baseball's Job?

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. Legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi quipped one of the better sports adages of all time when he said, "It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up."  Although this saying is probably true in life, it provides a prophetic contrast to the win-at-all-costs mentality that has come to dominate the culture of twe … [Read more...]

Sports Violence and the Temple of God

On March 2, 2012 the NFL announced the findings of an investigation into the "bounty system" operated by, then New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams.  Since 2009, Mr. Williams operated a program of pay-for-pain wherein defensive players were given bonuses for intentionally hurting opposing players.  In the process of indefinitely suspending Mr. Williams, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also suspended the New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton without pay for the entire 2012 s … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: "Metta" Cognition And The Rush To Speak Out

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. Metacognition is the process of thinking about what you are thinking about.  It is what James 3:8 is referring to when it calls believers to tame their tongue---think before you speak (And Tweet)!  And, it is an important discipline for the Christian life.Consider the recent travesty from April 22. Los Angeles Lakers' forward Metta World Peace (MWP), better kno … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Petrino and Guillen, A Tale of Two Coaches

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. Two coaches.  Two press conferences. Two sets of consequences.One was fired for a failure to be honest.  The other was suspended for being too honest.The ordeals of Bobby Petrino and Ozzie Guillen reveal an inherent ambiguity within 21st-century sports culture between the ideal and the practice of leadership.Consider the two headlines from April 10, 2012: … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: The 2012 CaPC Theology Hoops Tournament Final Four Recap

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. With the deafening sound of this primordial growl, Baylor University clinched the 2012 CaPC Theology Hoops Tournament Championship by virtue of a win against Xavier University.  As providence would have it, the winner of the Christian Education Division would up playing the winner of the Christian/Education Division.While Baylor ultimately lost the March Madnes … [Read more...]

The 2012 CaPC Theology Hoops Tourney Sweet 16 Recap

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. With so much unfolding in just a short weekend, I will cut to the quick recap of the Sweet 16 action.  Remember, in this tournament we advance teams based on these rules.Recapping The Theology Hoops Sweet 16Christian/Education Division Lehigh over Duke.  Bottom line, this matchup occurred in MM and we imported the outcome into our bracket. Vandy over Murr … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: The 2012 CaPC Hoops Tournament Update Weekend 1

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. As we have come to expect, this past weekend of March Madness provided viewers with upsets, upstarts, and beat-downs and left us in eager anticipation for the Sweet 16 -- the coming weekend when the 16 teams get whittled down to the Final 4 teams.For our interests at CaPC, the past weekend also provided an honest look into religious higher education in America … [Read more...]

Introducing the 2012 CaPC Theology Hoops Tournament

Universities possess an array of tools for influencing American Culture, but one of the more potent tools comes out during the month of March each year: the NCAA men's basketball tournament (March Madness). March Madness is a 68 team, single-elimination tournament that takes place over three weekends in March/April. Teams are placed into a four region bracket and seeded based on a metric known as RPI rankings. Once the bracket is set, hundreds of thousands of fans will download a printable b … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: On Peyton Manning and the Fleeting Nature of Life

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. At the official press conference last week, Peyton Manning choked back tears as he delivered a prepared speech to announce that he had been cut by the Indianapolis Colts after 14 years of service. He thanked the organization that drafted him in 1998, and he thanked the fans for their support. But the most haunting feature of his tear-filled delivery was the way i … [Read more...]


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