The Kiddy Pool: Olympic Parenting

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture. On the court, Kerri Walsh-Jennings is a fierce competitor with 2 Olympic gold medals and 4 World Championship medals (3 gold, 1 silver). Between her victory in 2008 in Beijing and her bid for another medal in London, Walsh-Jennings gave birth to two sons, Joey and Sundance. While I watched Walsh-Jennings tear up the sand this week, the announcers kept her story … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Ye Shiwen and the Kangaroo Court of Public Opinion

Each week in The Holy Huddle, various CaPC writers take a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective.  My wife and I love the Olympics. I love the opening ceremonies; I love the parade of nations; I love the drama and even the NBC–manufactured melodrama. As a person who is a mediocre athlete at best, I have tremendous admiration for the hard work and dedication these athletes display to get to the Olympian level. I truly love it. The Olympics, to me, … [Read more...]

Invisible Ethics in the Tour de France

On Sunday, July 15th, riders in the 99th Tour de France faced an unexpected challenge as they began their ascent in stage 14, the Mur de Peguere: someone had covered the road with tacks, affecting over 30 riders. One crash claimed Croatian rider Robert Kiserlovski, who left the race with a broken collarbone. Eventual winner Bradley Wiggins made a precautionary bike change and defending champion Cadel Evans suffered three flat tires that nearly removed him from contention in the race. Wiggins, … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Raising an Olympian

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture. As I watched the parade of nations on Friday evening, I noticed how many athletes there were. Athletes who will not advance to the finals of their events. Athletes with no real chance of medaling. Athletes who are, in some cases, the only representative of their country, or who keep company with only a handful of compatriots. The Olympic motto of “stronger, higher, … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Commentary on the Penn State Sanctions

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective.  By now you have heard about it. NCAA president Mark Emmert doled out a four-component set of sanctions against Penn State University's football program in response to the gross negligence and failure to monitor the internal authority structures that allowed for widespread sexual assault of minors. The sanctions are as follows: $60 million to be given to … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Dr. Shaq's Best Quote, 'Don't Waste Your 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.  Shaquille O'Neal is known for his quotes. The Hall of Fame NBA center is widely perceived to be one of the best for interviews in professional sports. After all, who wouldn't want to interview a guy who said this? Or this? Or this? Or this? Shaq may be a jovial champion on the court, but his off the court way of life merits reflection … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Disunity at the Olympic Trials

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective.  It has been anything but a shining week for individual sports in the Olympic trials. There may be no i in team, but some sports are definitely more I-centered than others. Consider the comments made by swimmer Tyler Clary, who spoke critically about his teammate Michael Phelps, who has "been asking to get beat for the longest time" by virtue of his paltry … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Football, Playoffs, and Fairness

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective.  We finally have a playoff system for the highest level of collegiate football. This past Tuesday, BCS presidents approved a four-team playoff for the national championship that begins in 2014. But, the question remains: What did fans gain with this new playoff format? Did we achieve the goal of settling the age-old debate about the true champion of … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Lance and Roger, Ethics and Legality, Competition and Fairness

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective.  Roger Clemens. Lance Armstrong. Texans. Hall of Famers. Transcendent athletes. Cheaters. Allegedly. In the past week, the sports world has discovered more details in the grand narrative of these two sports luminaries. This past Monday Clemens was acquitted of six counts of perjury and obstruction of justice charges in federal court. Armstrong was … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Is Sports Fandom a Bastion of Hatred?

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective.  Quick. Name the connection between LeBron James and Tiger Woods. Here's what I came up with: Both are notable professional athletes. Both are child prodigies in the sports arena. Both are multi-millionaires. Both live in the state of Florida. Yes, those facts are true. But consider this fact as well: Both are hated in the sports world. Tiger and … [Read more...]


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